Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Ratings: 798
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 40
Gots: 72 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Andreji on 12-08-2001

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Reviews by GordonQuid:
Photo of GordonQuid
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a freshly washed tulip glass. Brown and hazy with an off-white thin head. Slight "leggy" lacing.

Smell is sweet caramel candy apple with a slight brandy-like alcohol note.

Taste is sweet, chalky caramel candy with a slight tarty finish. Wheat malt is apparent in the finish accompanied by a slight alcohol note that lingers.

Full bodied. A good desert beer. I would pair this with a caramel apple cheese cake.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber colour. Spicey/sweet nose. Malty up front followed by a nice sweetness hinted by caramel & molasses and spicey, almost pepper finsh with an alcohol kick. Good sipping beer. Gets you warm fast so don't drink too quickly. Quite enjoyable. A pefect match for the christmas season.

Photo of RoyalT
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Clear, brownish-orange carbonating body with a modest head. It settled well on top of the liquid though and showed good retention.

Smell – Big BSDA aroma. The malts, super-ripe fruits, and sugars abound in this hearty brew. I warmed this for an hour before opening and now my whole house smells like Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The wife’s not too happy, but I’m in heaven.

Taste – Outstanding! This ale is everything about a BSDA that I love. The malts are excellent. The peaches, apricots, plums, dates, figs, and other fruits are full yet not overdone. The alcohol flavor is complimentary instead of invasive.

The bubble gum comes out second along with lip-smacking sugars. This one runs the gamut of brown and raw sugar, powdered, and table (refined). Looking for hops? Not in this heavy hitter.

Mouthfeel – A small alcohol sting and a very smooth, thick, chewy body makes this one a standout. It’s full-bodied and feels terrific in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – At 12.0 ABV I wouldn’t suggest pouring a six-pack of these into a beer bong or anything like that, but if you enjoy the style you MUST find a way to try this ale.

Update – I revisited this fella on Christmas Day 2004. It’s just as I remembered it. The malts tasted a little more yeasty and it seemed a little fuller. This is a great Noël.

Photo of MadScientist
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A bottle from last years

A: Medium copper that would have decent clarity if it weren't for all the floaters in there. The head is barely there with a just a collar of off-white bubbles.

S: Fruity with alcohol and a bit of spice. There is a a moderately strong aroma of prunes with a bit of malt sweetness and a moderate Belgian yeast spice that is mostly peppery. A faint earthy hops. Moderately strong perfumey alcohol aromas and just a touch of cocoa.

T: A moderate amount of malt sweetness and moderately strong prune and red cherries flavors again with a fair amount of alcohol. There is a light hops bitterness and no perceived hops flavor. The balance is fairly sweet with a sweet finish and a fruity aftertaste. There is a light cocoa again along a honey flavor that boarders maple syrup like.

M: medium-full bodied with moderately-strong carbonation. There is a decent amount of alcohol warmth but it isn't solventy or unpleasant.

O: A sweet, fruity Belgian Dark with a good deal of alcohol. No a bad beer but not my favorite of the style, while sweetness is perfectly acceptable in the style I prefer the drier versions.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle. Deep ruby color with minimal white head. Smell was mostly of alcohol and yeasty spice. Sweet flavor with malt upfront and underlying spices. The sweet/alcohol flavors overpowered the more sublte spices/yesat flavors and left me wanting more balance out of this one. Interesting but a little too much for me. Mouth feel was smooth and velvety. Too much alcohol and sweetness to drink more than one.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 25cl bottle with an attractive label, poured into a snifter. It was a pretty red/brown with a very small head. Aroma was spicy, with a little dark fruit. It had a spicy, peppery taste, but the taste was dominated by the alcohol. This is a beer to be sipped, but even so, I couldn't do more than one bottle at a time.

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

8.48 oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet. Purchases in Nov. 2010, but I don't see a bottle date.

A - Pours a beautiful clear amber with one finger of off-white head. Head has little retention and leaves very little lacing.

S - Smells sweet up front with a lot of caramel and maybe toffee, raisins and figs, and some noticeable alcohol as well.

