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style
Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1303   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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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 (3648) - 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...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (24478) - Malm, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours a clear amber colour with an off-white head. Malty warming alcohol aroma with hints of dark fruits. Dry malty warming bitter flavor with hints of dark fruits. Sweet malty warming finish with some bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (8182) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
finally gotcha! daek copper..good thick head, 1 fat finger!..sweet twisted choc smell...nicely masked for me, but for my pilsener loving uncle,a little harsh...this is full and complex and fruity and warming yet subtle but an ass kicker! good, an aged sample is what alludes me now!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgardner (8) - Kansas, USA - NOV 13, 2006 does not count
Bottle at Flying Saucer Charlotte. Brilliant ruby, dark amber. Faint smell of alcohol. Very sweet, nice spice character. Cant taste the alcohol too much, but definitely warms you.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2006
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Dark amber - white head. A lot of sweetness, caramel, spicy, resin (hoppy), bread, vary complex, hides the 12% alc. but leaves a warming feeling.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (15737) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2006
Bottle 25 cl. Clear amber with little white fast disappearing head. Aroma of sweet malts and spices. Dark fruits (plum) Taste is sweet and spicy with clear alcohol notes. Pleasant bitter lasting finish. Alcohol warmth (again)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Wow!.....did this beer ever pack a punch! Bottle from Bev Mo in La Mesa. Pours a very deep amber color with a nose of Mostly dar fruits such as plums and raisens. I had no idea it was 12%!!

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mette (224) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2006
Flaske fet af vores lpusher p vesterbro. Klar kastanje med lille rhvidt skum. Sd som bolsjer (kongen af Danmark) i duften og sma ger alt for meget af mandelessens. Det er ikke en favorit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (3050) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Bottle from BevMo La Mesa. Pours a dark amber color with little head. Strong rich aroma consisting of dark fruits, raisins, and alcohol. Some apple aroma and a little tobacco. Very spicy dark fruit flavor with some alcohol burn. Strong malty finish. Alcohol isnt as noticable in the finish. Enjoyable sipper.


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