From Pipaix Belgium’s Brasserie Dubuisson comes their “Scaldis Prestige Cuvee Speciale 2009” a Belgian Strong Ale. The beer pours an off brown colour with a super fizzy off white head. The aroma consists of malty, tart, fruit and oak. The flavour starts with big sweetness, tart, malts, dark fruits, oak, bitterness and an alcohol warmth. The brew pours a huge 13% without tasting that strong. This was an amazing Belgian Strong Ale and I hope to find more in the future!
Commercial Description: Scaldis Prestige starts out as Scaldis Ambrée, which instead of being stored as traditionally in stainless steel vats is matured in oak barrels for a period of six months. During bottling, a small quantity of sugar and yeast is added to the beer, which, placed in a hot room, causes refermentation in the bottle that gives it a natural cloudiness and a particularly high alcohol content of 13%. The old-style maturation, in oak barrels, enables the drinker to fine aromas and tannins absent in beers for decades that will delight the most demanding palates. Aromas are found in it that are close to whiskies and brandies matured in oak barrels but in a package of exceptional roundness. The powerful flavour, the rich aromas, the exclusive bottle and a limited distribution make Scaldis Prestige an exceptional beer.