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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1115   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.


aenima's rating

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aenima (208) - Askim, - APR 23, 2013
Nic rubbish color. Aroma of caramel and maybe a little belgian yeast. Taste of caramel, raisins and belgian yeast. A little burning alcohol in the finish. A belgium barley wine.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (2187) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 18, 2014
330ml bottle from beergusto. Pours clear mahogany brown, thin white, very long-lasting head. Aromas are prunes and booze, brown sugar. Taste brings a light spicy note. vaguely Christmassy. Sticky sweet finish. Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
azzie (59) - - APR 14, 2014
Body heavy to medium. Soft carbonation. Cloudy liquid, color of light brown sugar. Medium sweetness, medium bitterness. Very nice, wintery.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (2543) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2014
Bottle from Geers. Dark red pour with thick off white head. Aroma of toasted malt, caramelized sugars, candied fruits, grassy hops, light alcohol. Taste is quite grassy, nice hop flavor, lots of toasted malt notes, tons of caramel with a warm alcohol finish. Palate is rich and full bodied, a solid winter sipper.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
HammerTroll (194) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 20, 2014
Brown color, small tan head, fast disappearing. Brown sugar aroma. Long sweet finish. Full body, creamy and sticky. Soft carbonation. Alcohol level is high, but well hidden. Not bad, but not my cup of tea. (Svijet piva 0,33l bottle)

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
veceo (229) - CROATIA - MAR 18, 2014
Cloudy brown color, thin off white head. Full body, creamy, thick texture, soft to average carbonation. Aroma is malts, dark fruits, caramel, marzipan, cinnamon, sugar, rum, hint of vanilla. Taste is sweet, but far from unpleasant high sweetness. Pleasant hoppy aftertaste came as a nice surprise. Alcohol is not noticeable, but it leaves very nice warm feeling. Very complex beer. Christmas in a beer bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1217) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2014
2009 Bottle. Pour is clear mahogany with a small white head. Aroma and flavor of darker fruits, vanilla beans, and belgian spices. Finish is sweet with a touch of alcohol.

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
KAWANO (24) - JAPAN - MAR 5, 2014
I had imagined a rich taste like abt from the height of the alcohol, but it ended in Katasukashi. Taste stronger acidity of alcohol along with the feeling come on and a mouth. Itís high alcohol but drink clue. But my feeling was something unsatisfactory.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asedzie (585) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours ruby brown with khaki head. Aroma is quite nuanced - dough, strawberries, estery notes somewhere between bubblegum and bananas, just the slightest trace of floral hop resin. Flavor is robust and pungent - an implosion of alcohol, woodiness, vanilla, caramelized grain sugars, sticky residual sugars and a finish that is bitter with both alcohol bite and a modicum of hop flavor. This is a big winter beer for a Belgian brewery, even well-suited to colder climes - I love it and drinking it will be a new tradition for me in the frozen time of the year.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (5615) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 2, 2014
Ins Glas ergieŖt sich ein trŁbes bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schŲner Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig sŁŖ, alkoholisch, belgische Hefe. Geschmack sehr malzig alkoholisch, fruchtig, wŁrzig

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lux_edwards (72) - - MAR 2, 2014
33 cl bottle. Appearance: amber with white head. Aroma: alcoholy ane sugary. Caramel with nuts. Taste: sweet like rum soaked christmas cake. Palate: bitter aftertaste, burning while in mouth. Overall: great christmas beer!


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