Bush De Noël - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Ratings: 762
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 35
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: Andreji on 12-08-2001)
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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of shippos
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of NEhophead
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick and foamy lightly burnt, off white head that cakes the goblet's sides with intricate lacing. Garnet with shades of oak and maple.

Semi-sweetened molasses, toffee, and caramel malt aroma. Big overtone of chocolate and cream. Sweet, dark fruit soaked in alcohol: raising, plum, cherry.

Creamy, semi-sweet caramel and toffee flavors with a near sour apple tartness. A faint citric quality that is well balanced with the sweet, deep chocolate qualities of this Quadrupel. The alcohol presence is carefully placed; not to drown out the natural flavors.

Borders full bodied; creamy, sharp, and a touch of spice.

The abv% is well used and disguised. Good flavors and well worth a try. A wonderful beer at room temperature.

Photo of Intelligentsia
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was recommended by Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA. Poured into a Duvel tulip, the beer didn't give much of a head at all with a moderate pour; the beer retains little of what was left, and little lacing was present after I began to drink it. A very pretty dark-red beer through a little light passed through. The nose was Belgian yeast, malt, and a slight bit of alcohol. A bit less than I expected from such a hyped beer, but it was certainly a memorable smell. The taste was good but, again, not what I was hoping for; relateively malty, spicy, and yeasty -- not as complex as I was expecting. Lightly carbonated, but at 12% a.b.v., this one was a sipper that went slowly. I certainly enjoyed the beer, but perhaps a bit of cellaring make this one more intersting.

Photo of aforbes10
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours into my goblet a red amber with small sediment floating around. short, creamy looking head, laces like a cottony spiderweb. smells malty, hint of cherries, alcohol. Taste is of strong spicy malt, dark chocolate, hot alcohol, caramel. hints of nutmeg. very tasty. Creamy and full bodied. velvety. A small bottle, but a big drink.

Photo of unclederby
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Noel poured into my chalice an attractive reddish-amber with not much of a head. Particles floated abundantely and sparse dots of carbonation were seen.

The smell is sweet, with predominate notes of dark, overripe fruit. Maybe some caramel malt, and sour apple on the nose as well...
Pungent in a way, with a bit of apparent alcohol.

Taste is of fruitcake... raisins, prunes, plums, honey and a sweet biscuity overtone. Some mild spiciness as well (ginger, nutmeg). It is very sweet but just short of cloying, with noticeable alcholic warmth. Comparable to rum.

Hops become detectable.

Mouthfeel is oily and contains a surprising amount of carbonation (based on appearance). Not wholly full but viscous enough. Coats the throat with an alcoholic burn that lingers just a bit.

This is one that appreciates room temperature, as it really becomes more interesting and complex then and it's near over the top sweetness becomes more subdued...

This Belgian "barleywine" is a nightcapper for sure, and one is satisfying enough and a call to hit the sack. Lest we forget, it's plenty strong.

Note: i would love to try an aged version of this, as i think it would be absolutely outstanding.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a beautiful deep amber color forming a small yellow head that quickly disappears leaving practically no lacings

S: Very sweet and grainy in the nose. Very fruity too. Strong notes of grapes and wood: Reminds a Port wine. Also caramel, candy sugar, caramel malts, some flowery hops and alcohol in the very end

T: Follows the nose. A very sweet beer in the mouth. Caramel, candy sugar, a lot of caramel malts, grapes, oak. Mild hoppy bitterness in the end and alcohol too

M: Heavy, creamy and molasses. Medium to low carbonation. Bittersweet aftertaste which is more sweet than bitter

O: Delicious beer. To be enjoyed as a wine due to its "high" ABV. Warming up and suitable to the winter time. Recommended

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tiny 25cl bottle. Dark orange and clear, with thickest head I've seen yet.

Smell is subtle, maybe because of the thick head. Smells kind of like a barley wine.

Taste is sweet and burns a little. I can definitely taste the alcohol. I thought it would taste more like LaTrappe quadrupel or any of the other more "common" quadrupels. But this tastes more barley winey.

Not bad, very strong, but not a repeat for me...

Photo of dnichols
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 750 ml caged and corked bottle into a large cooled challis.

A: It poured into my chalice an attractive reddish-copper hue with an abundant beige two finger head. Held up to a backlight the Noel is almost cherry red accented with tiny floaties suspended and well distributed throughout the beer. The head slowly dissipates leaving a lattice of foam on the glass.

