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Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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698 Ratings

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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Andreji on 12-08-2001)
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Photo of kingcrowing


3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

25cl bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a brown hazy color with a small light brown head that fades quickly, little lacing. Nose is very potent, boozy, malty, sweet and full of spices, caramel, yeast and candi sugar.

Taste is boozy and sweet, a bit sharp from carbonation. It's very complex and almost too much. It's hot on the way down and leaves a strong bready flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy. Overall, it's an ok beer but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 21:56:16 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of brewdenver


4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured in a red wine glass. Was in the mountains and was all that was available.

A: A nice red hue to this beer in the light. Head poured fairly big, but did not hold together for long. Minimal lacing and fingers around the glass.

S: Caramel, banana, breads linger in the nose. Very pleasant to smell.

T: The sweet side of the beer stands out first. Leading into the caramel and spices in the middle. Finishes smooth with a slight bread dough end.

M: Spritzy on the tongue and cheeks. Good body.

O: Excellent Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 10:09:45 | More by brewdenver
Photo of SuperSpy


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nutty brown with a three-finger tan head. Rather cloudy from all the yeast floating around. Decent head retention and lots of sticky lace.

A sweet, dark aroma. Brown sugar, fruit cake, prunes, raisins and a bit of dark bread.

Full bodied, and lightly carbonated. Lots of sweet flavors. It's similar to what's in the aroma. Brown sugar, candied fruits, dark cherries and a good helping of phenols. Overall it's reminiscent of sherry with all the sweet flavors and alcohol warmth.

This is a very good beer overall. I will have to stock up this next Christmas.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 21:40:09 | More by SuperSpy
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

250ml bottle poured into shaker pint glass.

BBE 17/10/2007

A- Mahogany body with lots of yeast floaters, 3 finger creamy tan head with lots of lovely sticky lacing and excellent retention considering abv.

S- Malt domination, rich fruit cake, prunes, dark fruits, slight vinous note. Some wholemeal bread.

T- Liquid rich fruit cake. Some sweet sherry alcohol heat richess lingers in the finish. Detecting a wholemeal bread and lingering after the alcohol.Finish is suprisingly tea like.

M- Low carbonation, full body.

D- Age certainly hasnt hurt this one. A classic sipper. Excellent nightcap.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 21:32:27 | More by seanyfo
Photo of nhindian


4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

250ml bottle poured into a Delirium Noël bottle. It seemed appropriate!

A - Pours a very dark mahogany-colored body, bordering on the darkest levels of brown. It's pretty clear for the most part with lots of tiny bubbles of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass, rising to replenish the head. Speaking of the head, it has excellent retention, and when it finally levels out, it leaves a half-inch thick cap that sits casually on top. Lacing consists of thick bubbles which sporadically stick to the glass, but it's nothing much special.

S - The smell is interesting and consists of multiple elements of various Belgian styles. The aroma has a nice phenol quality of it with plenty of bananas, figs, Belgian yeast, grapes, malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, and alcohol. Certainly unique and makes me want to get in and taste it!

T - After one sip I'm a bit overwhelmed. Where as in the nose the alcohol is more concealed and relegated to the back of the smell, in the taste it plays a more prominent role and is apparent from the start. Not to say that it doesn't integrate well with the taste, but don't expect it to be hidden. The spices of the nose are more subtle as well, but give the impression of cinnamon sugar coated raisins. The bananas and cloves curb each other to streamline the assortment of flavors into interesting combinations of flavors. The finish is long and sweet, and has a good mixture of sugar, grapes, and alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with good carbonation. Given the amount of bubbles seen in the glass, I was expecting a lot of carbonation but what is presented is definitely acceptable. Leaves a decent amount of coating on the palate.

D - Drinkability is moderate. It was a tough choice to pick this bottle given the size of the bottle and price, but I feel the size is a blessing for this beer. It's easy to drink and the flavors are interesting and work together great, but the alcohol will easily creep up on you. I keep getting drawn to drink, but the flavors are complex enough to delay the entire bottle over about 30 minutes or so.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 23:24:18 | More by nhindian
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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A clear, red/orange/brown liquid with a thick and creamy bone white head that settles to a thin covering.

