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Scaldis Refermentee - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

38 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.05%


Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: lordofthewiens on 11-15-2009)
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 2015. Pours moderately cloudy deep orange copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big golden raisin, plum, fig, cherry, pear, apple, caramel, candi sugar, toast, biscuit, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big golden raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, caramel, candi sugar, toast, biscuit, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of golden raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, caramel, candi sugar, toast, biscuit, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and big robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and deep malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong ale! All around great complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast ester and deep malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 19:04:53 | More by superspak
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mactrail

California

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a copper-tinged amber in the Affligem chalice. Really nice foam and it lasts well. A boatload of floaties adds to the weirdness. The aroma ranges from candy to fruitcake.

The initial taste is so shockingly sweet it's a revelation. I mean, it tastes exactly like sugar cane. However the Belgian yeast takes over. It doesn't get at all dry, except for a little woodiness on the tongue. Even a little bitterness as you sip. A faint hint of tart-sour flavor that provides a little complexity. Stunningly strong but thoroughly interesting. Sip slowly and let it warm up. Raisins and more fruitcake with a bitter marmalade finish.

This is totally crazy, but it's a Belgian brew that actually lasts well From the 750 ml bottle with painted label purchased at Bottles N' Bins Liquor in Monterey.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 06:06:25 | More by mactrail
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pants678

California

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into y Gulden Draak tulip. Orange body, albeit a little on the darker side. White head, fluffy.

A little floral but mostly caramel on the nose.

Very biscuity and super sharp like there's a note of bourbon in it. Another year or so might do this one well, but if you want up front and pungent Belgian this is certainly it. Rich caramel overwhelms and the ABV is not exactly hidden, but compliments. Fruity, possibly some orange peel or corriander, and malty but this one is probably all about the yeast.

Generally aggressive beer, the carbonation is no different. Necessary, though.

Again, a year of age to mellow would be welcome. If you can still get your hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 22:31:24 | More by pants678
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a goblet. BBE 2011.

3.5 A: Murky light brown color. A finger and a half of foamy off-white head that fell quickly. Oh well, this is a big beer, I'll cut it some slack.

3.5 S: Toastiness and caramel lead the way. Yeasty breadiness. Candied dark fruits, but no fruit really sticks out. It's more of a generic fruitiness, though if I had to pick, I'd say dates were the focus. Peppery from the yeast. Not a lot of complexity, but it's still quite pleasant. The booze is hidden quite well.

3.5 T: Same major flavors as the nose. Toastiness, caramel, candied dates and other assorted fruit, and hints of vanilla. Peppery spiciness and breadiness from the yeast. You can taste the booze, but it doesn't seem like it's 12%.

3.75 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a nice spritziness to it. Smooth for how potent it is.

3.25 D: It's good, but there's better out there. Worth a try if you stumble upon it.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 06:49:51 | More by DavoleBomb
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TommyC

California

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, saturated orange-ish color with dark specks of plant matter floating around; translucent with a small (but thick) off-white head.

Nose: fruit; hops; ethanol.

Taste: honey; bourbon; brandy; apple; pear; mace; wood; hops. Mostly sweet, but with a slight nuance of sourness & tang. A fair amount of spice and bitterness that lingers on the back of the tongue somewhat sharply.

Mouthfeel is excellent! Creamy, fine bubbles with good retention coat the tongue and roof of the mouth nicely.

Overall, I liked this: big, complex flavors with a creative and intriguing palate; great look and feel. On the flipside, the ale could be a little more balanced: sugar and sharpness tended to dominate toward the end of the bottle, thus it wasn't as drinkable as Scaldis Tripel. Nevertheless, a fine ale and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 01:54:23 | More by TommyC
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an excellent, strong, complex beer. the first time I had it, it didn't seem possible it was 12%. By the second beer, it was clear, hte alcohol was an integral part of its makeup. The third time, I knew what I was in for. Lots of strong flavors, gorgeous color, a big beer. Just looks perfect in a Duvel glass. I could and will drink this often. Let no man stand in my way. Yum.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2012 04:23:28 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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Bugsey

District of Columbia

4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What an absolutely amazing beer.

Smell and taste are as advertised on the bottle. Soft pralines, caramel, malt, and with enough bite to keep it balanced. Alcohol is not overpowering.

Great mouth feel. Not too thick or overpowering.

Definitely going to get more of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 15:12:05 | More by Bugsey
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impending

California

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A

750ml into a tulip. Pours a nearly transparent copper cola, towering dense off white head retains nicely, minor lacing.

Aroma is surprisingly weak for a brew of this strength. Yeast and nondescript fruits, quiet spice.

