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Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Ratings: 786
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 38
Gots: 71 | 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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Photo of Artjsantos
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of MadScientist
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A bottle from last years

A: Medium copper that would have decent clarity if it weren't for all the floaters in there. The head is barely there with a just a collar of off-white bubbles.

S: Fruity with alcohol and a bit of spice. There is a a moderately strong aroma of prunes with a bit of malt sweetness and a moderate Belgian yeast spice that is mostly peppery. A faint earthy hops. Moderately strong perfumey alcohol aromas and just a touch of cocoa.

T: A moderate amount of malt sweetness and moderately strong prune and red cherries flavors again with a fair amount of alcohol. There is a light hops bitterness and no perceived hops flavor. The balance is fairly sweet with a sweet finish and a fruity aftertaste. There is a light cocoa again along a honey flavor that boarders maple syrup like.

M: medium-full bodied with moderately-strong carbonation. There is a decent amount of alcohol warmth but it isn't solventy or unpleasant.

O: A sweet, fruity Belgian Dark with a good deal of alcohol. No a bad beer but not my favorite of the style, while sweetness is perfectly acceptable in the style I prefer the drier versions.

Photo of logicalparadox
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

High octane, with lots of abbey ale quality. Lots of dark dry fruits, dark bread, and Belgian yeast notes, but the overall impression that I keep coming back to is a less sweet rum and coke, made with good rum!

Going down, you can easily guess this one packs a punch, but you'd never in your life guess it was 12%! Winter warmer, indeed.

Photo of BucBasil
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretaste notes: This is labeled Scaldis Noel, a "Belgian Special Ale."

Appearance: Poured from the 11mL bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Initial appearance is deceiving, as it looks very dark brown or black upon pouring, but when held to light it is completely clear and ruby colored. Head was one and a half fingers thick and offwhite to slightly beige.

Smell: Highly complex, and highly alcoholic. A light yeast comes through at first, but is followed by clove, as well as sugarplums, as well as a nutty malt character. Somewhat subtle, but still enough to grab your attention... strange.

Taste: Begins with a nice malty character, but evolves into a somewhat spicy mysterious, earthen flavor. A bubble gum note comes through for a fleeting second, then is followed by a mellow yeast profile. Interesting beer.

Mouthfeel: Velvet smooth, and allows the flavors to really come through.

Notes: This is a serious beer. I cannot drink another anytime soon. I would say to try it, but only once a year. It's like a workout for your palate...

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

250ml bottle poured into shaker pint glass.

BBE 17/10/2007

A- Mahogany body with lots of yeast floaters, 3 finger creamy tan head with lots of lovely sticky lacing and excellent retention considering abv.

S- Malt domination, rich fruit cake, prunes, dark fruits, slight vinous note. Some wholemeal bread.

T- Liquid rich fruit cake. Some sweet sherry alcohol heat richess lingers in the finish. Detecting a wholemeal bread and lingering after the alcohol.Finish is suprisingly tea like.

M- Low carbonation, full body.

D- Age certainly hasnt hurt this one. A classic sipper. Excellent nightcap.

Photo of magine
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet.

Pours a lively amber with some nice burnt orange coloring along the edges. Off white fluffy head settles to a wisp lacy island in the middle and patchy lace clings and builds along the edges. lots of bubble action here as they constantly rise to the top. Lots of bubbles clings to the sides of the glass here. The coloring here is a big winner. Good looking brew here.

Brew smells of dark fruits and yeasts. Raisins, grapes, cherries and maybe even some figs. Dark malts and good spicy nose here.

Brew is nicely carbonated upfront; good sweetness from the dark fruits. Then the smooth creamy malts in the middle. Brew finishes dry and very warming. This is a great tasting and feeling brew that is very complex and even has a certain amount of chewiness in the middle. Nice booze in here that is very pleasantly blended. Really nice carbonation and smoothness in the middle. Really good flavors here; the dark fruits, yeasts and malts all work so well together. Great stuff here.

This is an excellent brew to sample on a cold night. A nice sipper that will warm you up and has alot of complexity in it to keep even the most stubborn palate interested. Almost like a quad in many ways. Excellent stuff here, to bad I only found it in a 8.48 fl oz single.

Photo of Goldndomer
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dedrinker
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bronze color with an off-white head. Aroma of amber malts and cooked nuts. The flavor has less of an alcohol bite as the regular Scaldis, and adds some toasty grains and holiday spiced nuts. Still a little crushed aspirin taste though, but at least it's a children's chewable. The bottle/ label is beautiful though.

Photo of rvdoorn
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a light amber-orange color, with a nice fluffy light brown head.
Smell: Sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits and spciy hops
Taste: Sweet malts, fruits, nuts, caramel and peppery hops. Perfectly balanced.
Mouthfeel: High-carbonation, creamy silk mouthfeel.
Overall: Very nice xman brew.

Photo of Andreji
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This christmas 2003 edition of the Bush noël is quite a pleasant brew.

A dark toned pour, rather below caramel to brownish with a small and fizzy dark tan head, eventually to fade and leave a little ring and lacing around the glass.

