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Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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745 Ratings

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Ratings: 745
Reviews: 435
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 33
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this On tap @ kulminator

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.

Nice brew .

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle from the Palm Desert CA Total Wine for $2

Appearance – Clear brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, caramel, booze, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, all spice. There is also some dark fruits, booze, and a red licorice type flavour.

Overall – A big boozy beer that is perfect for the holidays. One of the better xmas season brews that I have had. I'd have no issues drinking this any time of year.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighly chilled and poured into a Scaldis Chalice. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Clear deep reddish/brown in color with thin light off-white head that quickly disappears leaving ring of foam and lacing on sides of glass.

Smell: Spicy alcohol with malt and undertones of fruit--plum, maybe cherry

Taste: Caramel malt and fruity flavors (e.g., cherry) with some alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated and medium bodied with long, slightly sweet finish containing caramel and cherry.

Drinkability: At 12% abv one of these is plenty despite the fact it is just less than 9 oz. I think this could have benefited from a year or so bottle aging to soften out the alcohol presence

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 8.48oz bottle into a DT tulip. My bottle was labeled Scaldis Noel and has a small gold sticker at the bottom "point" of the neck foil that says "12.5% alc/vol"

A: Poured a hazy orange-brown color. One inch off-white head. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Huge smells of ripe dark fruit, sweet green raisins, cinnamon, brown sugar, alcohol, and malt. Very complex.

T: Same as above with the addition of vanilla, caramel, black cherries, and a very unique bready quality. By that, I mean a flavor like pizza crusts. Not just any pizza crust either. I'm talking about Chicago pan pizza. Not "Chicago Style" pizza but the real thing. I'm talking about Due's, Uno's (not the chain, the original at Ohio and Wabash), and Burt's Place in Morton Grove. A couple of sips into this and the flavor recognition slapped me right across the face!

M: Thick and oily.

D: For 12.5% abv this is damn drinkable. So many complex smells and flavors going on here. Keeps it interesting. Alcohol is well hidden although you'll notice your face feeling warm by the end of this one.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/29/09 at Julian's in Providence, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruits, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast and some spice.

T: The taste starts with a dark fruit and caramel sweetness that is followed by an alcohol bite, which you would expect from a beer with 12.00% ABV. Then a hearty malt character and a Belgian yeast breadiness come in. The hops presence is mild but where it should be for the style and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good Belgian-style beer to sip on for a while since it's so strong, but there are others in the style I would choose first.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rubied orange with amber golden highlights. An offwhite / tan head bellows up and quickly falls to a film of tightly grouped bubbles floating above the beer. Big nose, cherry, maple syrup... actually, this reminds me of pancakes with syrup and berries quite a bit... Alcohol is certainly detectable on the nose, but wonderful fruit characteristics and a sweet malt dominate. Taste is not quite as dynamic as the nose but very full. A sweet malt with maple, breakfast cake, and brown sugar characteristics start things out. A nice transition into a berry sweetness adds complexity. A nice floral finish with a solid alcohol sting in the back that reminds you that this beer packs a punch. Awfully drinkable despite the alcohol and chewy full mouthfeel. Still, I can't see myself sitting down and having more than one. I could see this one getting better with age but with the maltiness providing so many wonderful and complex flavors I don't know if I could wait. Absolutly what I would envision if asked to create a belgian inspired barleywine.

Thanks for the recommendation OnSlow (Grahm @ Specs Bay Area).

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look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Poured into a tulip glass: a muddy brown strong brewed tea color. Few bubbles and a fast fading white head with slight lacing around sides once agitated.

S: Sweet Candice's malt followed by banana taffy. After a good swirl the aroma changes to a heavy bouquet of bubblegum. Almost Monty with a hint of spicyness.

T/M: Huge alcohol profile with timid hops and a bubblegum sweetness. The finish is full of dry astringent cherry flavor.

O: Very impressed with the dramatic sweetness and overall flavor profile that comes from such a strong brew. The sweet definitely caresses the sleeping alcohol dragon.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Copper body, lacy sticky head. Pungent aroma of alcohol, fruits, cherries, lemons...and more alcohol. Like a spiced up barleywine on acid. Yeasty, dry and malty to start with, well hopped flavor towards the middle, and finishes somewhat tart, dry, and full of warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is perfection...I expected good considering the high ABV but it's even better. A real warmer that doesn't hide the alcohol, so I wouldn't drink a lot of this. The slightly smaller bottle is a good size. Nonetheless, a great nightcap on a cold night.

Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
90 out of 100 based on 745 ratings.