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Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 24
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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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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3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The body is red at its heart, but the rest of the beer is a glowing orange color in . A thin line of tan head sticks around for a bit, but definitely doesn't leave any lacing.

The aroma has lots of cherry, some malt and a ton of booze.

Three flavors are equally powerful in this beer: malty toffee, candied sugar, and alcohol. Toffee comes first, and it is definitely my favorite part of the beer; it also saves this from being a cloying, alcoholic mess. The candied cherry is pretty powerful also, and it leads into a very strong, warming finish that includes the noticeable taste of alcohol. Simple and really boozy.

The body is rather thin for the high ABV, but the high carbonation makes the overall feel works pretty well.

Although lacking in complexity, this beer certainly does the trick of warming me up. With that said, it is pretty damn boozy and doesn't hide that fact very well.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 15:02:13 | More by Hojaminbag
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 05:14:47 | More by plfahey
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4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Scaldis Noel" on the label. Was excited to try this beer because a nearby tavern had it on tap recently but I was unable to partake.
Very nice. Mildly sweet with a touch of hops. There are other flavors nicely blended ... like cinnamon and perhaps even pine needles! It's a delightful beer, but a little pricy at $4.99 for a 12oz bottle ... worth every penny though!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 01:33:51 | More by Vierenner
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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep orange color with a good sized, rocky, foamy, full, white head. Quite large and decent retention for the ABV. A little ring of lace.

S - Definitely has a boozy, fruity aroma. Cherries and some dark fruit present. Some sweet caramel and breadiness. Slightly brandy like. Slight spiced aroma. Overall boozy and sweet aroma.

T - Like the aroma, there is a lot of booziness with fruitiness. Cherry, some apple, raisin, and a little dark fruit. A little spiciness with cinnamon and other Christmasy spices. A bit of caramel and bready malt. Alcohol strong with fruitiness also strong.

M - Medium to full body with a good level of carbonation (especially for the style). Slightly sticky.

D - Alcohol is a little strong to be overly drinkable, but goes down pretty easy. I could drink a bottle, but that is about it.

Notes: A nice, boozy Christmas beer. Alcohol and fruitiness are dominant. I definitely enjoyed this as a sipping beer after supper. Some spices present, but wasn't overly Christmasy. I enjoyed it, and it is worth a try although it isn't amazing or a must have Christmas beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 04:54:18 | More by FreshHawk
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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear mahogany with fluffy tan head.
S: It smelled like rich dark fruits (prune, plumb, raisin) with wild yeast and brown sugar and candi sugar, and a bit of biscuit and esters.
T: It tasted like sweet caramel and brown sugar and raisin, fairly earthy and dry, with a little esters and wild yeast and alcohol. It had a sweet aftertaste with some alcohol heat.
M: It was oily with smooth natural carbonation. Nice of draft.
D: This was a fantastic dark Belgian ale with delicious scent and taste. Not super complex, but still very enjoyable. Alcohol was noticeable, so it was better to sip but not challenging to finish. Age would probably help improve and mellow this beer, but it's already excellent fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2010 17:15:57 | More by Pencible
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4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 02:48:38 | More by TheHoppiest
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4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a nice caramel like brown, and a lighter brown highlights. There was a bit of sediment floating in the glass. There was not head on this brew at all . As well as not lacing present during the drink.

There is a lot going on in the aroma of this brew. The first thing that hits you in the alcohol punch, but its followed up with some sweet flavor such as peaches, prunes, grapes and a nice malty hit.

The flavor on this brew is very good. As in the aroma, there is a bit of boozy hit from the start, but the combination of sweet flavors that follow, make this brew amazing. There is nice caramel flavor, then a hit of a nice floraly flavor as well, not quite hops, but stronger. Its all followed by a nice punch of medicinal like cherry flavor.

This is a mediuam to heavy bodied brew. Very thick, and super smooth. Not very much carbonation at all, but the flavors mix to give it a wonderful seasonal flavor.

