Scaldis Noel
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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #34
Ranked #4,348
4.07 | pDev: 11.79%
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Scaldis NoelScaldis Noel
Notes: Also known as Bush De Noël
Reviews: 490 | Ratings: 936 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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fergster75 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Dec 21, 2011
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

4.86/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hard to believe there's a more-premium version of this out there. This is right next to Roch10 in my book. Pours murky reddish-brown with lasting, clingy brown foam of the tinniest bubbles. Aroma is sweet, with ripe plum, raisin, caramel. Flavor is the smell translated, almost entirely. Nice and sweet, with some yeasty goodness amongst the candied fruit. Finish is slightly sweet, but very clean overall. Is there alcohol in this? Remarkably hidden at 12%.

Nov 21, 2015
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RoyalT from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Clear, brownish-orange carbonating body with a modest head. It settled well on top of the liquid though and showed good retention.

Smell – Big BSDA aroma. The malts, super-ripe fruits, and sugars abound in this hearty brew. I warmed this for an hour before opening and now my whole house smells like Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The wife’s not too happy, but I’m in heaven.

Taste – Outstanding! This ale is everything about a BSDA that I love. The malts are excellent. The peaches, apricots, plums, dates, figs, and other fruits are full yet not overdone. The alcohol flavor is complimentary instead of invasive.

The bubble gum comes out second along with lip-smacking sugars. This one runs the gamut of brown and raw sugar, powdered, and table (refined). Looking for hops? Not in this heavy hitter.

Mouthfeel – A small alcohol sting and a very smooth, thick, chewy body makes this one a standout. It’s full-bodied and feels terrific in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – At 12.0 ABV I wouldn’t suggest pouring a six-pack of these into a beer bong or anything like that, but if you enjoy the style you MUST find a way to try this ale.

Update – I revisited this fella on Christmas Day 2004. It’s just as I remembered it. The malts tasted a little more yeasty and it seemed a little fuller. This is a great Noël.

Oct 18, 2003
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Zorro from California

4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy medium brown beer with a small tan head.

Smell is sweet fruits and spice and a clear alcohol scent. Brown sugar, apple, plum, raisin, cinnamon, are all in here. The alcohol carries the scent of brandy and it does have some cognac scents to it.

Taste is sweet and spicy. Lots of fruit flavor to this lots of apple and cherry flavor with a good dose of alcohol warmth to it. Alcohol is noticeable and serves to make for a dry aftertaste. Brown sugar and honey in the taste. Tastes like spiced brandy. Only flaw it has is that the high alcohol level is killing some of the complexity.

Mouthfeel is very good.

An enjoyable beer here but the alcohol level costs it some points in drinkability and flavor. An excellent winter sipping beer here that I can recommend, but you are not going to drink 6 of these in a night.

Sep 17, 2005
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spycow from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Mar 11, 2013
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AndersonGT from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Feb 09, 2014
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ananh from Colorado

5/5  rDev +22.9%

Dec 02, 2014
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IceAce from California

4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut body with very nice clarity...and three fingers of polar white foam which retreats to expose 90% lacing coverage. Nose is warm and inviting, showing a striking balance between caramel malt, Candi sugar, alcohol, and Belgian yeast.

Entry shows an almost complete absence of CO² and sets the table for almost total sensory overload upon the arrival of the midtaste. Big candi presence with dark, rum-soaked fruits bask in alcoholic bliss. The finish shows p-licking sugar and a dry, pepper end.

This Noël is not for the faint at heart, but is a wonderful fireplace companion during the holiday season.

Dec 28, 2006
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ATPete from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

8oz bottle

A- Murky brown in color, small slightly sticky tan head

S- Toffee, tons of classic Belgian candi sugar, some alcohol boozy-ness and whiff of port wine.

