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Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Ratings: 704
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 26
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Zorro


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

Slightly hazy medium brown beer with a small tan head.

Smell is sweet fruits and spice and a clear alcohol scent. Brown sugar, apple, plum, raisin, cinnamon, are all in here. The alcohol carries the scent of brandy and it does have some cognac scents to it.

Taste is sweet and spicy. Lots of fruit flavor to this lots of apple and cherry flavor with a good dose of alcohol warmth to it. Alcohol is noticeable and serves to make for a dry aftertaste. Brown sugar and honey in the taste. Tastes like spiced brandy. Only flaw it has is that the high alcohol level is killing some of the complexity.

Mouthfeel is very good.

An enjoyable beer here but the alcohol level costs it some points in drinkability and flavor. An excellent winter sipping beer here that I can recommend, but you are not going to drink 6 of these in a night.

09-17-2005 01:41:49 | More by Zorro
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

Labled as Scaldis Noel...

Pours a nice chestnut brown color with moderate and stiff khaki colored head, minimal retention and lacing. Scent is of dark fruit (fig, prune, rasisn), sweet carmel, alcohol, candied sugar and moderate spicing. Suprisingly mellow yet complex blend of dark fruits, carmel and candied sugar, spicing. Belgian yeast taste throughout. Alcohol hidden very well. Full bodied and chewy. Amazingly complex, amazingly balanced... no one flavor overtakes another, goes down smooth and ABVs hidden very well.

11-27-2009 16:05:26 | More by rfgetz
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a brownish color and a thick, cloudy texture. There was a big. foamy, long-lasting head and some very good lacing.

S: A strong fruity smell in the aroma, along with malt.

T: The taste consisted of dark fruits, malt, yeast and caramel in the finish. The alcohol was a little too present for my taste.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: On the whole this is a well made, drinkable beer, though I don't know how many of them I'd drink in one session.

12-27-2008 22:45:30 | More by avalon07
Photo of crookedhalo


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a kind of rusty amber color with a nice thick beige head. Beautiful lacing. Now I can appreciate why the Scaldis goblet is so big for such a small bottle (8.5 oz.). No dating on the bottle, but this bottle was a overstock from last year's Christmas beers. Nothing wrong with an extra year under a 12% Belgain brew, nothing wrong at all. It has some green apple in the nose, accompanied with an "affirmative" in the alcohol presence. Nice malt and candi sugar aromas mixed with some spices, too. Very tempting looking brew. Within the first sip, you know you're not finishing this one quickly. Big alcohol with sweet malt undertones finishing very, very dry and spicy. Mouthfeel's dry, effervescent and alcoholy. This brew is great, can't say I could drink more than one, however.

11-28-2003 04:26:22 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of Drinkerofales


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

There's that strange bottle size again.

Pours dark brown with red highlights. Head is light tan and large. There is some lacing from the quickly dissipated head.

Smell is candied dates, caramel sweet, and booze. Taste is almost burnt caramel and dark fruits with molasses. It has sweet and bitter which also reminds me of Sammiclaus.

Feel is actually smooth. It has a syrup like viscosity and low carbonation. While there is some heat on the finish, it actually fits in this beer.

A nice beer, I don't know what makes it a Christmas beer, as I don't get much spice, or celebratory feeling, except from the label.


02-25-2012 02:28:58 | More by Drinkerofales
Photo of jwinship83


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

tiny little 25cl bottle poured into my chimay chalice. no date information on it. label reads "scaldis noel."

A- this one pours out a murky cider colored body with a small beige colored head on it. the head lasts a long time and leaves behind solid rings of lacing.

S- very fruity and sweet. raisins, plums, figs, and dates. brown sugar is detected as well. no trace of alcohol, which is very impressive.

T- raisins, dates, and figs come to the front of this one. lots of brown sugar as well. very sweet. the alcohol comes through a little, but its very well hidden at 12%.

M- full bodied and creamy. it has a nice and rather high level of carbonation. moderate warming from the alcohol on its way down which adds to the overall experience.

D- a great winter beer. probably my favorite christmas beer to date. the massive amount of alcohol would prohibit one from drinking too much of this, but this dinky little bottle made me wish i had another.

