Bush De Noël Premium - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 23
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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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Reviews by mrfrancis:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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 Minotaur
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
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....

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 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 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 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 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 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 TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark copper color, with a short foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of apricots, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, caramel and brown sugar.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar and some dark fruits. Then a hearty flavor of Belgian yeast comes in with a mild alcohol burn. There’s a gold malt character and a mild hops presence with a nice balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily for a beer with 13.00% ABV, not too filling, strong kick that will catch up to you, I found it to be very enjoyable as I relaxed on a cold Friday night drinking it slowly.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orange/reddish color with a creamy,tan head and great lacing action.

The aroma was subtle. Alcohol,malts,some caramel and tones of dark fruits and spices.

The taste started off with a sweet taste of caramel and spices full of alcohol kick. Some yeast was detected and malts were of course present.

The feel was medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It was full of spices and alcohol.

Notes: A technical review because I tend to disagree with many here on this beer. Was it good? yes it was,but it was not great. The alcohol was not well masked and while the balance was o.k. it did not help. All in all it was still a decent brew to have,but I would cellar this one for a year or two.
I had a problem sipping this beer. I felt it was not so easy drink and I say this because the day before I had a SAMI at 14% and it was so much easier to drink. I am a fan of high ABV so it is not that. Like some other really good beers out there this one just needed some time.

Photo of rborthwick
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber with a bubbly head. Top of head melts quickly, but a half inch of head lingers and provides nice lacing. Aromas of prune, malt and biscuit. Taste is of malt and prune with a little bit of hop entering over time. Nice backbone of alcohol, but this one is amazingly drinkable for a 13% abv. This is my absolute favorite beer on the planet to date and has become a Christmas tradition for me. Each year I wait to be disappointed vs the last, but I have yet to have that happen. A must have for spoiling yourself over the holidays. Instead of wine, pony up for a bottle of Scaldis.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nose is ripe with Belgian funkiness, slight sourness, lots of fruit and malt. Topical fruit with apricot and mango as well as softer lemon/orange. Very slight vinegar. Pronounced chocolate roast over bready/cakey malt. Smells quite good.

Pours a deep mahogany, mostly clear, with a massive rocky head. Looks wonderful.

Rich malt, bright fruit, and what that?... ah yes... alcohol, and lots of it. Fairly punchy carbonation. Dark rich malt - slightly syrupy. Significant sweetness, intense yet subtle and seductive. Tastes good. Feels good.

Like Bush Abree it has a tight balance and strong flavors, with a slightly stronger alcohol and a significantly larger bottle.

Photo of crnipeter
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into Chimay "baby chalice" holding 150 ml.

A quarter of inch thin bubbly head that instantly dissipates. The beer's appearance is of good whiskey with some yeasty floaties.

The back labels claims this is a Belgium's strongest x-mas beer. Indeed, the nose detects sherry with heavy loads of honey. The flavor is of strongly fortified wine with lots of fruity esters of figs and raisins with addition of honey. The sweetness is nicely balanced by sensation of potency derived from high alcohol content. Despite that, alcohol is not noticeable in an unpleasant way - it's alcoholness is well hidden and is only revealed by warming sensations in the gut and fortified wine alike sensory qualities. No burning, completely lacking any sensation of an absolute alcohol.

The viscosity is on heavy side of medium bodied or light side of heavy bodied beers.Yeast particles are increasing in number and the beer gets denser, almost syrupy, as we are approaching the bottom of the bottle. The beer is deficient of CO2 and some additional carbonation would improve the mouthfeel. Considering its ABV is drinkable as water.

A very good brew for sure. The only major flaw is nearly complete absence of head which significantly reduces its overall rating. However, this beer deserves to be rated above 4 and the importance of appearance (contributing 20% to the total score) is highly exaggerated. This is not a Miss World competition. I would have rated it around 4.3 but the calculating system attributed it 3,95 only which is injustice.

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 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 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 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 jsanto
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. very nice christmas bottle that goes with a evening of holiday cheer. it poured a little cloudy with a little head oh foam.

S. smelled like a barleywine with a alcohol hints. maybe a little other flavors in there like vanilla and caramel, but the alcohol stood out the most to me.

T. first sip, i said this was better than expected, and enjoyed the taste to the very last drop. it was good cold, and even as it sat it stayed just as good as it warmed up. i sipped it slowly.

M. very enjoyable, then the alcohol flavor disappears, and the aromas kick in there. maybe a little vanilla, spice, caramel and just a good combination of flavors.

D. wish i had a little more. i will remember to get this beer every christmas.

Photo of MisterClean
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip at Lucky Baldwins

A - Poured orange in color with a 2-fingered head. Dissipates moderately with a slight lacing.

S - Dark belgian candi sugars, prunes, and slightly spicy hops.

T - See the above.

M - Perfectly balanced. For a 13, where's the alcohol kick?

D - Excellent example of a belgian take on the winter warmer.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another premo bottle we cracked at our employee holiday party 6 months ago.

Orange amber body with a frothy white head. The aroma is caramel, toffee, sugar and banana. On the palate its sweet brown sugar, apricot, chocolate, and earthy hops. Texture is syrupy and full. It is dangerously drinkable, the alcohol is hidden well.

Like the Malheur Brut, I liked this beer, but for the money you could buy several bottles that are just as good.

Photo of GClarkage
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

05/31/08- Received as a gift from a friend.

Presentation- 750ml bottle with some kind of code imprinted on the label. Corked and caged while poured into my St. Fuellien chalice.

Appearance- Deep brown-prune juice like color. Large bubbled one inch plus head which settles at a somewhat creamy 1/4 inch frothy head. Leaves nice lace caking on the sides of the glass.

Smell- Dark fruits (prunes, figs and dates) with a very sugary nose. A bit of yeast and maybe even some banana and clove?

Taste- Really light tasting for 13% Seems a bit thin at times. Has the nice sugary carmelized fig flavor though. Dates and maybe some raisins as well. Very sweet and a tad yeasty.

Mouthfeel- As staded above, a touch thin. Heavy carbonation and a sugary tongue coating.

Drinkability- Was expecting a bit more, but still was pretty good.

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 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.

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