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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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Revisiting Scratch #3, we take the same Tripel recipe, add beet and cane sugars to the kettle, and run the wort through our hopback brimming with juniper berries, coriander and yarrow flowers.

Inspired by the herbaceous nose of gin, the berries and flowers give a slight pine/citrus aroma with floral undertones. Scratch #8 has a dry, yeasty finish and noticeable alcohol warming when consumed.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (4858) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy dark gold body with a small thin fizzy white head that faded to a thin ring. The nose is heavily spiced with juniper and lots of herbal notes. Some moderate alcohol vapors, belgian yeast, caramel, and bready malt. Very very sweet flavor, and it’s clearly not all due to malt, it has a very candy like sugary taste. Lots of spices here too, but the juniper is not as noticeable as it was on the nose. Quite warming on the finish with thick almost syrupy malt. Heavy and slightly sticky on the palate with light prickly carbonation that doesn’t quite cut the body well enough. Overall, this was interesting, but I can’t say that I loved it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilligoose (3217) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 2, 2010
bottle. pours a hazy golden with a small offwhite head. aroma of candy sugar, herbs, spice, spruce. flavor is a little too sweet for my liking. Q: wtf is a yarrow flower? I have more to learn. damn it.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Pours a cloudy golden orange color with visible carbonation bubbling up and a very thin white head that quickly fades into a lasting thin ring. Sweet crisp, light fruit aroma with hints of apple and pear from the Belgian yeast strain as well as some alcohol astringency and some earthy hops. Heavily carbonated up front followed by some crisp sweet light fruit notes, mostly grape, banana, apple and pear, slight alcohol astringency and subtle hops that provide a somewhat dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biznizness (1070) - Mooresville, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2009
Draft at the brewery on 4/25/09. Much to my surprise, there was a paper sign taped up that said "Scratch 8 - Aged Tripel." I guess they had bee stashing some of this. They poured me a full pint too. I think the berries and whatnot must have mellowed since they brewed this, as I really wasn’t getting much of them. One pint of this put a good buzz on me though. Another thumbs up.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7087) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2009
Bottled. Poured clear, bright golden with a short cap of white head. The aroma caught me off guard with the beet and cane sugars, which were very distinct.. paler and bready malts supported.. further accents of floral notes and juniper berries.. succulent and almost candy-like. The flavor had honey and pale malts at the core with juniper berries, beet sugar, and dusty, white peppery yeast around.. dry and tangy on the warm finish. Medium-bodied with ideal carbonation on the palate after the syrupy foray.. dry and well-balanced. I really enjoyed this.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - APR 2, 2009
Bottle and draft. One of my favorites on tap of the cay. So drinkable and great balance of sweet caramel malts, bread, yeast, and spice. Some nice cloves and bananas, very herbal with a touch of alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2009
12oz bottle. golden pour, with little if any head. Aroma is fairly spicy, with juniper, candi sugar, coriander, all supported with a wheat background. Very sweet background flavor, with candi sugar, apricot, peach, and wheat, with some nuances added by juniper, coriander, and herbal notes. Berries linger on the palate. Very drinkable for 10% ABV.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Very orange pour with little to no head to speak of. Tons of yeasty or protein floaties. Sugary, bitter herbs flavor, minor berries with some cooked pasta notes. Very sweet flavor, the beer sugar and cane sugars are extremely noticable. The Belgian influence is clear too, as this is very estery, but it tastes a bit weizenbock like, too, which I find with a lot of their beers. Surprisingly easily drinkable for a 10% beer. Some fusels are noted. Not too bad.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Golden color with an aroma that is heavily spiced with everything on the rack + some candi sugar. Flavor is way too spicy and out of whack, though the Tripelish tendencies and yeastiness save it somewhat. Not awful, but maybe the worst scratch I’ve had.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (5948) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2009
My bottle (12oz) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- courtesy of TheEpeeist. Pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow with a spare diminishing white head. Mild aroma of yeast, fruit and spices -- somewhat sweet and herbal as well. Flavour’s sweet, malty and yeasty along with floral hops and some alcohol. Average bodied. A good beer, perhaps a tad sweet for my liking.


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