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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (3725) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2005
This 25cl bottle has been in my fridge for about two years, and Ive been looking for the right occasion to drink it. Well, Im not waiting anymore, and besides, its New Years Eve day. It pours an attractive golden amber color and I kept most of the chunks in the bottle. It generated a thin light biege head that lasted as whisps. The nose is mostly of over-ripe bananas, apricots and sweet candi sugar. Lots of alcohol noticable in this beer. Dried fruit (raisin, apricot, apple), burnt sugar, and a little hair spray in the finish. This beer definitley improves as it warms, and must be sipped. Wow, what a big beer, but seems a little harsh.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2005
This beer has robust aroma consisting of a montage of scents. The noise can detect the fragrances of sweet vinegar, apricot, green apple, and a hint of strawberry in the background of this beer. It is a healthy copper colored fluid with a thick off-white head. The tongue is greeted with a sweet infusion consisting of apple, yeast, and butter but those flavors subside to the taste of apricot that lingers upon the palate after swallowing.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (22398) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2005
Bottled. Strong raisins and alcohol in aroma. Flavour is very nice, toffee, sweet malts, with weak hints of alcohol. Hides alcohol very well. Very complex. A bit too biting carboration for my taste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 31, 2005
From 750 ml bottle at the Montreal YeHa! 2005. Light, bright amber with just a touch of head and little to no lacing...quite alcoholic and hot even in the burnt-molasses aroma...plenty of sugar to leaven the alcohol burn, but still this is pretty harsh and the caramel and dark bready yeast doesnt hold the booze in check...some burning tires here, some meanness, some raunch...its a rough one, but I got through it...barely.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2005
25cl bottle. clear rose-colored with just a few bubbles on top. smelled of sweet dark fruit. Rich malty flavor with just the right amount of alcohol. finsihes slightly dry with some warming. amkes me want more, and thankfully, I pikced up a 4 pack.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2007 Dark & hazy with an aroma of dark fruits. Sweet with notes of hops, coffee, raisins and alcohol. Bitter finish. Would like to try more.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 27, 2005
For some reason this one surprised me, perhaps from the glitzy little bottle, but I really enjoyed its elegance, smooth texture, overall balance and warming. It really does not have a signature of anything that stands out in particular, just a pleasant malt sweetness and fruitiness, hops to back it up, some yeast esters. I was very sad that it was only a 8.5oz bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2006 Clear deep red with a thin white covering and a sweet fruitish aroma. Taste is sweet and malty and the alcohol is there but has a slightly tart finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Smells sour, alcoholic, sweet and plump raisin. Looks a full brown with a fine, tiny eggshell head, and leaves nice lacing. Tastes like usual scaldis, very strong alcohol, multiple malts, with a finish of hoppiness and a full mouthfeel. Has a flavor and finish almost of a scotch or bourbon liqour, dry and hot. I taste very little fruitiness, the alcohol really dominates this beer. Oh, wait. It gets better as it warms up. A nice vanilla-yogurt-berry sweet flavor is coming through, and the alcohol is receding a bit. Make sure not to serve this one too cold. Not my favorite but definitely in the low 3 range.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Cool little bottle. Murky, ruby body with a good sized creamy biege head. Sweet, dark fruity aroma. Some alcohol scents. Fruity flavor with a nice little tangy bite. Full bodied malts, fruits and allcohol. The 12% can be detected throughout but does not take anything away from this beer. Couple of these during the holidays and youll be feeling nice. Enjoyable beer.


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