T - Taste follows the smell quite closely. Sweet, but not terribly so, with caramel malts, raisins and figs. A bit of alcohol is noticeable. Very nice.

M - Medium-full mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, with a bit of alcohol burn on the finish.

O - A very enjoyable beer on a cold night, and the small bottle is perfect for one person. I would definitely revisit this one.

Photo of dill
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 8.48 fl oz bottled poured into a flute glass. pours amber with a cream-colored head which is thin and settles quickly.

S: smells of raisin bread, very yeasty.

T: enters a bit hoppy with the strong taste of alcohol settling in the throat. as it warms, a strong earthiness wraps around the tongue which in the end leaves a bit of spiciness.

M: not particularly thick with a light fuzziness on the tongue.

D: this was a really nice beer to sit and ponder the complexity of. with a strong taste of alcohol, it's definitely one to enjoy as it warms the body on a cool night.

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

No dating. Clear, amber, woodsy chestnut. Caught a slight bit of chill haze. Light khaki head, just a nice dusting and thick ring of tight bubbles. Nice thin, but good covering. Aroma of sweet caramel, maltiness and just a bit of flowery hops coming out. Silky, yet you feel the carbonation, which is thick and nice. Good bite in there! Nice! Hard to tell where the bite is coming from, the carbonation, the peppery hops, and a bit from the alcohol warmth.... I’m liking it! Fairly astringent, with a nice bit of warmth from the alcohol. The flavors are not too intense at all for me. This is just so damn nice. Highly enjoyable as a sipper or with a good cheese plate.

Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy and deceiving, slightly sweet and peppery alcohol slowly warms the body. Big caramel and dark fruit flavours with hints of phenols that are almost bubble gum in taste. I'll have to go back to this one several times this winter being that one little bottle was not enough.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear orange with a small white head. The aroma is caramel malt and dark fruit. Possibly a little bit of rum. The flavor is tons of caramel, dark fruit (cherries) with a lot of alcohol at the end. Relatively sweet beer. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. The alcohol is present making it a sipper, but it is still relatively easy to drink.

Photo of Byeast
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06 Vintage in a Wrapped , corked, and caged 750ml- alcohol is listed at 13% this year.

Appearance: very deep and dark reddish amber color with a massive , offwhite and foamy head with good retention, that left lots of lace.

Smell: full maltiness , slight brandy , some fruity notes , bit of cherry , hint of nutmeg, some leafy hop, and some alcohol presence.

Taste: Super creamy and full bodied sweet maltiness blends with some fruity characters , slight fig and cherry , hint of pear, vanilla , slight cinnnamon, balancing hoppiness is restrained, definatly has some boozy / sipper quality with the alcohol but for it's strength it is incredibly masked.

Mouthfeel: slick and creamy.

Drinkability: Well im definatly not going to have a sixer of them , but i could! Very very drinkable , not just for its well masked abv , but the nice , complex balance of tasty winter warmer flavors. Exellent Xmas brewing!

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

Pours murkys red-brown with a solid tan head. Cherries, plums, molasses, caramel, malt, and lots of spice in the nose. Mroe fruit and yeast in the taste, but with a spicy cracked pepper and a blend of nutmeg-cinnamon-clove potpouri. Sweeter and heavier, a true BSA.

Photo of wattoclone
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

As a fan of the style I had to try this iconic beer. It is certainly a complex ale, but for me it was not an enjoyable experience. Sweet and sour upfront with strong alcohol blast in the middle. Reminded me of an Oud Bruin I had. I did finish the 25.4 ounce bottle over 4 days, but it went downhill each day. There is caramel and fruit but the strong alcohol and sour funk overcame my palate.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.17/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

25cl bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a brown hazy color with a small light brown head that fades quickly, little lacing. Nose is very potent, boozy, malty, sweet and full of spices, caramel, yeast and candi sugar.

Taste is boozy and sweet, a bit sharp from carbonation. It's very complex and almost too much. It's hot on the way down and leaves a strong bready flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy. Overall, it's an ok beer but not outstanding.

