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Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

696 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 24
Gots: 38 | 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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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2005 02:44:22 | More by Fish113d
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Zorro

California

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy medium brown beer with a small tan head.

Smell is sweet fruits and spice and a clear alcohol scent. Brown sugar, apple, plum, raisin, cinnamon, are all in here. The alcohol carries the scent of brandy and it does have some cognac scents to it.

Taste is sweet and spicy. Lots of fruit flavor to this lots of apple and cherry flavor with a good dose of alcohol warmth to it. Alcohol is noticeable and serves to make for a dry aftertaste. Brown sugar and honey in the taste. Tastes like spiced brandy. Only flaw it has is that the high alcohol level is killing some of the complexity.

Mouthfeel is very good.

An enjoyable beer here but the alcohol level costs it some points in drinkability and flavor. An excellent winter sipping beer here that I can recommend, but you are not going to drink 6 of these in a night.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 01:41:49 | More by Zorro
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BrewMaster

California

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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shapudding

Pennsylvania

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

No dating. Clear, amber, woodsy chestnut. Caught a slight bit of chill haze. Light khaki head, just a nice dusting and thick ring of tight bubbles. Nice thin, but good covering. Aroma of sweet caramel, maltiness and just a bit of flowery hops coming out. Silky, yet you feel the carbonation, which is thick and nice. Good bite in there! Nice! Hard to tell where the bite is coming from, the carbonation, the peppery hops, and a bit from the alcohol warmth.... I’m liking it! Fairly astringent, with a nice bit of warmth from the alcohol. The flavors are not too intense at all for me. This is just so damn nice. Highly enjoyable as a sipper or with a good cheese plate.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2005 01:29:52 | More by shapudding
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

appearance: murky orange/brown.. slight carb and a bubbly crown.

aroma: oranges! BSDA malt profile with an unexpected overload of hop bouquet.

taste: malty and quad-ish with some strawbeery notes and a sweet, clean finish. hop bitterness is detectable, but does not interfere with this brew's distinctly belgian character. complex and warm. one of the best xmas beers around. an 8 oz bottle will do you just fine for a sitting.

the alcohol presents an obstacle, but the mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2005 16:56:25 | More by goodbyeohio
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

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

Bright colorful blue foil wrapped cap sparkly label declaring “since 1769” from the province of Hainaunt on an 8.48 fl OZ bottle.

Flows from the bottle with a clear dark orange amber hue topped off with a frothy quickly settling khaki tan head cap.

Vanilla ice cream malts and hints of Maraschino cherry and vodka oak awl-kee-hawl characters pervade.

First swigs: Warm malty soaked vodka cherry. Woody super hot bourbon edge that defies certain definition. Elusive. Seems to remind me of sake wheat like. Non-descript hop sneek. Quite hot in the throat that creeps up to port wine and golden raisin.

Exceedingly frothy foamy sipper that turns to cushy sponge on the tongue. Thick feel for a 12 % ABV, but still has a mustard cutter hot sipper quality.

Last swigs: Cherry notes gin sipper. Reminds me of Troegs Mad Elf with more ABV bawls. 12% ABV is a silent killer. Special thanks to fellow BA PopeDX for the bottle. This is not a quad at all. More of just a Belgian Strong.

Beer is good. Happy hot high ABV beering.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2005 08:27:23 | More by blitheringidiot
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Bierschenker

Belgium

4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*Bottle: 25cl
*Alcohol: 12%
*Brewery: Brasserie Dubuisson, B-7904 Pipaix
*Place beer was reviewed: Op kot, Lange Ridderstraat 19/3, B-2800 Mechelen

Every year around Christmas I await the arrival of all these great Christmas beer. Dobbel Palm, Gordon’s Christmas, Bush Noël,…
Bush is one of my favourite beers. It is more then just a beer for me. I also have a lot of good memory’s of drinking together with friends attached to it. I first drank it on a night to remember and since then I only drink it when I am with good friends. Only now, in order to review this beer on the website, I have bought some in the supermarket.

