Scaldis Noel
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Style:
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #34
ABV:
12%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,181
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 11.79%
Reviews:
489
Ratings:
933
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Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
 
Belgium
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  55
Gots
  115
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Scaldis NoelScaldis Noel
Notes: Also known as Bush De Noël
Reviews: 489 | Ratings: 933 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium body as well the same for the carbonation
Aroma is malt,banana bread, yeast,dark fruit, and spice and brown sugar
Taste is dark fruit,spice and brown sugar with plenty of banana bread
Very good beer that's totally worth trying

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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey, Jan 16, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 8/ 29/18.
Light caramel color, 1/2 F head.
Aroma wafting with date, raisin, and fruit esters.
Light body, medium carbonation.
Taste is broader than aroma with date, raisin, and fruit.
Great holiday beer.

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brureview from Massachusetts, Dec 26, 2019
Photo of officerbill
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottled for Christmas 2018, drank at Christmas 2019, four months past “best by” date
L: murky reddish brown with a nice reddish tan head that quickly dissolves into a ring
S: bananas, cloves, raisins, baking bread
T: bananas, raisins, plums, yeast, wheat bread, cloves, nutmeg
F: very smooth, mild carbonation and a slight tingle over the tongue with a kinda/sorta peppery aftertaste
O: held up very well. Strong, pleasant aroma that previewed the taste. Very smooth and well-rounded. You don't notice the 12% until about 1/2 way through the bottle.
A great Belgian holiday ale

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officerbill from New York, Dec 22, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Slightly see-through red color.

Bright white head; a curtain of lace.

Clove & cinnamon nose; definitely a Xmas vibe here.

Medium mouthfeel.

Banana & cinnamon flavor, slight bread.

The 12% is undetectable; dangerous. A delicious winter beer.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Sep 12, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap at Morte Subite in Austin, part of their Christmas in July celebration.

Served in a chalice, murky brown with a nice foamy head that dissipates quickly but leaves great lacing. Boozy smell and taste. Dark fruit and warm spices with ripe banana flavors. Vanilla, caramel, candy. Great warmer!

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Photo of eppCOS
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap 3.7.19 at Brewer's Republic (COS)
L - Delightful rich amber color, not much lacing or head to indicate the weight.
S - more interesting, definitely has a hyper-Belgian spicing, but not overwhelming or cloying
T - Wonderful balance, distinct separation of the layers of spice, almost high octane cider impression. Just great stuff.
F - Good carbonation, not over the top. Fantastically smooth. For its weight, dangerous as hell.
O - a wonderful strong dark Belgian (winter) ale - gorgeous.

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eppCOS from Colorado, Mar 08, 2019
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3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber, thin whispy head with lots of carbonation. Tons of phenol / fruity esters all over the nose - fig, prune, grape juice - a little on the sweet side but there is a faint whisper of dry yeast that could be more assertive. Taste follows along the same path - lots of sweet dark fruits (black grape, fig, etc ) with some chewy caramel malt and bittering hops at the way end. More balanced than the nose for sure, but finishes just a bit too bitter and dry, which conflicts with the rest of the beer.

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Jan 11, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very dark amber color with a generous head and lacing
A-Generous complex fruity aromas
T-The taste follows the nose with abundant rich and complex fruity flavors
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A very well done, very well balanced beer with a lot of character that hides the high alcohol content very well

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VABA from Virginia, Dec 24, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

25cL undated bottle poured into a snifter at fridge temp 12% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright with major snow globe floaties in a medium to light brown color. The head never really showed up even with a moderately hard pour. A few off white bubbles are gathered around the glass with no lacing. The aroma is sweet raisin, prune, plum, brown sugar soaked booze. The flavor follows with sweet raisin, brown sugar and more rum like alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with low carbonation and a pretty wet finish. Overall, good. This is well past it's prime as indicated by the floaties, however it is not oxidized and shows really potential if properly cellared. Rated to average and slated for a revisit.