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 8.48 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Can't tell which year this was bottled, but it was purchased very recently.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy amber orange with a fair amount of sediment. Moderate bubbles and about one finger of off white head that quickly fades into a few thin patches. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Nicely spicy and fruity Belgian aroma. Belgian yeast with a fair amount of clove and pepper spices. Big toasted malt aroma with hints of caramel, toffee, oak, and biscuit. Burnt Belgian candied sugars. Hints of apple and subtle banana. Lots of undertones of dark fruits including raisin, fig, dark cherry, plum, and grapes. A fairly hot scent of booze. Nice complex aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a good Belgian taste of sweet dark malts, yeast, and fruits. Belgian yeast with some clove and pepper like spicing. Toasted malts with a good taste of bready biscuit, sweet caramel, toffee, toast, and a little oak. Candied Belgian sugars. Complex notes of fruits including apple, pear, banana, and a variety of dark fruits including raisin, dark grapes, figs, dark cherry, plum, and dates. Alcohol heat is noticeable but fairly tame.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and fairly smooth. Alcohol heat is present but still pretty smooth considering its 12%.

Overall: Another really good Belgian ale. Big and fruity while still maintaining some smoothness.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2013. Picked up from my local beer specialist - a treat for Christmas.

Poured into a Duvel chalice. A clear coppery-amber hue with decent carbonation and some visible sediment. Yields a large head of white foam that remains for a minute or so before subsiding to a surface layer. A sweet, fruity aroma with notes of caramel, candy sugar, yeast esters, bananas, raisins, dried fruit and alcohol. Warming and boozy.

Tastes of very sweet malt with a warm, spicy finish. Notes of bananas, yeast esters, brown sugar, raisins and dried fruit. Possesses a generic spicy quality (I don't think there are any actual spices in this beer). Hot - a big hit of alcohol upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and oily, with a prickly spiciness. Astringent; leaves the palate very dry. Aftertaste of sweet yeast esters and booze.

Interesting - not quite sure what to make of this one. It's imperfect; too sweet and the alcohol is overwhelming. However, it has a complex, fruity character and a warm spiciness that suit the style. A decent winter warmer - it's greatest flaw is a lack of balance in the flavour. Worth trying, though I probably won't be revisiting it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've heard of Christmas in July, but I couldn't wait that long. Early June and there I was ordering a Scaldis Noel, yeah it was weird in my mind to order this beer during June but it was the special. This beer poured into my snifter with a ruby amber brown color with a full caramel toned aromatic head, and the added eye candy of lace clinging to the edges of my glass. Aroma full of dark roasts, deep tones of caramelized brown sugar, and nutmeg along with some other festive spices very good aroma here. Flavor, this is a winter warmer in my book, but definitely was a nice change up from typical summer beers. Full array of spices along with sweet fruit tones that blend harmoniously together, and well this beer just works try it. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated fuller body, and this beer is not too cloying very good year round beer not just a winter warmer. Very drinkable beer just between 12% alcohol by volume and the high amount of carbonation, I will go for something else after I am through with one of these.

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served (12 oz) in a tulip glass at Barley's in Greenville.

A clear dark amber with a fine, creamy tan head. The head has medium retention but leaves some very nice tiny-bubbled lacing.

Aroma: Has a clear alcohol presence but not objectionable; suggestive of fine cognac rather than just boozy. Approaches 4.5 -- very high for me for a beer with a 12% ABV.

Taste: Flavorful and refined, but not as rich or complex as some competitors (e.g., St. Bernardus ABT 12). Moderately malty, somewhat sweet, and quite fruity. Lightly spicy; more subtle than is often the case for a Belgian of this style.

Mouthfeel is not the strong point of this beer. It is admirably smooth but may be a tad under-carbonated. Warming but no burn from the alcohol.

