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Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Ratings: 789
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 38
Gots: 72 | 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 glid02
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a color somewhere between red and brown, I would actually call it a nice orange color. Head is one-finger of white foam that dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells of butterscotch and spices with a malt backbone. As it warms the alcohol becomes more noticeable.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Butterscotch with light spices up front, with a hint of dark fruit flavors that linger through the aftertaste. Not much evidence of the alcohol except for the warming sensation.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with good carbonation, but nothing overly exciting.

Drinkability is good. It's not the most flavorful beer, but it's solid and I'm impressed that the alcohol is so well hidden in the taste.

Overall this is a good beer on a cold night, mostly because of the high ABV and warming properties. If it's flavor you're interested in there are better beers out there, but this one is still worth a shot.

Photo of Overlord
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light honey brown. No real head, just a thin tan crust.

Smells is ... brandied/boozied dark fruits and brown sugar. Taste is overwhelmingly dark fruits and ... an insanely hot booze taste. Every beer I've had from Scaldis has been real boozy, and this is no exception. There's a faint breadiness to it.

Pleasant, would definitely keep me warm at night. Mouthfeel is thin but seems appropriate to the beer.

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

Small 250ml bottle, pours a reddish-brown with off-white one finger bubbled head, effervescence, there are lots of small floaties in this brew.

Aroma of yeast, brown sugar sweetness, dark fruit, some dark bread and cake mix sweetness.

Flavor of dark fruit and bread, a touch of dark candy and/or brown sugar sweetness in the background, there is pepper at the finish, faint spices that are tasted one of them is cinnamon, faint taste of alcohol but this did not take away from my enjoyment of this brew.

Mouth feel is a little more then medium, has some creaminess on the palate,

A nice Winter Warmer drink.

Photo of champ103
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a ruby red color. A large beige head forms with light lace.
S: Some toasted caramel malt. Lots of sweet candy aroma. Cherries, pears, apples. A complex aroma.
T: A sweet caramel malt and candy flavors. As it warms up, the beer becomes even more sweet. Cloying is the word that comes to mind. Fruity flavors that follow the nose. Burnt wood as well.
M/D: A full body that is syrupy and chewy. This has a huge ABV that creates a nice warming felling, and is obviously a sipping beer. Though I am having problems sipping an 8.5 oz bottle.

An interesting beer, but just doesn't do it for me.

Photo of ATPete
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

8oz bottle

A- Murky brown in color, small slightly sticky tan head

S- Toffee, tons of classic Belgian candi sugar, some alcohol boozy-ness and whiff of port wine.

T/M- Creamy in initial body becoming more and more viscous as the glass lessened. Some alcohol heat upfront as well atop very sweet malt, whiskey mash notes, some nutty flavors as well. Caramel is huge in this one, and the spicing is moderate. This bottle is a scorcher, very hot with booze, maybe a few months will mellow the '08's out some. Long lingering aftertaste which is mostly pleasant. I just dont know how many of these i can drink...

Photo of BWH3
2.92/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: From a 250mL bottle pours a translucent pale brown with reddish hues that is not quite copper. A fizzy off-white head bubbles up and then is gone before you can blink and all that remains is a pathetic thin rim of head.

S: The nose entices with sour dried cherries and sweet caramel.

T: Alcoholic heat and flavor greats the tongue. Some sweet cherry flavors combined with an earthy/musk like bitterness. Terminates the tasting with a lovely toasted flavor of the grist. Not too spicy or seasoned.

M: Really thin. The carbonation is gone very rapidly. Head retention is poor.

D: Maybe needs another year on the shelf. I thought for the price and quantity this one was simply not worth it.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/7/2008 (bottle):

Pours a very dark brownish-red color body, smallish whitish head, diminishing. Very strong alcoholy aroma, dark fruit. Some light fruit like pear. Flowery too. Fruity taste. A little hot, but hides it well. Soft mouthfeel. Better as lt warms up. Kinda tasty when it's not cold.

Photo of stumac
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

we begin our journey with a murky rust colored brew with a decent off white colored head. we start to smell the notes of alcohol, malts, more alcohol, more malts, and yeast. as the brew enters our feeding holes, we taste sweet malts and crisp hops. We have discovered a pure Belgium Noel! realizing how full bodied it was with low smoothe carbo, we begin to relax as the 12% worth of alcohol starts hitting our bloodstream. Sleep...sleep...

