Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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Reviews by 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.
Serving type: on-tap
02-10-2012 15:44:29 | More by chinchill
More User Reviews:
4.36/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a dark, rich, ruby-caramel coloring that is slightly murky, and starts with a frothy, bubbly, off-white head that quickly disappears. Slow trails of carbonation bubbles throughout the body of the beer. Aromas of grape, fig, raisin, and date on the forward bouquet, with earthy notes, cherry highlights, hints of booze, and a very subtle spice blend. Very rich and robust nose. Flavors are very rich and chewy forward, with lots of old world fruit and a heavy helping of warmth flourishing the taste buds. The rich and sweet notes blend terrifically, with heavy cherry and fig notes in the forefront. Very rich, robust, and heavy bodied beer, with a building warmth at the end of the palate. There is a sharpness that cuts through the end of the beer, likely a combination of the increased ABV and the carbonation. It truly helps to keep the drinkability up. Sweet candied notes in the aftertaste combine with the old world fruit characteristics, lightening them up a bit right before the slick, clean finish. It's really impressive how a beer this big clears the palate so quickly at the tail-end. Great beer!
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2014 01:42:38 | More by GarthDanielson
Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
90 out of 100 based on 683 ratings.