It pours out a darkish red fluid that doesn’t want to start growing a head. It’s a respectable gentleman and doesn’t want to do the dirty work. So you will have to help him. Keep the glass tilted and pour it in nice and wild. If you succeed in making a head, enjoy it, because it won’t last long.
The nostril system was mostly pleased with this beer. Rich odours of caramel, chocolate, candy, pepper and malt. The first taste gives you all you already knew from the smell. But now you also get a sour yeast taste . It keeps on lingering in my mouth. It’s like I’m eating some kind of ripe fruit. This beer is very rich, also in yeast. I always poor it out till the bottom. When I get it served and it is already poured in, they tend to leave the yeast in the bottle. I think this is more a personal choice. Sometimes adding or leaving the yeast can give the same beer a different taste. And with some people, the yeast might trigger something inside. Personally I prefer the beer with yeast. It is healthy too.


Ut vivat, crescat, floreat!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2005 14:23:44 | More by Bierschenker
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marcobrau

Illinois

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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2000 version, with 2002 expiry. I went with Steve Beaumont's recomendation that it was still good. Still aggressive carbonation, liked the yeast sediment at end. Spices worked, with fruit and booziness and rum. Worked fresh on tap at Eulogy's in May 2005 just as good. Had another bottle half a year after that and just as good.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2005 04:36:25 | More by Sammy
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lungboy

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this 25cl bottle at Sam's in Chicago. Pours with authority-- not too much head, but enough to know you aren't going to be drinking a cough syrup in the next few minutes. It settled down with a thin head, just a bit more than a lacing if you catch my meaning.

The first scent is slightly more barley than yeast, and goes down with a sweetness that is offset by an astringent quality keeping it from finishing off with a sticky aftertaste. It is like candy that cleans up after itself. That last statement is a testament to the beer's ABV. After a few sips (and I mean sips) it becomes less astringent and more bread-like. However, the sweetness is always just a breath away.

I like it. Most certainly not a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2005 03:52:07 | More by lungboy
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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

250ml bottle bought as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Festive blue foiled cap.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" beige head above the reddish caramel-hued brew. Head stays as is, thick and foamy, and lacing is excellent, especially for the style. Aroma is spicy Belgian malts and yeast, with a tincture of piercing alcohol at the end. Taste is sweet and spicy upfront, with ample malt presence, and fades into an all-encompassing warming effect, with perhaps the slightest step into the land of "whoa, boozy". But this a is Quad, after all, so what else would be expected? Mouthfeel and drinkabilty are both good, with the drinkability being of the "I would revisit" variety, not the "I'll have three in a row" variety.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 01:10:55 | More by ppoitras
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NearerMyBeerToMe

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a firm head of small, off-white bubbles that rises just to the rim of my Mad Elf tulip. Beer is light sienna in color with near-amber highlights; possibly the lightest-colored quadrupel I've ever seen. After swirling the slightly viscous fluid, the head leaves behind a bit of webby lace, but nothing inspiring. No visible carbonation. Aroma is orangy and alcoholic... Grand Marnier with a lighter nosefeel--bullseye! Hints of cinnamon and lemon bread, with a finish of dry reeds. Very nice. Sip quickly though, because the alcohol will start to take over fast. First tastes are honeyish, alcoholic, almost mead-like; with more bitter orange peels, as in the aroma. There's an unusual aspect to the sweetness, however, that reminds me of sloe gin; and the hops seem especially grassy... fine for a Belgian Pale Ale, but here...? Again, alcohol really starts to become a flavor of its own--especially in the aftertaste--after the first few sips. Mouthfeel is full, semi-dry, and tingling with alcohol. Not a bad belly-warmer, but this simply isn't what I'd reach for when I'm in the mood for a quad.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2005 23:38:59 | More by NearerMyBeerToMe
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Sigmund

