Scaldis Amber
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

Scaldis AmberScaldis Amber
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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #72
ABV:
12%
Score:
87
Ranked #12,715
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.
Reviews: 433 | Ratings: 728
Photo of Lukie
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This comes in a small 250ml bottle, and I was told it is a Belgian equivalent to a Barley Wine.
Poured out into my Bush special glass, which I received 6 months before this actual beer was available. It is an odd glass.
Poured out a very bright golden hue, with a small thick head that left substantial clinging lacing.

A strong smell of liquor orange (grand marnier), mango, and strong alcohol round it off. Wow is an understatement.

The taste is very creamy, with hints of caramel, bitter orange, and unbaked dough like characters. It seems quite like Nectar with a bitter dry finish. The alcohol is not hidden, as you can feel it warming all the way through, with it's dryness effecting the mouth quite strongly.

Very creamy, with the alcohol very warming but also palate destroying. Amazing beer, but one of these is all I could take, and thank goodness it is 250ml. Any more and it would be way too much. A definite treat for all advocates.

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Photo of highvoltage61
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a chance to try this on tap at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, R.I. Was served at a good temperature, not too cold. Was served in a scaldis chalice glass.

Appearance- dark amber color

Smell- Strong Caramel notes. Light hop aroma.

Taste- First sip gave strong malty flavors and smooth texture of caramel. Hops were well balanced. Bitterness was strong enough to counter act the strong malt characteristics of this ale.

Mouthfeel- somewhat thick, smooth, and finishes well

Drinkability- Would love to be able to drink multiple pints of this stuff, but at 12% 2-3 is the limit when you have to drive home.

I was very impressed with this beer. First tried it in a bottle and when I saw the chance to have it on draft I was overwhelmed.
The draft version definitely had some subtle aspects that made it better than the bottle. Even if it is just the joy of getting it on draft. Would recommend this Belgian Ale to one and all

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Photo of deBeers
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very full bodied Belgian quad. Watch out for the strength because this will put you down, hard.

Lovely smells, nice head retension, great all around beer. Highly recommend. Sorry for the lack of notes but this was a great beer experience.

Happy Beering and to a new year!

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Photo of KoG
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep Golden color with a good sized head that leaves some chunky lacing.

Smell is predominately alcoholic at first, fading into light malt and sweet fruits.

Taste is fruit and alcohol well balanced along a minor bitterness. The alcohol is nowhere near as prevalent as in the nose. Creamy on the palate and on the way down. Alcohol burn becomes more present when it warms but still doesn't sting at all.

Being summer, I could have picked a less warming beer, but I'm inside with the AC. A very nice brew that is sweet but not cloying and may appeal to those that like lighter wine styles.

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Photo of janubio
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.

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Photo of sevopie
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy light brown with visible sediment. Pours a finger head that dissipates quickly, with little lacing. Also, even through the sediment, I can still spot a good amount of bubbles rising.

Smell - You can smell the alcohol right up front on this one. Almost has the aroma of a champagne, dry and fruity.

Taste - The carbonation brings through some of the flavors well. The alcohol is still present, but not as much as you would think from the smell. Sweet taste thats incredibly well balanced, and finishes so smooth. You still taste a little fruitiness, as well as the typical Belgian spiciness.

Mouthfeel - Deceptive amount of carbonation considering how quickly the head left. The brew finishes so smooth though, that you don't notice its 12%.

Drinkability - I could do with more of this one, though probably not another right now. It finishes very well for being 12%, even for a Belgian. Very unique as far as the beers I have had go.

Overall, I liked this one a lot. I can see why they put it in such a small bottle, but wouldn't mind it in a normal one. It has characteristics of a few different types of drink, which I liked. Complex, not enough to turn someone off, but maybe slightly more than I would have liked to make it a favorite. Will buy again though.

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh man....this was the least expensive quad at the beerstore and, not sure if coincedental, the highest ABV. I was a little nervous about trying this one.

