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Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

701 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 26
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Andreji on 12-08-2001)
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Reviews by MattyG85:
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

12-25-2012 08:56:16 | More by MattyG85
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IronCity1822

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

12-26-2013 02:25:05 | More by IronCity1822
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

01-08-2003 05:37:06 | More by Popsinc
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

10-18-2003 02:13:10 | More by RoyalT
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

12-27-2013 23:20:41 | More by aszatk01
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MadScientist

New York

3.71/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

01-13-2013 22:53:10 | More by MadScientist
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Tiernan

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

11-13-2013 03:09:15 | More by Tiernan
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hopsleeroy

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

03-08-2008 06:19:48 | More by hopsleeroy
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BenTherHppedThat

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

12-11-2011 06:03:22 | More by BenTherHppedThat
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

12-17-2013 08:21:36 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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Satyr179

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

02-03-2013 17:12:24 | More by Satyr179
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.43/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

12-30-2006 23:55:29 | More by lordofthewiens
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warnerry

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

12-12-2011 23:01:50 | More by warnerry
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dill

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

03-11-2008 05:50:54 | More by dill
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

03-21-2005 01:29:52 | More by shapudding
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -0.7%

08-06-2014 01:04:44 | More by Doomcifer
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

12-08-2001 10:15:00 | More by Jason
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +24.1%

03-27-2013 02:34:58 | More by reitzbrewing
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

01-05-2010 22:01:19 | More by Mora2000
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

02-19-2012 21:19:22 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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Byeast

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

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!

12-26-2006 04:09:04 | More by Byeast
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magictrokini

California

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

12-08-2008 22:24:26 | More by magictrokini
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

12-20-2013 21:22:33 | More by wattoclone
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.15/5  rDev -21.8%

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.

05-06-2011 21:56:16 | More by kingcrowing
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

12-27-2013 16:04:34 | More by Janeinma
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Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
90 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.