Scaldis Amber | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Scaldis AmberScaldis Amber

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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

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1/5  rDev -74.2%

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1/5  rDev -74.2%

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1.25/5  rDev -67.7%

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1.25/5  rDev -67.7%

Photo of yelterdow
1.62/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Served in a Chimay chalice at cellar temperature. 250 ml bottle, best before end 03/06.

Appearance- Holy boring... this beer pours a clear reddish gold with thousands of tiny particles in suspension. A mighty weighty appearance, yet the quarter-inch initial head recedes to nothing after a minute. Absolutely zero lacing or residual head, save for the thinnest of rims.

Smell- A whiff of alcohol and some dark fruit, but to a much lesser degree than I would have expected from a 12% quad. A heavy, sweet malt character comes along as the beer opens.

Taste- Ughhh... a wicked, totally agressive and out-of-balance assault of fusel alcohol, complete with the burn in the finish. Mouth afire, the complexities of the malt, fruit, and hops are nowhere to be found... buried in the floodwaters of gasoline. This is like doing shots of hard liquor, but rolling it in the mouth for maximum torturous displeasure. Desperate now, I swirl in all sediment from the bottom of the bottle...

...a little better now, but not by much. This is, in my opinion, undrinkable.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The texture is fine, with its foamy microscopic bubbliness. But once the flavor and swallow occurs, it's painful. My burps even hurt. What a huge letdown... I was really looking forward to this tasting. I think they're lying... this beer must be something like 24%. My stomach lining hurts.

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1.82/5  rDev -53%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Dull brown with orange highlights. Head never really develops, but lacing is present.

Slightly reticent, very ripe nose of apricot-inflected malt. Alcohol is evident.

Starts incredibly sweet and heavy in the mouth, then builds from there into more and more alcoholic heaviness, until the alcohol becomes unbearably hot and sharp.

Not recommended except to hardcore (and undiscriminating) barleywine fans.

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1.96/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This ale poured with a deep orange bronze colour. It was cloudy and hazy due to a lot of floating yeast flakes. The head was light tan, very low with very poor retention.
The nose was a mixture of alcoholic vinous and honey.
The taste was extremely sweet and cloying and the alcohol was the dominant feature in the palate.
The mouthfeel was unctuous with a moderately low carbonation level and a full body. Sweet warming alcohol aftertaste.

Overall Bush Ambrée (Scaldis in my Bottle) is a very strong ale. It is oversweet and cloying. Definitely not my stuff.

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

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2/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2.2/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed 5/24/2007 (250mL bottle, BB 06/2008):

Pours a red/brown cloudy colored body, with little head, white, and diminishing. Has an alcoholy floral aroma. Also, a deep earthy aroma. Has a strong alcoholy, dark fruit taste. Almost like rubbing alcohol. Very hot, could use some cellaring.

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2.25/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Saigon (bottle)

I will not drink this beer unless there are no other choices.

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2.29/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

25cl into a tulip. Poured a hazy dark orangey honey. Unexceptional head, nice lacing.

Scent of alcohol sits atop all others - more so than perhaps any other Belgian I've had but I attribute this to the brewer not the abv. Behind the alcohol are overripe apricots and spices.

Taste is surprisingly bland because the alcohol kicks in way too early. Instead of providing a warm peppery finish it kicks in well before the halfway point, phenols reside in the finish as well. The alcohol masks any subtleties there may be rendering it mediocre.
no cheers

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2.38/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear golden brown with a rocky tan head. Lots of lace. Smells of tart fruit and grassy. Light hops.

Strong maltiness. Alcohol burn. Fruity. Unbalanced and not that tasty. Strong but that's about it. No complexity at all. Some sweet alcohol lingering on the tongue. Not so hot.

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2.44/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Her copper-colored dress off aromas of honey, strong, powerful and caramels a touch of hazelnut. Unfortunately, alcohol is much too noticeable in the mouth and final, this coupled with a bitterness too pronounced in the finish, we get an unbalanced beer. Certainly, it has nevertheless a special taste and richly observed, but in my opinion, alcohol is much too far to fully appreciate the flavors of this beer.

