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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 380   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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Like the Brasserie Dubuisson’s renowned Scaldis Prestige, Scaldis Prestige de Nuits is aged in oak barrels for six months. But Prestige de Nuits is made of Scaldis Noel aged in Bourgogne barrels from the world famous "Nuits St. Georges" vineyard. The result is an ale of extraordinary complexity and depth.

Bush de Noël, ripened for 7 months on wine casks from Burgundy (Nuits-St.-Georges).


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2010
In short: A very vinous, very oaky, very tannic and surprisingly easy to drink beer. Wow.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed around 8 months after the beer release. Tasting session with Montreal crew. Bottle sent to me by tytoanderso, thanks a lot Tyler
The look: Cloudy amber body topped by a medium beige head
In long: Interesting nose of oak, grapes and cherries. Taste is very vinous, more than vinous, this is fresh grapes. Some other fruits such as bananas (really!) in there too. The oak is very strong in this one and it really dries out the beer. Lots of tannins too. Very dry finish. Yet despite its strong oaky sourness and tannins character I thought the beer was rather easy to drink. No alcohol presence whatsoever. A great beer to go with a full meal. The problem is the very high price tag on this baby. But the way I see it, I’m just giving away pieces of paper that, at some point, were probably in a stripper’s butt.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8402) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Bottle at De Heeren van Liedekercke. Pours a cloudy dark amber with no head at all. Lots of sweet woody notes, some brandy-like sweetness. The flavor is warm and malty, nutty, fruit, huge dry barrel. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5898) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2010
Bottle: Poured a murky red/beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of lightly sweet malt with oak notes, subtle tart notes and a vinous character. Taste is also a mix between a lightly sweet non-descript malt base with tart notes and a vinous feel from the wine barrel. Body was quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I must say I was disappointed by this one – I am not sure the wine barrel brought anything more that I appreciated. I was expecting more sour notes as opposed to some grapes. The price tag is another factor probably not helping.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2010
09 vintage. Dark brown pour with a good-sized, frothy white head. Aroma holds definite notes of wine at the start, then shifts to massive components of raisin, prune, date, sweetbread, candied sugars, caramel, and molasses-- classic Belgian strong, but with increased wine presence. Flavor is lighter and carries more of the wine barrel aging-- plum, nectarine, oak, bready Belgian yeast, and a beautiful presence of Cointreau and red raspberry at the finish. Palate is smooth and luscious, but you can definitely feel the bite from the 13% ABV, though it’s welcomed. Very very nice brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Lightly hazy dark amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, red wine, toast, toffee, and alcohol. Taste of vanilla, toasted malts, some caramel, dark fruits, and alcohol in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4986) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2010
Bottle. Fruity aroma and poured with a medium head. As you would expect it has a strong presence of alcohol with a slightly sour taste. Some bitterness and the alcohol kick lingers for some time.Classy 75 cl bottle. Different but I wouldn’t try it again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2010
Part6 of my wedding present, cheers Mes. Think this is the last of the fucking epic package you did for me. Would it be selfish to divorce and re-marry for another gift pack? Possibly. And she’d feed me my knackers. Think this might have been one of the beers that brought on the gout attack from hell. It was worth it though! Very complex fruit and malts, nice bushy alcohol thing. I loved it. I wonder how many of my rates you’re personally responsible for? I’ll bet my top 100 has over 80% of beers from you in it. Should do that one day but I’m always trying to catch up with a a crippling backlog. Speaking of which...

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2139) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
Bottle at a tasting thanks to glouglouburp
Appearance : Dark amber, medium creamy head.
Aroma : Vinous and woody. Notes of cherries. Quite fruity.
Taste : Vinous, oaky. Oak sourness. Tannic and a bit mineral. Very woody. No traces of alcohol.
Overall : Very enjoyable and interesting. At first nobody was sure if they liked it or not but after each sip it became better and better. Nose is awesome. Taste is a bit less. Very unique brew. Thanks Dany.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Courtesy of SHIG. Pours hazy opaque copper – brown with thin off white head. The aroma is tart berry fruitiness and tart Brett-ness. The taste is a bit punchy with carbonation pushing up tart berry fruity notes and then picking up increasing Brett like crushed aspirin qualities. Meh!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Called Scaldis Prestige de Nuits and has Cuvee Speciale 2009 on the towards the neck. Pours a dark, murky brown with a moderate tan head. Aroma is wine, grape skins, tart fruit, oak, damp wood, and sweet malt. Taste is sweet malt, light wine notes, tart fruit, wet wood, damp earth, cocoa, dusty yeast notes and dark fruit. Body is medium with a moderate, creamy carbonation and a very light acidic note. Only slight warmth from the 13% ABV. Ends with more cocoa, sweet malt, wine notes, oak, damp wood, yeast and dark fruit. Very tasty!


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