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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: 892 |  Reviews: 469
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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Photo of wchesak
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue tulip

A - hazy brown with an orange tint, not much of a head or lacing

S - cherry, vanilla, and dark fruit, figs or prunes

T - lots of dark fruit like any good Belgian strong ale should have, malty sweetness helps to compensate for the alcohol which is only slightly noticeable during a drink

M - smooth but chewy too...a lot of substance to it, evident in its taste

D - the abv makes this is one i would not drink more than a few of, however it is something that I would not mind spending many winter nights with

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

On-tap at Town Hall Brewery as a guest beer. This beer immediately reminds of St. Bernardus Abt 12 and their Christmas edition. It smels of cherry brandy with a hint of vanilla and caramel. These same notes carry over into the flavors with a strong, but smooth, caramel and toffee malt backbone. Very delicious and very drinkable. It just lacks a deeper complexity that separates the very good from the great.

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

Picked up an 8oz single at Wilbur's in Ft. Collins for about $3.

A: Poured a very light brown/dark hazy orange. Almost no head at all. What small bubbles were there are slightly cream colored.

S: Very spicy and grainy, smells very much like a loaf of bread fresh out of the oven. There's a slightly alcoholic finish, but nothing too overpowering.

T: A lot of the same bread/malt flavors come through in this, some ginger flavors are there, gingerbread, slightly spicy alcohol as well. Somewhat odd, not bad, but nothing spectacular. Slight butter taste as well.

M: Sharply carbonated, relatively thin, fair amount of alcohol warmth as well, pretty sticky for the thin mouthfeel.

D: One was enough. This is pretty tasty, but not something that I would drink on a regular basis. A good Christmas beer, but I don't think I would recommend it to others.

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Photo of GordonQuid
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a freshly washed tulip glass. Brown and hazy with an off-white thin head. Slight "leggy" lacing.

Smell is sweet caramel candy apple with a slight brandy-like alcohol note.

Taste is sweet, chalky caramel candy with a slight tarty finish. Wheat malt is apparent in the finish accompanied by a slight alcohol note that lingers.

Full bodied. A good desert beer. I would pair this with a caramel apple cheese cake.

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Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a brownish color and a thick, cloudy texture. There was a big. foamy, long-lasting head and some very good lacing.

S: A strong fruity smell in the aroma, along with malt.

T: The taste consisted of dark fruits, malt, yeast and caramel in the finish. The alcohol was a little too present for my taste.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: On the whole this is a well made, drinkable beer, though I don't know how many of them I'd drink in one session.

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Photo of gford217
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Brick Store in Decatur, poured into a goblet.

Pours hazy amber with a bubbly off-white head that lingers for a while and leaves some solid lacing.

The aroma is very sweet with tons of caramel malts and candi sugar with a healthy Belgian yeast smell as well. There are hints of dark fruit along with a little bit of alcohol burn.

The taste follows the aroma and is on the sweeter side of things, mainly candi sugar and dark fruits. The caramel malts are present as well as a big alcohol burn in the finish.

The mouthfeel is moderate to heavy and very sticky with the massive sweetness. Carbonation was pretty muted.

This is a decent beer but nothing that really stood out for me. There were no spices that I could identify in this Christmas brew.

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Photo of marcpal
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8.5oz little nib bottle poured energetically into a Dogfish snifter.

A: Mountainous head on top of a hazy dark yellow body, like a rusted fender. The lacing and head were not long for existence.
Bottle Graphics: 2/10. Too much sparkling like one of those Chinese video games that gives seizures.

S: Nose of dark fruit, tons of it. All kinds of sweet hard liquor infused dried ginger, dates, figs and all else that goes into a brick of a fruitcake. The alcohol is present, a BSDA? The strong part of it is represented.

T: Liquid fruitcake bathed in rum. It tasted true to a dense fruitcake that is covered in rum and put in the toaster for about 3 minutes. As this warms, it is truly a sensory beauty.
As you sit back and sip, the sweetness is palatable and somehow amplified by the spiciness that is present.

The one fruit, like a Mad Elf, that comes through the most in the taste (not the aroma) is cherry. Unadulterated cherry, coming back to the dried cherries coming out of the proverbial fruitcake.

M: I'm not sure what category this fits into and hate getting stuck on caring but strictly using the adjectives it warms me in the winter. That small bottle is a great sipper on a below wind chill day, warms the chest.

D: Small bottle is a good thing- more big beers like this should do that, I could not imagine trying to work through 750ml of this. Even in the small bottle, an adventure of flavors to sip through.

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

Pours a rubied orange with amber golden highlights. An offwhite / tan head bellows up and quickly falls to a film of tightly grouped bubbles floating above the beer. Big nose, cherry, maple syrup... actually, this reminds me of pancakes with syrup and berries quite a bit... Alcohol is certainly detectable on the nose, but wonderful fruit characteristics and a sweet malt dominate. Taste is not quite as dynamic as the nose but very full. A sweet malt with maple, breakfast cake, and brown sugar characteristics start things out. A nice transition into a berry sweetness adds complexity. A nice floral finish with a solid alcohol sting in the back that reminds you that this beer packs a punch. Awfully drinkable despite the alcohol and chewy full mouthfeel. Still, I can't see myself sitting down and having more than one. I could see this one getting better with age but with the maltiness providing so many wonderful and complex flavors I don't know if I could wait. Absolutly what I would envision if asked to create a belgian inspired barleywine.