This brew has a big ABV at 12%. it would be hard for an average beer drinker to drink more then one of these brews. Regardless, this was great brew for the cold day it was. This is an excellent brew, that is great for sipping on a winter night, that will keep you warm.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 02:53:00 | More by mattgreger
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some interesting fermentation flavors popping out - calling to mind Orval, with fruity, funky, candied-fruit notes. Brett? A little bandaid in there. If so, is it intentional? Regardless, the beer has a nicely funky character that is engaging. Wouldn't mind another sample to compare.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 14:36:26 | More by Brent
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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holiday Ale Fest 2010 in Portland, OR

appearance - golden nectar, low head, low retention

smell - toffee and fruit

taste - various fruit, candy, toffee

mouthfeel - thick molasses type texture, oily, slick, full body, sticky

drinkability - amazing, tasty, complex, enjoyable, i'd even call it a session beer despite the 12% abv (for the winter maybe!)

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2010 03:36:25 | More by djbreezy
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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear brownish orange beer, an off-white, a bit uneven head, rather large, no lacing but curtains.

The smell is earthy, stable, but also some solvents, like turpentine.

The taste is sweet, fluffy candy and some Sauternes.

Small carbonation, soft and mild, a full body and slightly dry.

A good dessert beer, but a bit unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 21:11:50 | More by rarbring
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3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With intense alcohol and fruit flavor, this strong Belgian Ale shares the bed with caugh syrups and Jagermaiseter.

The pour is a little brighter on the amber side rather than dark as the name suggests. Creamy and decently bubbly, the weight of the beer keeps the effervescent muted. Nice creamy head laces fairly well, while retaining well considering the alcohol content.

Fruity and alcoholic, the nose brings in cherries, figs, and grape esters with a fruitcakes like (candied) sweetness and rummy (almost boozy) alcohol scents. Sweet and spicy to the nose.

Flavors start with a burst of cherry and fig. Raisons and red licorice can be found in the complex taste as the beer warms. Candied and dehydrated fruits from pineapple to cranberry give mild tartness/vinousness to the confectioner's sugar taste and estery composition. Delicious and decedent even with the alcoholic intensity.

Sweeter and sticky early, the beer's creaminess fades and ushers in the alcoholic spice with a prickly warmth. Sweet and dry in the finish, the beer sticks around, making it much more of a savory sipper than a more drinkable brew.

A good strong Belgian Ale that seems to be pushing the limits beyond proper balance and clean flavors. Adding stress to the palate because of its challenging strength, it's more like a brandy than with which the beer drinker's palate is accustomed.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 19:42:43 | More by BEERchitect
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United Kingdom (England)

3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown 25cl bottle with sparkling blue foil around the cap and neck. Best before 13 Nov 2010, poured and reviewed on 5 Dec 2010.

The bulbous tulip glass (Palm Special badged) into which it was delivered into didn't show it off too well: sediment left the bottle and I was faced by a murky, reddy brown liquid with large lumps of gunge flaoting around within it. No head appeared, just a thin off-white collar and a weak wisp covering a third of the top surface. The sediment did eventually settle, but the beer never cleared, staying a cloudy mess throughout the tasting.

A smell of sweetish malts came from the glass, toffee being the main flavour I could detect.

The sweet toffee, mentioned in the aromas also appear in the taste, however the alcohol content plays a huge part in the taste too.

It claims to be the strongest Belgian Christmas Beer, not too sure that's true, but it has more than enough alcohol for me to handle.

Just a little too much alcohol for my tastes, a pity because the texture and flavours were fine, it doesn't need to try and blow your head off with every sip.

Difficult to score, because I really enjoyed the beer, even though I know I'm going to wake up with a headache!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 00:49:57 | More by BlackHaddock
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4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recommended to me by several people including Phil at Vintage Estate. Small 8.48 bottle.

Nice brown apple color. The head is quick to dissipate, fragile bubbles, tiny lacing.

So far this is my favorite holiday ale yet. I am pairing this with razor-thin slivers of Loccatelli cheese. This is a holiday evening treat beyond compare. I wish we were further into the season so I could be relaxing with friends and Johnny Mathis' Christmas album instead of between work on a Thursday night - ah well. I'll just have to get some more.

Dark, fig and plum and spice and lots of alcohol. Hits nice like a blanket. Or a snuggy.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 02:09:10 | More by radioscooter
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District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Somewhat enjoyable sipper, with prominent boozy profile and some rough edges.

Presentation: 25 cl brown capped bottle. Festive Christmas Scaldis label with the image of a town under falling snow printed wish shiny red, blues, and golden touches. Back label highlights succinctly the main intent and characteristics of the brew. Shows Alc. by Vol. (12%). Served in a snifter.

