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Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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448 Reviews

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Reviews: 448
Hads: 807
Avg: 4
pDev: 16.5%
Wants: 43
Gots: 79 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 448 | Hads: 807
Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a light to medium amber. Very clear with a very light head.

Smells sweet and lightly boozy.

Taste reminds me of brandy. Lots of alcohol is present on the tongue, very similar to an abbey quadruple.

Mouth feels light and bubbly.

This one is not one I will have again unless I age one for several years to see what happens.

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Photo of ujsplace
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice.

This brew is a deep orange - almost brown colored brew that has a foamy white head. The head recedes quickly, but leaves a nice coverlet on top with some clingy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smells of cherries, plums, raisins and sweet candied malts.

Tastes spicy with lots of dark fruits up front, followed by a nice candied malt that leads to a dry alcohol finish. A complex ride. Letting it warm makes the flavors a bit more pronounced. A delicious brew. Such greatness in a small bottle.

Medium, chewy mouthfeel. Lively carbonation.

I love the style and this one does not disappoint in the least bit. I received this as a gift (thanks!) and this is truly one to look for again next year.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark amber with a finger tall off white head. The head reduces by about 50% over time but does not go away. There is no visible carbonation. Very good lacing.

S: Aromas blend with the scent of the alcohol, like a refined spirit, but not overpowering. I get hints of raisins/plums, caramel, and candy sugar.

T: Flavors are very strong - malty, sweet, and dark fruits- with a slight burn from the alcohol. Not as complex as others in the style but a pleasant flavor.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky feeling.

O: Enjoyable but strong and the alcohol is not that hidden. Not a sessionable beer but one that is nicely enjoyed curled up in front of a fireplace on a cold winter evening.

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Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served (12 oz) in a tulip glass at Barley's in Greenville.

A clear dark amber with a fine, creamy tan head. The head has medium retention but leaves some very nice tiny-bubbled lacing.

Aroma: Has a clear alcohol presence but not objectionable; suggestive of fine cognac rather than just boozy. Approaches 4.5 -- very high for me for a beer with a 12% ABV.

Taste: Flavorful and refined, but not as rich or complex as some competitors (e.g., St. Bernardus ABT 12). Moderately malty, somewhat sweet, and quite fruity. Lightly spicy; more subtle than is often the case for a Belgian of this style.

Mouthfeel is not the strong point of this beer. It is admirably smooth but may be a tad under-carbonated. Warming but no burn from the alcohol.

O: Very well crafted seasonal brew with a high but well hidden/integrated ABV. A tad too sweet but nonetheless a fine Belgian well worth seeking out. Improved with warming. Exceptionally interesting and fun to drink.

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage.

A: Dull, hazy copper with thin white head.

S: Dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, and some alcohol.

T: Starts with some raisin before caramel and brown sugar. There is also a hint of alcohol and tartness. Finish has a bit of citrus hops with some cherry and warming.

M: Medium with light to medium carbonation.

O: Not sure there is a better beer for a cold snowy night.

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Photo of mindspin315
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick off-white head, lots of lacing, solid amber color body, and very clean and clear looking.

Big raisin and candied sugar aroma. Get a bit of over ripe banana, clove, and various spices from the yeast.

A touch of alcohol comes through but blends in with the yeast flavor profile and candied sugars. The raisin aroma also comes through strong in the taste. Sweet upfront, alcohol comes through in the middle, and a slight pepperiness rounds out the back end.

Not the most complex Belgian beer, but has plenty going on to enjoy and appreciate.


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Photo of psuKinger
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle given to me by my buddy Griff; a Belgian Christmas beer that we didn't quite get to during our blind taste test over the holiday.

Bottle poured into my New Belgium Globe.

A: A light shade of brown, somewhat hazy but I can still make out the shape of my fingers on the other side of the glass. A moderate off-white head sat on top but much of it dissipated fairly quickly. A thin-but-present ring remained through, though, and left good lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of spice, cinnamin, and barley-sugars. I can instantly tell this beer will be sweet.

