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Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Ratings: 722
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 31
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Andreji on 12-08-2001)
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Photo of IceAce
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut body with very nice clarity...and three fingers of polar white foam which retreats to expose 90% lacing coverage. Nose is warm and inviting, showing a striking balance between caramel malt, Candi sugar, alcohol, and Belgian yeast.

Entry shows an almost complete absence of CO² and sets the table for almost total sensory overload upon the arrival of the midtaste. Big candi presence with dark, rum-soaked fruits bask in alcoholic bliss. The finish shows p-licking sugar and a dry, pepper end.

This Noël is not for the faint at heart, but is a wonderful fireplace companion during the holiday season.

IceAce, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of BrewerB
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my local Whole Foods for $4.99.

Pouring into the SF Beer Week 2011 tulip. It's a slightly hazy amber with a 1-2 finger off white head that fizzled down and didn't fully retain. Sticky legs cling the glass after a swirl.

Toasty, caramel malts reach for the nose first not to be outdone by a cinnamon raisiny fruitiness.

Upfront malty sweetness undersells the strength of this brew. Caramel, light chocolate and prunes. Brisk, dry finish leaves a scant malty sweet on the palette.

Medium-light bodied with a moderate-high level of carbonation. Warming sensation without even a subtle pass at hot or solvent alcohol.

Wow…for the impressive ABV on this beer it's exceptionally smooth and drinkable. Great example of the style.

BrewerB, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of slayer3604
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Huge frothy head that climbs up the glass, and settles to a finger nail of foam, with patches of white lacing upon the sides of the glass. Nothing very out of the ordinary given the nature of this particular style.

S-Liquor cherry, scotch caramel, and toffee everywhere. pretty good, but again, just another NOEL

T- Spice, heat, frothy, yet smooth effervescence.

M- Medium bodied with a lot of sticky cloying layers.

D- Very good winter warmer, but i was expecting more.

I have nothing against this beer, but it was over hyped and lacked in originality overall.

slayer3604, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles fairly rapidly and leaves little lace on the glass.

S - Dark, fruity notes of malt and yeast. Red apple, plums, caramel, cloves, and coriander.

T - Spicy yeast notes up front with some toasty malt and toffee. More spicy notes in the middle with coriander and red apple as well as some clove. Caramel and toffee come up in the finish with spicy, almost hot alcohol.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very complex and interesting. This beer has all of the classic fruity notes of a dark Belgian ale with some spicy notes that differentiate it from some other examples of the style. The alcohol is still a bit hot in the finish despite the six months or so of age that this bottle has on it. Definitely worth a try.

nickfl, May 31, 2011
Photo of rajendra82
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The tiny 250 ml bottle was adorned with shiny Christmas regalia. When poured into a tulip glass, this looked clear, and pale, with a wee little head, or not at all like a Quadrupel. The smell was sweet and potent like a Sherry more so than a beer. Figs, cherries, and vanilla were present in the nose, but the overall smell was too mild in my opinion. The wine like qualities of the beer were in the forefront in the taste as well, with raisins, white grapes, mixed dry fruits being the primary tastes. It was a little nutty mid palettes, and exhibited spicy aftertaste. Warming and uplifting, this was a great beer concentrate to sip on this late hour.

rajendra82, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of Popsinc
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber colour. Spicey/sweet nose. Malty up front followed by a nice sweetness hinted by caramel & molasses and spicey, almost pepper finsh with an alcohol kick. Good sipping beer. Gets you warm fast so don't drink too quickly. Quite enjoyable. A pefect match for the christmas season.

Popsinc, Jan 08, 2003
Photo of KTCamm
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky cloudy reddish brown with limited foam. Smells sweet - belgian candied sugar. Taste is plum, raisin, very sweet, which evolves into a light tart finish. Warms. Alcohol noted on aftertaste/finish. Wintry spices. Feeling toasty. Very good sipper, but the booze hits hard. Happy holidays!

KTCamm, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of jellikit
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orange-copper. Thin foamy head. Slight haze.

S: faint vinegar. Fig. Caramel.

T: toffee. Fruit. Alcohol. Banana. Clove. On the sweet side.

M: highly carbonated. Heavy body.

O: big X-mas beer. Heavy on the body. Heavy on the alcohol. Fruity and spicy with a winter-warming alcohol finish.

jellikit, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Zorro, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of rfgetz
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

rfgetz, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

avalon07, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of crookedhalo
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

crookedhalo, Nov 28, 2003
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


Drinkerofales, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of jwinship83
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jwinship83, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of ybnorml
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ybnorml, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of jrallen34
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

jrallen34, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of benfons
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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°)

benfons, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of mynie
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

mynie, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of puboflyons
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

puboflyons, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of ummswimmin
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

ummswimmin, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of PatrickRNH
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

PatrickRNH, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

tempest, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of plfahey
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

plfahey, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

largadeer, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Viggo, Mar 31, 2007
Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
91 out of 100 based on 722 ratings.