12-08-2009 04:18:29 | More by jwinship83
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

A dark amber beer with a slight haze. Has a small creamy off white head, with some nice lace. The aroma is mostly dried fruit, figs and raisins. There is a little spiceyness in the background before the alcohol starts to burn your nose. The dried fruit ( fig and raisin ) sweetness starts a the tip of the tongue. Then the peppery hops get to the back of your tongue. Followed by a nice dry tabacco note on the finish and then the alcohol warmth sets in. Nice.
Note: this came in a four pack with a glass. Inside the center of the glass it looked like there was a defect in the glass. But when the beer is poured into it it creates an interesting little tornado of bubbles.

02-25-2006 20:09:11 | More by ybnorml
Photo of jrallen34


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours a very clear light copper with a big light tan head that has surprising retention and lacing. It is very carbonated with lots of bubbles coming up throughout.

The aroma on the front is almost skunky but gives way to a nice complexity that has some spice and a very sweet finish with lots of apricots.

The taste is very light but it has some nice things going on. Its close to being very awesome just needs a little tweaking. There are some nice notes of nutmeg and a nice sweet finish. It masks the alcohol very well and unlike most christmas time beers you can drink more than one of these. My other major complaint is that the beer itself is a light in feel, I want it a little more robust.

Overall, this is very good and reminds me a lot of Insanely Bad Elf. A highly drinkable winter ale that packs a great alcohol punch. Needs a little tweaking on the feel and to give the aroma some oompf but so close.

12-24-2009 21:14:58 | More by jrallen34
Photo of benfons


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

25cl bottle, that's an exception in Belgium certainly for this kind of beer

A: Cloudy, dark copper colour, small but stable head

S: there' a lot happening: caramel, red fruits, malts, smells pretty great

T: roasted caramel, loads of spices like clove and nutmeg, malty finish

M: Creamy, normally i would say slightly undercarbonated but it works

O: this has a slight cognac feel to it, very alcoholic (now i know why it's a 25cl bottle). It's a good warming beer.

P.S. keep it for the winter, don't drunk it in June like i just did , it will probably taste better at 0° then at 25°)

06-13-2011 20:37:28 | More by benfons
Photo of mynie


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

8.48 Oz bottle. What's up Dubuisson? You don't think I can handle the beast??!?!

(I don't know what that last sentence means).

Okay, pours out a very nice hazy amber with a minimal head that fades into a nice and retentive ring. More than respectable, considering the elevated alcohol.

Smells of very rich berries and fruit along with nodes of alcoholic yeast. The alcohol is very sticky and is whatever that word is that means "wine-like."

Tastes like bread and ripe fruit up front. Like a fruitcake, kinda, only not so sickly sweet. This gives way to hints of chocolate bock malt that continues the nice sweetness of the front. This malt is unexpected, as it's more of what you'd find in a weaker weizbock than in a heavy-duty Belgian. Ends on some intensely alcoholic yeast.

Different, to say the least. Well worth picking up.

01-04-2007 04:32:37 | More by mynie
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.14/5  rDev +2.7%

From the foil-wrapped 250 ml. bottle. Sampled on January 21, 2013.

It is a nice looking beer that pours medium amber with a kind if reddish note and a small head that settles to a ring.

The aroma is of caramel, dark malts, toffee, Belgian sugar and everything I would expect from a Belgian Strong Ale.

The body is full and smooth.

The flavor has a lot of upfront sweetness due to the caramel malts but there is a significant bitterness taking up the rear to end it. It really is no different than what I would expect from a Belgian Strong Ale but I was hoping for something a little more unique.

01-21-2013 21:49:16 | More by puboflyons
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +2.7%

I had this beer for a birthday dinner last night. I thought it looked good based on the description in the menu, and I didn't know the brewer before now.

They served this beer with a cylinder style glass. From the initial pour I had about a finger for foam that came down really quickly. This led to almost no lacing on the glass. The coloring on this beer is a deep red.

The smell and flavor was spicy with a lot of dark fruits. This made for a very good sipper based on the feel and flavor. I really like the balance on this beer.

Overall, this Noel was a very good experience. I recommend buying this one if you come across it.

