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Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

696 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 24
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky, brown body with a full, though short-loved, off-white head.

Smell: Bready, yeasty, boozey aroma that smells quite sugary and packed with raisiny goodness.

Taste: Sweet raisin and fig fruitiness with flavors of toffee candy and brown sugar following. Bready malts. Freshly-grated spices. Dash of schnapps. Slight yeastiness. Warming alcohol presence. Drying, alcholic finish with a lingering taste of caramel sauce.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Rich and crammed with flavor, it drinks as well as a beer with this much booze in it can.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 04:05:00 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

07-10-2014 17:39:46 | More by kjkinsey
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

10-31-2013 03:40:17 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

03-11-2013 05:21:51 | More by spycow
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

03-15-2014 23:41:43 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

12-30-2011 07:21:26 | More by ygtbsm94
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

12-23-2013 01:24:01 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a darker shade of brown, it had a fluffy off white head on top that left a soapy lacing down the glass. The smell of the beer was spicy, plenty of yeasty aromas also. The taste of the beer was had some dark fruit sweetness that was balanced by the spices. The flavor seemed pretty good. The mouthfeel was pretty good, bubbly and warming, lots of heat from the 12%. Overall, I liked it, I found it to be great for the winter season.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 03:57:56 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a (512) anniversary glass.

Rockin' a back-to-back with this and its wine-barreled cousin Scaldis Prestige de Nuits. Gots ta compare, baby! Anyway, this stuff pours a clear garnet-ruby populated by floaties and topped by a finger of relatively short-lived off-khaki foam. The nose comprises light red grapes, light fig, light dark wheat, very light clove, and a vague sense of Belgian yeast. In case you didn't pick up on the theme, everything is faint to my 'strils (though things intensify a bit with some time, but not by very much). The taste brings in more of the same, along with a mild vein of candied orange peel and a strong alcohol presence. So strong, in fact, that it's fairly oppressive. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, if you can get past the blast of booze, this ain't too bad a BSDA, if a touch ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 03:01:03 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, burgundy/mahogany color with a small, off-white head of thick foam. It left behind soapy patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of apple, booze, and was malty sweet.

T - The first sips hits you with some spicy yeast then sweet boozy malt flavors. There were several fruity flavors like apple, plum and figs.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a sticky sweet mouthfeel. A medium-bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a nice Belgian beer. Very potent and sweet with a fruity presence.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 03:24:19 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 01:51:35 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle, procured in BC at the height of last summer, on a day exactly the polar opposite to what we are now experiencing. The label nicely echoes the scene outside my living room window as I crack this little guy...

This beer pours a cloudy dark orange-tinted amber hue, with one finger of fast-disappearing soapy off-white head, which leaves a few scant specks of lace around the glass. It smells of zingy tropical fruit, baked dark sweet fruit cake, and warming alcohol. The taste is strong dark, nefarious black fruit, toffee malt, a bit of treacle, some mild Belgian spice, and soft yeast. The carbonation is on the low side, the body a hefty medium weight, a bit moderated by the astringent booze edge. It finishes sweetly malty, fruity, boozy, and oh so warming.

A nice strong Belgian holiday ale, not too sweet, nor boozy (even at 12% - sacre bleu!) - how do they do that?

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 23:59:30 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A long-standing bottle pours a clear reddish-copper body beneath a frothy head of off-white foam. Effervescent bubbles rise quickly from beneath, and the head retention is excellent considering its high alcohol content. It even leaves wide rings of crooked lace about the first half of the glass. The nose is enticing with notes of sweet dried cherries and dark caramel. It's delicately vibrant across the tongue with a carbonation that lightly tickles the tongue before allowing its light-medium body to become just slightly creamy. The flavor delivers the same cherry-like fruitiness and sweet caramel that the nose promises along with some floral and grassy hops and a decent slap of spicy alcohol that bursts onto the back of the mouth and tongue at the swallow. The caramel lingers in the mildly sweet finish with the alcohol doing more to dry it than the sublime bitterness that's present. And yet, the alcohol never overcomes or dulls the palate! This is a really well-balanced beer given its strength; and with just a little more complexity it could have a great drinkability. An excellent choice for a winter nightcap!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2004 23:38:14 | More by NeroFiddled
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

01-11-2013 00:00:31 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 02:33:00 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/29/09 at Julian's in Providence, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruits, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast and some spice.