T/M- Creamy in initial body becoming more and more viscous as the glass lessened. Some alcohol heat upfront as well atop very sweet malt, whiskey mash notes, some nutty flavors as well. Caramel is huge in this one, and the spicing is moderate. This bottle is a scorcher, very hot with booze, maybe a few months will mellow the '08's out some. Long lingering aftertaste which is mostly pleasant. I just dont know how many of these i can drink...

Nov 20, 2008
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DaftCaskBC from Canada

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/4" head over cloudy mahogany coloured liquid.

S: The smell is primarily yeasty and spicy

T: A combination of apples, spice, sweet malt, pepper, cloves, cherries, figs and pears

M: Thick viscosity and a high level of carbonation. Some warming from the 12% ABV.

O: A tasty and drinkable Christmas Belgian Strong Dark Ale. One of the better ones I have had.

Dec 24, 2011
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vwspeedracer from Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -14%

Aug 29, 2014
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nvsblman from Arizona

3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy walnut brown with an off-white head. Some sticky lacing as I drink it. Malty, brown sugary aroma. Also a little black pepper. Sweet malty flavor too. Raisins, cloves, a little yeastiness, and a lingering spiciness work fairly well together. Medium bodied and well carbonated. This is a nice crisp and refreshing beer.

Feb 19, 2006
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ToasterChef from Maine

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes.
A: Dark amber/brown. Tan foamy head.
S: Malty spiced ale. Touch of cinnamon.
T: Dark fruit flavor--more like cranberry, not plum/prune. Bit of tartness, some fruit juice. Some alcohol in the finish. Vapors linger. Great strong holiday ale.
M: Medium body, lower carbonation. Not too much coat. Somewhat sticky, but it isn't distracting.
D: Very drinkable. Strength is fairly well hidden. Not over spiced. I'm glad I got a big pour!

Jan 27, 2011
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Aged one year.

A- Pours a reddish light brown color with a 1/2 inch beige head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and light, spread-out surface foam. Average lacing.

S- Dark fruit, Belgian yeast, raisin and some sherry-like alcohol sweetness.

T- Smooth, raisiny flavor that's a bit toasty and sweet. Alcohol is extremely toned down compared to a fresh version I had a year ago. More sherry, dark fruit and a touch of oxidation.

M- A bit thin and is lacking liveliness due to the low carbonation.

O- Definitely better with a year on it, but still not stellar. I feel like, when it's young, it has good carbonation but is too hot. Yet, when it's been aged, it's balanced flavor-wise but becomes oxidated. Guess it's hard to pinpoint when this one peaks. Still, nice to sip on and acquire a buzz quickly.

May 21, 2012
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Moses13 from Ohio

3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dec 25, 2014
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shapudding from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No dating. Clear, amber, woodsy chestnut. Caught a slight bit of chill haze. Light khaki head, just a nice dusting and thick ring of tight bubbles. Nice thin, but good covering. Aroma of sweet caramel, maltiness and just a bit of flowery hops coming out. Silky, yet you feel the carbonation, which is thick and nice. Good bite in there! Nice! Hard to tell where the bite is coming from, the carbonation, the peppery hops, and a bit from the alcohol warmth.... I’m liking it! Fairly astringent, with a nice bit of warmth from the alcohol. The flavors are not too intense at all for me. This is just so damn nice. Highly enjoyable as a sipper or with a good cheese plate.

Mar 21, 2005
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coldmeat23 from Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a slightly hazy burnt amber color. One-finger head of eggshell white foam. Dissipates to a light filmy covering. Lacing is spotty, but fairly sticky.

Big nose of dark fruits and holiday spices. Big maltiness. Nice caramel presence. Rum-soaked raisins.
Smells very tasty.

Nice, smooth, amlty presence. Raisins, cherries, and figs, drizzled with caramel. Light hints of brown sugars. A very nice spiciness compliments the warming touch of the alcohol. This has a very nice, almost scotch-like quality to it.

Body is on the lighter end of the 'full' classification. Nice and smooth, with a definite creaminess, that benefits this brew, greatly.

With how well it's 12% ABV is hidden, this is one tasty brew. Super easy to drink. I'm just sure that it would sneak up on you. Probably in a not so subtle way.

