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Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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696 Ratings

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Andreji on 12-08-2001)
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

12-27-2013 18:28:56 | More by ohiobeer29
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 00:24:57 | More by BrewMaster
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New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2011 20:54:40 | More by taigor
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

12-26-2013 12:09:29 | More by alex_hart
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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 .

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2011 20:31:59 | More by beerpirates
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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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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".

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 07:27:14 | More by theopholis
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 05:18:45 | More by thekanna
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2005 02:49:04 | More by marcobrau
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

05-02-2014 16:52:23 | More by jadler16
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-29-2011 19:54:08 | More by csiewert
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

12-02-2012 15:34:50 | More by rcjennings
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United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 19:55:42 | More by jonb5
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25cl Bottle Labeled Scaldis Noel Poured nearly clear with a really nice reddish orange glowing body and a rather small head on top. First aroma reminded me of a cinnamon cookie. Spicy with a hint of citrus and orange. Alcohol is very noticible in the nose. Mouthfeel is quite effervescent and crisp.Flavors are spicy, sweet malts but again the alcohol is there also. Overall not a bad seasonal. Thanks for the bottle John.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 01:12:15 | More by BierReise
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3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a garnet/brownish color. The off-white colored head is small but creamy; settles to a good lace. On the nose you first get a whiff of the 12% abv., some spiciness, peppery, caramel malt, and some dark fruits. On the palate the flavors were of dark fruits, spicy, peppery, alcohol, good sweetness, clove, and caramel. Good brew…

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2003 14:14:00 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

12-27-2012 21:02:45 | More by jmathis
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

01-07-2012 12:41:48 | More by kayrex
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

05-19-2014 14:14:52 | More by azorie
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New York

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

A- Pours with a two finger head into my Ithaca Excelsior glass. Rusty, cherry/amber color with a off white head. Little touches of lace around the glass. Nice clarity and carbonation.

S- Cherry, honey, candied fruit, caramel, and a touch of alcohol. Some warm notes of gingerbread cookies as it comes to room temp.

T- Sugared fruit, honeyed caramel, gingerbread cake, really ripe bananas, brown sugar and allspice. Really warming and wonderful.

M- A bit hot on the tongue, but it really opens your mouth to all the candy and cake like flavors. Very warming and delicious.

O- Bananas, candied fruit, caramel, holiday cookies and alcohol... a wonderful drink for a February night.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 02:33:20 | More by Thickfreakness
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4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not much head, but a nice apple cider look, hazy and nice chestnut brown.

Nose of alcohol and fruits, deep dark fruits like plums, malty, some Belgian yeast.

Stong up front taste of over-ripe apples, plums, abv is pretty well hidden, deep malt with not a sign of hops, but a bit sweet at the end. Very nice.

More fizzy than I thought it would be, good carbonation keeps the nice flavors alive.

Great after dinner drink, keep it for special occasions. Nice little 25cl bottle is all you need.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 01:58:33 | More by robbyc1
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

02-21-2014 20:55:18 | More by ArtZan
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

12-02-2012 02:46:37 | More by brutalist
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-12-2013 05:28:37 | More by Luiz0930
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

12-29-2013 05:41:09 | More by CDCNAM
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Poured into a tulip glass: a muddy brown strong brewed tea color. Few bubbles and a fast fading white head with slight lacing around sides once agitated.

S: Sweet Candice's malt followed by banana taffy. After a good swirl the aroma changes to a heavy bouquet of bubblegum. Almost Monty with a hint of spicyness.

T/M: Huge alcohol profile with timid hops and a bubblegum sweetness. The finish is full of dry astringent cherry flavor.

O: Very impressed with the dramatic sweetness and overall flavor profile that comes from such a strong brew. The sweet definitely caresses the sleeping alcohol dragon.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 04:58:18 | More by Hopswagger
Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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