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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2434) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Bottle purchased 2005, sampled Dec 2006.

This beer pours a gorgeous blood orange with a robust off-white head. Beautiful.

The aroma is equally delightful - orchard fruit with a hint of citrus, spice and woody vanilla. Fantastic.

Unfortunately, the flavor and palate just couldnt live up to that 14-point start. The flavor is pulls in wheaty yeast notes that seem out of place atop the lightly burnt caramel flavors; a mellow suite of hop flavors meld nicely with the caramels, accented by that same vanilla that flows through the aroma, but one picks up strong alcohol flavors as well that detract from the experience, excusable as they may be at 12%. The mouthfeel is hot and otherwise unexceptional.

So in the end this one drops in short the promise that it initially seems to offer. Its not bad, but after that start its hard not to be a bit disappointed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (14199) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Bottle. Poured a hazy brown with a large creamy light brown head that was fully lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate complex spice aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Moderate bittersweet flavor with a light bitter finish with a long duration. Very well done.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3588) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Clear amber/orange body that produces a diminishing, off-white head with a creamy texture. Fruity apple aroma as well as some alcohol. Sweet and spicy caramel flavor with a touch of bitterness. Alcohol well hidden for its %.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2006
dark brown, clear. frothy head/lacing. aroma a bit weak. sweet though. kinda reminds me of a horrible tripel i had at the delirium cafe in brussels. really alcoholic, about as sweet as it gets. got better as my palate adjusted.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (8357) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2006
(Draugt at Akkurat, Stockholm, 14 Dec) Darkbrown, almost mahogany, colour with white head. Fruity nose with dried fruit, figs and marzipan. Rather sweet. Fruity, sweet taste with notes of dried fruit (figs, prunes), chocolate and spicy hops in the finish. Medium to full body. Sweet. The warming alcohol is evident, but it doesnt taste like 12%. Well balanced, warming and very tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2006
bottle 2006: pour is a hazing garnet/mahogany color with a creme colored head. aroma is of malt syrup and flowers. sweet. hints of caramel, brown sugar and spice. flavor is very sweet and malt. brown sugar. earthy, floral hops. hints of spice. creamy smooth mouthfeel. the 12 percent is there but well hidden.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2006
2003 (3 years old) Red amber body, beige creamy head; Big balanced pleasant sweet nose, caramel, chestnut crme, but unfortunately also some cellar/ dust/ cob web aromas; Huge soft carbonation, velvety textured, deep sweet balanced body; Very long balanced finish that starts with a small amount of fresh bitterness, moves into a velvety sweet softness, perfect balance, great warm caramel, sugar aromas with a little strawberry freshness behind and the alcohol showing itself as a soft single malt warmth. If not for the dusty aromas and a finish that could be a little longer, this beer would be perfect.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Extremely filtered amber color, imbued witha moderate creamy head. Strong EtOH aroma, brandy, light solvent and dough exude. Lightly sweet, fiery and incomplete/simplistic malt body. Moderately rough ethanol burn and light bitterness from the finish. Drinks really easy for a 12% beer, yet its decisively unremarkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9980) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 11, 2006
This amber ale poured with a decent tan head, eliciting a fruity, malty aroma. The flavor is of sugar candy and malt, with a floral hoppy finish. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Bottle 2005: Hazy amber body with a small creamy light brown head. Sweet molassas, caramel and spice aroma. Sweet caramel and candi sugar flavor with some light spice in the end. Tap 2006: Clear light amber body, sweet caramel and sugar, not as much spice.


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