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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (10563) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2003
Malty grapearoma. Full bodied, good lacing, almost prickly. Malty flavor with grapes and lots of alcohol. Good strong beer, but lacks a bit of complexity.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
SilkTork (5278) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2003
The aroma is the best thing about this beer; even though the abv is high, the alcohol notes in the aroma are soft, mellow and malty allowing an assortment of fruits to come through - and each person will discover their own: apples and strawberries are among those I found. The mouthfeel is excellent - firm, but not too thick. The alcohol has been put to work well, allowing a good depth of sweetness that just stays this side of sickening syrup, and providing a good degree of soft, spreading warmth. It's main fault is that, other than the smooth sweet warmth, there is little going on. The finish is quite quick, and even a little bit watery. Aside from the aroma this is one dimensional and easily forgetable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2003
A nice clear dark amber with frothy head. Scents of alcohol predominate over the drier than anticipated malty sugary sweetness. Overall a good brew for a cold night.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (8035) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2003
Dark amber; thick creamy head. Nose gives blast of alcohol, sweet and a bit of candi sugar. Taste is fine brandy-like alcohol full blast, dark tobacco. Much sweetness, but not cloying. Retronasal bitterness, composed by some hops, vegetable and burnt malts. Alcoholburn in the palate, tingling carbonation. Extremely full-bodied, very good balance. Aftertaste of mocca-bitterness but the sweetness tends to becom oppressive. Flavour of Grand Marnier.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pabobcat (15) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2003
2001 Reddish copper, not overly carbonated, has a lot going on in the mouth. starts of malty sweet and ends with a nice slight sour finish. I wish I would have waited longer on this one hopefully I'll be able to get some more?

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 Pours deep amber clear with medium carb, initial medium foamy head. Not much retention or lacing. Very fruity sweet aroma (apples, berrys?)with a slight smell of alcohol. Spicy though sweet fruity flavour with hop bitterness at the end followed by a whack of alcohol :) Smooth, though could feel fuller. Bit too alcoholic for its tastes IMO. Re-rate: Light spice/cara in aroma. Dark amber with beige head. Sweet fruits and malt with a light spiec finish. Slightly thin in mouthfeel. Ok. (Previous score 3.6)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SchlossyMcSaus (75) - San Marcos, California, USA - FEB 20, 2003
Small active off white head. Red/brown clear liquid. Fruit and caramel odor. More bitter than sweet with a strong warmth at the end so you know its 12%. Gets creamier as it warms in the glass, but keeps a dry ending. A nice warmer, but I would not look for it outside of winter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 19, 2003
Labeled Scaldis Noel. The aroma was very sweet...sugary...spicy with some alcohol. The flavor was spicy as well...sugary sweet, and had some definite alcohol tones. The appearance was opaque brown with a very small, tight white head. Warming.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kodos (205) - USA - FEB 19, 2003
Plums, oranges in the nose. Small short head. Interesting mix of hops, malt and a cherry note. Alcohol is everywhere. Smooth, dry and warming in the finish. If you like sweet and strong, this is for you! Note: My bottle was also labeled Scaldis Noel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2003
Bottle was under the Scaldis Noel label. Bottle was very cool looking with psychedelic sparkly things on the label. poured a copperish amber with a sticky white head. aroma was that of floral hops, yeast , caramel malt and some alcohol. flavor is of caramel malt some mild spice, ginger, nutmeg?, with some floral bitterness, alcohol was well hidden at fitst but started to assert itself farther down the bottle. definately a nice winter warmer type.


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