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Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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448 Reviews

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Reviews: 448
Hads: 806
Avg: 4
pDev: 16.5%
Wants: 44
Gots: 75 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Andreji on 12-08-2001

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Reviews: 448 | Hads: 806
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a dark reddish brown and is very bubbly with a nice thick head. Aroma is not strong but very malty with a hint of brown sugar or molasses - very appetizing. Flavor is rich and creamy, mainly malty with some spice undertones and a nice bite to it, and no bitterness. Smooth and yet edgy, this is a very enjoyable holiday ale.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Clear, brownish-orange carbonating body with a modest head. It settled well on top of the liquid though and showed good retention.

Smell – Big BSDA aroma. The malts, super-ripe fruits, and sugars abound in this hearty brew. I warmed this for an hour before opening and now my whole house smells like Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The wife’s not too happy, but I’m in heaven.

Taste – Outstanding! This ale is everything about a BSDA that I love. The malts are excellent. The peaches, apricots, plums, dates, figs, and other fruits are full yet not overdone. The alcohol flavor is complimentary instead of invasive.

The bubble gum comes out second along with lip-smacking sugars. This one runs the gamut of brown and raw sugar, powdered, and table (refined). Looking for hops? Not in this heavy hitter.

Mouthfeel – A small alcohol sting and a very smooth, thick, chewy body makes this one a standout. It’s full-bodied and feels terrific in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – At 12.0 ABV I wouldn’t suggest pouring a six-pack of these into a beer bong or anything like that, but if you enjoy the style you MUST find a way to try this ale.

Update – I revisited this fella on Christmas Day 2004. It’s just as I remembered it. The malts tasted a little more yeasty and it seemed a little fuller. This is a great Noël.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 8.48 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Can't tell which year this was bottled, but it was purchased very recently.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy amber orange with a fair amount of sediment. Moderate bubbles and about one finger of off white head that quickly fades into a few thin patches. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Nicely spicy and fruity Belgian aroma. Belgian yeast with a fair amount of clove and pepper spices. Big toasted malt aroma with hints of caramel, toffee, oak, and biscuit. Burnt Belgian candied sugars. Hints of apple and subtle banana. Lots of undertones of dark fruits including raisin, fig, dark cherry, plum, and grapes. A fairly hot scent of booze. Nice complex aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a good Belgian taste of sweet dark malts, yeast, and fruits. Belgian yeast with some clove and pepper like spicing. Toasted malts with a good taste of bready biscuit, sweet caramel, toffee, toast, and a little oak. Candied Belgian sugars. Complex notes of fruits including apple, pear, banana, and a variety of dark fruits including raisin, dark grapes, figs, dark cherry, plum, and dates. Alcohol heat is noticeable but fairly tame.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and fairly smooth. Alcohol heat is present but still pretty smooth considering its 12%.

Overall: Another really good Belgian ale. Big and fruity while still maintaining some smoothness.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok...second review of this beer....9 months later and 9 months older.

Pours a medium dark tea amber with a half finger of white foam that melts very slowly to a top covering of sticky, lace producing white.

Aromas are light sugars, light brown sugar, lots of caramel, some fruits, and alcohol, but very subdued now.

Taste is sweet candied dark malts and lots of caramel with alcohol coming at the tail end. A bit of dark cherries and maybe some other dark fruits underlie everything. Strong but somehow balanced making for a very nice sipping desert brew.

Mouthfeel is moderately creamy and substantial enough not to be thin at all.

Aftertaste is dark candied fruits, caramels, and alcohol.

Aging this beer has done wonders for it. All of the roughness has mellowed away and lots of personality and versitily has begun to shine through. I'm sorry I only have one more bottle to try at a later date now. I'll be sure to store more from the 2007 batch when it becomes available.

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Photo of ProfessorHomer
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scaldis Noël - what can I say but "Wow!" What a HUGE seasonal. Had this on-tap at world-famous (but exceedingly odd) Mahar's bar in Albany.

Appearance: Deep reddish/brown in color with nice big white head. Nice lacing on glass.

Smell: Malty, you can smell the aroma the alcohol prominently, as well as raisins, figs, cherries, prunes and plums, even. Rummy too. Like liquid Christmas!

Taste: Yes, you can taste all those and the big alcohol presence to boot. Like being kissed by the Christmas beer goddess herself. A HUGE beer very balanced between malts, hops and alcohol. Sip slowly!

Mouthfeel: Big bodied with long, spicy/ sweet finish. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: A very dense, complicated BIG seasonal beer

A very long, slow drink. Outstanding, in fact! Would loved to have had a pipe with it, but no smoking in NY bars. I already look forward to redrinking this beer next Christmas!

