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Tröegs Scratch 33

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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Starting with a blend of pale malt and wheat along with honey malt – a pale Canadian barley with a distinctive sweet finish – Scratch #33 includes orange peel, coriander, elderflower and honey bush for a subtle fruit balance that complements the pepper zest of Saison du Pont yeast. Following the boil, the wort passed through our hopback (filled with spices) and then began a rapid ferment at a higher than typical temperature for an ale yeast. Following fermentation, Scratch #33 was bottle-conditioned with Westmalle yeast and warm-aged for two weeks to create a vibrant carbonation with an effervescent finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (4305) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Bottle courtesy mora2000. Pours a clear golden color with a gentle ring of white head. Nice aroma. Spicy fruit with some zesty spice and orange peel. Sweet smell. Flavor is sweet but a bit dry. Some zesty spice. Easy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2011
bottle thanks to GT2. poured golden with a white head. aroma and flavor were lots of spice and peach. body was medium with decent carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - APR 23, 2011
I always enjoy the Scratch series brew’s and this one was no exception. I poured it into a snifter and it produced a nice two finger white head that sat on top of a murky golden slightly brown colored body. I got some wonderful fragrant spice notes flowing into my nose of citrus, pepper, coriander, and green apples. The Belgian yeast was also present in the nose as well. Flavor’s of fruit came to the front sweet pineapple, orange and apple. The spice’s blended in there well it reminded me of a good tropical cocktail in a lot of ways. The mouthfeel was light with good carbonation for your tongue. This was another in a great series of brews from a fine company. Easy to drink and it would be a pleasure to try again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
12oz bottle poured into my Narke tulip...The beer pours a dark gold, bordering on a murky brown, really dark for the style. A big fluffy top head with great retention and lacing. Besides the odd base color of the beer, looks great...The aroma basically fits the description a very yeasty ipa with a musky character. Too much yeast for me, which it was balanced more with floral hops...The taste is weird to say the least. It tastes like a belgian ipa without the yeast, really sweet on the front, musky finish that includes alcohol. My itch to try one in this series has been "scratched". Not the best first impression, decent idea but not executed correctly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Not the best effort at a Saison. The typical bright, grassy flavors are there, but muted by overcarbonation and an increasingly sweet back end. I understand Saisons can be quite bubbly, but this one seems overly harsh; barrel aging or more time on the shelf would help. As for now, it seems the definition of a mediocre craft beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2011
(beer tasting @ Monty’s Krown - Rochester, NY: bottle - 12 oz) Orange pour with a fizzy white head. Yeasty and spicy aroma with hints of cloves, citrus and caramel. Nice sweet and fruity flavor with a little touch of yeast. Fizzy and sweet on the finish and aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Poured into a tulip. 4.0 A: Hazed dark orangish brown color. Two fingers of frothy/creamy hybrid head with good retention and moderate lacing. 4.5 S: This is just great. Orange peel, corriander, and a wonderful bouquet of herbs. Peppery yeastiness and a mild funkiness. Apple fruitiness. Sweet, but not too much so. Really nice. 4.5 T: Funkier than the nose. Same spice base with orange peel, lots of corriander, plenty of herbs, and peppery yeast. Wild apple and maybe a touch of peach. Overall, quite earthy with a good contrasting fruitiness. 4.0 M: Medium body. Higher in carbonation, but not irregularly so. Bubbly on tongue and otherwise smooth. 4.0 D: Definitely a solid saison. I might have to try to get more of this. For the price, there might not be a better example of the style out there. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-18-2010 01:48:58

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9256) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Hazy reddish orange pour, white head. Aroma has notes of clove, darker fruit, caramel, some lemongrass. Taste has notes of spice, with clove, lemon, fruity honey, lemongrass, and a sweet finish. You get the tripel mixing extremely well with the saison style, really liked this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Thanks to Armin for bringing the bottle! Poured deeper amber with a thick cap of whitish head.. set up nicely in the glass. The aroma picked up peppery spices, medium-skinned fruits, and cloves over a rather nondescript pale malt base.. spicy and engaging.. liked it very much! The flavor found deeper caramel and fruity sweetness at the core.. floral notes, honeysuckle, and cloves surrounded.. spicy and sticky-sweet on the finish. Medium-bodied and fairly aggressive on the palate (but in a controlled and good way).. really good stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Thanks Armin. Pours to a lightly hazy coppery body with a thin white head. The aroma is really nice. Full of elderflowers, light coriander, subtle orange peels, honeysuckle, and some malt. The flavor is honeysuckle, elderflowers, orange peel, and subtle coriander. Sweet but moderate palate. Very delicious.

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