Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1191   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
flemdawg (540) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2012
Orange/reddish body with a small head of white bubbles. Fruity, lemon, honey in the aroma. Some lemon, along with earthy bitterness, and just a bit of sweetness. A lingering bitterness at the finish. Rather medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdb84 (300) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2015
Dark amber color with modest foam head, gentle carbonation. A: quite an intense and robust aroma of red wine / porto, caramalized malts, cough syrup, fresh grass notes, boozy lacing. Yeast reveals caramel and hairspray notes. T: starts quite sweet but robust. Best guess is a very intense caramel flavor, mixed with autumn bock, cough syrup. Slowly starts to develop a slightly boozy mouthfeel, alcoholic warmth, much like a spirit. Nice build-up, with quite some spices, anise, cloves. Aftertaste is, surprisingly, relatively neutral, although the alcohol is clearly discernible on the back of the tongue and mouth. Has the same boozy quality as the other Bush beers, but with this one, it actually fits the purpose (Christmas) nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VDuquerroux (606) - Airvault, FRANCE - MAY 8, 2015
Bottle, 33cL. Home. Several months ago. Rating forgotten in a notebook :) A sparkling brown orange beer with many beautiful hues ; medium white head with a poor retention. Fruity aroma (prune, pear?), caramel, spices. Medium sweet with a warming background. Full body, oily texture, average carbonation, warming background. Overall, powerful, fruity, sweet beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kingstoni (1706) - FINLAND - APR 24, 2015
Bottle. Mostly clear amber color with a descending foamy off-white head. Aroma of caramel, nuts and yeast. Medium bitter and medium sour taste with alcohol in finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (380) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 14, 2015
Format: Bottle from Whole Foods Market in Redwood City, CA
Appearance: Ruby reddish-brown
Aroma: Stewed cherries, cherry pie (buttery crust), bananas foster, bourbon
Taste: Spicy malts, cherry liqueur (slight chemical flavor)
Mouthfeel: Chalky, yeasty, malty
Overall: Thinking about all the cherry pies and banana bread puddings next winter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hamirubi (295) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - APR 2, 2015
33cl bottle. A lovely dark amber, even fruity red coloured beer, with a nice head. The appearance is very clear and shiny. The white or somehow beige foam makes way for the feable vivid liquid. The scents are subtle, too subtle, the taste fits the 12% alcohol promise - without relly being spiritlike. You can taste the malt, the sugar, the bitter throat. Well balanced, but never pronounced. A pitty, really. Thatís why the beer only has a medium body, good to enjoy. "The strongest Christmas Belgian beer", yet a longer ending would have made far more impression.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nihtila (1600) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
28.12.2014. Dark ruby colour. Sweet aroma with red berries, resin, dark fruits, caramel, malts. Taste has dark fruits, caramel malts, spices and alcohol. Warming, alcohol is present and quite sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fredd_an (191) - Borlšnge, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2015
Jästig mörk torkad frukt & söt doft. Även karamell som finns i smaken. Belgo jäst smak. Kroppen medelfyllig. Stark alkoholsötma. Torkad frukt. Hade gärna fått varit fylligare. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Percy0103 (256) - MEXICO - FEB 11, 2015
Reviewed on 07/02/15. Bottle, 330ml. A maple beer with a medium to small head. Aroma is of dried fruits, spices, alcohol and caramel with a hint of bananas. Taste is bitter with an alcoholic finish. Robust and somewhat dense. Sweet aftertaste. Well brewed and very warming; a nice Christmas beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sdaniel90 (521) - Mexico City, MEXICO - FEB 7, 2015
Bottle, 33cl. Clear dark orange with a frothy tan head. Very intense and layered aroma. Very fruity, with hints of caramel, toffee, licorice, vanilla. Robust with moderate carbonation. Intensely sweet and heavily bitter. Inmensely complex, with a strong malt backbone and tremendous alcohol and bitter finish. Not the most drinkable beer at 12% ABV, but perfect for after a heavy meal or on a rainy day. Exquisite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JLDC (85) - 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 isnít really noticeable.

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