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Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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780 Ratings

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Ratings: 780
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 36
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Andreji on 12-08-2001

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Photo of IPA35
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A brown beer, not cloudy and it has a white head that fades quickly.

Smells alcoholic, lots of dark fruits in there like raisin, dates, and dried plums. Dark malts. Dutch christmas bread, including the almond paste and ofcourse the raisins. Smells of christmas.

It starts out a little sweet. Not overly so. Quite nice and then the alcohol kicks in that pretty much overpowers the subtile fruity flavours. Quite spicy also.
Could use some more sweetness I believe.

As it warms up the sweetness comes out more, which is a good thing as it gets less overpowered by the spicy alcohol. As a result I am going to give it the extra 0.5.

The mouthfeel is quite thin but creamy. The carbonation is not too strong.

Overal a good beer. It needs to warm up a little before it gets more tasty.

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 PoBear
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JNewbs
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of Kahlerbock
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of bfields4
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby amber brown clear body. Nice tight lacy head.

Big dark candy sugar flavors. Plumbs, dates, rasins lay the foundation brown sugar, nutmeg, and sweet vanilla rumish notes.

Flavor follows suit for the most part but the dark fruits are cut by a slight citrus that really complements them nicely. There's a bit of over-sweetness going on here though. The flavors are nice, but a little on the powerful side.

Almost overwhelming flavors keep this nice complex brew from pushing itself over the edge. A really good Belgian I would not turn down, but something is just not quite hitting the high note in this beer.

Photo of Vixie
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a really nice red color with a bit of a tan head that doesn't last too long.

I like the smell of this one, I can smell the alcohol, but there is a nice sweetness there, fruit, and a hint of cinnamon. Kind of reminds me of the smell of cookies.

Spicy and warming fits the taste. Quite a bit of alcohol warming, and I can detect the alcohol fairly well. There is a bit of a peppery finish to this. enhanced a bit by the warming.

Feel is ok, the carbonation helps a bit.

Not the best in the style I've had, but is a nice sipper on a cold night. It is lacking the complexity of the best Belgians, but is easy to enjoy on a chilly night.

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

8.48 oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet. Purchases in Nov. 2010, but I don't see a bottle date.

A - Pours a beautiful clear amber with one finger of off-white head. Head has little retention and leaves very little lacing.

S - Smells sweet up front with a lot of caramel and maybe toffee, raisins and figs, and some noticeable alcohol as well.

T - Taste follows the smell quite closely. Sweet, but not terribly so, with caramel malts, raisins and figs. A bit of alcohol is noticeable. Very nice.

M - Medium-full mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, with a bit of alcohol burn on the finish.

O - A very enjoyable beer on a cold night, and the small bottle is perfect for one person. I would definitely revisit this one.

Photo of nrbw23
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a reddish brown color with pretty much no head or lacing. Just a handful of bubbles and floaters in the brew.

S- Pretty sweet smelling. Picking up quite a bit of caramel, darker fruits and yeast.

T- A fairly strong mixture of spice and sweetness. Alcohol is hidden pretty well. Taste is figs, darker fruits, yeast, nuts, and booze.

M- A bit on the lighter side of medium and a fairly good amount of carbonation.

O- I think I'll pass on this one if it ever comes my way again.

Photo of kevanb
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a half pint glass.

A: Amber color, not hints of oranges and tans. 1/4 finger of white head that dissipates quickly leaving a film at the top. Decent lacing, not too cloudy, not too clear.

S: Holiday spices come to the forefront, gingerbreads, nutmeg, lots of yeast, bits of toffee and caramel minimal alcohol.

T: Follows the nose nicely, grains and Belgian yeast lead the way, nutmeg toffee and gingerbread come into play. Some raisin comes in as well and a tiny bit of alcohol heat.

M: A bit carbonated for my preference, and quite astringent at times from the alcohol which could be masked a lot better, pleasant for the most part.

O: Not a bad Noel, not my favorite, but a solid choice to bring about some holiday cheer.

Photo of BenTherHppedThat
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of josefnewsong
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of magine
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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 animal69
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.83/5  rDev -5%
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.

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice simple off tan colored head, picking up some of the body color which is a gorgeous dark copper red and brown. Head is kind of soapy but manages to stay for a pretty good time. Real nice looking beer.

Nose is classic sweet raisins, a little soft dark malts, and a good deal of banana.

Taste is chewy and even a bit spritzy. Fairly good carbonation on this, giving some soda like quality but letting the malts remain. Dark raisiny malts and a very prickly palate. Feel is just slightly wet but it works with the carbonation. Some very faint afterfinish of mild sweet chocolate and banana. Warming tongue brings licorice and toffee tastes as well.

Overall pretty solid, not much more to it than that. Doesn't come off as particularly boozy at all either.

Photo of tjseveryday
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of Aiptasia
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a little 9 oz. bottle that I stumbled upon at grassroots in Jacksonville.

A: Pours a deep rich red garnet brown into my pint glass. Just hints at a frothy head with no lacing to speak of.

S: Complex notes of deep estery fruits (plum, apricot, mango) on the nose. Not much hops presence, but smells like juicy fruit bubble gum all around the room.

T: Tastes like a typical Belgian Specialty Ale this time of year, with a sharp tang from the fruits on the tongue. The middle shows more depth and even some residual diacetyl butterscotch or rum notes. Alcohol is well masked. No overpowering hops bitterness. Typical of the style, there's just enough hops to balance the brew, probably used noble hops along the lines of Saaz or Halletauer.

M: Drinks easily and quickly. Di Di (vietnamese for little) carbonation and smooth/slick going down.

O: This beer is just about everything I like in a winter Belgian Specialty Ale. I'd love drinking it any time of year, but watch out. It's strong and will git ya drunk.

Photo of spacemanvt
1/5  rDev -75.2%

Photo of eslemarc
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8.48oz bottle in a goblet.

It has a very rich dark brown color, 3-4mm head of off-white cream, tightly gathered around the edge of the glass but puffier in the middle of the head. Minimal carbonation visible. The head quickly falls to sparse gathering around the edge.

The nose carries a great depth in the malt, very rich and fruitful. Very light notes of alcohol, maybe a very slight hint of pine hop. Mostly fruit malt sweetness and notes of yeast.

Light to medium bodied, much crispier than I expected even for a belgian strong, very strong in the booze department. It's quickly warming, very great winter warmer. Very big beer and very worth a taste.

Photo of PaBeerLover
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of bdeast1
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of callmeopus
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is sublime perfection. Starting with it's ruby and caramel color, that is a little deceptive in it's lightness, and ending with a burning boozy bite. I get the aroma of vanilla, nutmeg, and fresh cut douglas fir, that brings up a snow covered field peppered with small, fully decorated x-mas trees. The taste is gentle and sweet with various spicy notes (like ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon) popping up here and there. Each sip varies from the other, but none are disappointing. Scaldis Noel finishes in the throat with a light burning bitterness.

Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
90 out of 100 based on 780 ratings.