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Photo of robbyc1
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not much head, but a nice apple cider look, hazy and nice chestnut brown.

Nose of alcohol and fruits, deep dark fruits like plums, malty, some Belgian yeast.

Stong up front taste of over-ripe apples, plums, abv is pretty well hidden, deep malt with not a sign of hops, but a bit sweet at the end. Very nice.

More fizzy than I thought it would be, good carbonation keeps the nice flavors alive.

Great after dinner drink, keep it for special occasions. Nice little 25cl bottle is all you need.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper orange color, small amount of foam on top that wraps around the edge of the glass. The head doesn't stick to the side of the glass and quickly runs down the side as I swirl the glass. Not what I expected judging by the smell and alcohol volume. I made the mistake of pouring the "floaties" in this, I'll know better next time. Smells of cloves, definitely raisins, fruit, spice, & malty brown candy sugar. If this is even detectable or possible, the beer smells complex. The taste...ahhh...the taste! All I can say is, "Wow", pretty amazing. Detecting prunes, raisins, faint vanilla, a slight touch of orange (very slight), brown sugar. Medium body, creamy smooth finish and a warming down the throat from the boozy character of this high octane seasonal. I really wrestled with aging this bottle for a year but couldn't wait, I love the Scaldis brews and didn't have the willpower for the aging process. This is very drinkable and on an empty stomach, it's pretty much kicking my butt. I couldn't imagine a bottle bigger than the tiny 8.5 oz'r it came in. Nicely done, I think this just became my favorite Christmas brew.

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Photo of jdense
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Pretty Wee Bottle from John's Marketplace, poured into De Prouf Browerj glass Christmas Eve 2009.

Dark brown nearly opaque body. One finger white head, quick dissipation, minimal lacing. The nose is of big frickin' hops and cherries. Taste is dominated by fruity esters, especially sweet cherries with a bit of pears. Nicely carbonated mouthfeel. A definite sipper at this ABV, but very drinkable. Not as hop forward as the tap version at HAF, but undoubtedly one of the world's greatest holiday beers that should be tried at least once by all. Glad I have another bottle- Merry Christmas to me!

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Photo of lungboy
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this 25cl bottle at Sam's in Chicago. Pours with authority-- not too much head, but enough to know you aren't going to be drinking a cough syrup in the next few minutes. It settled down with a thin head, just a bit more than a lacing if you catch my meaning.

The first scent is slightly more barley than yeast, and goes down with a sweetness that is offset by an astringent quality keeping it from finishing off with a sticky aftertaste. It is like candy that cleans up after itself. That last statement is a testament to the beer's ABV. After a few sips (and I mean sips) it becomes less astringent and more bread-like. However, the sweetness is always just a breath away.

I like it. Most certainly not a session brew.

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Photo of Maltmaiden
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber. Little head. clear

S: Caramel malts up front. some alcohol. belgian candy. very light floral hops. Some metalic phenols.

T: WOW. Caramel malts and alcohol (warm and delicious) in the front. Dark fruit. Phenols and spice. Definitely great for a winter night!

M: Med-thick. Spicy and biting with the alcohol, especially at the end.

O: I was worried that this beer would have too much spice in it for me but it didn't. It was delicious! I would buy a ton of this stuff but it's pretty pricey.

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Photo of NuclearSoAndSo
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a beer mug.

Appearance- Pours a deep brown with about a half finger light brown head.

Smell- Smells like cherries or plums; dark fruits, maybe some grape notes. Smells kind of like wine to be honest, and you can pick up on the alcohol.

Taste- Fruit flavors are upfront with a definite alcoholic bite. Heat kicks in for the aftertaste. Again, this reminds me of wine, and in a good way. Festive.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation and a very smooth mouthfeel. A beer to savor slowly.

Overall- I saw this at the liquor store (not sure how long it may have been aging there) and decided to splurge a bit for Christmas and buy a bottle. I'm very glad I did, because this was a treat. Pretty strong and relatively pricey, but worth it in my opinion. I split this beer with my good friend and might make it a Winter-time tradition.

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Photo of SigEp
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my top 3 beers. It has the alcohol content of a strong wine. And yet, you could quaff 2-3 glasses of this easily in one sitting. Malty, complex, delicious. There are many delicious and well balanced flavors in there, caramel, stone fruit, and clean delicious maltiness. One of those beers that is so good you can't really put your finger on what makes it so great.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 250 ml bottle into a small chalice. Pours a rather clear ruddy umber. Starts with a fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates to a mere ring around the inside of the glass.

