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Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Ratings: 698
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 25
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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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 francisweizen


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
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 12:48:49 | More by Andreji
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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy medium brewed tea. Amber and leather. Cream-colored head quickly fades to thin, fuzzy film. Aroma is big overripe fruit, spice, bit of good cognac and butter. Flavor is mellow and smooth, melon past its prime, a bit fuzzy. The main flaw is that it edges on cloying just a touch too much. The alcohol is hidden except in the warmth it provides going down.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 08:29:44 | More by aracauna
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3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

wasnt as impressed as id hoped with bush noel. it wasnt so much the potency that got me as opposed to the effect the ABV had on the experience. the alcohol took over in the end which i found disappointing overall.

best drank at room temperature in a chilled glass, it poured a lovely deep amber color with a reasonable head and nice gentle bubbles rising up the glass (a duvel for records sake). smell was a mixture of robust malts, fruit cake like touches; peel, dried fruit, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of almond. thick in the mouth but still quite crisp, flavors were as revealed in the nose, the malts coming out more fully with some treacle like factors. as it got towards the end of any mouthful, the presence of hops was completely taken over by blasts of alcohol. i cant help but feel this beer would have been so much better served by toning it down a few degrees. not to mention it blew my head off after one bottle and these things dont usually hit me so easily.

this brew really doesnt need to be this strong. it takes away from what is otherwise a sensational beer. perhaps i should have had it with pud and custard, or even put it in the pud. as it stands just doesnt quite cut it for me, but considering the price i paid for it, im not going to complain too much.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2004 14:21:12 | More by diablo14
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cute little bottle! I let it sit for 10 minutes.
It pours a shiny burnt orangey amber color with a sudsy, foamy beige head and some trailing and sliding lace. A big sweet malty aroma is noticed instantly. A fruit soaked in rum bouquet is quite noticeable and lasting. Flavors of caramel malt and fruitcake with extra orange zest come to mind. A dose of over-ripe banana, candied sugar and taste of lemony bitterness mingle with peppery spices and cloves. A hint of piney esters along with the sweet and warming alcohol punch of dark rum. The mildly astringent camphor taste is present throughout.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2003 16:17:08 | More by BeerResearcher
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3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark copper, great clarity, narrow layer of tan foam that flattens out quickly but never quite disappears

Aroma: deeply malty, caramel, tiny touch of roast, wisp of hops, clovey, a bit fruity, alcohol

Flavor: sweet but not overly so, caramel, licorice, some subdued spice, rather firm balancing hop bitterness, peppery alcohol zip, finish is semi-sweet with a lingering caramel flavor and hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: full body, gentle carbonation, creamy, big bloom of alcohol warmth

Overall Impression: Nice beer. Hides its abv quite well. I'm not sure how different it is from the regular Bush (Scaldis). Damn thing sneaks up on you, though!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2003 18:06:20 | More by GreenCard
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 250 mL bottle, into a St. Bernardus goblet. The color is a dark amber, with a nice wispy white head. The smell is a strong phenol with definite alcohol. The taste is a strong fruitiness, fairly sweet, and the alcohol is very strong, but not overpowering the rest of the beer. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated. Drinkability, could have a couple more, but probably not too many.

Ahh...not too bad a Christmas beer. Scaldis is sure great for creating huge ABV beers, and this Noel is no exception. Good, and certainly one I'll have next Christmas.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2003 03:12:08 | More by beergeek279
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3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was quite expensive but I had to try it. 2002 edition so it was aged a year. The appearance is a light orangish with a creamy smooth head. The nose was quite alcoholic with some hops. But the alcohol wasn't near as apparent in taste. It didn't really come through until I felt my belly getting warm. The flavor was a good mix of butterscotch, spices (cinnamon, etc.), and earthy hops. Tartness shows in the finish. It was complex but not spectacular. I'm glad I tried it, but that's just too expensive of a beer to not be spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2003 17:23:38 | More by granger10
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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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4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a kind of rusty amber color with a nice thick beige head. Beautiful lacing. Now I can appreciate why the Scaldis goblet is so big for such a small bottle (8.5 oz.). No dating on the bottle, but this bottle was a overstock from last year's Christmas beers. Nothing wrong with an extra year under a 12% Belgain brew, nothing wrong at all. It has some green apple in the nose, accompanied with an "affirmative" in the alcohol presence. Nice malt and candi sugar aromas mixed with some spices, too. Very tempting looking brew. Within the first sip, you know you're not finishing this one quickly. Big alcohol with sweet malt undertones finishing very, very dry and spicy. Mouthfeel's dry, effervescent and alcoholy. This brew is great, can't say I could drink more than one, however.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2003 04:26:22 | More by crookedhalo
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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a murky, raisin brown color with a thick creamy tan head. The aroma is sweet, and bready, peppery and spicy. The flavor is alcoholic, spicy and peppery with a sweet, bready maltiness throughout. It is a full-bodied beer that is very warming. A very tasty Belgian brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2003 18:50:40 | More by BeerBuilder
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4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Clear, brownish-orange carbonating body with a modest head. It settled well on top of the liquid though and showed good retention.

