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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Thick and sweet, syrupy. You canít taste the ABV, but it sure warms you up. Lots of brown sugar, caramel and over ripe fruit. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Pours a hazy dark amber with a thin tan head. Very sweet, yeasty aroma with hints of apple, cranberry, pear, molasses, butterscotch, raisin, and spice. The taste is wonderful. It has a large and sticky malt presence, with an unusual but very good hops taste and christmas spices. The beer is initialy sweet and tart with a lot of dark fruit presence, and it finishes slightly bitter with a warming alcohol burn down the throat. This complex brew also has an oaky flavor with notes of caramel, brown sugar, and pumpernickel bread. This is a huge full-bodied beer. Itís very thick with an excellent mouthfeel. Perfect winter beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 2, 2006
As I sit at the computer, looking at this beer in my Chimay goblet I think that this might just be a near perfect drink for a cold winter evening, right around Christmas time. First off, the pour has a HUGE head that gives off notes of spice, some raisin, and some rum in there too. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, very strong and it lets you know that thereís 12% ABV in it with gusto. Flavor is very tasty with a whisky quality to it that goes with a slow burn going down. Somewhat sweet, very malty, and hops on the back end going down. Outstanding beer IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - FEB 2, 2006
25 cl bottle, íbbeí Nov 06. Dark copper colour with a myriad of tiny, irregularly shaped yeast particles giving it an opaque appearance. Small but quite stable white creamy head that laces wonderfully. Sweet, sticky, malty and fruity (pears, cherries) aroma with noticeable alcohol. Actually, the fruit and the alcohol are so prominent that the whole thing reminds pretty much of a fine Croatian pear brandy. A sweet, grainy taste with some caramel, (again) pears and LOTS of alcohol; a shy hoppy aftertaste. Hulk-ish body with a strong alcoholic finish, but where is the carbonation? Potent, but it should have some more character. That íalternative energy sourceí pours also through every pore.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Bottle, 25cl. Dark amber colored pour. Short lived head, with a strong hoppy aroma. It was ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 26, 2006
25cl bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Pours a rich clear amber color with a frothy off white head. Flavor starts fruity and sweet followed by a light peppery bite and a lightly bitter sweet, dry finish. Alcohol presence noted. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. : )

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Pours orangish golden with a mostly maintained beige head. Aroma of sweet phenolic yeast, toffee, apples, cloves, and bubble gum. Taste is sweet musty yeast with notes of oak, leather, honey, and spices. Mouthfeel is heavy with dense, lush carbonation. Belgian beers are masterfully subtle, encompassing vast regions of taste potential within a very focused brew. This is another 12% beer Belgian that tastes delicious. Impressive!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sten (713) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2006
A amber coloured beer with a nice small head. The aroma is sweet. The taste is a bit sweet and spicy, a very complex beer. (Bottle 25cl)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
chadzter (94) - huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 23, 2006
75cL bottle from www.belgianshop.com. Pours hazy coppery bronze with a medium-tall lasting foamy off-white tanish head and loads of miniscule bubbles. Oak and cellared yeast aroma, caramel malt not too heavy, with a fruity nose (apple, pear); cookie-like. Honeyed caramel malt and sweet brown sugar flavor, yeast (sweet bread) and medium acidity that does not hang on the palate long; alcohol becomes more noticeable as the beer warms. Medium body, lightly fizzy and slightly dry, creamy overall mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boesky (52) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Bottle, 250ml. Didnít find a date on the bottle, but it was purchased in Dec. of í04 from Samís Liquors in Chicago (right next to Goosle Island, canít go wrong inthat neighborhood). Beautiful color of burnished copper, lightly carbonated. Wonderful mouth coating sweetness, rich with leather and fruit. Alcohol comes through in the middle, with a dry, but full finish. Might benefit from a little more cellaring, but overall an excellent Strong Ale.

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