Norway

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

250 ml Scaldis Noël bottle, bought at Borough Market, London. Pours with an an enormous lingering head, beer is clear, colour is deep reddish amber. Aroma of dark rum, sherry, oak, raisins, spices. Flavour is very sweet with dried fruits and whisky elements, but a distinct spiciness and decent hops prevent it from falling in the "cloying sweet & undrinkable" ditch. Alcoholic warmth in the mouthfeel, as expected from a 12% ABV beer, but not overwhelming or unpleasant. A very fine Christmas special in my book.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2005 20:51:37 | More by Sigmund
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shippos

New York

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

poured with abrillant honeyish amber hue and with a vibrant amount of carbonation created a tightly packed fluffy pillowy white head.
dry aroma with some grassy notes and is flowery, hops i assume, and an underlying rich malty background.
peppery and spicy taste with the alcohol hitting you first and then followed by a cleansing bit of carbonation.
this beer definetly changes as it warms up and breathes for a bit.
the aromas pop out more and become more pronounced, the malt in the taste certainly jumps out at you leaving you with a dry hoppy very spicy and hot aftertaste.
drinkable, definetly but certainly a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2005 15:13:05 | More by shippos
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear deep copper color. It is well carbonated and has a frothy tan-amber color. The aroma is quite rich with notes of caramel, rum, and brandy. The aroma is full of notes of alcohol, which pretty much dominates the finish of the nose. This beer is pretty sweet upfront, it has a nice smooth creamy mouthfeel to it. There is a nice hoppiness to this beer, despite the intense maltiness that defines this beer. The hops add a nice spicy note to this beer, as well a nicely bitter contribution in the finish. This beer has subtle notes of butterscotch, concentrated raisin, biscuits, caramelized malt, a hint of cinnamon, tangerine, and a grassy herbal zing. The only thing that detracts from this beer is the apparent alcohol, it is still not overwhelming though. This beer is still quite tasty, and I really like the fresh hoppy character of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2005 01:57:52 | More by Gueuzedude
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Wildman

Ohio

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

This beer poured a dark copper color and formed a small bubbly off white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel, honey and some spices with hints of the alcohol. The flavor was of malt, caramel and some citrus. The body was slightly creamy and the finish was sweet with the warming aspect of the alcohol present. Not a bad little bottle of Christmas cheer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2004 02:25:27 | More by Wildman
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Gusler

Arizona

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

The beer separates from the 25 cl brown bottle a shimmering copper color wit the head modest in size, creamy in texture and the color a toothsome light tan, the resultant lace circumnavigates the glass. Nose is sweet malt, hints of orange rinds, eggnog, start is sweet, and nicely malted, the top is fair to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is modestly acidic, the hops apparent in their spiciness, and the 12 percent ABV quite noticeable by the slight alcohol bitterness in the desert dry aftertaste and the nice tummy warming sensation, a marvelous beer for a cold winters night.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2004 20:45:48 | More by Gusler
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't care for their regular offering in the least, so it took a while for me to pony up the $3.50 for the 8.whatever ozs of the Noel.

This tends to be available here year round, so I'm not certain on the year, but I'd guess it's the most recent version, or the one immediately prior.

Pours a darkish auburn-brown with a suprisingly healthy beige head for a brew of this girth.
Rum cake aroma with big, glimmering notions of orange rind.
Begins almost dryish, with a crystalized brown sugared, bready texture. Envokes the holidays with its fruitcake mainstays, all doughy, full of plum, raisins and sweet cherries, backed further with peach muffins, orange zest and kiwi. It's a welcome juxtapostion between the danker dark fruits and the brighter pangs of tropical fruit and citrus. Alcohol is partially cloaked, with only a few nods towards blackbery brandy. Hops are assertive with their earthen, brown plant bitterness. The balance here is key.
If anything it lacks a bit of the typical yeasty flair. In that sense, it comes across as more of a fruity, mighty tasty and ferociously downable barleywine as opposedto a "true" belgian brew.
Full bodied, but nowhere near as cloying as the standard. Despite the label claims of a "sweeter" brew, it isn't. Just more balanced, more complete, and much, much better overall.
This would be extremely dangerous in a larger package.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2004 06:23:53 | More by cokes
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

