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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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3.3
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
pfhyde (59) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 19, 2006
(8.48 fluid oz. bottle) I didn’t 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%, it’s 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
shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Sampled from bottle on 10/17/2006 at River’s 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
anders37 (26641) - Malmö, 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
SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....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
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. Can’t taste the alcohol too much, but definitely warms you.

3.6
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
Dedollewaitor (16158) - 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
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
Mette (224) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2006
Flaske fået af vores ølpusher på vesterbro. Klar kastanje med lille råhvidt skum. Sød som bolsjer (kongen af Danmark) i duften og sma ger alt for meget af mandelessens. Det er ikke en favorit.


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