aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy medium brewed tea. Amber and leather. Cream-colored head quickly fades to thin, fuzzy film. Aroma is big overripe fruit, spice, bit of good cognac and butter. Flavor is mellow and smooth, melon past its prime, a bit fuzzy. The main flaw is that it edges on cloying just a touch too much. The alcohol is hidden except in the warmth it provides going down.
midejo (19) - amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 8, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
good trothy head, not to long lasting.
Clear orange color. Fruity fresh maly .Spicy, alcohol very present!
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a good Belgian strong ale Labeled Scaldis Noel. Very malty, spicy, and earthy flavors. Finishes crisp, clean, and smooth.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rust colou without head. Fruity and vinuous aroma with some alcohol. Alcohol is dominant in the flavour which is also very sweet and malty. My rating is coloured by the fact that this is a winter sipper unsuited to Melbourne summer nights.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours red-orange, with a creamy, clumping light tan head. Apple and sweet malts apparent in the aroma. Flavor is very tart and sweet, with notable apple cider (including apple peel), spices, and alcohol. Finishes rather dry, with a touch of wood. Full-bodied and rich. A solid beer, but I prefer relatively apple-free Belgians.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2002: A beer for Christmas Day, NOEL!
Pours an exceptionally effervescent mahogany colored body and a Humongous caramel colored head, filling the upper portion of my tulip glass and slowly leaving behind big clumps of lacing. The nose is exceptionally sweet and full. Smells of Grade A molasses, almonds, peach, dates, toffee, and raisins, it’s allllll MALT baby! I just don’t have much more to say other than, it’s damn tasty, damn sweet, damn sticky, damn fruity, and damn warming! ……… I’m going to be Damn buzzing after I finish the beer, but Damn It, this is really delicious! -- Notes of oak included.
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep golden. Stylish aroma, sweet malt, perfume, light hops, nowhere near showing the 12% alc. Quick and clean maltiness, smooth and sweet with a touch of drying alcohol in the finish. Good hop flavor and maybe a touch of sherry late.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - DEC 21, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I'm assuming (like some others here) that this is the same thing as the Scaldis Noel with the similar label and made by the Family Dubuisson! Pours with a rich, thick, creamy head and with a medicinal aroma of alcohol. Taste is strong, very strong, and unusual. The alcohol is apparent. A very bitter start. Coriander. Vanilla. Toffee. Not terribly spicy (good thing!) Drinks like a heavy cabernet or like a lighter, oak-infused cognac. So pleasant on a cold winters night. I would definitely have it again, assuming I could find it!
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sparkly label plus massive creamy head on a 12% beer with great lacing equals 5 for appearance without a doubt.
Vanilla, toasty malt, toffee, alcohol aromas.
Pretty dry malt flavour for something that's 12%, but lacking flavour really. I think the regular Bush is much better.
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured brown with a small quickly vanishing head, some lacing. Interesting malty aroma some alcohol evident. A good malty sweet flavour with a alcohol hit at the death. Drink too many and you'll have a horrible hangover like I
've got right now. Nice though.