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Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

707 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 707
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 27
Gots: 45 | 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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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very opaque, light tawny color, more orange than brown. Light off-white head. Low retention and moderate lacing.

S: strong alcohol esters. Big fall fruit notes, strong hint of spices.

T: some figs, plums, apples and raisins. Big spices, mostly clove and nutmeg. Huge strong alcohol flavors.

M: big bold brew, with a lower carbonation level. Relatively smooth for the ABV.

paulthebeerguru, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of marcpal
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8.5oz little nib bottle poured energetically into a Dogfish snifter.

A: Mountainous head on top of a hazy dark yellow body, like a rusted fender. The lacing and head were not long for existence.
Bottle Graphics: 2/10. Too much sparkling like one of those Chinese video games that gives seizures.

S: Nose of dark fruit, tons of it. All kinds of sweet hard liquor infused dried ginger, dates, figs and all else that goes into a brick of a fruitcake. The alcohol is present, a BSDA? The strong part of it is represented.

T: Liquid fruitcake bathed in rum. It tasted true to a dense fruitcake that is covered in rum and put in the toaster for about 3 minutes. As this warms, it is truly a sensory beauty.
As you sit back and sip, the sweetness is palatable and somehow amplified by the spiciness that is present.

The one fruit, like a Mad Elf, that comes through the most in the taste (not the aroma) is cherry. Unadulterated cherry, coming back to the dried cherries coming out of the proverbial fruitcake.

M: I'm not sure what category this fits into and hate getting stuck on caring but strictly using the adjectives it warms me in the winter. That small bottle is a great sipper on a below wind chill day, warms the chest.

D: Small bottle is a good thing- more big beers like this should do that, I could not imagine trying to work through 750ml of this. Even in the small bottle, an adventure of flavors to sip through.

marcpal, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this On tap @ kulminator

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.

Nice brew .

beerpirates, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of phisig137
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tiny 8 oz bottle pours a beautiful copper amber color, with a one finger creamy head. Nice retention gives way to a ring of faom and nice lacing. The range of colors here almost mimic that of a tequila sunrise... all the way from brilliant red to light gold.

Aroma is malty, period. Huge malt and grain aromas, backed by some yeasty esters, and some prevalent alcohol. Not terribly complex, but a nice smell for sure.

Flavor is again, quite malty. Fairly sweet from front to back, and showing complex malt flavors. Light caramel is prevalent, along with figs and plums from the yeast. Alcohol is quite prevalent, but not harsh. Definitely improves as it warms from cellar temp to room temp. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, although a little thin. Drinkability is decent, although the alcohol does make itself a little too forward for me.

I think with some time in the cellar this could be fantastic. It is a decent quad, and works nicely as a winter warmer. For some odd reason, I also think this would be a bit better with some spice in it. It's good as is, but for a ""Noel", I'd like to have at least a little spice to hide a bit of that alcohol.

One last note... I have noticed a HUGE variation in quality between the large 750 mL bottles of this beer, while the the smaller bottles seem to be consistently good. The large bottle is the better deal, when considering dollars/oz. But as far as the quality inside is concerned, the small bottles are worth it. Some large bottles are good, some are terrible; whereas the small bottles are always at least good, if not excellent.

phisig137, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of bradfordjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

bradfordjohnson, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of nhindian
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

250ml bottle poured into a Delirium Noël bottle. It seemed appropriate!

A - Pours a very dark mahogany-colored body, bordering on the darkest levels of brown. It's pretty clear for the most part with lots of tiny bubbles of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass, rising to replenish the head. Speaking of the head, it has excellent retention, and when it finally levels out, it leaves a half-inch thick cap that sits casually on top. Lacing consists of thick bubbles which sporadically stick to the glass, but it's nothing much special.

S - The smell is interesting and consists of multiple elements of various Belgian styles. The aroma has a nice phenol quality of it with plenty of bananas, figs, Belgian yeast, grapes, malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, and alcohol. Certainly unique and makes me want to get in and taste it!

T - After one sip I'm a bit overwhelmed. Where as in the nose the alcohol is more concealed and relegated to the back of the smell, in the taste it plays a more prominent role and is apparent from the start. Not to say that it doesn't integrate well with the taste, but don't expect it to be hidden. The spices of the nose are more subtle as well, but give the impression of cinnamon sugar coated raisins. The bananas and cloves curb each other to streamline the assortment of flavors into interesting combinations of flavors. The finish is long and sweet, and has a good mixture of sugar, grapes, and alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with good carbonation. Given the amount of bubbles seen in the glass, I was expecting a lot of carbonation but what is presented is definitely acceptable. Leaves a decent amount of coating on the palate.

D - Drinkability is moderate. It was a tough choice to pick this bottle given the size of the bottle and price, but I feel the size is a blessing for this beer. It's easy to drink and the flavors are interesting and work together great, but the alcohol will easily creep up on you. I keep getting drawn to drink, but the flavors are complex enough to delay the entire bottle over about 30 minutes or so.

nhindian, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of mitch3114
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

mitch3114, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of jerefreakinmiah
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

jerefreakinmiah, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of dherling
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

dherling, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interresting little beer! It poured a clear medium reddish brown and produced a two finger high, tan bubbly head. Not much retention and not much lacing as well.
The smell is of dark fruit like fig, plum and cherry, as well as caramell and honey.
Tasting the beer, the dark fruit palette is up front, followed by malty caramel and toffee flavors. The end is some yeast and citrusy hops, which bring good balance into the taste.
The crispy mouthfeel leaves a welcome tingle on the tongue and hides the warming effect of the alcohol.
A great Winterbrew, a little pricey, but a very good experience!

