Scaldis Refermentee | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by lordofthewiens on 11-15-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
56
Reviews:
23
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of pants678
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip. Orange body, on the darker side. White head, fluffy.

A little floral but mostly sweet sugar.

Very biscuity and super sharp like a note of bourbon. Another year or so might do this one well, it's up front pungent Belgian. Rich caramel overwhelms and the ABV is not hidden, but compliments. Fruity, possibly orange peel or coriander, and malty.

Aggressive carbonation.

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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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Photo of TommyC
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, saturated orange-ish color with dark specks of plant matter floating around; translucent with a small (but thick) off-white head.

Nose: fruit; hops; ethanol.

Taste: honey; bourbon; brandy; apple; pear; mace; wood; hops. Mostly sweet, but with a slight nuance of sourness & tang. A fair amount of spice and bitterness that lingers on the back of the tongue somewhat sharply.

Mouthfeel is excellent! Creamy, fine bubbles with good retention coat the tongue and roof of the mouth nicely.

Overall, I liked this: big, complex flavors with a creative and intriguing palate; great look and feel. On the flipside, the ale could be a little more balanced: sugar and sharpness tended to dominate toward the end of the bottle, thus it wasn't as drinkable as Scaldis Tripel. Nevertheless, a fine ale and worth a try.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an excellent, strong, complex beer. the first time I had it, it didn't seem possible it was 12%. By the second beer, it was clear, hte alcohol was an integral part of its makeup. The third time, I knew what I was in for. Lots of strong flavors, gorgeous color, a big beer. Just looks perfect in a Duvel glass. I could and will drink this often. Let no man stand in my way. Yum.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Bugsey
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What an absolutely amazing beer.

Smell and taste are as advertised on the bottle. Soft pralines, caramel, malt, and with enough bite to keep it balanced. Alcohol is not overpowering.

Great mouth feel. Not too thick or overpowering.

Definitely going to get more of this.

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Photo of impending
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A

750ml into a tulip. Pours a nearly transparent copper cola, towering dense off white head retains nicely, minor lacing.

Aroma is surprisingly weak for a brew of this strength. Yeast and nondescript fruits, quiet spice.

The taste show no restraint compared to the scent, big. The alcohol comes forward properly as the aftertaste begins, it is a nice warming balance to the sweet intro. The aftertaste is very long lasting and evolves continually, ending in a pleasant unexpected caramel. Phenols are well managed. Zero bitter, zero dry, alcohol sits in. Full bodied creamy mouthfeel.

doesn't hit full stride until near room temp
more of a strong pale than a strong dark
cheers
jd

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of treque
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a deep copper colour, with some brown hue, thick, cloudy, with lots of carb, a nice 2 finger, off-white head, with a good retention

S: sweet notes, intense, yeast, coriander, dark fruits

T: meidum light body, the alcohol is noticed from the very first zip, some sweetness, there is no bitter at all, well balanced, complex, warmer on throat

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

Wow!! This is good. A pity I cant let it warm up, but it tastes too good to let it sit!! Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into my Chimay goblet. A good hazy orange color with a lot of sediment and a nice sized bubbly white head. Minimal lacing and the head fades fast...probably due to the 12% abv.

Smell is of fruit..apples pears and raisins. Some hint of Belgian candi sugar.

Taste is outstanding!! Belgian yeast and candi sugar, fruits and a warming bit of alcohol

Mouthfeel is exceptional as well. Carbonation is just right. The richness of the taste is felt as well as tasted. Very smooth. The alcohol provides a warming effect and a nice little bite.

Obviously drinkability is good. My son-in-law drank half the bottle in record time. I am savoring mine but I could easily drink more. This is a very good Belgian.

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Photo of carpezytha
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Not quite clear copper body, very aggressive cream colored head with tiny bubbles, dense and holds well.
S: A woolly nose with hints of dried apricot and creme brulee.
T: Semi-sweet maltyness balanced by dried pears, dates, very little bitterness but a pleasant sourness. At once complex and so balanced...every sip reveals more.
M: Full bodied with a sustained light pricklyness, not hot at all considering it's ABV.
D: I am partial to the "regular" Scaldis, one of my favorite beers and I could drink this again and again (not in one sitting). Not to be overlooked.

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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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Scaldis Refermentee from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
4.08 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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