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Bush de Noël (Scaldis Noël)

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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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This is a sweet beer with a pleasant flavour of hops. Indeed, for Bush de Noel, the brewer uses a traditional process which consists in placing hops flowers in the vats where the beer rests for four to six weeks by which time it will have reached full maturity, giving it a very distinctive taste. In the U.S the label generally reads Scaldis Noel.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkmagus82 (860) - - AUG 17, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 12-8-12- Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance – The beer was served a red-amber brew with a one finger off white head. The head faded fast to give a good level of lacing. Smell – The aroma is sweet of dark fruit aromas and a nice spicy and lightly boozy smell. The fruit aromas are of cherry and fig while the spice is of a light clove. A light nutty aroma is also present rounding out the other aromas nicely. Taste – The taste starts out with the dark fruit detected in the nose with big tastes of raisin, cherry, and prune. Mixed with these are some other sweet candied sugar flavors. A light spice flavor then comes to the tongue along with some flavors of malt. Soon however , a good dose of alcohol flavor comes to the tongue in the form a brandy and wine like flavor. This when combined with the dark fruit flavors leaves a very warming taste on the tongue in the end. Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the creamier and thicker side with a carbonation level that is slightly higher then would have been expected for a 12 % brew. The creamy body was very nice for the fruity and boozy flavors with the carbonation level at a bit of a higher level helping with the drinkability, without being overly carbonated and taking away from the tastes. Not bad. Overall – This was a robustly sweet and flavorful brew with a very nice warming feel. A nice beer to sit and sip alongside the Christmas tree. Delicious.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Danev76 (478) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2014
Slightly fruity aroma. Clear orange brown colour with no head. Very smooth toffee malt flavour through to the finish. Very heavy body with low carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1219) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Scaldis de Noel has a very thin, off-white collar of foam (hardly even that, really), a clear, bubbly, rust-red appearance, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, sharp, sweet, caramel sugar and medium-roasted malt. Taste is of those elements, with a noticeable alcohol presentation in the brandywine style. There is only the faintest shadow of bitterness, here. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, slick, and somewhat chalky, sad to say. Scaldis de Noel finishes boozy, chalky, and rich. RJT

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adster (203) - HUNGARY - JUN 22, 2014
Már a felnyitásakor olyan illatáradat kényezteti orrunkat, mely még kívánatosabbá teszi ezt az amúgy is különleges hatású sört. Rendkívül gazdag aromával rendelkezik: édeskés, mézes - mandulás, marcipános jegyekkel és likőrösen édeskés, kellemesen bizsergető alkoholos ízzel. Meghitt hangulatot varázsoló, az ünnepet megkoronázó főzet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alpha10 (320) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2014
2014/06/08 - Pours a dark mahogany colour with a thin, off white head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, candied fruits, brown sugar, spices and sweet liquor. Taste is candied fruits (cherries, plumbs, etc), fruitcake, spices, burnt sugar and toffee with a slightly boozy finish. Mouthfeel is medium and sticky with lively carbonation and a drying and warming, boozy finish. Not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Philym (975) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2014
Appearance: Clear dark copper/brown with 2 finger thick beige head. Aroma: Raisin, cherry, marzipan, aniseed, note of syrup/treacle and spiritous. Taste: Medium sweetness, low/medium bitterness and low sourness. Palate: Medium thick coarse texture, light body, average carbonation, lingering dry, alcohol warming, spiritous, aniseed, cherry, marzipan, syrup like finish. Comments: Lovely and glass lace.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Case (238) - GERMANY - MAY 21, 2014
Pours red brown with small quickly disappearing head. Faint caramel aroma. Sweet taste, lots of caramel, plenty of spices, raisins, pears. Alcohol is deceptively hidden and sneaks up on you. This is nice and quite complex but I prefer the Ambrée, which also happens to be less sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (1787) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle from cotteridge wines. Ruby brown beer no head and mild carbonation. Aroma of toffee and fruit cake. Taste is dark rich malts, toffee, burnt sugar and an alcohol warmth. There is a hop bitterness to counter yhe sweetness. Medium bodied and moderately oily. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rockana (217) - Zadar/Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 27, 2014
Pours cloudy dark amber with medium tan head. Aroma is caramel, sugar. Sweet and wintery.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (3087) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 18, 2014
330ml bottle from beergusto. Pours clear mahogany brown, thin white, very long-lasting head. Aromas are prunes and booze, brown sugar. Taste brings a light spicy note. vaguely Christmassy. Sticky sweet finish. Not bad.


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