Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1217   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2012 I have fond memories of this one from when I first encountered it last X-mas. Therefore I eagerly awaited this yearís release. Sampled from a very pretty 8.48 oz brown bottle this brew poured a hazy caramel color with a small tan head. The aroma was sweet apple, caramel and light spice. The flavor was sweet, malty and had a vague apple vinegar note followed by fairly strong caramel and faint dry spices. There is a strong resemblance to a hot caramel apple. There is a nice sharp fruity nature to this beer that is enticing. The finish is long and spicy. Fairly full bodied. The alcohol is remarkably well hidden. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2004
Bottled. A mid brown coloured beer with a fizzy alcohol aroma. The taste is very big with creamy, thick warming alcohol flavours. Reminded me a bit of a sweet sherry. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (15335) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2004
Shiny amber, small brownish head. Malty aroma, malty flavor. Gives a strong feeling without letting too much alcohol come through. Vanilla notes and with a somewhat spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Loddeer (171) - USA - DEC 4, 2004
Decent, disappointed slightly in that for aa belgian strong ale, it packs much less of a flavorful punch than one would expect. Starts off promising, but all hopes are dimished as the sensation on the palate actually decreases as you progress to the bottom. Nice bottle, nice beer, but nice is not always noteworthy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2004
12.01.04 250ml(I think) bottle. Medium-dark brown pour with big off-white head that leaves sheets of lace. Many small bits give a hazed impression. Lots of toasty malts with hints of orangey citrus and white sugar. Lively and flavorful beer with a big kick of hops. Nice astringency cleans up what could become an overdone, alcohol laden finish. Grapeskin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Darker red body with a thick, but not rediculous sized head. The aroma is cherry, sugar cady, malt, citrus fruit, yeast and egg oddly enough. The palate on this is sharp, a good amount of hops, and another good amount of alcohol (13% the bottle reads.) The flavor is a bit hidden behind the strong mouthfeel, but when there there is a smooth blend of malt and yeast. The malt is mostly what leaves you in the aftertaste. There is noticably not a good presence of sweetness in the beer, which is a bit odd for a belgian strong ale, but I think that is due to the high alcohol content, and the rather large hop presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2004
at the Beer Circus, Croydon, London.. Dark chocolate beer, lasting alcohol and bitterness. One of the better beers sampled in the evening.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3601) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Nice amber color with a creamy and mostly lasting quarter-inch of white head. Nose is full and sweet with strong notes of flowers, honey and spice along with a whiff of alcohol. Drier than I expected and very fruity with an almost bubble-gum like character. Light bodied for the gravity with brisk, almost velvety carbonation. Some additional sweetness blooms in the finish and as it warms it takes on a sort of butterscotch character which adds to the perceived thickness. Iím rather enjoying this and it certainly packs a punch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rickgordon (3846) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2004
On draught at The Rover, GŲteborg. Dark red colour. Big sweetness and very caramelly. Little sulphuric, and ashy. Grassy finish, as well as an obvious alcohol feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Delirium Cafe 2004: Deep copper color with a large creamy tan head. This is a very nice looking beer and very strong. Has a big spiced cake aroma with hints of walnut and alcohol. The aroma itself is warming. Sweet alcohol warming finish. The flavor doesnít quite match the aroma. Flavor is malty with cognac. full bodied. Nice but lacking something.

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