Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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2.4/5 rDev -40.4%
Poured a medium brown color. Solid 3 finger, mounded head which was cream colored. Took about 20 minutes for the head to diminish. Fantastic lacing.
Smelled of igs and alcohol. Some yeast and barley in nose.
Some dark fruit and yeast in the taste. Alcohol completely overpowers everything in this beer. It is totally out of balance. Some seasonal spices like nutmeg, cinamon, and lots of cloves.
Flavor coats your mouth. Very high carbonation. The combination of really high carbonation, tons of cloves, and completely overpowering alocohol makes this a very difficult beer to drink. I really wanted to like this beer. I was looking forward to drinking it, but was very disappointed.
12-05-2007 04:31:59 | More by brantadid
2.55/5 rDev -36.7%
Great evening chilling with the Sebastopol old school at Russian River brewing so, being exceptionally drunk already, this may be an odd review...Pours a nice reddish amber...No head or lacing to speak of, so likely and old bottle. Darn...Huge, sweet aromas of candied figs and alcohol makes me think this will be a big-time winter warmer...lots of sweet candy in the nose..Flavor is the same...Huge sweet barleywine-ish qualities...Almost cloying in sweetness. Kind of overpowering. Finish isn't unique or good. It's typical for such a huge brew. This was a $3.99/8.48oz. bottle so it's way expensive, bringing drinkability down a lot...Not worth the price and way too sweet and alcoholic.
What I like Most: The ABV at 12%.
What I like Least: The price and lack of carbonation.
Verdict: Not worth it at all. Avoid.
10-08-2010 05:20:31 | More by SolomonGrundy
2.6/5 rDev -35.5%
Aroma: Lasting for only a moment right out of the glass comes the aroma of a champagne-like spice aroma. This is followed by a peppery phenolic yeast character and alcohol notes. Caramel malt profile rounds out the nose. There is a fusel alcohol profile dancing around in the aroma that is light, but slightly off-putting.
Appearance: Pours a light apple red to honey amber in color with crystal clarity. The head forms initially but almost immediately fades to but a trace of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The appearance of effervescent carbonation produces a constant stream of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface.
Flavor: A tangy bite of grapefruit rind blended with caramel sweetness. These come together on the tongue with equal strength but the flavor moves toward a nearly harsh alcoholic bite in the middle. This fades to another sting of alcohol in the dry finish with a bit of nobel hop bitterness becoming present.
Mouthfeel: Light body with high carbonation. The carbonation tricks the perception of body, though doesn't hold firm enough to fill the mouth. There is a lot of alcohol warming the throat and mouth with a burning astringency. Puckering and drying in the finish with an alcoholic "cooling" effect in the throat and mouth after you breath out.
Overall: You certainly won't be mistaken at the 12% ABV of this beer because alcohol takes part in nearly every aspect. There are positive aspects of this ale, phenolic yeast aromatics and caramel malt character, but nearly everything is overshadowed by a burning alcohol presence. If there were some malt backbone to back this up with more body and sweetness, this beer would be a very nice sipper. As it is, this Belgian may pair well with a robust cigar or a T-Bone Steak.
01-29-2010 00:46:34 | More by DanOLeary
2.73/5 rDev -32.3%
Thanks to Prufrock, NCAA March Madness, and the Florida Gators for the beer.
Pours an amber/brown color with bright ruby hues. Off-white head rises to one finger and quickly falls. Sheets of lacing cling to the sides of the glass. Fine sediment suspended in the liquid.
Peppery alcohol smell with hints of dark fruits.
Huge peppery alcohol flavor mask just about everything else in the beer. Hints of dark fruits in the finish, mostly plumb flavors.
Mouthfeel is good. Rich and Spicy.
I really don't see me buying another bottle. It's not a bad beer, but with so many options, I doubt it will get much attention.
05-12-2007 03:24:30 | More by wcudwight
2.75/5 rDev -31.8%
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.
12-29-2011 17:06:42 | More by jmdrpi
2.88/5 rDev -28.5%
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.
12-19-2005 14:21:07 | More by doubleipa
2.9/5 rDev -28%
A: From a 250mL bottle pours a translucent pale brown with reddish hues that is not quite copper. A fizzy off-white head bubbles up and then is gone before you can blink and all that remains is a pathetic thin rim of head.
S: The nose entices with sour dried cherries and sweet caramel.
T: Alcoholic heat and flavor greats the tongue. Some sweet cherry flavors combined with an earthy/musk like bitterness. Terminates the tasting with a lovely toasted flavor of the grist. Not too spicy or seasoned.
M: Really thin. The carbonation is gone very rapidly. Head retention is poor.
D: Maybe needs another year on the shelf. I thought for the price and quantity this one was simply not worth it.
11-12-2008 15:01:00 | More by BWH3
2.9/5 rDev -28%
A- Deep brown/ burnt orange and a little hazy. A small and short-lived head leaves a nice white ring around the top and a touch of lacing along the sides of the glass.
S- Big malt aroma here, almost doppelbock-like. Sweet bread and caramel aromas are complemented by a touch of spicy alcohol . This seriously reminds me a lot of one of Castle Eggenberg's big beers.
