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Tröegs Scratch 14

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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
Scratch #14-2008 is our interpretation of a farmhouse ale—a once near-extinct winter-brewed (and summer–imbibed) Belgian ale. celebratory brew starts with a black pepper and ginger nose. The nicely carbonated brew releases a honey-malt flavor that gives way to a tart crisp finish that masks the elevated ABV. We use a blended yeast strain (Saison Dupont & Le Chouffe) to create the traditional peppery, spicy earthy flavors of the saison. Slight hints of ginger also come through in the finish. Drink it ‘til the wedding bells chime! <UL> <li>O.G.: 15.4 Plato <li>I.B.U.’s: 25 <li>Malt: Pils, Munich, Vienna <li>Yeast: Belgian/Saison Blend <li>Juju: Ginger <li>Hops: English Pilgrim, Saaz </ul>

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4606) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Hazy yellow in appearrance with a good sized white head. Aroma is of citrus, grain and yeast. Taste is of citrus, lightly toasted bread, and grain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ilovedarkbeer (2716) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a oily hazy yellow color. Nose: lemon and bread. Taste is peanuts, citrus, carbonation, lemon zest. Not a huge fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a big white head covering a golden colored body. Aroma is floral with pepper, bread honey and a few fruity esters. Taste is apple, spice, dryness and pears. Dry mouthfeel, medium levels of carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mar (5258) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Murky golden pour with a ring of white froth. Nose is heavy musk with fruits. Easy on the palate with a huge musk flavor

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2009
12oz bottle, 2008--thanks to mbirder for the extra! Clear light golden with a one finger white head, fading to a thin ring and tattered film, and just a little lacing. Aroma of some banana-y Belgian yeast up front and lemon zest, with some spicy coriander and white pepper behind with some pale malt. Flavor is much the same, with the lemon and banana notes being the strongest, but by no means being sweet. Finishes dry with a slightly herbal hop note, and bitterness peaking around a 2-3. Moderate spritzy carbonation with a medium body. A very good US saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Mucho thanks Captain Cougar for this beer which is served in my little Karmeliet tulip: Frothy white head over the top of a hazy waxy yellow body and there is plenty of spotty lacework upon the glassware. The aroma had an initial very STRANGE hit of bacon, where in the hell did that come from? Anyway it is gone now leaving a more Dupont yeast driven spicy and grassy vapours on the nose. Nicely spicy and biscuity. The taste is sort of straight forward with lots of yeasty character with some old hop spiciness upon the finish but it seems to be missing something to really excite the palate. Sort of "not bad but sort of forgettable: beer palate if you ask me. Fruity and ginger based tones last long after drinking. Like I said, this is hardly bad but after the The Bruery Saison Rue I had before it, it seems a tad tame... sorry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Bottle from JB185. Thanks! Pours an attractive hazy lemony gold color with a big fluffy white head. Smell is yeasty, citrusy, wheaty and with some coriander like spice. Taste is spiced, wheaty, lemony, quite yeasty and a touch sweet. Very bright, and refreshing with a medium body and crisp bubbly mouthfeel. Not my preferred style, but a good, flavorful example of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Pours a nice straw colored yellow with a small white head and heavy carbonation. Nice sweet ginger and spice on the nose. Maybe a little mango and/or tropical fruit in the background. Honey, yeasty fruit hits you in the front and then boom it is gone. Turns crisp and dry and finishes with just a slight after taste. Beautiful beer, this could hurt you in the summer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7278) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2009
My bottle (12oz) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- courtesy of TheEpeeist. Pours a hazy bubbly gold with an average size foamy white head. Aroma’s awesome, it’s spicy, fruity and yeasty along with some wheat and floral hops. Delicious flavour of Belgian yeast, spices, lots of fruit, some sweetness and a lightly bitter, dry spicy finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. I loved it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2009
Bottle (12oz). Shared by blankboy with me and garthicus. Cloudy light orange with an average creamy/fizzy white head (4-).Dry and tart aroma, some definite yeasty funkiness but mostly lightly sweet with a bit of lemon and grassy bitterness, somehow it seemed "milky." The taste seemed more hefe than saison - yeasy and spicy, but lots of juicy malt to it, plenty of floral bitterness and coriander - ultimately dry and not all that sweet, unlike the aroma. Slightly thick-bodied, only mildly carbonated, a nice spicy zing to the finish (ginger?). I really liked this - creamy on the palate with a spicy kick - it held up remarkably well.

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