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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 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 16, 2011
A: The beer pours a clear golden orange color with a nice big white head that clings to the glass. S: A mild funkiness to the nose with a big time floral aroma. A touch of honey on the nose with some mild grass and earth to it as well. I get a little bit of spice, particularly white pepper and some light fruits. T: Sweet fruits, lots of pears and apples, with a little bit of white grape. Some white pepper notes, a little bit of coriander, orange zest, and an overall earthy and grassy aroma. Plenty of yeast and some pale, bready malts. M: Medium in body with a fairly high level of carbonation. O: A really nice surprise. This beer is fantastic and easily one of the better Scratch series beers I’ve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14176) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Bottle from Captain Cougar. Love saison. Thanks a bunch Tom. Hazy orangey color with a spritely white head. Aroma of sour citrus and maybe funk. Near medium body with prickly carbonation. Flavor is a bit of grain, citrus, and I’d say clove. There’s peppery hot bits. Finishes dry and clean. Nice saison. Lovely ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 4, 2009
(12oz. bottle) Pours a cloudy golden body with a small white head. Aroma of apple, mustiness, ginger, banana, florals, pear, grass, coriander, and clove. Flavor of apple, yeast, and hops (grass, floral, citrus).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11653) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2008
KSBF ’08. Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of citrus rinds, cereal, yeast, and fruity. Tastes of citrus, cereal, lightly earthy, grassy, and fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11248) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2008
UPDATED: APR 11, 2009 Wow what a beer. I think this came from beachbum25 and a HUGE thanks. Very cloudy yellowish color with a small whitsh head. Aroma is super yeasty, fruity and a bit spicy. Flavor is so smooth and yeasty. Some spices, some bread, wow....simply wow. The mouthfeel is amazing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (10651) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (10217) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Bottle shared by Sean! Poured a copper amber with a gray head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was sweet with wheat and floral with a slight underlying citrus. Flavor was similar with nicely balanced floral, citrus and wheat with perhaps a bit of tart in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours very turbid gold with 1-finger white head. Nose is beautiful...a medley of heavy floral hops, spicy citrus, funky yeasty notes, and slightly tart apricotty fruit. Tastes dry, floral, citric, with hops, yeasty spice, and mild funky notes. The nose is better than the flavor or palate, and this one is very, very good for a domestic saison. Put this one on steroids and it could become as good as Scratch 4, and could become a world class saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Bottle. Pours with a heavy cloudiness, the color is soft orange, similar in appearance to witbier. Has a mild pepperiness on the tongue, some of your standard coriander, orange peel, white pepper, flower pedals, a little soap.... Belgian yeast character isn’t that clear. Body is hefty and chewy, further suggesting witbier with a chuncky sort of wheat character throughout. No noticeable flaws, well-made, but a bit boring. Still, pretty easy to enjoy.

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