Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 1272   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2005
Pours a nice copper brown with a quickly dissolving head. Smells of nutmeg and carmel remnescent of holiday cheer. And this thing would turn your cheeks rosey read. I have had other high alcohol beers in this range, but this one is similar to the Russian tradition of pouring a shot of vodka over a nice cold beer. Just not that decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2005
Amber reddish colour with a dense off white head. Malty caramel sweet aroma with vanilla and alcohol notes. Malty fruity and sweet flavor and a balanced alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 20, 2005
nice fluffy off-whit head. full bodied malty sweet begining with slightly dry spicy finish. a satisfying belgian, not sure why i am drinking this in the middle of May, but it is still good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2005
(Bottle 25 cl) Beautiful dark amber with a fairly small head, hazy with a lot of sediment. Extremely complex with flavours ranging from walnuts to chocolate. Very full body with the alcohol present and warming for the long, cold winter nights....A great experience, and THE beer to spice any boring family Christmas-dinner. 071193

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2009 a mes rate: Strong alcoholic nose, no head, hardly any c02, drinkable for a 12%, very sweet tasting and the alcohol is not really hidden well, spicy finish, palate is excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2005
Very nice intens dark amber-orange beer with fine beige foam. Deep malt aromaís with hints of concentrated oranges. Complex woody accents and touches of old Cognac, spices and bee-wax. Very smooth mouthfeel and complex pallet. It has hints of tropical wood, spices, sugar, a fine bitter touch of Marc de Gewurztraminer, nut and nutpeel, dry fruits like figgs, apricots and vanilla. In the end a slight alcohol bitterness of again Miclo Marc de Gewurztraminer aged in wood. Take your time to drink this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2005
A firey Mf on tap, I enjoyed this at Maproom and later in the bottle. Clear browninsh-red, no head to speak of from bottle or tap. Firey throughout, peaty in the middle, flowery at the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorqui (2201) - Brescia, ITALY - APR 26, 2005
Dense and adherent foam, much persitent. Auburn dark color, loads and much effervescent. Medium scent, much alcoholic and sweetened. Sweet taste with strong notes of caramel and liqueur. Extinguished and lightly thick. Much full bodied and fort, decidedly excessive. Persistent caramelís finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - APR 23, 2005
25cl bottle. Not much to say about this one...I found it to be nearly identical to the regular version...a touch sweeter...and still a lot of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - APR 14, 2005
Pours a reddish amber color with a small, fading head, leaving lots of sticky lace. Toasty, toffeeish, alcoholic aroma, along with raisins, spices, and spicy hops. Very strong alcoholic flavor; however, the alcohol does not detract from the taste. Lots of raisiny flavors also present with a full, sweet maltiness and christmas cookie spices. Burns on the way down, but also leaves pleasant aftertastes. A nice beer that I enjoyed after a night of writing, though very strong (which, I admit, I needed at the time). Could use aging -- but Iím not sure that will cure it from its alcoholism.

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