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Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Ratings: 714
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 28
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Andreji on 12-08-2001)
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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.

WhiteOak, Feb 06, 2011
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.

CuriousMonk, Jan 27, 2011
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!

ToasterChef, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of aepb1
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

aepb1, Jan 19, 2011
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!

boudreaux, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of jminsc76
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.

jminsc76, Jan 13, 2011
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.

brewerburgundy, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
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?

biboergosum, Jan 08, 2011
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.

haazer, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of Suds
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.

Suds, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of Jayli
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.

Jayli, Jan 07, 2011
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.

Tone, Jan 05, 2011
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

IIKaRuII, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of KTCamm
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!

KTCamm, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of boulderaz78
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!

boulderaz78, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of basica
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.

basica, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle, had this over a year by now...served in a tall Red Wine glass

A - pours with a short-lived thin layer of loose, light tan foam. quickly falls to a few random floating islands of bubbles and small ring. the beer is hazy, burnt amber in color with some floating sediment.

S - insanely sweet in the nose....bright toffee and caramel just go on and on and dont ever seem to stop. quite boozy as well, alongside some dark fruits and cherries takes on a scent much like a liqueur.

T - continues with an abundance of sweet malt flavors...good amount of dark fruits: plums and raisins alongside toffee. a perceived spiciness actually seems to be coming from the very high ABV.

M - medium bodied but with somewhat tight, refreshing zippy carbonation. washes away very clean thanks to the high alcohol content.

D - pretty yummy, but absolutely brutal with the booze. a definite sipper, and there isnt a whole lot of Christmas going on here. still, a heck of a (potent) display of malts at work.

Stigs, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of theboozecruise
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Original notes:

Beer #4 at a recent beer tasting, this one was preceded by the Dupont Avec Les Bon Voeux... and it's quite a change of pace.

Darker in color, brownish-red with a thick white head. The aroma is mixed between sweet smells and some fruit.. very nice.

You can feel the alcohol in this one... the strong 12% isn't masked all that much. That's not really a bad thing, just something of note that hits on the first sip. Once you get past that, a sweet maltiness takes over, delicious.

This is more of what I was expecting from a Winter Warmers tasting, bold, strong, and warms you up!


Trying this one again, this time a bottle from the above tasting has been aged for nearly two years. Since it's Christmas Eve, time to break it out!

I set it out for a bit to warm up to 50 degrees or so... then poured into a goblet. It's a deep red color, very bubbly, with a fizzy white head. Good retention.

I can pick up the alcohol on the nose, as well as raisins and malts. My notes on the taste above hold true... it might be more mellow with two years of age on it... either way it's a fantastic beer.

theboozecruise, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The body is red at its heart, but the rest of the beer is a glowing orange color in . A thin line of tan head sticks around for a bit, but definitely doesn't leave any lacing.

The aroma has lots of cherry, some malt and a ton of booze.

Three flavors are equally powerful in this beer: malty toffee, candied sugar, and alcohol. Toffee comes first, and it is definitely my favorite part of the beer; it also saves this from being a cloying, alcoholic mess. The candied cherry is pretty powerful also, and it leads into a very strong, warming finish that includes the noticeable taste of alcohol. Simple and really boozy.

The body is rather thin for the high ABV, but the high carbonation makes the overall feel works pretty well.

Although lacking in complexity, this beer certainly does the trick of warming me up. With that said, it is pretty damn boozy and doesn't hide that fact very well.

Hojaminbag, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of plfahey
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

25 cl bottle poured into an 8oz. Darkness tulip glass.

Appearance-Red amber in color, slight haze. Thin off-white head with low retention.

Aroma-Rich malt aroma-caramel, molasses, toffee, brown sugar. Very light dark fruit esters. No hop aroma. Slight whiff of alcohol.

Flavor-More rich malt here, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, dark candi sugar. Light dark fruit esters. Powerful drying alcohol in the finish. No hop flavor, low hop bitterness. Some alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel-Full body-almost chewy. Moderate to moderately low carbonation. Definite alcohol presence is quite warming, but not harsh or hot. Smooth.

