Scaldis Prestige De Nuits
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

Scaldis Prestige De NuitsScaldis Prestige De Nuits
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From:
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
 
Belgium
Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #39
ABV:
13%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,788
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 12.93%
Ratings:
124
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 04, 2021
Added:
Dec 19, 2008
Wants:
  24
Gots:
  19
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Scaldis Prestige De NuitsScaldis Prestige De Nuits
Notes: Also known as Bush De Nuits

Made from Scaldis (Bush) Noel aged for 6 months in Bourgogne barrels from the world famous "Nuits St Georges" vineyard.
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4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RaulMondesi from California

My word, what is the word? This one is pretty darn good. Not like riding Ghost Rider at Knott’s Berry Farm at 13 and then sucking face with the school hottie, but it’s about as good as smashing a funnel cake at the country fair.

Ok, I’m out of here.

Aug 04, 2021
 
4.35 by Sparky44 from Illinois on May 22, 2021
 
4.74 by Avitra from Switzerland on Mar 05, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Sigmund from Norway

750 ml stylish "champagne" bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Amber to brown colour, large cream-coloured head. Nice vinous aroma, notes of oak and "fruits of the forest", hints of farmhouse. Vinous, oaky and well balanced flavour with moderate but sufficient hops. Extremely drinkable for its strength.

Feb 25, 2021
 
4.57 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Jan 01, 2021
 
4.31 by smithj4 from New York on Nov 30, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by bushbeer75 from Michigan

poured from a 1pt. 9.4 fl. oz. 2014 caged and corked brown bottle

Scaldis Prestige de Nuits body is a cloudy dark amber and atop sat a small 1/2-finger off-white head that dissipated quickly to a thin collar. No lacing to speak of. The nose first picked up a sweet aroma [light] chocolate malt, then caramel and some spices. The taste is much the same as the nose with toffee and a slight red wine character. Mouth feel is high-medium to full bodied. A little sticky on the lips with a semi-dry finish.

Overall, at 13% abv it is a sipper, however it hides its strength well - an enjoyable ale.

Jul 07, 2020
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2.99/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by josanguapo from Spain

De Cervezasespeciales. En copa Grimbergen. Jugando a Spiderman. Comprada en 2017. Géiser al abrirla. Predominancia de acidez avinada que no resulta excesiva pero que tapa el resto de matices y hace que resulte una experiencia algo anodina. Alcohol bien oculto para 13 grados y belga. Se sube poco a la cabeza