01-31-2013 20:48:21 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of PatrickRNH

New York

4.15/5  rDev +3%

A- poured into a snifter, full bodied, one fingered frothy head. Cloudy-copper/amber
S- Caramel and toffee mix
T- Slight butterscotch taste, tastes like you smell it, after taste of warm cherries, nice
M- Good mouthfeel, medium carbonation.
D- Easily drank and enjoyed, Nice beer to enjoy on a winter day!

12-06-2008 05:25:36 | More by PatrickRNH
Photo of tempest


4.15/5  rDev +3%

On-tap at Town Hall Brewery as a guest beer. This beer immediately reminds of St. Bernardus Abt 12 and their Christmas edition. It smels of cherry brandy with a hint of vanilla and caramel. These same notes carry over into the flavors with a strong, but smooth, caramel and toffee malt backbone. Very delicious and very drinkable. It just lacks a deeper complexity that separates the very good from the great.

01-03-2009 23:34:26 | More by tempest
Photo of plfahey


4.15/5  rDev +3%

25 cl bottle poured into an 8oz. Darkness tulip glass.

Appearance-Red amber in color, slight haze. Thin off-white head with low retention.

Aroma-Rich malt aroma-caramel, molasses, toffee, brown sugar. Very light dark fruit esters. No hop aroma. Slight whiff of alcohol.

Flavor-More rich malt here, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, dark candi sugar. Light dark fruit esters. Powerful drying alcohol in the finish. No hop flavor, low hop bitterness. Some alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel-Full body-almost chewy. Moderate to moderately low carbonation. Definite alcohol presence is quite warming, but not harsh or hot. Smooth.

This is not my favorite Belgian christmas ale (personally I prefer the St. Bernardus), but it is quite good. With such a high abv, low carbonation, and intense flavor, I think it's probably a good thing that this one comes in 8.5 oz. servings.

12-24-2010 05:14:47 | More by plfahey
Photo of largadeer


4.15/5  rDev +3%

Appearance: Extremely murky swampwater-brown. The head pours a bit thin and fades into a small ring.

Smell: Caramel, brown sugar, malt and winter spices.

Taste/mouthfeel: As the nose implies, this is a very malty brew. It's like a liquid caramel apple; syrupy-sweet and fruity. It brings to mind dried dark fruits (dates, cherries) and spiced nuts. It's very smooth stuff, with a well-concealed 12% ABV - there's no noticable alcohol. Thick and heavy on the tongue, this is definitely a sipping beer. The small 8.5 oz bottle is perfect for a single person. Recommended.

11-15-2007 01:51:35 | More by largadeer
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +3%

This one is labeled as 12.5%, but I'm assuming its the same beer.

Pours a cloudy red/amber, medium off white head forms, settles to a ring pretty quick, some lace spots, lots of floaties. Smell is sweet, very rich, toffee and bread, molasses/brown sugar, fruits, sherry and alcohol, quite nice. Taste is sweet and malty, some toffee, citrus and fruit, yeasty bread, alcohol, very nice fruity finish, some spices as well, alcohol is pretty nicely hidden. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Pleasant warming as it makes its final journey, better than I expected.

03-31-2007 05:17:59 | More by Viggo
Photo of jameaterblues

New York

4.15/5  rDev +3%

So I picked up a couple of these to see if they were still good, a random bodega had marked them down to $1.99 each so I plan on going back to try and clear out what they had left! 25cl bottle, no year or abv.

A- Great sparkley bottle that I poured into a goblet...lots of visible carbonation, dark brown in color with an orange glow, and a murky haze..
S-Big fruit(raspberries, blueberries, cherries, apple, pear, plum, prun, basically a whole fruit basket), Light festive spice from the hops and maybe some additional added, as well as some piney notes...a bit of sweetness and caramel too. As always with something this high in alcohol you can smell it just a bit.
T/M/D- big Spicy hops for this Belgian....more than I am used to in others of the style, accompanied by Big red fruit flavors, as well as the aforementioned caramel malts... Medium boded and a little boosey...the hops make this one extremely drinkable, and I am really glad to experience it for only $1.99..Not quite as warming as i expected, but maybe that is because its hot outside. I love out of season beer.

