It’s Christmas time if you haven’t noticed. By now have seen a host of Christmas and winter seasonals on tap and bottle. While there are many good options out there, I thought I would spotlight one (perhaps a few more in the future) that you need to try. Bring this one to a party this season, and you can score some beer geek cred. This beer I speak of? Scaldis Noel.
Scaldis Noel is a Belgian strong ale brewed by Brasserie Dubuisson in Belgium. The brewery was founded in 1769 by a farmer Joseph Leroy. For a long time, the beer was only sold to the inhabitants of Pipaux, the small town where Leroy was brewing. The Dubuisson family (decendants of Joseph Leroy) took over the brewery in 1931 and still own and operate it.
Scaldis Noel packs a punch. 12% ABV. Its brewed in small batches to be consumed at the end of the year. You’ll find a lot of caramel malts in this beer. It is also surprisingly sweet, and fruity. Noel is very drinkable, and might I add quite festive.
The bottles are usually sold individually, and are only 8.48 oz but worth every drop. Typically, Noel is about 4.99 a bottle. Scaldis Noel scored very high among beer reviewers, and as long as you enjoy high gravity beers, you’ll love it too.
Quick Fact — This beer and other offerings by Dubuisson Brewery are sold in other countries at Bush not Scaldis. The Bush name hasn’t been trademarked in the US, so it is sold as “Scaldis” instead.