Scaldis Amber
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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.
Reviews: 433 | Ratings: 728
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is yeasty, fruity, and malty. Smells good.

Pours a hazy straw with a creamy milkshake head. Looks amazing.

Flavor follows nose with nice complexity. Lots of bright fruit, sweet and tart with a tropical and peachy/apricoty vibe. Solid malt backbone, yet not overly malty (kind of cake like). It is quite yeasty, for lack of better words, with some dry powderiness and savoryness. Spicy pepper and alcohol hint at cayenne. Kind of an old tasting Sherry vibe. Finishes with an amazingly smooth and strong sweetness coupled with Belgian craziness and alcohol. Magnifique!

Tight balance, strong flavors. This is a good beer. 8.48 ounces just isn't enough.

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Photo of Hubris
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow! How can such a strong beer be so drinkable?

I'm used to "super strong" Euro lagers (usually in a can) that taste like cheap ale with a shot or two of Vodka mixed in. This is a flavoursome, full bodied, sweet beer that would suit any quiet evening session on a winter's night or while watching a rugby test in civilised company.

Beware the 12% abv, but try this beer as soon as you find it!

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery tap.

1.9 euros for a 12.5 cl glass. 2.9 euros for 25cl

A: amber, clear, slight lacing
S: medium nose, slightly sweet with barley
T: great taste, sweeter but with alcohol, great balance, attenuated
M: sweeter but easily drinkable
O: incredible for alcohol

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Photo of NHGrafx
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 8.48oz brown bottle.

Pours a nice dark amber color. Not much of a head, but a nice ring of lace.

Very pleasant floral like aroma. Some malty aromas and a bit of spice. Mainly sweet. Can smell some alcohol too in the background. There are some nice fruity aromas too, but it's hard to put a name to them.

Taste is very good. Some sweetness, caramel, bit of malts. Pretty boozy too. There are some spice notes in the flavor, feels slightly peppery on the tongue. Bit of fruit flavors too, reminds me a little of sour apple with some grape mixed in or something like that. Mouthfeel is nice. Drinkability is good too, just a little boozy.

I really enjoyed this one. Would buy again, if I can find it again.

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Photo of chilidog
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I agree when others say, "Wow". This is most likely the surprise beer of the year for me. Also my first at 12%abv. It pours a highly carbonated orange color. The head, while shortlived, is a light yellow peach. Lace is slight, but will ring on the glass. The aroma hits the nose with a wake-up-call, pow. Its a scent of sweet alcohol, grapefruit or pineapple. The taste and mouthfeel is smooth, carbonated and warming to the chest. The taste of tropical fruit, yeast or dough, backed yet ballanced by raw alcohol. An impressive strong dessert brew. One to take your time with & enjoy.

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Photo of freed
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Concordia, full pour of a deep orange-copper body with micro carbonation and a light head of small to medium bubbles. Body had a slight haze.

Aroma is milder than I'd expected, but had a really pleasant citrus and peppermint smell and a subtle aged hop finish.

The taste was sweet but with a full, developed malt body with a suggestion of grand marnier. It's a rich, warm and filling, almost port-like.

Body and taste - The whole things improves each sip and finishes perfectly.

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Photo of zebco
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A very deep orange color. Lively carbonation. My wife said it looks like "really dark pee". I thanked her for that.

Smell: Strong alcohol aromas. I'm also smelling some strong fruits.

Taste & Mouthfeel: I know this is a strong ABV. You can smell it. Taste it. It's also right there on the bottle. I am just starting to get into high ABV style beers and this one is not at all overpowering to me. Sweet tasting with the right amount of alcohol.

Drinkability: I picked this out randomly as a single from the store. At $9 bucks per, I wouldn't buy 12 of them for a Friday night and go crazy. But I will look to pick it up occasioanlly as a single again. At 12% alcohol I think this was very easy and a joy to drink.

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Photo of Jemonster
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Unfiltered orange/honey color with almost no head on the pour. Actually looks pretty tasty...but there is a lot of stuff floating around in the glass.

S: Sweet, honeylike smell and not much else in the nose.

T: Sweet honey and cakelike flavor, slightly hoppy with alcohol bite, dark berries in the far background. My wino (whino?) friend says it tastes exactly like a Sauternes (dessert wine), I think it tastes a lot like Mead.

M: Lightly syrupy and barely carbonated, sticky. Coats the mouth in a good way.

D: Low drinkability because of the high alcohol content, but I must give it a 4 because its delicious! I could definitely/obviously not session with it, but it is easy to drink the one I'm drinking.

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Photo of Svingjo
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured a translucent copper colour and produced a thin white ring of head. The nose leads with toffee and malt. There is a sweet fruitiness as well along with dates and dark fruit. The flavour is much of the same along with an alcohol warmness. Not the burn that you might expect with a 11.8% ABV. The mouthfeel is a bit on the syrupy side but that adds to the experience because the carbonation balances it out.

