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Scaldis Amber | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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3.86/5
Very Good
716 Ratings
Scaldis AmberScaldis Amber
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Belgium
br-dubuisson.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Bush Ambrée

The Scaldis Amber is flushed with a bitter-sweet taste, and a pleasing consistency, courtesy, in part, of its balanced caramel malts. Those malts also introduce a strong streak of roasted nuts, adding to this beer's stand out flavour. Despite its initial filtering, the re-fermentation has given the beer a natural cloudiness, while also making for a mild and tender mouth-feel.

Added by Bierman9 on 09-25-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,852
Reviews:
426
Ratings:
716
pDev:
14.51%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
88
Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Briggsy43
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Borzov1982
2.47/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Nauseous taste, drank half a bottle, the rest poured into the sink-I'm not a masochist.

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Photo of Tschude
2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jk175d
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mixed feelings about this one. Considering it's 12% there are times this would be a beer is be happy to find in the fridge. Standing on its own the taste reflects the malty yeastiness one expects from a strong Belgian beer. The first time I had it I found it tasty enough if not outstanding. But this time around I drank this just after finishing a La Trappe quadruppel. In comparison, now this beer seems like a Belgian version of a convenient store bomber. none of the depth or complexity of a truly great Belgian beer. In conclusion, 12% is it's own animal, I wouldn't ever be unhappy with this beer if that's what I was looking for, but if there were superior Belgians on the shelf or tap I would pass on this.

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Photo of cozmo
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GD1985
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of steverx8
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregorioMagno
3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look: Amber, clear but very yeasty. Compact foam with good retention

Aroma: Boom! Alcohol hits you like a punch in the face, cider, caramel, malt, yeast.

Taste: The taste and heat of alcohol completely overpowers everything and sits on your tongue for a while before mellowing, giving way to a high level of sweetness, caramel and dried fruits, slight elements of clove

Mouthfeel: Thick, very full body, medium/low carbonation, sweet.

Overall: It may be the strongest beer in Belgium but I'm afraid it's far from the most complex and tastiest. What I find great about Belgian beer is that you're often surprised by how well the alcohol is disguised, but in this beer it hits you like a truck. Underneath the boozy heat and intense sweetness there are some nice flavours of dried fruit and clove. Not a beer I'd recommend.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of erk0607
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Murky orange-copper in color, visible effevescence, head dissipated rather quickly (served in a tulip) leaving visible bubble-lacing around the edge of the glass
Smell: Cherry, grain, toast, sweet sugar, plum, maybe a bit cough-syrupy
Taste: Somewhat noticeable alcohol profile but not overbearing. Malt forward. Cherry/plum flavors, candi sugars. Soft hops. Lingering sweetness with slight bitterness. Honey.
Feel: Energetic, large bubble carbonation, medium-thick mouthfeel that foams up on the palate, not very oily, somewhat dry.
Overall: A good strong ale. Definitely a sipping beer. Sweet like the other Scaldis offerings I've had.

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Photo of AJmon13
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LocusSolus
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Momon
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of prisdefer
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of khmel
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of delta490
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear amber with just a thin smear of white head. The aroma has a nice malty sweetness with just a little earthiness in the background. The taste is much the same. The body has a smooth, medium-weight, mouthfeel and finish.

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4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biegaman
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Scaldis Amber is sold in Europe under its original name, "Bush Beer", but I think the North American title better suits it anyhow; it sounds like "scalding" which is perfect given the fiery amber colour, blazing highlights and red-hot 11.8% alcohol. (Though, to be sure, there's no confusing this flashy, fancy looking beer for "the official sponsor of fishing, hunting and Nascar").

Dubuisson has been cultivating the same yeast for this ale since the recipe's inception, over 80 years ago. Hey, when it ain't broke. This mildly zesty, peppery strain helps lighten the thick, gooey, caramelly maltiness and is a complimentary match to the underlying fruity alcohol esters. The beer smells strong but has seriously satiating and sedative elements too.

It's easy to get lost in this Aladdin's cave of flavours: macerated and mulled orchard fruits alongside toffee, maple fudge, banana split, dark honey, and a kind of dried fruit-and-nut granola that's been baked in syrup. Even some berry notes. The brewery grows its own hops but apparently forgot to use any. Still, it never really gets cloying. It's actually curiously creamy.

This brewer has a thing for strong, sweet beers - and he pulls them off very well. Reading the label then looking at and smelling it you half expect to be breathing fire. But alas, the mouthfeel is ultra-honeyed and alcohol extremely mellow. Still, it's best to approach this as you would a brandy or cognac: something best suited to a snifter and plate of nuts and fine cheeses.

Brasserie Dubuisson dates back to 1769 and has had eight consecutive generations of father to son brewmasters (and, as if that isn't remarkable enough, the brewing lineage goes back even further than that, predating the family brewery). Do you think that might have something to do with why their beers (like this Amber) are so good? Probably, right?

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Photo of HermitDan
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of s4s
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This seems to be scaldis refermente = bush amber, both ~ 12%. I prefer the taste of an 8% belgian, but for $/alcohol this is wonderful.

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Photo of tuesunsommiel
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours clean and slightly amber colored with a small head, not too much carbonation
S: Fruits (almost watermelon....yeah, you read that right), malt, yeast
T: there is definitely alcohol in this beer, though @12% ABV you'd be surprised at how small of a bite. Nice malty, fruity flavor with an alcohol warmth.
F: Minimal carbonation but doesn't taste flat. Good texture, some aftertaste.
O: Definitely a good beer and at 3.40CHF (bought in Basel, Switzerland) it's definitely worth a taste.

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Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 716 ratings
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