harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
very nice brown ale spicy, nutty and dried fruit nites very full and rich a very nice beer one of my new favorite christmas beers. I was very surprised to find out that it had 12% alcohol it was so smooth.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Poured a cloudy amber color head was tall and lick and laced very well. The aroma was spices and malts. Flavor was the same. Not a complex beer but well done."
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber with active carbonation and a rocky 1/2" head. Very fruity aroma. It makes me think of figs poached in vodka. Has some hints of mold. Strong and sweet. It definately has some floral notes. Green raisen and nail polish also. Heavy duty stuff.
Boutip (5695) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a clear medium amber color ale with a super huge foamy head with perfect retention. Aroma of strong caramel malt with some spices and sweet cherry. Dry raisins, figs and caramel are all well balance in this beer. Body is thinner then expected and alcohol is well hidden. Very good classic Belgian strong ale.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark amber-brown, nice bubbly head, decent lace. Aromas are malt, buttery nuts, roast pork, peat, smoke, molasses, honey, yeast and bread. Flavor is marvelous toasty sweet malt, with notes of fruit, spice and honey. High ABV makes it nicely warming but absent any alcohol harshness or spice in either the nose or the taste. Nice hop contribution, especially to the aftertaste, but not overly bitter in the mouth. Nice thick chewy texture.
DJMonarch (9177) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2010 Bottle at the Borough Arms, Crewe 20/05/2005
Amber coloured with some alcohol present. Very sweet on the palate. Slightly dry lasting malt finish.
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - MAR 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a chunky cloudy auburn with clumps of yeasty sediment settling at the bottom of the glass like a layer of sand. The pour forms a great big fluffy pillowy white head that literally never goes away and leaves a clumpy layer of lacing on the sides of the glass. Nutty, yeasty aroma is supported by clean sweet malt and a subdued hop spice. The hop spice is decidedly less subdued in the flavor where it headlines, followed by nutty yeast, tingly hop bitterness, more nutty yeast, sugary malt and warm, comforting alcohol. Medium-thick mouthfeel and bubbly palate. What else to say? A Belgian classic.
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours orange with a creamy white head, sticking as you drink. Aroma is yeast and fruit, apricots maybe. Flavor is very biting alcohol, too much actually, a bit peppery as well. I enjoy this beer, but the alcohol has too much influence on the flavor.
harrisoni (16735) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at The Kulminator, Antwerp. Bit soapy. Deep reddy/brown colour, very bright. Lasting beige head. Slightly spicey as you would expect from a Xmas beer. Good graininess in mouth. Finish has spice hop mix. Rich malts throughout. Some rubber.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to BeerandBlues2 for the bottle! Bush de Noel is not a beer for the beginner. It’s big, full bodied, and scary. But in a good way. It’s dark copper may disuade some who say "I don’t like dark beers". The thin receding head may sway some away who say " I like a big head on my beer". The musty, dank, basement aroma, mixed with old prunes, raisins, and heavy malt, might petrify the newcommer. It’s alcoholic prune flavours, mixed with butterscotch, maple, and floral hops might scare even the purest of heart. But here it is, in its purest form. A belgian strong ale for the avid beer fan. It lets you know the alcohol is there, and it’s not afraid to. Warming is the least one would say. Strong, in one of the best ways. A solid BSA. Thanks Brad!