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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: 891 |  Reviews: 467
Photo of PreacherBrewer
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very well rounded brew. deep redish brown color with a nice 2 finger head. Caramel, vanilla, and malt are balanced. moderate and smooth mouthfeel. this beer screams balance. it's tasty, big, and balanced. a perfect christmas or holiday brew.

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Photo of four20man
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Poured in a Belgian small glass on tap. Light Brown Sugar appearance as it cascades down then settle in the glass. Fluffy, thick head with the same light brown tint. Scents of fruity notes and bread (fruitcake?).
Taste is smooth, sweet at first. The strong alcohol of this beer is subtle, masked by the light hints of sugar, caramel, cinnamon and (coriander?). Light mouthfeel, but the sweet taste lingers and warms on it's way down.
Easy to drink several in a session, but beware! The character can sneak up on you, though it often leaves one in a cheery mood. Just what one would need when properly celebrating the Holiday seasons.

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Photo of boldcity2008
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into tulip glass hard.

A: did not get much lacing after a hard pour. medium dark brown in color cloudy. tiny bubbles in the wine.

S: plums/figs and a sweetness hits you first. Very malty. some alcohol hits you it. sweet sugar is the main thing you get.

T: sweet raisin fig, brown sugar, yeast, malt, some hops. Its a sugary sweet and some xmas spices like beer. boozey.

M: heavy thick syrupy, big time time after taste.

D: well 1 and I am done.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

the beer that is somewhere in between in the world of cognac and tawny port. goes down warm. nose of interesting malt characteristics... booze. apple pie, licorice and raisin.. fig, prune and lilies... candied pineapple. quite sweet and a wonderfully festive drink.

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Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mud puddle brown color, dirty and murky. Small yet dense off-white head that settles into a light ring. Big raisin flavor, perhaps oxidized not sure, caramel and butter. The taste is of honey, raisins, brown sugar, rum soaked cherries. Typical Belgian BSDA X-Mas ale, big, boozy, and perhaps stale. Spot on candied fruit flavor, big on the honey, light butterscotch. Moderate body with active carbonation that helps cut any syrupy feel. The body is big and boozy but the carbonation helps keep this beer reasonable. I dunno, a typically over sweet x-mas belgian brew. Seems a bit oxidized but not sure. Big candied flavors

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scaldis Noel - 8.48 fl.oz. bottle served in my DFH goblet. Poured a murky prune juice color with a two inch creamy, off-white head with some tiny bubbles embedded in the cap and below the line. Some tiny floaties evident in solution. Head eventually settles into a fairly consistent quarter-inch skim. Thick swaths of lacing coat the sides of the glass during the tasting. Nose is dark fruit (prunes/figs, perhaps some grapes), some brown sugar, maybe a touch of yeast. Taste follows nose with the addition of a slightly bready quality. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a light carbonation - a very nice and warming mouthfeel without being boozy. Alcohol is well-hidden at 12% I have to say - closer to 8% or 9% in my opinion if I were to hazard a guess. Very tasty, but fairly steep at $4.49 a bottle.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tiny little 25cl bottle poured into my chimay chalice. no date information on it. label reads "scaldis noel."

A- this one pours out a murky cider colored body with a small beige colored head on it. the head lasts a long time and leaves behind solid rings of lacing.

S- very fruity and sweet. raisins, plums, figs, and dates. brown sugar is detected as well. no trace of alcohol, which is very impressive.

T- raisins, dates, and figs come to the front of this one. lots of brown sugar as well. very sweet. the alcohol comes through a little, but its very well hidden at 12%.

M- full bodied and creamy. it has a nice and rather high level of carbonation. moderate warming from the alcohol on its way down which adds to the overall experience.

D- a great winter beer. probably my favorite christmas beer to date. the massive amount of alcohol would prohibit one from drinking too much of this, but this dinky little bottle made me wish i had another.

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Photo of olmatty
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was sold a Scaldis Noel

Appearance- Poured a deep amber brown with a thick, creamy, tan head.

Smell- Raisins, Dried cherries and dark fruits, sweet caramel and toffee and yeast

Taste- Dark fruits and sweet malts like caramel, sherry and creamy yeast

Mouthfeel- Creamy and smoothly carbonated with lots of thick body

Drinkability- Incredibly smooth and quaffable for a huge 12% ABV.

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Photo of chaz410
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte NC.
This is one of my favorite winter beers. I love it because it's not a winter beer because it's spiced with cinnamon or corriander or reindeer hoves and santa's snot, but a beer full bodied and warming in a way that a stong stout and typical strong ale doesn't do.
It pours a dark amber body, crystal-like clarity and consistancy, and a nice half inch firm pale head.
The smell is intensley sweet and full of caramel and belgian aromatic malts. There is a bright grape-like sweet tartness surrounding the smell.
Taste is full of bright sweet caramel malts, rich belgian malt character, light hop flavoring filled with alcohol warming throughout the swallow. After taste is slightly dry and crisp.
A smooth mouthfeel and clean finish.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Labled as Scaldis Noel...

