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Scaldis Noel | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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891 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Belgium
br-dubuisson.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,073
Reviews:
468
Ratings:
891
pDev:
12.13%
Bros Score:
4.4
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
105
Trade:
2
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Czequershuus
5/5  rDev +23.8%
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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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of archero
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.99/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, cloudy, deep, dark mahogany color, with a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Lots of dried fruit, such as prunes, raisins, dates and nuts, along with tones of toasted malt. Some notes of spices such as clove, cinnamon, and brown sugar. I get some toffee and Belgian yeast as well.

Taste: Exactly like the aroma! Tons of dried fruit, such as prunes, raisins, dates, followed by some spices of clove, cinnamon, brown sugar, followed by some toasted malt and finished by tons of awesome Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 12%, I’m surprised that there’s not more of a presence of alcohol on the palate. I mean there’s alcohol there, but its’ pretty well masked. Deceptively, so.

Overall: Jesus, this is another awesome Belgian Christmas beer! I love all of the stone fruit and spices which play really well with the malt and the yeast. Delicious! If you’re a fan of Belgian Christmas beers, and you’ve never had this beer, I highly recommend it! You will not be disappointed!

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Photo of Braheem
4.97/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really like this dark ale. It pours a deep dark orange with particali floating about from the re-fermentation. I love a good strong dark Belgium and this beer is no exception.

This beer is so smooth and well carbonated it's far to easy to have one to many...there is some boozy warmth to the taste and feel but that's what makes it a perfect winter warmer.

Overall an awesome beer, look forward to picking this up next x-mas season.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.96/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2015 Vintage.

Look: One finger white brown-tinged head, darkish amber body.

Smell: Dark fruits, banana, cherry, burnt sugar.

Taste: Same as above.

Feel: Medium body, high carbonation, upfront alcohol bite and warming finish.

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Photo of Eisen
4.89/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured a 2010 Scaldis Noel Premium into a Piraat tulip glass. Best before 2015. A thick white/cream head that fades rather quickly into no lacing and a cafe thin layer head over a dark amber cloudy liquid . Two years aging in simi optimal conditions. Smells of everything. Tastes of everything. Dates, bananas, chocolate, coffee, kiwi, ginger, nutmeg, curry (this is amazing!). Toasted marshmallow, orange bitters, a touch of cinnamon, slightly toasted/burnt cream/salted lemon/spiced cider/flan/a crisp tart/sweet potatoes. It is not as drinkable as it could possibly be: it is an amazing beverage that expresses its spiciness too much in combination with its slightly too high of level of syrupyness and sweetness. Balanced wonderfully, yet it does not yield itself to more than four glasses. An amazing beverage that should be tried by all who come accros it.

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Photo of warrenout330
4.89/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 8.48 oz bottle into a chalice

A- pours a honey color with a very little head, no lacing. As I see this beer now I believe its been on the shelf for a year or so... and yes I'm very happy for this

S- smells of figgy pudding, dark fruits, raisins, dried plums... very wine like, like a good muskat from the island of samos, Greece

T- sweet thick wine, raisins, muskat sweet grapes, dried plums, dark sweet fruits

M- sweet and thick bodied. Dangerously drinking for the well hidden ABv at 12%

O- quite a find we have here, thanks to my buddy. This is something I'd like to see with a couple of years more of aging since I am almost 101% this has been on the shelf for a year alreadt..

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.86/5  rDev +20.3%
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%.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dbaker61
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Enjoyed at The Bodega Brew Pub, La Crosse, WI on Aug. 10, 2010.

Appearance: Coppery color with a hint of red. Only half a finger or so of light tan foam, retention of just a minute or two, but left nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: A snoot-full of aromas! Spicy, yeasty and alcoholic, there were dried fruit notes, along with caramel and banana. Almost enjoyed the smell more than the taste (almost!).

Taste: Quite sweet with caramelized sugars and nutmeg. Definitely Christmassy, even though this bottle was enjoyed in the sticky summer. Lots of fruit flavors, among them banana, cherry and dried fruits like raisins and figs. The alcohol seems well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Great finish, with a lingering sweetness, and dryness from the formidable alcohol level. Plenty of carbonation in this beer.

Overall: Always a favorite, it had to be one of my requests at the Bodega after a year in China. I never want more than one, but I often want one.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cork bounced off ceiling but pours a slight white head that fades quickly, leaving no lace. Almost clear amber color, with some floaties. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit and alcohol nose. Flavor is sweet, dark fruit and hints of the very high ABV which label puts at 13%. Warming, nice strong ale. Worth trying at $18.95 for a caged and corked 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Scaldis Noel from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 891 ratings
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