A long-standing bottle pours a clear reddish-copper body beneath a frothy head of off-white foam. Effervescent bubbles rise quickly from beneath, and the head retention is excellent considering its high alcohol content. It even leaves wide rings of crooked lace about the first half of the glass. The nose is enticing with notes of sweet dried cherries and dark caramel. It's delicately vibrant across the tongue with a carbonation that lightly tickles the tongue before allowing its light-medium body to become just slightly creamy. The flavor delivers the same cherry-like fruitiness and sweet caramel that the nose promises along with some floral and grassy hops and a decent slap of spicy alcohol that bursts onto the back of the mouth and tongue at the swallow. The caramel lingers in the mildly sweet finish with the alcohol doing more to dry it than the sublime bitterness that's present. And yet, the alcohol never overcomes or dulls the palate! This is a really well-balanced beer given its strength; and with just a little more complexity it could have a great drinkability. An excellent choice for a winter nightcap!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2004 23:38:14 | More by NeroFiddled
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PopeJonPaul

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A murky, caramel mud with a mild head but consistent carbonation, with a large amount of yeast flakes (if you're into pouring out the bottom of the bottle.) Has the extra-sweet alcohol smell of a barleywine.

Yow! This is definitely sweeter than the regular Scaldis. Orangey, tangy, spicy, caramel flavor with an added malt whiskey\spiced rum blast. The milky smoothness and the carbonation make for a really interesting mouthfeel, thickened my tongue a bit after I finished. Definitely put some warmth in my belly, too strong for more than a couple though. Three will make you invincible.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2004 01:02:19 | More by PopeJonPaul
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tavernjef

Minnesota

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

Hazen orangey rust color, a thin whitish cap transfused to the top quickly and reverted just as quickly leaving a thin ring and very minimal strings of lace. Aroma is of heated alcoholic caramel and dark orangy citrus, a bit on the potent side, that 12% shows itself. Taste is a bit sharp, a subdued alcoholic twinge hovers within some sweet caramel and citrusy oranges. Floral hops in the finish with more warmth over the top. Feel is about medium bodied, creamy in areas where its not warming, then there's warming and more warming. This is one straight up boozy little brew. Smooth never-the-less and inviting, solid heat and good caramel topped fruitiness to help cover it up; some.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2004 23:34:05 | More by tavernjef
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

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

Copper body, lacy sticky head. Pungent aroma of alcohol, fruits, cherries, lemons...and more alcohol. Like a spiced up barleywine on acid. Yeasty, dry and malty to start with, well hopped flavor towards the middle, and finishes somewhat tart, dry, and full of warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is perfection...I expected good considering the high ABV but it's even better. A real warmer that doesn't hide the alcohol, so I wouldn't drink a lot of this. The slightly smaller bottle is a good size. Nonetheless, a great nightcap on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2004 05:42:44 | More by IrishRedRock
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erica

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I split a cute little bottle of this lovely one. It was dark brown in colour, smelled fruity and boozy and sugary, almost wine-like. It tasted similar to the smell, very malty with flavours of caramelized-sugar, tart cherries, alcohol- which wasn't overpowering at all in the taste. There was a nice balance of the alcohol and the fruitiness of it all. Mouthfeel was a bit on the thick side, which is to be expected with a strong beer like this, and drinkability isn't rated too high because it is 12%abv, so more than one bottle in a sitting would probably get old. Overall this is a good example of a strong dark belgian, and I would definitely drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2004 21:37:20 | More by erica
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew comes in the neat little 250ml bottle. The appearance is great. A dark copper-like brew with a lovely tan head of foam that dies quickly. The aromas are very alcoholic, malty, sweet, fruity, with dark fruits, and nuts in the mix as well. The taste follows suit. This stuff is a taste explosion. Malts up front, and than the dark fruits and nuts in the middle. The finish is all warming booze, reminscent of rum soaked raisins or cherries. The mouthfeel is thick, and a little cloying, but the drinkability remains nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2004 17:00:32 | More by francisweizen
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Andreji

Colombia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 12:48:49 | More by Andreji
Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
90 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.