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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy amber body with a moderate off-white head. Aoma of toasted malt, spicy fruit cake, caramel, applea, and toffee. Flavor of malt,, spices, and brandy.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevin (2103) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 30, 2005
02 bottle. light brown with a thin white grey head. alcohol nose with a sweet caramel note. meaty taste with some light peppermint, spicey as hell, nutmeg, fruitcake taste. hot like a jaeger shot. nice sweet finish that is still hot, nice.thanks to TChrome for this.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Bottle. Iced tea color with no head. Sweet cherry icing like nose. Taste-sweet fruits, fig, yeast, lots of spice. The spice is very, very well done. Hot on the tounge, like liquor. Reminds me of schnapps. Hot and spicy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2005
Bottled. Clear amber color with some very slight sediment. Smells are overwhelming, sweet caramel, evident alcohol, slightly pungent, grains. The taste is sweet and biting, with a bitterness that lingers in the mouth. This is rather light tasting for its alcohol percentage, and not nearly as spiced as I had remembered.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3585) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle - 25 cl] Cloudy amber color with a thick and creamy tan head. Very sweet and complex aroma of fruit, nuts, grain, malt and yeast. Very sweet taste as well. It begins with a sweet nutty and malty taste that gives way to a very alcoholy and fruity middle with a warm and spicy finish. Warms on the way down.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lunkie (1473) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2005
Stong hop spice complex aroma with sweet nuts and fruit. Clear red amber colour with excellent head and lacing. Sweet malt flavour with hops and nuts. Smooth palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Pour is deep amber with a nice thick tan head...smell is caramel, some hops (grapefruit and pine), and alcohol...taste is sweet and fruity...sweet and warm taste...sherry for sure...dark fruits and cherry...alcohol is there toward the finish...not bad at all...by far the best Bush Iíve rated so far...

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - JUN 28, 2005
HUGE aroma! Brilliant amber color with some sediment. Very stable head, full body, extremely viscous. Very sweet, warming, spicy, jammy, sherry(?). Not a beer to be taken lightly. More assertive and medicinal than Bush/Scaldis original.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 26, 2005
0,25 l bottle, snifter. Muddy honey-brown colored beer with a frothy and off-white head. Head is not so great in the lasting/sticking to things department. Even a few months of sitting upright and a careful pour yielded more yeast than Iíd like to be present for an initial rating. Hot caramel, honey, toasted rye bread, cracked pepper, toffee, anise, tawny port, and pecans...all very well integrated. However thereís a not entirely unpleasant alcohol aroma that seems to run roughshod over the other smells at times. Heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter flavor becomes a heavily sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter finish. The alcohol is much less nice in the flavor (mid-shelf vodka). Full body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: it has some decent hoping for a Belgian Strong, but the alcohol is just a bit much, and with a great deal of aging that might drop out, but then where would the hops be? You wanna know what this makes me think of? Belgian Barleywine. Yeah.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2005
Pours a nice copper brown with a quickly dissolving head. Smells of nutmeg and carmel remnescent of holiday cheer. And this thing would turn your cheeks rosey read. I have had other high alcohol beers in this range, but this one is similar to the Russian tradition of pouring a shot of vodka over a nice cold beer. Just not that decent.


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