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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1182   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.


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2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
realaledrinker (35) - Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Nose=Alcohol Taste=Alcohol Aftertaste=Alcohol. I realize this is a Belgian Strong Ale but they did a horrible job hiding the alcohol. The alcohol overpowers all flavors and aroma.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JLDC (83) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2015
Colour: ruby meets copper. Medium sized head. Nose: fruity sweetness, apple syrup, caramel, hints of orange peel, spices. Flavours: candy sugar, forest fruits, herbs and spices, apricots. Finish: long, fruity, mellow, warming. Flavours echo for a while. Verdict: Very fine Christmas ale, albeit a very strong one, which isnt really noticeable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Senka (734) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 31, 2015
From the archives: several years ago. I did not payed much attention to it. Wife brought it from Brussels, and I did not sit down for this one. I remember it being good seasonal ale. Hard and heavy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leghorn99 (52) - Livorno, ITALY - JAN 24, 2015
E di color ambra carico, limpida; si forma una buona schiuma color ocra, cremosa e con una velatura persistente. Laroma spiccatamente dolce di caramello, canditi, uvetta, esteri, spezie da lievito; abbastanza pulito ma non molto pronunciato. Corpo pieno, viscosit oleosa, alcool in evidenza a portare calore assieme ad una carbonazione media che solletica il palato. Ritroviamo caramello, toffee, canditi, uvetta e frutta sotto spirito, ma soprattutto "dolce" in abbondanza; man mano che la birra si scalda lalcool consolida la propria presenza, rendendo necessario un lento sorseggiare. Finisce dolce e calda, abbastanza morbida, con un finale maltato leggermente ammorbidito da note fruttate. Linsistenza di caramello/alcool satura abbastanza in fretta il gusto; lascia il palato appiccicoso con un residuo zuccherino abbastanza importante.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
pricey290483 (515) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2015
bottle in my beer club box from Beer hawk. not for me this im afraid not a fan of the style but wanted to give it a go. quite a sweet smelling aroma dark in colour very bitter and malty with a little hop kick in there. very strong alcohol burn in the aftertaste

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
teromous (95) - - JAN 16, 2015
Appearance: Very transparent body that is a dark reddish brown. As soon as the beer is poured it forms a creamy white head that quickly becomes absent. Given the ABV of 12% I wouldnt consider that a big detraction.

Aroma: I get a strong banana aroma followed by some light alcohol esters. Nothing else is noticeable.

Taste: There is a light caramel flavor that is met by the strong flavor of banana chips and alcohol. There isnt a whole lot that makes this beer interesting.

Mouthfeel: Light despite the high ABV. A slight lingering astringent sensation.

Overall: I wasnt that impressed. Not all Christmas beers are spiced, and sometimes a simple boost in alcohol is what many will consider a holiday ale. Although this may be the case, the beer just wasnt memorable. Overall it was just an average Belgian beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (926) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Brilliant, shimmering ruby red with a film of fine cream-colored head. Aroma is lager-like: grass, mineral content, hints of candy cherry and strawberry. As it breaths I get cotton candy. Flavor is also surprisingly less Belgian than I would expect. Some candy cherry cough syrup on grassy hops and lager-like yeast. Hints of medicinal herbs. Medium body, watery-syrupy. Carbonation is moderate, medium-fine, low burn, felt blanket with some fizzle sensation. Overall: I wish it was drier, maybe slightly lighter on the palate, more Belgian in nature, and less cough syrup in flavor. Its possible that Im just in a critical mood, so Ill have to try this again at some point, but Im really not feeling it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerman33190 (56) - FRANCE - JAN 9, 2015
Great amber colour, surprisingly clear for a "live" belgian ale. Aroma is bananas and boiled sweets. Boiled sweets in the taste as well. Spicy but without the over the top cloves and cinnamon thang you get with most xmas beers. Good carbonation and light palate make this too drinkable for a 12% beer. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (278) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle at share. Body medium amber, some head and lacing. Atoma sorta fruity, sorta lager like. Taste is coves and fruit, some banana and apple. Palate is medium, carbonation moderate, well balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Werckmeister (194) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JAN 3, 2015
tap at Beergeek Bar, Prague on 28/12/2014. amber color, filtered, off white hdead. smells alcoholic, dried fruits, raisins. full body, sweet alcoholic, liqueur, raisins and other dried fruits.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GenDV138 (2020) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2014
4 ounce pour on draft at ChurchKey. Clear dark reddish brown with off-white ring. Aromas of caramel, booze, dark fruit. Tastes of dark fruit, booze, malt, spice, caramel. Medium body with a dry finish.


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