A: Typical quad style in appearance, light brown and cloudy, no head, tiny lace

S: Alcohol and figs. Stings the nose a bit

T: Um, hot/warm alcohol, figs, sweet raisins and light toffee but mostly alcohol. It made my whole chest warm on the first sip. It tastes like I should be breathing fire. It's appley too, in a way, like a fig apple cider with astringent mixed in.

M: Smooth, not much carbonation and if so the burn of the alcohol takes over any of that. It's hot on the tongue, that's for sure. But I like it.

D: Not so much so. It's good tasting and smooth, but the alcohol OMG are you serious? It's so strong it like a bottle of Burberry purfume...it's so delicious at first. After that, it's just harsh. Love this, but for my body it's not humanly possible to make this a regular. I wish.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Luckily I have my own Bush chalice, Nice! So That’s where I put it in. It gave some head, but it vanished immediately.
The colour is amber (Doh!), with a heart warming fireplace glowing orange. Very active carbonation.
The smell has multiple layers. Creamy caramel malt, American hop bitterness, oranges, vinegar, dades and grains, alcohol and bread.
The taste overwhelms because of the acidity, strong alcohol and sugary/caramel malt with oranges, union and dades.
The aftertaste shows how full bodied this beer is. Strong alcohol, still some acidity, soft bitter tone oppressed by some sourness.

A gem of a beer, I love the Bush beers. They’re some of the first special beers I started drinking when I was younger.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

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Photo of russpowell
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

BBD of Sep 06, but I believe that could be backed a yr or 2 no problem!

Poured copper to orange with a 2 fingers deep white head in to my BUSH glass I purchased in BE. Slight oily viscosity to it that almost dropped out at the end. Good head retention & minimal lacing

S: Rich, boozy & oaky. Port-like notes

T: Warming alcohol, oakyness & tangerines. Finishes
like a sherry or port, really dry, fruitty (apples) & boozy

MF: Rich, subtlely carbonated as it should be

Drinks pretty well considering the heft. But more than bottles of this & its time for a nap! This is an ale that holds up well to crossing the pond. One to sip in front of a fire with winter chill in the air, still held up well in July

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Photo of scottoale
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Small brown 250ml. with cap/neck foil and foil labels with no markings on the "Best before end" grid. It poured into a chalice, a bright amber-orange with a 1/4" of off-white creamy, dense foam. The head recedes in time, but is restored with a swirl of the chalice.

Very sweet, fruit filled nose with a yeasty spice and slight hop backing.

The taste is much the same with a sweet and fruity maltness that tones down to a spicy, yet crisp finish. Really well balanced with the rather massive alcohol content burried deep within. You don't taste the alcohol or even smell it as the brew warms, but it creeps up on you before long.

Good viscous body with a fluffy, full feel as it sits in your mouth...smooth. Way to drinkable for a beer this big and a great quad, none the less. Belgian skills!

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Photo of choyhosoi
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Pours a hazy orange with a big head that dissipates quickly. Grape scents with a candied scent. Very nice lacing and a great mouthfeel. There isn't too strong of an alcohol taste. This is a definite must buy for a real drinker.

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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 avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an almost orange color and a thick, cloudy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: You get a bit dose of fruit, malt and alcohol in the aroma. Nicely done, though.

T: There was a thick, chewy malt presence, along with a light fruit. Fairly sugary, but not overwhelmingly so.

M: Typically high carbonation level and a kind of slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: On the whole, a very good example of a quad. Very tasty.

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

Some really good stuff.

Nice coloration with a fluffy head.

Like most big Belgians, it smells like spices and candies and fruits with a nice yeast backbone.

Taste comes off sweet but breaks off into a nice warming blanket of carbonation and dried fruit. Alcohol is very absent for 12%.

Mouthfeel is very Belgian. It's like a waterfall of beer.

Stuff rocks my socks. You can make this four pack last for days. One of 'em is a night cap. Two of 'em is the start of a good night. Three of 'em and you can forget about playing darts. Finish four in a session and get meet your floor.

