Scaldis Refermentee - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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3.74/5 rDev -8.6%
basically from what i understand this expensive bottle is a bottle conditioned (or refermented) edition of the basic scaldis brew. i expected it to be far more dry and bubbly than it is, and frankly prefer the base beer to this one for whatever reason. the elegance and refinement is lost on me. amber in color with a nice head but a ton of massive yeast chunks, literally as big as jelly beans, floating all over the place. i get a ton of sweet caramel malt on the nose, with a classic belgian yeast strain, smells like a sweeter blonde, not so much like an amber. prickly carbonation hits my nose too, but the sweetness is intense, and there is a desserty vibe to it, and the alcohol is hidden well for how big it is. the taste is as sweet as the nose, i thought the bottle conditioning would clean this up much more than it does. layers of brown sugar and caramelized cereal grain come up, and the belgian yeast that makes the base beer so distinct is a little muted here. a well made beer no doubt, but the base needed verily little improving. for the price i would skip this one and pick up the original every time.
05-11-2014 19:25:45 | More by StonedTrippin
4.23/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
04-05-2014 19:04:53 | More by superspak
4.04/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
10-08-2013 06:06:25 | More by mactrail
4.19/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
02-24-2013 22:31:24 | More by pants678
3.48/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
02-22-2013 06:49:51 | More by DavoleBomb
4.06/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
01-29-2013 01:54:23 | More by TommyC
4.08/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
12-15-2012 04:23:28 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Scaldis Refermentee from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
90 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.