Bush De Noël | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Bush De NoëlBush De Noël
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Andreji on 12-08-2001

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a dark, rich, ruby-caramel coloring that is slightly murky, and starts with a frothy, bubbly, off-white head that quickly disappears. Slow trails of carbonation bubbles throughout the body of the beer. Aromas of grape, fig, raisin, and date on the forward bouquet, with earthy notes, cherry highlights, hints of booze, and a very subtle spice blend. Very rich and robust nose. Flavors are very rich and chewy forward, with lots of old world fruit and a heavy helping of warmth flourishing the taste buds. The rich and sweet notes blend terrifically, with heavy cherry and fig notes in the forefront. Very rich, robust, and heavy bodied beer, with a building warmth at the end of the palate. There is a sharpness that cuts through the end of the beer, likely a combination of the increased ABV and the carbonation. It truly helps to keep the drinkability up. Sweet candied notes in the aftertaste combine with the old world fruit characteristics, lightening them up a bit right before the slick, clean finish. It's really impressive how a beer this big clears the palate so quickly at the tail-end. Great beer!

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at pizza port Carlsbad

A: Deep amber color with a thin cream colored head. Some spotty lacing down the glass.

S: A good amount of dark fruit, Belgian yeast, candi sugar and bubblegum. Traces of raisin and brown sugar.

T: Tons of dark frui. Prune, raisin and plum with Belgian yeast, pomegranate and some burnt raisin skin on the finish. Delicious.

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Photo of radioscooter
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recommended to me by several people including Phil at Vintage Estate. Small 8.48 bottle.

Nice brown apple color. The head is quick to dissipate, fragile bubbles, tiny lacing.

So far this is my favorite holiday ale yet. I am pairing this with razor-thin slivers of Loccatelli cheese. This is a holiday evening treat beyond compare. I wish we were further into the season so I could be relaxing with friends and Johnny Mathis' Christmas album instead of between work on a Thursday night - ah well. I'll just have to get some more.

Dark, fig and plum and spice and lots of alcohol. Hits nice like a blanket. Or a snuggy.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to slcbrewer for this one.

Poured into a chalice a cloudy dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, some nice islands and sticky lacing throughtout the drink. The nose is malty, prunes, figs, raisins, tangy/sweet, and some caramel. The taste is sweet/tangy, malty, slightly yeasty, nice touch of caramel. There is a slight chewy thing going on and the alcohol is hidden very well, nice warm feeling in the throat. A slightly dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, I liked the version of a BSDA, highly recommended.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scaldis Noel
A 12% abv seasonal winter brew from Bush/Scaldis, most recently enjoyed last September after a tour of Dubuisson. Poured a miniscule 25cl bottle into twin goblets, barely 4 oz. each for me and my wife and enjoyed at our weekend getaway at the Oregon Coast, 02/25/07.

A: Caramel/ruby, generally clear, with a soap-bubble looking, eggshell-colored ½ finger head. Tiny fizzy carbonation produces a wisp of film on-top, a thin lacy gauze.

S: Mild, sweetly booze-soaked fruit. Rich, slightly burnt caramel. Sugary candy sweetness, through and through.

T: A very nice Christmas/holiday beer (despite it being two months to the day from Christmas). Huge syrupy caramel flavor, slightly browned & with lots of added cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness. Dry herbal finish, surprisingly bitter. Alcohol (rum) covered raisins – heat and hops burn almost like a barleywine. A delicious mouthfull.

M: Spicy, hot & tingly in the mouth. Big alcohol, developing on the tongue – wow! Medium/full mouthfeel and slightly carbonated.

D: A very tasty winter sipper…perfect in small doses on a rainy, chilly afternoon. Nice warming alcohol, a spicy & sweet treat. A seasonal to look forward to every year when the temperatures drop. And since we were playing games while we drank this, I shall christen it with a hearty “Yahtzee!".

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 8.48 oz brown pop top with nice winter label; nice blue and silver foil; I'm sampling this between cellar and room temperature, poured into my Chimay chalice

Appearance: Rich chestnut beer with orange highlights when held up to the light; lots of small flaky yeast sediment in suspension; cap is ivory and (not surprising for a beer of this strength) fades pretty quickly but leaves a nice thick film
Smell:

Smell: Give this one a couple of swirls to really bring the aromas out; we've got raisins, alcoholic dark fruit esters, sweet dark caramel, what seems to be a touch of cinnamon sugar, and some other sweetness that I just can't seem to put my finger on...overall very nice aroma

Taste: Crazy the way that this brew hides its alcohol...the beer is actually quite mild in flavor; sweet caramel candy, light fruitiness from the Belgian yeast, very mild spice...ends a bit drier than expected, with a long, lingering flavor of dried figs and maybe a hint of vanilla extract...the only place you feel the alcohol is on the finish as it tingles/slightly burns down your throat...oh, and THERE it is...