T: Sweet with cinnamin and nutmeg spice, as indicated in the nose. The cinnamon and holiday spice arrive early and dominate throughout much of the flavor. Barley sweetness and notes of a spicy belgian yeast strain remain underneath but shine through a bit more prominently toward the end.

M: Light and spicy, with good carbonation and a good amount of sugary flavors left behind on the finish.

D/O: About mid-way through this glass I began to feel like the unbalanced sweetness was wearing on me. But there was enough flavor and spice in there to keep me coming back, and by the time I approached the bottom, this beer had warmed nicely and really opened up, with a touch of bitterness arriving on the back end that really rounded things out nicely.

My suggestion: Let this guy warm up. The benefit is significant here.

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Photo of ales4baldo
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P-Nice snowy Belgian town. Truly a winter/Christmas beer.

A-Well didnt pour enough lol. Pours a light watery light brownish color. Foggy a bit and carbonation seems to be somewhat heavy. Didnt get much head on this one probably about half and inch.

S-Smells different than most Belgians considered strong. I get more of a pale ale on this sweet. A little sweet with the candy. The malts are in there and the yeast is present. Sweet bread is what i think of.

T-Different. Pretty heavy on the carbonation of the bat. Gives a little sting on the throat after the finish. Alcohol seems to be up on this bad boy. Everything mentioned above. The candy is delicious on this one. A little cinnoman as well and some raisin.

M-Big punch for a small beer. A mouthfull of carbonation and alcohol. Thats something you can expect in the Scaldis series. Medium bodied but strong.

O-Probably a beer that comes off to strong. After intial tastes there seems to be a lot of spice to this one. Almost like chillies. Heavy brew thats not to be drank quick. Good.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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!

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.72/5  rDev -32%
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.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.08/5  rDev +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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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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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Photo of Luchman
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/4" head over cloudy mahogany coloured liquid.

S: The smell is primarily yeasty and spicy

T: A combination of apples, spice, sweet malt, pepper, cloves, cherries, figs and pears

M: Thick viscosity and a high level of carbonation. Some warming from the 12% ABV.

O: A tasty and drinkable Christmas Belgian Strong Dark Ale. One of the better ones I have had.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber/red color with an off-white head.

S - Spicy, yeasty, fruity, figs soaked in brown sugar and alcohol. Candied plums and dark syrupy malt. Carmalized brown sugar, A quick swirl reveals lots of taffy/bubblegum and plenty of alcohol vapors.

T - Opens up big with spicy alcohol and dark Belgian candy. Rum soaked green figs, plums, green apple skins, and pears. Bubblegum and taffy esters. Cinnamon and nutmeg lace a strong caramel malt. Finishes dry with notes of pear and alcohol.

M - Low carbonation, somewhat thin syrupy body.

The alcohol is one of the main characters and is not shy at all. Great aroma and a nice sipper for a cold night. I would love to try the unfiltered version.

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Photo of IPA35
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A brown beer, not cloudy and it has a white head that fades quickly.

Smells alcoholic, lots of dark fruits in there like raisin, dates, and dried plums. Dark malts. Dutch christmas bread, including the almond paste and ofcourse the raisins. Smells of christmas.

It starts out a little sweet. Not overly so. Quite nice and then the alcohol kicks in that pretty much overpowers the subtile fruity flavours. Quite spicy also.
Could use some more sweetness I believe.

As it warms up the sweetness comes out more, which is a good thing as it gets less overpowered by the spicy alcohol. As a result I am going to give it the extra 0.5.

The mouthfeel is quite thin but creamy. The carbonation is not too strong.

Overal a good beer. It needs to warm up a little before it gets more tasty.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with reddish highlights. Thin off-white head, which quickly disappears. Fairly easy to see through in spite of style. Nose is apricot, brandy, raisin, fig, alcohol. Very sweet, and you definitely notice the alcohol. Taste is the exact same as the nose, with the alcohol really coming through. Just short of overpowering though. Feel is full, with sweet/malt/alcohol in full force. Overall, this is a good sipper, and might improve with a couple years in the cellar. Cheers.

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Photo of bfields4
3.68/5  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.

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Photo of Vixie
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  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.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
89 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.