Scaldis Noel | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Scaldis NoelScaldis Noel

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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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Ratings: 909 |  Reviews: 476
Photo of thebouch01
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of csustar001
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of janubio
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Red brown colour, with small head that fades soon, good lace. Smell of pepper, cloves, cinnamon, aniseed, dark fruits. Medium to full body, with a rich, creamy and thick body. Taste is similar to the smell, chocolate, dark fruits, cinnamon, cloves, aniseed. Simply great.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tiny 8.48 oz. bottle, perhaps 1.5 - 2 years old. This beer is brewed with "caramel malt in large quantities" and dry-hopped for 4-6 weeks. Pours a murky, protein-filled deep amber, with medium carbonation and a finger of light-tan head that reduces to a sticky collar. Aromatic and complex nose consists of dark fruits (plum?), white grapes, green apples, strawberry?, and sweet malts/grains blended well with green/spicy hops. The first sip unveils the strength with a large warming sensation, but also reveals raspberry, a touch of maraschino, light caramel, some powdery yeast, and an increasing hop presence that imparts a mild bitterness and a grassy finish. The body is medium to thick body, with good carbonation and a tannin-like dryness. This is a great after dinner beer, and a good beer in general. Would be interesting to try this at about the 5 year mark.

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Photo of Janeinma
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rapidly falling swish cheese like head, raw oatmeal colored. Head is leaving debris like soap suds. Body is extremely cloudy, brown sugar simpy syrup color. I can almost guarantee I'll like a beer that looks like this. Something about the color...

S: Lot of alcohol here in the high notes. Toffee, plums, raisins, butterscotch and vanilla pudding. .

T: Immediate two level taste; Top is fruity cherries, raspberries, blueberry and blackberry. Bottom level is toffee and maple syrup. Yes, this beer is only going to get better as it warms. The alcohol does a poor job of hiding itself....or should it be.... I don't mind there being some alcohol prevalent in a winter warmer. Its supposed to warm you on a cold day. Loads of dark fruits add a substantial backbone which wavers between sweet and malty. Finishes extremely alcoholic with plum reserves.

M: Medium body with a full carbonation. Touch of fuzz but not overly so.

D: This beer would be stunning with some age to it. Three years and hold on! Regardless this is a nice quad and worthy of your attention.

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Photo of Zimm
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of kkmiller76
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my Unibroue tulip.
Pours a "dirty" looking brown color with over an inch of head. This beer has a color to it that I've not had before in a beer. Has good carbonation, plenty of tiny bubbles racing to top of glass.
Smell is strong yeast with some fruits and alcohol notes coming through.
Has a very nice malty taste. Very thick with what tastes like some rum soaked cherries. Mouthfeel is very creamy and very pleasant. This is a very good belgian. To be honest though, I was expecting a little more spice or other tones to be in this beer. It is a Christmas offering after all. It's still a very solid beer.

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Photo of doucmehu
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Dzu
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interresting little beer! It poured a clear medium reddish brown and produced a two finger high, tan bubbly head. Not much retention and not much lacing as well.
The smell is of dark fruit like fig, plum and cherry, as well as caramell and honey.
Tasting the beer, the dark fruit palette is up front, followed by malty caramel and toffee flavors. The end is some yeast and citrusy hops, which bring good balance into the taste.
The crispy mouthfeel leaves a welcome tingle on the tongue and hides the warming effect of the alcohol.
A great Winterbrew, a little pricey, but a very good experience!

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

appearance: murky orange/brown.. slight carb and a bubbly crown.

aroma: oranges! BSDA malt profile with an unexpected overload of hop bouquet.

taste: malty and quad-ish with some strawbeery notes and a sweet, clean finish. hop bitterness is detectable, but does not interfere with this brew's distinctly belgian character. complex and warm. one of the best xmas beers around. an 8 oz bottle will do you just fine for a sitting.

the alcohol presents an obstacle, but the mouthfeel is light and crisp.

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Photo of beeragent
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of froghop
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is a cloudy dark copper with a large white head, lively carbonation, good lacing.

smell of the cork is of dark fruits and spice, the glass is the same with the addition of caramel and nutmeg.

taste is rich and creamy, burnt caramel, figs, prunes, apples, nutmeg, spice, malt, ends with a sticky mouthful, slightly dry and warms the stomach.

i should have saved this for christmas but was nice on a dark and rainy pacific northwest sunday afternoon.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.16/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle to a sparkling orange-red with thin off-white head that lingers throughout the entire drink and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Beyond this appeaarance, I can sum this beer up in one word....ALCOHOL.

Try as I might, I could not detect any aroma or flavor other than the overwhelmng alcohol. Not sure if I just got a well aged bottle or this is the norm. All things considered, this was not a bad drink, but was much more like a mild whiskey than a strong ale.

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Photo of daledeee
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a small head but a nice one. It went away to a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Color is a dark golden brown with bubbles coming up through the liquid.

Nose is strong vanilla and alcohol.

Taste is malty with some pear in the mix, rather tart, but goes away quickly. The beer is also pretty sweet. Good carbonation and very heavy body. I would never guess this beer has 12% ABV. Quite a nice beer. Very unique.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of PJCarnell
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/7/2008 (bottle):

Pours a very dark brownish-red color body, smallish whitish head, diminishing. Very strong alcoholy aroma, dark fruit. Some light fruit like pear. Flowery too. Fruity taste. A little hot, but hides it well. Soft mouthfeel. Better as lt warms up. Kinda tasty when it's not cold.

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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 tastybeer
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite murky, olive-y orange brown color with a good tight bubbly white head. Nice variety of lacing and good, thin but yummy looking retention. Smells of cherries, prunes, raisins, dates, and currant maybe. Molasses, maple syrup, cinnamon spice, apples and cream are also evident. It is very fruity and bright but sweet and warm as well. Lengthy deep, and festive aroma. Though I'm having this on the wrong holiday it is still quite nice. Taste is sweet and smooth. The giant alcohol is hidden well by a variety of well blended flavors. A soft warmness gives it away though. This would be very good with warm apple pie and vanilla ice cream. Body is lightly full and mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and gritty with spice. A bit of an unexpected and sudden bitter kick sneaks in at the finish. Very nice and quite enjoyable. I grabbed this one because of an out of season discount. 2.99 for the 8.5 oz bottle which is a great deal for such a yummy beery treat. This is also very drinkable for its high abv. Now I need to have it on xmas.

Good for the getting and certainly appropriate for winter holidays.

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Photo of Shaw
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's been years since I've had this beer. I remember it being awesome, so let's hope things haven't changed. I also hadn't seen this beer in my area for some time until finding it again at the Butcher's Block for $4 for an ~8-ounce bottle. Maybe the price seems steep for retailers?

A nice red color with a foamy off-white head that leaves lovely lacing in my glass.

It smells of sweet fruit and caramel, with wine-like and earthy notes.

The taste is good. The high alcohol flavors mix with complex sweet and fruity notes, as well as musty flavors to create a really warming beer. Just think of other strong dark ales, then ratchet up the alcohol. The aftertaste is a little astringent, though.

The body is smooth and slick, thanks to the alcohol.

Overall this is a good beer and good for a rare treat. I don't think it's quite as good as I remember, which is probably only due to my rose-colored glasses.

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Photo of Foley67
4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Scaldis Noel from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 909 ratings