Hopfenpeter, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Fish113d
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at room temp from a bottle into a small tulip glass.

L- Pouring the color of honey, a large, billowing off-white colored head springs to the lip of the glass, and slowly dissipates leaving lots of lattice work on the glass.

A- Lots of spiced brown malts up front with maybe some plum fruitiness underlying. Lots of alcohol on the nose. Not as complex as some others.

T- Very sweet malts; sweetness from the fruit. Some spice comes through but a very dry oak flavored brew. I think the alcohol kills most of the flavors that wish to come out. However, still not a bad brew.

F- Holy 12% Batman! This one whacks you. It tricks you into thinking it may be very billowy and smooth, but the drying as it crosses your palate, making way for the alcohol burn, warms your belly. Fun to say the least.

D- I picked this up due to a sparkley bottle, and I'm glad I did at $5.99 a bottle. Not bad to drink, good for a winter evening!

Fish113d, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of Peyton5410
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Peyton5410, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of jonb5
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 bottle poured into Kasteel chalice. A: Bronze,
ruby, dark brown mahogany colour, fairly clear for
such a big beer, small tanned head which it
battled hard to keep, moderate lacing. S: Besides
the expected molasses and fruity notes it had an
unexpected hoppy aroma and some phenolic
hubba bubba. T: Fruity esters, fudge, slight prune,
kept the booze under wraps until the finish where
it was dominant and prolonged. M: Thick, chewy,
smooth, well carbonated. O: This packs a pretty
heavy punch, treat with caution and respect. On
the minus side it lacked that extra something that
sets the very best beers aside, could have had
slightly more flavor.

jonb5, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev -0.7%

nickhiller, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of kayrex
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

kayrex, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of ThaCreep
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

ThaCreep, May 07, 2010
Photo of taigor
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into small glass.

A - Poured slightly hazy brown orange color with small head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Caramel, toffee and malts with hints of cinnamon and spices.

T - Slightly sweet to start with dark fruits, almonds flavor. Has a taste of bready yeast and slight malty dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Very good and enjoyable Noel ale. ABV is very well masked.

taigor, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of BrewMaster
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a small bottle into a Duvel glass. The beer has a clean reddish color with very little head on top.

Smell: Caramel, molasses, brown sugar, raisins. Very sweet and spicy with a malty and yeasty aroma.

Taste: Strong alcohol flavor up front, sweet, chewy, bready taste with a rich burnt caramel flavor. A lightly floral and bitter ending with a bit of tartness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and velvety on the palate.

Drinkability: This beer is good but not great in my opinion. The alcohol taste is just way too strong up front making the beer feel very unbalanced.

BrewMaster, Mar 31, 2005
Photo of CDCNAM
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

CDCNAM, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of rcjennings
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

rcjennings, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

heysuz, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of djbreezy
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!)

djbreezy, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of theopholis
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a slighty cloudy amber that looks like iced tea with a creamy, but small white head with little staying power. Just a tad bit of lace.

Aroma - Very nice melange of ripe fruit and rich, mature, caramel. Lots of malt sweetness, and very estery. Some bread in there to.

Taste - Wow. Very pronounced clean, fresh yeast flavor mixed in with a great malt sweetness and a nice floral hoppiness. Just a hint of some of the ripened fruits, especially pear and banana and raisins. Some nice esters buried in there too.

Mouthfeel - Body is good for the style; quite thick. Fairly over-carbonated, but it works!!!! Really brings out the fruit and ester flavors. Really get some nice CO2 burn on the lips and the back of the toungue.

Drinkability - Amazingly drinkable considering the alcohol content. The carbonation level is a bit high, but I say, "Give it a shot".

theopholis, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of marcobrau
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A quadrupel, eh? Then this would be my favorite quad.

I've been a pretty big fan of original Bush (Scaldis) but I'm starting to be a bigger fan of this version. Poured into its own glass, this beer displays a deep reddish-amber hue and soft, thick head of foam. The white foam falls and leaves sugary lace down the side of the glass. This ale has a complex aroma and intoxicating creme brulee aroma that fades away too quickly. The first slick sip is full of sugary malt sweetness. A slight fruitiness emerges towards the middle, followed by a warming, bitter, finish. Really outstanding. I'm a bit surprised by the almost over-the-top bitterness in the finish. Almost drinks like a fine, spiced liqeur. Frighteningly easy to consume for a quadrupel. I would like to see how these flavors might change over time -- perhaps I'll horde some of this stuff until next year.

marcobrau, Feb 23, 2005
Photo of thekanna
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a gorgeous clear amber with a thin, white head that nevertheless leaves lacing on the side.

S: Strong essence of molasses and maple syrup with a whiff of phenols. Continued fixation on the smell evokes cloves, nutmeg, and other spices.

T: Sugar cane-like sweetness immediately hits the mouth and provides a warming sensation. Caramel and toffee malts are followed by a slight smoky flavor. Szechuan peppercorn-infused phenols arise and pleasantly numb the mouth; bequeathing an almost methol-like essence in the aftertaste.

M/D: Slight carbonation and chewiness give way to a numbing smoothness. This one is a great sipper.

thekanna, Feb 20, 2009
Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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