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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1143   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (1039) - The Colony, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Nice sipping beer. Sweet aroma like molasses. Nice dark chocolate color with minimal head. Smooth palate with oily texture. Alcohol is present upfront with subtle sweetness, some licorice as well. Hops were there but very subdued. Good for the end of a winter’s day.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Flanfl (116) - USA - NOV 26, 2014
Bottle. Clear brown colour. Medium white head. Aroma malt, caramel and plum. Flavour stars with plum then sweet malt finally alcohol. Long finish. The alcohol take most of the finish but the plul stay come back and stay at the end. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike5326 (982) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Clear copper color, medium short lived off white head. Sweet malts and sour aroma. Medium body with a strong alcohol and sweet malt flavor and a medium finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
freretoc (783) - Besançon, FRANCE - NOV 20, 2014
Bue àa la pression en 25cl au Kilarney à Besançon, couleur ambrée/caramel, peu de mousse effervescence moyenne, en bouche attaque sur le caramel, petit côté malté, continuité sur le pruneau et le fruit confit. Fin de bouche sur l’alcool mais équilibré avec les autres saveurs. Attention elle se boit bien... et fait 12°

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Renobob (790) - Besançon, FRANCE - NOV 20, 2014
Bue à la pression. Au nez, alcool, caramel, pruneau. Au palais, maltée, caramel, pointe de grillé, sucre candi. Good !

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerViking (2643) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2014
2009 bottle bought in Belgium and stored, pours deep dark brown with very little head (and some trub - damn!), nose is sweetish with toasted candy sugar and old wine barrel, yet the body is dryish with peppery hop notes. There is a definite oaky vatted, almost Brett character, and while the candy sugar is there, the drying hops and alcohol keep it in check. Faint hints of orange, plus notes of caramel toffee and oak. A 2010 bottle is sweeter, still with those drying notes but the caramel rather more up-front, and almost (but not quite) cloying in the finish. Both beers good, and recognisably related.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boxereddy (71) - BELGIUM - NOV 12, 2014
Blijkbaar nieuw etiket voor deze klassieker? Snel zakkende schuimkraag met aromatische alcoholneus. Bruin caramelkleurig sterk bier met zoetige afdronk. Lekker winterbier.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abemorsten (2883) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle at Cardinal during DSJT 2014. Clear caramel colored body with a fingerthick light brown head. Sweet, dried fruits, rock sugar on the nose. Sweet and alco warm. Pungent, syrupy and full bodied with caramel and Belgo yeast.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (5607) - Sandnes, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2014
From bottle at Cardinal, DSJT 2014. Pours clear dark golden with a small white head. Inviting aroma, fruity, belgian yeast, oranges. Taste is sweet, caramel and spicy malts, dry fruity finish, very good one.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alusmamuts (436) - LATVIA - NOV 2, 2014
Light brown/dark amber with medium off-white fastly disappearing head. Sweet, good sour touch on the mid-tongue and remaining bitterness on the root. Remaining sweetness also around the mouth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (2351) - BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2014
It’s Bush de Noël time again, time to put this classic under scrutiny. The Christmas version of the perhaps more familiar Bush Ambrée displays an pale beige head consisting of smallish bubbles, breaking open after a while but still showing relatively good retention (if only at the edge and not lasting till the end) in relation to the ABV; colour is a beautiful pure and deep copper with a rusty brown glow, clear with a delicate but vivid fizz. Strong and heavily perfumed aroma reveals all kinds of Christmas sweetness: candied cherries and candied orange, calvados, butterscotch, gingerbread, chocolate liqueur, black pepper, sweet pipe tobacco, dried banana, walnuts, liquorice, honey, very old cognac, vanilla, cake, all trying to hide the typical cooked smell of pasteurization and nearly achieving just hat - but in a beer this potent and complex, it does not even bother me that this smell I detest so much in lesser beers, still comes through a bit. Taste begins sugary sweet but in a noble kind of way, candied fruits, orange liqueur, quite strong and sharpish carbonation tingling on the tongue, deep and smooth, mouth-filling, ’thick’ caramelly and nutty malts, chocolatey touch, rich but not too obnoxious retronasal spiciness (allspice, liquorice), leading to a warming finish just right for a winter warmer: herbal hop bitterishness, fruity and caramelly malt sweetness continuing into the throat and even cloying a little, drying spiciness and above all a somewhat strong brandy-like alcohol effect, long and dry and on the brink of becoming astringent. Perhaps a tad too sweet - or rather, the sugary sweetness not being balanced enough - but I can easily forgive that, after all, it is a sweet spicy winter beer and for a pasteurized beer, it shows a lot of ’liveliness’, elegance, complexity and body. This is deservedly a great classic among Belgian Christmas ales and I will always enjoy it on a cold winter night, as a sipper and as a ’sniffer’.


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