Scaldis Prestige De Nuits
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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #42
ABV:
13%
Score:
90
Ranked #4,076
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 12.77%
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
122
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90
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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.
Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 122 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Sigmund from Norway

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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bushbeer75 from Michigan

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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josanguapo from Spain

2.99/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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superspak from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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neurobot01 from California

4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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Can_has_beer from Texas

4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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
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Moose90 from Washington

3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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stevoj from Idaho

4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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sprat1960 from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark copper (orange with flashes of brown). Very cloudy; opaque. Tons of medium bubbles from the carbonation. Pours with a huge 3 finger beige head that dies down slowly ultimately leaving almost no trace.

Smell: Mild sour aroma, oranges, mild spices. Fragrant.

Taste: Tastes similar to how it smells - only richer and better. Delicious full flavor. Oranges, mild spices (think cinnamon), sweet-sour combination. Refreshing, thirst-quenching finish.

Feel: Medium velvety body. Tingly mild carbonation. Rich, full sensation. Perfect.

Overall: I really liked this beer. It has a beer-wine quality to it. Something to drink slowly and savor. Delicious. That being said, I cannot say that it is a good value. I have had several other great beers that I have enjoyed equally as well for far less money. A special occasion beer in my opinion.

Feb 02, 2015
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rand from California

4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 750 mL bottle to Duvel tulip glass

2010 batch, opened day of this posting

A: Mahogany-red in color, opaque, a gentle pour yields an effervescent head that quickly recedes.

S: Fruity esters anchor the bouquet, cherries and bananas. Notes of oak and clove spice play off a toffee-malts - really strong malt-backbone. Plenty of alcohol volatiles propel the aromas.

T: More layered and complex than the nose. Esters are noticed first, but there's a tart undertone - presumably picked up some wild yeast and formed some lactic acid as it aged. Toffee-sweet, with oak and cherries adding nuance. Boozy, but not overwhelming. Finishes long a bitter-sweet.

M: Oily slick but ample carbonation lightens things up.

Tasty, interesting, layered - a memorable, quaffable beverage. Probably a little overpriced but worth a sample.

Dec 01, 2014
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a slightly hazy amber hue with moderate carbonation producing a 2-3 inch bubbly light tan head. Good retention. No lacing.
S: Soft caramel malt; cinnamon, clove, and other soft spice; golden raisin; subtle hint of oak comes through especially with warming.
T: Chewy dark dried fruit, red berries, a distinct vinous note, oaky vanilla, and a hint of soft spice (cinnamon, clove, etc.). With warming, the red berry note becomes even more prominent.
M: Medium body...drinks lighter than the ABV would suggest. Lightly sweet. Moderate carbonation prickle. Decent lingering on the palate with a dry fruit note persisting. The ABV is extremely well hidden here.
D: I like the impact that aging in wine barrels has on this brew...vinous notes, berry notes, oak/vanilla notes all coming from this process. The end result is a well-balanced offering with good complexity and easy drinkability (especially given the ABV).
P.S. The ABV does eventually catch up to you...it is 13% after all.

Apr 14, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was actually from Francois not me (looking at you Matt), thanks Francois.

Nice creamy head sticks around, but small, decent legs, amber almost chestnut brown.

Nose fruity, little candy, dark malts, little syrupy, mild fruity wine like, bit of esters.

Taste sweet syrupy candy, fruity wine like candy and vinous notes, apple skin, little toffee and fermented molasses, hints of esters and floral characters, etc.

Mouth is med bod, plenty of carb. mild warming booze drinks too easily.

Apr 04, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy brown hue with some thin halo.

S - Aromas of barrels, sweet malts, apples, nice.

T - Taste is very nice, apples, brown sugar, nicer barrel notes. Really tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is nice, really easy drinking.

O - Overall this was a fun beer to try, glad to have it.

Apr 03, 2014
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coreyfmcdonald from Georgia

4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a HF wine glass

A: Pours a hazy amber color with three fingers of fluffy foam. The foam slowly recedes to a half finger that stays throughout the pour. No lacing, but the head retention is impressive.

S: There is a lot going on here. Spicy oak is quite strong along with fruity red wine, dark fruits, clove, and peppercorn. A bit of sourness as well. Stays fairly dry, though. This beer is extremely complex.