May 24, 2020
 
4 by tux_alin from Romania on Mar 10, 2020
 
3.76 by WynnO from Florida on Jan 31, 2020
 
4.58 by AWA from California on Nov 08, 2019
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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl "Scaldis Prestige"
750 ml brown glass bottle, corked & caged, "Cuvée Spéciale 2011"
$34.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: When I think of Scaldis I think of Bush, is that correct? Let me look it up... yes, indeed, they're from the same brewery. Oddly, despite having had Bush many times before I've never reviewed it. Oh well, but what about the Scaldis, because this is Scaldis Prestige...? Ahh, I scored it a 4.15 out of 5, which is currently a positive deviation on BeerAdvocate of 6.14%. Wait a second, this is the same as the Bush Ambrée? I was originally thinking of the Bush Blonde but now it all makes sense - I'm in the United States right now, and here we cannot have Bush because of a lawsuit with Anheuser-Busch so I've only been drinking Bush overseas. OK, got it. So I'm guessing that this is essentially Bush Ambrée with a touch more gravity, or more likely, a little bit more fermentation due to an extended period in oak barrels. I wish I'd realized that earlier because I would have bought a bottle of Scaldis to try side by side with it. Whatever. So, it's poured a very hazy deep amber but not quite copper colored body beneath a short head of off-white. The aroma is sweetish, malty, grainy, caramelish, fruity, gently phenolic from Belgian yeast, subtly oaky, and perhaps a touch alcoholic. I'm not finding any hop notes but I wouldn't really expect to. It's a full and interesting aroma, and in the Belgian tradition the additional note from the oak is kept less than prominent - the beer itself is the main point. On to the flavor... well, I think I could just repeat everything that I just said about the aroma. It's sweetish, malty, grainy, caramelish, fruity like apples and pears and plums and dark raisins, slightly vinous, gently phenolic from the Belgian yeast (maybe more than just gently), and - here's the twist - fairly oaky. The alcohol has a presence, but it's a veiled presence, and at 13% abv I'd call it quite refined. It doesn't step out front but you know it's there, and that's perfect. The bitterness is medium, but it finishes dry with at least a little help from the alcohol. Some minimal malt lingers gently and then fades giving way to notes of fig, plum, sweet black grapes, black currant, a mild bitterness, and a spritz of alcohol. In the mouth it's medium leaning towards fuller bodied but cut back by the alcohol, and gently crisp but enhanced by a little sting from the alcohol once you get a few sips into it. What are the drawbacks? Limited head retention and lacing. Maybe, but no, not really. I understand that higher alcohol cuts head retention and lacing but for a beer of this size with so much residual sugar it should be better, right? Wrong. It's also aged in oak which means a lot of transfers which means a lot of foaming properties are lost so... I have to give them a break. I still have to review it as I see it, but I am giving it some flexibility on that. Beyond that I see no flaws. It's pretty perfect as it is. The question then goes to cost, and I never bring this while reviewing beers because the cost has nothing to do with the quality and flavor of the beer, but seeing as how this is so expensive I thought I'd mention it. It is a little pricey, at least in comparison to similar high-quality beers. Is that touch of oak worth it to you? I can't say. I like it but I could also live without it. As a one-off expensive beer I'm glad I tried it as I really enjoyed it, and you only get to go around once, right?

Review #6,651

Aug 17, 2019
 
4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington on Jul 18, 2019
 
4.16 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia on May 18, 2019
 
4 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Jan 06, 2019
 
4 by heysuz from Indiana on Jan 06, 2019
 
4.27 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation on Dec 15, 2018
 
4.24 by mdaschaf from Indiana on Dec 30, 2017
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4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by superspak from North Carolina

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2014 vintage bottling, best before 3/11/2017. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep reddish orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, currant, raspberry, blackberry, apricot, red apple, red grape, peppercorn, red/white wine, cinnamon, clove, nuttiness, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, brown bread, and biscuit; with lighter notes of oaken vanilla, licorice, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and dark/bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, currant, raspberry, blackberry, apricot, red apple, red grape, peppercorn, red/white wine, cinnamon, clove, nuttiness, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, brown bread, and biscuit; with lighter notes of oaken vanilla, licorice, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast/oak spiciness and light wine tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruits, currant, cherry, berry, apricot, red apple, red grape, peppercorn, red/white wine, cinnamon, clove, nuttiness, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, brown bread, biscuit, vanilla, licorice, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and dark/bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/spiciness and wine tang/tartness balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from yeast/oak spiciness, wine tang/tartness, and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/sticky/tannic, and lightly slick/syrupy/acidic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden; a lightly increasing warmth of 13%, with minimal booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged Belgian strong dark ale! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Perfect balance of yeast, malt, and Bourgogne barrel complexity. Never overly sweet/heavy feeling for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example. Definitely worth the price to try once.

Dec 23, 2017
 
4.19 by WormGod from New York on Nov 29, 2017
 
4.36 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Nov 22, 2017
 
4.15 by BelgianBeerChef from Romania on Jul 25, 2017
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4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Sabtos from Ohio

Muddy copper-brown with minimal to no head, excepting a fuzzy, dark tan ring.

Smell is caramel, oak, amaretto, raisin and...actually, it reminds me a lot of a fine Madeira.

Taste is really warm and deep, exhibiting caramel, raisin, plum, graham, and some mixed spices.

Medium to full bodied, this has a nice beery froth and a semi-dry finish, but is a bit hot.

