Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 1198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 17, 2004
Bottle. Looks just like regular Scaldis. The smell is a little tame for the ABV, but the taste follows through nicely. Sweet, some honey, sugar, melon. Full-bodied and satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2004
At $4.99 for a tidy 8.48 oz. bottle, this is the champ for the title of most expensive beer Iíve ever purchased. Was it worth it? It was worth the try, but I donít imagine breaking the bank to stock up on this tiny powerhouse. Muddy, dark brown in color, creeping on violet, with small yeasty particles floating about, and a small, diminishing head. Aroma is heady and deep, dominated by fruit associations of the grape variety. Sweet, but not too hoppy. Malt is predominant to an incredible degree. Full and fierce on the tongue, with hops showing off to give a good charge upon the palate. And alcohol follows into the fray, and never lets go... One sip in, and Iím feeling drunk already! Look at me, one leg in the air, arm wrapped around a lamppost, swinging to no discernable rhythm, finger crooked inside the handle of a little brown jug, marked XXX, singing, "How Dry I Am"... Body is full, flavor is thick and fascinating, and boozy!, texture is marvelous, altogether, a formidable and unforgettable beer! However, the large grape/wine flavor, and the 12% ABV make me wonder how a glass of 14% Shiraz doesnít smack me up like Scaldis does?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Belly Full O Beer (57) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 27, 2004
I must admit that I enjoyed the beer more toward the end than at the begining, might have had something to do with the %. Solid head, nice body, no over powering aftertaste. After a few I was glad I hadnít brought my car. Havnít found it in Nova Scotia

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9940) - 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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5622) - Pennsburg, 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3827) - 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.

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