O: Very well crafted seasonal brew with a high but well hidden/integrated ABV. A tad too sweet but nonetheless a fine Belgian well worth seeking out. Improved with warming. Exceptionally interesting and fun to drink.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tasted my first regular Scaldis this year so let's see how the Christmas brew fares: Pours an almost copper color, orange hues and some ruby red grapefruit color gets extracted with the light.
Aroma: Very sweet, slight caramel malt aroma but this is hugely overshadowed by the fruit aromas of raisins and grapes and sugar.
Mouthfeel: Alcohol is very evident but warming. I am trying my best to get just a small taste of any hop bitterness. Very sweet and sugary with the alcohol present to the finish. This beer is definitely made for sipping by the fire because this Belgian crept up on me. I was expecting something a little more complex, but I was not disappointed. Lots of fruits and sugars and malt wrapped up into a nice Christmas/Winter seasonal.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a color somewhere between red and brown, I would actually call it a nice orange color. Head is one-finger of white foam that dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells of butterscotch and spices with a malt backbone. As it warms the alcohol becomes more noticeable.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Butterscotch with light spices up front, with a hint of dark fruit flavors that linger through the aftertaste. Not much evidence of the alcohol except for the warming sensation.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with good carbonation, but nothing overly exciting.

Drinkability is good. It's not the most flavorful beer, but it's solid and I'm impressed that the alcohol is so well hidden in the taste.

Overall this is a good beer on a cold night, mostly because of the high ABV and warming properties. If it's flavor you're interested in there are better beers out there, but this one is still worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)
The sticker on the bottle says 12.5% ABV
A- This beer has a hazy warm brown body with a thick creamy of off-white head.

S- The smell of soft sweet malt has a finish of faint bitter hops with a hint of alcohol.

T-The taste of sweet malt with notes of caramel and notes of light brown sugar hang on the taste buds. The finish has a nice soft hops bitterness that combined with the alcohol gives a good finish to the sweetness.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel and the fizz in the texture really gives it a foamy feeling in the mouth. A soft alcohol warmth enhances the flavor but enhances the foamy texture aswell.

D- It is a smooth mellow quad that doesn't have great character but it does have the sense that there is some spice hints that give it more depth. I can't detect the spices because they are to faint but they offer just enough flavor to compliment the malt.

Photo of lanamj
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in tulip 2010 vintage.

A- Pours a nice amber red with a solid one finger, white head. It holds strong and has good retention and lacing. Really a good looking beer.

S- Lots of red fruit upfront. I get cranberry, pomagranite, some sweet plum and raisin. I pick up the spice more towards the middle with aromas such as clove, coriander and cinnamon. Very nice and festive.

T- Sweet raisin and spice. I pick up some alcohol but for a 12% beer not much. It is very refreshing and clean. I get a lot of seasonal flavors and it accomplishes the flavor complexity rather well.

M- Easy drinking a little heavy on the carbonation, with even viscosity.

O- Very well balanced easy drinking Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The style is on of my least favorite but this beer seems to rate higher then any other of the style for me. It seems more age will generate a beautiful ale. Only time will tell.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.99/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, cloudy, deep, dark mahogany color, with a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Lots of dried fruit, such as prunes, raisins, dates and nuts, along with tones of toasted malt. Some notes of spices such as clove, cinnamon, and brown sugar. I get some toffee and Belgian yeast as well.

Taste: Exactly like the aroma! Tons of dried fruit, such as prunes, raisins, dates, followed by some spices of clove, cinnamon, brown sugar, followed by some toasted malt and finished by tons of awesome Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 12%, I’m surprised that there’s not more of a presence of alcohol on the palate. I mean there’s alcohol there, but its’ pretty well masked. Deceptively, so.

Overall: Jesus, this is another awesome Belgian Christmas beer! I love all of the stone fruit and spices which play really well with the malt and the yeast. Delicious! If you’re a fan of Belgian Christmas beers, and you’ve never had this beer, I highly recommend it! You will not be disappointed!

Photo of chrisdenny
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay Tulip

A- Copper colored with hinting orange hue. Thin white head, dispensing out to a thin line around the glass.

S- First thing I thought was pear. Also smells a bit like apple as well. A bit of spice, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

T- Malty sweetness and candied sugar, followed by fresh apple/pear lingering on the palate. As mentioned above, the flavor does a good job of masking the ABV of this brew.

M- Well carbonated; feels very light and refreshing.

D- One of these will set you up nice; very warming if the temperature gets low.

I really like this beer, saw it on the shelf at Central Market and thought it looked intriguing. Then when I picked it up and saw it was a Belgian Holiday Ale, I had to get it...Glad I did, it was excellent.

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Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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