A - Medium to deep amber pour, frizzy 1/3" head with moderate retention, small surface memory and faint lacing.

S - Yeasty with some touches of dark fruit and a boozy dash. Not unpleasing, but rather subdued in any case.

T - Fruit and candy, prunes and booze, yeasty dash. Sweetness, over the fruity sense has a rough yeasty side to it. Booze with rough edges picks up the final caramel with a dash of spices.

M - Medium-body expanded by the booze with medium-light carbonation. In the finish there is a small astringency, and a sense of metallic harshness that I've also felt in other Scaldis, here it is actually almost well woven but one can clearly discern that it is part of the same family of brews.

D - Not too bad a slow sipper, although some harshness, both from the way that the alcohol operates but also from the flavor profile hinder its full enjoyment.

Notes: Maybe the best of the few Scaldis I´ve had. And while this might be the best, it still retains something characteristic of the brand that does not quite do it for me. I'll try to age the other one and see how it might change over time.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 00:07:35 | More by Daniellobo
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District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Brasserie Beck.

A: Reddish brown opaque body with a small white head and some lacing.

S: Lots of sugary dark fruit and cherry aromas come through with hints of spices as well. Buttery malts come through as well, very nice aroma.

T: Not as complex and delicate as the smell, lots of alcohol burn dominates here. Flavors of cherry, clove, dark fruit and malty yeasty flavors come through, though again lots of alcohol heat covers up a lot of the complexity.

M: Medium bodied with lots of burn to it. Nice winter warming qualities though.

D: Good, but just really hot.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2010 00:35:53 | More by Dreadnaught33
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4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean reddish to copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, spice, fruit, and small alcohol notes. In the taste, dry cinnamon spice, a small sweet roast, and a dry alcohol hint. A spice bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry alcohol and small spice in the aftertaste. Big spice and a nice sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 18:11:56 | More by OWSLEY069
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3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Scaldis Noel.

Appearance: Poured on-tap into a Scaldis chalice. Sizable head on a mahagony/brownish body exhibiting fine clarity.

Smell: Creamy malt, Belgian ale yeast. Theres an overall pleasantness to the nose. After some time, there is a hint of ethanol, but not strongly.

Taste: Fairly standard belgian ale here. Malty, creamy, with just a hint of hops on the back end. The malts are mild and have a sugary flavor, paired with a mild roasted edge. Just the faintest hint of spice, which was nice.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium to full bodied. Warming in the winter months. Although this is a fine beer, this year's vintage lacked character that makes a truly great Christmas beer. And perhaps it was too young when I had it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2010 16:26:41 | More by Stinkypuss
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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When i visited the Kulminator in Antwerpen i got in a conversation with an older Belgian couple who sat there at a table. I asked them what they could advise me and they pointed out this beer. It was on tap and i got the beer in a Bush glass as it should be. Nice dark red/brown colour with a little head. Carbonation was not visible.

Taste was very nice. Sweet but not too sweet and some dry notes. The alcohol was well hidden in the flavour.

The older couple told me that this beer becomes an addiction; after the first glass there will come more...they are right! Good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2010 11:14:52 | More by Brabander
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3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip a orange slightly amber clear color with a small white head.
Smell of belgian candy sugar, some very light spices, and a light fruit aroma of pears and apple.

Taste of belgian yeast, light caramelized sugars, a very tiny amount of spice, almost not noticeable for a Noel brew, but pretty tasty overall. High amount of carbonation and a light to medium mouthfeel. very drinkable

Overall not a great beer but pretty good. price was about right for an import at $3, but of course I think there are better options out there in this category.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 22:42:53 | More by alpinebryant
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4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into tulip at 45 degrees, warming into the 60s through the review.

Pours with a booming 4F of off-white head over a clear mahogany body, with plenty of carbonation flowing up. Great lacing.

Aromas of light spice, caramel-to-molasses sweetness, light grape, and some rubber - strange, but true. After it warmed, it took on a cordial liquor quality.

Flavors start off with a light candy-sugar-like sweetness, grape-to-plum fruits, touch of dates after it warmed, and some peach fuzz.

Great, great mouthfeel - perfect carbonation keeps this 13% beer drinking like one half its strength.

