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:
#6,337
Reviews:
480
Ratings:
916
pDev:
11.88%
 
 
Wants:
55
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109
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Ratings: 916 |  Reviews: 480
Photo of PorterLambic
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nummy looking, clear, light chestnut brown. A light tan head sits atop. Well sized before dropping quickly to a film punctuated with an island of creaminess. Retention is pretty decent for the style.
Smell is rich with malt, spices and dark and light fruits (apple, grape, fig). Great balance.
Taste is the same: rich with lightly toasted malt, dark and light fruits, spices, wood, whiskey/cognac and a pretty good alcohol bloom. Balance is really good.
Smooth-ish and medium-bodied and supremely delicious. This is a seriously good brew. Warming, with a nice cognac-like glow flowing from the back of the throat. You can almost see the alcohol with every exhale and that ain't bad. It works as a nice limiting factor to the desire to just keep drinking this fine nectar. Slow down and enjoy!

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Pelicanrocks
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Maltmaiden
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber. Little head. clear

S: Caramel malts up front. some alcohol. belgian candy. very light floral hops. Some metalic phenols.

T: WOW. Caramel malts and alcohol (warm and delicious) in the front. Dark fruit. Phenols and spice. Definitely great for a winter night!

M: Med-thick. Spicy and biting with the alcohol, especially at the end.

O: I was worried that this beer would have too much spice in it for me but it didn't. It was delicious! I would buy a ton of this stuff but it's pretty pricey.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by 7/26/14.

Pours a murky dark copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, and a mild earthy, spice aroma. Taste is much the same with a grape juice flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice aroma and tasty flavor, but it's fairly boozy and strong.

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Photo of 2neardead
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of mitch3114
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of supermodified
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of cwd
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Lebby
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of cliff1066
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of JakeDebus
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of barkingLlama
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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

2012 Scaldis Noel

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a CBS snifter. Served slightly chilled.

A) A brandy colored brew. There was a full finger of off-white head. Nice retention and decent lacing.

S) An aroma of brown sugar. I'm picking up some of the yeast as well. There's a bit of raisin and spice. Some alcohol as it warms.

T) Very close to the nose. There is a pleasant sort of spicy sweetness. The 12% ABV is well hidden. A nice aftertaste as well, with just a little alcohol warmth, that's worth noting.

M) Medium-bodied lightly carbonated, starts out smooth, finishes a little bit sticky, before drying out a bit.

O) A nice holiday offering here, and quite a pleasure to drink on a cold New Year's Eve in Wisconsin. Glad to recommend this beer.

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

Thanks to RoamingGnome for this one. Served chilled in a Chimay chalice

A - pours dark but clear brown with a reddish tint, a finger of cream head

S - sweet caramel, a bit of yeast, followed by some alcohol burn

T - again, a bit sweet with caramel and dark fruit up front, then some belgian yeast, followed by a good amount of booziness

M - fairly thin, well-carbonated, the alcohol is quite evident in the aftertaste

O - I liked this one. its a different style, but for me, it reminded me of samichlaus helles, but a thinner, smoother version

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Photo of BeerOps
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of cocojoe
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky Amber Brown color. Very thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

S: Brown sugar, red grapes, figs, sweet molasses

T: Caramel, Brown sugar, caramelized bananas, belgian yeast notes attempting to break through, but are immediately cut by the very sweet dark fruit notes. Alcohol is prevalent and warming on the way down.

M: Kind of watery actually. Not necessarily in a bad way, but not as thick as I expected. Really helpful actually. Helps balance out the strong sweet qualities.

O: About as easy drinking as a beer of this high of alcohol could be. Love the aroma and flavor notes. Compared to other really strong dark belgian ales I have had, this does a great job of using that belgian yeast to add a lot of complex notes, without the yeast notes being to overwhelming compared to the dark, sweet body.

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Photo of jmathis
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of thecheapies
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut red/brown with an everlasting ring of foam. Not much lacing.

Sweet caramelly malts with roasty cereal grain. No hops, just malty sweetness with a Maillard effect. Light pomme fruitiness.

Rich, wooly, and boozy with caramel and toffee and candied apple. White grape, roast, candied orange, mild mulling spice, and alcohol sweet. Huge xmas beer.

Extremely big in strength. Soppy body and medium carbonation doesn't make good after the booze.

A classic in my book. A beer I drink every year despite its deficiencies.

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Photo of MacStinson
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Beer21
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of rangerred
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a clear medium brown with a half finger tan head. Pretty decent head retention and lacing.

Aroma of fruitcake, figs, and burnt caramel along with brown sugar and molasses. Quite a bit of alcohol as well.

Alcohol comes through immediately in the flavor and lasts through the finish. Plenty of dark fruit and cinnamon along with clove and banana from the yeast. Lots of dark fruit and caramel too. Bitterness is light to moderate with a thick and sticky mouthfeel. Finish has lots of residual sugar and evens turns a little bit watery.

Overall, a decent beer but does a poor job of hiding the high abv. The flavors are pleasant, however, and this is a better than average christmas brew.

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Photo of NuclearSoAndSo
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a beer mug.

Appearance- Pours a deep brown with about a half finger light brown head.

Smell- Smells like cherries or plums; dark fruits, maybe some grape notes. Smells kind of like wine to be honest, and you can pick up on the alcohol.

Taste- Fruit flavors are upfront with a definite alcoholic bite. Heat kicks in for the aftertaste. Again, this reminds me of wine, and in a good way. Festive.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation and a very smooth mouthfeel. A beer to savor slowly.

Overall- I saw this at the liquor store (not sure how long it may have been aging there) and decided to splurge a bit for Christmas and buy a bottle. I'm very glad I did, because this was a treat. Pretty strong and relatively pricey, but worth it in my opinion. I split this beer with my good friend and might make it a Winter-time tradition.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 8.48 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Can't tell which year this was bottled, but it was purchased very recently.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy amber orange with a fair amount of sediment. Moderate bubbles and about one finger of off white head that quickly fades into a few thin patches. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Nicely spicy and fruity Belgian aroma. Belgian yeast with a fair amount of clove and pepper spices. Big toasted malt aroma with hints of caramel, toffee, oak, and biscuit. Burnt Belgian candied sugars. Hints of apple and subtle banana. Lots of undertones of dark fruits including raisin, fig, dark cherry, plum, and grapes. A fairly hot scent of booze. Nice complex aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a good Belgian taste of sweet dark malts, yeast, and fruits. Belgian yeast with some clove and pepper like spicing. Toasted malts with a good taste of bready biscuit, sweet caramel, toffee, toast, and a little oak. Candied Belgian sugars. Complex notes of fruits including apple, pear, banana, and a variety of dark fruits including raisin, dark grapes, figs, dark cherry, plum, and dates. Alcohol heat is noticeable but fairly tame.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and fairly smooth. Alcohol heat is present but still pretty smooth considering its 12%.

Overall: Another really good Belgian ale. Big and fruity while still maintaining some smoothness.

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Scaldis Noel from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 916 ratings