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

Photo of dsshuck
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Poured into snifter. Fizzy, but no head retention, and one patch of lace. Greyish brown, taupe color.

Nose is citrusy, with some brown sugar and banana.

The taste is magnificent. Rich milk chocolate, nuts, light clove, dark fruit. Alcohol taste is there too.

Mouth is carbed. Warm alcohol on the finish.

Great wintertime blanket. For fans of eisbock, dubbel, wiezenbock, and Belgian darks..

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Photo of rydev24
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of MrDell
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated July 26, 2014 poured into my Goose Island snifter. Is this a BSDA or a Quad?? Whatever, it drinks more like I would associate a Quad to be....strong, dark fruit on the nose and finish, easy drinker at 12 percent ABV also.

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Photo of Vylo
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of erk0607
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best By: 12/2017 Date - Look: Rich, medium mahogany brown with a slightly off white head and excellent foam. I poured it quite gently and still got strong, long lasting foam head.
Smell: Like caramelized bananas, a little bit of alchohol, dark fruits, dark malt
Taste: It's pretty clear this is a 12%er and would be an excellent aging candidate. Beyond that you get a strong malt presence, sweet sugar, dark fruits, banana
Feel: On the lighter side of the spectrum with a definite alcohol burn, somewhat unexpected but good nonetheless.
Overall: Excellent. I got a four pack, drank one, and will be leaving the other three to age a bit.

12/24/2016 Update on a Best By 12/17 bottle. As others have noted, this is a very sweet beer, even after aging out a year. Medium brown but the head was incredibly short lived this time around and turned to superfine lacing. Smells of cherry vodka or cough medicine but sweeter. Still get estery-banana-alcohol on the nose too. Taste: a lot more cherry, like an alcoholic Twizzler. Feel: medium body, noticeable alcohol but not quite burning. Overall: it's changed, and is still a super sweet/sugary beer. Came out to a 4.27.

1/8/2018 - Update on from same pack of bottles. COlor is a reddish brown with small, foamy effervesence. Smell is amazing. Raspberry and chocolate, strawberries. Light toastiness. Taste is very sweet, with berries to the forefront and a mild graininess. Still getting some of the warmth from the alcohol as well as a little bit of bitterness from that, but it's nothing like I remember it. Notes of chocolate and caramel or truffles. Feel is bubbly and foamy, very light and not necessarily smooth going down. Head lingered a while and left a nice coating of the surface. 4.56/5

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Photo of teromous
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label has "12/08/2017" printed on it which I can only guess is the best-before date.

Appearance: Not much of a head ever forms on this beer. At 12% ABV it does not come as a shock. The body is a dark ruby red with hints of dark brown. Shadows are passable through the glass as its opalescence occludes much of what would normally be viewed. There is no head but a thin white ring forms around the glass.

Aroma: It has a light banana chip scent. Alcohol makes it through as well. Again for a 12% ABV beer it would be expected to smell some of the alcohol. There is just a bit of raisin but mostly this smells of dehydrated banana chips.

Taste: My first thought when drinking this beer is how much of a nice caramel flavor it has. It is a bit sweet but it has a bit of that burnt caramel flavor. Then there is this banana aftertaste. The whole thing reminds me of eating home-made banana nut bread. I can kind-of pick up the alcohol but it isn't strong.

Mouthfeel: The body is much lighter than I find normal Belgian Strong Dark Ales. It does have this slight effervescent kick on the palate which is nice and the nice coating quality is made apparent in the texture of the aftertaste.

Overall: I wouldn't really say this is an outstanding Belgian Strong Dark Ale but at the same time I feel it is higher than average given the limited but nice flavors and how well this beer hides the alcohol content while tasting it. Granted this beer is designed to be a winter warmer and I am drinking it in May. I would certainly buy it again and try it fresh for a re-review but under the current circumstances I would much rather pick something else up. It's not really a beer I would recommend unless you really love BSDA's and want to try something new. If that is the case you won't find anything new but it is an enjoyable enough beer.

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Photo of PMarcy78
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This recipe is what makes Belgians Belgians. The subtleties imparted by the yeasts can be neither accurately described in my English (so I will let others try) nor replicated on a consistent basis in my country (but, that doesn't seem to stop me from trying them all.)

That said, we are looking at average Looks, above average Smells (but too complex to do justice by dissecting), extraordinarily melded Tastes of dark dried fruit (that also hide the 12% alcohol) and a mouth Feel that is a bit carbonated; but along with everything else, it improved as this bottle warmed.

While I would be remiss to say that Scaldis Noel at $7.75 is a marginal economic value, it certainly is worth having once.

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Photo of jkhara12
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This would be a nice beer but for the alcohol burn which is ever present throughout the smell, taste and palate. Mind you, as a winter beer, the warming is nice, but due to the alcohol it is a sipper at best.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Antyk
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours a dark brown with a slightly orange tinge and a finger thick tan head. The nose leads with a sweet malt, dark fruits, cotton candy, seasonal spices and toffee. The taste starts with dark sugary malt, dates, prunes and finishes with a earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I expected with a silky creaminess and mild carbonation. For such a high ABV it doesn't have the alcohol burn one would expect.

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Photo of windowside
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | 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 rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlsBeer
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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