The taste show no restraint compared to the scent, big. The alcohol comes forward properly as the aftertaste begins, it is a nice warming balance to the sweet intro. The aftertaste is very long lasting and evolves continually, ending in a pleasant unexpected caramel. Phenols are well managed. Zero bitter, zero dry, alcohol sits in. Full bodied creamy mouthfeel.

doesn't hit full stride until near room temp
more of a strong pale than a strong dark
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 01:20:51 | More by impending
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treque

Mexico

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a deep copper colour, with some brown hue, thick, cloudy, with lots of carb, a nice 2 finger, off-white head, with a good retention

S: sweet notes, intense, yeast, coriander, dark fruits

T: meidum light body, the alcohol is noticed from the very first zip, some sweetness, there is no bitter at all, well balanced, complex, warmer on throat

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 23:33:20 | More by treque
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aerozeppl

New York

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at one of the BA fests and thought it was one of the better beers of that night.

A: Honey tinged amber color. The amount of stuff floating around in this beer is insane. A minimal amount of slightly brownish head. Tons of visible carbonation and the cork POPPED when it came out.

S: Very bready. A nice earthiness with quite a bit of yeast thrown in there as well.

T: The taste of dead yeast is there a little bit. Again very bready/ malty for the style. It is not a bad beer at all but I think IMO this one was better fresh. There is a nice sweetness to it almost like a sherry. At times it almost has the taste of an oak aged beer then the next sip it is gone.

M: Medium bodied. Lively carbonation.

D: I think this one has gone down hill a little bit. Fresh this really stood out for me. What another year or 5 might do is interesting. It is super drinkable but there is still some heat to it. A confounding beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 23:43:53 | More by aerozeppl
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zeff80

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange/amber color with a two-finger, off-white head of foam. It slowly receded to leave some patchy lace. There was also a good deal of sediment floating in the glass.

S - Aroma was spicy and yeasty with some biscuity notes.

T - Sweet caramel and bready malts lead off this Belgian. Followed by a sharp spice and yeast bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish and subtle alcohol warmth.

O - This is a pretty good Belgian ale. I'd like to try it with some more age on it to see how it matures.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 01:18:09 | More by zeff80
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fair ale, a bit too pushy in its attempt at complexity that does not really make it.

Presentation: 750 ml brown corked and caged bottle. Dark orange Scaldis branding with a small narrative on the back highlighting the intent of the brew, and main description. Shows Alc. by Vol. (12%), and BBE date (2011). Served in tulip glass.

A - Medium to deep amber pour, frothy head, medium to low retention, fair surface memory and some touches of lacing.

S - Aroma is a bit sort, generic yeasty sense, with a sweet touch. Neither the initial whiff nor the range as it warms up offer much else.

T - Malty sense, with a round bitter yeast punch coating it. A bit too hefty and mono-dimensional as it progresses. Caramel emerges in the finish, in particular around the final pours.

M - Medium/full body with medium carbonation, and a slightly smooth touch broken by the bitter yeast punch.

D - Fair, worth the try but all in all not too enticing.

Notes: This could be me as I explore some of these attempts to referment or age certain Belgium beers. Luckily this one is one positive side of the spectrum but it reminds me of the ugly way that for instance Leffe tries to offer a Cuvé-aged ale and fails. Miles apart from that experience but there is something in common around the backbone of these brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 15:33:27 | More by Daniellobo
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JayQue

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow!! This is good. A pity I cant let it warm up, but it tastes too good to let it sit!! Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into my Chimay goblet. A good hazy orange color with a lot of sediment and a nice sized bubbly white head. Minimal lacing and the head fades fast...probably due to the 12% abv.

Smell is of fruit..apples pears and raisins. Some hint of Belgian candi sugar.

Taste is outstanding!! Belgian yeast and candi sugar, fruits and a warming bit of alcohol

Mouthfeel is exceptional as well. Carbonation is just right. The richness of the taste is felt as well as tasted. Very smooth. The alcohol provides a warming effect and a nice little bite.

Obviously drinkability is good. My son-in-law drank half the bottle in record time. I am savoring mine but I could easily drink more. This is a very good Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 02:12:56 | More by JayQue
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carpezytha

California

4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Not quite clear copper body, very aggressive cream colored head with tiny bubbles, dense and holds well.
S: A woolly nose with hints of dried apricot and creme brulee.
T: Semi-sweet maltyness balanced by dried pears, dates, very little bitterness but a pleasant sourness. At once complex and so balanced...every sip reveals more.
M: Full bodied with a sustained light pricklyness, not hot at all considering it's ABV.
D: I am partial to the "regular" Scaldis, one of my favorite beers and I could drink this again and again (not in one sitting). Not to be overlooked.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 04:30:02 | More by carpezytha
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Delirium tulip. 12% ABV, BBE 2012 on neck band.

