Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium


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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (5770) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 Pours dark amber into a trappist glass. Head quickly subides to nothing. Tequila and caramel aromas. Tastes like dry butterscotch tequila. Im not a big tequila sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Pours brownish orange/amber and very clear with a thick off-white head consisting of very tiny bubbles and lots of lace on the glass. The aroma is heavy with malts. There is also some caramel, fruit, candied nuts, and - of course - alcohol. The flavor starts sweet and very malty. The middle of the flavor reveals some alcohol, loads of fruitiness - some apricots and figs, hints of banana - and a growing malty backbone. The beer finishes somewhat dry and cloying with some hop bitterness - not a lot but enough to balance the heavy malt flavor. The finish also has detectable amounts of alcohol and is warming as it goes down. The mouthfeel is very creamy thanks to very fine carbonation (i.e. small bubbles). Excellent overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2006
8.48 oz bottle. Hazy copper color with brown head. Sweet malty aroma and taste with warming alcohol taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rune (11998) - Troms, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2006
Clear dark brown body with a white head and nice laceworks on the glass. Plummy aroma. Dark and dried fruits dominate the flavour with hints of medium sweet caramel. Flat and dry. Full mouthfeel and good yuletide spirit (150ml from bottle at the Yule and Winter beer festival at Belgobaren in Stockholm 03.12.2006).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Pours a slightly hazy copper with a huge head. The head is slow to dissipate and it leaves plenty of lacing. Smell of brown sugar and a little apricot. Taste was sweet malt, dates and some alcohol burn. A little hops, but not as much as you might think reading the commercial description.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Pours very dark copper with a lighter tan head. Very sweet in the aroma and flavor. Heavy body and very smooth for twelve percent. Light spiciness to the finish compliments a fruity malt flavor with a light earthy and woody flavor and slight citrus note. Very warming beer for a cold day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2006
bottle from the Fort Wayne tasting - Pours coppery with a moderate head. It has a mild malt aroma with alcohol. The flavor has some kind of fruit that I couldnt really put my finger on, and again the alcohol is quite evident. Light carbonation and a medium body works well enough. Then theres a mild, dry finish. Overall its pretty good. I didnt know the age of this bottle, but it tasted like it could have used some aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Had on old bottle: Labeled as 13% alcohol. (I think it was a 2002) Had it in December of 2006. Very lively, clear bubbly orange/bronze pour with slight sediment and thick falling tan head. Huge toffee aroma, hint of musty fruits (kiwi, cherry?), brownsugar, yeasty, and a hint of bourbon whiskey (the alcohol content). Musty basment aspect, enormous alcohol and burn. It devours the other flavors or qualities in my opinion. Upfront quick and sharp sweet fruity hint (dates). Then an overwhelming burn. Harsh on he palate. My bottle had on the back label (the strongest Belgian Christmas Ale). I like high alcohol brews, when its masked and has other flavor qualities. Almost seemed like a carbonated, low quality bourbon. Dissappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Bottle. Thank you Stegosaurus for getting me this gem. Pours a coppery amber color with thin 1 finger white head. Belgian yeast with a bready aroma. Flavor of belgian spices good hint of alcohol citrus and a hint of caramel. This was decent brew. Very enjoyable and a perfect blend for having such a high alcohol content.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2006
250 ml. bottle. Pours a deep amber showing a medium off white head with some reasonable lace. Noticeable alcohol followed by some fruity esters and caramel. Medium body, light carbonation, and faintly astringent. Malty sweetness predominates, although a little spicy bitterness comes into play to ward off any sticky sweetness, and drying up the finish a bit. For a rather puny bottle at a somewhat high price, I was expecting something special, so from that standpoint this was perhaps a little disappointing. Although its good, there are many other Belgians out there that are much better.

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