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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1129   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3727) - 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 (10233) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2004
Murky brown body with minimal head. Aroma reminds me of a brown sugar, apple desert with some irish whiskey. Flavor is very much like a scotch to me (though I donít drink scotch). It is very oaky with some sweet whiskey and pine flavor. Definitely warming, as the label suggests, though not really a good mouthfeel (watery). Alcohol is a bit strong (not well masked). Not bad... best part is the aroma for me as the alcohol and woodiness gets in the way of the taste

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Ton of rum, brandy poured over fruitcake in aroma. Strong. Flavor is extremely mead-like and vibrant, rich aged honey notes and distinct dark fruitiness. Sugary caramel drenched over the top and baked until almost overdone. Finish is mostly alcoholic but lingers for the perfect amount of time. Fairly cheap and unidimensional overall.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2004
Cloudy golden brown color, spicy gingerbread aroma. Taste jumps out at you, rum, alcohol. Initially somewhat sweet then dries out at the finish. Very smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Liquid gingerbread cookie. Cinnamon, nutmeg, spices. Full bodied with a sweet raisin and caramel malt. Palate is both malty thick and softly carbonated at the same time. A nice amount of gritty hops help to dry out the finish. The little bit of alcohol floating at the top of the flavors made me think of rum-balls. Maybe that would mellow out with some aging, but it's really just great as it is.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6045) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2004
Copper hues with a very nice creamy off-white head and excellent lacing. The aroma hints of earthy and zesty yeast esters, orange, currents, belgian candi sugars, floral and piney hops, and a touch of pepper. The taste starts sticky sweet with a mild bitter and spice undertone. Some good caramel notes shine through and the finish displays a moderate alcohol and bitter quality. Medium-bodied with a lush mouthfeel, dry and slightly warming. The hoppy holiday beer and darn good one at that. Recommended.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 25, 2004
Malty, sweet aroma with a hint of sourness. Cloudy copper color. Complex flavors, malts, sugars, cherry. The aftertaste is smooth, but the mouthfeel is thick.


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