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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Best thing about this one is the body. Thick and syrupy, without being cloying. Surprisingly light body considering the alcohol content. Also surprisingly flavorless. Rich, but just a little boring.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Orange/brown color with a tall head. Great bread dough and malt aroma. Oooo... itís almost like drinking a loaf of delicious bread, although my bread has never had this much alcohol in it. Slightly spicy and floral. Damn tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1490) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Bronze colored appearance with a slight haze. Attractive, dense, off-white head that disappeared too quickly but left nice lacing. Mildly spiced, sweet malt aroma. Sweet, but not cloying, taste with hints of soft fruit. Noticable hop bite; modestly carbonated. Long lasting semi-dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2005
Copper. Aroma that is reminiscent of walking into a flower shop which also rents space to an independent perfume stand, along with rich malts (toasted bread, caramel, toffee) and herbaceous hops. Big, chewy malts bring forth loads of fruit and caramel while the hops are fairly profound as well contributing a flowery, spicy, herbaceous blend. Strange and complex I suppose.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Cool to have a beer that fits perfectly in my 25 cl tulip. Very dark amber and brown Slightly cloudy. Poured with a fairly large head that faded to a persistent thin head as I drank it. Sweet ginger bread along with some nutmeg and bananas. Very nice nose. The mouthfeel is full with a spicy finish of nutmeg. Absolutely delicious. Possibly a little too sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bibi (18) - De Panne, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2005
Amber colored beer with a fluffy white head. Mild aroma with a touch of sweet honey and notes of banana. Very hoppy and bitter at the start, somewhat sweet and honeyish in the middle. The aftertaste is very hoppy again and alcoholic.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2005
Pours a dark copper color with a thin white head. Very appealing aroma of spices and alcohol. Interesting flavor of spices, fruits and alcohol. Light to medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Itís a good "biŤre de NoŽl" but I thought it would be better than that, maybe it will be better after a couple years of cellaring.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (8358) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2005
A Quad, no wonder it was so good. Thanks Kid Presentable. 2000 version, with 2002 expiry. I went with Steve Beaumontís recomendation that it was still good. Still aggressive carbonation, liked the yeast sediment at end. Spices worked, with fruit and booziness and rum.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4606) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Bottle: Strong grape presence in the aroma along with some caramel and a little spice. Pours a very hazy dark reddish-orange with a nice off-white head with fair retention. Lots of rather large sediment. Very malty. Just like the aroma, lots of grape and caramel as well as some apple. Big alcohol presence in the finish with a little burn and warming affect. As it warms the apple increases significantly.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 3, 2005
Dark orange color, nice medium beige head. Licorice, sweet and strong alcoholic aroma. Medium to full bodied. Strong lasting licorice flavor with alcohol, starts with some sweetness. Some lace in glass.


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