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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1122   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2003
strong berry sweet aroma, whiskey and power like an irish cop, slight citrus finish

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2003
Very clear light brown. Nice nose, very sweet and sugary, lots of spices, quite yeasty. For a Christmas beer, it smells a heck of a lot like Christmas, which, to say the least, seems quite appropriate. Kind of odd to drink, mixes sweetness with sourness and clove-esque spiciness. Has a nutty finish reminscent of an English ale of some sort. Tart and a bit astringent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
domtom (65) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 6, 2003
It has an amber colour with a beautiful foam. Aroma of hay, herbs and butter. Coffee, a little bit sweet with a long creamy aftertaste. A good, well-balanced beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
eetcafealgarve99 (12) - quarteira, PORTUGAL - JAN 4, 2003
a littel bit to strong

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 re-rate: bottled 75cl unfiltered, 13% ABV, blind tasting session: Fruity aroma with apple but mainly pineapple, alcoholic and complex. Orange color, small beige head, debris floating around, few lace. Very sweet, bitter in the start and this increases as well, very complex like a basket of yellow sweet fruit with pineapple on top, very warming and full. 2002 regular version, 4.1: Wow! I loved this beer. Perfect for Newyearseve. Caramel, apple and other fruits in the aroma. Amber color, beautiful white off-white head, perfect lace. Sweet, very fruity, soft, well balanced and alcohol well hidden. Long, sweet finish with a little alcohol burn.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
Bright orange appearance, little head. Light fruity (peaches and what not), sweet malt remiscent of most high ABV beers and a touch of yeast in the nose. Sweet malty body, fruity, touch of yeast poking through. That familiar alcohol sweetness blenging with the malt, trying to hide it. Smooth, finishes with a subtle hop bitterness, long. Nice Belgian Strong, a lot like their ambree.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2002
This was an alright winter seasonal...but not worth $7.00 for a 9oz. beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pivo (2544) - GERMANY - DEC 31, 2002
This knocked me over – wasn’t expecting it. Nice copper color and low tight head. Apples and caramel in the nose. Heavy malt body with spicy cinnamon tones in the middle. Chalky finish. Thick like a barley wine – reminded me of Bigfoot, but the alcohol remains in the background.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2446) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Very caramelly. In color, nose and flavor. Soft and smooth. Alcohol stays nicely behind.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
skortila (4433) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2002
Nice sweet and malty aroma. Appearance is clear dark amber coloured, dying head. Taste is very much like a Palm Speciale, so indeed much amber like. But definately more sweet and more malty than a Palm. Palate is bit bitter and alcoholic. Canít get much exited about this one; Itís just okay.


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