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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 16/20
Suttree (6075) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Mostly clear yellow, small white head. tart, winey citric aroma. Flavor starts off kind of fruity - pineapple, maybe - and then veers off in to herbal - sage, I think - and wine-like flavors. some peppery notes, too. perhaps some pine in the finish. Nice stuff. Shared by tronraner at the Maryville tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Golden in color with a medium head. Aroma is a tad yeasty with some light spices and a rather fruity, bready essnce. Flavor is classic belgian saison with some pepper, earth, and mild spices. Finishes nicely. Good for PA, but overall its prettu average for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11177) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2008
Thanks Dr. Jay. Aggressively carbonated and bold peppery saison. Pours a very white prominent head, with some lace. Spot on spicey aroma. Medium mouthfeel, after the full felt carbonation. Good background bitternes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2008
12 oz bottle. Misty straw brown with a perfect inch thick cap of steamed milk. Head remained unchanged after sitting for almost ten minutes. Bits on the bottom, a tan stain on the white head. Nose is banana, lemon custard and tapioca. Creamy body with a tingle. Taste is soft lemon peel, sour tangerine, pith and slight orange peel to finish. I like this less as it warms but still good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4046) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Bottle from Miver. Thanks Joe. Pours a hazy golden orange with a spitty white head. Nose has a strong citrus and yeasty characteristic. Flavor is earthy, spice, more citrus, a little bit of honey. Nice warm palate. Very drinkable and one of the better scratch series beers I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemike (2895) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with a small sized white head Aroma of bubble gum, cloves and banana The palate is spicy and warm One of the better Scratch beers I’ve had

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4611) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Thanks turd for sharing. Pours a very hazy golden orange with a one or two finger creamy eggshell head. The nose is wheaty, light orange peel, lemongrass, earthy, yeasty, mild spice. Very similar to a witbier in the nose. The flavor has a much more pronounced spice to it, guessing the ginger, yeasty, earthy, mild hoppy bitterness, citrusy. The palate is spicy and warm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2008
12oz Bottle. Strong glowing banana, fresh pilsener malt and light persian spices. A bit of passionfruit, but mostly just solid Belgian yeast character and good pilsner malt. Maybe not as much of the traditional Saison yeast profile as I would have hoped for. Pours a swirling lightly clouded golden, with a rim in white. Speckle of yeast. Flavor runs with the yeast characters, finding lots of pale fruits and a good mix of esters and phenols. Body-wise, bordering on a too sweet. Maybe. It is really not a big deal. I like a little more crispness and this comes across as a touch flabby. There is a waning dead yeast touch that is very characteristic of Troegs Belgian beers. I am getting hauntings of Mad Elf here. Finally, a good kick of juicyfruit yeast kiss at the end. I am missing some spice, dryness and specific yeast character. This is a really solid, fresh, drinkable blond Belgian, but it falls short on a few of my necessary Saison metrics. I think the Lachouffe yeast really dominated here and the low levels of hops were disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Bottle courtesy of ClockworkOrange poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy, fluorescent yellow with a small bubbly white head that dissipates to a ring quickly and leaves very little lacing. The aroma is dominated by the pepper and Belgian yeast. There is the banana and bubble-gum on top of a bready malt base as well. The taste starts with a bit of honey sweetness that flows into the Begian yeast and bready malts. It’s in the finish where the spices, especially pepper, comes back in. The mouthfeel is smooth with enough carbonation to enhance the pepper and tingle the tongue a bit. This is an interesting example of a saison and extremely drinkable. The spices are there but in enough moderation to make it very smooth. One of the better Scratch beers I’ve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle shared by Robert at SL in a special, super duper, pre-holiday secret tasting. Pour was hazy yellow-straw colored, looked a lot like the standard Dream Weaver Wheat. The aroma was bananas and coriander, smelled a lot wit-like. The flavor was hefe-like with only slight pepper notes present. I normally dig Troegs’ creations, but this was hardly a saison nor original. Mouthfeel was moderate carbonation. Thanks, Robert!

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