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Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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685 Ratings

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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.19%

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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 loren01


3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bubbly mahogany color small head that disspiates quickly not much lacing
S: Smell is sweet and fruity, Belgian style yeast also very evident
T: Dark fruit flavors are very strong as well as brown sugar and spices.
M: Medium bodied beer, carbonation is just fine
D: Pretty good Belgian sipping beer, alcohol is not well hidden, couldn't do more than one of these and one might be pushing it.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 23:10:44 | More by loren01
Photo of Ellbert


3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice head atop a brownish tinted brew. Head stayed and laced.

Smell: Spicy alcohol with sweet malt making appearance.

Taste: Sweet upfront with burnt caramel filling out the flavor. Alcohol and other spice kicked in towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 00:05:23 | More by Ellbert
Photo of ypsifly


3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Banded 750 with a cork that took an enormous amount of effort to disgorge. As soon as it popped it gushed. Not bad but its a bit annoying. No dates, poured into a chalice.

Dark amber with a fat head of off white. The head falls to a thin layer of foam in a matter of minutes.

Lots of alcohol and dark fruits in the nose. There's some cookie dough and spice underneath. Very strong smelling.

Smooth malts upfront followed by sugars, spiced bread, ripe plum soaked in rum, black pepper and alcohol. The booze isn't bad, nothing is ruined, and I actually like the warming effect.

The mouth starts off full but gets a little bit too much heat if you don't sip slowly. I could drink one small bottle and be done. A 750 by myself is gonna make for an early night.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 00:55:37 | More by ypsifly
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scaldis Noel

A- Hazy reddsih brown with thick floaty things throughout. Decent frothy head.
S- Dried fruits (raisin and prune), caramel, licorice.
T- Strong fermented dried fruits; raisin, prune, fig, pineapple, & cherry. Vanilla, caramel, and a touch of black licorice noted.
M- Thick, sweet, and fruity. No carbonation and a boozy touch to the aftertaste.

Overall- A nice nightcap beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 20:28:30 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of eslemarc


3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8.48oz bottle in a goblet.

It has a very rich dark brown color, 3-4mm head of off-white cream, tightly gathered around the edge of the glass but puffier in the middle of the head. Minimal carbonation visible. The head quickly falls to sparse gathering around the edge.

The nose carries a great depth in the malt, very rich and fruitful. Very light notes of alcohol, maybe a very slight hint of pine hop. Mostly fruit malt sweetness and notes of yeast.

Light to medium bodied, much crispier than I expected even for a belgian strong, very strong in the booze department. It's quickly warming, very great winter warmer. Very big beer and very worth a taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 20:42:45 | More by eslemarc
Photo of rundocrun


3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Body is a mix of ruby and orange. Crystal clear. Two fingers of off-white foam with decent retention. Bubbles drift up very slowly--looks quite viscous. Moderate lacing.

S - Bright aromas of candied oranges, figs, baked apple. Lots of rich malt aroma here. I also notice undertones of subtle earthy and herbal hops.

T - Sweet orange and a mild pepperyness are first up on the palate. Intense malt sweetness carries through the middle, bringing with it a dry wheaty flavor and plenty of booze. Finish is unbelievably smooth, toasty, and clean for a 12% beer. Very sweet and no hop flavor with very mild bitterness.

M - Thick body. One of the thickest beers I can remember sampling. I consider myself a malt-head, but this was frankly too much for me. Good move on selling it in 8.5 oz. bottles, haha.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 04:37:17 | More by rundocrun
Photo of kojevergas


3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Scaldis Noel 2007 vintage. 12%. Bottle served into a Samuel Smith's nonic glass at a tasting. I was rushed while reviewing so please excuse any lack of detail. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a rich caramel-auburn head. Understated. Lacks any head at all. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Oxidation, caramel, malty sweetness. Biscuit malt. Buried fruit. Nectary notes. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Biscuity and malty. Brown sugar. Alcohol heat on the aftertaste. Floral hops. Caramel. Well layered malty body. Some biscuity yeast and biscuit malt. A tasty balanced beer.

Mf: Excellent coarseness and ideal dryness to bring out the flavour. Good carbonation and thickness. Complements the flavours nicely.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I quite like it. Hides its ABV well.