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Photo of Crosling
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is a sad story behind this great beer and it starts with the Anheuser Busch legal team. Those bastards. Just recently, AB has taken Dubuisson to court once again, now, Dubuisson is forced to change "Bush" to "Scaldis" in every country except seven (Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, Switzerland and Portugal). Somehow I don't think people will mistake this fantastic 12% Belgian beer with an adjunct infested yellow fizzy beer named "Busch." This is another reason why I hate Anheuser Busch! Bastards!

I sampled "Bush" at Lop Lop in Brussels, Belgium. I sell "Scaldis" at my store in Colorado.

Light Brown.

Focused aroma of a malty sweetness, banana and peach.

Massive. I might be on my own here but I find Bush to be insanely drinkable and quite the dangerous session beer. I could have 4 or 5 of these easily, no problem at all. I also enjoyed its "chewy" mouthfeel. Very soft and smooth, with a small trace of its potency and a divine fruitiness, mainly cherries and plums but also a hint of juniper and a lovely caramel maltiness.

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Photo of STEELERFAN2390
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

this beer is worth a try if youre into Belgium brews that are slightly boozy and have the yeast characteristics.

A-orange and amber in color..nice lacing that left a decent head that rapidly vanished.

S-bread/biscuits ,malt,belgium , slight alcohol smell is present.

T-coriander , boozy, hot, complexed and pretty balanced. some malt and a peppery /spice flavor...pretty awesome.

M-light to medium mouth on this ,pretty well carbonated. nice!

O- overall I really enjoyed this beer as a sipper on a cold night....its actually become a staple in my rotation. I like the hint of booze in it ,its not too overpowering.
def a must try ...

Purchased at total wine in naples,florida for 15.99$ for a 4 pk

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Photo of Intelligentsia
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in a bottle from Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA. Recommendation from the staff.

The first thing I noticed is the small 8.4 oz bottle it came in, with a golden foil over the cap. A ripe peach color with a slight head that faded quickly. Some tropical fruit and alcohol on the nose, not overpowering. I could taste the warmth from the alcohol immediately and it lingered for a good while. This is my first quad so I don't have others in the category to compare it to, but a great introduction.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE - Peachy orange, slightly opaque. Creamy, light brown, 4-finger head that lasts, with lots of lacing

SMELL/AROMA - A little sweet, piney.

TASTE - Quite sweet, fruity, Sherry-like, and mildly piney. ABV fairly well-hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Surprisingly well-carbonated, thick and a bit syrupy.

OVERALL - A very well balanced Tripel. The sweetness works, and the ABV doesn't hit you. Quaffable, but not chuggable. Do not limit this to dessert only.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a murky burnt orange amber with yeast particles. Head is thin and unimpressive but expected for such high abv. Swirling the tulip easily rebuilds the foam and small spots of lace form.

S- caramel and soft fruity notes of melon, banana, pear, orange, cherry, and cedar. Woodsy, vanilla and candy-like, with a bit of berry tartness.

T- big sweet heavy flavor like fruits covered in caramel and brandy. Apple, pear, grape, vanilla, fig, melon, banana, some pineapple alcohol bitterness and vodka, rum and mint. There's little to balance out the sweetness except for a flash of noble hop, making this one a sugary liquid dessert but not cloying.

MF- viscous and juicy with very lively, prickly carbonation. Cooling feel. Alcohol is felt mainly in the chest along with moderate dryness on the cheeks.

D- this is a pretty intense beer. Alcohol and sugar battle it out for twelve rounds with sugar winning by decision. This 8+ oz bottle is the perfect serving size for this potent beast, as any more would be a bit too much. Having a tulip with a 0,25L market makes it even cooler.

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Photo of Steve188821
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The apperance is a orange golden colour.

S - The smell is of tropical fruit, there is also a hint of flowers.

T - The taste is very sweet, almost sherry like, there is also some fruitiness.

M - The mouthfeel is creamy with alot of carbonation.

D - Despite the very high abv, the drinkability is very good. I would definetly have this beer again.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz brown bottle draped in foil; served in a goblet.

Pours a cloudy copper with floating sediment. Lively, carbonated white head that pastes the goblet's rim and gathers as a thick pool in the center of the glass. Trails of thin lacing with average strength.

Rich and creamy chocolate malt aroma with a deep mustiness; very phenolic which balances out the rich maltiness. Caramel and warming butterscotch. Notes of slightly tart fruit in the background.

Rich, balanced caramel, milk chocolate, and toffee flavors. Notes of vinous, dry fruit: fig, date, raisin, and plum. There's a soft tartness lying in the background that is overtaken by a swarming, heavy alcohol character. The finish is smooth with dry hazlenut flavors and a touch of grape in the aftertaste.

Full in body; creamy and smooth on the palate. Unobtrusive texturally, despite somewhat earthen flavors.