S- Bananas, figs, brown sugar, hazelnuts, vanilla, and alcohol. Very inviting.

T- Sweet fruit, brown sugar, candy, and alcohol. Complex and tasty.

M- A bit light on the carbonation and the alcohol warmth on the finish is very noticeable.

D- A great sipper that would make for an excellent desert beer. The small packaging is greatly appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 05:18:22 | More by david131
Photo of Radome


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25 cl bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Color is a medium reddish amber and extremely clear. The head is beige, creamy and long-lasting with lots of Belgian lace on the glass. A beautiful beer.

S - The aroma is of malted grains, caramel and dark fruits. With the plum/raisin notes and a boozy alcohol background, it reminds me of a rum cake or alcohol infused fruitcake at Christmas. Despite all the complexities, it remains very clean and fresh smelling.

T - As in the aroma, clean grains are there, along with dark fruits. These fade into a long alcohol burn in the aftertaste.

M - The body is moderate to heavy, lightened a bit by carbonation. There is some hop bitterness, but at a low level. Hot alcohol is the dominant aspect of the mouthfeel.

D - This has some truly great characteristics, but I think the alcohol taste is so over-the-top that it blows out some of the finer taste complexities.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 05:50:09 | More by Radome
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish body with offwhit but big head that left a lace ring down the glass. A yeasty, nutty smell, citric orange, some floral hop bitterness and a touch of spice in the aroma. A sweet and bready/yeasty, even woody taste first hits my tongue along with minimal carbonation for a little sharpness that balances roasted and sweet malt tasts as well as a citrusy, orange, dark fruit flavor taste. The ABV is hidden well and this is an easy and very tasty beer to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2011 11:16:04 | More by clayrock81
Photo of taigor

New York

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

Poured into small glass.

A - Poured slightly hazy brown orange color with small head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Caramel, toffee and malts with hints of cinnamon and spices.

T - Slightly sweet to start with dark fruits, almonds flavor. Has a taste of bready yeast and slight malty dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Very good and enjoyable Noel ale. ABV is very well masked.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2011 20:54:40 | More by taigor
Photo of WhiteOak


3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Medium copper color. Minimal white head.

S- Dark raisins and golden raisins. Caramel malt.

T- Sweet malt flavor with treacle toffee and apple must. lacking spice and complexity.

M,D- On the thin end of the medium scale for body. A touch sticky.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 18:36:40 | More by WhiteOak
Photo of CuriousMonk


2.93/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from .25cl bottle into tulip glass. Pours a creamy white head. The aroma is very sweet and caramelly and I also found some sediments that I am not fond of though understand it's purpose. Christmasy spices like aniseed and licorice are quite obvious. Tha flavor is sweet, caramelly, syrupy, fruitish and alcohol is warming in the finish. Very low bitterness. Caramel is dominating, but it still isn´t too sweet. The palate is almost full bodied, quite soft and slightly alcoholic. Sugary and sicky on the lips. I am going against the grain on this one with my rating.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 23:30:05 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of ToasterChef


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

Reviewed from my notes.
A: Dark amber/brown. Tan foamy head.
S: Malty spiced ale. Touch of cinnamon.
T: Dark fruit flavor--more like cranberry, not plum/prune. Bit of tartness, some fruit juice. Some alcohol in the finish. Vapors linger. Great strong holiday ale.
M: Medium body, lower carbonation. Not too much coat. Somewhat sticky, but it isn't distracting.
D: Very drinkable. Strength is fairly well hidden. Not over spiced. I'm glad I got a big pour!

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2011 15:17:46 | More by ToasterChef
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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice amber brown, clean body, white head and nice lacing

S- Belgian and boozy, nice malt belly and good spices

T- Wow belgian. Nice nutmeg and cinnamon in the aftertaste!

M- Full-bodied, bite from the carbonation and alcohol burn

D- Winter! No more than one, thankfully it's small but I really enjoyed this one

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 15:20:30 | More by aepb1
Photo of boudreaux


4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy dark tan body with a 1/4 inch dense head around the top.

