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Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

685 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.19%


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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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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to LuckySevens82 for the sample.

Appearance: A very nice bugundy color, pertty much clear with a little visible carbonation. Nice head on the pour into my Schell's tulip.

Smell: Dark fruit and raisin. Alcohol makes it's presence known.

Taste: Sweet and fruity in the beginnning, but the middle is a very peppery hop and malt combination that ends with an alcohol burn on the way down. Strong and very sippable. Nice grape flavor lingers in the mouth. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy, very good, this is a real treat for a cold December's night.

Drinkability: Great, definitely a beer that I can savor and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 00:08:06 | More by TastyTaste
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doubleipa

Georgia

2.88/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not your typical quad, IMO. Aroma was doughy, nutmeg, with a little cherry and perhaps some cabernet. Virtually no head, virtually no lacing. Color was brown and much lighter than most quads. Initial flavor was heavily sweet that lessened slightly. The finish was long. Body was only light to medium and watery. Surprisingly there was not much of an alcohol taste or feel. I'd expected to really be able to notice the alcohol. After having St. B 12 on tap the night before, this quad just doesn't come close. I had read that this would be a good beer to cellar for a couple of years. I picked some up and will re-visit after a year.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2005 14:21:07 | More by doubleipa
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HogHill

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Scaldis Noel poured a caramel brown. There isn't much of a head, just some light tan lacing on the rim of the glass.

The nose consists of molasses and dark fruits. Classic Belgian strong dark ale aroma here.

First sip is powerful, a bit warm (though it is 12% abv). After a little time, Scaldis Noel warms up and similar flavors to the aroma come through, the dark malts and molasses, and a bit of alcohol. Improves as my palette gets used to the flavors.

Scaldis Noel is an excellent quadrupel, it is definitely high quality beer to come back to during the Christmas season each year.

Notes: purchased as a single 25 CL bottle from Colonial, the bottle's packaging is nice, a red and blue christmas scene with a shiny, glitter like effect.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2005 20:33:27 | More by HogHill
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stof0048

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep hazy orange/brown with a head that quickly things into a ring aroudn the glass and an island in the middle. Sticky lacing that clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Smells a great deal like a champagne... some dark fruit notes, sugars, malts...

T: Tastes of dark fruit, dark malts, hints of spices... alcohol is apparent on the finish but not overwhelming.

M: Smooth with a bit of a bite at the end from the alcohol. Medium to full body but not heavy, Goes over the palate gaining carbonation at the finish.

D: Good, but not great. Nice to have on the occasion, but I think that trying to have more than one or two glasses in a night would be a mistake due to richness and alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 03:02:02 | More by stof0048
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ypsifly

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Banded 750 with a cork that took an enormous amount of effort to disgorge. As soon as it popped it gushed. Not bad but its a bit annoying. No dates, poured into a chalice.

Dark amber with a fat head of off white. The head falls to a thin layer of foam in a matter of minutes.

Lots of alcohol and dark fruits in the nose. There's some cookie dough and spice underneath. Very strong smelling.

Smooth malts upfront followed by sugars, spiced bread, ripe plum soaked in rum, black pepper and alcohol. The booze isn't bad, nothing is ruined, and I actually like the warming effect.

The mouth starts off full but gets a little bit too much heat if you don't sip slowly. I could drink one small bottle and be done. A 750 by myself is gonna make for an early night.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 00:55:37 | More by ypsifly
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budsboy

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8.5 oz bottle

Reddish amber with a cloudy, fluffy white head that leaves a web of lacing.

Malty aroma, fig, dark cherry, pine and alcohol.

Cherry taste mostly, fig and wood spice as well, green tea and a flash of alcohol. So much cherry though -- like Luden's cough drop cherry flavor in a beer.

Medium bodied and lively, bubbly carbonation. The lightest quadrupel I've had.

Every bit of the 12.5 ABV is evident here. It is a sipper. My wife enjoyed it more than I did, and said the cherry taste was not as pronounced for her. So, there you go.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 10:52:44 | More by budsboy
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Ellbert

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice head atop a brownish tinted brew. Head stayed and laced.

Smell: Spicy alcohol with sweet malt making appearance.

Taste: Sweet upfront with burnt caramel filling out the flavor. Alcohol and other spice kicked in towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 00:05:23 | More by Ellbert
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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 +2.7%
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 +3.2%
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 +5%
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 +1.5%
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%
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 +18.9%
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 +7.7%
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 +7.7%
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 +11.2%
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 +0.2%
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 -11.7%
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 +9.5%
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 +0.2%
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 -4.2%
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 -0.5%
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 -0.5%
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 +7.7%
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
Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
90 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.