High B-

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 21:20:48 | More by kojevergas
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a large, lasting white head.
Nose shows brown sugar, golden syrup, sultanas and figs.
Very similar flavours, but with some soft booze rolling through. Very sweet, almost cloying.
Carbonation is way too high.
Not the easiest beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 04:46:21 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of diablo14


3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

wasnt as impressed as id hoped with bush noel. it wasnt so much the potency that got me as opposed to the effect the ABV had on the experience. the alcohol took over in the end which i found disappointing overall.

best drank at room temperature in a chilled glass, it poured a lovely deep amber color with a reasonable head and nice gentle bubbles rising up the glass (a duvel for records sake). smell was a mixture of robust malts, fruit cake like touches; peel, dried fruit, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of almond. thick in the mouth but still quite crisp, flavors were as revealed in the nose, the malts coming out more fully with some treacle like factors. as it got towards the end of any mouthful, the presence of hops was completely taken over by blasts of alcohol. i cant help but feel this beer would have been so much better served by toning it down a few degrees. not to mention it blew my head off after one bottle and these things dont usually hit me so easily.

this brew really doesnt need to be this strong. it takes away from what is otherwise a sensational beer. perhaps i should have had it with pud and custard, or even put it in the pud. as it stands just doesnt quite cut it for me, but considering the price i paid for it, im not going to complain too much.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2004 14:21:12 | More by diablo14
Photo of thierrynantes


3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (25cl), tasted in 2003.
Appearance: amber colour, beautiful white foam
Smell: delicate aroma of hops
Taste and mouthfeel: good balance between fruity and malt
Drinkability: a beer in the style Belgian dark ale (too strong for my taste)

Review added 12-6-2007, translated from french 1-30-2008.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 19:59:10 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

8oz bottle

A- Murky brown in color, small slightly sticky tan head

S- Toffee, tons of classic Belgian candi sugar, some alcohol boozy-ness and whiff of port wine.

T/M- Creamy in initial body becoming more and more viscous as the glass lessened. Some alcohol heat upfront as well atop very sweet malt, whiskey mash notes, some nutty flavors as well. Caramel is huge in this one, and the spicing is moderate. This bottle is a scorcher, very hot with booze, maybe a few months will mellow the '08's out some. Long lingering aftertaste which is mostly pleasant. I just dont know how many of these i can drink...

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 02:34:50 | More by ATPete
Photo of elNopalero


3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 Update:

Bottle opened after 2+ years of age.

I like the little bottle—it’s the perfect amount for a personal-sized serving of a high gravity beer. If this was in a 750 ml bottle I don’t think I’d get a chance to open it anytime soon. As it is I sat on it for over 2 years.

Poured a clear, light ruddy raisin-colored hue with a thin, tight lace ring.
The aroma has a dried stone fruit touch—raisin, fig, dates—but there’s an overpowering phenolic alcohol aroma that dominates and overpowers it. The aroma is off putting. The more time I spend with it the less pleasant I find it, unfortunately.

Flavorwise its lightly raisin/fig/stone fruit/fruit cake, with a caramel malt finish. The booziness doesn’t come across as strongly on the sip but it’s still evident.
What can I say. It still doesn’t excite me. Eh.

Previously: This has a light amber color with a good amount of lingering foam. There is a muted aroma belying a lot of flavor on the palate. Noticeable booze. At 12% there’s no where to hide but it still plays well. The malt profile dissipates rapidly under it, and it carries a bit of a bite. Another year on this and I think we’d be good friends.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 06:54:03 | More by elNopalero
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe


3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a firm head of small, off-white bubbles that rises just to the rim of my Mad Elf tulip. Beer is light sienna in color with near-amber highlights; possibly the lightest-colored quadrupel I've ever seen. After swirling the slightly viscous fluid, the head leaves behind a bit of webby lace, but nothing inspiring. No visible carbonation. Aroma is orangy and alcoholic... Grand Marnier with a lighter nosefeel--bullseye! Hints of cinnamon and lemon bread, with a finish of dry reeds. Very nice. Sip quickly though, because the alcohol will start to take over fast. First tastes are honeyish, alcoholic, almost mead-like; with more bitter orange peels, as in the aroma. There's an unusual aspect to the sweetness, however, that reminds me of sloe gin; and the hops seem especially grassy... fine for a Belgian Pale Ale, but here...? Again, alcohol really starts to become a flavor of its own--especially in the aftertaste--after the first few sips. Mouthfeel is full, semi-dry, and tingling with alcohol. Not a bad belly-warmer, but this simply isn't what I'd reach for when I'm in the mood for a quad.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2005 23:38:59 | More by NearerMyBeerToMe
Photo of ThaCreep


