Scaldis Amber
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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #68
Ranked #15,966
3.9 | pDev: 14.36%
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Scaldis AmberScaldis Amber
Notes: 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.
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

#1685 - Blind-tasted except for the beer's name, ABV% and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
This bottle is labelled (at front) 'Premium Belgian Beer - Bush - Ambree/Amber - Caractere 12%'
L- Amber indeed, under a halogen desk-light it's almost a glowing dayglo orange! Pours clear (filtered) with a 15mm just off-white pillowy head. ps 10mins later. Holds really well and forms lacing on the way down.
S- Ooh! Lovely Belgian ester notes (think 'Pear Drops' sweets).
T- The taste follows, + slightly spicy on the palate, then almost slightly peppery? Big ester-notes, quite literally mega banana notes, it's wonderful. The ABV% also can't help but peak out to be spotted. Rich but as it warms a touch perhaps nudging a sweet note here and there. [serve well chilled and don't linger is my 2c]
F- In a beer of this heft there are times I think the Taste and Feel almost have to combined as in a beer as solid as this they are so deeply inter-twined. It's big, it's solid, it's a slow-sipper, it's a perfect winter-warmer. It has quite notable richness but the clear esters, meaty presence and solid ABV% balance that.
O- Wow, Bush Scaldis Amber, for such an understated bottle this is a high-class thumper of a beer. 'Thumper' seems impolite for it, but the 12% isn't exactly shy either. I like this, perhaps just a touch over-rich for me, but it is a demonstration-quality beer for anyone who needs a great example of Belgian esters featuring BIG and evident.
Love it, would happily grab one of these any day, and year-round too (just not at the px I paid!).
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! ==> Ingredients include sugar. That's not for any Bottle-Cond either so rather disappointing.
330ml bottle £4.55 BB: 25/01/2023 Bought from BeerMerchants, Kent/UK as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.
ps. With ref to the previous reviewer suggesting this is the strongest Belgian beer, nah, it's not. I've reviewed BE beers here to 13% and I'm sure there are many others I've not encountered yet. But yes it certainly is a statement of a brew! :)

Mar 11, 2021
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

(330 ml bottle, 04/07/2020; purchased single off shelf... chilled only long enough to reach desirable drinking temp; no cold settling... decanted into teku glass, similar enough to the one shown on the beer's profile page on the Dubuisson site)

L: polished-clear, fiery orange-amber liquid; tall, tight, amber-dusted off-white head, building tall on pour, but receding from the onset... its color is lovely, jewel-like; one mottled bar of lace at the non-sip end

S: caramel syrup, vanilla extract; sweet ethanol, vague floral and milk chocolate flourishes... smells of a syrupy, quad-y malt liquor; scented candle... excellent intensity, but lacking nuance

T: caramel champagne; moderate+ dry aftertaste with hints of floral ethanol and spicy yeast (esters, bordering on fusel)... second sip and beyond: hard-candy caramel and an stealth, exponential, crescendo of ribbon-spread thread of spicy alcohol... its intensity catches attention, but its lack of depth begs a dump or slug

F: soft, lithe, subtly-bouncy spread to its body; cut, cleaved, clefted, lifted by the point of spirit originating on the front of the mouth, spraying back to the aft of the palate, but its angle directing it more or less halfway, while the back of the palate remains relatively un-engaged... dangerously moreish, despite its flaccid carbonation

O: ok, so this may have been at least a year or two old; the joint I bought it from has had it in stock as long as I can remember and has replenished their shelf stock at least twice, so somebody else IS buying this... pretty sure I had this once or twice along my winding path... basically a one-dimensional vehicle for booze and 'Belgian' flavors; could maybe (and probably should) accompany a sweet, creamy dessert... even a single 330 ml would be best shared; not a savor-able sipper (1699)

Sep 25, 2020
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InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Bright copper. 1 finger white foamy head that fades quickly leaving a ring around the circumference of the glass.
Smell: Bright, apples, caramel and hay.
Taste: The high ABV (12%) is apparent. Sugary and caramelized malt. I'm not picking up any of the expected nuttiness.
Feel: Smooth and creamy. This beer fills the entire mouth from top to bottom. Only the very back of the tongue is left out.
Everything about this beer brings to mind brightness. The taste is the weakest element of this beer. (Overall I'd give it a solid B+.

