The label calls Noël Scaldis “a brilliant red amber ale” and the brewery’s website promises a beer made just for the Christmas season with only four ingredients - hops, malt, candy sugar (big crystals of table sugar), and water. A wintery brew, Scaldis Noël also has an alcohol content of 12 percent.
On the pour, this holiday beer has a large light-tan head. Beneath that, a clear, coppery, almost-orange brew with a malty aroma that also has some hoppy fruitiness.
I’m splitting this 11.2 ounce bottle with Mom … who asks if I’m calling her “Mom” in this review or using her actual name. So, Rosemary says the beer tastes like maraschino cherry, which I hadn’t been able to nail down more specifically that “fruity.” Expanding on that, I’ll say Scaldis Noël has the almond essence of a liqueur, caramel sweet with a lot of alcohol heat too.
Says Rosemary – It’s like a dessert to me it’s so sweet, but it does feel like a holiday drink. John now – I’ll back that up. The sweetness and high alcohol content make it unlikely you’ll drink more than one Scaldis Noël in an evening, but it’s warming on a cold Midwest night and feels Christmas-y without being a novelty.