Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Pours orangish golden with a mostly maintained beige head. Aroma of sweet phenolic yeast, toffee, apples, cloves, and bubble gum. Taste is sweet musty yeast with notes of oak, leather, honey, and spices. Mouthfeel is heavy with dense, lush carbonation. Belgian beers are masterfully subtle, encompassing vast regions of taste potential within a very focused brew. This is another 12% beer Belgian that tastes delicious. Impressive!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sten (731) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2006
A amber coloured beer with a nice small head. The aroma is sweet. The taste is a bit sweet and spicy, a very complex beer. (Bottle 25cl)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
chadzter (94) - huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 23, 2006
75cL bottle from www.belgianshop.com. Pours hazy coppery bronze with a medium-tall lasting foamy off-white tanish head and loads of miniscule bubbles. Oak and cellared yeast aroma, caramel malt not too heavy, with a fruity nose (apple, pear); cookie-like. Honeyed caramel malt and sweet brown sugar flavor, yeast (sweet bread) and medium acidity that does not hang on the palate long; alcohol becomes more noticeable as the beer warms. Medium body, lightly fizzy and slightly dry, creamy overall mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boesky (52) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Bottle, 250ml. Didnít find a date on the bottle, but it was purchased in Dec. of í04 from Samís Liquors in Chicago (right next to Goosle Island, canít go wrong inthat neighborhood). Beautiful color of burnished copper, lightly carbonated. Wonderful mouth coating sweetness, rich with leather and fruit. Alcohol comes through in the middle, with a dry, but full finish. Might benefit from a little more cellaring, but overall an excellent Strong Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5355) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 14, 2006
This Belgian Strong Ale pours a dark amber color from a 250ml bottle. Large to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, spicy and sweet. A medium bodied Belgian Strong Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet, with lots of Christmas spices, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon etc. This beer starts with a nice sweet start with some tartness and finishes with a nice whisky like burn at the finish. There are a lot of other complex flavors going on in between as well, cherries, oak, sherry, hops and vanilla. This beer has a very strong alcohol finish, but not bad considering its 12%, definitely a nice winter warmer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a pronounce alcohol bite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 14, 2006
thanks to elnadeau for sharing this one clear reddish/brown with a frothy head. Sweet tingly flavor, nice, interesting brew. Aftertaste has a fairly significant alcohol burn

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2006
Had this at BJís Winter Ale Fest. Beer poured a clear, medium-amber color with a small, frothy, off-white mostly diminishing head. The aroma is pleasant: Malty with light notes of cookie and toasted grain and moderate notes of sweet caramel; Hoppy with a trace of grapefruit and pine; Miscellaneous notes of moderately strong vanilla and a trace of sherry. The flavor is lightly sweet and heavily bitter and finishes with a harshly bitter finishóperhaps from the dry-hopping? The body was medium, the texture was watery, the carbonation was fizzy and there was a lightly astringent, moderately-strong alcohol feel in the ending. I thought the hops character was more bitter than complex in this one, although it wasnít a bad brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Bottle but mine says 13% for alcohol percentage. A standout cherry aroma that covered the alcohol somewhat. Not the fermented aroma I usually detect in a Belgian Strong Ale. Amber body with decent head and some lace. Flavor was mainly of alcohol that gives the body a serious warming effect. Medium sweet flavor offsets some of the alcohol but not all. Sticky sweet alcohol aftertaste and I got a bad headace also. Decent beer bought with the money given to me for Christmas instead of shirts that donít fit or socks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Deep amber color, very little head. The alcohol comes on a little to strong, but aside from that there is a nice hop finish, and a bit of spicyness. After a bad experience with the regular Scaldis, this was a pleasent surprise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - JAN 11, 2006
This is much better than the regular scaldis. Itís a little more expensive and tastes a little less like socks. The alcohol isnít overbearing, itís just nasty. I now know why some people talk about belgians being hit or miss. This one is a miss.

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