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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Belgium
br-dubuisson.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Bush De Noël

Added by Andreji on 12-08-2001

BEER STATS
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#3,068
Reviews:
467
Ratings:
891
pDev:
12.13%
Bros Score:
4.4
 
 
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Ratings: 891 |  Reviews: 467
Photo of kimcgolf
3.16/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle to a sparkling orange-red with thin off-white head that lingers throughout the entire drink and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Beyond this appeaarance, I can sum this beer up in one word....ALCOHOL.

Try as I might, I could not detect any aroma or flavor other than the overwhelmng alcohol. Not sure if I just got a well aged bottle or this is the norm. All things considered, this was not a bad drink, but was much more like a mild whiskey than a strong ale.

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Photo of daledeee
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a small head but a nice one. It went away to a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Color is a dark golden brown with bubbles coming up through the liquid.

Nose is strong vanilla and alcohol.

Taste is malty with some pear in the mix, rather tart, but goes away quickly. The beer is also pretty sweet. Good carbonation and very heavy body. I would never guess this beer has 12% ABV. Quite a nice beer. Very unique.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a slightly hazy burnt amber color. One-finger head of eggshell white foam. Dissipates to a light filmy covering. Lacing is spotty, but fairly sticky.

Big nose of dark fruits and holiday spices. Big maltiness. Nice caramel presence. Rum-soaked raisins.
Smells very tasty.

Nice, smooth, amlty presence. Raisins, cherries, and figs, drizzled with caramel. Light hints of brown sugars. A very nice spiciness compliments the warming touch of the alcohol. This has a very nice, almost scotch-like quality to it.

Body is on the lighter end of the 'full' classification. Nice and smooth, with a definite creaminess, that benefits this brew, greatly.

With how well it's 12% ABV is hidden, this is one tasty brew. Super easy to drink. I'm just sure that it would sneak up on you. Probably in a not so subtle way.

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Photo of kkmiller76
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/7/2008 (bottle):

Pours a very dark brownish-red color body, smallish whitish head, diminishing. Very strong alcoholy aroma, dark fruit. Some light fruit like pear. Flowery too. Fruity taste. A little hot, but hides it well. Soft mouthfeel. Better as lt warms up. Kinda tasty when it's not cold.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interresting little beer! It poured a clear medium reddish brown and produced a two finger high, tan bubbly head. Not much retention and not much lacing as well.
The smell is of dark fruit like fig, plum and cherry, as well as caramell and honey.
Tasting the beer, the dark fruit palette is up front, followed by malty caramel and toffee flavors. The end is some yeast and citrusy hops, which bring good balance into the taste.
The crispy mouthfeel leaves a welcome tingle on the tongue and hides the warming effect of the alcohol.
A great Winterbrew, a little pricey, but a very good experience!

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Photo of tappangordo
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tastybeer
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite murky, olive-y orange brown color with a good tight bubbly white head. Nice variety of lacing and good, thin but yummy looking retention. Smells of cherries, prunes, raisins, dates, and currant maybe. Molasses, maple syrup, cinnamon spice, apples and cream are also evident. It is very fruity and bright but sweet and warm as well. Lengthy deep, and festive aroma. Though I'm having this on the wrong holiday it is still quite nice. Taste is sweet and smooth. The giant alcohol is hidden well by a variety of well blended flavors. A soft warmness gives it away though. This would be very good with warm apple pie and vanilla ice cream. Body is lightly full and mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and gritty with spice. A bit of an unexpected and sudden bitter kick sneaks in at the finish. Very nice and quite enjoyable. I grabbed this one because of an out of season discount. 2.99 for the 8.5 oz bottle which is a great deal for such a yummy beery treat. This is also very drinkable for its high abv. Now I need to have it on xmas.

Good for the getting and certainly appropriate for winter holidays.

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Photo of Shaw
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's been years since I've had this beer. I remember it being awesome, so let's hope things haven't changed. I also hadn't seen this beer in my area for some time until finding it again at the Butcher's Block for $4 for an ~8-ounce bottle. Maybe the price seems steep for retailers?

A nice red color with a foamy off-white head that leaves lovely lacing in my glass.

It smells of sweet fruit and caramel, with wine-like and earthy notes.

The taste is good. The high alcohol flavors mix with complex sweet and fruity notes, as well as musty flavors to create a really warming beer. Just think of other strong dark ales, then ratchet up the alcohol. The aftertaste is a little astringent, though.

The body is smooth and slick, thanks to the alcohol.

Overall this is a good beer and good for a rare treat. I don't think it's quite as good as I remember, which is probably only due to my rose-colored glasses.