Mar 24, 2009
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xdefeatsy from Ohio

3/5  rDev -26.3%

Dec 20, 2011
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mig100 from Texas

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 22, 2014
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wedge from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.48 fl oz, "small bottle".

This x-mas seasonal pours a clouded burnt rusty color from its delightfully tacky-yet-festive bottle. A really tight, creamy head rests on top and retains beautifully throughout. Aromas of cherry and fig; heavy, earthy, and fruity. In fact, its a bit like tropical-Belgian if you can imagine such a thing. Smooth and full-flavored, dark, fruity caramel and clove-like spices with a bit of mustiness. Sweet honey, nuts, and spiced apples. A little warming on the throat, but aside from that, the alcohol is extremely well hidden. Make no mistake, this is a sipper, but the booziness level is very low from what it could be at 12% ABV. Lighter than I expected, the body is medium, which does assist the drinkability of such a potent alcoholic beverage.

I'll be sure to get a large bottle when the next "holiday season" rolls around, if I'm willing to spend the big bucks, if only to see how it compares to the little bottle. Pretty darn tasty overall, and a fairly deceptive ass-kicker to boot.

Mar 18, 2007
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Scaldis Noel.

Appearance: Poured on-tap into a Scaldis chalice. Sizable head on a mahagony/brownish body exhibiting fine clarity.

Smell: Creamy malt, Belgian ale yeast. Theres an overall pleasantness to the nose. After some time, there is a hint of ethanol, but not strongly.

Taste: Fairly standard belgian ale here. Malty, creamy, with just a hint of hops on the back end. The malts are mild and have a sugary flavor, paired with a mild roasted edge. Just the faintest hint of spice, which was nice.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium to full bodied. Warming in the winter months. Although this is a fine beer, this year's vintage lacked character that makes a truly great Christmas beer. And perhaps it was too young when I had it.

Dec 01, 2010
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lanamj from North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in tulip 2010 vintage.

A- Pours a nice amber red with a solid one finger, white head. It holds strong and has good retention and lacing. Really a good looking beer.

S- Lots of red fruit upfront. I get cranberry, pomagranite, some sweet plum and raisin. I pick up the spice more towards the middle with aromas such as clove, coriander and cinnamon. Very nice and festive.

T- Sweet raisin and spice. I pick up some alcohol but for a 12% beer not much. It is very refreshing and clean. I get a lot of seasonal flavors and it accomplishes the flavor complexity rather well.

M- Easy drinking a little heavy on the carbonation, with even viscosity.

O- Very well balanced easy drinking Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The style is on of my least favorite but this beer seems to rate higher then any other of the style for me. It seems more age will generate a beautiful ale. Only time will tell.

May 15, 2012
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RMKaylor from New York

4.52/5  rDev +11.1%

Nov 26, 2014
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle bought as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Festive blue foiled cap.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" beige head above the reddish caramel-hued brew. Head stays as is, thick and foamy, and lacing is excellent, especially for the style. Aroma is spicy Belgian malts and yeast, with a tincture of piercing alcohol at the end. Taste is sweet and spicy upfront, with ample malt presence, and fades into an all-encompassing warming effect, with perhaps the slightest step into the land of "whoa, boozy". But this a is Quad, after all, so what else would be expected? Mouthfeel and drinkabilty are both good, with the drinkability being of the "I would revisit" variety, not the "I'll have three in a row" variety.

Jan 20, 2005
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olmatty from Oregon

4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was sold a Scaldis Noel

Appearance- Poured a deep amber brown with a thick, creamy, tan head.

Smell- Raisins, Dried cherries and dark fruits, sweet caramel and toffee and yeast

Taste- Dark fruits and sweet malts like caramel, sherry and creamy yeast

Mouthfeel- Creamy and smoothly carbonated with lots of thick body

Drinkability- Incredibly smooth and quaffable for a huge 12% ABV.

Dec 05, 2009
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