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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2004
This is a good Belgian strong ale Labeled Scaldis Noel. Very malty, spicy, and earthy flavors. Finishes crisp, clean, and smooth.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2003
Rust colou without head. Fruity and vinuous aroma with some alcohol. Alcohol is dominant in the flavour which is also very sweet and malty. My rating is coloured by the fact that this is a winter sipper unsuited to Melbourne summer nights.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Pours red-orange, with a creamy, clumping light tan head. Apple and sweet malts apparent in the aroma. Flavor is very tart and sweet, with notable apple cider (including apple peel), spices, and alcohol. Finishes rather dry, with a touch of wood. Full-bodied and rich. A solid beer, but I prefer relatively apple-free Belgians.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2003
Vintage 2002: A beer for Christmas Day, NOEL!
Pours an exceptionally effervescent mahogany colored body and a Humongous caramel colored head, filling the upper portion of my tulip glass and slowly leaving behind big clumps of lacing. The nose is exceptionally sweet and full. Smells of Grade A molasses, almonds, peach, dates, toffee, and raisins, it’s allllll MALT baby! I just don’t have much more to say other than, it’s damn tasty, damn sweet, damn sticky, damn fruity, and damn warming! ……… I’m going to be Damn buzzing after I finish the beer, but Damn It, this is really delicious! -- Notes of oak included.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 21, 2003
Deep golden. Stylish aroma, sweet malt, perfume, light hops, nowhere near showing the 12% alc. Quick and clean maltiness, smooth and sweet with a touch of drying alcohol in the finish. Good hop flavor and maybe a touch of sherry late.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - DEC 21, 2003
I'm assuming (like some others here) that this is the same thing as the Scaldis Noel with the similar label and made by the Family Dubuisson! Pours with a rich, thick, creamy head and with a medicinal aroma of alcohol. Taste is strong, very strong, and unusual. The alcohol is apparent. A very bitter start. Coriander. Vanilla. Toffee. Not terribly spicy (good thing!) Drinks like a heavy cabernet or like a lighter, oak-infused cognac. So pleasant on a cold winters night. I would definitely have it again, assuming I could find it!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2003
Sparkly label plus massive creamy head on a 12% beer with great lacing equals 5 for appearance without a doubt. Vanilla, toasty malt, toffee, alcohol aromas. Pretty dry malt flavour for something that's 12%, but lacking flavour really. I think the regular Bush is much better.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
winkle (477) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2003
Poured brown with a small quickly vanishing head, some lacing. Interesting malty aroma some alcohol evident. A good malty sweet flavour with a alcohol hit at the death. Drink too many and you'll have a horrible hangover like I 've got right now. Nice though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Murky brown color,small off white head that lasted for a decent time and left a nice lace.Malty aroma with a nice amount of hops and fruit mild alcohol smell as well.The flavor is sweet and malty with a caramel like taste,light fruit side and mild hops coming through as well.The alcohol manages to stay very well hidden for the most part,with just a hint coming on at the tail end.Very nice brew,nice flavor and fairly well balanced.Thanks to BrewBandit for sending this fine brew my way.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Scaldis Noel pours a deep amber color with a big head and very nice lace. The aroma is citrus fruit rind like, malty, and spicy. The flavor is malty sweet and well balanced with hop. The palate is moderately rich. Overall, this one does not stand out against the other outstanding Belgian Christmas beers I've been trying, but it is very good.


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