Thanks to bnieman's dad for sharing this on his B-day!

A - The pour is clear golden amber and vibrant in the first glass and full of chunky sediment in the second two. A dense white head floats on top with low retention and little in the way of lacing left over.

S - The moderate aroma was strong with candi sugar and caramel malted sweetness with flakes of crunchy toffee and a crisp nose of yeast and light floral hops on the finish.

T - Scaldis packs an unexpected punch in the flavor with strong caramel and toasted malts followed by a low boozy warm alcohol flavor and a yeasty smooth finish. It's one malty brew!

M - Medium-full bodied with a sweet but decently balanced-out finish. Warm, low level of boozy warm sensation to the finish.

D - Probably the strongest amber (what it's labeled as) I've ever had but it's definitely not overly boozy. The round body and solid flavor make it pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 05:06:11 | More by BeerFMAndy
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tjinohio

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A beautiful beer to look at. The beer pours a gorgeous translucent copper color with an ample eggshell white head. Nice lacing throughout the drinking.

Some phenolic spicy aroma. Also maybe a little orange. I must admit, I have a fire burning in the fireplace and there is a definite issue of sorting through the smell of burning wood.

The taste is warm and sweet, perhaps candied apricot with a nice alcoholic warming that cuts through the sweetness and balances the taste of the beer. There is a maltiness and a spiciness to the aftertaste that is pleasing.

I love the mouthfeel of this beer. There is a nice carbonation with an unexpected creaminess given the appearance. It is smooth and sensuous in the mouth.

When it comes to drinkability, one cannot help but factoring in that this is a strong beer. However, share it with a friend and he will be good friend indeed.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 00:31:34 | More by tjinohio
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lifeboyq

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 oz bomber into a Duvel tulip. Moster cream white head with serious lacing and retention. Great translucent burnt orange appearance. Taste is huge, very sweet and the sugar is present but a good job of the lack of hot phenols and off flavors. It's hard to describe, but the thought that comes to mind is candied apricot with caramel malt. It could use a year or so for the sweetness to mellow a little bit but it's not cloying at all to me. Mouthfeel is nice, smooth, syrupy with some strong carbonation that lingers. I dont know how drinkable this is but I could drink it anytime so long as I didnt have anything important to do later. I love their offerings and this one doesnt fall short. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 00:54:04 | More by lifeboyq
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a 75 cl bottle.

Pours a cloudy reddish amber gold with a red tint. Sudsy white head retains well.

Smells of tart citrus and sour apples. Good yeasty malts as well.

Tastes malty and mildly citrus. Sweet, fresh grains as well.

Very bubbly feel all the way through. Moderate body. You can just barely feel the alcohol.

This beer hides its alcohol well. This is just fantastical tasty and wonderful in all possible ways.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 17:38:20 | More by Cylinsier
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crossovert

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Something special for my 150th review. 75th Anniversary brew, im not sure if it is a Quad.

The cork goes off with a huge pop and nectar like scent fills the air. Pours into my Duvel tulip with a nice active white head that leaves attractive lacing. The beer is a sleek amber with hints of almost rosy pink, a stunning brew. It is clear and you can see tons of bubble emanating from the D logo etched in the bottom of the glass. There are also floater abound.

The nose has some caramel and vanilla, along with sweet alcohol like port, some fruit, and genuine Belgian yeast twang.

Taste is a bit like the standard Scaldis, with that heavy sweetness and alcohol presence. But this one is smoother than the original and the flavors jump on your tongue a bit more nicely.v There are some spices floating in there too, with a nice yeast twang.

It is a big assed brew, and where other brews of this caliber might falter this one delivers with some insane drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 05:06:52 | More by crossovert
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3 ounce pour at a local beer tasting - closing the evening with this 12 ABV monster

Poured medium to dark amber color with some active foam. Port wine smell with hints of vanilla. Quite fizzy - high carbonation from the refermentation, but with small bubbles.

Tastes sweet - very chewy, notes of dark fruits, raisins and plums in particular.

Good taste - this is a heart beer, and the 12% makes it a challenging drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 19:46:05 | More by KTCamm
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the 75th Anniversary edition. In a goblet the beer was copper colored with a small white head. A caramel and vanilla aroma, and a caramel and vanilla taste. The alcohol made it a little hot in the mouth, which I also felt to be the case with the regular Scaldis. Maybe I'll buy another bottle (it was reasonably priced) and let it age.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 15:54:43 | More by lordofthewiens
Scaldis Refermentee from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
90 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.