Hanoi (280) - - JAN 16, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nose is cloves and spices with a little candy sugar. Suitably festive, but little of the underlying beer comes through. Taste is candy sugar sweet leading to honey, cherry, slight spice and a little pepper.
As with standard bush, it wears it’s alcohol poorly, with a vodka like note appearing near the finish. There is a surprising lack of depth to the flavour given the strength. A nicely spiced version of a poor beer.
Deu (588) - Nantes, FRANCE - JAN 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle. Clear, mahogany color, thin white head. Sweet aroma of dark fruits, vanilla, caramel and spices. Full body, medium Carbon. Flavor is complex with dark fruits, vanilla, cinnemon, caramel. Sweet long finish, warming alcohol, cinnamom. A litlle bit too much on the alcohol, no bitterness. N
TomTron (343) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From first sip I know this beer will be a meal in itself. Dark fruit, Belgian yeast, and that lingering alcohol burn run prevalent in this brew. Once you get a few sips down, it starts to go down more and more smooth. Then that 12% comes in for the sneak attack and my now cheeks are red.
WheatKing (1126) - Oak Bay, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, labelled Scaldis in Canada (though I can’t recall the last time I’ve seen the American Busch). Pours amber, off-white head. Nose is sugars, alcohol, dark fruit, pepper. Flavour... well, Belgians have many flavour facets, this one takes the alcohol and sweetness and ratchets it up to eleven. Alright, but pretty out of whack for my tastes.
atlrizzob (121) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep, dark amber color with a lingering white head. A yeasty fruitiness to the nose. Tastes of yeast, hops, and a sort of molasses hint.
DrSilverworm (4727) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25 cl bottle. No way to tell how old this is, but it’s at least several years old. Pours a burnt darker orange amber color, with tons of big chunky yeast particles in the body. Thin off-white head, sort of khaki colored. Head soon fades to nothing. Dark fruit, light candy sugar in the nose. Mmm yes! Much better than expected. I was nervous about this going in, but it’s definitely good. Nice robust dark fruit, fruit cake like flavor. Some spice, but not too spicy. Impressive bigger bitterness, hardly any sweet - not at all cloying like I feared it would be. Alcohol is impressively well hidden, just a very light pleasant warmth after the aftertaste. Not as soft and over carbonated as a lot of belgian sting ales can be, this one is crisp and smooth right from the start. More dry finish, and bigger body. Surprisingly easy to drink and smooth belgian strong ale. Good nice nuttiness, hint of chocolate malt. Nice light raisin, light spice, and complex dark fruit aroma. Much better than expected. Great winter warmer. One of the better belgian noel beers I’ve tried.
Fashawn (45) - Montesarchio, ITALY - JAN 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bella birra rosso ciliegia, un tantinello sbiadito con una schiuma color cappuccino che va via in poco tempo. All’olfatto non sprigiona grosse sensazioni, se non frutta sotto spirito, pane e ciliege oltre che uva passa e prugne. In bocca, invece, cambia radicalmente la sensazione. Con una birra abboccata ma piacevole, dolce inizialmente e dal corpo medio pieno, quasi rotondo. Bello il finale, caldissimo e lungo. Egregiamente nascosto l alcool, siamo su ottimo livelli. Il finale é altresì amaricante ed astringente.. Bellissima birra natalizia.l
Damg (14) - BELGIUM - JAN 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really sweet cherry taste but still a deep complex beer. I’m quite a fan of Belgian strong fruity beers like the red Kasteel and this one is a really interesting take on the style. Would recommend it !
Osprey87 (1087) - London via, WALES - JAN 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle BB Nov 2014 as ’Bush Noel’. Dark red, clear, sparkling, large foamy off-white head, thick lacing. Smell - sweet cherry, malts, slight coffee? Body - medium, foamy, carbonation is fairly low. Taste - liquorice, spice, paper, slightly sharp, sweetness is well integrated. Alcohol comes through strongly, giving this beer a vodka-like flavour. OK.
jandd1983 (2046) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
It poured a rusty amber color with a nice thick beige head. The aroma was sweet and bready with some peppers and spices. The taste was alcoholic, spicy and peppery with a sweet, bready maltiness throughout. It had a medium body with a good deal of carbonation. Enjoyable.