Scaldis Noel | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Scaldis NoelScaldis Noel
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:
#3,129
Reviews:
474
Ratings:
907
pDev:
11.88%
Bros Score:
4.4
 
 
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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!...an 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

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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Photo of redleg64
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dirtyharry2489
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eddieeight
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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 paulish
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of steverx8
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mltobin
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Wrigfen
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 907 ratings
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