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Scaldis Prestige De Nuits | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Scaldis Prestige De NuitsScaldis Prestige De Nuits
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Belgium
br-dubuisson.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by thierrynantes on 12-19-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,104
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
106
pDev:
13.48%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
19
Trade:
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Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finished a bomber of this fine unique beverage, in the very glass it was designed for. Thanks for sendng both Vincent. Pours a blackish cognac coloured body with an initially notion only of a head. The aroma is rich wine (it was aged in such for 7 months), and the taste is secondary to this Belgian ale, with some chocolate. Special though not extraordinary special.Above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a murky red/beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of lightly sweet malt with oak notes, subtle tart notes and a vinous character. Taste is also a mix between a lightly sweet non-descript malt base with tart notes and a vinous feel from the wine barrel. Body was quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I must say I was disappointed by this one - I am not sure the wine barrel brought anything more that I appreciated. I was expecting more sour notes as opposed to some grapes. The price tag is another factor probably not helping.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of chinchill
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a (512) anniversary glass.

Cuvee 2011. The finale of a back-to-back with the barrel-less Scaldis Noel. It pours a clear sunset rose-amber topped by a finger of glowing dusty cream foam. The nose comprises red wine vinegar, tart raspberry, light oak, a touch of clove, light black grapes, and a few drops of honey. The taste holds notes of clove, brown sugar, candied fruits, light fig, light vinegar, light oak, and a blast of alcohol. Things don't come together quite as well as the smell led me to believe it would. Thankfully, unlike the Scaldis Noel, the booze doesn't completely overwhelm things, but it certainly tries. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, this version is better than the naked one, but the harsh booziness and slightly muddled flavors don't do it any favors at all. Gotta say, this pairing was a pretty big disappointment...

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4/5  rDev -2%

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

This beer pours a light, I'll say medium bodied chestnut brown in color with a one finger beige colored head. It smells of subtle oak, hazelnuts, and the lightest of dark fruits. The aromas are very, very subtle and not overwhelming, especially considering the 13%. There is zero alcohol present in the nose. The flavors too are very subtle. It is essentially a mix of chestnuts, hazelnuts, and light oak. There aren't any real dark fruits, which is fine, yet interesting. It's just overly subtle on everything. I like for a beer to woo me into drinking it. This beer almost dares me to drink it. Do I need to? No, and that's the thing. It's drinks very well for the style and for the content but it just doesn't thrill me. Oh well, it's always nice to try a bottle that cost $46.99.

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Photo of stevoj
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled the other night with some likeminded, beergeek friends over at Dyan's.

The beer pours a hazy golden tan color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is quite interesting, with nuances of apricot, honey, vanilla and light sour funk. As good as this beer smells, I thought it even better on the palate. The sour funk component is much more pronounced on the palate, and it plays well with the underlying sweetness. This is very different from the regular and X-mas scaldis, and I think the burgundy barrel aging has really altered the flavor component (in a good way). This beer was much less sweet then the regular bottling, a beer I always thought was a bit too much on the sweet side anyway. Mouthfeel is rich and full, and this beer has a very long finish. The beer is also very drinkabible for its abv., and the alcohol does not seem to be quite as noticeable as I find it to be in the regular bottling and the scaldis noel. Still, the alcohol starts to catch up to you after a bit, and I really can't imagine enjoying more then a small glass or two of this at a sitting.

While delicious, I'm still not sure the $30 to $40 bottle price is really justified. So would have to think twice about getting another bottle at some point. Nevertheless, this is a very impressiive effort from this always reliable brewery.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Sampled July 2010 at De Heeren van Liedekercke
For the last beer of the night, we decided to put ourselves in the capable hands of Joost. We decided to start out tasting the beer blind and see what showed up in our glass.

The beer is nice and cold on this hot summer night. It has a certain mustiness to it and even a touch of tartness that seems almost acetic somehow and there is definitely a caramelized grain note to it. The beer has a frothy, tan tinged, light colored head. The body is a dark, burnt amber color that shows a clear amber color when held up to the light. Aromas of raisins, prunes, proper caramel note, suggestions of woody mushrooms, hints of tobacco, quite nutty smelling at times and there is even some heat from alcohol towards the finish after a bit.

The beer tastes sweet and fruity in a non-descript way up front and the finish is a bit astringent. Touches of children's aspirin, concord grape, raisins, dates and cherry (last seems accentuated by a light acetic note) are all noticeable in the flavor. This finishes with some heat that warms my esophagus. The beer is actually somewhat light body for its strength. It really does have a nice nuttiness to it and the alcohol becomes much more apparent as the beer warms up. The fruity notes are quite nice and seem to be the signature of the wine-barrel character.

This was a perfect end to an afternoon / evening of enjoying fantastic food and great beer at De Heeren van Liedekercke. This is best described as a big glass of wham that sent me overly satiated to stumble up stairs to sleep.

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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Raziel313
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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