Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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Reviews by hustlesworth:
3.55/5 rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A- pours a muddy orangeish brown with about an inch of beige foam. The head holds strong for a moment and then, as if the gates were opened, it shot down to a thin disk.
S- fruity and winey with a bit of toastiness and a savory tomato meaty character. Date, fig, raisin, plum, alcohol, and spiced wine. There's some caramel and leather in there too. It just for some unexplainable reason smells like old Christmas things and It smells like being drunk and falling asleep on the couch after a holiday dinner.
T- sweet and dessert-like with alcohol heat. The flavor (and aroma) are less pronounced than I expected, even as it warms. There's some date and fig, the raisin-prune tartness is now nonexistent, and the flavor profile mostly consists of diluted fruit syrup with brandy and a mild phenolic bitterness. Traces of allspice and peppercorn peek out near the finish, which is pleasantly boozy like rum soaked dates.
MF- low, yet fitting carbonation smooths out the alcoholic feel with a cooling effect. Sticky and drying with a sturdy juicy quality.
D- i'm slightly disappointed in this one, but it's still not all that bad. I can't find a date anywhere on the bottle or cap, so I can't assess whether age comes into play or if it's just the nature of this beer. Alcohol, while not harsh or unpleasant, seems to drown out the complexities that I know have to be in there. I'd pass this one by in favor of other more reliable quads and BSDAs.
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2012 01:41:19 | More by hustlesworth
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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 682 ratings.