T: The taste starts with a dark fruit and caramel sweetness that is followed by an alcohol bite, which you would expect from a beer with 12.00% ABV. Then a hearty malt character and a Belgian yeast breadiness come in. The hops presence is mild but where it should be for the style and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good Belgian-style beer to sip on for a while since it's so strong, but there are others in the style I would choose first.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2009 17:18:56 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark ruby with some head that quickly dissipates and leaves some lacing on the way down. Nose is sweet and thick with malts. Flavor is a ride. Starts off with a smooth and slightly sweet taste that has a very minute tart kick in the back of the mouth. Slight caramel edge. Seems to be a bit of an oaky edge to it too. Alcohol is only slightly present...for being 12%. Feel is bubbly. Very drinkable. A good one to relax and sip the night away with.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 08:26:31 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy and deceiving, slightly sweet and peppery alcohol slowly warms the body. Big caramel and dark fruit flavours with hints of phenols that are almost bubble gum in taste. I'll have to go back to this one several times this winter being that one little bottle was not enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2001 10:15:00 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

At $4.99 for a tidy 8.48 oz. bottle, this is the champ for the title of most expensive beer I've ever purchased. Was it worth it? It was worth the try, but I don't imagine breaking the bank to stock up on this tiny powerhouse.
Muddy, dark brown in color, creeping on violet, with small yeasty particles floating about, and a small, diminishing head. Aroma is heady and deep, dominated by fruit associations of the grape variety. Sweet, but not too hoppy. Malt is predominant to an incredible degree. Full and fierce on the tongue, with hops showing off to give a good charge upon the palate. And alcohol follows into the fray, and never lets go...
One sip in, and I'm feeling drunk already! Look at me, one leg in the air, arm wrapped around a lamppost, swinging to no discernable rhythm, finger crooked inside the handle of a little brown jug, marked XXX, singing, "How Dry I Am"...
Body is full, flavor is thick and fascinating, and boozy!, texture is marvelous, altogether, a formidable and unforgettable beer!
However, the large grape/wine flavor, and the 12% ABV make me wonder how a glass of 14% Shiraz doesn't smack me up like Scaldis does?

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2003 16:04:12 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8.4 oz nip bottle pours caramel with 2 fingers of sand colored head into my Bush tulip glass. Average head retention & lacing

S: Slightly bready with butterscotch & a bit of vanilla

T: Dry with oaky vanilla notes up front along with boozeyness. Caramel & cherry as this warms, plus more dryness & boozeyness. Finishes dry with some leafy hops & a bit more caramel sweetness

MF: Chewy with some slickness & low carbonation

Drinks like a 12% abv beer, sooo dry . Still a nice one to warm the bones on a very cold winter's night

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 04:33:40 | More by russpowell
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've heard of Christmas in July, but I couldn't wait that long. Early June and there I was ordering a Scaldis Noel, yeah it was weird in my mind to order this beer during June but it was the special. This beer poured into my snifter with a ruby amber brown color with a full caramel toned aromatic head, and the added eye candy of lace clinging to the edges of my glass. Aroma full of dark roasts, deep tones of caramelized brown sugar, and nutmeg along with some other festive spices very good aroma here. Flavor, this is a winter warmer in my book, but definitely was a nice change up from typical summer beers. Full array of spices along with sweet fruit tones that blend harmoniously together, and well this beer just works try it. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated fuller body, and this beer is not too cloying very good year round beer not just a winter warmer. Very drinkable beer just between 12% alcohol by volume and the high amount of carbonation, I will go for something else after I am through with one of these.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2003 15:09:10 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-20-2013 22:30:33 | More by Slatetank
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear orange with a small white head. The aroma is caramel malt and dark fruit. Possibly a little bit of rum. The flavor is tons of caramel, dark fruit (cherries) with a lot of alcohol at the end. Relatively sweet beer. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. The alcohol is present making it a sipper, but it is still relatively easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 22:01:19 | More by Mora2000
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mdfb79

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 8.48 oz bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark burgandy color with an inch of white head that quickly leaves. A little bit of carbonation evident.

s - Smells mostly of dark fruits and alcohol. Some yeast, spicem and sweet malts too.

t - Figs, plums, other dark fruits jump out first. Also some yeast and spice again, with alcohol hitting late in the taste.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. Some warmth from the high ABV.

d - A decent belgian dark ale. Some nice dark fruit to the smell and taste, but thought the high carbonation and how evident the high ABV was hurt it. I'd try it again and it's worth a shot, but wouldn't seek it out again. I think the smaller bottle definitely helps because this is a sipper for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 00:25:31 | More by mdfb79
Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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