Mouthfeel: Chewy, viscous, and palate coating

Drinkability: Not a beer to toss back; one after dinner or as a nightcap would be perfect

Conclusion: Unbelievably smooth, tamed, and understated (and I mean that in a good way) for the abv. I paid 16.99 for this 8.48oz bottle (though I think it was a mistake at the store and that was supposed to be for a four-pack) yet even at that price I could see myself picking this up again next winter if I were to come across it. This one tonight was in honor of my grandma's passing; I could see drinking this during happier times after a big Christmas dinner of roast venison, herbed potatoes, and figgy pudding.

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Photo of beertunes
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of Scaldis Noel. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a lovely mahogany, with a thin cap of light tan head that had good retention and lacing.

A solid malt aroma greets the nose, supported by spice and yeast scents. The flavor featured that well balanced blend of malts, spices and perhaps a even a touch of butter.

Body was full and well rounded. Drinkability was excellent, I would gladly have a couple of these while looking out the window, watching the weather.

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Photo of Vierenner
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

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Photo of weazal
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Absolutely delicious aroma of caramel, apple, and dark candied fruits - all drenched in honey. There's a dose of spices too, particularly clove and pepper. Overall, very much raisin sweet bread.

T: The alcohol and sweetness dominate, elbowing each other aside throughout the tasting. Warming brandy, honey, sweet bread, and peppery at the end. About what you'd expect from the aroma.

Exactly the warming, delectable beverage you'd want to get tipsy with on cold, snowy evenings!

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nummy looking, clear, light chestnut brown. A light tan head sits atop. Well sized before dropping quickly to a film punctuated with an island of creaminess. Retention is pretty decent for the style.
Smell is rich with malt, spices and dark and light fruits (apple, grape, fig). Great balance.
Taste is the same: rich with lightly toasted malt, dark and light fruits, spices, wood, whiskey/cognac and a pretty good alcohol bloom. Balance is really good.
Smooth-ish and medium-bodied and supremely delicious. This is a seriously good brew. Warming, with a nice cognac-like glow flowing from the back of the throat. You can almost see the alcohol with every exhale and that ain't bad. It works as a nice limiting factor to the desire to just keep drinking this fine nectar. Slow down and enjoy!

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Photo of mdvatab
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 25cl bottle into Ommegang chalice
No bottled on date

Aroma: BIG carmelly, butterscotch, sherry, and flat-out scotch. Faint sweet apple cider. Lots to find here!

Appearance: Hazy brown body with yeast in suspension (did not decant). Off-white head almost immediately disappears.

Flavor: Spicy scotch, sweet butterscotch (like a butterscotch candy), raisin, and spiced cider. Sweetness appears to come from both the malt/sugar and the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol is very warming. Med-to-low carbonation. Medium body. Slightly hot, drying finish.

Overall: Definitely a tasty winter warmer. I felt funny buying this out of season, but it's equally delicious around a campfire or firepit (or on the couch in front of the TV!) during the summer. There's some great complexity to both the aroma and flavor. Too rich, and too much alcohol to drink more than one, but definitely a treat to have once in a while!

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Photo of thekanna
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a gorgeous clear amber with a thin, white head that nevertheless leaves lacing on the side.

S: Strong essence of molasses and maple syrup with a whiff of phenols. Continued fixation on the smell evokes cloves, nutmeg, and other spices.

T: Sugar cane-like sweetness immediately hits the mouth and provides a warming sensation. Caramel and toffee malts are followed by a slight smoky flavor. Szechuan peppercorn-infused phenols arise and pleasantly numb the mouth; bequeathing an almost methol-like essence in the aftertaste.

M/D: Slight carbonation and chewiness give way to a numbing smoothness. This one is a great sipper.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with an amber tinge, looks filtered, at least no cloudiness. Translucent. Lots of small and large bubbles. One finger of eggshell head.


S: Dare I say, skunk is the first odor. Dark fruits, cherry, hard cherry liquor like almost cough syrup. Orange liquor, like Contreau. Dark deep Christmas cake fruits in a sweet sort of liquor way. Skunk doesn’t stay though, its more of like a banana in time.


