thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottle was labeled Scaldis. The beer pours a nice brown amber color, frothy cream head. Smells like the Noel but a little fruitier perhaps. Cinnamon, butterscotch, toffee. Nice sweetness to it. Again the butterscotch/toffee thing. Bites you in the back of your cheeks (sinuses I guess). Definitely warming, and should be at this level of alcohol. Not really a bitterness but that bite of alcohol. Great flavor.
fiulijn (14381) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy orange-amber clor. Strong sweet malt aroma, caramel, oranges. Strong mouthfeel, thick, quite alcoholic (but at 12%…), malt, sweet, fruity, oily, well bitter at the end. Very strong character.
jgb9348 (4709) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright orange-tinted copper colour with a dense off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, caster sugar, melons, raisins, bubble gum and a bit of malt-Very nice! Heavy-bodied; Super sweet and alcoholic taste-some of the fruityness lasts, but not too much. Aftertaste burned slightly from the alcohol and results in a not-so clean tasting palate. Overall, a decent beer-strong and NOT hiding that fact! I got this 25 cL bottle from the Opera House Gourmet in Manassas, Virginia and sampled it on 21-November-2003.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2004 Dark orange\amber colour. Caramel aroma with overtones of spicy alcohol. Flavor was pretty spicy with some strong citrus. Very warming due to the alcohol content, which is suprisingly subtle in the taste, good for a cold december night but perhaps a bit too sweet for me.RERATE: I just cracked a bottle from Belgium No mention of Scaldis as is the name in the US...Very different it seem s not nearly as syrupy...Much more balanced...In fact quite good!
BroueNeault (158) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2003 Amber ale with a small head. Fruity and malty aroma. Malty taste with a bitter finish. Alcool is very present both in the nose and mouth (which is not a good thing according to me). A good beer...
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good belgian, but really nothing remarkable, positively or negatively, about this beer at all! Standard to good in every way, but nothing really sets it apart from the masses.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2001: Pours a full and effervescent amber colored body tan rocky mountain of head, I’m suppressed its not flat. The aroma and flavor are heavy with malt, plums, apricots, figs, cantaloupe, a herbal spiciness, with a great presence of the 12%abv….Not over powering but not overlooked either.
The palate is sticky / chewy, pleasant malleable texture. The finish leaves a sweet and warming sensation in the back of my throat ….. Man, what a splendid brew, and for a 250ml bottle, it packs a hell of a punch!
Post comment: Damn, why are the ratings so low?
sloth (2469) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small offwhite head, some lacing. Clear gold with a brown hue. Malty somewhat alcoholy nose. Malty sweet, oxydized, alc flavors. Never was very fond of this brew. Sweet warming finish.
Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Malty. Raisins. Sugar and bit of toffee. Light bitterness. Medium amber clear with white lacing head. Heavy watery body with medium-heavy carb. Sweet & malty from start to finish. Light nutty bitterness in finish. Sticks to your tongue. Alcohol. Nutty bitter sweet after.
CEZ (397) - Milano, ITALY - OCT 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Warning: another of my almost-expired bottles. This one apparently suffered no ill effects, but I still think I have to mention it.]
Maybe it was the orange label. Or the deep orange body. But I swear I sniffed orange notes in the aroma, which adds a note of freshness to the sweet malty background. Dangerously drinkable, more than other strong ales, despite the high ABV. Of course it's not as complex or rich, but it's balanced enough: the sweetness is countered by a surprisingly dry finish. Very nice.