Pours a nice chestnut brown color with moderate and stiff khaki colored head, minimal retention and lacing. Scent is of dark fruit (fig, prune, rasisn), sweet carmel, alcohol, candied sugar and moderate spicing. Suprisingly mellow yet complex blend of dark fruits, carmel and candied sugar, spicing. Belgian yeast taste throughout. Alcohol hidden very well. Full bodied and chewy. Amazingly complex, amazingly balanced... no one flavor overtakes another, goes down smooth and ABVs hidden very well.

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Photo of organicbrewer
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a-Full Ruby, Brilliantly clear. 2 finger eggshell head.

s-Plum. Vodka soaked cherries. Slight tingling from the alcohol.

t-Fruity caramel. Plum, cherry and raisin. I can't find any hops in this beer, which is fine. Really sweet but not over the top.

m-Thick! Big carbonation keeps this from getting out of hand. Some alcohol burn but pleasant

d-Could I have 2? NO! But is this tasty

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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 mrmanning
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to BeerandBlues2 for the bottle! Bush de Noel is not a beer for the beginner. It's big, full bodied, and scary. But in a good way. It's dark copper may disuade some who say "I don't like dark beers". The thin receding head may sway some away who say " I like a big head on my beer". The musty, dank, basement aroma, mixed with old prunes, raisins, and heavy malt, might petrify the newcommer. It's alcoholic prune flavours, mixed with butterscotch, maple, and floral hops might scare even the purest of heart. But here it is, in its purest form. A belgian strong ale for the avid beer fan. It lets you know the alcohol is there, and it's not afraid to. Warming is the least one would say. Strong, in one of the best ways. A solid BSA. Thanks Brad!

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

A: It poured a Dark sweet tea color, with a 2 finger white off white head. There was no lacing to speak of.

S: It smells of toasted nuts and brown sugar with butter. Maybe some cinnamon and some nutmeg. Vanilla and slight banana bread scent.

T: I taste brown sugar, molasses, bananas, walnut, rum, allspice, nutmeg, maple syrup, coriander and cheap whiskey maybe?

M: Pretty smooth with sticky chewy sensation before swallowing. Carbonation is relatively light. Alcoholic afternoes not too bad, a nice after burn like 10 minutes after a vodka shot.

I like this beer, it doesn't really remind me of Christmas though, Its ok but wouldn't drink it all the time...

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nose is softly spicy, fruity, and malty with mild chocolate and soft roast. Smells pretty good.

Pours a clear translucent medium gold with moderate head. Looks good.

Sweet esters, creamy smooth almost like cocoanut, soft supple malt, mild notions of alcohol. almost sickly smooth. Grape-like fruit with notes of ripe apple. Tastes pretty good. Feels good. Pretty good drinkability.

Smooth, almost too smooth if that's possible. Very creamy and sweet.

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Photo of brendan13
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a snifter an amber colour with a 1.5cm off white head that falls away quite quickly. Sporadic lacing is left down the glass.
A - Caramel & bready malt with some brandy initially followed by dark fruit and spiced notes.
T - Sweet dark fruit taste with quite a spicy quality. Caramel and bready maltiness in the background.
M - Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. A bit of hot alcohol at the back.
D - In all honesty I was expecting something a bit more complex. I'd still drink this again but there is nothing to make me go "wow".

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 8.48 oz brown pop top with nice winter label; nice blue and silver foil; I'm sampling this between cellar and room temperature, poured into my Chimay chalice

Appearance: Rich chestnut beer with orange highlights when held up to the light; lots of small flaky yeast sediment in suspension; cap is ivory and (not surprising for a beer of this strength) fades pretty quickly but leaves a nice thick film

Smell: Give this one a couple of swirls to really bring the aromas out; we've got raisins, alcoholic dark fruit esters, sweet dark caramel, what seems to be a touch of cinnamon sugar, and some other sweetness that I just can't seem to put my finger on...overall very nice aroma

Taste: Crazy the way that this brew hides its alcohol...the beer is actually quite mild in flavor; sweet caramel candy, light fruitiness from the Belgian yeast, very mild spice...ends a bit drier than expected, with a long, lingering flavor of dried figs and maybe a hint of vanilla extract...the only place you feel the alcohol is on the finish as it tingles/slightly burns down your throat...oh, and THERE it is...

