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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 15, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2004 Clear deep amber with thick full head and small bubbles. Malty sweet nose with toffee and cherry. Creamy rich mouthfeel, with fruit, chocolate, hops, and a warming alcohol finish. Delicious Second time definatly picked up creme brulee and anise. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8852) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Poured a Mahagony color with an average sized brown head. Dominant malt smells - molasses and toffee. Very sweet tasting, a little fruity and a moderate alcohol taste (not near the 12% though).

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5302) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Poured an orange color with a medium sized off white head with nice lacing. Sweet and spicy, citrus fruits, caramel malt, light alcohol aroma. Strong apple taste, hops, caramel malt, and spice as well. Strong alcohol burn on the way down.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2004
Strong! Sweet and alcoholic in both aroma and flavour (but not sharp). Notes of rye growing in the mouth. Round and flavourful.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Medium amber color with a nice lightly chocolaty white head. Aroma is sweet malt with dark fruits (fig, cherry), apple and an alcohol presence. Big strong flavor sweet, malty, thick, rich cherry and fig tones, aplley hints, with a strong alcohol presence. Finishes lightly sour with an alcohol kick. Quite complex and very strong rich flavors, a little too harsh.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - ōlbutikken, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2004
Vintage - Expired 24/11/2002.
Pours a fine off-white head on a hazy copper colored body. Very delicious and strong sweet aroma of prunes, raisins, malt, apricot and caramel - yummi! Very nice flavor also, thick and full with notes of roasted malt, caramel, spices, nut and fruit. Strong warming alcohol bite in the end. A very nice and tasty beer - thanks to Philippe (Bov) for the trade!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2004
Sweet and sugary malt aroma, alcoholic vapors, light hops, Belgian yeast. Deep copper red clear with off-white thin lacing head. Medium-heavy body with light-medium carb, very warming. Starts very sweet, sugary, malty, with light bitterness and no acidity. Remains sweet through finish and after. Bitterness increases through finish, adding some dry character to the after. Some papery dryness, alcohol, and candi sugar. Can feel the high ABV. Very nice ale and reminds me of a barely wine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2004
Hazen orangey rust color, a thin whitish cap transfused to the top quickly and reverted just as quickly leaving a thin ring and very minimal strings of lace. Aroma is of heated alcoholic caramel and dark orangy citrus, a bit on the potent side, that 12% shows itself. Taste is a bit sharp, a subdued alcoholic twinge hovers within some sweet caramel and citrusy oranges. Floral hops in the finish with more warmth over the top. Feel is about medium bodied, creamy in areas where its not warming, then thereís warming and more warming. This is one straight up boozy little brew. Smooth never-the-less and inviting, solid heat and good caramel topped fruitiness to help cover it up; some.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10142) - SÝborg, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2004
Bottled: Amber coloured. Clear. Fluffy beige head. Sweet, fruity and spicy aroma. Loads of alcahol, malts, spices and fruit characters in the flaovur. Strong alcahol bite in the end.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2004
2000 vintage. Pours a deep brown, thin head. Big sweet malt aroma, brown sugar, and vanilla. Sweet again, boozy, brandyish, malty, some vanilla again. Big body, alcohol come through too much even after 4 years of aging. Still quite nice for those cold winter nights.


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