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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1122   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34222) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2006
Bottle. Color is dark amber with a nice head with good duration. Aroma is sweet with lots of spices. Taste is fruit and spices with a sweet alcoholic finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30689) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2012 Earlier Rating: 12/3/2006 Total Score: 3.5
25 cL bottle. Has all the good elements of the blonde just added flavours that makes this a great Christmas beer. Orange/brown colour with white head. Malt, spice and alcohol dominates the taste. Very enjoyable beer

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29081) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2003
A deep red beer with a fantastic head. The aroma is sweet malty with fruity and spicy notes. The flavor is rather sweet with notes of fruits, spices, berries, peaches, and caramel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2005
(Bottle 25 cl) Beautiful dark amber with a fairly small head, hazy with a lot of sediment. Extremely complex with flavours ranging from walnuts to chocolate. Very full body with the alcohol present and warming for the long, cold winter nights....A great experience, and THE beer to spice any boring family Christmas-dinner. 071193

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joergen (20493) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2005
Bottled. Clear golden coloured with a small off white head. Aroma of alcohol, malts and spices. Flavour of alcohol, malts, caramel and spices. Too much alcohol for my liking.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (20217) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2005
Bottled. Strong raisins and alcohol in aroma. Flavour is very nice, toffee, sweet malts, with weak hints of alcohol. Hides alcohol very well. Very complex. A bit too biting carboration for my taste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19192) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2004 2002 vintage sampled draught at Akkurat, Stockholm.
Dark amber with small creamy head. Very sweet and peppery. Hugely malty, big on caramel. Some grassy hops. Salty and roasty with rounded mouthfeel. Bitter grassy finish. Despite itís huge maltiness it is overly sweet and alcoholic.
Extra rating for Bush de NoŽl Premium, unfiltered and re-fermented in bottled, 2003 vintage:
Orange-brown. Very lively with rich head. Malty nose with ripe fruit and a hefty dose of alcohol. Loads of toffee, some red berries, very sweet - too much so. The rich malt flavours struggle to compete with the sweetness. Some grassy hops manages to shine through in the finish. This beer really needs to be rounded off, it begs for barrel aging. (6/4/6/2/11)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16250) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours a clear amber colour with an off-white head. Malty warming alcohol aroma with hints of dark fruits. Dry malty warming bitter flavor with hints of dark fruits. Sweet malty warming finish with some bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14304) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2010 25th April 2008
13% Version - Premium - are we sure this ainít a different beer? The worlds strongest christmas beer says the bottle! Actually the alcohol is well disguised. Amber ale with a little chocolate. Lacks complexity but very drinkable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2012
2012-12-01, bottle from Au Grain díOrge, Crissier, batch J411 bb 06/10/2013, 7-3-7-4-15=36
Hazy brown color; frothy large head, disappearing quickly. Simple aroma, some candi sugar, with light fruity touch, very light pecan nuts. The body is leaner than expected, although the mouthfeel is rather round; malt flavor, with a nice caramel presence, light fruity touch, correct bitterness; as usual, good alcohol management.
It has some Dubuisson qualities, but itís too young probably, it needs to mellow out.

2002-12-01, bottle (small or big?), 7-5-8-4-16=40
Amber color, beautiful cap of thick foam. High alcohol content in the nose. Sweet, a lot of alcohol, good balance with a strong bitterness. Not special, but a big, huge, winter warmer beer.


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