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Bush De Noël Premium - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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99 Ratings
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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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Belgium

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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Ratings: 99 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by dragonWhale:
Photo of dragonWhale
3.73/5  rDev -12%
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.

dragonWhale, Sep 12, 2011
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4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is quite good. It pours an orange red, with great off white head that retains quite well. The nose is very strong with thick candy sugar smell and dark fruit company and some slight spice. The taste is incredibly creamy and sugary. very smooth with some candied or baked fruit flavors. sugar lingers hard on the lips and in the finish. Very smooth mouthfeel, creamy and thick, but not to chewy. The drinkability is most drinkable 13% I have ever had by a long shot. This could be dangerous to those who dont know its 13% so for all of you getting a bottle BEWARE THE 13%!!!! warn your friends. great beer.

AKBelgianBeast, Jan 09, 2008
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4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

augustgarage, Dec 08, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I would consider this a quintessential Belgian Winter Ale. It has wonderful qualities of both the Abbey style and winter.

The pour is the color of dark cedar-water river: brownish-tan with a tinge of orange. It is not as dark as some strong Belgian ales, but has a kind of warmness similar to a candle glow.

The head is nice and robust but not too fizzy or detracting from the taste.

The aroma is not quite as pronounced as I would have suspected. There is a heavy scent of alcohol with hints of cherry, cranberry and raisin. There is a hint of cinnamon, ginger and winter spice.

The mouthfeel is not particularly dense but is very smooth despite the noticeable alcohol content.

The flavor however is woodsy and sweet, with a high alcohol warmth and only a bit of breadiness. There is reminiscence of fruit cake, holiday mulled wine, and a bit of pine or cedar flavor. There is just a tiny touch of bitterness I want to speculate comes from spruce or very subtle hops presence. This beer is predominantly malt and spice, but is very well balanced and not too syrupy. The spices present in the nose blend and are very subtle in the palate.

Poured into a Chimay chalice slowly and flavors definitely became richer as it warmed over the course of an hour....

Minotaur, Dec 15, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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ArtZan, Monday at 08:33 PM
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Greywulfken, Dec 24, 2012
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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.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

IMTHOMAS, Dec 25, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

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TheBishopco, Mar 30, 2012
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4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

bambam2517, Feb 18, 2013
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Bush De Noël Premium from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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