T: Clove is now quite strong along with a variety of other spices. Wine and oak is also quite present. The base beer is a bit in the background here, but contributes dark fruit and a distinct nutty flavor.

M: Medium thickness for the style with strong carbonation. Very appropriate for the style.

O: This is a very complex beer. Oak, wine, dark fruits, spices. I'm impressed, especially at the sale price of $9.99.

Dec 29, 2013
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dcmchew from Romania

4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle says Cuvee Speciale 2012
Cork almost pops aggresively, so a pretty carbonation is to be expected. Still it doesn't look so from the pour, half of finger of white head, big sticky retention. Dark chestnut brown, amber, somewhat hazy.
Smells straight like a sour, wine barrel, sour cherry jam, berries, smoked wood.
Really complex taste. Starts like a red wine, really vinous, with a fruitiness that's usually found in a nice French dry red wine, with berries, red cherries, then a sweet citrus with a lower acidic red apple, sweet pear, but lots of overripe red grapes, and dry dark figs and dates. There's also the sour tartness, half fruity, half acetic. Belgian spices are felt later on, with decent amounts of clove, vanilla, nutmeg and some slight licorice, all supported by caramel malts, which are subtle. Happy to see this isn't overly sweet, just enough, no excess marmelade like normal Bush brews have. The barrel is felt here, beautifully, making this ale resemble a cognac. Lots of oak wood chips, a subtle smokiness also. Yeasts - spicy, earthy. Can't say a lot about the hops, the aftertaste does leave a herbal mild bitterness, but there are too many things at work here.
Not as fizzy as expected at first, more like a typical BSDA. The mild carbonation does help the alcohol prickle though, being very (very!) warm, but not boozy. Maybe just a bit when the bottle warmed up, but great hiding of the 13%.
Great complexity, top quality brewing, but the ships sink a little when you look at the price, especially comparing it to other beers. It's a great beer, definitely one to try even more than once, but it does make a big hole in the budget.
This should be incredibly good aged properly for a good 3-4 years.

Nov 07, 2013
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Large bottle to small snifter
Rich complex aroma and flavor. Really a lot going on here.
Feel: Somewhat lively but very soft carbonation.
Fruits including apple and raisins, a touch of smoke, plenty of alcohol esters.
A bit boozy for my tastes, usually, but really exceptional for this level of ABV.

Oct 08, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Shikimon for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

2011 vintage.

Pours a hazy dark honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, caramel, toffee, red wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour toffee, fruit, and red wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nicely done barrel aged presence that makes this one easy to drink.

Aug 19, 2013
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With the ultimate blend of high complexity and effortless drinkability, this distinctive and characterful ale charms the taste buds and rewards the palate with a rich airiness, lush dryness, vinous savory taste that seems to change with each and every sip. I'm going to attempt to explain some of them here...

Like several of the Trappist dark ales, this more secular version pours similarly with a russet brown body and rusty highlights nearest the edge of the glass. Building on top is a creamy short-statured bone-white head that gently rises and slowly reduces to a skim across the glass. Its modest foam character is dainty, charming and with a reserved confidence. Light on lace, its portrait on the glass is impeded by the acidity to come.

The line where wine and beer meet is where this strong ale resides. Its aromas are rich with both candied malt and vinous grape character. Raisiny beer character reels in deep caramels and confectioner's sugar before joining forces with wine-soaked oak, balsamic savoriness, and classic brandy. Plumb, blackcurrant, concord grape, fig and date all take turns sharing their aromatics.

Decadent honey melanges with concentrated grape sweetness and caramel for a rich early palate that shows obvious confusion between ale and wine. Its grapey middle palate pulls the taste decidedly toward port and brandy. Sweet and spicy, the ale balances with plumb, blackberry, smoky currant, peppercorn paradise seed and mild clove. A cider and balsamic under current reinforces acidity and savory notes simultaneously as no other beer can. Finishing with maple, sweet leather and freshly torn tobacco- an herbal presence shows and ends the taste on a rich ale note.

Its first sip erupts as the carbonation causes the ale to spring from the tongue as if eating Pop Rocks candy. But after that champagney carbonation quickly subsides, the ale sits weightily on the tongue and really starts to feel like port more so than even beer. Rich but never cloying, the long draw across the tongue and palate yields a finish of medium spicy warmth and a malty-savory extension.

