Scaldis Amber | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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BA SCORE
3.87/5
Very Good
720 Ratings
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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:
#10,466
Reviews:
428
Ratings:
720
pDev:
14.47%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
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33
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Photo of biegaman
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of s4s
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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 +7.5%
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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Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Cheers

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Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Shanex
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Birdlegs
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnTurano
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of igl
4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review.

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Slightly harsh strong ale that's reminiscent of someones home made wine. Not bad just unrefined and pure alcohol.

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Photo of deadmonkees
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MLoxxer
4.74/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 1 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

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

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Vylo
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SayBoom
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Scaldis Amber from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 720 ratings