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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1165   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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2005
If youíre looking for something thatís going to warm you up on a harshly bitter cold winter night, then look no further. This beer has some bite. Although not surprisingly sweet, it is hoppier than some other Belgian Strong Ales. This high level of hoppiness makes it a more rounded experience in that I didnít feel like I was sucking on a candi sugar-coated fig. I have to admit that when I quaffed this one, I had no idea of its 12% capacity and really didnít know how strong it was until I was later informed. Had I known, I probably would have taken it a little bit easier.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7182) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2005
25 cl bottle. Pour was a deep amber with some copper highlights... lots of sediment suspended in there. Heavy dark fruity aroma with caramel, earth, and a little alcohol burn on the nose hairs!?! Berries and plums first in the flavor, followed by alcohol, caramel, and quite a substantial floral hop presence. Very full and tasty flavor. Smooth and malty palate, with some astringency and bitterness at the finish... also quite nicely warming. I very much enjoyed this one!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Medium whitish brown head. lasts a long time very foamy (not pillowy). Amber brown color. Bready nose. Very well blended alcohol and hops are bitter but into a malty sweetness. Has a touch of swiss cheese in the hops for bitterness. Warm.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davhgbrew (945) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2005
very nice.. Smooth and drinkable. Not too malty,and a hardly noticable 12% abv. I can see myself drinkiní this one in the winter time by a fire.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (3304) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Pour is a cloudy brown with a small white head. Aroma is all things berry. Flavor is candy sugar with a dark fruit aftertaste. 12% alcohol is hidden well, i donít reall get any type of burning you would think. Good for sipping slow on a winter night, deffinatly will keep you warm.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2007 2007 draft. Sweet and spicy on the nose, molasses, cherries, with some clove, maybe hints of cinnamon. Pours amber with a thin white head, lots of lacing. Fruity, grapes, dark cherries, very hot with the 12% coming through, good spicy belgian yeast flavors with a little nutmeg and heints of allspice. Always good! 2005 bottle orginally rated 3.0. Fruity aroma, cherries, sourness, some spice. Pours a rich amber with a huge white head. Malty flavor, some fruit, sweet, cotton candy, a small little spice finish. Delightfully smooth.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2005
Bottle. Amber colour with a tan head. Light fruity, spicy aroma and a sweet fruity, spicy, grainy light alcoholic taste. Medium to full body and a sweet alcoholic finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 3, 2005
No date on my bottle, but Iím pretty sure itís a 2003. Sampled on 10/27/2005 with SuIIy. Pours a hazy, amber-peach with some deep copper tones and a fluffy, off-white head that is not long retained. Some spotty lacing as it recedes. Tons of sediment on the bottom with still a strong effervescence. Expecting a sweet, sticky, thick beer, I was quite surprised to find a good deal of dry hops perfume, dry alcohol esters and lots of dry yellow fruit notes (nectarines, pears, apricts), apple brandy and some dry, graininess from the malts. Flavor is sharp, with a good deal of acidity, lots of alcohol and a fair amount of hops bitterness. A nice calvados-like note lingers in the background, not sure how that got in there, but itís pleasant and further adds to the dry nature of the beer. Light honey and almonds, with a dry almost toasty-like grain are all that I can discern of the malts. A touch of caramel perhaps, and lots of residue from the candi sugar, which adds to a soft, lightly sticky texture. Low carbonation, but enough to give some zest with a medium body. Spicy hops, apple brandy, cedar wood and a dry yeastiness. Still too much alcohol for my liking, as is the case with all Dubuisson beers Iíve had, but itís part of the locale of the beer, I donít think they are doing it to be gratuitous and brash, just a unique tradition of a beer. Iíd love to try a bigger, older sample.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joergen (21509) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2005
Bottled. Clear golden coloured with a small off white head. Aroma of alcohol, malts and spices. Flavour of alcohol, malts, caramel and spices. Too much alcohol for my liking.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2005
2004 Bottle - Deep hazed copper, thick, khaki colored head. Rich inviting nose of stewed golden raisins, dates, pear, and brown sugar, with a light caramel apple infusion. Warm dark fruit flavors and light alcohol mesh well with the late spicy hop notes. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, bittersweet finish. Perfect for drinking in front of a roaring fireplace on a cold dark winter night. However, in this case, a warm Autumn evening worked just fine....


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