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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1263   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - APR 14, 2005
Pours a reddish amber color with a small, fading head, leaving lots of sticky lace. Toasty, toffeeish, alcoholic aroma, along with raisins, spices, and spicy hops. Very strong alcoholic flavor; however, the alcohol does not detract from the taste. Lots of raisiny flavors also present with a full, sweet maltiness and christmas cookie spices. Burns on the way down, but also leaves pleasant aftertastes. A nice beer that I enjoyed after a night of writing, though very strong (which, I admit, I needed at the time). Could use aging -- but Im not sure that will cure it from its alcoholism.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 6, 2005
Poured a deep clear effervescent amber with a fizzy off-white head. Fruity floral hop aroma. Taste is slightly sweet, with notes of mild fruits, strong hops and a strong alcohol burn, leading to a dry toffee finish. The carbonation in the body feels somewhat forced. A decent brew but not very balanced.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2005
A bit darker than its sister brew (Bush/Scaldis) with very nice spice overtones. Its body more than carries its strength, and its flavor makes it a superb winter warmer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2005
Orang/Brown Coloring. Big Creamy Frothy Head. Prunes/Raisins, Barley and Rich Aroma. Bread Dough, Rich Malty Tones...Barley and More Prunes and Raisins.. Very Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crockett (1089) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2005
2003 bottle. Pours orange with lost of sediment in suspension. Very hoppy and beaming with alcohol. Orange juice, vodka, and yeast. Oh my. On a whole; lots of punch, not very round, fun. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 17/20
Krausen (102) - USA - MAR 13, 2005
Very smooth and drinkable. Reminds me of an english barleywine. Toffee, Rasin and Maple flavors, some sherry in the nose but very little in the way of fermentation characteristics. Warming and rich, this was a great beer to curl up with one one of the final days of winter. Lots of particulate matter in the bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Very well done soft and complex while hiding the 12%. Rich maple and pralines with a touch of grassy ho resin. Somewhat bready and creamy with a semi-sweet candy note. Clean and balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Mostly clear brown/burgundy with a few particles, a sizzling off-white head that disappears quickly. Tangy, rather sweet nose with oranges, some yeast,alcohol, hazelnuts. A bit too effervescent. Flavor is sweet and nutty, with caramel, mild tobacco, warm alcohol and a light bitterness. A strong, uncomplicated, but satisfying beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Somehow I was able to try this on tap in antwerp. An amazing brew that poured an amber hue with a frothy tan head. Aromas of spice and dough. Flavors of the same but with a richness that warmed me up. Very smooth.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pilsnerrogge (2818) - Finspng, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2005
Amber coloured with a huge head. Marzipan aroma with a little bit of caramel. Rich, sweet and peppery flavour.


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