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2.47/5  rDev -36.2%
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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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of RuudJH
2.54/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Strong beer small bottle.
Colour amber, hazy with lots of floaty bits, thin head, ok carbonation.

Smell of pilsnerhops grassy, smell of bubblegum. Boozy, not bad.
Taste of malts, slightly roasted, some dark fruits, but the alcohol is very dominant, a bit harsh.

As a lot of the stronger ales, this one has problems. The flavours have trouble covering for the % of alcohol, making it hard to enjoy.
The boozyness is very disappointing to me. I've had several high % abv beers that were very enjoyable with flavour and aroma, but this not one of them.
After a few tries and sips, I threw the rest away.

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2.58/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - 4.0 : Poured nicely with a decent white head. Light color matching of the Belgian style.

Smell - 3.5: Not very pronounced, slight aroma of something orangish but otherwise could have been any beer we were smelling. No identifiable hop or malty smells.

Taste - 2.0 : Flavor is dominated by a hot alcohol burn but otherwise matching a dry Belgian. Other flavors are brutally swept aside by alcohol flavor. Somewhere near the end the light orange flavor shows back up but you're too busy grimacing to notice it. Could have had a shot or two of vodka accidentally dumped into the bottle.

Feel - 2.0 : Burning followed by more burning. Density is light for of a high gravity beer but considering the light color it makes some sense.

Overall - 2.5 : The only positive thing I'll say about this beer is that it's flavor held up when paired with our dessert. Compared to all the others we tasted this night this is the only one that followed a strawberry and still maintained its profile. It also served as a palate cleanser between other beers bringing out a number of flavors we had missed on first taste. However, the same could probably have been achieved by getting a regular Belgian and dumping two shots of cheap vodka in the glass. It'd probably taste about the same and not run you $5 for 8.5 oz.

Read this and a comparison of a few other high gravity beers at my blog at

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2.61/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sunset-like in color, with a thin, off-white head. The nose is fairly thin, with hints of alcohol but little else. Flavor is better, though very "hot." Alcohol is really quite overwhelming, actually, and contributes only a bit of peppery spice to the flavor. As the beer sits it develops some light berry flavors and some toffee notes to the malt. Overall, this is pretty harsh.

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2.66/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear orange/amber with a good sized bubbly white head.
Big alcohol and malt aromas. Perhaps some citrus fruit but pretty one dimensional overall.
Tangy and sweet/bitter. Lots of rich malt flavor with some caramel, citrus fruit and nut. The alcohol is hidden surprisingly well in the front but really crashes the party in the middle and finish. Any attempts at balance and complexity are overwhelmed.
Full bodied with a heavy mouthfeel and an alcohol burn in the back of the throat.
Definitly one to sip. The alcohol is king in this one...maybe it's time for a revolution!

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2.69/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bush Ambree 33cl 12% 5€20

"strongest belgian beer"

A: Rosey copper with bright coral color when in the light, thin white head that falls quickly, heavy lacing

S: Alcohol, meaty malt caramel sweet and belgian yeast. As warmed the smell gets a more bread tone.

T: Alcohol, vodka caramel on back of the tongue, but weak hints at a malt, spices and a musk of fermentation.

M: Chewy, sticky with lingering ethonal in the back of the throat.

O: Off balance as it falls into the pits of becoming a liquor. The warming of the liquor didn't help the tastes which were hard to get into the mouth because of the burning eyes. At 12% the alcohol is wacky, but nothing I haven't seen before. Heavy handed, which leaves the brew rather a novelty instead of a drinkable delight.

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2.7/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.73/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a half pint goblet at Zeno's in State College. The beer had a one finger lgiht tan/yellow head, over a hazy golden copper body. Seemed a bit light for a quad, but it looked nice. The nose had a bit of lemon, grass, and, oddly, a bit of powdered sugar. Light, but nice. The taste was hard to describe: bittersweet, with lots of alcohol. Not much character. The mouth was medium-light, with a bit higher carbonation - or perhaps alcohol burn? Overall, this beer suffered from being too strong.

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