Nice fruity and aged sorta smell, with abundance in malt as well. not very strong though...

The taste is very good and complex; strong for the style and pleasant to descifre (even if, like me, you dont manage to at the end). The mouthfeel, with a balanced carbonation and cherry-on-the-cake sort of bitterness at the end is also very rewarding. This'll make me look forward to the next noël experience.

Photo of loren01
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of WckdVbz
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of hockeypuck
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dnichols
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 750 ml caged and corked bottle into a large cooled challis.

A: It poured into my chalice an attractive reddish-copper hue with an abundant beige two finger head. Held up to a backlight the Noel is almost cherry red accented with tiny floaties suspended and well distributed throughout the beer. The head slowly dissipates leaving a lattice of foam on the glass.

S: It has a healthy aroma of sweet brown malts up front with a complementing odor of plum fruitiness. From the moment I opened the bottle I was reminded of hot summer days sipping on toffee malts at the Dairy Queen. This is one sweetly pleasant and pungent brew. It has a strong and penetrating sensation on the nose.

T: A very pleasant taste. It tastes very of sweet malts reminiscent of caramels, milk chocolate, and figs. The rich sweetness hides the high alcohol content but I am reminded of the alcohols on the back side as my mouth dries slightly after resting following each sip. The malts define and dominate this beer. The hops are well hidden; almost non-existent

M: The rich sweetness hides the high alcohol content but I am reminded of the alcohols on the back side as my mouth dries slightly after resting following each sip. Mouthfeel somewhat like how I feel after filling my mouth with a fine milk chocolate.

D: I really enjoyed it; but feel it would be best experienced between November and March on a cool winter night after a heavy dinner. It is similar to a port wine…a wonderful after dinner drink enjoyed in moderation.

Comments: I was expecting something like the Bush Ambrée which I have had on several occasions. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised. This is a real treat for a special occasion.

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jayhawk73
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with reddish highlights. Thin off-white head, which quickly disappears. Fairly easy to see through in spite of style. Nose is apricot, brandy, raisin, fig, alcohol. Very sweet, and you definitely notice the alcohol. Taste is the exact same as the nose, with the alcohol really coming through. Just short of overpowering though. Feel is full, with sweet/malt/alcohol in full force. Overall, this is a good sipper, and might improve with a couple years in the cellar. Cheers.

Photo of NumberNone
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of silver0rlead
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of srw
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Enola
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


8.48oz bottle served in a Caracole glass.

Beer is a rusty brown color. There is a thin head and some lacing. No suspended yeast. The smell is brandy and wine like. The taste os this beer is apricots, prunes, several other fruits as well. The abv is listed as 12% and it honestly tastes like there is no alcohol present at all. This has become my favorite Belgian brew. By far. I could drink this beer daily. I will be picking up several bottles of this. As the beer warms, it has just a hint of a burn but not enough to detract from the overall opinion.

Photo of EPICAC
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this at Downtown Wine & Spirits last week. I let it warm to around 45º F and served it in one of my Chimay chalices.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy amber with a half-inch, beige head that thins to a sudsy film.

Smell: Very fruity, with notes of banana, raisins, dates and cherries. There's also caramel maltiness and the light scent of alcohol.

Taste: Fruity and sweet throughout. There are lightly tart hints of cherries and strong flavors of dark fruit. The finish is lightly bitter with alcoholic spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, moderate carbonation with a strong warming sensation.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable, given this is 12% alcohol.

Overall: A good quadrupel.

Photo of alex_hart
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I served this one in a tulip.

Appearance- The head barely musters to do anything. When all is said and done, there is only a ring of white foam around the glass.

The body is a dark auburn with copper highlights. There is some suspended sediment and slow bubbles rising in the glass.

Smell- Notes of chocolate, earthy yeast, some cranberry, and general spices. There's a little bit of rum quality to it from the booze. Not a bad nose, but it is not quite what I like.

Taste- On the tongue, the flavors are more buttery and toasty, with a little spice thrown in. And man, does that booze warm the belly! The alcohol lingers very long in the finish and feels a lot like a port.

Not as much cranberry, or citrus in general is noticed like on the nose. It is more cherry and candied. It is complex and rather enjoyable.

Mouth feel- Medium bodied and very slick. It is quite creamy, but man it is boozy. The finish is pretty hot because of it. It detracts a little bit, but it is still done well.

Overall- This Belgian dark is a spicy and boozy number with the fruity malt characteristics hanging back just a bit. It is a definite sipper that could have benefitted from less heat. Otherwise, the beer is well done.

Photo of rcjennings
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of sfprint
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank out of a Bush glass.
A: dark apple cider, suspended sediment, no head, very slow and minimal rising carbonation. Pond waterish
S: Apple, peach, somewhat sweet but heavy, cidery.
T: Alcohol shockingly subtle for 12%, spicy and even slightly hot, reminds me of belgian blondes/ambers. perfect degree of sweetness, not syrupy. A hair of bitterness, excellent balance.
M: Barely tongue drying/astringent, mild to moderate sting,
O: Excellent, incredible balance, body and breadth.

Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
90 out of 100 based on 786 ratings.