3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Perfume of the cellar, a feeling of old, rotten with the fruit liqueur second printing. The look is sweet and syrupy, sweet and mouth with a noticeable alcohol presence. A little cleaner on the palate, like Bush, but with strong caramel malt presence. The finish is syrupy and is immediately think of cognac. It goes very well as a digestive.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2010 19:21:33 | More by ThaCreep
Photo of hustlesworth


3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a muddy orangeish brown with about an inch of beige foam. The head holds strong for a moment and then, as if the gates were opened, it shot down to a thin disk.

S- fruity and winey with a bit of toastiness and a savory tomato meaty character. Date, fig, raisin, plum, alcohol, and spiced wine. There's some caramel and leather in there too. It just for some unexplainable reason smells like old Christmas things and It smells like being drunk and falling asleep on the couch after a holiday dinner.

T- sweet and dessert-like with alcohol heat. The flavor (and aroma) are less pronounced than I expected, even as it warms. There's some date and fig, the raisin-prune tartness is now nonexistent, and the flavor profile mostly consists of diluted fruit syrup with brandy and a mild phenolic bitterness. Traces of allspice and peppercorn peek out near the finish, which is pleasantly boozy like rum soaked dates.

MF- low, yet fitting carbonation smooths out the alcoholic feel with a cooling effect. Sticky and drying with a sturdy juicy quality.

D- i'm slightly disappointed in this one, but it's still not all that bad. I can't find a date anywhere on the bottle or cap, so I can't assess whether age comes into play or if it's just the nature of this beer. Alcohol, while not harsh or unpleasant, seems to drown out the complexities that I know have to be in there. I'd pass this one by in favor of other more reliable quads and BSDAs.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 01:41:19 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of Louski


3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into Leffe chalice.

A: Pours a deep amber with about a finger's worth of head that I had to force while pouring.

S: Malty, fruity undertones are coupled with the sharp alcohol fumes.

T: Right off the bat the fruit, bread, and caramel are apparent but too quickly overcome by the alcohol. If only thise flavors could have held on. Sipping buys you a little time, but not enough in my opinion.

M: Paints a nice profile across the palate but again the alcohol heat crashes the party so I couldn't let it stay on my tongue long enough.

O: I think I expected a bit more from this one. The flavors are there, but the darn alcohol just took over. I enjoy a strong beer but this one just packed a little too much punch. I'll give it another go next winter to be fair.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 18:16:08 | More by Louski
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a copper to orange color with a deep white head. Good head retention & minimal lacing The nose was rich, boozy & oaky, with some rasin and port-like notes. The taste featured some spice, alcohol, oak & apricot. Finished like a sherry or port, really dry, fruitty and burning. Had a rich, subtle carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 05:18:18 | More by dherling
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber with a thin tan head that doesnt retain well, kind of menacing. The aroma is intensely malty, with big dark fruit notes (blackberry, plum, fig, currant, grape) along with some candy sugar sweetness, a slight metallic hops presence and a touch of alcohol. The taste is similar to the aroma, with a big dark fruits presence, along with some candy sugar sweetness, metallic hops, and a strong alcohol presence. The mouthfeel is smooth with moderate carbonation, and drinkability is descent. An OK belgian, nothing spectacular here but worth trying once.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2007 05:03:08 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nose is softly spicy, fruity, and malty with mild chocolate and soft roast. Smells pretty good.

Pours a clear translucent medium gold with moderate head. Looks good.

Sweet esters, creamy smooth almost like cocoanut, soft supple malt, mild notions of alcohol. almost sickly smooth. Grape-like fruit with notes of ripe apple. Tastes pretty good. Feels good. Pretty good drinkability.

Smooth, almost too smooth if that's possible. Very creamy and sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2009 21:24:35 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of StaveHooks


3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber/red color with an off-white head.

S - Spicy, yeasty, fruity, figs soaked in brown sugar and alcohol. Candied plums and dark syrupy malt. Carmalized brown sugar, A quick swirl reveals lots of taffy/bubblegum and plenty of alcohol vapors.

