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: 911 |  Reviews: 478
Photo of alpinebryant
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip a orange slightly amber clear color with a small white head.
Smell of belgian candy sugar, some very light spices, and a light fruit aroma of pears and apple.

Taste of belgian yeast, light caramelized sugars, a very tiny amount of spice, almost not noticeable for a Noel brew, but pretty tasty overall. High amount of carbonation and a light to medium mouthfeel. very drinkable

Overall not a great beer but pretty good. price was about right for an import at $3, but of course I think there are better options out there in this category.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out an almost still amber body with practically no head. Smells of caramel malts, booze, and brown sugar. Tastes of sweet caramel, dried fruits, and warming alcohol. Full body, subtle carbonation. Slightly numbing on the tongue. A solid holiday beer.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Brasserie Beck.

A: Reddish brown opaque body with a small white head and some lacing.

S: Lots of sugary dark fruit and cherry aromas come through with hints of spices as well. Buttery malts come through as well, very nice aroma.

T: Not as complex and delicate as the smell, lots of alcohol burn dominates here. Flavors of cherry, clove, dark fruit and malty yeasty flavors come through, though again lots of alcohol heat covers up a lot of the complexity.

M: Medium bodied with lots of burn to it. Nice winter warming qualities though.

D: Good, but just really hot.

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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 BeerResearcher
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cute little bottle! I let it sit for 10 minutes.
It pours a shiny burnt orangey amber color with a sudsy, foamy beige head and some trailing and sliding lace. A big sweet malty aroma is noticed instantly. A fruit soaked in rum bouquet is quite noticeable and lasting. Flavors of caramel malt and fruitcake with extra orange zest come to mind. A dose of over-ripe banana, candied sugar and taste of lemony bitterness mingle with peppery spices and cloves. A hint of piney esters along with the sweet and warming alcohol punch of dark rum. The mildly astringent camphor taste is present throughout.

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Photo of thebouch01
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of csustar001
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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

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 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 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 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 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 Scott_McCool
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Scaldis Noel from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 911 ratings