Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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4.63/5 rDev +14.9%
Poured from a small bottle into a Westmalle chalice, the Noel is an amberish brown with a surprisingly large sized off-white head (for the ABV) with medium bubbles that left a sticky, clingy lace, but with very little carbonation. The aroma is mainly sweet malt and fusal alcohol, with a bit of grape and almond. The taste is very well balanced, and not nearly as boozy as the aroma would lead one to believe, primarily malty but with a nice sweet, nutty character that is exceptionally smooth, some caramel and grapes, with a touch of toffee. Served at about 55F, there is very little aftertaste, and an exceptionally rich, creamy, yet medium body that is highly drinkable. I was hoping for a bit more Belgian yeast complexity, but for the execution of such a strong beer, the Scaldis is really impressive. However, there is not much in the way of the traditional Noel spice flavors, so if your looking for lots of nutmeg and anise, you won't find it here. Still, this Noel is exceptional, probably more so because it doesn't rely on the spices...
02-05-2007 06:34:48 | More by ccrida
4.6/5 rDev +14.1%
This beer was sold a Scaldis Noel
Appearance- Poured a deep amber brown with a thick, creamy, tan head.
Smell- Raisins, Dried cherries and dark fruits, sweet caramel and toffee and yeast
Taste- Dark fruits and sweet malts like caramel, sherry and creamy yeast
Mouthfeel- Creamy and smoothly carbonated with lots of thick body
Drinkability- Incredibly smooth and quaffable for a huge 12% ABV.
12-05-2009 09:32:23 | More by olmatty
4.58/5 rDev +13.6%
A - cloudy dark tan body with a 1/4 inch dense head around the top.
S - not very intense for such a strong brew; what I can smell are flavors of vanilla, caramel, apple, and the obvious notes of alcohol
T - true to the aroma; vanilla, alcohol, spicy hops, tart apple, and green pear; no one flavor overpowers the others, and all are very well represented; the alcohol actually brings everything together and provides a warming sensation, as well
M - warm, spicy, and sticky
D - As I find with the majority of Belgian ales I've had, this one is dangerously drinkable!
01-16-2011 06:23:46 | More by boudreaux
4.55/5 rDev +12.9%
Pours clouded rust-colored with a thin, creamy head that thins, but sticks around.
The smell is of fruit-bread, leafy hops and peppery alcohol.
The taste is of caramel-candy sweetness, bubblegum and fruitcake. A rum-like, peppery alchol is assertive, yet does not interfere in the complex flavors. Wintery spices and alcohol make this a delicious brew to have on a cold day. The body is full. A bit sharp. Spiciness sticks to the tongue.
A slow-sipper to be sure. It's a treasure. Alcohol is noticeable, so drink this one nice and slow - Very fitting for a cold, wintery day.
12-28-2006 17:59:45 | More by jwc215
4.53/5 rDev +12.4%
Poured in to an Orval glass.
Beautiful amber color. Left a two finger off-white head, but fizzled out pretty quickly
Cherry, figs, and raisin. Sweet with a bit of nuttiness and some heat from the booze.
The taste matches the nose pretty well with the addition of some caramel and spice. A very little bit of heat while drinking, but overall, this is a very dangerous beer.
Syrupy smooth. Medium body with an incredibly smooth finish.
Absolutely fantastic. I have a few of these sitting in my cellar, so it will be interesting to see how they evolve.
06-11-2012 06:42:36 | More by jeremy13586
4.5/5 rDev +11.7%
A: Almost a maple syrup color with a nice light head
S: Reminds me Christmas, hints of gingerbread and brown sugar.
T: Very pleasant, sweet to start with notes of honey and finishes with the nice warmth of alcohol.
M: Very smooth and silky
D: I definitly will try to get some more of this before the season is over, and it is very good on a cold night.
01-16-2007 04:25:45 | More by dpool
4.5/5 rDev +11.7%
From a small 250ml. bottle with foil labels and neck pours a good looking orange-amber ale with 1/4" of off-white head. the head settles after ten minutes but re-kindles even larger with a couple swirls.
Thick malty nose, with fruitiness and alcohol coming through in a pleasant heap.
The taste is sweet and malty, with complex fruit flavor. Plum, fig raisen, green apple and more, with a somewhat hot, yet very pleasant alcohol finishing up as it goes down. Very tasty with a slightly tart aftermath.
Smooth and vapory...kind of thins the body of this heavyweight ale. At 12% ABV, this very apparent from the first sniff, right down to the very warming finish and highly drinkable for the style.
Tasty big ass beer, just the way I like them.
12-09-2007 22:46:21 | More by scottoale
Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
90 out of 100 based on 704 ratings.