S: It has a healthy aroma of sweet brown malts up front with a complementing odor of plum fruitiness. From the moment I opened the bottle I was reminded of hot summer days sipping on toffee malts at the Dairy Queen. This is one sweetly pleasant and pungent brew. It has a strong and penetrating sensation on the nose.

T: A very pleasant taste. It tastes very of sweet malts reminiscent of caramels, milk chocolate, and figs. The rich sweetness hides the high alcohol content but I am reminded of the alcohols on the back side as my mouth dries slightly after resting following each sip. The malts define and dominate this beer. The hops are well hidden; almost non-existent

M: The rich sweetness hides the high alcohol content but I am reminded of the alcohols on the back side as my mouth dries slightly after resting following each sip. Mouthfeel somewhat like how I feel after filling my mouth with a fine milk chocolate.

D: I really enjoyed it; but feel it would be best experienced between November and March on a cool winter night after a heavy dinner. It is similar to a port wine…a wonderful after dinner drink enjoyed in moderation.

Comments: I was expecting something like the Bush Ambrée which I have had on several occasions. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised. This is a real treat for a special occasion.

Photo of jettjon
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 25 cl holiday bottle, no freshness date. Poured into the cervoise, a medium amber color with a moderate amount of carbonation. Thick, creamy 2-finger head of brownish-tan foam that fades at a moderate pace leaving a thick cap and solid lacing to the bottom. A good looking beer. Nose cold evinces strong alcohol, dark fruit, and sweet malt; as it warms, the alcohol is well-masked. Tastes of sweet malt, an alcohol burn on the swallow, a touch of caramel malt and a mild finish. As it warms, more flavor complexity emerges and the alcohol is well-masked; this beer is best served cool rather than cold. Mouth is syrupy, smooth, with moderate carbonation on the tongue. Drinkability is good but it’s strong; enjoy in moderation. The 25 cl bottle (about 9 oz.) is about right.

Overall: A good, solid beer, but not exemplary of the style. A bit heavy on the alcohol bit unless served warmer.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Candied orange peel with generous amounts of swirling particles and uprushing bubbles. Despite the high ABV, the head is a rocky glass filler. Golden ecru in color, it sets off the color of the beer quite nicely. Small sheets and spatters of lace are doing their level best to stick to the sides of the snifter and are succeeding admirably.

The powerful nose of brandy-macerated fruit wears its 12.0% ABV on its sleeve and wears it proudly. The beer smells like a holiday fruitcake that is heavy on fruit (cherries, dates, figs) and alcohol and low on cake. This is only my second quadrupel (Westvleteren 12) so style comparisons aren't really possible. It's a humdinger though. Did I mention the sinus clearing power?

Silky, rich, boozy, warming and delightfully delicious. My suggestion would be to drink Bush de Noel at room temperature, from a snifter, sip by sip, as I'm doing now. Any faster and the 8.48 ounce bottle will be gone before you know it. Although this is good beer, it doesn't quite have the intriguing complexity and the multifaceted depth that I love in the best high-ABV Belgian ales. There's nothing wrong with simple and strong, however, if the flavor is up to the task, as it is here.

As in many barleywines, alcoholic candied cherry is the dominant flavor. However, there's enough sticky toffee flavor that comparisons to cough syrup don't apply. This ale is sweet and is kept from being too heavy by a still boisterous carbonation and a mouthfeel that isn't as full as it seemed at first sip. I'm not a fan of alcohol that is this up-front, but I've certainly had plenty of 9.0-10.0%'ers that weren't as well-masked.

Thanks to the Family Dubuisson for this little bottle of Christmas cheer. Now that I've almost reached the bottom, I'm as warm and as toasty as if I was sitting by a crackling fire. Even if it isn't a life changing holiday beer that I'll come back to again and again, Bush de Noel is a right jolly old sipper that most should enjoy.

Photo of jonb5
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 bottle poured into Kasteel chalice.

A: Bronze, ruby, dark brown mahogany colour, fairly clear forsuch a big beer, small tanned head which it fought hard to keep, moderate lacing.

S: Besides the expected molasses and fruity notes it had anunexpected hoppy aroma and some phenols

T: Fruity esters, fudge, slight prune,vkept the booze under wraps until the finish where
it was dominant and prolonged.

M: Thick, chewy, smooth, well carbonated.

O: This packs a prettyheavy punch, treat with caution and respect. On the minus side it lacked that extra something that sets the very best beers aside, could have had
slightly more flavor.