04-24-2007 03:26:31 | More by jameaterblues
Photo of BrewMaster


4.15/5  rDev +3%

Appearance: Poured from a small bottle into a Duvel glass. The beer has a clean reddish color with very little head on top.

Smell: Caramel, molasses, brown sugar, raisins. Very sweet and spicy with a malty and yeasty aroma.

Taste: Strong alcohol flavor up front, sweet, chewy, bready taste with a rich burnt caramel flavor. A lightly floral and bitter ending with a bit of tartness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and velvety on the palate.

Drinkability: This beer is good but not great in my opinion. The alcohol taste is just way too strong up front making the beer feel very unbalanced.

03-31-2005 00:24:57 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of Haybeerman


4.15/5  rDev +3%

A: Reddish brown color; lots of floating yeast that never settled out. Poured a 3 finger very large light tan head with fair retention. Lots of thick lacing.

S: Dark dark fruits, toasted malts. Lots of yeast notes and spice. Alcohol.

T: Big dark fruit and sweet caramel up front; figs, raisins, prunes. Hot alcohol comes in followed by a big malt breadiness. The hops presence is pretty mild coming in like white pepper in the finish along with a lingering sweetness.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Slightly sweet and sticky in the finish. Plenty of alcohol.

D: Flavorful and complex. Quite a kick too.

01-17-2010 22:21:39 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.16/5  rDev +3.2%

Scaldis de Noel has a very thin, off-white collar of foam (hardly even that, really), a clear, bubbly, rust-red appearance, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, sharp, sweet, caramel sugar and medium-roasted malt. Taste is of those elements, with a noticeable alcohol presentation in the brandywine style. There is only the faintest shadow of bitterness, here. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, slick, and somewhat chalky, sad to say. Scaldis de Noel finishes boozy, chalky, and rich.


06-29-2014 13:35:34 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of Byeast


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
Photo of Dukeofearl


4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

Small bottle as pictured (I'm told it's 8+ ounces; a gift from a friend, purchased at Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA for an unknown price.

I am a fan of the original Bush/Scaldis, and met the brewer Mr. Dubisson at the Brussels beer fest a year ago, so was very excited when my friend gave me this beer. However, I am not generally a fan of the Noel/winter style brews. So what to do? Well, try it, of course!

Pours a very beautiful amber color with a nice frothy head. Darker color than the original Bush. A moderate amount of dark yeast at the bottom of the bottle is left behind as I pour this into my Orval goblet.

Smell is surprisingly weak. My finacee agreed with me on this one. I let this warm from refrigerator temps, so that's not why. Slight sweetness (honey), clove spiciness, and bready malts. But there's just not a lot there.

Flavor- first punch is strong alcohol. Late Harvest sweet riesling honey syrup, but much darker and spicier. Raisins and other dark fruits. Pretty bloody good I must say!

Full rich mouthfeel, the alcohol is stronger than I like, but overall this is very good. A very good Bush beer!

02-09-2006 04:57:56 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a medium brown color with a thin but clingy off-white head.

Smell is reminiscent of a Belgian brown ale...simple, fresh, mild and fruity. Surprisingly faint, but pleasant.

Wow, taste is waaay bigger. Alcohol is quite prevalent, not overly so, but definitely lets you know it is lurking about. Sweetly malty and very chewy. Quite the sipper this brew is, not one for the faint of heart. Complexity is high, as I also get a fair amount of hop bitterness to round out the sweetness.

Note to self: this would be a great beer to have on Christmas morning, a superb example of a Belgian holiday ale. A tad expensive, but worth it once and a while.

02-07-2009 05:34:42 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of dorianmarley


4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

Appearance is deep brown with a pancake head and some lacing.

Nose is Starburst candy, roasted malt, and almond.

Taste is very dyanamic and constantly changing on the tongue. Bready, sweet malt fades into bright Starburst candy. Finishes with vanilla and almond. Alcohol phenols and rye flavors sizzle throughout.

Mouthfeel is not especially smooth, but does have some creaminess. The strong alcohol is constant, and can be distracting from the flavor.

Overall, a dynamic Belgian that does not disappoint. But it is a big beer that, at times, becomes unbalanced.

11-18-2011 04:06:32 | More by dorianmarley
Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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