Amazing drinkability for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 03:05:00 | More by BeerImmediately
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4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


25cl into a tulip. Pours a ruddy orange/red copper, lighter than a typical strong dark. Minor head dissipated quickly, minor lacing.

Aroma is more of a belgian barleywine than a strong dark. The dark fruits do not dominate the nose - spices, yeast and solvent alcohol do.

Taste surprises as it tastes more like a strong dark than a barleywine ;) Sweet candied mixed dark fruits. Appropriately spiced Noel brew. The alcohol asserts itself in the finish but properly and welcomed after the initial sweetness. Medium bodied creamy mouthfeel.
hits another level of delicious at room temp

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 05:40:38 | More by impending
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3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

250ml blue foiled brow bottle.

It pours a ruby/brown with a dirty tan head that rises very high. It recedes to only a few splotches of lacing.

The smell is that classic smell I love in these Christmas beers, It is dark and fruity with a big hit of dark bread and over that an almost vanilla/caramel like aroma, almost like bourbon. It is so awesome.

The flavor isn't as powerful as the scent, the alcohol takes over more in the taste, but it is still a complex, if sweet brew. Along with the big alcohol kick is some honey, caramel, some fruitiness, and some vanilla.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking, due to the small bottle size I also chilled this more than I wanted to, as it warms it gets more body and a richer flavor.

It will warm you. I'm not having it for Christmas, and it is still pretty much T-shirt weather out but it does have a nice warming sensation.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 01:41:06 | More by crossovert
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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 8.48 ounce dark brown bottle with blue foil wrap and featuring the glittery label on the front that I bought at Wet Your Whistle Wine Shop in Madison, Ohio a few weeks ago for $6 into my Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style gold rimmed goblet. Coincidentally, the bottle was imported, as mentioned on the back label, by Vanberg & Dewulf, Cooperstown, NY. This is a (slight) coincidence since I chose to pour it (before reading the label) into the Brewery Ommegang goblet that I bought in Cooperstown!

A Very, very brief creamy, light brown head over a dark, wood like brown body with visible sediment floating about near the bottom of the goblet. The brief head is likely due to the high (12%) ABV. Good look, reminds me of a Quad or at least a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. 4.0

S Organic, grains of sweet malt, reminds me very much of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and maybe even a Quad which it certainly has the strength for. The back label mentions that it is a "brilliant red amber ale." I do not pick up too much of an amber smell (not at least what one would consider a "western" amber smell). Regardless, this is an interesting smell, even if the alcohol is apparent. 4.0

T Sweet malt, grains but the alcohol is better hidden than the smell suggested that it might be. Significant Belgian yeast, candi sugar sweetness as well. Good tasting beer. 4.0

M Smoother than I recall that the on tap version was and this is welcomed in such a big beer. 4.0

D ABV would normally dictate a fair to below fair drinkability but the smoothness and the sweetness really help the drinkability in my opinion. 3.5

Notes: At a cost of 71 cents per ounce I was not too sure about this one but it proved worthy of my attention afterall.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 05:01:49 | More by adamette
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3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

25cL brown glass pry-top with blue foil. No date.

Appearance: Clear amber with almost no head.

Nose: Booze-soaked raisins and stewed fruits. New leather, too.

Palate: Prickly with alcohol. Medium-bodied and casually simple. Leathery with dried fruits and caramel. The alcohol sits right on top of this one.

I think the Premium version (bottle conditioned) is a "better beer" but this is hitting the spot right now. Like the big booziness. I was expecting more sugar sweetness, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 03:37:35 | More by SFLpunk
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2.55/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Great evening chilling with the Sebastopol old school at Russian River brewing so, being exceptionally drunk already, this may be an odd review...Pours a nice reddish amber...No head or lacing to speak of, so likely and old bottle. Darn...Huge, sweet aromas of candied figs and alcohol makes me think this will be a big-time winter warmer...lots of sweet candy in the nose..Flavor is the same...Huge sweet barleywine-ish qualities...Almost cloying in sweetness. Kind of overpowering. Finish isn't unique or good. It's typical for such a huge brew. This was a $3.99/8.48oz. bottle so it's way expensive, bringing drinkability down a lot...Not worth the price and way too sweet and alcoholic.

What I like Most: The ABV at 12%.

What I like Least: The price and lack of carbonation.

Verdict: Not worth it at all. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 05:20:31 | More by SolomonGrundy
Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
90 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.