Bush De Noël Premium - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.59%
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 03-01-2005

Unfiltered and Bottle Conditioned version of Bush De Noël, available in 750ml and 1.5 litre Magnums.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before the end of 2017. 12% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky dark reddish-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grape juice, grape jelly, brown sugar, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with grape juice, grape jelly, earth, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly
mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a nice mix of fruit and spice characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of Dope
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BBE 2015 on bottle. Best By End of 2015 maybe?

A: Pours a rich dark red/brown. Tall and effervescent very light brown head. Head fizzes out fairly quickly, very light lacing left behind. Decent head retention at least.

S: Very sweet, loaded to the gills with candi sugar and dark fruits. Raisins and grapes I'd say. Maybe even some generic berry aroma. Brown sugar and some dark bread in there too. Some indistinct spices, nutmeg and cinnamon?

T: Whoa, loaded with spices. Way more than the nose indicates. Loads of nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe allspice? Cloves in there too. Heavy belgian candi sugar and dark fruits but the spiciness really dominates here. Back end is all dark sweetbread with a huge amount of nutmeg and allspice and cloves. Even get some of that spicy black pepper in there.

M: Heavy and sweet but not overly so, on either front. Nice and buttery smooth.

O: Big christmas-style spicebomb belgian. Mouthfeel is great, you would NOT expect 12% from this one. Smooth and drinkable despite the high ABV and the heavy spiciness. Spiciness was a bit over the top for me, obscuring the "normal" BSDA flavors but still delicious.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Despite a high abv, this beer is very drinkable. Very complex, like a strong Belgian usually is, lots of sweet caramel without being too sweet, and just the right amount of heat. This beer goes perfectly on a cold winter night. Very tasty and bold. A winner.

Photo of dcmchew
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not entirely dark, close to coppery in colour. Light beige head that leaves traces.
Smells of sweet raisins, sweet red wine, sour cherries. Lots of dark fruit but low malt on the nose.
Sweet richness, syrupy and dense, mostly fruity: straight juicy raisins, figs, plums, red berries, all covered in Belgian sugars, sour cherries bringing a light tartness, red grapes bringing acidic notes and a vineous feel. Faint citrus peels also, ripe apricots. Brown sugar caramel maltiness, lightly toasted biscuits. Spiced beautifully with typical Christmass cinnamon, some faint licorice, pepper, ginger and especially aniseseed towards the finish. Some slight herbal pine also. Lots of honey. Aside from being spicy, yeasts are also earthy, bringing some woody, dry notes. Hops are bitter and nicely felt in the finish. The dry finish cancels a lot of the sweetness, keeping this beer from becoming overly sweet.
Alcohol is boozy only after a while, in the aftertaste, but warm and nicely hidden during the sips and prickling in the finish, along with the mild fizzy carbonation and the spices. Personally, i think it would have felt "more Christmassy" if it was creamier. Don't get me wrong, it's not watery, it's extremely close to a sipper body, but i thought it was going to be... heavier.
Beautiful brew, perfect during the holidays, would enjoy having this one with friends out in the snow.

Photo of jrenihan
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBE 2014. Not sure when it was bottled.

Beer is a relatively light brown with reddish elements. Much lighter than expected for the style. Smallish off-white head fades quickly, leaving just some film.

Rich smell. Prune, fig and red grape. Vinous. Bready. Yeast.

Taste is similar to the nose and quite focused on dark fruits. Raisin, cherry, red grape, prune. Brown sugar and some bready flavours. Some spices. Alcohol is noticeable but remarkably well hidden considering the strength. Quite sweet.

Full bodied, moderate to strong carbonation, some alcohol heat, sticky sweetness.

Overall, very sweet but very good. A real beast of a beer. If this is really 13% (I have a bit of trouble believing it), it is one dangerous brew.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
1.52/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Quite light for the style, it's medium amber with three fingers of large bubble head, which quickly receded to a thin film. Not good.

S: Nothing like any BSDA I've ever had. Sour cherry mixes with prune. A touch of spicy esters, but not much.

T: At least this is better than the aroma. Sour cherry is still there, but it's not nearly as strong. Plums and prunes are also there, but not as strong as I'm used to for the style. I get some buttery qualities and a ton of booze.

M: Quite thick with low carbonation.

O: I hope for this beer that this is a bad bottle. I get butter and sour cherry, but it's more subtle than I'm used to for an infected bottle. The beer is also overly thick, has little to no esters, and no bright citrus to balance. Oh, and it's way boozy.

Photo of bambam2517
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, chilled down to 45f and served in a tulip glass.

