Scaldis Amber
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Scaldis AmberScaldis Amber
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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #74
ABV:
12%
Score:
87
Ranked #12,305
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 ThaCreep
2.44/5  rDev -37.4%
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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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.38/5  rDev -39%
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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Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of impending
2.29/5  rDev -41.3%
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
jd

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.2/5  rDev -43.6%
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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Photo of AlexLMS
1.96/5  rDev -49.7%
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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Photo of tcfishler
1.82/5  rDev -53.3%
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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Photo of yelterdow
1.62/5  rDev -58.5%
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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Scaldis Amber from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 728 ratings