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Ratings: 761
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 34
Gots: 62 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: Andreji on 12-08-2001)
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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark amber with a finger tall off white head. The head reduces by about 50% over time but does not go away. There is no visible carbonation. Very good lacing.

S: Aromas blend with the scent of the alcohol, like a refined spirit, but not overpowering. I get hints of raisins/plums, caramel, and candy sugar.

T: Flavors are very strong - malty, sweet, and dark fruits- with a slight burn from the alcohol. Not as complex as others in the style but a pleasant flavor.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky feeling.

O: Enjoyable but strong and the alcohol is not that hidden. Not a sessionable beer but one that is nicely enjoyed curled up in front of a fireplace on a cold winter evening.

Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was curious to try this again, this time for a review, so I picked some up during my most recent visit to The Foodery (Northern Liberties).

From the bottle: "Brewed especially for the Christmas period, Scaldis Noel is a brilliant red amber ale that will delight the most demanding connoisseurs."

12%! Wow! I went with a gentle pour as I was uncertain if there were lees present. As such, I only got a brief sheen of head that quickly dissipated. Color was a deep reddish-amber (truth in advertising) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was hot with the alcohol really prevalent along with notes of dried, dark fruit. Mouthfeel was medium and the heat was pretty intense initially and as it faded, it tasted like liquid fruitcake. Finish was sweet, very fruity, almost vinous in its flavor profile. I am not sure just how I feel about this one. I know that the 8.48 fluid ounce serving size was just about right as too much of this could be too much. I also think that if it comes in a corked and caged format, cellaring might be in order to knock down some of the heat.

Photo of corby112
2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/26/2014. Pours cloudy reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big cherry, plum, raisin, apple, pear, caramel, candi sugar, clove, pepper, toast, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big cherry, plum, pear, apple, raisin, caramel, candi sugar, toast, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of cherry, plum, pear, apple, raisin, caramel, candi sugar, toast, clove, pepper, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick, crisp, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a transparent dark copper toned amber. The clumpy, tan head slowly fades into a mild cap. Mild bits of lacing are scattered around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, strong fruit fusels, caramel, and spicy notes of herbs & spices.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with caramel, and raisins coming through with notes of cinnamon, and citrus coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, boozy, and full of syrupy fruit.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark golden with a nice head. Smells sweet, spicy, and bready. Heady aromas. The taste has a lot going on. This is a big beer and the flavors change somewhat as it warms. Bready and spicecake flavors foremost, with cinnamon, black pepper, and mace. There are also developing apricot, almond, and further spicecake flavors as it warms. The mouthfeel is spicy, big, and smooth. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. Delicious sipper.

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Town Hall Brewery as a guest beer. This beer immediately reminds of St. Bernardus Abt 12 and their Christmas edition. It smels of cherry brandy with a hint of vanilla and caramel. These same notes carry over into the flavors with a strong, but smooth, caramel and toffee malt backbone. Very delicious and very drinkable. It just lacks a deeper complexity that separates the very good from the great.

Photo of ejimhof
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of wl0307
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is named Scaldis Noël; bottled on 06/08/2009, served lightly-chilled in Kasteel's long-stemmed, broad-rimmed chalice.

A: a dark reddish amber hue comes with semi-lively streams of fine fizz, good clarity (filtered?), and fast-retreating beige foam.
S: the nose is rather mild and settled, giving only faint hints of ripe cherry-ish fruitiness and some spicy notes. A swirl gives rise to aromatic amber malts, faint but pleasant flower estery aroma, and more pronounced alc. Overall it's pretty mild in comparison with many other robust Belgian strong ales, which I suppose is attributed to the lack of yeast sediments in the bottle...?
T: the foretaste is alcoholically warming at first, followed by apple-ly and dried stone-fruits like fruitiness, sour-sweet amber malts, then gradually turning lightly spicy-bitter with some warming alc. in the aftertaste, where residual sourness of ripe prune-ish fruits lingers. Thanks to the light bitterness in the end, the flavour does not end up too sweet or dull.
M&D: the carbonation remains light and refreshing, the body is medium-full throughout the drink, while the flavour profile is somewhat neutralised by the absence of yeasty complexity. The belated hop bitterness is certainly a plus to the overall performance, but my taste buds tell me that this ale is slightly too "clean" and light for this beer style - in particular for the X'mas festive season...!

