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Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

787 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 38
Gots: 71 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seems like a combo beer to me.
I get tastes of malts rich and complex with flavors of dark fruits like plums and raisons, candied sugar and yeast. On the finish I also get that old Flanders red ale with its sweet and sour taste.
To me this beer was relatively sweet but there was a sour aspect too being with a sour finish.
A good beer drinks thin;
A good beer that hides it's alcohol very well so be for warned.
I wonder how this would be cellared for a year or so.

Photo of T1969C
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of darian
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of cowboy83
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of drgarage
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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

Very interresting little beer! It poured a clear medium reddish brown and produced a two finger high, tan bubbly head. Not much retention and not much lacing as well.
The smell is of dark fruit like fig, plum and cherry, as well as caramell and honey.
Tasting the beer, the dark fruit palette is up front, followed by malty caramel and toffee flavors. The end is some yeast and citrusy hops, which bring good balance into the taste.
The crispy mouthfeel leaves a welcome tingle on the tongue and hides the warming effect of the alcohol.
A great Winterbrew, a little pricey, but a very good experience!

Photo of yankees27
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – medium brown color, very murky/fizzy-looking, much like a cream soda. About half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – very fruity, like a lambic or something along those lines. Smells more like a merlot than an ale.

Taste – the taste is much like the smell. Sweet, a bit fruity, dry, and just a little bite at the end, which probably comes more from the high abv than from a hop percentage.

Mouthfeel – surprisingly light, leaning more toward the watery side.

Overall – not a bad brew. I kind of wish that the bottle would be more toward the 12oz side, but I respect the “good things in small quantities” concept. Not bad or uninteresting at all to sample.

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

2010 vintage

This is a boozy beer. Should've known coming from "Scaldis".

Pours a shiny brown, cola, ruby color. Little white head, settled to a thin collar and film

Aroma is just sweet. Sweet apples, caramel and booze. And this thing is a year old.

A touch more flavor than hinted in the nose. Caramel and sweet bread. Some fig and spices. Mostly though it's booze. Glad this was a small bottle. Good gravy! Perhaps a nice after dinner beer, or sitting on the porch in a snowstorm.

Photo of Hopswagger
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Poured into a tulip glass: a muddy brown strong brewed tea color. Few bubbles and a fast fading white head with slight lacing around sides once agitated.

S: Sweet Candice's malt followed by banana taffy. After a good swirl the aroma changes to a heavy bouquet of bubblegum. Almost Monty with a hint of spicyness.

T/M: Huge alcohol profile with timid hops and a bubblegum sweetness. The finish is full of dry astringent cherry flavor.

O: Very impressed with the dramatic sweetness and overall flavor profile that comes from such a strong brew. The sweet definitely caresses the sleeping alcohol dragon.

Photo of greg4579
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of jmdrpi
2.72/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

little 25 cL bottle - no date

reddish copper, with tons of tiny bubbles that cling to sides and stream to the surface. but after a bit, the bubbles are gone and the beer is still.

boozy alcohol aroma, some phenols. not really appetizing. taste is caramel malt, with some peppery herbal flavors, warming finish. mouthfeel is fizzy at first, but then very low carbonation, almost flat. coats tongue.

Overall - disappointing, not sure why it's so expensive. I wouldn't buy again.

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

330ml bottle into duvel tulip

A - copper body with two finger light brown/off white head. very good retention very good lacing.

S - dark fruit (figs, raisins) sweet malts spicy yeast with a rosy edge in the back with a big noticeable booze presence.

T - sweet malts figs grass hops flowery yeasts and big alcohol notes

M - med to full bodied with low to medium carbonation. some astringency but not overbearing. warming alcohol fainter than you'd imagine on the throat.

O - a very solid beer. boozy but not nearly as boozy as 12% would have you believe.

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2013. Picked up from my local beer specialist - a treat for Christmas.

Poured into a Duvel chalice. A clear coppery-amber hue with decent carbonation and some visible sediment. Yields a large head of white foam that remains for a minute or so before subsiding to a surface layer. A sweet, fruity aroma with notes of caramel, candy sugar, yeast esters, bananas, raisins, dried fruit and alcohol. Warming and boozy.

Tastes of very sweet malt with a warm, spicy finish. Notes of bananas, yeast esters, brown sugar, raisins and dried fruit. Possesses a generic spicy quality (I don't think there are any actual spices in this beer). Hot - a big hit of alcohol upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and oily, with a prickly spiciness. Astringent; leaves the palate very dry. Aftertaste of sweet yeast esters and booze.

Interesting - not quite sure what to make of this one. It's imperfect; too sweet and the alcohol is overwhelming. However, it has a complex, fruity character and a warm spiciness that suit the style. A decent winter warmer - it's greatest flaw is a lack of balance in the flavour. Worth trying, though I probably won't be revisiting it.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

A: Pours dark red/amber, but clear, with no head.

S: Smells good! Sugary cherries, figs,raisins and other dark fruits, with a sweet caramel malt, maybe even some chocolate, little spice and cloves. Slight smell of alcohol that is inviting.

T: Cherries and the fruits are the most present that is balanced by the malts and spice. Ends with a subtle warming.

M: Perfect. Fits the beer really well. Medium to full body with a slightly syrupy consistency.

O: Pretty tasty and complex. I would buy this again.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
90 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.