Smells of grapes, currants, prunes, and other dark fruit. Also has a candied fruit smell, like a fruitcake, with a fair helping of malt and yeast. There's almost a buttery smell as well, mixing with brown sugar. Complex and sweet smelling, I'm curious as to how it will taste.

Boozy and buttery at the start; robust fruit, with peaches, grapes, figs, and dried candied fruit galore. This is appropriately a Christmas beer; just the taste makes me feel sitting round the fire singing a carol! This beer had a nutty and spicy side as well, with nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves tickling the palette. The more I sip, the more I seem to be able to pull out of this beer!

Mouthfeel is full, with a sweet alcohol tingle along the tongue.

Quite drinkable, and very sweet. Though it is a small bottle, I could see splitting this with someone next time, as it is an intense beer.

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Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's beers like this that make this one of the best times of the year for lovers of big beers like myself. Have recently had this on tap at Max's and Mahaffey's.

The beer pours a light brown color, but with glints of amber and red. The beer has very good head retention and lacing and looks very impressive and enticing. The nose is sheer ectasy. It smells of sweet cherry cough drop, vanilla, Belgium spice and candy. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose. The beer is quite sweet, but with enough spice added in to keep it interesting. I just think of Christmas candy when I drink this beer. The beer is surprisingly light on it's feet for such a big beer, though it has a very warming effect, an indication of the 12% abv. The beer finishes well and, while a sipper, is surprisingly easy to drink.

An excellent beer. One of the more positive signs that winter is upon us.

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Photo of chrisdenny
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay Tulip

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.

I really like this beer, saw it on the shelf at Central Market and thought it looked intriguing. Then when I picked it up and saw it was a Belgian Holiday Ale, I had to get it...Glad I did, it was excellent.

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Photo of mmcave
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8.48 oz bottle purchased at Sam’s chilled and poured into a tulip glass. The off white head rose and fell, lingers as a film centimeter off the surface. The body is a browned strawberry color with tiny peach highlights, its almost completely opaque. Smell is strong with wonderfully rich aromatics immediately accessible. I get tons of fruit esters strawberry, cherries, candied pears maybe the smallest touch of anise, a tiny hint of alcohol no really hop aroma, which is fine, because I’m in heaven. Taste as with the smell is wonderful, complex and immediately accessible. I get candied pears with rummed plums and candied apples, with a slow moving alcohol warmth. It would be so easy to drink this frivolously and feel its true strength, but I’m going my best. This is a great beer, I’ll pick up more if they are around, but I really wish the bottle was bigger. Until next year scaldis.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scaldis Noel Premium

S - Big aggressive fruity nose from a foot away when the cork (finally) left the building. Tames down a bit but comes right back after it warms up some. First the raisins and fig-like fruit then a bit of alcohol.

A - Middle of the road hazy orange-red color. Not much of a head at all. Made the mistake of laying it down before i opened it - and after the struggle... a suspension of bits throughout.

T - Wow, I really like this. Malty raisins, orange and fig-like.

M & D - A full, smooth, creamy mouthfeel, not unlike what i expect from my favorite barleywine.

This was the last large (75 cl) bottle that Sam the Beer Man had in stock. I'll be going back for the small bottles in the morning.

Jan 2007...#2 beer of the year so far

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Photo of drpimento
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at a good temperature with a large, foamy, frothy, cream-colored head that settles slowly, and good lacing. Color is a clear medium honey amber. Aroma is malt, candy sugar, caramel, spice, yeast. Flavor's like nose, sweet, then bitter, followed distantly by tang mixed with the candy sugar, yeast, and suggestion of hop. Body is good but carbonation a little weak. Finish is like flavor, strength is there, good quaffing.

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Photo of dpool
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of scottoale
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scaldis- Huge belgo yeast aromas, fruity, subtle spice, another favorite and possibly the winner of the night. more like a quad for style

We did a large christmas and winter beer tasting panel and this was one of the many that we tried. Most of the beers we tried we solid including this one that the panel liked.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-nice maple colored with a nice cream colored head

S-smells like nice raw dark belgian grains and spices with salted caramel. smells really authentic and nice.

T-comes in with a really nice mellow taste of authentic dark belgian grains, caramels, black peppercorn, has a sweet rawness. a lot of subtle complexities and flavors. it's awesome. has a subtle matching after-taste. some warmth. not a lot.

M-high creamy carbonation with a nice semi-dry finish

O-this is actually an awesome christmas beer. I can't believe I've passed this up for so many years. I can't believe how much complexity this belgian holds. it's so tasty and it doesn't taste like 12% whatsoever.

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Photo of boudreaux
4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of jwc215
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jeremy13586
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
89 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.