This is not my favorite Belgian christmas ale (personally I prefer the St. Bernardus), but it is quite good. With such a high abv, low carbonation, and intense flavor, I think it's probably a good thing that this one comes in 8.5 oz. servings.

plfahey, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of Vierenner
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Scaldis Noel" on the label. Was excited to try this beer because a nearby tavern had it on tap recently but I was unable to partake.
Very nice. Mildly sweet with a touch of hops. There are other flavors nicely blended ... like cinnamon and perhaps even pine needles! It's a delightful beer, but a little pricy at $4.99 for a 12oz bottle ... worth every penny though!

Vierenner, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep orange color with a good sized, rocky, foamy, full, white head. Quite large and decent retention for the ABV. A little ring of lace.

S - Definitely has a boozy, fruity aroma. Cherries and some dark fruit present. Some sweet caramel and breadiness. Slightly brandy like. Slight spiced aroma. Overall boozy and sweet aroma.

T - Like the aroma, there is a lot of booziness with fruitiness. Cherry, some apple, raisin, and a little dark fruit. A little spiciness with cinnamon and other Christmasy spices. A bit of caramel and bready malt. Alcohol strong with fruitiness also strong.

M - Medium to full body with a good level of carbonation (especially for the style). Slightly sticky.

D - Alcohol is a little strong to be overly drinkable, but goes down pretty easy. I could drink a bottle, but that is about it.

Notes: A nice, boozy Christmas beer. Alcohol and fruitiness are dominant. I definitely enjoyed this as a sipping beer after supper. Some spices present, but wasn't overly Christmasy. I enjoyed it, and it is worth a try although it isn't amazing or a must have Christmas beer.

FreshHawk, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of Pencible
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear mahogany with fluffy tan head.
S: It smelled like rich dark fruits (prune, plumb, raisin) with wild yeast and brown sugar and candi sugar, and a bit of biscuit and esters.
T: It tasted like sweet caramel and brown sugar and raisin, fairly earthy and dry, with a little esters and wild yeast and alcohol. It had a sweet aftertaste with some alcohol heat.
M: It was oily with smooth natural carbonation. Nice of draft.
D: This was a fantastic dark Belgian ale with delicious scent and taste. Not super complex, but still very enjoyable. Alcohol was noticeable, so it was better to sip but not challenging to finish. Age would probably help improve and mellow this beer, but it's already excellent fresh.

Pencible, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 250 ml bottle into a small chalice. Pours a rather clear ruddy umber. Starts with a fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates to a mere ring around the inside of the glass.

Smells of grapes, currants, prunes, and other dark fruit. Also has a candied fruit smell, like a fruitcake, with a fair helping of malt and yeast. There's almost a buttery smell as well, mixing with brown sugar. Complex and sweet smelling, I'm curious as to how it will taste.

Boozy and buttery at the start; robust fruit, with peaches, grapes, figs, and dried candied fruit galore. This is appropriately a Christmas beer; just the taste makes me feel sitting round the fire singing a carol! This beer had a nutty and spicy side as well, with nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves tickling the palette. The more I sip, the more I seem to be able to pull out of this beer!

Mouthfeel is full, with a sweet alcohol tingle along the tongue.

Quite drinkable, and very sweet. Though it is a small bottle, I could see splitting this with someone next time, as it is an intense beer.

TheHoppiest, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of mattgreger
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a nice caramel like brown, and a lighter brown highlights. There was a bit of sediment floating in the glass. There was not head on this brew at all . As well as not lacing present during the drink.

There is a lot going on in the aroma of this brew. The first thing that hits you in the alcohol punch, but its followed up with some sweet flavor such as peaches, prunes, grapes and a nice malty hit.

The flavor on this brew is very good. As in the aroma, there is a bit of boozy hit from the start, but the combination of sweet flavors that follow, make this brew amazing. There is nice caramel flavor, then a hit of a nice floraly flavor as well, not quite hops, but stronger. Its all followed by a nice punch of medicinal like cherry flavor.

This is a mediuam to heavy bodied brew. Very thick, and super smooth. Not very much carbonation at all, but the flavors mix to give it a wonderful seasonal flavor.

This brew has a big ABV at 12%. it would be hard for an average beer drinker to drink more then one of these brews. Regardless, this was great brew for the cold day it was. This is an excellent brew, that is great for sipping on a winter night, that will keep you warm.

mattgreger, Dec 11, 2010
Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
90 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.