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was one of the few beers I had on draft during my Belgium visit. I had it at Kulminator in Antwerp, and thought it exceptional. Maybe it was the power of suggestion, but this beer seemed to me to be a bit on the Christmas-y side. It had a thick mouthfeel, like a red wine and spice (prompting comparisons in my mind to mulled wine) and lots of malt character that to me seemed like a winter warmer or an American Christmas beer. Flavor was malty and fruity with plenty of alcohol burn which also came through in the mouthfeel. I had it in October, but it made me feel warm inside and reminded me of Christmas. I liked it.

Photo of requiem960
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Scaldis Noel is a good Christmas beer that is very enjoyable. It smells of rasins and yeast and the taste is on par with the smell. Pouring an amberish color, this beer is malty and hides it's alcohol very well.

There is little carbonation and almost no head when poured. The mouthfeel is great, with very little alcohol on the tounge. Without reading the bottle, I'd have guessed about 8-9% abv.

As is my understanding, this beer is "brewed especially for the Christmas period. Scaldis Noel is a brilliant red, amber ale that will delight the most demanding connoisseurs." I don't know if I was delighted, but it was an enjoyable beer nonetheless.

Overall, this is a good beer for the holiday season. It's also a good, malty barleywine(esque) beer for enjoyment any time of the year. I'll probably pick up an extra bottle or two to age in my cellar for a few years to come and see how it holds up. I'd recommend the Scaldis Noel, and it'll be a yearly purchase during the Christmas season!

Photo of SigEp
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my top 3 beers. It has the alcohol content of a strong wine. And yet, you could quaff 2-3 glasses of this easily in one sitting. Malty, complex, delicious. There are many delicious and well balanced flavors in there, caramel, stone fruit, and clean delicious maltiness. One of those beers that is so good you can't really put your finger on what makes it so great.

Photo of erikm25
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thick cloudy amber and cooper hued brown. Nice creamy and billowing off white head with great spiraling lacing around the glass.

S: Very rich, deep, and malty. Hints of cinnamon draped apples and caramel laced bananas. Almost a slight chocolate smell in the backdrop. The thickness and richness of the aroma drowned out any thoughts of alcohol.

T: Much like the smell the taste is very rich like smoked maple, molasses, and brown sugar. Noticeable chocolate fig and caramel plum tastes with a slight sugary citrus zing. Heavy malty taste pins any possible hops. This is booze laden liquid candy or fruitcake.

M: Medium to full body with great carbonation and a rich creamy punch.

D: Very rich but very drinkable. Still a little early for the Christmas season but I will be picking up more of these throughout the holidays. I'm looking forward to having this on a cold night surrounded by psychedelic Christmas tree lights, family, and kitchen full of leftovers.

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

pour is a cloudy dark copper with a large white head, lively carbonation, good lacing.

smell of the cork is of dark fruits and spice, the glass is the same with the addition of caramel and nutmeg.

taste is rich and creamy, burnt caramel, figs, prunes, apples, nutmeg, spice, malt, ends with a sticky mouthful, slightly dry and warms the stomach.

i should have saved this for christmas but was nice on a dark and rainy pacific northwest sunday afternoon.

Photo of boblog
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: Dark brown/black, small head very little lacing. But then again I was in a dark bar.

Smell: Strong malt, no hint of hops, and warm alcohol.

Taste: I picked up on some nice raisin like flavors, and the typical hints of spices in a x-mas type brew. Still overall it leaned on the strong malt/alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, creamy, and warm

Drinkability: I enjoyed this beer, although I wouldnt recomend having another one after this as it would probably taste like nothing. Still after finishing this beer I wanted another but knew that would probably be too much, so I have drop the drinkability score for nothing else than sheer strength of taste and alcohol.

Overall: Great beer.

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty deep amber color, thin off-white head settles fairly quickly. Smells of dried fruit, candy sugar, yeast. Taste is very sweet, some faint spices, plum or apricot fruit notes and a very faint bit of woodsy goodness, and 12% abv? I can't tell. very well hidden. Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy, would be a bit better without the slightly grainy yeasty bits, but its good. Might be a bit more enjoyable on a cool winter evening than on a warm summer afternoon. May have to give this another shot this winter.

