I used to love Scaldis, also known as Bush Ambrée. It was one of the first Belgian beers that I liked. It isn't all that expensive either (when compared to other Belgian beers). It was the best of both worlds at the time, cheap and delicious.
Well, I guess actually the best of 3 worlds. The alcohol content is 12% ABV, so it packs a serious wallop. Throughout college, the goal was to get drunk. I still wanted to get drunk with my friends, but I wanted to do it in a classier, more delicious way. Scaldis was effectively tailor made for this purpose. First of all, it is a Strong Belgian Pale Ale. It is very tasty, good and malty, but with subtle hops rounding it out. The booziness is abundantly apparent, but sometimes I really like when I can taste the alcohol. The cherry on top of the sunday is that Scaldis isn't all that heavy in body. I could (and did) drink more than one of these guys in a sitting. It absolutely will get you drunk.
As I have refined my palate, the booziness is a little less appealing. I also don't want to get staggering drunk off of like 3 beers, so I have to plan my moments with Scaldis carefully. I still like it, but I think I have outgrown the love affair that I used to have with it. I would still suggest it as beginner Belgian, as it has a lot of the characteristics that I like and is quite approachable.
Glassware: Tulip, Goblet, Snifter
Synonym Beer: Gulden Draak
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