Mar 21, 2020
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Kendo from New York

4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the 750 ml into a Chimay chalice. Body is clear copper with big bubbles of carbonation and some sediment apparent.

S: Nose of ripe apples, caramel/toffee and brown sugar.

T: Follows the nose, with caramel malt, butterscotch and ripe apples. Finishes with some modest boozy heat (not surprising given the 12% ABV).

M: A little on the slick/oily side. Drinks/feels pretty light for a beer that packs a 12% ABV punch.

O: Good stuff. This one has been in my fridge for God-knows-how-long. May have affected overall impression.

Nov 10, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has nutty and caramel malt hints
T-Taste follows the nose with a nutty and caramel malt flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Belgian Strong Ale

Aug 04, 2019
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elnachooo from Spain

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cerveza ligera, de carbonatación media y de aroma dulce. Es una cerveza con un final agridulce. Tiene un 12% de alcohol por lo que es una cerveza "pesada" que puede alegrar a varios.

Oct 15, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.36/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Holy moly was this a hot beer. Pours well, amber an cloudy, plenty of chunky material in the liquid. Darker amber with a 1/2" off white head. Aroma was mostly alcohol. A little bit of caramel, but mostly hot ass almost fusel like alcohol.

The taste reveals a bunch more alcohol. The caramel is a burnt bitter kind of sting. Roasted nuts are too obliterated by the high alcohol to be anything more than a reference in the commercial tugjob, but not really discernable in real life. The belgian yeast is discernable and not helpful. This beer is a lot of things I don't like. The bitterness isn't really about any hop quality.

So if you like your beer to come off like a shot of liquor, this could be your thing. I really did not like anything about this beer.

Sep 21, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer has a boozy kick, but in a way that feels intentional and is manicured to accent over flavors of caramel malts, belgian yeasts and spices, and array of delicate fruits such as grape, peach, pear and raisin. Smell gives off more booze than taste, but does well to have big yeast and spice notes too.

Sep 21, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber color with a thick thin head with decent retention.
Aroma with notes of banana, orange marmalade, peaches in caramel, mild pine and crystalized fruits.
Flavor with notes of herbal hops, booze, apple puree, orange marmalade, banana flambé, apricots and some spices shadowed by its sweetness. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Medium body with slightly effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 12% is felt, but it is well hidden considering its strength.
Belgian Strong Ale with lots of ripped fruits. But I found this overly sweet, especially considering it was not refermented in the bottle as its daughter the Bush Ambrée Triple. As the other version, I also felt this as a beer reduction.

Jul 09, 2018
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janubio from Spain

4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Golden amber colour, medium head with short retention. Good crying lace.
Aroma of honey, pears, bananas, esters from fruits.
Medium to full body, texture is reamy and fruity, with green apples finish. Carbonation is OK.
Taste of green aplles, bananas, pears, honeyGreat but dangerous beer, very pleasant and hidden alcohol.

Dec 20, 2017
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jk175d from North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Aug 03, 2017
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GregorioMagno from China

3.07/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Apr 01, 2017
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erk0607 from Colorado

3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Feb 26, 2017
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delta490 from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Sep 25, 2016
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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?

Sep 16, 2016
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tuesunsommiel from New York

4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Jul 08, 2016
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my personal favs from Belgium from the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This fine ale pours a clear and bright deep amber with a nice head of white dissipating foam that settles to a thick ring, subtle layer, and light sudsy lacing. Nose of peaches, candy sugar, caramel malts, and strong booze. Flavors exceed the nose with pear and peach notes on the middle and sides, booze and candy sugars hit nicely on the front and rear with touches of bubblegum, banana from the yeast, and a touch of white pepper note on the back and aftertaste that is seared in by the strong ABV. Nice medium mouth feel, moderate carbonation to cut through the sweetness, and a warming finish.

Overall one of my favorites.

Of note, in the past I recall some light yeast in the bottom. That now seems gone. Still it is fantastic, yet slightly different from the past.


Jun 26, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/10/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/amber color, with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, orange, peach, apricot, mango, pear, pineapple, pepper, clove, honey, brown sugar, biscuit, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/beady malt, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, peach, apricot, mango, pear, pineapple, pepper, clove, honey, brown sugar, biscuit, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Moderate yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, peach, apricot, mango, pear, pineapple, pepper, clove, honey, brown sugar, biscuit, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/beady malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from yeast spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a small warmth lingering after the finish, with no booziness. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/beady malt, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the huge ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Jun 12, 2016
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Shanex from France

4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A fairly great Belgian Strong Pale Ale, very strong at 12% but balanced and drinkable, definitely worth trying and buying again. Sipping this on a warm spring evening. Cheers!

