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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3735) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Bottle. Pours a cloudy light yellow with a thick white head. Aroma of funk, yeast, clove. Kind of reminds me of Hennepin in the nose. Flavor is loaded with peppery spices and yeast. Extremely quaffable. Excellent saison. 7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Butters (4042) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Sampled at tronraner’s Xmas Eve^3 tasting. Pours a clear light yellow with thin white head. Light citrus lemon aroma with some pepper spiciness, but not much. Flavor is bitter citrus and some grassiness. Moderate carbonation. I’m not a huge fan of this style, and this beer in particular didn’t really do it for me either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Pours gold with a white head. Smells of grass, hay, some coriander. Tastes of hay, some earthy hints and dry. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
sloth (2806) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Medium sized white head, retention is good with decent lacing. Clear, gold color. Nose full of creamed corn and faint wit like spiceyness. Light bodied and coating on the palate. Lightly sweet malt flavors, corn and some coriander notes. Lightly sweet finish. Yak. WTF was that? Haha, Saison!? Stop it wouldya.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2008
12 oz bottle thanks to CaptainCougar! Pours a mostly clear at first hayish golden with a nice thin foamy white head with some lace- then gets some wierd dirty floaty yeasties in suspension which I dont usually like. Aroma at first is somewhat dupont-ish with some lemon zest, citrus, a bit of dough and some orange cleanser then gets a bit more phenolic, some vanilla and even some fruity esters. Flavor is a nice straight up belgian ale but not really in the saison character- more leaning towards a doughy and fruity tripel character- ok sweetness in the midpalate, with a lot of fresh bread and dough which was ok, some earthy and leathery pepperyness, more phenolics and some orange zest combining with a somewhat dry finish. Looking at the description I can tell the Chouffe has taken most of the control of this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle... Cloudy, pale yellow ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Decent retention. Yeasty, estery, phenolic aroma - banana, pear, clove and lemon peel. Medium-bodied and lightly creamy with lively carbonation. Sweet, fruity and spicy. Mild bitterness provides proper balance. Lengthy, spicy, gently bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2009 Bottle. Pours a pale orange golden body with a 2 finger white head. Belgian style fruity esters, coriander, spices pepper and ginger. Sweet with a dry spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Bottle, much thanks to CharlesDarwin, shared at Xmas Eve Eve Eve. Pours pale yellow with pretty white head. The aroma is light lemon and banana, sweet bread. The flavor is tart lemongrass, rye bread, cellar must, coriander, and a clean malty finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2008
tronraner’s Xmas Eve Eve Eve Tasting. Sample from a bottle thanks to tronraner. Cloudy floaty bits in a light yellow with a slight white head. Spicy lemony aroma. Very spicy zesty taste with bits of citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (4874) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Bottle shared by tronraner at his Christmas shindig. Cloudy pale straw color with a small head. Aroma of citrus, bread yeast, zesty spices. Flavor is peppery citrus and light bubblegum. Light body is dry and tingly.

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