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Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

725 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 725
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 31
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
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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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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

AngusOg, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of bfields4
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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.

bfields4, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Vixie
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Vixie, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of warnerry
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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.

warnerry, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

nrbw23, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of kevanb
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

kevanb, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of BenTherHppedThat
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

BenTherHppedThat, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of josefnewsong
5/5  rDev +24.4%

josefnewsong, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of magine
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

magine, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -0.5%

animal69, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Pintofbrown, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

hhall5223, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

smakawhat, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

tjseveryday, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Aiptasia
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

Aiptasia, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of spacemanvt
1/5  rDev -75.1%

spacemanvt, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of eslemarc
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

eslemarc, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

PaBeerLover, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of bdeast1
4/5  rDev -0.5%

bdeast1, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of callmeopus
5/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

callmeopus, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 .

beerpirates, Dec 04, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay Tulip

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.

I really like this beer, saw it on the shelf at Central Market and thought it looked intriguing. Then when I picked it up and saw it was a Belgian Holiday Ale, I had to get it...Glad I did, it was excellent.

chrisdenny, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of kenzak
5/5  rDev +24.4%

kenzak, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of rab53
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev -0.5%

nickhiller, Nov 30, 2011
Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
90 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.