Mouthfeel: Chewy, viscous, and palate coating

Drinkability: Not a beer to toss back; one after dinner or as a nightcap would be perfect

Conclusion: Unbelievably smooth, tamed, and understated (and I mean that in a good way) for the abv. I paid 16.99 for this 8.48oz bottle (though I think it was a mistake at the store and that was supposed to be for a four-pack) yet even at that price I could see myself picking this up again next winter if I were to come across it. This one tonight was in honor of my grandma's passing; I could see drinking this during happier times after a big Christmas dinner of roast venison, herbed potatoes, and figgy pudding.

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Photo of montecristo2
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Served it at around 55 degrees.

Nice thick pillowy head with a full amber color.

A nice aroma- a balance of hops malt.

A sweet, malty taste- something I expected from a Christmas beer, even more so it seemed since I had it in May! A slight hop presence, just enough to try to balance out the very sweet malt.

Due to the 9.6 abv, this is one for the end of the night when you're about to call it a day.

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Photo of weazal
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Absolutely delicious aroma of caramel, apple, and dark candied fruits - all drenched in honey. There's a dose of spices too, particularly clove and pepper. Overall, very much raisin sweet bread.

T: The alcohol and sweetness dominate, elbowing each other aside throughout the tasting. Warming brandy, honey, sweet bread, and peppery at the end. About what you'd expect from the aroma.

Exactly the warming, delectable beverage you'd want to get tipsy with on cold, snowy evenings!

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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 paulthebeerguru
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very opaque, light tawny color, more orange than brown. Light off-white head. Low retention and moderate lacing.

S: strong alcohol esters. Big fall fruit notes, strong hint of spices.

T: some figs, plums, apples and raisins. Big spices, mostly clove and nutmeg. Huge strong alcohol flavors.

M: big bold brew, with a lower carbonation level. Relatively smooth for the ABV.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8.48fl.oz bottle poured into a plain snifter. Saw this little bottle in the store and said what the hell.

A- Scaldis(bush) noel pours a very fine mixture of brown to copper color with virtually no head, just some scattering of bubbles that try to form a cap. Be careful pouring this as alot of sediment on the bottom is easily disturbed.

S- This has the similar qualities of a holiday ale with a heaping of spice such as nutmeg with a bunch of sweet malts as well. A lot of burnt sweet sugar as well as toasted malt. More sweetness with molasses and toffee. Some dark fruit and alcohol from this 12%er.

T- Pretty much the same as above with a big focus on the sweet malt aspect. Can't really get past the alcohol in this high abv brew but it is masked pretty well. Along with the above flavors in smell i also get some cinnamon and raisins increasing the sweetness.

M- A good amount of carbonation, nothing overboard. Not that warming which is surprising, maybe cause i'm drinking it so fast. This one lighty coats the mouth and has a slick feel. The flavors don't linger to long which is also surprising. Oh wait, here comes the warming.

D- This one is a good holiday ale to go to sometimes during the season but this is not my favorite. 12% is high so I am glad it comes in small bottles. Might have to go with the prestige next holiday. This one is decent.

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

Lighly chilled and poured into a Scaldis Chalice. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Clear deep reddish/brown in color with thin light off-white head that quickly disappears leaving ring of foam and lacing on sides of glass.

Smell: Spicy alcohol with malt and undertones of fruit--plum, maybe cherry

Taste: Caramel malt and fruity flavors (e.g., cherry) with some alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated and medium bodied with long, slightly sweet finish containing caramel and cherry.

Drinkability: At 12% abv one of these is plenty despite the fact it is just less than 9 oz. I think this could have benefited from a year or so bottle aging to soften out the alcohol presence

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Photo of Intelligentsia
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was recommended by Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA. Poured into a Duvel tulip, the beer didn't give much of a head at all with a moderate pour; the beer retains little of what was left, and little lacing was present after I began to drink it. A very pretty dark-red beer through a little light passed through. The nose was Belgian yeast, malt, and a slight bit of alcohol. A bit less than I expected from such a hyped beer, but it was certainly a memorable smell. The taste was good but, again, not what I was hoping for; relateively malty, spicy, and yeasty -- not as complex as I was expecting. Lightly carbonated, but at 12% a.b.v., this one was a sipper that went slowly. I certainly enjoyed the beer, but perhaps a bit of cellaring make this one more intersting.

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

A: Pours a gorgeous clear amber with a thin, white head that nevertheless leaves lacing on the side.

S: Strong essence of molasses and maple syrup with a whiff of phenols. Continued fixation on the smell evokes cloves, nutmeg, and other spices.

T: Sugar cane-like sweetness immediately hits the mouth and provides a warming sensation. Caramel and toffee malts are followed by a slight smoky flavor. Szechuan peppercorn-infused phenols arise and pleasantly numb the mouth; bequeathing an almost methol-like essence in the aftertaste.

M/D: Slight carbonation and chewiness give way to a numbing smoothness. This one is a great sipper.

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Scaldis Noel from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 891 ratings
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