Scaldis Prestige De Nuits (Cuvee Speciale 2009) by Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl is a 13%ABV Dark Belgian Strong Ale aged in wine oak barrels. I would consider this beer a hybrid between a Belgian quad, a Bourbon oak aged and a Wine Barrel aged ale. Hence the word Cuvee which is a mix of ales. Although, the way this is made is somewhat similar but in may ways different. Never the less, this was super hard to find.
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).
How flavor complex is this mother of an ale? Well I won’t even begin there. I’m gonna talk about the way this smells. It smells like a pecan pie with caramel, boysenberries or blueberries and cream on top and a cherry on top. This is simply a dessert beer and a very complex and strong one. Best drunk in several sittings. This is no joke. It is good but it will get you really mest up…LOL maybe not as mest up as Chocolate Rain and it’s 19%ABV insanity but pretty damn close. Now for the flavor. MMMM damn…. well I can sense the quad, bourbon and wine in here. Simply put, it ranges in complex flavors similar to the smell but more on depth. Pecan pie, hazelnut, Toffee, dulce de leche, caramel, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, plums, raisins, figs, wine grapes but not too sour, cherries, apples, peach, bourbon, oak and buttered toast. This is pretty much like an Bourbon and wine oak aged Weyebacher Blasphemy Quad which is probably cheaper and somewhat easy to find online. Regardless, I highly recommend to those Belgian Beer Lovers. The only thing though is not just good luck finding it but also….well….technically speaking, it was kinda pricey :S…..but damn worth it!!