Scaldis Refermentee | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Scaldis RefermenteeScaldis Refermentee

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by lordofthewiens on 11-15-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of Daniellobo
3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fair ale, a bit too pushy in its attempt at complexity that does not really make it.

Presentation: 750 ml brown corked and caged bottle. Dark orange Scaldis branding with a small narrative on the back highlighting the intent of the brew, and main description. Shows Alc. by Vol. (12%), and BBE date (2011). Served in tulip glass.

A - Medium to deep amber pour, frothy head, medium to low retention, fair surface memory and some touches of lacing.

S - Aroma is a bit sort, generic yeasty sense, with a sweet touch. Neither the initial whiff nor the range as it warms up offer much else.

T - Malty sense, with a round bitter yeast punch coating it. A bit too hefty and mono-dimensional as it progresses. Caramel emerges in the finish, in particular around the final pours.

M - Medium/full body with medium carbonation, and a slightly smooth touch broken by the bitter yeast punch.

D - Fair, worth the try but all in all not too enticing.

Notes: This could be me as I explore some of these attempts to referment or age certain Belgium beers. Luckily this one is one positive side of the spectrum but it reminds me of the ugly way that for instance Leffe tries to offer a Cuvé-aged ale and fails. Miles apart from that experience but there is something in common around the backbone of these brews.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a goblet. BBE 2011.

3.5 A: Murky light brown color. A finger and a half of foamy off-white head that fell quickly. Oh well, this is a big beer, I'll cut it some slack.

3.5 S: Toastiness and caramel lead the way. Yeasty breadiness. Candied dark fruits, but no fruit really sticks out. It's more of a generic fruitiness, though if I had to pick, I'd say dates were the focus. Peppery from the yeast. Not a lot of complexity, but it's still quite pleasant. The booze is hidden quite well.

3.5 T: Same major flavors as the nose. Toastiness, caramel, candied dates and other assorted fruit, and hints of vanilla. Peppery spiciness and breadiness from the yeast. You can taste the booze, but it doesn't seem like it's 12%.

3.75 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a nice spritziness to it. Smooth for how potent it is.

3.25 D: It's good, but there's better out there. Worth a try if you stumble upon it.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of MouthfulOfchris
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.6/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

basically from what i understand this expensive bottle is a bottle conditioned (or refermented) edition of the basic scaldis brew. i expected it to be far more dry and bubbly than it is, and frankly prefer the base beer to this one for whatever reason. the elegance and refinement is lost on me. amber in color with a nice head but a ton of massive yeast chunks, literally as big as jelly beans, floating all over the place. i get a ton of sweet caramel malt on the nose, with a classic belgian yeast strain, smells like a sweeter blonde, not so much like an amber. prickly carbonation hits my nose too, but the sweetness is intense, and there is a desserty vibe to it, and the alcohol is hidden well for how big it is. the taste is as sweet as the nose, i thought the bottle conditioning would clean this up much more than it does. layers of brown sugar and caramelized cereal grain come up, and the belgian yeast that makes the base beer so distinct is a little muted here. a well made beer no doubt, but the base needed verily little improving. for the price i would skip this one and pick up the original every time.

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Photo of Morey
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Arch578
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Franck
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Smell of sugar and smooth alcohol
Mouthfeel is sweet. Aromas of orange and lemon. Great roundness e full flavored. Nice beer overall

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Photo of mltobin
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JR86
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aerozeppl
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at one of the BA fests and thought it was one of the better beers of that night.

A: Honey tinged amber color. The amount of stuff floating around in this beer is insane. A minimal amount of slightly brownish head. Tons of visible carbonation and the cork POPPED when it came out.

S: Very bready. A nice earthiness with quite a bit of yeast thrown in there as well.

T: The taste of dead yeast is there a little bit. Again very bready/ malty for the style. It is not a bad beer at all but I think IMO this one was better fresh. There is a nice sweetness to it almost like a sherry. At times it almost has the taste of an oak aged beer then the next sip it is gone.

M: Medium bodied. Lively carbonation.

D: I think this one has gone down hill a little bit. Fresh this really stood out for me. What another year or 5 might do is interesting. It is super drinkable but there is still some heat to it. A confounding beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3 ounce pour at a local beer tasting - closing the evening with this 12 ABV monster

Poured medium to dark amber color with some active foam. Port wine smell with hints of vanilla. Quite fizzy - high carbonation from the refermentation, but with small bubbles.

Tastes sweet - very chewy, notes of dark fruits, raisins and plums in particular.

Good taste - this is a heart beer, and the 12% makes it a challenging drink.

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Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange/amber color with a two-finger, off-white head of foam. It slowly receded to leave some patchy lace. There was also a good deal of sediment floating in the glass.

S - Aroma was spicy and yeasty with some biscuity notes.

T - Sweet caramel and bready malts lead off this Belgian. Followed by a sharp spice and yeast bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish and subtle alcohol warmth.

O - This is a pretty good Belgian ale. I'd like to try it with some more age on it to see how it matures.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the 75th Anniversary edition. In a goblet the beer was copper colored with a small white head. A caramel and vanilla aroma, and a caramel and vanilla taste. The alcohol made it a little hot in the mouth, which I also felt to be the case with the regular Scaldis. Maybe I'll buy another bottle (it was reasonably priced) and let it age.

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Photo of tjinohio
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A beautiful beer to look at. The beer pours a gorgeous translucent copper color with an ample eggshell white head. Nice lacing throughout the drinking.

Some phenolic spicy aroma. Also maybe a little orange. I must admit, I have a fire burning in the fireplace and there is a definite issue of sorting through the smell of burning wood.

The taste is warm and sweet, perhaps candied apricot with a nice alcoholic warming that cuts through the sweetness and balances the taste of the beer. There is a maltiness and a spiciness to the aftertaste that is pleasing.

I love the mouthfeel of this beer. There is a nice carbonation with an unexpected creaminess given the appearance. It is smooth and sensuous in the mouth.

When it comes to drinkability, one cannot help but factoring in that this is a strong beer. However, share it with a friend and he will be good friend indeed.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Delirium tulip. 12% ABV, BBE 2012 on neck band.

Thanks to bnieman's dad for sharing this on his B-day!

A - The pour is clear golden amber and vibrant in the first glass and full of chunky sediment in the second two. A dense white head floats on top with low retention and little in the way of lacing left over.

S - The moderate aroma was strong with candi sugar and caramel malted sweetness with flakes of crunchy toffee and a crisp nose of yeast and light floral hops on the finish.

T - Scaldis packs an unexpected punch in the flavor with strong caramel and toasted malts followed by a low boozy warm alcohol flavor and a yeasty smooth finish. It's one malty brew!

M - Medium-full bodied with a sweet but decently balanced-out finish. Warm, low level of boozy warm sensation to the finish.

D - Probably the strongest amber (what it's labeled as) I've ever had but it's definitely not overly boozy. The round body and solid flavor make it pretty drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of seth72104
4/5  rDev -2%

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