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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (13055) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 Bottle. Malty, sweet, alcoholic aroma. Colour is dark brown, small white head. Quite dry bonbon/peppery flavour. Aftertaste has a nice dry bitterness and leaves a slight burning sensation, probably owing to the high ABV.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
Bottle. Dark amber. Sweet, alcohol (not too much), lacks flavor considering abv. Soft.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfm (1724) - Holbśk, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2004
Hazy amber color with a beige head. The taste is sweet with a malty fruityness. Has a light yeasty pattern. Finishes with a slight alcohol sharpness with some notes of spices.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4493) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Caramel coloured body with a thin white head. Aroma of malt, coffee, caster sugar and a slight amount of hops. Medium-bodied; Light sweet flavours with vanilla and cinnamon. Overall, a nice beer and very welcoming, even in summer! I sampled this 25 cL bottle on 15-May-2004 at the May RB Party in Toronto, Ontario.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2004
Myy palat wash kinda shhott at this pointe but itt was verry goood. Apparently it was a 2000 vintage and the aging did it justice. Nice rich brown with a big malty, sugary aroma. Sweet flavours - almost barleywine like - and with noticable alcohol even after 4 years. Will get better but still quite nice already.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2004
Bottle. Nose is like a Belgian accented barleywine. Spicy, christmas cake aswell as some alcohol and Belgian yeastyness. Palate is quite smooth considering the strength, but oddly enough it tastes like theyíve dumped a shot of vodka in it. Sweet stuff, spicy, caramelly, with kerosny alcohol to finish, you can definitely feel the alcohol kicking in, even after a couple of sips. Strong, but reasonably well done, maybe they didnít have to make it so strong?????

2.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2004
This stuff is so over the top in alcohol, itís not funny. A true burning sensation hits your nose then your tongue, then your throat all the way into your chest. Itís like the 8th shot of tequilla. Once my palate healed by eating halbaneros, I taste citrus, hoping for a bit of caramel. Chrissakes.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 17, 2004
Bottle. Looks just like regular Scaldis. The smell is a little tame for the ABV, but the taste follows through nicely. Sweet, some honey, sugar, melon. Full-bodied and satisfying.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2004
At $4.99 for a tidy 8.48 oz. bottle, this is the champ for the title of most expensive beer Iíve ever purchased. Was it worth it? It was worth the try, but I donít imagine breaking the bank to stock up on this tiny powerhouse. Muddy, dark brown in color, creeping on violet, with small yeasty particles floating about, and a small, diminishing head. Aroma is heady and deep, dominated by fruit associations of the grape variety. Sweet, but not too hoppy. Malt is predominant to an incredible degree. Full and fierce on the tongue, with hops showing off to give a good charge upon the palate. And alcohol follows into the fray, and never lets go... One sip in, and Iím feeling drunk already! Look at me, one leg in the air, arm wrapped around a lamppost, swinging to no discernable rhythm, finger crooked inside the handle of a little brown jug, marked XXX, singing, "How Dry I Am"... Body is full, flavor is thick and fascinating, and boozy!, texture is marvelous, altogether, a formidable and unforgettable beer! However, the large grape/wine flavor, and the 12% ABV make me wonder how a glass of 14% Shiraz doesnít smack me up like Scaldis does?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Belly Full O Beer (57) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 27, 2004
I must admit that I enjoyed the beer more toward the end than at the begining, might have had something to do with the %. Solid head, nice body, no over powering aftertaste. After a few I was glad I hadnít brought my car. Havnít found it in Nova Scotia


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