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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kingstoni (1674) - FINLAND - APR 24, 2015
Bottle. Mostly clear amber color with a descending foamy off-white head. Aroma of caramel, nuts and yeast. Medium bitter and medium sour taste with alcohol in finish.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (296) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 14, 2015
Format: Bottle from Whole Foods Market in Redwood City, CA
Appearance: Ruby reddish-brown
Aroma: Stewed cherries, cherry pie (buttery crust), bananas foster, bourbon
Taste: Spicy malts, cherry liqueur (slight chemical flavor)
Mouthfeel: Chalky, yeasty, malty
Overall: Thinking about all the cherry pies and banana bread puddings next winter.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hamirubi (203) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - APR 2, 2015
33cl bottle. A lovely dark amber, even fruity red coloured beer, with a nice head. The appearance is very clear and shiny. The white or somehow beige foam makes way for the feable vivid liquid. The scents are subtle, too subtle, the taste fits the 12% alcohol promise - without relly being spiritlike. You can taste the malt, the sugar, the bitter throat. Well balanced, but never pronounced. A pitty, really. Thatís why the beer only has a medium body, good to enjoy. "The strongest Christmas Belgian beer", yet a longer ending would have made far more impression.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nihtila (1394) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
28.12.2014. Dark ruby colour. Sweet aroma with red berries, resin, dark fruits, caramel, malts. Taste has dark fruits, caramel malts, spices and alcohol. Warming, alcohol is present and quite sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fredd_an (170) - Borlšnge, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2015
Jästig mörk torkad frukt & söt doft. Även karamell som finns i smaken. Belgo jäst smak. Kroppen medelfyllig. Stark alkoholsötma. Torkad frukt. Hade gärna fått varit fylligare. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Percy0103 (242) - MEXICO - FEB 11, 2015
Reviewed on 07/02/15. Bottle, 330ml. A maple beer with a medium to small head. Aroma is of dried fruits, spices, alcohol and caramel with a hint of bananas. Taste is bitter with an alcoholic finish. Robust and somewhat dense. Sweet aftertaste. Well brewed and very warming; a nice Christmas beer.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sdaniel90 (484) - Mexico City, MEXICO - FEB 7, 2015
Bottle, 33cl. Clear dark orange with a frothy tan head. Very intense and layered aroma. Very fruity, with hints of caramel, toffee, licorice, vanilla. Robust with moderate carbonation. Intensely sweet and heavily bitter. Inmensely complex, with a strong malt backbone and tremendous alcohol and bitter finish. Not the most drinkable beer at 12% ABV, but perfect for after a heavy meal or on a rainy day. Exquisite.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JLDC (83) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2015
Colour: ruby meets copper. Medium sized head. Nose: fruity sweetness, apple syrup, caramel, hints of orange peel, spices. Flavours: candy sugar, forest fruits, herbs and spices, apricots. Finish: long, fruity, mellow, warming. Flavours echo for a while. Verdict: Very fine Christmas ale, albeit a very strong one, which isnít really noticeable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Senka (846) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 31, 2015
From the archives: several years ago. I did not payed much attention to it. Wife brought it from Brussels, and I did not sit down for this one. I remember it being good seasonal ale. Hard and heavy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leghorn99 (74) - Livorno, ITALY - JAN 24, 2015
Eí di color ambra carico, limpida; si forma una buona schiuma color ocra, cremosa e con una velatura persistente. Líaroma Ť spiccatamente dolce di caramello, canditi, uvetta, esteri, spezie da lievito; abbastanza pulito ma non molto pronunciato. Corpo pieno, viscositŗ oleosa, alcool in evidenza a portare calore assieme ad una carbonazione media che solletica il palato. Ritroviamo caramello, toffee, canditi, uvetta e frutta sotto spirito, ma soprattutto "dolce" in abbondanza; man mano che la birra si scalda líalcool consolida la propria presenza, rendendo necessario un lento sorseggiare. Finisce dolce e calda, abbastanza morbida, con un finale maltato leggermente ammorbidito da note fruttate. Líinsistenza di caramello/alcool satura abbastanza in fretta il gusto; lascia il palato appiccicoso con un residuo zuccherino abbastanza importante.


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