S - not very intense for such a strong brew; what I can smell are flavors of vanilla, caramel, apple, and the obvious notes of alcohol

T - true to the aroma; vanilla, alcohol, spicy hops, tart apple, and green pear; no one flavor overpowers the others, and all are very well represented; the alcohol actually brings everything together and provides a warming sensation, as well

M - warm, spicy, and sticky

D - As I find with the majority of Belgian ales I've had, this one is dangerously drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 06:23:46 | More by boudreaux
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4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Into a tulip, pours a very large beige head atop a murky amber body. Thick legs as I tilt, very pretty.

Aromas of rock candy and guava. A strong *whiff* is required to derive the bouquet - it's not that intense.

Flavors of candy, gingerbread, spices, and a slight quantity of funk. Reminds me flavor-wise of a mellower version of Jolly Pumpkin's Christmas Ale, a beer I just reviewed recently. Not too sure if it's heat I am tasting at certain points or just a mildly cloying malt bitterness. Hmmmm...

Mouthfeel is thin, insubstantial, and unsurprising considering the ABVs.

Overall, an excellent balance of flavors for a Christmas ale of this strength. I can tell why it's a classic, though, considering the mild degree of Orvall-like funk that differentiates it from the majority of other Belgian Christmas ales I have had. I would return again, but only one per session - this is a sipping beer that would follow nicely a large meal as a dessert aperitif.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 07:26:43 | More by jminsc76
Photo of brewerburgundy


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

25cl pour into a Scaldis Noel branded 'half snifter' at Alchemy, Murphys, CA.

The beer is colored much like a Dubbel, translucent rusty red. The head is impressive; a two or three finger pile of creamy light tan. In looks this is a lighter Belgian Strong Dark.

The nose has wonderful almost Flanders Red Ale-like sour fruit combined with clove spice, a little solvent, sweet malt, and candi sugar.

Flavors of moderate caramel, clove, other sweet spice, cough syrup, and toffee. I really like how it has that sour cherry going on too. A small bit of alcohol becomes apparent after warming, but not an unpleasant amount.

The mouthfeel was a bit fizzy at first but it calmed down near the end of my meal. It has a little acidity and a little chalkiness and isn't very thick for 12%.

I found it quite drinkable for a huge beer, though I sure did feel it. It seems like a melange of characteristics of different Belgian styles that works together well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2011 22:34:54 | More by brewerburgundy
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Alberta (Canada)

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

250ml bottle, procured in BC at the height of last summer, on a day exactly the polar opposite to what we are now experiencing. The label nicely echoes the scene outside my living room window as I crack this little guy...

This beer pours a cloudy dark orange-tinted amber hue, with one finger of fast-disappearing soapy off-white head, which leaves a few scant specks of lace around the glass. It smells of zingy tropical fruit, baked dark sweet fruit cake, and warming alcohol. The taste is strong dark, nefarious black fruit, toffee malt, a bit of treacle, some mild Belgian spice, and soft yeast. The carbonation is on the low side, the body a hefty medium weight, a bit moderated by the astringent booze edge. It finishes sweetly malty, fruity, boozy, and oh so warming.

A nice strong Belgian holiday ale, not too sweet, nor boozy (even at 12% - sacre bleu!) - how do they do that?

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 23:59:30 | More by biboergosum
Photo of haazer


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

Petite 8.48oz bottle poured into a Tulip.

A- Good amount of khaki head for the high abv. Very bubbly, dissapates quick though. Color is a ruby stone, with pink undertones

S- Good upfront fruity aroma. Mango, orange and tangerine. Medicinal and alcohol phenols. Buttery malts bring up the rear.

T- Tangerine flavor. Somewhat medicinal. The alcohol is incredibly warming, almost overwhelming how warming this is! But suprisingly for how warming the boozy taste is not there. Complex yeast flavor as well.

M- Smooth initial sip, very crips finish. Did I mention warming before? Good lord. Very faint burn from the booze.

