GregClow (2892) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Anno 2000 vintage sampled in Dec/2002. Nice reddish-amber colour with a short tan head. Amazing aroma of sweet caramel, malt and alcohol. More caramel in the flavour, mixed with some dark fruitiness, and a nice hop edge that gives a moderately bitter/burnt finish. A nice, warming beer for a cool winter night.
fiulijn (14609) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2012
2012-12-01, bottle from Au Grain d’Orge, Crissier, batch J411 bb 06/10/2013, 7-3-7-4-15=36
Hazy brown color; frothy large head, disappearing quickly. Simple aroma, some candi sugar, with light fruity touch, very light pecan nuts. The body is leaner than expected, although the mouthfeel is rather round; malt flavor, with a nice caramel presence, light fruity touch, correct bitterness; as usual, good alcohol management.
It has some Dubuisson qualities, but it’s too young probably, it needs to mellow out.
2002-12-01, bottle (small or big?), 7-5-8-4-16=40
Amber color, beautiful cap of thick foam. High alcohol content in the nose. Sweet, a lot of alcohol, good balance with a strong bitterness. Not special, but a big, huge, winter warmer beer.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
hazy amber brown, explosive off white head. complex fruity aroma, with hints of alcohol. more fruit on the tongue with some nice raisin and dried cherry notes. big vanilla-ish sweetness. for a beer of 12%, it’s quite smooth.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - NOV 23, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great winter warmer. the sweet and spicy flacours mask the alcohol-12%- well.
very hoppy for a belgian ale.
surprisingly it has a smoother palate than the regular scaldis.
bottle-conditioned so it may be worth buying an extra one to see how this ages
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty fruit and caramel aroma. Sweet licorice on the palate, a little chewy but not too heavy in body. Sweetness from unfermented sugars, a little spice, burnt alcohol finish. 12ABV is not apparent, in fact it’s pretty mellow. Good overall but I think for such a strong ale they could have achieved a little more complexity.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was aged at least two years in the vendor’s cellar..says the vendor at least..
’scaldis Noel’ instead of ’Bush de noel’ because the ole’ amheiser ’beaver’..I mean ’bush’..says..’you can’t have the same name as us’..But hey.. i don’t think it would hurt them at all..in fact, it would probably boost sales IMO..
No lasting head at all..bronz in color..sweet malty aroma with a tad of cherry twizler..
nice fizz..malty licorice goodness..This is a barley wine and a damn fine one at that..Almost American when you think about it...GRAND!
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Dark amber/ruby colour. Slightly cloudy w/ visible sediment. Big, lasting head. Sweat, flowery, fruity aroma. Smooth texture and warm alcohol feel. Very nice nutty maltiness w/ notes of caramel & plums. Balanced toward brandyish sweetness.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Caramel, malt aroma. Cloudy apricot, pours a large toffee head, which quickly subsides. Raisins, nuts, caramels, like drinking plum pudding. Big mouthfeel, quite warming, (I guess at 12%!) A hearty Belgian Strong, nicely complimented the gingerbread cake I had for dessert.
Aurelius (4178) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy, fruity, almost barleywine aroma. Very warm and sweet. The hopping (well done) kicks in at the finish. Fun label. This is truly a frigid night’s ale. @ $4 for 8.5 oz., I won’t be drinking this that often, but I’m glad I gave this a try.
The Etruscan (528) - Tuscany, ITALY - AUG 21, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Weak beige head.
Dark amber color.
Aroma is sweet, malty with caramel and candy sugar notes.
Flavor is sweet too and with strong caramel taste ending too early by prevailing alcohol.
Finish is moderately sweet.