Scaldis Noël Premium brewed by Brasserie Dubuisson in Belgium
It is the custom in Belgium custom to brew a beer a bit bolder and stronger
as a holiday gift to loyal patrons. Presented in 750 ml cork-finished
Scaldis Noël Premium is Scaldis Noël that is refermented in the bottle.
Beautiful lacing, mahogany hue, it has plum, date and caramel overtones, and
a cognac warming finish. Premium clocks in at an impressive 13% ABV. Compare
it to Prestige de Nuits—which is Scaldis Noël re-fermented in Côtes de Nuits
barrels—for a Belgian sparkling variation on New Year’s Eve.
Beer Review by Beer Advocate
The brew poured a murky, rosy-brown into my Duvel tulip. A 3 1/2 finger
light-tan head that recedes rather quickly, leaving no lacing.
A rich, sweet, spicy and syrupy aroma explodes out of the glass. Coriander is
evident, enlivening the aromas of raisins and prunes. A bit of grape imparts a
Grapes are much more evident in the taste, accompanied by more dark fruits and a
substantial taste of alcohol as well. Coriander spices things up, and flavor of
light bubblegum makes an appearance, also. Very sweet, but tart and winey as
well. Somewhat cloying at first, but improving as it warms.
Medium-thick bodied with a peppery feel on the tip of the tongue, a light syrupy
coating in the mouth, and substantial burn of alcohol in the throat.
This is a great beer! It's richness, and high alcohol content command respect,
and it will perhaps become a worthy ritual in years to come!
Brasserie Dubuisson - The oldest and most authentic brewery in Wallonia
The Brasserie Dubuisson has deep roots and values that give it an authenticity
that few breweries can boast… and that make it the oldest and most authentic
brewery in Wallonia.
Created in 1769 by Joseph Leroy, the maternal grandfather of current manager
Hugues Dubuisson, the Brasserie Dubuisson is the oldest brewery in Wallonia and
is still situated on the same spot. Eight generations of brewers have succeeded
each other in a direct line and the Brasserie Dubuisson is today still 100%
independent.Edward Joseph Leroy en 1886, grand-père d'Alfred et Amédée Dubuisson
et fondateur de la Brasserie.
The family’s brewing origins are older still, since before this date, Joseph
Leroy and his family were brewing on the seigniorial estate of Ghissegnies just
opposite the current brewery. In order to remove the unfair competition
represented by the seigniorial breweries, until then exempt from tax, the
Empress Maria-Theresa of Austria, who at the time reigned over our regions,
ordered their unconditional destruction in 1769. Joseph Leroy then decided to
set himself up on the current estate, which was non-seigniorial land, and at the
same time acquired his independence as a farmer-brewer.
At this time, the brewing activity was much more limited than today and
consisted mainly of producing beer intended for the farm’s workers and the
villagers. It was only much later, in 1931, that Alfred Dubuisson decided to
abandon farming in order to devote himself exclusively to the production of
beer. He then went into partnership with his brother, Amédée Dubuisson, and
together, they purchased the farm brewery from their parents, which later became
the Brasserie Dubuisson Frères Ltd.
Between the founding in 1769 and 1931, the Dubuisson farm brewery experienced
numerous periods of turmoil, in particular being occupied by Napoleon’s troops
at the beginning of the 19th century and by German forces in 1914 and in 1940.
The Dubuisson family got back on its feet each time and rebuilt and revived the
In 1933, Alfred Dubuisson, Hugues’ grandfather, created a genuine fine Belgian
beer in the English style, very fashionable at the time. He called his beer Bush
Beer, the English translation of Bière Dubuisson. This beer, the recipe of which
has remained unchanged for 75 years, is therefore one of Belgium’s oldest brands
of beer still being sold.