Thanks for the recommendation OnSlow (Grahm @ Specs Bay Area).

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Photo of brdc
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle, poured into a goblet. Found a little dusty in a usually good store, but unsure about length of storage.

Nice hazy orange in color, reddish highlights, a thin foamy light tan head that did not hold particularly well, and lacing was limited.
Nice aroma, but not as strong as I expected, dark fruits, sweetish malts and candy, opening way to a medium to full bodied brew that is predominantly malty sweet and fruity, but has a bitter bite coming and going to provide some balance.
This was a very good brew, but surprisingly inferior to their premium version. I would like to get a fresh bottle to be absolutely sure, but otherwise I will stick to the premium version.

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

A - Poured into a Chimay chalice. Pours a murky, reddish amber with a thin white head.

S - The odor is sweet, smells of malty goodness, toffee, dark fruit, alcohol.

T - Very strong alcohol taste at the start, but finishes smooth, a little dry. There are some sweet fruits in there, a spicy bite at the end, almost peppery.

M - Thin bodied, a little oily.

D - This beer is exceptionally strong. Whether that impacts your drinkability is ip to you, but I enjoy it.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not much head, but a nice apple cider look, hazy and nice chestnut brown.

Nose of alcohol and fruits, deep dark fruits like plums, malty, some Belgian yeast.

Stong up front taste of over-ripe apples, plums, abv is pretty well hidden, deep malt with not a sign of hops, but a bit sweet at the end. Very nice.

More fizzy than I thought it would be, good carbonation keeps the nice flavors alive.

Great after dinner drink, keep it for special occasions. Nice little 25cl bottle is all you need.

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Photo of LoRezDave
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a 10oz tap-pour from Binny's in Chicago's south loop. It was poured into a chalice glass, nearly to the rim, with no head. Hmm.

The color was a beautiful sandy auburn and hazed - not chill haze real haze.

The smell is sweet ripe fruits, little citrius, yeast and alcohol. Complex big nose.

Taste is more ripe sweet fruits (pineapple!?) tangerine then carmely malt in the middle and a white pepper alcohol burn on the end.

Mouthfeel is almost effervescent with the high carbonation and high alcohol, maybe some lactic bite, pleasant sweet aftertaste.

Very good - but not great. There's TONS going on with this beer but all seems very confusing/busy.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft into a chalice, I sat with this one for a pretty good clip o' time. The pour produced a pinky of creamy head that displayed nice lacing and left behind a pretty thick film on top of the amber brown, red concoction.

Sharp, spicy caramel to the nose. Astringent alcohol clears the sinuses. Dark fruit - figs.

A sip reveals some alcohol warming, of course, and quite a bit of it. A lighter taste than I expected. Candied dark fruits, but also some banana. Spice leads into alcohol. Finishes a bit dry.

Creamy feel with a medium-heavy body, this is a pretty good sipper. The ABV is too high to have more than one, or to drink it too fast.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a clear and solid amber ale, quite bubbly beneath the frothy, oily off-white head. The aroma is of spicy piny hops, perhaps juniper, and something slightly bready. It is thick and oily on the tongue. It leaves with a chalky afterfeel and a warm alcoholic glow. The flavor is of... hops! It is potent and bitter; intense and fruity; sweet and sour and... very bitter! I detect allspice, nutmeg and black pepper. Despite its tiny bottle, it's huge.
(rated Apr 26, 2007)

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Photo of gregmurer
3.22/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

i'm pretty hard about drinkability and smell... two different reasons, first, the smell, nothing special.. it taste nothing... And drinkability... hmmm the mouthfeel is really good, the alcool is reaaally strong... but... it's too much present on the mouth... so... about that... 25cc are too much... that beer is too strong...
But, even if it's too strong... wow, it's incredibly great as a beer... it taste fully and incredible...

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Photo of magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murkys red-brown with a solid tan head. Cherries, plums, molasses, caramel, malt, and lots of spice in the nose. Mroe fruit and yeast in the taste, but with a spicy cracked pepper and a blend of nutmeg-cinnamon-clove potpouri. Sweeter and heavier, a true BSA.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter/tulip at HorseBrass in Portland. This is one high-alcohol bomb.

Little to no head/lacing.

Sweetness and some spice, sugary molassas and brandy. overripe dark fruit (figs, dates) and a slight alcohol burn.

Super smooth nitro feeling with some hot alcohol, especially on the exhale. It's got good depth, but not as much as I would have liked or expected. I've had a number of strong darks that offer complexity from the aroma to the aftertaste. this onbe is pretty slow and steady all the way through with nothing interesting coming out.

I did rather get tired of it halfway through and kinda wished I could have reserved my sobriety for a couple pints of less potent potable.

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