A Quadrupel nearly dead-on in aroma and flavor for the style. Somewhat of a classic that deserves more respect than what it gets IMO. Certainly a Belgain to be savored over and over again.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at the Evil Eye in York.
Wall to wall customers, mostly ordering mojito's! Nice beer menu. I ordered a Rochefort 10 but they were out and the bartender brought this as an alternative. Good call.
No glass offered and after 20 minutes waiting to be served (no complaints though, we weren't in a hurry!) I was content to drink from the bottle. So, I plugged in a 3 for appearance since I never had a fair look.
Full bodied, with a malt heavy, sherry like character. I thoroughly enjoyed this bad boy and man did the 12% creep up.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It was a deep golden color with some foam, when poured into a tulip glass. The smell was of a sweet nature, like a sweet fruity aroma. The taste was not what I expected for a ale that's 12% alcohol. The taste was a mild sweet/tart flavor of honey and fruit and spices. A really big flavor and pleasant enough to sip and enjoy. I personally would will purchase this Belgium Ale again.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body is a dark orange, with a generous finger of white head for an 8+ oz. bottle. Plenty of fruit--little surprise--accosts the nose, with moderate yeast and hints of caramel. The taste impresses and improves over the nose. Strong detection of peach, cherry, apricot, spices such as pepper and ginger, and definitely caramel--more than the nose hints--really complex and delicious. Balanced mouthfeel, nicely carbonated, smooth finish. For 12%, this is actually quite drinkable, more than I initially thought.

Well worth buying.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A great quad, worth the price but will break your wallet in half. especially for 9 ounces! must pour very, very carefully to avoid dumping the lees, which is quite loose. unless of course you like the extra nutty flavor. Pours a clear brown, with chunks of yeast rather than a cloudiness. incredibly good mouthfeel and smooth drinkability. the taste of scaldis is unique to the brewery, like het anker, or d'achouffe is. very flavorful with almost a thick uh...dark peach?? or maybe papaya flavor. sugary and has the compulsory alcohol finish but still very smooth. great beer, enjoy slowly with dark meats or bread and butter. syruply delicious residue on the lips. get it!

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5
Poured a finger bubbly beige head that quickly reduced to a thin layer over an amber-orange body with shade of pink. Loads of suspended yeast.

Smell - 4.5
Truly lovely and incredibly tempting. Strongly alcoholic, sweet and toffeeish malt, pungent apricot and peach fruitiness.

Taste - 4.5
Delicious sipping beer has flavours of nutty, cake-like malt, orange peel, mixed spice and earthy hops. Like a spicier English barleywine, becoming plummy and sherry-like with warming.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Creamy and relatively light mouthfeel, lively carbonation and a little alcohol heat, unsurprising considering the 12%abv! Becomes a little syrupy with warming.

Drinkability - 4.0
For such a huge beer it is supremely drinkable. I could imagine wanting a second on a cold winter's night.

OVERALL - 4.2
I would suggest that this beer be drunk a little cooler than a Belgian strong dark ale, as it becomes a little cloying with warmth. A brilliant sipping beer that has character to match its towering strength. A true Belgian classic.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap @ Ebenezer's in Lovell, ME.

Pours a clear bright amber with almost no head, but what there is leaves a decent amount of lacing behind.

Smell is mostly honey, toffee and white raisins, with some alcohol and a hint of orange.

Taste starts off with a honey sweetness before some doughy malts and a hint of spice, before finishing on a sweet note with some warming alcohol. Very much like a fine cognac.

Medium-bodied, creamy mouthfeel.

Very enjoyable, but the alcohol warming reminds you of its strength. One is enough to sip on.

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Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with an appreciable amount of sediment floating around the liquid; the foam quickly fades into a ring and archipelago though it does leave a nice web behind

Smell: Caramel and stone fruit, with golden raisins underneath

Taste: Caramel and stone fruit, up front, with golden raisin and spice cake elements developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors blend nicely and, despite the sweetness, the beer maintains a somewhat dry, woody aspect that adds balance

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; very little warmth despite the high ABV

Overall: While this bottle is, I suspect, quite a few years beyond the "Best By" date, it is still drinking very nicely and, as others have noted, takes on Barleywine-like characteristics

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Photo of Shiredave
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, golden orange color, tall foamy head with smears of lace draping the glass. Some lazy carb bubbles can be seen through the foggy liquid.

Aroma is strong with alcohol and phenols, some sweet fruity notes are beaten back, but fight thier way forward.

Intense fruity flavors of pineapple and melon in a thick sugary malt base. These fruity/ sugary flavors mix beautifully with the strong warming bite of alcohol. Rich "glazed danish" character , very full bodied though not heavy on the tongue.

Malt and hop flavors at the back end coat the mouth as hop bittering moves in to blend with blistering alcohol on the finish.

Exceptional and very complex beer to savour and linger over on a cold evening or after a lavish meal.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Back Abbey in Claremont, CA. Poured into a Delirium Tremens glass, a clear reddish-brown body with a light tan head. The smell is very sugary and raisiny. It's easy to tell you're in for a sweet treat here. I have a real problem with beers that are really sugary (ie Leffe Brune) but although this beer delivers a big sweetness, the alcohol punch and small amount of Belgian yeast character it provides is enough to not overbear me. The mouthfeel is a bit slick but somewhat medium in body. I drank this beer really fast as a digestif to my lunch, so it must be good if I was able to do that.

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