A - Considered the best way to describe the appearance of this one while I had a glass or two, so I hope I'm not too tilted when I say it looks EXACTLY like sweet tea. The haziness, the little particles floating around inside, the black tea color, even a thin layer of foam. I'll add that while the carboantion is still strong (which was not long out of my bottle) its like a dirty snow globe inside my glass. How appro for a holiday ale.

S - Loads of brown sugar, toffee, dessert wine and baking spices. Captures the essence of the season well and decently complex.

T - Sweet and more complex than the nose indicates. All the spices stand out individually here rather than blend together, seems like a different taste every sip. It is a bit more vinuous than I expected, more white wine than sherry or port. Faintly woody also, like oak or alder wood. Very good.

M - Its syrupy and strong up front. Dries out very quickly and finishes with little more than a warm feeling in the back of the throat. At 13%, how that can be done is a work of art IMO.

O - In the holiday ale context, I love it. Not quite up there with the best beers I've had, but I cant wait to introduce friends and family to this one each year when the holidays come around.

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 2014. Pours lightly cloudy red orange color with a 1 finger foamy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Slight spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big raisin, cherry, prune, caramel, apple, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, candi sugar, pepper, earth, toast, clove, and herbal yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with big complexity, strength, and balance. Taste of raisin, prune, pear, apple, toast, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, candi sugar, cinnamon, pepper, earth, clove, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of complex dark fruits, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, candi sugar, cinnamon, clove, pepper, and herbal yeast spiciness on the finish for a while. Fantastic flavor complexity, robustness, and balance of flavors; with a good balance of spicy flavor despite big maltiness; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick and fairly syrupy mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden at 13%; with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Belgian dark ale! Huge balance and complexity of big robust flavors; and very smooth to sip on for 13%. A highly enjoyable strong Belgian style offering.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: in a tulip: dark amber body, tan head a few fingers thick

S: boozy candied fruit and fruit cake

T: fruits, dark, soft and chewy; toffee sweet; bright, zingy spices

M: tingling, warming, crisp; smooth, sweet aftercoat

O: a great holiday drink - capitalizes on the seasonal flavors and sweets - strong abv keeps spirits high

Photo of Marc_V
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Belgianbeershop.com Head: off white, dissapears very quickly. Colour: dark red brown. Aroma: sweet, malty, fruity, clear alcohol presence. Taste: malty sweetness, fruits, caramel, spicy, complex but well balanced. High ABV is detectable. This is a very fine Christmas beer.

Photo of obywan59
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't think I was going to get much cork action at first, as it didn't seem to want to pop initially, but when it did, it flew across the room. Not bad.

The brew poured a murky, rosy-brown into my Duvel tulip. A 3 1/2 finger light-tan head that recedes rather quickly, leaving no lacing.

A rich, sweet, spicy and syrupy aroma explodes out of the glass. Coriander is evident, enlivening the aromas of raisins and prunes. A bit of grape imparts a winey aroma.

Grapes are much more evident in the taste, accompanied by more dark fruits and a substantial taste of alcohol as well. Coriander spices things up, and flavor of light bubblegum makes an appearance, also. Very sweet, but tart and winey as well. Somewhat cloying at first, but improving as it warms.

Medium-thick bodied with a peppery feel on the tip of the tongue, a light syrupy coating in the mouth, and substantial burn of alcohol in the throat.

This is a great beer! It's richness, and high alcohol content command respect, and it will parhaps become a worthy ritual in years to come!

Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (75 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : deep red color with white foamy head.
Smell : sweet malty with fruity and spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet caramel flavors with notes of fruits and spices.
Drinkability: a good beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale.

Photo of DreamInOrange
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle with a best by date of 2014 into a Corsendonk chalice. Clear reddish brown with some orange in the light, fair amount of small carbonation bubbles and next to no head. First smells are strongly biscuity and malty, then revealing some fruity, winey aromas. Flavors of raisin, grapes, prunes, and alcohol warmth at the tail end. Not a complex and a "lighter" flavor than many other dark holiday ales.

While it is a nice departure on the variation of Belgian holiday ales, it is not as good as some others that I have tried.

Photo of Herky21
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

T: Warming alcohol on the peak of the taste with the middle delivering a light honey sweetness. Hops bitterness is almost totally masked.

Appearance: Burnt amber hue with a great white head, probably two-ish inches and lots of belgian style bubbles.

Smell: Raisins and caramel with the alcohol close behind.

Mouthfeel: It's very smooth. The alcohol warms your tongue and sticks to it with a slightly bitter, biting way.

Overall: It's 13% alcohol and it is deceptively smooth and drinkable. The flavor is subltey aromatic yet full and good all of the way through, even with a sweet, lingering aftertaste.

