Scaldis Noel | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Scaldis NoelScaldis Noel

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Bush De Noël

Added by Andreji on 12-08-2001

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Ratings: 916 |  Reviews: 480
Photo of JDJR
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robotnewyork
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had at Redcoat Tavern. Very dark, moderately sweet and boozy. Makes a great Christmas beer.

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Photo of ajdemma
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elnachooo
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buena cerveza, dulce con dejos picantes. De carbonatación media. Agradable tanto para el paladar como en su aroma. Es una excelente opción en relación precio/calidad.

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Photo of jeschaefer
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of REVZEB
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic, classic ale, and it tastes like it too. The smell is my favorite aspect: christmas spices, dried fruit like plums and cherries, slight wood and booze, and belgian yeast filling the aromas. The taste drinks like a classic ale, everything you expect is there, no weaknesses, but also does not push boundaries. Perfect for a snowy winter's night by the fire

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best by 8/29/18, consumed 6/24/18

L: Dark amber brown, small head that left almost no lacing. Lots of visible sediment.

S: Strong aroma of raisins, sweet dark fruits, bananas, and some earthy and floral notes. Wow, very well done.

T: Follows aroma but not as intensely sweet here, just delicious and very well balanced.

F: Terrific carbonation, surprisingly medium, no way to tell the heavy ABV, not bitter at all. Clean, dry, and smooth. Just blown away by the feel.

O: Spectacular holiday brew. I forgot I had this sitting in my little beer-only fridge, broke it out and was completely blown away. I've been drinking a ton of various IPA styles lately and have neglected Belgium ales, but it's apparently time to get back to the funky fruity.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - Blood red with transparent body and a finger of off-white head

S - Cherries, plums, some booze, flowers

T - Red apple, caramel, crushed nuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, flowers, raisins,

F - Light with hefty carbonation. Warming on each sip with right amount of booze

O - Really good. Sweet with Belgian yeast and dark fruits.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was expecting this to be a bit more spiced than it is but this is still a very enjoyable Belgian strong dark ale.

This has aged nicely over the ten months since I first tried it. The malt and dark fruit smells and tastes seem to be deeper and richer than before with an alcohol presence you recognize but it's not out of balance. This is a very good Belgian strong dark ale that could get even better with more time.

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Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep garnet brown but light passes through the center of the glass easily. Nearly nonexistent head. Ultimately, the rim has the finest of bubbles and there's no lace.

Soft aromas of mulled cider, alcohol, and faint Belgian yeast. Sweet fruit base.

The taste starts neutrally where the carbonation is the most prominent feature. The swallow, however, is very sweet making the beer similar to a doppelbock flavor wise. The body is naturally rich. The aftertaste reminds me of drinking port with sugary sweetness and warming alcohol.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.94/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: One finger white head, brown body.

Smell: Same as below.

Taste: Dark fruits, caramel, candied cherry, booze-soaked fruitcake.

Feel: Medium body, high carbonation, mildly warming finish. Balanced with only a suggestion of sweetness.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not sure if my bottle was not stored properly (it was an old bottle sitting on a shelf at a shop) but the beer looks nothing like I see in online reviews. Murky brown with a dark tan head. The aroma was musty, nutty and definitely boozy. The taste lacked all the spices that should be there, even thou the licorice was still perceivable. Full body.

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Photo of petrusek23
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdaschaf
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.37/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had this at the end of the 90s while attending the University of Nevada. Back when I thought Skullsplitter and other malt bombs were the shit. Anyways, pours a dark copper and brown color, some dark red/ruby towards the edge when held up to the light. Slight 1/4" off white head, leaning right around tan. Aroma was fire, boozy, orange liquer like that one thing. I forget the name of it. Couve marignon or some shit.

Taste was first booze and yeast. A little bit of earthy malt with a touch or orange still. You can taste every bit of alcohol in this , but the orange really carries it better than you would expect at first. Carbonation is average. Clove usage is average as well. Spice rack you could notice better if it wasn't so hot and slightly phenolic. Dark fruit notes aren't bitter or overripe, but again, in the background.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(11.2 oz bottle, best by 14/08/2019 ... carefully poured into a Mad Elf tulip)

L: clear, deep amber / tawny colored liquid; spritzy, crystalline foam... does maintain thick collar and does leave a few long bands (and several scabs) of lace

S: banana and sultana immediately apparent, while pouring out of the bottle, and in the glass... hint of brown sugar in the middle... soft notes of medicinal alcohol vapors subtly waft up, and an increasingly potent clove-like spice emerges... has an air of potential dryness... overall, inviting moderate potency

T: big hit of spicy booze up front, followed immediately by a rush of vinous fruits and turbinado; aftertaste of stewed banana and pear dusted with brown sugar... light residual bitterness with a cherry stone flavor; very subtle almost cinnamon or clove-like spice in the background... late in, its rich malt/sugar foundation is fully apparent, arguably lacking some depth and dimension, but lovely nonetheless

F: lightly-luscious soft oily viscosity to its lithe, plush body... stealthy heat, comforting warmth... something I dare say one could almost safely gulp by the pint

O: Scaldis Noel is a well-made Belgian strong that may not surprise or deviate in its flavors, but does have a relatively rich construct, and would easily stand high among the best examples of this holiday style

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Photo of Bajdog
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PatrickCT
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dazka
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Bujon
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Didn't have the bush glass, so poured into a la trappe.

Body is a lovely full merlot looking brew, unfortunately the head is none existent, so a bit of a blip to start.

That is where the blips end thankfully, the aroma on this beverage is something else, a nose full of sweet candy and figs, an absolute delight.

Taste is the same, sweet caramelised figs, but not sickly, think of a top notch sticky toffee pudding, with a healthy dose of alcohol.

Feel is unbelievable given its strength, silky smooth like a kids cough mixture. Expected a burn from the 12% abv, but alas no.

Overall, an absolute classic, if it had a head to sup through this would be one of the very very best! absolute must, especially at this time of year.

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Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Houborg1
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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