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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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Wonderful strong sweet caramel aroma.Not much heas.Has suspended white particles.Flavors of dark fruits which gives way to chocolate and caramel as it warms with a developing bitter hoppiness at the finish.Hides its alcohol very well.Glittery label is fun to look at.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2003
Intruiging amber colour. Sticky palate.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2007 Bottle... This beer rocks!... The nose is of yeast, warm alcohol, dark bread, pears, apples and apricots. This beer is sparkling clear with a very deep amber hue. Large, frothy off-white head. Partially lasting with great lacework. The bottle is awesome to behold... 70ís era sparkles & glitter and all. The flavor is of warm alcohol with bursts of fuzzy fruits throughout. Well-balanced and well-hopped with a hint of caramel on the backside. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Long, acrid, dry, very alcoholic finish. A whisper of clover at the wee end. The high ABV is evident throughout... the nose, the flavor and the finish. The beer makes no apologies for this. Very well-hopped for a Belgian. Me likes this one a lot! Thanks to RainDog for sending it to me.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2003
Pours a dark reddish brown. Reddish than regular Scaldis (Bush), though. Aroma is that of sugar or cotton candy and alcohol mixed with a floral hoppiness. Seems slightly more bitter than regular Scaldis, but not nearly as dry during the finish. Definitely floral taste along with the hops. Another high alcohol brew where the alcohol itself seems masked. Definitely worth drinking and a great compliment to the standard Scaldis.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2003
íThe bottle""s pretty dope too (zachdiesel)!í Nice golden body with some darker hues. Very nice head, off white & thick. Alcohol nose, but a nice hop presence that offers a nice light creamy floralish thing. Woah, what a bite! Lots of alcohol, but good barley presence. Quite strong, followed up with an amazing warming effect. Better as it warmed.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Had under the Scaldis Noel name. Slow pouring. Amber color. Hoppy aroma. Lots of carbonation. Sweet and yeasty flavor. Almost an underlying champagne-like flavor. Alcohol is warming, but well hidden. One of the best Christmas beers Iíve had this holiday season.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11533) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Clear light-copper body, with minimal head. Aroma is sweet and berry fruity, spicy -- cloves and perhaps ginger, minimal alcohol. Flavor is sweet up front, then some sourness, before turning whiskey alcohol on the back of the throat. Nice beer, one that I suspect improves with age.

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.


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