Photo of midaszero
3.16/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy amber color with a little bit of slightly off white head that disappears quickly

S - Don't pick up very many smells they are all kind of faint but raisins, bread, and yeast seem noticeable

T - Sweet and malty can definitely taste some alcohol. No other flavors really stand out on this one but I can tell some spices were thrown in.

M - Thick body with medium carbonation

D - Good but not my favorite Christmas beer, but worth trying

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

A: Pours a dark copper color with lots of floaties and a creamy tan head.

S: There is a big xmas spicing of nutmeg, and cinnamon on nose along with some apple cider alcohol.

T: Warm cola notes, hazelnut, and some warm apple cider notes are detected against a dark caramelized backbone. There are some dried cherries, plums as well along with a very earthy hopping with some dark sweet caramel lacing on the tongue. A very spicy tang on the finish from the xmas spicing with some nutmeg, and big breadiness coming through along with some peppery notes, and plums. A very big and warming beer with some lingering apple cider alcohol notes on the finish.

M: very big, creamy, and warming with the 12.5%abv definitely making a presence.

D: Drinks rather nicely for the 12.5%abv magnitude but drinkability is still limited to one and done.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tiny 8.48 oz. bottle, perhaps 1.5 - 2 years old. This beer is brewed with "caramel malt in large quantities" and dry-hopped for 4-6 weeks. Pours a murky, protein-filled deep amber, with medium carbonation and a finger of light-tan head that reduces to a sticky collar. Aromatic and complex nose consists of dark fruits (plum?), white grapes, green apples, strawberry?, and sweet malts/grains blended well with green/spicy hops. The first sip unveils the strength with a large warming sensation, but also reveals raspberry, a touch of maraschino, light caramel, some powdery yeast, and an increasing hop presence that imparts a mild bitterness and a grassy finish. The body is medium to thick body, with good carbonation and a tannin-like dryness. This is a great after dinner beer, and a good beer in general. Would be interesting to try this at about the 5 year mark.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of aforbes10
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours into my goblet a red amber with small sediment floating around. short, creamy looking head, laces like a cottony spiderweb. smells malty, hint of cherries, alcohol. Taste is of strong spicy malt, dark chocolate, hot alcohol, caramel. hints of nutmeg. very tasty. Creamy and full bodied. velvety. A small bottle, but a big drink.

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

Pours a rich amber with a pillow head with lacing (unusual for high abv). Smell is rich, malty, yeasty, belgian sugar. Taste is rich also...malty, alcohol phenols, brandylike quality. Mouthfeel is warming, surprisingly smooth. Very drinkable considering high abv.

Photo of dill
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 8.48 fl oz bottled poured into a flute glass. pours amber with a cream-colored head which is thin and settles quickly.

S: smells of raisin bread, very yeasty.

T: enters a bit hoppy with the strong taste of alcohol settling in the throat. as it warms, a strong earthiness wraps around the tongue which in the end leaves a bit of spiciness.

M: not particularly thick with a light fuzziness on the tongue.

D: this was a really nice beer to sit and ponder the complexity of. with a strong taste of alcohol, it's definitely one to enjoy as it warms the body on a cool night.

Photo of roblowther
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml corked and....barred? Not a cage but a metal bar bent across the cork & hooked on the bottle lip. Interesting! I manage to get it off with some prying & finegaling. Pours copper mahogany with a dense, rocky bone-colored head. The smell is oranges and plums, with a note of alcohol and brown sugar. I'm getting more enthusiastic. The taste is wicked smooth, with the fruits & sugars the smell promised but an oaky, mellow crisp finish. The aftertaste is a resurgance of the fruit that frankly, makes my mouth water. Alcohol comes on as the beer warms a bit. Wow! Mouthfeel is nice carbonation with a soft velvety untertone. Drinkability can only be expressed by my kicking myself for not getting more bottles of this during Christmas & the tracks I leave as I head towards my local to see if they have any left. Later!

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle. Deep ruby color with minimal white head. Smell was mostly of alcohol and yeasty spice. Sweet flavor with malt upfront and underlying spices. The sweet/alcohol flavors overpowered the more sublte spices/yesat flavors and left me wanting more balance out of this one. Interesting but a little too much for me. Mouth feel was smooth and velvety. Too much alcohol and sweetness to drink more than one.

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...

Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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