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Bush De Noël Premium - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 19
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Unfiltered and Bottle Conditioned version of Bush De Noël, available in 750ml and 1.5 litre Magnums.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 03-01-2005)
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

BKotch, Oct 15, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +6.6%

dagubna, Sep 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Doomcifer, Aug 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

KevinGordon, Jul 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

AlvinLin, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of Dope
4.1/5  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.

Dope, Apr 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Clydesgale, Feb 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Fcip78, Feb 24, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Beer-A-Lot, Feb 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

MaevaS, Jan 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Nicole_deB, Jan 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Drknight, Jan 12, 2014
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jaltland, Jan 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

jwat, Dec 25, 2013
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cburns48, Dec 23, 2013
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rct, Dec 22, 2013
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freewill35, Dec 08, 2013
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Kerne, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of dcmchew
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

dcmchew, Nov 13, 2013
5/5  rDev +17.9%

WOLFGANG, Jul 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Bill235, May 09, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

jrenihan, Apr 13, 2013
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Bush De Noël Premium from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
94 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.