Photo of BARFLYB
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8.48fl.oz bottle poured into a plain snifter. Saw this little bottle in the store and said what the hell.

A- Scaldis(bush) noel pours a very fine mixture of brown to copper color with virtually no head, just some scattering of bubbles that try to form a cap. Be careful pouring this as alot of sediment on the bottom is easily disturbed.

S- This has the similar qualities of a holiday ale with a heaping of spice such as nutmeg with a bunch of sweet malts as well. A lot of burnt sweet sugar as well as toasted malt. More sweetness with molasses and toffee. Some dark fruit and alcohol from this 12%er.

T- Pretty much the same as above with a big focus on the sweet malt aspect. Can't really get past the alcohol in this high abv brew but it is masked pretty well. Along with the above flavors in smell i also get some cinnamon and raisins increasing the sweetness.

M- A good amount of carbonation, nothing overboard. Not that warming which is surprising, maybe cause i'm drinking it so fast. This one lighty coats the mouth and has a slick feel. The flavors don't linger to long which is also surprising. Oh wait, here comes the warming.

D- This one is a good holiday ale to go to sometimes during the season but this is not my favorite. 12% is high so I am glad it comes in small bottles. Might have to go with the prestige next holiday. This one is decent.

Photo of akorsak
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I am drinking a 250 mL bottle poured into my small Ommegang goblet. The ale has warmed to room temperature.

Appearance: Dark coppery red, this ale pours with decent carbonation that leaves a good amount of lace around the goblet. The ale is clear, with no visible sediment.

Smell: The smell of cinnamon jumps out first. It gives way spices and a distinct smell of alcohol, the alcohol smells fairly muted though.

Taste: A very warming taste, the alcohol makes itself known in this ale. There are also a certain level of spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe even plums).

Mouthfeel: The spices interplay nicely and result in a good mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The ale is 12% for chrissakes, severely harming the drinkability. Despite that, this is a good ale for a cold wintery night.

On a final note, 34 minutes until Penn State whoops up on the 'Noles. Go PSU!

Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy medium brown beer with a small tan head.

Smell is sweet fruits and spice and a clear alcohol scent. Brown sugar, apple, plum, raisin, cinnamon, are all in here. The alcohol carries the scent of brandy and it does have some cognac scents to it.

Taste is sweet and spicy. Lots of fruit flavor to this lots of apple and cherry flavor with a good dose of alcohol warmth to it. Alcohol is noticeable and serves to make for a dry aftertaste. Brown sugar and honey in the taste. Tastes like spiced brandy. Only flaw it has is that the high alcohol level is killing some of the complexity.

Mouthfeel is very good.

An enjoyable beer here but the alcohol level costs it some points in drinkability and flavor. An excellent winter sipping beer here that I can recommend, but you are not going to drink 6 of these in a night.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)
The sticker on the bottle says 12.5% ABV
A- This beer has a hazy warm brown body with a thick creamy of off-white head.

S- The smell of soft sweet malt has a finish of faint bitter hops with a hint of alcohol.

T-The taste of sweet malt with notes of caramel and notes of light brown sugar hang on the taste buds. The finish has a nice soft hops bitterness that combined with the alcohol gives a good finish to the sweetness.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel and the fizz in the texture really gives it a foamy feeling in the mouth. A soft alcohol warmth enhances the flavor but enhances the foamy texture aswell.

D- It is a smooth mellow quad that doesn't have great character but it does have the sense that there is some spice hints that give it more depth. I can't detect the spices because they are to faint but they offer just enough flavor to compliment the malt.

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Scaldis Noel.

Appearance: Poured on-tap into a Scaldis chalice. Sizable head on a mahagony/brownish body exhibiting fine clarity.

Smell: Creamy malt, Belgian ale yeast. Theres an overall pleasantness to the nose. After some time, there is a hint of ethanol, but not strongly.

Taste: Fairly standard belgian ale here. Malty, creamy, with just a hint of hops on the back end. The malts are mild and have a sugary flavor, paired with a mild roasted edge. Just the faintest hint of spice, which was nice.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium to full bodied. Warming in the winter months. Although this is a fine beer, this year's vintage lacked character that makes a truly great Christmas beer. And perhaps it was too young when I had it.

