Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 1310   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2006
This has a taste of very fine aged grape liquors, such as brandy or an armangac perhaps. Rich and full bodied, with a definite sweetness and lots of huge caramel maltiness. Tons of candy sugar and alcohol, but nicely balanced, but just a bit on the over balanced side as it warms. Unique for a BSA

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5751) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Bottled. Red amber pour with a soapy beige head. Sweet aroma, lots of maltiness, fruity (subdued), spicy, and a little funky. Yikes on the taste. It burns! Waaay too alcoholic and sweet for me. Some nice notes lurking in the hinterground, though, wood, smoke, berries, nuts. Heavily spiced, prickly. Really thick, sludge in the mouth. Feels really strange to have this in mid-May, should probably be reserved for the winter months; can see myself enjoying it as a digestiv with some ice cream on a cold, blustery winters night, but Im just weird like that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tranquillity (2175) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2006 A wonderful desert beer. Short head, not easily distiguished aroma, fruit of some sort (dark grapes?). To be drunk in small sips, however very addictive. Strong, oily body which hits on the palate. Strong taste of...cognac. The aftertaste is if possible stronger, but diminishes suprisingly quick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7723) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2007 Rerate 2nd try at this one - Solid but boring, very nice appearance though with a long lasting creamy head and a bright orange pour. Original 3.2 Blue Max Liquors, Burnsville, Mn. - tiny 25 cl bottle. Pours a bright, medium copper with a thin, but creamy white heady that sticks around for awhile. Barely there aroma, brief hints of molasses and olive oil. Flavor has a touch of candied sugar, some Christmas spices, alcohol. Mouthfeel is a but cluttered. Just a tad underwhelmed with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3359) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours amber wuth a beige head. Aroma of wood, citrus, fruit, belgian spices. Flavor is citrusy, carbonated, sweet, fruit, yeast, and a slight bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2006 25 ml Bottle. Pours a very beautiful amber brown with a very smooth tannish white head. The aroma is quite spicey with hints of wood grain. The flavor at first taste is somewhat heavy with fig, sugar, and yeast, which goes into a very heavy alcohol finish. You can definitely taste the 12% ABV in this Scaldis. Has many hints into the world of brandy, while still retaining a good Belgian strong ale flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - APR 16, 2006
Bottle, 25cl. Very festive bottle/label. Amber colour with a good tan head and a nice lacing. Aroma of malt and spices, somewhat dissapointing. But flavour is excelent with notes of caramel and coffee, very powerful and strong but the alcohol is never overwhelming. The palate is smooth and finishes just like an old brandy. A very good beer for cold winter nights.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2006
Various tastings - combined notes from draft and bottles. Hazy brown pour - decanted bottles were clear. Very fruity and bready aroma and flavors. Lots of figs and prunes to me. Malts were caramel molasses sweet, and matched well with spices and bready yeast. A bit peppery from the alcohol, and fairly warming. A very fine ber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2006
300 ml bottle. Deep, clear amber color with a nice head. Aromas were very fruity and bready. Sweet citrus and light cherry. Very sweet flavor as well, lots of caramel, more bright fruit. Strong alcohol flavor. Very smooth and malty throughout. Im not sure if that bite is hops, or alcohol. Seems to be a decent amount of each. Very Good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hiphops (324) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2006
a reddish amber. large loose big bubble head. aroma of caramel and mayo. velvety richness on the palate. sweet spicy brew with hints of prunes malts and alcohol. pretty good.

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