Scaldis Noel | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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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

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pDev:
11.88%
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Photo of Radome
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25 cl bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Color is a medium reddish amber and extremely clear. The head is beige, creamy and long-lasting with lots of Belgian lace on the glass. A beautiful beer.

S - The aroma is of malted grains, caramel and dark fruits. With the plum/raisin notes and a boozy alcohol background, it reminds me of a rum cake or alcohol infused fruitcake at Christmas. Despite all the complexities, it remains very clean and fresh smelling.

T - As in the aroma, clean grains are there, along with dark fruits. These fade into a long alcohol burn in the aftertaste.

M - The body is moderate to heavy, lightened a bit by carbonation. There is some hop bitterness, but at a low level. Hot alcohol is the dominant aspect of the mouthfeel.

D - This has some truly great characteristics, but I think the alcohol taste is so over-the-top that it blows out some of the finer taste complexities.

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Photo of talkinghatrack
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a - Looks like Santa if you squint a bit. Big snowy hat, reddish caramel in color. Lots of yeasty bits holding their ground evenly in the dense liquid. Looks fantastic held up to the light.

s - Sweet honey, flowers, a little boozy while still inviting.

t - Sweet malts with a clear alcohol hit throughout. Tangy in the middle and warming as it goes down. Would have liked a little more alcohol masking but it does an above average job with its giant 12% ABV. The sweetness smooths the ABV while just keeping things a step below being cloying.

m - Thin to medium body. Great carbonation level - lots of strong ales go overboard with the bubbles.

d - Great sipper for a single serving. A little harsh on the raw alcohol on the back of the throat but very solid overall. Probably ages great if I had more patience.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark amber beer with a slight haze. Has a small creamy off white head, with some nice lace. The aroma is mostly dried fruit, figs and raisins. There is a little spiceyness in the background before the alcohol starts to burn your nose. The dried fruit ( fig and raisin ) sweetness starts a the tip of the tongue. Then the peppery hops get to the back of your tongue. Followed by a nice dry tabacco note on the finish and then the alcohol warmth sets in. Nice.
Note: this came in a four pack with a glass. Inside the center of the glass it looked like there was a defect in the glass. But when the beer is poured into it it creates an interesting little tornado of bubbles.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this beer for a birthday dinner last night. I thought it looked good based on the description in the menu, and I didn't know the brewer before now.

They served this beer with a cylinder style glass. From the initial pour I had about a finger for foam that came down really quickly. This led to almost no lacing on the glass. The coloring on this beer is a deep red.

The smell and flavor was spicy with a lot of dark fruits. This made for a very good sipper based on the feel and flavor. I really like the balance on this beer.

Overall, this Noel was a very good experience. I recommend buying this one if you come across it.

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Photo of plfahey
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

25 cl bottle poured into an 8oz. Darkness tulip glass.

Appearance-Red amber in color, slight haze. Thin off-white head with low retention.

Aroma-Rich malt aroma-caramel, molasses, toffee, brown sugar. Very light dark fruit esters. No hop aroma. Slight whiff of alcohol.

Flavor-More rich malt here, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, dark candi sugar. Light dark fruit esters. Powerful drying alcohol in the finish. No hop flavor, low hop bitterness. Some alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel-Full body-almost chewy. Moderate to moderately low carbonation. Definite alcohol presence is quite warming, but not harsh or hot. Smooth.

This is not my favorite Belgian christmas ale (personally I prefer the St. Bernardus), but it is quite good. With such a high abv, low carbonation, and intense flavor, I think it's probably a good thing that this one comes in 8.5 oz. servings.

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Photo of jellikit
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orange-copper. Thin foamy head. Slight haze.

S: faint vinegar. Fig. Caramel.

T: toffee. Fruit. Alcohol. Banana. Clove. On the sweet side.

M: highly carbonated. Heavy body.