Smell – Big BSDA aroma. The malts, super-ripe fruits, and sugars abound in this hearty brew. I warmed this for an hour before opening and now my whole house smells like Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The wife’s not too happy, but I’m in heaven.

Taste – Outstanding! This ale is everything about a BSDA that I love. The malts are excellent. The peaches, apricots, plums, dates, figs, and other fruits are full yet not overdone. The alcohol flavor is complimentary instead of invasive.

The bubble gum comes out second along with lip-smacking sugars. This one runs the gamut of brown and raw sugar, powdered, and table (refined). Looking for hops? Not in this heavy hitter.

Mouthfeel – A small alcohol sting and a very smooth, thick, chewy body makes this one a standout. It’s full-bodied and feels terrific in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – At 12.0 ABV I wouldn’t suggest pouring a six-pack of these into a beer bong or anything like that, but if you enjoy the style you MUST find a way to try this ale.

Update – I revisited this fella on Christmas Day 2004. It’s just as I remembered it. The malts tasted a little more yeasty and it seemed a little fuller. This is a great Noël.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2003 02:13:10 | More by RoyalT
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West Virginia

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

I've heard of Christmas in July, but I couldn't wait that long. Early June and there I was ordering a Scaldis Noel, yeah it was weird in my mind to order this beer during June but it was the special. This beer poured into my snifter with a ruby amber brown color with a full caramel toned aromatic head, and the added eye candy of lace clinging to the edges of my glass. Aroma full of dark roasts, deep tones of caramelized brown sugar, and nutmeg along with some other festive spices very good aroma here. Flavor, this is a winter warmer in my book, but definitely was a nice change up from typical summer beers. Full array of spices along with sweet fruit tones that blend harmoniously together, and well this beer just works try it. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated fuller body, and this beer is not too cloying very good year round beer not just a winter warmer. Very drinkable beer just between 12% alcohol by volume and the high amount of carbonation, I will go for something else after I am through with one of these.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2003 15:09:10 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a rustic amber with both copper and red highlights. Small amount of chill haze. A light tan head pours a full finger deep and has fair retention and lacing.

Smell: Potent, with the alcohol poking through the candied fruit, spicy, and caramel notes. There's a touch of tropical fruit...pineapple and mango.

Taste: Complex with a heavy alcohol outer layer. I taste both candied and burnt fruit, caramel, a peppery spiciness, hops, and tropical fruits with a double-shot of vodka. Underneath all that is a touch of raison bread. Finishes with a firm bitterness, along with a charred dark fruit character. There are more hops in this than your average Belgian holiday brew. It's tasty, but the alcohol is very strong and blurs the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: On the heavier side of medium which is made lighter on the palate with a good deal of carbonation. Dry finish from the huge amount of alcohol. Very warming...

Drinkability: Decent for what it is. This is jet fuel made into beer. Go easy with it...or suffer the consequences!