Photo of jdhilt
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cork bounced off ceiling but pours a slight white head that fades quickly, leaving no lace. Almost clear amber color, with some floaties. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit and alcohol nose. Flavor is sweet, dark fruit and hints of the very high ABV which label puts at 13%. Warming, nice strong ale. Worth trying at $18.95 for a caged and corked 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice simple off tan colored head, picking up some of the body color which is a gorgeous dark copper red and brown. Head is kind of soapy but manages to stay for a pretty good time. Real nice looking beer.

Nose is classic sweet raisins, a little soft dark malts, and a good deal of banana.

Taste is chewy and even a bit spritzy. Fairly good carbonation on this, giving some soda like quality but letting the malts remain. Dark raisiny malts and a very prickly palate. Feel is just slightly wet but it works with the carbonation. Some very faint afterfinish of mild sweet chocolate and banana. Warming tongue brings licorice and toffee tastes as well.

Overall pretty solid, not much more to it than that. Doesn't come off as particularly boozy at all either.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage

This is a boozy beer. Should've known coming from "Scaldis".

Pours a shiny brown, cola, ruby color. Little white head, settled to a thin collar and film

Aroma is just sweet. Sweet apples, caramel and booze. And this thing is a year old.

A touch more flavor than hinted in the nose. Caramel and sweet bread. Some fig and spices. Mostly though it's booze. Glad this was a small bottle. Good gravy! Perhaps a nice after dinner beer, or sitting on the porch in a snowstorm.

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to slcbrewer for this one.

Poured into a chalice a cloudy dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, some nice islands and sticky lacing throughtout the drink. The nose is malty, prunes, figs, raisins, tangy/sweet, and some caramel. The taste is sweet/tangy, malty, slightly yeasty, nice touch of caramel. There is a slight chewy thing going on and the alcohol is hidden very well, nice warm feeling in the throat. A slightly dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, I liked the version of a BSDA, highly recommended.

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served (12 oz) in a tulip glass at Barley's in Greenville.

A clear dark amber with a fine, creamy tan head. The head has medium retention but leaves some very nice tiny-bubbled lacing.

Aroma: Has a clear alcohol presence but not objectionable; suggestive of fine cognac rather than just boozy. Approaches 4.5 -- very high for me for a beer with a 12% ABV.

Taste: Flavorful and refined, but not as rich or complex as some competitors (e.g., St. Bernardus ABT 12). Moderately malty, somewhat sweet, and quite fruity. Lightly spicy; more subtle than is often the case for a Belgian of this style.

Mouthfeel is not the strong point of this beer. It is admirably smooth but may be a tad under-carbonated. Warming but no burn from the alcohol.

O: Very well crafted seasonal brew with a high but well hidden/integrated ABV. A tad too sweet but nonetheless a fine Belgian well worth seeking out. Improved with warming. Exceptionally interesting and fun to drink.

Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's beers like this that make this one of the best times of the year for lovers of big beers like myself. Have recently had this on tap at Max's and Mahaffey's.

The beer pours a light brown color, but with glints of amber and red. The beer has very good head retention and lacing and looks very impressive and enticing. The nose is sheer ectasy. It smells of sweet cherry cough drop, vanilla, Belgium spice and candy. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose. The beer is quite sweet, but with enough spice added in to keep it interesting. I just think of Christmas candy when I drink this beer. The beer is surprisingly light on it's feet for such a big beer, though it has a very warming effect, an indication of the 12% abv. The beer finishes well and, while a sipper, is surprisingly easy to drink.

An excellent beer. One of the more positive signs that winter is upon us.

Photo of rab53
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle bought as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Festive blue foiled cap.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" beige head above the reddish caramel-hued brew. Head stays as is, thick and foamy, and lacing is excellent, especially for the style. Aroma is spicy Belgian malts and yeast, with a tincture of piercing alcohol at the end. Taste is sweet and spicy upfront, with ample malt presence, and fades into an all-encompassing warming effect, with perhaps the slightest step into the land of "whoa, boozy". But this a is Quad, after all, so what else would be expected? Mouthfeel and drinkabilty are both good, with the drinkability being of the "I would revisit" variety, not the "I'll have three in a row" variety.

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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