Scaldis Noël (aka Bush de Noël) (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: B

Scaldis Noël (aka Bush de Noël), 12% ABV – 25cl, (Belgium)

on the back label:

“The Strongest Christmas Belgian Beer. Brewed exceptionally for the Christmas period, Scaldis Noel is a brilliant, red-amber ale that will delight the most demanding connoisseurs.”

  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste Profile: sweet brown sugar malts/alcohol -> caramel/honey/chrysanthemum -> light malty bitter finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores (no longer sold)
  • How much: ~$5, Winter 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yah

Tasting notes: It’s not exactly Christmas in February but I figure I’d rather have this now than wait until the end of this year. Besides, it has been sitting on my shelf for years already. Pours cloudy light brown with lots of sediment/floaties, small head, ringed retention, many active streams. Strong brown sugar, prune, and malts on the nose. Drinks with 7/10-sweet, heavy subdued alcohol up front, partially fizzy, tastes of brown sugar malts, caramel, toasted honey, chrysanthemum, finishing light-med malty bitter and clean. Alcohol is superbly hidden beneath the layers of flavour. Medium complexity, med-high depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability.

Scaldis Blond Triple – Brasserie Dubuisson (Belgium)

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Scaldis Blond Triple (aka Bush Blond Triple) – Brasserie Dubuisson,10.5% ABV – 750ml, (Pipaix, Belgium)

On back label:

“Scaldis Blond Triple offers real finesse and a marvellously balanced taste. Its natural re-fermentation in the bottle gives it fizz and fullness. Brewed with : water drawn from beneath the Brewery, barleymalt, sugar, hops and yeast.”

  • Style: Blond Triple
  • My Rating: B-
  • Taste Profile: Creamy/sweet/alcohol -> malts/caramel/citrus/honey/peach -> smooth off-dry finish.
  • Where I got it : W.16th
  • How much: ~$18 (after 10% disc), November 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours translucent golden orange with suspended lees, a wonderfully thick pillowy head, very thick and sticky lacing, some visible streams. Inviting sweet floral malts on the nose. Drinks with a mainly creamy/light fizzy mouthfeel, subdued alcohol in the background mixed with building 9/10-sweetness, main flavours of malts, caramel, hints of citrus, honey, peach, with wheat and yeast overtones, finishing smooth, light malty and off-dry. Medium complexity, med-high depth, good transitions, good carry, decent drinkability. Creeper effect as you might expect from a smooth 10.5% ABV beer.

Scaldis Noel Premium (Belgium)

Scaldis Noel Premium (Anno 1768) – Brasserie Dubuisson Freres, 13% ABV, Belgium

On the back label:

“The strongest Christmas Belgian beer. Brewed exceptionally fro the Christmas period, Scaldis de Noel, a brilliant, red-amber ale will delight the most demanding connoisseurs. The Scalcis [SIC] de Noel Premium is not filtered and refermented in the bottle”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: Very smooth for 13% ABV
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek (?), 2011
  • How much: ~$20, 750ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours amber reddish-brown, good sized head, .75cm micro CO2 retention, slow-moving lacing, LOTS and LOTS of CO2 streams – very active, slighty cloudy (unfiltered). Prunes and faint ethyl alcohol on the nose. Upon sipping, the high ABV is there immediately (the heat & burn) and persists until the finish. This is mixed with 7/10 smooth sweetness, very creamy texture especially in the mid, prune/fig/almost cherries at the start and the transitions into dark malty 3/10 semi-sweet bitterness. Medium-high complexity, Medium-high depth, good carry, good mouthfeel, excellent smoothness, good transitions, decent length. To me Christmas beer should have some spices; sadly this one doesn’t really deliver in that aspect but still solid and potent nonetheless.