It was $3.99 for the 8.2 oz. bottle. I would pay $15 for the larger size next time. Definitely a great beer and an interesting winter twist on a Belgian.

Photo of neobob187
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bomber.

Temperatures are dropping, this looked like a Belgian Christmas Ale that's pretty good and I'd never had it so we got it. Now let's open it!

A: Appearance is a very nice deep red color. I didn't read the bottle quite honestly, so I was expecting more of a deep brown, like a belgian dark strong. There's also a considerable amount of sediment in this pour. We aren't anywhere near the bottom yet, but I can see bits floating around. Still, it's not affecting the taste.

S: The smell, is very nice. I get a lot of very strong bubble gum esters. Also, it has a spiciness I can't quite place. Cloves, mixed with perhaps some sort of dark fruit. Fig, or raisins perhaps.

T: Now to the taste! It's surprisingly sweet for a 13% beer. Very nice, no alcohol burn at all. I do get the typical malted candy and bubble gum flavors expected, but there's also a slight spice backing it up. Very christmas-approriate.

M: Mouth-feel is very smooth. No bite and not extremely carbonated.

O: Overall I find this quite enjoyable. Way better then Nice Chouffe, and I adore the Chouffe beers. This one is just way more balanced. If you're looking for a holiday beer to bring over to a family's house, look no further. It's super drinkable and a great belgian ale.

Photo of Suds
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love exotic holiday beers....this one didn't disappointing. From a corked and caged 750 ml bottle, this beer has Belgian written all over it. Funky, wild, and hugely interesting. The appearance isn't much to admire...golden-amber with a reddish tint. Effervescent, but no real head. The smell, however, is fabulous....sour cherries, yeast, earth, pepper, funk, spice, brown malt....wow. The taste has a lot going on as well...lots of alcohol warmth, without being overwhelming. It's a sour-sweet, malty, acidic, fruity, citric, funky blend. Nice. Not so attenuated that it lacks any sweetness, but very engaging. I loved this one.

Photo of augustgarage
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BBE 2012. Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Westvleteren goblet.

Very faintly hazy fire brick liquid topped by an active beige finger which recedes to a lasting smattering of cream and a pearling collar. Delicate slick lacing and copious tears.

Intense aromatics suggest armagnac, tobacco, figs, prunes, leather, brown sugar and nutmeg.

Rich deeply malty palate entry with a wave of sweet stewed fruit and brandy. Fairly complex. Finishes dry, spicy, and crackery with a wave of heat.

Effervescent, soft, and slightly thin for such a big beer.

The flavors seem both denser and more vibrant in this unfiltered version - though the improvements are subtle. Ages quite well!

Photo of mrfrancis
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruby-tinted chestnut with a creamy, lingering tan head.

S: Aromas of roasted nuts, yeast, cream, and toffee are very evident on the nose. The smell of this beer is somewhere between an English barleywine and a Belgian strong dark ale.

T: Notes of almonds, chestnuts, heavy cream, toffee, dark bread, pungent yeast, and vanilla bean dominate the palate. The finish is long, rich, and robust with notes of bread, yeast, and chestnuts being most prevalent.

M: Full bodied, firm, and dryish with a crisp effervescence not normally associated with this style. Very nice.

O: I really like this beer and have started to appreciate the efforts of Brasserie Dubuisson Freres more and more as time goes by. The only real knock I can think of is that this beer is not as smooth as the regular Bush de Noel. Still, this is a satisfying winter treat.

Photo of dragonWhale
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This mountain is a man.. And I don't know what that means, but it seems pertinent to this conversation. A 5 year old bottle split 3 ways. 2 glasses with a hazy ruby glow, 1 glass with a pile of floaties. Get your rubbers on.
A little sherry-like aroma, caramel malty sweetness with some oxidation. Cool, but not mind-blowing.
The sip is not over the top sweet, but definitely on that sweet malt side. Oxidation brings a little cardboard, but is actually beneficial. More of that sherry. A bit sticky in the throat, but c'mon what do you really expect in a situation such as this.
Overall, a pretty damn good 5 year old beer, very interesting flavor, but surprisingly un-complex, at least as far as one whale's noise is concerned.

Photo of cnally
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Just finished a blind testing at our awesome beer store, Kahn's, and this one came out as one of my favorite of the eight.

The appearance is a crisp clear amber. A slight but ever present barely bubbling thin white head just won't quit. Huge carbonation levels are evident, with a ton of sediment.

Aroma is mildly subdued. A good balance of the caramel sugary malt and the grainy aspects of the base malt. Smells hot and pretty boozy.