O: big X-mas beer. Heavy on the body. Heavy on the alcohol. Fruity and spicy with a winter-warming alcohol finish.

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Photo of largadeer
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Extremely murky swampwater-brown. The head pours a bit thin and fades into a small ring.

Smell: Caramel, brown sugar, malt and winter spices.

Taste/mouthfeel: As the nose implies, this is a very malty brew. It's like a liquid caramel apple; syrupy-sweet and fruity. It brings to mind dried dark fruits (dates, cherries) and spiced nuts. It's very smooth stuff, with a well-concealed 12% ABV - there's no noticable alcohol. Thick and heavy on the tongue, this is definitely a sipping beer. The small 8.5 oz bottle is perfect for a single person. Recommended.

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Photo of thesilverhand
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last of my Christmas gift stash for this year.

Pours a clear deep amber red, with a finger's width of off-white foam on top. Not bad.

The aroma is sweet, fruity, woody, boozy. Reminds me of port wine. Very nice.

Sweet up front, lots of fruitiness. The alcohol is very apparent late, with a dry, hot finish. Not unpleasant, but definitely a sipper.

Quite smooth and dry, not much carbonation.

Overall, a very pleasant winter treat, warm and tasty to be sipped on a cold, windy night.

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Photo of Aiptasia
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a little 9 oz. bottle that I stumbled upon at grassroots in Jacksonville.

A: Pours a deep rich red garnet brown into my pint glass. Just hints at a frothy head with no lacing to speak of.

S: Complex notes of deep estery fruits (plum, apricot, mango) on the nose. Not much hops presence, but smells like juicy fruit bubble gum all around the room.

T: Tastes like a typical Belgian Specialty Ale this time of year, with a sharp tang from the fruits on the tongue. The middle shows more depth and even some residual diacetyl butterscotch or rum notes. Alcohol is well masked. No overpowering hops bitterness. Typical of the style, there's just enough hops to balance the brew, probably used noble hops along the lines of Saaz or Halletauer.

M: Drinks easily and quickly. Di Di (vietnamese for little) carbonation and smooth/slick going down.

O: This beer is just about everything I like in a winter Belgian Specialty Ale. I'd love drinking it any time of year, but watch out. It's strong and will git ya drunk.

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Photo of rarigney
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice chunky amber golden with an off-white tall and extremely frothy head which rose very well and fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a strong banana impression when first opened, but as the head fell the aroma became more complex. The fruity ester profile remained, but an earthy and spicy component emerged. Behind the clove and cinannamon spice was a nice caramel malt component. All the phenols were enhanced by alcohol and as the head completely fell dark fruits, raisins and prunes emerged.

The flavor was comprixed of dark fruit flavors, raisins and prunes with a strong spice character. The spices were strong and seemed to be mostly clove and cinannamon. The flavor also had a nice caramel and candy flavor, but the alcohol in the flavor was tremendous in scope and almost out of hand.

The finish was dry with a lasting dark fruit impression and strong phenolic spice long into the aftertaste. Alcohol also permeated long into the aftertaste. The body was medium or just a bit more, but hard to nail down due to the carbonation level which was very high. The beer was more difficult to drink due to the huge alcohol presence and the extreme warming that occurred after consumption. Tame the alcoholic beast and lose the chunky appearance and this one would be truly world class.

750 ml bottle with an almost inpenetrable band (till you figure out it slides) covering the cork and then foil wrapped. Also came in a decorative tin.

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Photo of RiksenTodd
4.12/5  rDev +2%

Photo of IceAce
4.12/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my local Whole Foods for $4.99.

Pouring into the SF Beer Week 2011 tulip. It's a slightly hazy amber with a 1-2 finger off white head that fizzled down and didn't fully retain. Sticky legs cling the glass after a swirl.

Toasty, caramel malts reach for the nose first not to be outdone by a cinnamon raisiny fruitiness.

Upfront malty sweetness undersells the strength of this brew. Caramel, light chocolate and prunes. Brisk, dry finish leaves a scant malty sweet on the palette.