T: Deep rich maltiness, Christmas cake, even Christmas pudding with candied cherries, figs, candied orange peel. Bananas, like dried bananas, alcohol is definitely present but hidden to the end. At the end its clear on the back half of the tongue, and burns in the throat. Reminds me of the dark Trappist ales, but different.


M: Substantial but light. Big, light, and foamy carbonation. Splash of hidden alcohol on the back of the mouth and throat.

O: Excellent brew. Best I’ve had by this company. 9 out of 10 from me. Found and drank in Kunming, Jan 19th, 2015. Saw this in Bruges, Belgium at B2, but had to pass up for all the other choices. Glad I found it in Asia.

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Photo of mattgreger
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

loooong overdue for this one... so I had it fresh.

2011 vintage (most recent)

A: Burnt copper orange rose with good clarity. A thin white foam rims around the glass. poor-ok retention and poor lacing.

S: A breath of burnt orange peel followed by a waft of Werther's Original in the best sort of way. Macintosh apple and butterscotch.

T: Sweet rock candy broken up with lots of carbonation slowly smoothing out and resolving with a medley of ripe fruit. Black Plum, Bosc pear, and orange zest come to mind albeit faintly. Warming alcohol brings a numbing sensation to the gums and helps to further balance the sweet aforementioned flavors also leaving a suggestion of eucalyptus.

M: Rich meets the divided sky

O: One of my favorite belgian holiday beers if not my top selection. Price has fluctuated a little bit recently which is of some concern, however, as I review this it's cheaper than it was last year. I've yet to try this aged sadly and feel it may develop into something quite different and perhaps even better. aging potential shot in the dark... 2 - 6 years.

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Photo of belenita
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish, runny, maple syrup. Little foam that diminishes quickly, lacing on the edge.

S - spicy, cherry, like Dr. Pepper

T - Dates, dried cherry, prunes, somewhat peppery, a bit sweet

M - nice light/medium carbonation with a smooth finish

D - Yes, probably the best Christmas beer I've had yet.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into tulip at 45 degrees, warming into the 60s through the review.

Pours with a booming 4F of off-white head over a clear mahogany body, with plenty of carbonation flowing up. Great lacing.

Aromas of light spice, caramel-to-molasses sweetness, light grape, and some rubber - strange, but true. After it warmed, it took on a cordial liquor quality.

Flavors start off with a light candy-sugar-like sweetness, grape-to-plum fruits, touch of dates after it warmed, and some peach fuzz.

Great, great mouthfeel - perfect carbonation keeps this 13% beer drinking like one half its strength.

Amazing drinkability for the style.

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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 bump8628
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice beer for cold winter nights, but the dinky 8.5oz bottles are still on shelves around here in June, so I picked one up. Rich with dark fruit and malts - plum, toffee, burnt sugar, molasses, figgy pudding (just kidding). Good balance between sweet and dry/bitter. Some spice adds complexity - clove, coriander, and nutmeg flavors. Alcohol definitely flexes, but not too much for the style. This would definitely knock me out on Christmas Eve. A Belgian Dark Strong with an English Barleywine slant. Good for the occasional treat. I might pick up a few for cellaring if only it was bottle conditioned.

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Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy and deceiving, slightly sweet and peppery alcohol slowly warms the body. Big caramel and dark fruit flavours with hints of phenols that are almost bubble gum in taste. I'll have to go back to this one several times this winter being that one little bottle was not enough.

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Photo of sfprint
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank out of a Bush glass.
A: dark apple cider, suspended sediment, no head, very slow and minimal rising carbonation. Pond waterish
S: Apple, peach, somewhat sweet but heavy, cidery.
T: Alcohol shockingly subtle for 12%, spicy and even slightly hot, reminds me of belgian blondes/ambers. perfect degree of sweetness, not syrupy. A hair of bitterness, excellent balance.
M: Barely tongue drying/astringent, mild to moderate sting,
O: Excellent, incredible balance, body and breadth.

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Photo of basica
4.4/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of PreacherBrewer
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very well rounded brew. deep redish brown color with a nice 2 finger head. Caramel, vanilla, and malt are balanced. moderate and smooth mouthfeel. this beer screams balance. it's tasty, big, and balanced. a perfect christmas or holiday brew.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.4/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean reddish to copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, spice, fruit, and small alcohol notes. In the taste, dry cinnamon spice, a small sweet roast, and a dry alcohol hint. A spice bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry alcohol and small spice in the aftertaste. Big spice and a nice sipper.

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