Jun 11, 2016
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MLoxxer from Nebraska

4.74/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

When I dream of beer it tastes like this. I I was fortunate enough to have this one on tap at Max and Joe's in Omaha Nebraska. I'm always leery of reviewing my favorite beers for fear of not doing them justice. Although the liquid is not as hazy as I would like it produces very nice residual lacing on the glass. Color wise it is an amber. The aroma is not that of a super yeasty brew but instead is very understated. The flavor though is absolutely phenomenal. I have a hard time using words to describe complex flavors so I won't try. I will say that it is on the same level as one of the Trappist Rochefort ales, world class. I will have this one whenever I can find it.

Apr 09, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7 Abril 2016.From 2d2despuma. In Teku glass. Playing South Park The Stick of Truth. 75 years edition (2008) Nasty aspect (no foam at all, nasty brownish color) but very pleasant sugary sweetness. To drink slowly because of its booziness. Avg 4.04.

19 Abril 2020. De Hipercor. Etiquetada como Bush Caractere. En copa Grimbergen. Jugando a Secret Order 4. Con papas fritas. Delicioso perfil acaramelado belga que deja con ganas de mas. El elevadísimo alcohol no hace acto de presencia alguno en boca pero si en la cabeza. Avg 4.5

Apr 06, 2016
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Ant777uk from England

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look, nice brownish amber colour, head goes down quite fast.

Yeasty, breaddy, citrussy aroma.

Considering it's 12%, it's flavour is well balanced, though it's not as smooth as a Chimay or Rochefort, though this is stronger. You can taste the alcohol. I taste orange peel mainly. And plum, a bit of dragon fruit. And a hint of guava, with elements of guanabana. Yes, guanabana is a fruit, and it's really nice in fact.

Good level of fizziness, that changes on the tongue during the taste.

Would happily buy this again, it is a good extra strong beer that has a strong feeling after drinking one, similar to the feeling of a jaeger bomb.

Apr 05, 2016
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Dzu from Russian Federation

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Gorgeous,transparent amber colour.
S: Compleax aroma with notes of dark friuts.
T: Roasted malt, caramel and citrus.
F: Weak bitterness and a little boozy but also smotth and oily.
O: Wery good in start but too boozy in finish.

Jan 31, 2016
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; listed at 11.8%. Best before June 15 2017 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a clear amber-orange colour, with about one finger of dense, frothy head seated atop. It fades steadily over the next 3-4 minutes, leaving behind a wide, foamy collar and a thin cap of film. Looks fine. The aroma includes notes of bubblegum, honey and apricot, with suggestions of banana, red licorice candy, golden raisin, alcohol and floral hops. Not bad, but the firm note of booze reminds me of one of those Euro strong lagers - which, I must say, is not really a good direction to go in.

Straightforward taste that follows the nose pretty closely. Yeasty bubblegum flavour is the most prominent facet of the profile; it is accompanied by notes of caramelized sugar, honey and orchard fruit. Apricot and pear both come to mind, with more red licorice candy and a few floral notes. Plenty of clove spice at the finish. Warming aftertaste - significant ethanol presence, which I find to be a minor detraction. Medium in body, with lively carbonation levels that continuously prickle the palate. This beer is a little too boozy and sweet for my preferences, but all in all it's still a serviceable strong Belgian ale.

Final Grade: 3.57, a B grade. Scaldis Amber probably won't blow your mind, but if you're a Euro beer fan looking for something simple and sweet to keep you warm this winter, you could certainly do worse. In truth, it doesn't compare favourably to any of my favourite examples of this style - think Duvel, Piraat, Delirium Tremens, etc. - so if you're expecting something of that quality, you'll likely be disappointed. I might pick up one more bottle to stuff into the cellar for a while.

Jan 29, 2016
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Mike_Aguirre from Mexico

4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber, clear very bright, with a very thin white foam head. Aroma is great, fruity, alcoholic, yeasty, smells like a christmas fruitcake. Taste is similar, strong, spicy, fruity, bready, very nice. Medium body with high carbonation. Great beer, and very good price in Mexico.

Jan 07, 2016
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