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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

bottled
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RATINGS: 1252   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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.


3.6
   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.

3.2
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
henrik (41) - Ňrhus, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2006
Dark amber with a small white head. Aroma of plums and alcohol -- a bit sharp. Smooth warm mouthfeel. The 12% is very present, almost unpleasant.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2424) - California, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Slightly hazy amber body with a small head. Aroma is pretty complex with almost any fruit imaginable (from raisins to berries to peaches - but mostly berries and peaches), caramel, a few spices, and finally it has a very spiritish feel to it. If I could describe it in another sentence it would be like an English Barley Wine with some Belgian fun stuff added. Flavor is the same. Sweet alcoholic finish. Itís definitely a sipper... even after typing this whole mess I still have at least 50% more to go. I donít mind sweet, but most of the finish is the 12%. If this was better balanced (if this was 6 or 7%ABV... wow) and cheaper ($4 for 250ml) this would be a favorite I could have time and time again. Oh yeah, and the Noel part kinda hurts the repeat comebacks too so whatever. Hella better than their normal Bush/Scaldis beer, but the 12% still sucks. After having this thereís at least a chance Iíll eventually get Bush/Scaldis Prestige, because when I only had regular Bush/Scaldis that idea was laughable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Hazy copper color with a thick creamy golden head. Pleasant aromas of raisin, caramely malt, and nutty cheese. Sweet, bright caramel malts and fruit flavors with an aftertaste that suggests smoked gouda cheese. Very nice Christmas brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5768) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Cloudy brown, thin but sturdy beige head. Smells like raisin bread toast. Tastes like rasin, dark bread, and a hint of red wine. As it warms, more complex flavors emerg, like cherry, maple, and maybe molassess. Persistant alcohol heat throughout. Very tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2006
This dark reddish amber brew with a champagne head greeted the nose with a sweet and spicy aroma. Fruity with an alcohol punch that didnít overpower the basic flavor. Sparkling and full bodied. Very much in the style of Christmas beers with itís nod to mulled punches.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2006
8.48 fl oz (250 mL) brown bottle purchased from Di Carlo Wine and Spirits (formerly Armanettiís), Mundelein, IL. Clear amber ale having a large off-white head with good lacing. Average carbonation. Nice spice and toffee aroma. Medium bodied that starts dry with light malt sweetness and spicy toffee notes. Finishes dry with light malt aftertaste. Definite alcoholic warmth. A good spicy malty winter brew to enjoy during the holidays. Enjoyed on 2005 Christmas day with visiting family members.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mabjork (685) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 3, 2006
Bottled. Light reddish with a tan white head. The aroma is smoky / burnt and fruity at the same time. The flavour is smoky with a fruity scent. It also has a bitter after aste. There was one flavour in there that I tried to identifi, the closest I got was Swedish turnip. oh well...

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerandBlues2 (11474) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 1, 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.


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