Beer Review: Scaldis Prestige
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Drink if you like: Complex interweaving flavors, basket fruits, alcohol, six part harmonies.
Here’s an interesting fact about this wonderful beer we are going to review: it is normally named BUSH Prestige… but for some reason…. They dropped the “Bush” name and went with Scaldis. I wonder whose lawyers saw to that?
Scaldis makes a darn good beer. Their beers are some of the greatest examples of mind-melting complexity available in Arkansas. This particular beer, Prestige, is a very unique animal. Bush- err– Scaldis Prestige starts out as Scaldis Ambrée, and instead of being stored traditionally in stainless steel vats, it’s 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%. That’s 13% ABV fellas – don’t plan on shot-gunning this beer! (also because it’s in a glass bottle ya dingus)
Much like a beautiful piano piece, this beer combines various flavor notes; and when played together they make something magical. We enjoyed sipping on this beer while discovering a deep breadth of flavors. Afterwards, what with all this piano talk, an organ suddenly appeared. And yes, that organ was played. And you guessed it – soon there were two drunk guys playing an organ trying to replicate the “music of the beer.” It was beautiful, sad, cringe worthy but heartfelt music.
Ok, let’s get to the beer.
Scaldis Prestige pours a beautiful hazy orange and is capped by a nice white head. We take our time whiffing this beer. If you were around us and didn’t know any better, you’d think we were huffing paint. You’ll find a pleasingly complex nose: pear, apricot, vanilla, oak, honey, slight port-wine notes, and some alcohol. It’s a lot of fun to just sniff this beer. As you drink Scaldis Prestige, you’ll find a boozy heat that greets you at first, followed by sweet fresh fruit notes like apples, pears, grapes and oranges harmonized by a malt backbone of toffee, caramel, vanilla and oak. Keep drinking and you may pick out some floral notes, cherry, green apple, and perhaps something like cotton candy. The finish is longer than your standard craft beer and enjoyable. The booze is somewhat hidden.
Yes, this beer is music to our ears. With the holidays coming up – we highly suggest you seek this beer out; it’s perfect for a special occasion. Stash it away and wait for it. If you forget this year, don’t worry! It will be just fine sitting around for another year or five.
Feel free to find this special beer at any of the following places:
Colonial Wines & Spirits – Little Rock
Hillcrest Liquor and Fine Wines – Little Rock
Crush Wine Bar – North Little Rock
Liquor World – Fayetteville
Jazzi’s Restaurant – Little Rock
We gave this beer 4 diamonds.