T - Opens up big with spicy alcohol and dark Belgian candy. Rum soaked green figs, plums, green apple skins, and pears. Bubblegum and taffy esters. Cinnamon and nutmeg lace a strong caramel malt. Finishes dry with notes of pear and alcohol.

M - Low carbonation, somewhat thin syrupy body.

The alcohol is one of the main characters and is not shy at all. Great aroma and a nice sipper for a cold night. I would love to try the unfiltered version.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 23:26:41 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of willgro


3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

THis is a breat beer from Belgium and is translated to mean Enligh "Bush" after the brewery was liberated by a british battallion in WWI. In the U.S., to avoid confusion, the beer is known as Scaldis (after some river somewhere). This one is great, and it has an attractive amber color, a leafy, hop aroma and a beutiful balance of sweet malt and fruitiness. The bottle is a little strange looking, but it is a decent beer w/ a great christmas flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 17:15:56 | More by willgro
Photo of BARFLYB


3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8.48fl.oz bottle poured into a plain snifter. Saw this little bottle in the store and said what the hell.

A- Scaldis(bush) noel pours a very fine mixture of brown to copper color with virtually no head, just some scattering of bubbles that try to form a cap. Be careful pouring this as alot of sediment on the bottom is easily disturbed.

S- This has the similar qualities of a holiday ale with a heaping of spice such as nutmeg with a bunch of sweet malts as well. A lot of burnt sweet sugar as well as toasted malt. More sweetness with molasses and toffee. Some dark fruit and alcohol from this 12%er.

T- Pretty much the same as above with a big focus on the sweet malt aspect. Can't really get past the alcohol in this high abv brew but it is masked pretty well. Along with the above flavors in smell i also get some cinnamon and raisins increasing the sweetness.

M- A good amount of carbonation, nothing overboard. Not that warming which is surprising, maybe cause i'm drinking it so fast. This one lighty coats the mouth and has a slick feel. The flavors don't linger to long which is also surprising. Oh wait, here comes the warming.

D- This one is a good holiday ale to go to sometimes during the season but this is not my favorite. 12% is high so I am glad it comes in small bottles. Might have to go with the prestige next holiday. This one is decent.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 05:11:40 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of kevanb


3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a half pint glass.

A: Amber color, not hints of oranges and tans. 1/4 finger of white head that dissipates quickly leaving a film at the top. Decent lacing, not too cloudy, not too clear.

S: Holiday spices come to the forefront, gingerbreads, nutmeg, lots of yeast, bits of toffee and caramel minimal alcohol.

T: Follows the nose nicely, grains and Belgian yeast lead the way, nutmeg toffee and gingerbread come into play. Some raisin comes in as well and a tiny bit of alcohol heat.

M: A bit carbonated for my preference, and quite astringent at times from the alcohol which could be masked a lot better, pleasant for the most part.

O: Not a bad Noel, not my favorite, but a solid choice to bring about some holiday cheer.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 02:10:27 | More by kevanb
Photo of Vixie


3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a really nice red color with a bit of a tan head that doesn't last too long.

I like the smell of this one, I can smell the alcohol, but there is a nice sweetness there, fruit, and a hint of cinnamon. Kind of reminds me of the smell of cookies.

Spicy and warming fits the taste. Quite a bit of alcohol warming, and I can detect the alcohol fairly well. There is a bit of a peppery finish to this. enhanced a bit by the warming.

Feel is ok, the carbonation helps a bit.

Not the best in the style I've had, but is a nice sipper on a cold night. It is lacking the complexity of the best Belgians, but is easy to enjoy on a chilly night.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 02:17:07 | More by Vixie
Photo of Halcyondays


3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8.48 oz., 250 mL bottle, bought on sale for $2.99 at BevMo Cypress,

A: Pours a medium brown, with a thinnish white head, but with good retention, some lacing.

S: Very malty, with raisins soaked in rum, alcohol, fig, and a little bit of cola.

T: Light maltiness at first in contrast to the smell, almost bready/wheaty, big hit of alcohol in there as well, with spicy esters - pepper, maybe coriander.

M: Tingly, alcoholic, phenolic/medicinal, full carbonation.

D: Don't think it's as good as its brother, the regualr Bush, but tasty in its own right, and the nice little buzz at the end of the bottle doesn't hurt either.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 01:25:07 | More by Halcyondays
Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
90 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.