Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 1304   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 26, 2005
0,25 l bottle, snifter. Muddy honey-brown colored beer with a frothy and off-white head. Head is not so great in the lasting/sticking to things department. Even a few months of sitting upright and a careful pour yielded more yeast than Id like to be present for an initial rating. Hot caramel, honey, toasted rye bread, cracked pepper, toffee, anise, tawny port, and pecans...all very well integrated. However theres a not entirely unpleasant alcohol aroma that seems to run roughshod over the other smells at times. Heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter flavor becomes a heavily sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter finish. The alcohol is much less nice in the flavor (mid-shelf vodka). Full body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: it has some decent hoping for a Belgian Strong, but the alcohol is just a bit much, and with a great deal of aging that might drop out, but then where would the hops be? You wanna know what this makes me think of? Belgian Barleywine. Yeah.

   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 aromas 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 (2213) - 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 caramels finish.

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