Photo of Jeeb
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of beergoggles32
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%

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

Poured from the capped 8oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a bright orange-amber color topped by a half-inch of creamy light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, molasses, brown sugar, raisins and other dark fruit, with more than a little alcohol mixed in. Palate is deeply complex and sweet - dark Belgian malt, raisins, figs, brown sugar, and a touch of spciy yeast are evident. The significant alcohol makes its presence felt just before the swallow, leading to a nicely warming finish. Body is nice and a touch creamy, but not the thick creaminess I look for in a quad. Overall, though, quite nice and pleasurable to drink.

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

Consumed on 1/5/09

Served on tap at Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis. Poured a cloudy dark orange/brown with a small white head that quickly vanished. Almost no aroma but taste is cherry, spice, fruit, vanilla and strong alcohol. Medium body and chewy mouthfeel with strong alcohol finish. Overall a great Dark Belgian and Noel beer.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

250 ml bottle. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a cloudy amber/brown color with a half-inch off-white head. Head retention is low, lacing is good. It smells like dark fruit, bubblegum, yeast, candy sugar and spice. To me the beer tastes the same as the aroma, with the exception of some caramel and a little bit of alcohol noticable in the finish. There's also a pleasing light sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel/body is full, creamy and rich. After drinking it for a while, there's a noticable alcohol warming. Drinkability is good, it's a sipping beer but it's smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a good beer, I'd definitely drink this again.

Photo of lstorie3
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

found the color a little curious. I expected a much darker beer and when it poured a burnt orangish color, I was wishing it was either a little darker or a little lighter. It did pour a nice thick head though. had held up and laced nicely. The aroma is very much a strong Belgian ale with hints to break, must, cheese, raisins. Now that I think of it sort of like a fruitcake, but maybe it’s the seasonal label influencing me. First sip a full mouth-feel and a noticeable alcohol tingle. Very sweet followed by a little bitterness. Nice alcohol burn and a little warmth in the cheeks. A very good Christmas beer. One to sip and enjoy on a cold night.

Photo of IPA35
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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

Instead of a cork cage, it used a metal strip thing I had to pry off. And the cork was too small to get a hold of, so I had to use a corkscrew. Anyway, into a chalice glass, this pours a hazy, chunky orange with a small but frothy head. Big, over-ripe fruity aroma, with a lot of sweetness. Sweet taste as well, with a candied pear flavor. Bitterness is high enough to prevent cloying, but there's no hop flavor to speak of. Alcohol is detectable but not unpleasant. Surprisingly light bodied for the strength, with a good texture.

The best Scaldis/Bush I've had. Better than the normal and the prestige, by a long-shot.

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.

Photo of boblog
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: Dark brown/black, small head very little lacing. But then again I was in a dark bar.

Smell: Strong malt, no hint of hops, and warm alcohol.

Taste: I picked up on some nice raisin like flavors, and the typical hints of spices in a x-mas type brew. Still overall it leaned on the strong malt/alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, creamy, and warm

Drinkability: I enjoyed this beer, although I wouldnt recomend having another one after this as it would probably taste like nothing. Still after finishing this beer I wanted another but knew that would probably be too much, so I have drop the drinkability score for nothing else than sheer strength of taste and alcohol.

Overall: Great beer.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle as Scaldis Noel. Pours deep clear orange with small to medium head. Aroma of belgian yeast funk, pears, figs, apple, malt and slight alcohol. Heavy on the palate, but with light fruity flavors. Pears and plums abound with a hint of spice. Alcohol is hidden nicely, but the beer still warms going down. Very nice beer!

Photo of cjgator3
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled as "Scaldis Noel" in a small 8.48 fl. oz. bottle. Pours a murky dark brown color with a creamy white head. The nose is made up of caramel, sweet malt, dark cherries, ripe dark fruits and brandy. Mouthfeel is delightfully smooth and creamy. The taste is a bit boozy from the high ABV but it is surprisingly drinkable despite the 12%. It is a little sweet and toasty with some caramel and alcohol soaked cherries. Overall, this is a pretty solid holiday brew that is recommended to anyone on a cold night.

Photo of beerluvr
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a virtually non-existant head, over cloudy amber liquid (lots of yeast floaters abound). The nose is predominantly havy malt with noticeable alcohol, and hops. The taste is very hoppy/bitter...pleasantly so! An alcoholic/liquor-ish warmth follows with lots more maltiness in the background. Finishes with a just-as-strong bitterness from the massive hopping they give this ale to balance out the heavy maltiness & alcoholic power. A "send the kids to the neighbors, I'm comin' home drunk"-type of ass-kicker! God bless Belgium.

Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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