The flavor is heavily reliant on the Belgian yeasts, and they dominate the front end of the experience. Further on, there is a barely present bitterness and it finishes with a toasty caramel malt and a fizzy hot alcohol flavor.

The mouthfeel is freakin unbelieveable for me. How the hell do they reign in the amazing bubbliness and still maintain the thick body???? Unique and probably the finest mouthfeel I have felt in any Belgian, ever.

A sipper for sure. A delight all the way around, but so damn boozy that it effects the drinkability. Worth the twenty bucks.

Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to bitterbeerface for sharing this at the Lancaster County Brewers Christmas gathering '10 last night. Poured chilled into my Duvel tulip.

A golden amber w/ very good clarity and visiblly carbonation. The cap of white rises and holds well, the bead is tight and lace is spotty. I smelled a sweet and unique aroma as it was poured, obviously brett influenced and very fragrant with fruit and mild funk the floral ester is there accenting the mild malt and alcohol odors. The feel is very light for the strength, mild biscuit and subtle acidity w/ the light tartness and moderate carbonation work well in this and it is a satisfying texure albeit semi-dry in the finish.

The taste is very good, lots of mellow malt toastiness with a slight cherry like tart edge that envelopes with subtle spice from the yeast and fruit taste in the flavor is increased by the brett influence and slight spicee w/ moderate alchohol heat and influence in the taste. The finish has a semi-sweet quality, very festive and vibrant. The flavor has a good deal of horseblanket and cherry with a slight currant and mild pepper accent w/ sugar plum quality roundng out the taste. The drinkability is superb, I was sad to see the bottle emptied so fast, I enjoyed the wild yeastiness and funk - a Tasty Treat! thanks Bob!

Photo of jeranbrews
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice champage bottle 2010 vintage purchased Dec. 2010. Consumed 12/23/10 froma tulip glass.

A - light lacing follows the low beige head. However there was a loud resounding satisfying pop of the cork. Color is a deep amber speckled with dots of dark brown yeast. Not bad at all.

S - Strawberry and figs no fusil despite the 13%. Sweet, malty, sugary. Very pleasant. Makes me remember happy Christmas things, snow and fireplaces and cinnimon buns cooking in the oven.

T - Fusil burn initially. A roar of fire. Bit of hop bitterness. Sweet and sour and bitter. The fusil is strong. A bit of a plum wine aftertaste. Take your time with this beer. Don't get in a rush.

M - Aside from the scalding burn it's nice. If grape juice were spicy and thick like honey that might approach this feeling. A sipping beer for sure.

D - A nice beer, great for once or twice a year. Strong ass kicking alcohol content. But not the best thing from this brewer. If you paired this with the right savory cheeses you might not notice the burn so much. in the meantime just take it slow sip it like wine, because that's what it is. Next time I get this I'll let it age for a year and see what happens.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

#6 - 12 beers of Christmas. 750 mL bottle at 45* into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: This pours a very dark brown color with reddish hues in light and a foamy, clingy, cappucino-looking, two-finger head.

S: The nose is intensely fruity with notes of bananas, cherries, plums, figs, and even citrus combining with cinammon, nutmeg, and alcohol esters.

T: The palate also shows wide assortments of fruits; tropical, citrusy, tart, and dark fruits all come through with some booziness throughout and an aftertaste of salt-free crackers.

M: The body is thick and syrupy with a creamy feel and, despite being heavily carbonated, is not prickly.

D: This is wonderfully crafted and is similar to Victory V12, but a little darker and thicker.

Photo of pzrhsau
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice deep brown/amber color with a superior head(basically got an 8 oz bottle and the foam filled the rest of the 12 oz glass).
Smell: Great sweet malt flavor with hints of spice and subtle hops. Very small undertones of alcohol.
Taste: Nice rich flavors of malt and holiday type spiciness. The beer also has a roasted feel to it afterward. The alcohol taste is minimal and actually helps accent the the flavors very well.
Drinkability and Mouthfeel: Very good weight on the tongue but not too overpowering on the palate. Great beer to warm you up.

Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 of Scaldis Noel Premium

Poured into delerium tremens glass

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Great retention leaving splattered lace. Color is a hazy caramel copper.

Aroma: Cherries, raisins, some molasses, big malt flavor, grassy hop profile. Biscuits, caramel, and apples. This is smelling great.

Taste: Lots of fruit flavors. Cherries, grapes, plums, molasses. It reminds me a lot of a quad. Grassy hops as well. This beer is well done.

Mouthfeel: smooth, creamy, and refreshing. Medium to full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends dry and malty.

Overall, I was impressed with this beer. Very well done. Lots of flavors and great for the holiday season. I am really glad I got to try this one. I highly recommend it. Fairly drinkable as well for the high abv.

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