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Photo of beersarang
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber with a medium sized head that just doesn't hold on for very long. Beer doesn't look like anything special.

Fruity aroma, lots of different fruits and rich caramel along with aromatic Belgian malts. So many different smells it is hard to discern.

A good sip brings to the palate the fruit character. Cherries and rasberries play across the palate backed by a firm malt character that is also fruity. Almost no hop character although there is a slight bitterness. Finishes warm and fruity gain with a very sweet exhale that is not quite cloying but just perfect. Alcohol is not as noticable as you would think.

Thick bodied with a light carbonation, goes down easily. I would buy this again as a special treat. I was very very surpised by this tiny bottle.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

G – Snifter

A – Copper, sparkling in tone, with a little foam that sticks around for the duration, save for what clings to the glass

S – Boozy; wood and cognac and port wine and many things sweetly alcoholic.

T – Potent and pungent and permeated by a slightly sharp sensation of heat, from the booze. Very similar to Cognac, a grape dryness, a warm liquor, and a charred wood. I am a huge fan. Not the same type of flavor as Trappist Quads, but it is just as good as nearly all of them.

M – Again, the Cognac comparison: very dry and yet intensely mouthwatering on the finish

D – This stuff is super fine. Especially aged 3 years like this little 8 oz. bottle.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
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.

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Photo of Trinidad
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I would give this a five but I believe it was expired. Can someone explain how to read the expiration, thanks! Okay, I'll write more. I love the little bottle, love that it is from Belgium. I love that is 12 percent alcohol. It looked nice in a glass. The smell was wonderful. Fruity. The expiration is impossible for me to read. I think it actually from 10, If so, it was still amazing. Wife asked why there was stuff floating, one of the reasons I think it was expired. It was still drinkable.

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Photo of Radome
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This is a nice dark gold to orange color. It is mainly clear, but has some yeast sediment. The head is off-white and very thin but persistent. There is a thin film of bubbles on the top and lacing on the glass until the beer is gone.

S - Alcohol is the first aroma you get. It is very boozy smelling, but there is complexity added by malt, raisins and honey notes. Although hot, it smells appetizing.

T - Again the alcohol is up front and aggressive. Beyond it, there is some hops taste, lots of clean malt, and added complexity from candi sugar or something similar. Each sip leaves me wanting more.

M - Moderate body with mouth-coating viscosity. This is cut by the alcohol burn and some surprisingly high hops bitterness, resulting in a nice balance.

D - This beer delivers on what is promised by the aroma--a big, boozy celebration of malted barley. It proves a big beer doesn't need spices or fruit to make a statement. This is as simple and direct as it gets. I wouldn't advise having more than one at a sitting, but I'll take it any day as a substitute for brandy or an after-dinner liquor by the fire.

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Photo of nickfl
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of off-white foam, topping off a perfectly clear, golden-amber body. The foam settles pretty quickly and leaves only minor lace.

S - Bready malt notes with a little bit of toffee as well as powerful yeast character. Notes of banana, vanilla, pineapple, and strong clove. An unusually nice ester profile with a good balance of spice and fruit.

T - Boozy malt up front with bread crusts and toffee as well as sweet, light caramel. Banana and clove take off in the middle and are boosted by a peppery note. Finishes with more spicy yeast notes and some sweet malt as well as a little bit of vanilla character. Just a hint of herbal hops and some balancing bitterness. Lingering notes of vanilla, clove, toffee and warming alcohol combine to create a brandy like impression on the palate.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This beer really manages to pack a lot of flavor into its diminutive bottle. The yeast aroma is nearly perfect with nice, soft notes of malt and an ideal yeast profile. The flavor has much of the same character, but with harsher phenolic notes and an intensity imparted by the high alcohol content. The lingering malt and yeast notes create even more complexity on the palate in the aftertaste with a creamy, boozy fruit character that is pleasantly brandy-like. A very nice beer overall, it doesn't get as much attention as beers like Duvel and Westmalle, but it is every bit their equal.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Settles into the glass with a non-descript white head over clear deep amber liquid goodness. Deep malt nose mixed with spicy yeast esters and potent alcohol fumes. First sip reveals a chewy, nutty maltiness first, then a tremendous drying hoppiness dominates the palate...but wait, now the touted 12 percent alcohol shows up to let us know who's boss here. The finish is wonderful, long and dry hop bitterness complexities mingle among the alcohol wallop and brief fruitiness for an intrigueing experience...a delicious classic strong (read:STRONG) Belgian masterpiece.