Labeled as "Prestige de Nuits (Cuvee Speciale 2011), the ale is the perfect replacement to all those wonderful French dishes that conclude with a tasting of rich stilton and port. It will stand up in much the same way or even better because of the added malty sweet structures and the lift of carbonation.

Jul 12, 2013
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BradMacMullin from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a friend's 750ml bottle he got for $40. Price makes me very hopeful. Pours a creamy color. Doesn't take long for the smell to hit you - like a big port smell. Smell overwhelms as you taste. Taste is very fruity and aromatic. Mouthfeel is good, nicely carbonated and the alcohol doesn't overwhelm despite the 13% abv. I am on the fence with this one - heavy barrell focused ale which is all the rage these days - not really my thing, but I understand if someone wants to sip slowly with some friends.

Apr 27, 2013
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BMMillsy from Florida

4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle given to me at Christmas by the wife. Having it for Valentine’s day, 2013.This is the Scaldis Prestige de Nuits. Pours a nice amber color with big hea that recedes quickly like a sour. Aromatic and fizzy bubbles. Aroma of strong sout cherry (unexpected), some plum or pear, hints of grape. Smells great. Look, feel and smell of a sour. Brett is present in aroma and flavor. Flavor is smooth cherries almost exclusively, sour kick on the finish with some lingering alcohol. A slightly dry oak finish. Really not what I was expecting. Medium mouthfeel that drinks very easily. Nice beer and not sure how to describe the style. Somewhere between a sweet dubbel and a kriek.

Feb 21, 2013
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2009 vintage.

Pours a very cloudy, dark chestnut brown color that's completely opaque with only the faintest of copper colored edges. Half finger off-white head that immediately disappears into a very thin ring that doesn't last. Not much in the way of lacing.

The aroma is dominated by the vinous red wine barrel character giving off lots of toasted oak and tart dark fruit notes. The oak really stands out and is somewhat charred and ashy with a toothpick-like quality but this is countered by vinous grape, sour cherry, currant, fig and other dark berries. Along with the barrel notes there are some floral hops, peppery spice and sweeter malt notes, notably caramel and toffee. Slightly syrupy/medicinal but thankfully this is overpowered by the oak and red wine notes.

Medium bodied with a surprising amount of carbonation for the style and strength along with a really nice, dry red wine barrel flavor that's nicely integrated into the flavors of the base beer. The oak presence is dry and toasted but isn't as strong as the nose suggests. I was worried that there would be too much dry oak/toothpick flavor but this beer has the perfect amount, adding another layer of flavor without killing everything else off. The oak presence is complimented perfectly by the burgundy wine flavor which is dry but still packs a lot of sweet, vinous fruit. Hints of dark grape, sour cherry, currant and juicy blackberry along with other dark fruit notes lingering over the sweet malt backbone and subtle floral hops into a slightly dry finish. The barrel is countered by sweet caramel malt, dark chocolate and toffee as well as a touch of earthy hop bitterness in the finish. The high ABV is expertly masked, making this delicious, complex beer dangerously drinkable. Although there is plenty of alcohol sweetness, there isn't any harsh heat, just some warmth in the finish. This is a truly remarkable beer that exceeded all of my expectations, and that's saying a lot because I really enjoyed Busch Prestige. This beer is really expensive but it's worth every cent. One of the best wine barrel aged beers I've ever had and I would definitely purchase it again. Highly recommended!

Feb 20, 2013
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

one of the most expensive bottles of beer ive ever consumed, coming it at over 40 bucks (from a bottle shop mind you). yikes. cant say it was worth it honestly, although this is a nice beer. pours hazy orange in color with plenty of yeast floaters and a short but lasting off white head. the nose is quite tart, definitely acidic a little from the wine barrels, oaky, sweet, with some dried fruits. the flavor is a journey, starting yeasty and spunky, black pepper and molasses then cascade in somewhere towards the middle, and finally alcohol and oak round it out. the booze was almost overpowering in the when it got to warmer temperatutes. fine feel, bubbly and alive with a nice round full body. a bottle to share for certain (mostly to help defray costs), and not a beer i will go out of my way to try again. i understand its fancy, but for this price it should wow me, and this simply didnt do that.

Jan 15, 2013
Scaldis Prestige De Nuits from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 122 ratings