Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1216   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2004
2000 vintage. Pours a deep brown, thin head. Big sweet malt aroma, brown sugar, and vanilla. Sweet again, boozy, brandyish, malty, some vanilla again. Big body, alcohol come through too much even after 4 years of aging. Still quite nice for those cold winter nights.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2004
Murky brown body with minimal head. Aroma reminds me of a brown sugar, apple desert with some irish whiskey. Flavor is very much like a scotch to me (though I donít drink scotch). It is very oaky with some sweet whiskey and pine flavor. Definitely warming, as the label suggests, though not really a good mouthfeel (watery). Alcohol is a bit strong (not well masked). Not bad... best part is the aroma for me as the alcohol and woodiness gets in the way of the taste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Ton of rum, brandy poured over fruitcake in aroma. Strong. Flavor is extremely mead-like and vibrant, rich aged honey notes and distinct dark fruitiness. Sugary caramel drenched over the top and baked until almost overdone. Finish is mostly alcoholic but lingers for the perfect amount of time. Fairly cheap and unidimensional overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2004
Cloudy golden brown color, spicy gingerbread aroma. Taste jumps out at you, rum, alcohol. Initially somewhat sweet then dries out at the finish. Very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Liquid gingerbread cookie. Cinnamon, nutmeg, spices. Full bodied with a sweet raisin and caramel malt. Palate is both malty thick and softly carbonated at the same time. A nice amount of gritty hops help to dry out the finish. The little bit of alcohol floating at the top of the flavors made me think of rum-balls. Maybe that would mellow out with some aging, but it's really just great as it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2004
Copper hues with a very nice creamy off-white head and excellent lacing. The aroma hints of earthy and zesty yeast esters, orange, currents, belgian candi sugars, floral and piney hops, and a touch of pepper. The taste starts sticky sweet with a mild bitter and spice undertone. Some good caramel notes shine through and the finish displays a moderate alcohol and bitter quality. Medium-bodied with a lush mouthfeel, dry and slightly warming. The hoppy holiday beer and darn good one at that. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 25, 2004
Malty, sweet aroma with a hint of sourness. Cloudy copper color. Complex flavors, malts, sugars, cherry. The aftertaste is smooth, but the mouthfeel is thick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Moderate white head, brownish orange color, aroma of fruit, sweet flavor, nothing outstanding, some fruits, slight spice, light bitter finish, not bad overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Cotton candy, fruit, spice nose. Small frothy off white head. Ruby orange amber. Sweet, big malts, big fruit, peppery alcohol, slight oily body, faint spice, finishing with a alcohol bite, followed by lingering bittering hops. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CEZ (406) - Milano, ITALY - FEB 4, 2004
Orange body, creamy head, decently lasting. Rather hoppy and spicy, for a Xmas brew. Caramel, spices (uh, coriander?); some wooden notes. Strong body. Alcohol is apparent in the finish, which is dry and clean otherwise. Never cloying, but not too rich either. Good, but not my first choice for a Christmas toast.

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