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Photo of becktone
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 9-1-09

Eye: Didn't know that this one had sediment in it or I'd have been more careful pouring it, just didn't think about it. Oh well. Color is pretty much amber. Head formation and retention is impressive considering that this guy is 12%. Pretty good looking if you ask me.

Nose: Very sweet to the nose. Alcohol really lends some sweetness here, hard to miss. Apple aromas and general fruity aromas abound, darker fruit aromas even though this beer is golden to amber in color. Smells quite like a BSDA, alot like Delirium Nocturnum. Wow all in all this is a great nose on this beer.

Tongue: Considering that this is 12% the alcohol is hidden pretty well. Sure it comes out, but it gives balance to the brew. Alcohol warmth and the actual flavor of it give a lot to this brew. I mean this is a pretty easy drinking beer. It is a huge beer, but it drinks like a session beer. The way that the alcohol comes out is like the alcohol comes out in a beer that's got about five and not much of a body...Well this one has body and the alcohol comes out like that. It fools you making this a very dangerous and very drinkable beer. I mean there's not much flavor to this beer, it drinks just like its a 5.2 amber or something which is the coolest thing about this beer. I mean the alcohol comes out as sweetness and its very hard to see that its the alcohol that gives the beer that flavor, not the beer.

Feel and Drinkability: Feel is medium. Higher alcohol and carbonation try to trick you but its a bit heavier than that. It feels great in the mouth, just like a sessionable amber. This is a very dangerously drinkable beer, easy to drink and easy to drink a lot of. Hard to say no to another one of these. It'll get you though...heh heh. This is one that I'll be sure to pick up again. Great beer, highly recommended. Like I said, the coolest thing about this beer is that its so strong but without it stated on the label you might be left guessing as to how strong this one is. That's what I think is so cool about it.

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Photo of Novels
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed this. Poured from a bottle into oversized wine glass at Monk’s Pub in downtown Chicago. Has a hazy, buckwheat honey color with brown hues. No head, but great lacing left on the glass- tan/white in color. Texture is extremely impressive, very thick without being haughty. Tastes like heaven, or hella caramel, whatever you want to call it. Amber malt, bittersweet finish and dry personality. Great.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring, leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit and alcohol nose. Flavor is sweet, dark fruit and some alcohol. Warming, nice strong ale. $4.75 for a 250ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Source/Serving: 11.2 oz bottle, no expiration date.

S: Caramel apple and pear carried on ribbons of abundant floral alcohol. Earthy yeast grounds the effervescence and upbeat spiciness. Light herbal hops.

T: Juicy, semi-sweet golden raisins over a backdrop of apple, pear, honey bread, and alcohol. Middle combines a tartness, prickly carbonation, and light punch of bitterness to shake your palette awake and delivers fruity (apple, pear, apricot) booziness with a firm, but low level herbal hop snap. The juxtaposition of a medium-full body, high carbonation, serious warming and upbeat flavors gives this an impressive larger-than-life, yet very nimble, character. Like a 7ft center in basketball or a 280lb defensive end. Finish is boozy with expected dryness and a lingering, pleasant pear alcohol note. As warming as you'd expect, but never too boozy even as it warms. Incredibly smooth alcohol character thats a positive flavor attribute in this case.

Notes: Awesome beer. A gargantuan brew that is delicate and complex, fruity and spicy and even hoppy as well as amazingly light even with the blatant booziness. A deft hand brews this bad boy.

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