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:
#3,133
Reviews:
474
Ratings:
907
pDev:
11.88%
Bros Score:
4.4
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
109
Trade:
2
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Photo of yaron73
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bottle from beer store in Brugge.

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Photo of AlaskaAg
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nicolaiw
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber slightly reddish with small beige head.
Aroma has sweet malt, ginger, little floral notes.
Taste is sweet malt, ginger, spices, little boozy.

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

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

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Czequershuus
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours an almost clear mahogany, with a very large head. The aroma features brown sugar, fig, cherry, raisin, plum, caramel, banana and clove. The flavor has lots of raisin and fig, with bubblegum, clove, booze, and chocolate. The mouthfeel is rich and full, but not sticky, with foamy carbonation. Overall this is an enormously flavorful beer with rich fruit and spice, a perfect Christmas Ale, with a solid core of booziness that I really enjoy.

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Photo of FBarber
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear burgundy color. Thin off white head dissipates leaving a small circle of tan foam in the center of the beer. No lacing is left behind. Beer appears thin to the eye.

Smell has notes of bread, red wine, dark fruits, prunes, raisin and caramel with a sweetness on the nose makes it reminiscent of fruitcake. Touch of alcohol is also noted.

Taste follows the nose with notes of red wine, dark fruits - prunes, plums, raisins - with caramel and some bready malts. There is a hint of alcohol - but its more of a warming sensation more than a distinct stand out flavor. Some spices - clove, pepper, and christmas spices come through.

Feel is a tad on the thin side, but that keeps it light even with the higher abv. The sweetness does provide some body. Medium carbonation. alcoholic warming sensation builds as you drink the beer. Dry finish on the back end.

Overall a lovely beer. So well done and flavorful. Perfect for a cold winter evening. A word of advice - drink this beer at room temperature, its so much better that way. The aromas and flavor really pop once it warms up.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marklaker
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatsmyspot
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

ADDITION (1/6/2018): There is no date or any code anywhere on the bottle, yet I know it is at least two years old. It pours nicely enough. There are some amazing things going on in the aroma: dark fruits (figs, dates?), and something reminding me of a port wine or some cordial mixes with alcohol. ... I think this is the best Belgian strong dark ale I have ever had. ... Increasing Smell to 4.5, ...

This is, I think, the third time I have had this beer. I am still learning the subtleties of flavors in Belgium's, but I get that there is a lot going on in this beer. I look forward to seeing how it ages.

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Photo of emincems
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite winter beer of all time. Ultra powerful, delicious and complex! It pours dark copper with long lasting off-white head. Good lacing. It smells earthy yeast, wood, brown sugar, biscuity malts and tons of winter spices. Taste is bittersweet and very strong! Caramel malts, vanilla and dried dark fruits are balanced with wood, peppery phenols and licorice. High ABV is not hidden, but it doesn't hurt mouth-feeling. Creamy and boozy on the palate. Low viscosity. Long, dry, perfectly warming finish. Very dangerous sipping beer! Great!

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Peaches13
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of liquorpig
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium light brown, opaque, with a thin ring of off-white head. It smells like burnt sugar and candied fruit. The taste is much the same. It's moderately light on the palate and mostly smooth throughout. There isn't much "Christmas"-y about it, but it's a really good strong dark ale.

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Photo of rarigney
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zotzot
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ian_Alexander
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PJCarnell
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Scaldis Noel from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 907 ratings
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