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Photo of rarigney
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Foley67
4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beertracker
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scaldis Noël (Bush de Noël) [750mL] is best served at a warm cellar temperatures (50-55°F) from a small snifter, tulip or goblet. This premium Belgian specialty ale pours up sublime with a voluptuous cream colored head that craggily sits atop a bright deep amber-mahogany body. Out-freakin-standing! The hugely complex aroma is pancaked full of intense dark fruit/spicy characters such as brandied cordial cherries, candied apples, carmelized pears, figgy/plum pudding, applesauce-raisin bread, mince meat pie, etc... and surprisingly there's even a whisp of Poperinge hops. Amazing! The flavor is ever bit as intense as the aroma and starts off with a pleasant bang of rum cake maltiness that's partially offset by a light bitterness. The complex underlying spiciness (allspice, clove, cinnamon) is ever present and combines with the bitterness and alcohol to bring some balance to this malty winter beast. The finish is warm & nourishing like "mother's milk" and could put down a dragon if overindulged. This is a delightful holiday treat best enjoyed with family & friends by the hearth after feasting. Suggested pairings include pralines, truffles or sweet breads. Here's to keeping Old Man Winter at bay!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of wcudwight
2.76/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Thanks to Prufrock, NCAA March Madness, and the Florida Gators for the beer.
Pours an amber/brown color with bright ruby hues. Off-white head rises to one finger and quickly falls. Sheets of lacing cling to the sides of the glass. Fine sediment suspended in the liquid.
Peppery alcohol smell with hints of dark fruits.
Huge peppery alcohol flavor mask just about everything else in the beer. Hints of dark fruits in the finish, mostly plumb flavors.
Mouthfeel is good. Rich and Spicy.
I really don't see me buying another bottle. It's not a bad beer, but with so many options, I doubt it will get much attention.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scaldis Noel Premium

S - Big aggressive fruity nose from a foot away when the cork (finally) left the building. Tames down a bit but comes right back after it warms up some. First the raisins and fig-like fruit then a bit of alcohol.

A - Middle of the road hazy orange-red color. Not much of a head at all. Made the mistake of laying it down before i opened it - and after the struggle... a suspension of bits throughout.

T - Wow, I really like this. Malty raisins, orange and fig-like.

M & D - A full, smooth, creamy mouthfeel, not unlike what i expect from my favorite barleywine.

This was the last large (75 cl) bottle that Sam the Beer Man had in stock. I'll be going back for the small bottles in the morning.

Jan 2007...#2 beer of the year so far

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not a pretty version within a style that is normally very visually impressive. Color is diluted cola color with cola like foam.
Scent is much more striking, even from afar. Developed yeast/sugar things going on. Fresh baked bread mixed with candy shoppe.
Probably the most impressive feature of this beverage is the 12% alcohol that is very difficult to detect. Seriously, very very difficult to tell it is that strong. Really quite smooth and enjoyable all around. Not at all sugary or syrupy in a style that can err in that way. Worth sampling and resampling.

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Photo of Jason1337
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Brushkanna
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Josbor11
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up an 8oz single at Wilbur's in Ft. Collins for about $3.

A: Poured a very light brown/dark hazy orange. Almost no head at all. What small bubbles were there are slightly cream colored.

S: Very spicy and grainy, smells very much like a loaf of bread fresh out of the oven. There's a slightly alcoholic finish, but nothing too overpowering.

T: A lot of the same bread/malt flavors come through in this, some ginger flavors are there, gingerbread, slightly spicy alcohol as well. Somewhat odd, not bad, but nothing spectacular. Slight butter taste as well.

M: Sharply carbonated, relatively thin, fair amount of alcohol warmth as well, pretty sticky for the thin mouthfeel.

D: One was enough. This is pretty tasty, but not something that I would drink on a regular basis. A good Christmas beer, but I don't think I would recommend it to others.

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Photo of CDCNAM
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of beeragent
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PGVG
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of janubio
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Red brown colour, with small head that fades soon, good lace. Smell of pepper, cloves, cinnamon, aniseed, dark fruits. Medium to full body, with a rich, creamy and thick body. Taste is similar to the smell, chocolate, dark fruits, cinnamon, cloves, aniseed. Simply great.

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Photo of PaBeerLover
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small bottle as pictured (I'm told it's 8+ ounces; a gift from a friend, purchased at Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA for an unknown price.

I am a fan of the original Bush/Scaldis, and met the brewer Mr. Dubisson at the Brussels beer fest a year ago, so was very excited when my friend gave me this beer. However, I am not generally a fan of the Noel/winter style brews. So what to do? Well, try it, of course!

Pours a very beautiful amber color with a nice frothy head. Darker color than the original Bush. A moderate amount of dark yeast at the bottom of the bottle is left behind as I pour this into my Orval goblet.

Smell is surprisingly weak. My finacee agreed with me on this one. I let this warm from refrigerator temps, so that's not why. Slight sweetness (honey), clove spiciness, and bready malts. But there's just not a lot there.

Flavor- first punch is strong alcohol. Late Harvest sweet riesling honey syrup, but much darker and spicier. Raisins and other dark fruits. Pretty bloody good I must say!

Full rich mouthfeel, the alcohol is stronger than I like, but overall this is very good. A very good Bush beer!

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Scaldis Noel from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 891 ratings
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