Scaldis Amber
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Scaldis AmberScaldis Amber
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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #73
ABV:
12%
Score:
87
Ranked #12,619
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 14.36%
Reviews:
433
Ratings:
728
From:
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  34
Gots
  90
SCORE
87
Very Good
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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Reviews: 433 | Ratings: 728
Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Tiny 8.4 oz brown bottle with a dark orange foil over the cap. A lot # or odd freshness date on the side of the label could be deciphered as the month, week of the month and year to drink before.

Appearance: Aggressively carbonated though with the beer being thick it takes its time as it rolls to the top to form a rocky head. Peachy orange colour with small flakes of yeast floating around.

Smell: Peppery sweet alcohol, ripe tropical fruit like pineapple and mango are thrown to the nostrils. Some malt sweetness is the back also.

Taste: Creamy medium body with a thick carbonation, big unwavering alcoholic character is there from start to finish. Peppery and warming with a sweetish sherry like flavour. Nectarine? Fruitiness is there but mixed. Hints of medicinal phenols. Malt flavour is cake like and a bit doughy, it seems uniform all the way through also. Hops a mild and a bit of a veggie flavour peeks in. Finishes with more alcohol and leaves some residual sweetness.

Notes: Impressively strong yet balanced in a way given its strength. Makes a perfect dessert beer or a night cap to sip on. Certainly is close to the barley wine style though still lined with a big Belgian influence.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite an interesting beer. Amber-orange colored with a sweet malt & alcohol aroma; leading into a rich and fruity malt flavor backed by a solid dry bitterness and peppery spiciness. I love the peachy-light apricot fruitiness! The body is medium light but has a high level of fine carbonation giving it a certain level of creaminess. Although this beer could probably offer much more, the higher alcohol content seems to limit it, as the taste does not change much throughout a glass. The finish is dry, not cloying in any way, but with a memory of the malt and hop. Impressive, but not superior.

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Photo of rosebud
4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to agree with Mophie. This is an exceptional beer. Fortunately I get to have this beer on tap quite often. I've had it both ways, bottle and tap, and, I have to say, once you have this beautiful beer on tap, there's no going back. This beer is so drinkable, and the mouthfeel ... exquisite, the way it invades your tastebuds! Definitely a beer to drink slowly and enjoy.

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Photo of ADR
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Little bottle of potent venom...murky brown amber, final head in the 1/4 inch range, lacy at the margins. Aroma is fairly restrained, slight peach and white wine in character. Alcohol (12% by volume) is apparent right off the bat, sizzles the taste before settling into a full prune/pepper/spice flavor. A little phenolic taste. Not as coating as I was expecting. Peppery at the swallow, a little upcharge through the nasal passages. Too "rough and ready" around the edges to me. There are comparable brews of a roughly similar style that I would prefer over this.

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Photo of Bighuge
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark amber with orange highlight. Nice full pillowy head. Beautiful candy sweet aroma. Could be the orange/corriander thing. The main aspect of the taste I pick up is alcohol. Too much for my liking. Some of the more subtle tastes that I enjoy a little more are spicy hop notes, fruity esters and bready yeastiness. I'm sure belgian beer lovers drool over this one, but it's just not for me.

I'm trying to expand my horizons to the Belgian brews a little more and have found some that I enjoy quite a bit and some that I can do without, like this one. I will keep experimenting as I have 3 from Ommegang to try and the Unibroue anniversary one, but so far, I am still sticking with the Imperial Stouts, IPAs, Barleywines, Porters and Alts as my favs.

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

Take an English barley wine and combine it with a Belgian tripel, and that's sort of what this beer is like. Looks very much like a barley wine: bright copper color, creamy white head, but with loads of bubbles. Aroma of faint peach and lightly toasted bread. The taste is awesome, fruity, nutty, spicy. Incredibly, beautifully complex. Nice, dry finish. Alcohol kick (it is, by the way, 12% abv). If you're into barley wines, this is a great way to get you interested in Belgian strong ales. If you're into Belgians, this is a great way to get you interested in barley wines. If you simply love great beer, check this out.

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Photo of BKotch
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's not available in Texas, but every time I travel through New Mexico I pick up as many bottles as I can reasonably afford (last time it was $3.79 for 330ml). It's that good. The strongest beer in Belgium and perhaps the most complex. Hugely fruity and nutty, and surprisingly dry in the finish. Called "Bush" in Belgium, it's about as far as is possible from the Busch here in the States.

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Photo of John
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Scaldis (aka Bush Amber) is one of the most complex and incredibly strong beers in the world. Sit back and sip this one and appreciate it as one of life's finer things.

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Scaldis Amber from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 728 ratings