'Thanks' to StevieW for sending this in our trade.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2003 17:22:22 | More by MJR
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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small 8.5 oz brown bottle. Shiny blue label depicts an abbey covered in snow. Again, I'm way behind the curve with this Christmas Ale, but oh well.
Medium copper in color. Shiny. Tight, fizzy tan head blew up then settled into a clumpy thin covering. Lots of sweet candy smells, toffee, and biting hop smells. Taste is very well recieved combination of the above. Starting with a sugery sweet candied toasted carmel malt sugary stickiness. Some subtle yeast flavors and a super charged hop presence for a belgian beer. Some cinnamon also slides by. Candied sweetness is really good and right for the season. Mild Alcohol heat comes through toward the end. Belly warming and resounding hop burps. Lingering hop bitterness on the tongue. Meduim to light bodied, alcohol presence is notable on the finish especially.
Overall a Christmas beer worth trying but I agree with the others a bit overpriced $4.99 for a small bottle. But dummies like me buy it, so It's not going to get any less expensive.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2003 18:51:22 | More by StevieW
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Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a virtually non-existant head, over cloudy amber liquid (lots of yeast floaters abound). The nose is predominantly havy malt with noticeable alcohol, and hops. The taste is very hoppy/bitter...pleasantly so! An alcoholic/liquor-ish warmth follows with lots more maltiness in the background. Finishes with a just-as-strong bitterness from the massive hopping they give this ale to balance out the heavy maltiness & alcoholic power. A "send the kids to the neighbors, I'm comin' home drunk"-type of ass-kicker! God bless Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2003 14:01:55 | More by beerluvr
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3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

At $4.99 for a tidy 8.48 oz. bottle, this is the champ for the title of most expensive beer I've ever purchased. Was it worth it? It was worth the try, but I don't imagine breaking the bank to stock up on this tiny powerhouse.
Muddy, dark brown in color, creeping on violet, with small yeasty particles floating about, and a small, diminishing head. Aroma is heady and deep, dominated by fruit associations of the grape variety. Sweet, but not too hoppy. Malt is predominant to an incredible degree. Full and fierce on the tongue, with hops showing off to give a good charge upon the palate. And alcohol follows into the fray, and never lets go...
One sip in, and I'm feeling drunk already! Look at me, one leg in the air, arm wrapped around a lamppost, swinging to no discernable rhythm, finger crooked inside the handle of a little brown jug, marked XXX, singing, "How Dry I Am"...
Body is full, flavor is thick and fascinating, and boozy!, texture is marvelous, altogether, a formidable and unforgettable beer!
However, the large grape/wine flavor, and the 12% ABV make me wonder how a glass of 14% Shiraz doesn't smack me up like Scaldis does?

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2003 16:04:12 | More by feloniousmonk
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Nice amber colour. Spicey/sweet nose. Malty up front followed by a nice sweetness hinted by caramel & molasses and spicey, almost pepper finsh with an alcohol kick. Good sipping beer. Gets you warm fast so don't drink too quickly. Quite enjoyable. A pefect match for the christmas season.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2003 05:37:06 | More by Popsinc
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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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New Jersey

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

Hazy brown liquid with white suds ringing the glass. Very rich, malty aroma with some alcohol, peaches, and spicy hops in the nose. Great toasted malt flavor and some caramel somewhere in there, too. Some hop flavor provides the right amount of balance but still leaves this beer way on the malty side. Body was thinner and carbonation higher then expected, but so what. The alcohol was very noticeable (not in a bad way) and warming. A good beer overall, but I think I’ll stick with Samichlaus as my big winter beer from a little bottle, for now at least.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2003 05:59:02 | More by yen157
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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very nice winter treat (and I'll simply ignore the fact that winter is gone and it's in the 70s today...). Deep copper with a rocky white head. Aroma of orange, coriander, pepper, clove, and apples. Sweet malty taste, mixed with tart apples and spices. Moderate carbonation and high alcolhol create a spicy finish. Not a beer you want to guzzle!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2002 20:54:19 | More by mophie
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New York

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

Pleasantly semi-dark and delicious. A bit more carbonated than I expected and more so than the regular Scaldis. Ripe plums, raisins, a touch of dark roasted malt, alcohol warming and subdued hops round out the experience. One to gently sip and savour.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2002 11:23:10 | More by John
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4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy and deceiving, slightly sweet and peppery alcohol slowly warms the body. Big caramel and dark fruit flavours with hints of phenols that are almost bubble gum in taste. I'll have to go back to this one several times this winter being that one little bottle was not enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2001 10:15:00 | More by Jason
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Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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