D- Well I have to say, this beer has certainly sparked my interest. Good flavor, interesting smells. But what stood out to me most was the body warming this beer presents. You can taste the booze no question but it feels more like an 8 or 9% than a 12. I'm definitely going to have to check out this brewery in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 06:17:41 | More by haazer
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've wanted to try this beer for a few years. It's a golden-amber liquid with an initially puffy head, which quickly fades to obscurity. The smell is dominated by alcohol, pale Belgian malt, and spice (coriander). There's plenty of peppery, spicy phenols in the smell as well. The taste is initially sweet, followed by a serious alcohol warmth (hotness perhaps). Malt and candy...sweetness and alcohol...these are the themes in this beer. The beer has some residual sweetness, which impacts the drinkability. I'm glad to have tried it, but it's not as complex and transcendent as I'd hoped.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 02:45:22 | More by Suds
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 1/5
Poured in to my Brooklyn snifter

A: This beer pours a deep reddish/brown color with nice two finger of khaki/off-white head. Wispy lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is heavy on the malt and dark fruits with hints of spicing.

T: Taste is quite nice. I was expecting more spicing, but was surprised to find it wasn't. Candied molasses and caramel malt start this one off with dark fruit coming in - raisin, fig, and a bit of plum. Some spicing and minor yeast flavoring finish this out.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice somewhat creamy body to this.

D: Goes down easily, pretty tasty, not too filling, oddly well hidden kick, and decent representation of style.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 14:38:35 | More by Jayli
Photo of Tone


3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of spice, and yeast. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of spice, strong hop, and slight sweet malt. Overall, nicely dry spiced - good blend.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2011 02:24:27 | More by Tone
Photo of IIKaRuII


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

Pours a light amber, with a very bubbly finger sized head. This beer is very carbonated and just has a very clear look. Smell has a lot going on with it. a lot of sweet malts. Very citrusy smell. almost acidic. very hoptastic finish. Taste is very good. Has a almost acidic taste. A pleasent blend of hops. it still hasnt stopped bubbling by the way... im getting a little bit of lemon with it. for a 12 % ABV this is pretty drinkable. drink one of these and you could have a slight buzz going. after finishing this had to pull the drinkablility down .5% because this has a really bitter finish. but really not bad

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 05:10:46 | More by IIKaRuII
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New Jersey

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

Pours murky cloudy reddish brown with limited foam. Smells sweet - belgian candied sugar. Taste is plum, raisin, very sweet, which evolves into a light tart finish. Warms. Alcohol noted on aftertaste/finish. Wintry spices. Feeling toasty. Very good sipper, but the booze hits hard. Happy holidays!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 11:43:50 | More by KTCamm
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4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to pack most of my Rochefort 10's to take home to Austin, TX since it's not sold there. I did share one Rochefort 10 with my wife, which set my palate into a tizzy, then followed it up with a Scaldis Noel which was an amazing way to wrap up our Christmas visit to Miami. The color is lighter and redder than the Rochefort, but the body is still rich and the taste is perfectly Xmas. Not as hearty as the Rochefort 10, but still has plenty of heft to it. Savor and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 05:41:13 | More by boulderaz78
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4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a translucent dark red color, reminiscent of red wine, with a thick, foamy tan head, medium retention, and some fizzling below (4.5)

S - Intense brown sugar sweetness and maltiness on the nose with loads of caramel and fruity suggestions of ripe berries. A light swirl releases substantial notes of alcohol onto the nose (4.5)

T - Syrupy brown sugar sweetness upfront with notes of caramel and molasses; fruity phenols with suggestions of dates, plums, berries and raisin amidst a rich malt background. Substantial alcholic notes show up in the middle, gradually fading off towards a sweet, fruity and phenolic finish (4.5)

M - Medium-bodied thickness at most; slightly thin for a high ABV beer like this; a tad syrupy-textured with a pleasant creamy smoothness and significant alcohol warming (4.5)

D - At 12% ABV and hardly hiding the alcohol, this beer feels fairly liquorish and it seems like it is an interesting cross between a Barley Wine and a Belgian Strong Dark ale. Nonetheless undeniably great nose, flavor and feel; probably not a session but definitely an experience (4)

Procured online from BelgianShop.com for the Christmas season and consumed on December 26, 2010.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 08:26:08 | More by basica
Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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