Medium-light bodied with a moderate-high level of carbonation. Warming sensation without even a subtle pass at hot or solvent alcohol.

Wow…for the impressive ABV on this beer it's exceptionally smooth and drinkable. Great example of the style.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Huge frothy head that climbs up the glass, and settles to a finger nail of foam, with patches of white lacing upon the sides of the glass. Nothing very out of the ordinary given the nature of this particular style.

S-Liquor cherry, scotch caramel, and toffee everywhere. pretty good, but again, just another NOEL

T- Spice, heat, frothy, yet smooth effervescence.

M- Medium bodied with a lot of sticky cloying layers.

D- Very good winter warmer, but i was expecting more.

I have nothing against this beer, but it was over hyped and lacked in originality overall.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles fairly rapidly and leaves little lace on the glass.

S - Dark, fruity notes of malt and yeast. Red apple, plums, caramel, cloves, and coriander.

T - Spicy yeast notes up front with some toasty malt and toffee. More spicy notes in the middle with coriander and red apple as well as some clove. Caramel and toffee come up in the finish with spicy, almost hot alcohol.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very complex and interesting. This beer has all of the classic fruity notes of a dark Belgian ale with some spicy notes that differentiate it from some other examples of the style. The alcohol is still a bit hot in the finish despite the six months or so of age that this bottle has on it. Definitely worth a try.

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

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

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

Lots of good descriptions here so I won't go into that. I just wanted to mention that this was an extremely enjoyable ale for about 5 or 6 oz... after that I was working to finish it. I don't think that tales away from the product, but its definitely not quaffable!

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my chalice..has a cranberry-amber color to its light-in-appearance body. Barely a head. Fair lacing.
Smells very nice, like tart but juicy cherries, with a slight alcohol burn, and a hint of darker fruits.
Taste is like what hit my nose. Malts, sweet fruit (cherries), with a mellow burn and a bubblegum flavor that develops. Not too complex. These flavors remain tasty throughout, Noel finishes with a peppery bite, slightly dry, but just right
Mouthfeel is medium and creamy, with ample carbonation.
A great way to kick back on Christmas Eve.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Labled as Scaldis Noel...

Pours a nice chestnut brown color with moderate and stiff khaki colored head, minimal retention and lacing. Scent is of dark fruit (fig, prune, rasisn), sweet carmel, alcohol, candied sugar and moderate spicing. Suprisingly mellow yet complex blend of dark fruits, carmel and candied sugar, spicing. Belgian yeast taste throughout. Alcohol hidden very well. Full bodied and chewy. Amazingly complex, amazingly balanced... no one flavor overtakes another, goes down smooth and ABVs hidden very well.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/26/2014. Pours cloudy reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big cherry, plum, raisin, apple, pear, caramel, candi sugar, clove, pepper, toast, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big cherry, plum, pear, apple, raisin, caramel, candi sugar, toast, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of cherry, plum, pear, apple, raisin, caramel, candi sugar, toast, clove, pepper, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick, crisp, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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

Photo of crookedhalo
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a kind of rusty amber color with a nice thick beige head. Beautiful lacing. Now I can appreciate why the Scaldis goblet is so big for such a small bottle (8.5 oz.). No dating on the bottle, but this bottle was a overstock from last year's Christmas beers. Nothing wrong with an extra year under a 12% Belgain brew, nothing wrong at all. It has some green apple in the nose, accompanied with an "affirmative" in the alcohol presence. Nice malt and candi sugar aromas mixed with some spices, too. Very tempting looking brew. Within the first sip, you know you're not finishing this one quickly. Big alcohol with sweet malt undertones finishing very, very dry and spicy. Mouthfeel's dry, effervescent and alcoholy. This brew is great, can't say I could drink more than one, however.

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Photo of thebeers
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Scaldis Noel from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 910 ratings