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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1114   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (4811) - Tau, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2005
250 ml Scaldis NoŽl bottle, bought at Borough Market, London. Pours with an an enormous lingering head, beer is clear, colour is deep reddish amber. Aroma of dark rum, sherry, oak, raisins, spices. Flavour is very sweet with dried fruits and whisky elements, but a distinct spiciness and decent hops prevent it from falling in the "cloying sweet & undrinkable" ditch. Alcoholic warmth in the mouthfeel, as expected from a 12% ABV beer, but not overwhelming or unpleasant. A very fine Christmas special in my book.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4533) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2005
Nice aroma reminiscent of both Strong Belgian Ale and Barleywine. Flavour is spice and alcohol with a slight burn in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Pours a brilliantly clear deep copper color. It is well carbonated and has a frothy tan-amber color. The aroma is quite rich with notes of caramel, rum, and brandy. The aroma is full of notes of alcohol, which pretty much dominates the finish of the nose. This beer is pretty sweet upfront, it has a nice smooth creamy mouthfeel to it. There is a nice hoppiness to this beer, despite the intense maltiness that defines this beer. The hops add a nice spicy note to this beer, as well a nicely bitter contribution in the finish. This beer has subtle notes of butterscotch, concentrated raisin, biscuits, caramelized malt, a hint of cinnamon, tangerine, and a grassy herbal zing. The only thing that detracts from this beer is the apparent alcohol, it is still not overwhelming though. This beer is still quite tasty, and I really like the fresh hoppy character of this beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2005
Dark brown, small head. Aroma is spicy, bready, some toffee and grass. Tastes a little like sweet whisky, peppery and sweet, kinda strange. Bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2004
25 cL bottle: Toasted cherry, clear with numerous tiny bubbles feeding a frothy, rocky off tan head that leaves a solid coating lace. Toasted grain aroma with alcohol laced honey, pears, extremely sweet raisins, soft cherries and heavily malted anise. Outrageous alcohol flavour Ė overpoweringÖa bitter orange bite tries to round it out, but the alcohol returns. Dark red grapes and liquor through the finish Ė boy, I am glad it was only 25 cLÖ

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (11888) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2004
Bottled 25cl
Amber color, big cloudy and lace off-white head. Strong malty, sweet aroma with plums. Full-bodied, very malty, slightly sweet flavor. This really kicks with all its 12% ABV. Bitter alcoholic aftertaste. Good for freezing winter night.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2402) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2004
2003 Bottle. Poured out a nice darker amber color with a decent amount of carbonation and a tiny lacing head. The aroma was sweet but also told of notes of hops. The taste was very nice with a fruity/malty flavor that had a subtle hoppy finish with a slight bite from the alcohol. A nice warming winter brew!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2013 (Bottled, 0.33l, was 7-4-8-4-15=3.8) Clear dark amber color with a medium, tight head. Lightly roasted and caramely, sweetish malty and toffeeish nose with aromatic hopping. Caramel-malty, not overly sweet, toffeeish and peppery-spicy flavor. Quite long, dry and woody aftertaste. Pretty full-bodied, slightly wineous, low-carbonated palate. Hides the ABV remarkably well, although some of it is definitely present. A pleasant and tasty winter warmer with a nice dryish touch.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2004
The beer separates from the 25 cl brown bottle a shimmering copper color wit the head modest in size, creamy in texture and the color a toothsome light tan, the resultant lace circumnavigates the glass. Nose is sweet malt, hints of orange rinds, eggnog, start is sweet, and nicely malted, the top is fair to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is modestly acidic, the hops apparent in their spiciness, and the 12 percent ABV quite noticeable by the slight alcohol bitterness in the desert dry aftertaste and the nice tummy warming sensation, a marvelous beer for a cold winters night.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2004
Slightly disappointed by this. Full, malty aroma, some spice. Quite an alcoholic aftertaste. Some cinnamon. Nice bottle though.


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