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 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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Photo of t0rin0
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Lucky Baldwins 10th Annual Belgian fest on 2/15/09.

Pours dark orange/brown and clear. Good lacing, medium retention, white-ish head.

Aroma is malty, boozy, caramel, and scotch.

Taste has a low bitterness, caramel, and scotch flavors. A little bit of spiciness creeps in from the background. Some booze present but not much, quite nice for 12% abv.

Body is thin and low CO2 levels actually work well for this beer. Enjoyable for sure but too boozy to drink a lot of.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color with a thin but clingy off-white head.

Smell is reminiscent of a Belgian brown ale...simple, fresh, mild and fruity. Surprisingly faint, but pleasant.

Wow, taste is waaay bigger. Alcohol is quite prevalent, not overly so, but definitely lets you know it is lurking about. Sweetly malty and very chewy. Quite the sipper this brew is, not one for the faint of heart. Complexity is high, as I also get a fair amount of hop bitterness to round out the sweetness.

Note to self: this would be a great beer to have on Christmas morning, a superb example of a Belgian holiday ale. A tad expensive, but worth it once and a while.

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Photo of talkinghatrack
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a - Looks like Santa if you squint a bit. Big snowy hat, reddish caramel in color. Lots of yeasty bits holding their ground evenly in the dense liquid. Looks fantastic held up to the light.

s - Sweet honey, flowers, a little boozy while still inviting.

t - Sweet malts with a clear alcohol hit throughout. Tangy in the middle and warming as it goes down. Would have liked a little more alcohol masking but it does an above average job with its giant 12% ABV. The sweetness smooths the ABV while just keeping things a step below being cloying.

m - Thin to medium body. Great carbonation level - lots of strong ales go overboard with the bubbles.

d - Great sipper for a single serving. A little harsh on the raw alcohol on the back of the throat but very solid overall. Probably ages great if I had more patience.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The reddish amber body showcases a downy white head with generous carbonation bubbles developing and subsequently leaving a fair white lacing in its wake for the duration.

The aroma consists of sweet candy sugar, fruit such as plum or nectarine, carbonation, and floral hops.

The fruit is much more pronounced in the flavor, and appears to be more along the lines of dark cherries, specifically in the aftertaste. Fruit and sugar strong up front but balanced by the floral hops overall. Temperature is vital to enjoying this beer, new flavors continue to appear as it warms, additional spices, and even dark wood notes.

Slightly thicker than I expected, somewhat syrupy, with milder carbonation than anticipated, but overall quite enjoyable.

The excellent flavors and easy drinkability causes one to remember to sip this high abv beauty. Another great Belgian Dark to enjoy on a cold evening, up there with the best in its style.

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

From bottle.

Poured a mahagony color with an average sized brown head. Dominant malty smells. Molasses, caramel, and toffee. Very sweet tasting, a little fruity and a moderate alcohol finish (not near the 12% though). Light spices came out as I drank.

Notes from: 7/12/04

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Photo of deliriumfest
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on 1/5/09

Served on tap at Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis. Poured a cloudy dark orange/brown with a small white head that quickly vanished. Almost no aroma but taste is cherry, spice, fruit, vanilla and strong alcohol. Medium body and chewy mouthfeel with strong alcohol finish. Overall a great Dark Belgian and Noel beer.

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Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a transparent dark copper toned amber. The clumpy, tan head slowly fades into a mild cap. Mild bits of lacing are scattered around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, strong fruit fusels, caramel, and spicy notes of herbs & spices.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with caramel, and raisins coming through with notes of cinnamon, and citrus coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, boozy, and full of syrupy fruit.

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