Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1263   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1394) - BELGIUM - JUN 7, 2012
DUBUISSON. Grande brasserie familiale de la province du Hainaut. Belgian family brewer, selon le sigle consacré. Le buisson en anglais se traduit bush, ok, de mémoire particulière bien sûr, mais sorry... Cette bière a tous les attraits d’une grande bière, malgré l’apparence ambrée, toujours surprenante pour une bière de Noël.. Mais tout y est, le parfum sublime des arômes, la texture soyeuse de chaque gorgée, le côté fruits mûrs, dattes, prunes, figues de la première bouche (pardon bush). Et puis surtout elle va a mas, comme on dit en Espagne, elle se développe magnifiquement et la finale est de la quasi trappiste... Ce n’est pas peu dire, bien sûr, et elle mérite amplement son premier 5 sur le site. Je suis prêt à parier qu’il y en aura d’autres... Avis aux amateurs de nobles breuvages, et du savant art du brassage de cette belle belgian family .... beer. Merci Dubuisson pour ce Noël de chaque jour de l’année....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
adrenalin112 (57) - Lake Forest, California, USA - MAY 20, 2003
A big wonderful, belgian strong ale. Spicy & palate pleasing. Aroma is sweet & toasty, without an overbearing alcohol scent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - JUN 28, 2005
HUGE aroma! Brilliant amber color with some sediment. Very stable head, full body, extremely viscous. Very sweet, warming, spicy, jammy, sherry(?). Not a beer to be taken lightly. More assertive and medicinal than Bush/Scaldis original.

   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2005
A bit darker than it’s sister brew (Bush/Scaldis) with very nice spice overtones. It’s body more than carries its strength, and its flavor makes it a superb winter warmer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Pours a dark amber-brown, nice bubbly head, decent lace. Aromas are malt, buttery nuts, roast pork, peat, smoke, molasses, honey, yeast and bread. Flavor is marvelous toasty sweet malt, with notes of fruit, spice and honey. High ABV makes it nicely warming but absent any alcohol harshness or spice in either the nose or the taste. Nice hop contribution, especially to the aftertaste, but not overly bitter in the mouth. Nice thick chewy texture.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Cider-sweet flavor. Goes down smooth, creamy and velvety. Wintery hops, balanced but robust.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gerardbeer (2) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2014 does not count
Net als de Bush Amber een heerlijk biertje, die gewoon zo lekker op de tong ligt. Top bier, een van mijn lievelings

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tekstr1der (370) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Hard to believe there’s a more-premium version of this out there. This is right next to Roch10 in my book. Pours murky reddish-brown with lasting, clingy brown foam of the tinniest bubbles. Aroma is sweet, with ripe plum, raisin, caramel. Flavor is the smell translated, almost entirely. Nice and sweet, with some yeasty goodness amongst the candied fruit. Finish is slightly sweet, but very clean overall. Is there alcohol in this? Remarkably hidden at 12%.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pivo (2665) - GERMANY - DEC 31, 2002
This knocked me over – wasn’t expecting it. Nice copper color and low tight head. Apples and caramel in the nose. Heavy malt body with spicy cinnamon tones in the middle. Chalky finish. Thick like a barley wine – reminded me of Bigfoot, but the alcohol remains in the background.

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