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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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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>


2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2009
12oz. thanks to JW77. Light golden pour with small white head. Aromas of soap, yeast, floral hops, slight sweet malts, and some citrus. Flavor is somewhat bland with soap, flowers, oranges, and finishing somewhat dry. Not a big fan of this one at all, but it is drinkable. Would not drink this one again. Bleh

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2009
14-2008 bottle. Poured a big foamy white head atop an opaque yellow body. I was thinking maybe a pilsner? Aroma was leafy, caramel, orange, cascades? Flavor was stongly carbonated, slightly spicey, leafy hops, somewhat sweet orange, soft citric acidity, lemony phenolic finish. Palate was just too carbonated, flavor was almost destroyed. Honestly maybe I got a bad bottle but this tasted like shitty homebrew. I’m in no rush to try another scratch.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
garthicus (2655) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 29, 2009
Thanks to Blankboy, shared by him with HogTownHarry and I. Huge white head, beautiful hazy gold/yellow body. Aroma: Lemon, champagne, orange, mint, yeast. Flavour: Wonderful yeast, hops, ginger, coriander and juicy lemon in the finish. Awesome.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2009
12oz bottle thanks to vwcraig, much appreciated. Nice cloudy orange color, good head. The smell is a nice spicy saison-like smell. It tastes like dull oranges, spice, pepper, good saison. Not as easy to drink as I expected but still a good saison overall. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-19-2008 04:04:49

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmyh (3) - USA - JAN 25, 2009 does not count
12oz bottle I recieved as an extra in a trade recetly. Poured a murky golden color with a thin white head. Tastes of banana and spices are very much present. Great beer, I wish I had more.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ReggieDunlap (3009) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2009
beautiful cloudy golden color with a huge white head and thick lacing. very aromatic with ginger, banana, and black pepper. excellent flavor with pepper and ginger up front, then a touch of clove, and ending in a crisp dry lightly hoppy finish with coriander notes. i definitely wish they would make more of this beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Bottle: Poured a golden yellow with a nice white head. The aroma was spicy, pepper, yeast and orange present. The flavor was tasty, with the spices and pepper hitting first then the yeast and finishing smooth with coriander. Overall, if they produced more of this I would not complain. Thank You Troegs.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pastor (795) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JAN 10, 2009
I Bottle poured into a Snifter produced a good two fingers worth of white fluffy head that seems to last. The body was a cloudy golden yellow on this brew Aromas of yeast and spice filled my head. The yeast aroma is a weird Belgian, Hefe blend really very interesting. The spices help out with this smelling some clove, pepper and coriander The flavors very much mimic the nose on this one. The mouthfeel is nice light and crisp, great carbonation in this brew as well Very drinkable, I am really enjoying this brew on this cold snowy winter day

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Bottled. Decent pour, great color, with a wimpy head. Aroma is unmistakably Belgian. With these Troegs beers, I tend to not look them up before drinking and attempt to identify the style. Also helps with not being biased. I wouldn’t have called this one a saison, probably just a Belgian Strong Ale, though perhaps after a bit of reflection it could be the case. Still, there is not much difference between this and something like Duvel except strength (and size of head ;), though this one tastes a lot stronger than it is. Some sweet, residual malts stick around, and there is a harsh carbonation to this. Fairly enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Bottle. Aroma of banana-clove-bubblegum combo, doughy malt, sprightly citrus (light orange, more lemon), dank, wet-grass hops. Flavor has many of the citrus notes, quite sweet, with a hop balance that increases to the point that the finish is earthy, and lightly bitter. More than an admirable effort for an American saison.


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