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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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3.7
   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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeinDahlem (1479) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 29, 2006
The Bush Ambree has bitterness to save it, but here the brown sugar overwhelms what might have been more enjoyable malt, chocolate, spice, and alcohol. To sweet for my blood.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2006
Bottle: Pours a nice dark amber, almost brown. Head is nice and full, mostly white. Smell is a very flavorful smell with notes of banana and maybe some hints of what might be apricot. I detect just a tinge of citrus in there as well. The smell is very pleasing. The taste doesnt disappoint either, but is not as good as the smell indicates. I notice some banana type flavors in here as well, again with that apricot flavor. Sadly, even though this beer is very good, the alcohol is not masked by the spices as one would think. The carbonation also seems a bit high in this one. Overall, very good, but could have used more age.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4177) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle; Nose is caramel and spices; amber with bearly any beige head; flavor tingled my tongue in a thick body and was caramel, spices, and alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2006
8.48 oz bottle. Pours out a dark red color with a white cream colored head. Smell is rich toffee and dark fruits and a slight alcohol note. Taste is sweet and dominated by alcohol at first but as it warms up and breathes a little better it becomes a nice fruity little sipper. Interesting beer, one to try, but probably not one to stock up on. Unless you like strong alcohol notes mixed with fruits.

3.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2006
I just had one of these at the Herot! theyve got plenty..First off of coarse you put it to your nose..nice aroma smells like banana bread.Pours like a Trappist beer without the head which disappeared as fast as it was poured . First taste was warm with a strong alcohol finish and was fruity sweet.By the end of the bottle 8.5oz..the alcohol strength was dominate and seemed to pull through more towards. the end. still all said a good seasonal beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Transluscent reddish brown. Medium tan head. Sweet fruity alcohol aroma, with some banana. Flavor is also sweet, with chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, and some alcohol. Nicely warming. Dry and salty finish. I forgot how much I Iike Belgian Strong Ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Small bottle version. Pours a dark amber color that actually borders on being unattractive. This one is appears to be filtered. There was a 750mL at the store that was obviously a bottle conditioned ale and claimed 13% ABV. Noticeable alcohol in the nose with a fruit salad nose. Some green grapes and apple juice in the flavor on top of some warming alcohol. Mild bitterness. I hope to re-rate this one with a sample from the 750mL as I feel like I might not be getting the most from the small bottle version.

1.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
pfhyde (59) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 19, 2006
(8.48 fluid oz. bottle) I didnt check the ABV before sampling, but quickly turned the bottle around after my first sip, expecting something high, and discovered its 24 proof rating. This is far from my palatal sweet spot, being both a red ale style -- the "red" always smelling in my mind like a wet dog -- and overly fermented. When the ABV gets above 8.5%, its hard to balance it out with other ingredients. This is no exception. It smells like a wet dog and tastes like cheap, watered down whiskey.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3708) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Sampled from bottle on 10/17/2006 at Rivers Bend -- Thanks Matt! -- Pours a clear dark honey color. Moderate amount of carbonation. Aroma is sweet malt, yeast, and alcohol. There are hints of apples in the flavor and the finish is acidic and dry. The alcohol is detectable, but is actually quite subdued for 12%! Over all, this was a good beer but of the three I sampled tonight (this one, La Chouffe, and Corsendonk Christmas Ale), I think the Corsendonk Christmas Ale edged this one out by just a hair as the best...


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