T- Starts out with a nice malty taste, which is soon overcome by a big alcohol presence. The alcohol ends up being extremely prominent, almost to the point of being overwhelming.
M- Fairly thick, although not too much. Decent carbonation level. The alcohol also has a bit of an effect, seemingly numbing the tongue a little. Actually pretty nice.
D- Seriously hurt by the alcohol. One 8.48 oz bottle is more than enough.
I wasn't particularly impressed with this offering. The alcohol was just too high and not well-hidden at all. I've had the regular Bush (or Scaldis), and if memory serves me correctly, it tastes almost exactly like this, so I'm not really sure how this seasonal is a whole lot different. Overall, this beer reminds me of a less-drinkable Samichlaus. It's not horrible, but I won't get it again and I don't recommend it.
12-12-2007 00:45:38 | More by vtfan77
2.93/5 rDev -27.3%
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.
01-27-2011 23:30:05 | More by CuriousMonk
2.93/5 rDev -27.3%
8.48 fl oz
Appearance: Pours a fairly clear light amber with a very modest head and poor lacing; frankly, looks more like a soda than a beer
Smell: Unusual medicinal aroma that is sweet but predominately phenolic; just smells plastic to me
Taste: Starts with a herbal sweet flavor that builds nicely and reminds me of a Ricola herbal cough drop; after the swallow, a golden raisiny presence takes over along with a woody flavor; smoked aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Thin, watery and relatively flat
Drinkability: Wow, what a disappointment to start my Christmas beer selection; perhaps I wound up with a poor bottle but this just isn't doing anything for me; guess I'll have to take another look at this one some other time based on the other reviews around here which are much more favorable than mine
12-25-2006 18:27:21 | More by brentk56
2.95/5 rDev -26.8%
Served in a (512) anniversary glass.
Rockin' a back-to-back with this and its wine-barreled cousin Scaldis Prestige de Nuits. Gots ta compare, baby! Anyway, this stuff pours a clear garnet-ruby populated by floaties and topped by a finger of relatively short-lived off-khaki foam. The nose comprises light red grapes, light fig, light dark wheat, very light clove, and a vague sense of Belgian yeast. In case you didn't pick up on the theme, everything is faint to my 'strils (though things intensify a bit with some time, but not by very much). The taste brings in more of the same, along with a mild vein of candied orange peel and a strong alcohol presence. So strong, in fact, that it's fairly oppressive. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, if you can get past the blast of booze, this ain't too bad a BSDA, if a touch ordinary.
11-23-2012 03:01:03 | More by TMoney2591
2.95/5 rDev -26.8%
Scaldis Noel poured in a 750. Corked and topped with a large staple over the top serving as the cage. Interesting bottle. Poured into a small tulip it forms a milky loose head that leaves sticky lace behind. Very light in color considering the style. Cascading super fine carbonation. Copper body. Not all that inviting.
Some sweetened raisins, sweetened Tang, Grape candy and a spiced alcohol slammer that has a huge warming jolt to finish it. Surprisingly this is pretty sturdy in the body although it lacks some depth and the alcohol is hot, even with consideration to the 12%abv tag. My final analysis, the backdround flavors are nice but its hard to find it through the aggressive abv.
Pros: Decent flavor profile, Warms ya up.
Cons: A bit hot, failry shallow, not that interesting. Yikes.
Notes: Below average.
01-05-2007 06:38:25 | More by DogFood11
2.95/5 rDev -26.8%
I just had Delirium Noel from the tap. It tasted identical. Sorry, I'm more partial to Delirium Noel. ; Copy-cat; Copy-cat; Copy-cat;Copy-cat;Copy-cat; Copy-cat; Copy-cat.
Sorry for the repetitiveness, but BA requires a certain amount of words. Just like the English teacher you hated in college.
12-05-2008 10:32:23 | More by chainsawhutch
United Kingdom (England)
3.08/5 rDev -23.6%
Brown 25cl bottle with sparkling blue foil around the cap and neck. Best before 13 Nov 2010, poured and reviewed on 5 Dec 2010.
The bulbous tulip glass (Palm Special badged) into which it was delivered into didn't show it off too well: sediment left the bottle and I was faced by a murky, reddy brown liquid with large lumps of gunge flaoting around within it. No head appeared, just a thin off-white collar and a weak wisp covering a third of the top surface. The sediment did eventually settle, but the beer never cleared, staying a cloudy mess throughout the tasting.
A smell of sweetish malts came from the glass, toffee being the main flavour I could detect.
The sweet toffee, mentioned in the aromas also appear in the taste, however the alcohol content plays a huge part in the taste too.
It claims to be the strongest Belgian Christmas Beer, not too sure that's true, but it has more than enough alcohol for me to handle.
Just a little too much alcohol for my tastes, a pity because the texture and flavours were fine, it doesn't need to try and blow your head off with every sip.
Difficult to score, because I really enjoyed the beer, even though I know I'm going to wake up with a headache!
12-05-2010 00:49:57 | More by BlackHaddock
Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
90 out of 100 based on 704 ratings.