Jun 25, 2017
 
4.32 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on May 29, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by neurobot01 from California

2013 Vintage. 750ml into a tulip at cellar temp.

Look: ruby/orange-brown, with a nice long-lasting tan head.

Smell: berries, plum, lime, nutmeg, red wine. Predominantly sweet-smelling.

Taste: initial flavor is much darker/richer than I'd expected based on the aroma. Still lots of fruit, but also strong notes of fudge, porto, pumpkin bread. Sweet, but also with savory and bitter aspects. Fairly complex, though the alcohol isn't particularly well masked.

Feel: medium bodied with fairly high carbonation. Easy to drink, and despite the alcohol presence in the flavor, essentially no burn. Still, doesn't match the feel of, say, St. Bernardus abt 12.

Overall: good, not great. Some beers are complex but coherent, whereas this one comes off as somewhat muddled. Certainly not worth what I paid for it, but I'm nonetheless glad to have gotten to try it. If the alcohol were a bit less assertive, this could be a great beer. Made for a good birthday treat either way.

May 09, 2017
 
4.69 by golf4collet from West Virginia on Feb 06, 2017
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4.97/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Can_has_beer from Texas

Vintage 2013. Pours a light brown color with no head, it looks very similar to a quad. It smells like a quad too, with dark candied aromas and slightly hot. The first sip was ok, the finish was very pleasant. The second sip however solidified everything and Nirvana is reached. I kept pouring more and more after my glass was emptied. It took hold of me and I was awestruck by this beer. Absolutely stunning. And at the end of the bottle, my final opinion was that it was very similar, except better than Westvleteren XII.

Dec 31, 2016
 
3.79 by Lucoli from New York on Apr 27, 2016
 
4.85 by briancathy from Virginia on Mar 27, 2016
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5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by igl from Russian Federation

Martell-beer. Strong, sweet, deep. Impresive!

Mar 19, 2016
 
3.63 by Euroglot from Belgium on Mar 17, 2016
 
4.32 by HopBelT from Belgium on Mar 04, 2016
 
4.34 by desint from Belgium on Oct 21, 2015
 
4.25 by ant1 from France on Sep 04, 2015
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3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Moose90 from Washington

Served from 2012 Vintage 750ml C&C Bottle.

A — Pours a deep and dark red color, very red indeed. Puffy off-white colored head fades rather quickly, most likely due to the acidity in the beer.

S — Super funky and acidic, lots of vinegar and oak. Little bit of a heather honey sweetness and floral undertone.

T — Acidic again, lots of tart pie cherries and a super oaky undertone, quite acidic and sour, lots of vinegar.

M — Medium bodied, lingering finish and aftertaste.

O — OK overall, super funky and acidic, seems to be lacking balance, unfortunately.

Jul 19, 2015
 
4.06 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation on Jun 25, 2015
 
4.25 by Pav5069 from Pennsylvania on Jun 17, 2015
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4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by zac16125 from South Carolina

750mL bottle into a wine glass
Cuvée 2012

A: Mahogany colored, slightly hazy, 1/2 finger light tan head, dissipates quickly, essentially zero lacing. 4

S: Friuty esters, vinous notes, oak, booze. 4

T: Dark fruit, lots of oaky characters, heavy vinous notes, fair amount of booze. 4.25

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the higher end but appropriate, ABV is def noticeable but it's not hot, drinkability is good. 4.25

O: Very good beer. Purchased for me by my girlfriend, but apparently it was $45 which is ridiculous. Very much enjoyed though. 4.25

Jun 15, 2015
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4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by stevoj from Idaho

Lots of wine notes present due to the wine barrel aging. Not being a wine drinker, this is a little off-putting at first, but it gets better the more you savor the complexities fo this brew.Pours reddish/amber with thin off white head. Lots of active, fine carbonation. Sour, oak, apple cider are tastes that come to mind. This is a great beer, but takes some understanding of the styles and processes to appreciate.

Jun 09, 2015
 
4 by Ciocanelu from Romania on Apr 18, 2015
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