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jkblr from Indiana, Dec 17, 2018
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 REVZEB
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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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REVZEB from Illinois, Sep 21, 2018
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4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
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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BayAreaJoe from California, Jun 24, 2018
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4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
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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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts, Mar 06, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

11/16/18
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.

5/3/19
I'm not sure how much this has improved in the last six months but it tastes very good tonight. Everything is balanced with rich malty Belgian strong ale tastes and smells. I'll have the last one of this four pack over the holiday season.

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Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
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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smcolw from Massachusetts, Jan 14, 2018
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4.94/5  rDev +21.4%
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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Cthulhusquid from Washington, Jan 07, 2018
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3.54/5  rDev -13%
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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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania, Jan 06, 2018
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3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
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 +2.9%
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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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Dec 25, 2017
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4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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!...an absolute must, especially at this time of year.

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The_Bujon from Ireland, Dec 22, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky orange-amber with a thin off-white head that leaves a thick crown and long-lasting wisp across the top of a wide-mouthed snifter.

The first thing I get off the nose is eclairs: both a hint of vanilla custard and a bready, pastry thing. There's also fig, orange peel and a touch of booze.

The taste is more straight-up brown bread. There's a ghost of the vanilla custard, some banana, some cloves. A touch of medicinal alcohol and stale hops. Pretty clean, dry finish. A little pepper in the aftertaste.

In these days of imperial stouts, it feels a bit thin to me, but it's definitely got a little heft and creaminess to it. Two decades ago probably would have felt very full bodied.

This is a great, easy-drinking Christmas beer. Not overly heavy, sweet or spiced. Despite the little kisses of alcohol, the 12% abv doesn't really show either. A pleasure!

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Dec 17, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is normally called Bush de Noel... only called Scaldis in the states.
Looks dark Amber
Smells like citrus fruits and some spices
Taste is also citrusy balanced out by a heavy wash of bitters. I'm getting a lingering taste of spices as well.
Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly, well carbonated.
Overall I'm impressed at the heavy alcohol -12%- and how well it hides. This is not really a traditional Christmas ale.... I taste no cinnamon like so many Christmas ales have...plus it's a red Amber ale. Served in an 11 oz bottle.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber slightly reddish with small beige head.
Aroma has sweet malt, ginger, little floral notes.
Taste is sweet malt, ginger, spices, little boozy.

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Nicolaiw from Denmark, Mar 28, 2017
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5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours an almost clear mahogany, with a very large head. The aroma features brown sugar, fig, cherry, raisin, plum, caramel, banana and clove. The flavor has lots of raisin and fig, with bubblegum, clove, booze, and chocolate. The mouthfeel is rich and full, but not sticky, with foamy carbonation. Overall this is an enormously flavorful beer with rich fruit and spice, a perfect Christmas Ale, with a solid core of booziness that I really enjoy.

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Czequershuus from Minnesota, Feb 04, 2017
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4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear burgundy color. Thin off white head dissipates leaving a small circle of tan foam in the center of the beer. No lacing is left behind. Beer appears thin to the eye.

Smell has notes of bread, red wine, dark fruits, prunes, raisin and caramel with a sweetness on the nose makes it reminiscent of fruitcake. Touch of alcohol is also noted.

Taste follows the nose with notes of red wine, dark fruits - prunes, plums, raisins - with caramel and some bready malts. There is a hint of alcohol - but its more of a warming sensation more than a distinct stand out flavor. Some spices - clove, pepper, and christmas spices come through.

Feel is a tad on the thin side, but that keeps it light even with the higher abv. The sweetness does provide some body. Medium carbonation. alcoholic warming sensation builds as you drink the beer. Dry finish on the back end.

Overall a lovely beer. So well done and flavorful. Perfect for a cold winter evening. A word of advice - drink this beer at room temperature, its so much better that way. The aromas and flavor really pop once it warms up.

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FBarber from Illinois, Feb 01, 2017
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 933 ratings