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Bush De Noël Premium - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 117
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 16.99%
Wants: 26
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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 bucklemyshoe
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of Suds
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of popery
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strong Belgian with a good mix of spice and fruit flavors. This beer pours a deep, dark amber brown, an excellent shade for a dark Belgian. The head is foamy and settles nicely atop the beer. It's definitely unfiltered with a plethora of little white floaties that can be seen through the side of the glass. The beer smells strongly of alcohol and fruity earthiness. Stone fruits, bananas and spice blend interestingly with the alcohol, although the alcohol tends to dominate a bit more than I'd like. The alcohol is less dominant in the flavor, or maybe I just appreciate it more here. The flavor is like a brandied prune-banana mix. It's spicy with perhaps a bit of nutmeg, although I would have appreciated even more spice in a holiday ale. The beer is well-carbonated yet silky but also a tad thin for such a strong Belgian. The strength of the alcohol and the feel mark down the drinkability a bit, but it's definitely an excellent beer. I know very little about cellaring, but it seems like a good candidate if it would tone down the alcohol heat and bring out more body in the feel.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of cnally
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of DreamInOrange
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a white wine glass and shared at a family dinner.

A-Dark brown-amber beer, pretty hazy with a fair amount of floaties. Big, large-bubbled, off-white head receded quickly quickly to a consistent bubble blanket.

S-Ripening fruits, perhaps a bit of pear and light strawberry, and big spiciness. Alcoholic aromas poke through here and there.

T-Wow. Spices, cloves mostly alongside nuances of other spice flavors. A prominent bready and almost sweet maltiness holds this beer on its back as light fruity notes show off. A pleasant, complex flavor. Alcohol is present in the flavor profile, but well hidden and very smooth. Finishes with a residual sweetness and slight bitterness.

M-Warming, for sure, which makes sense considering the 13% ABV. But the alcohol feel and flavor are very smooth. Carbonation is characteristicly high in this medium-bodied Belgian brew.

D-Very tasty, a perfect brew to contemplate with family and a nice dinner. This beer would most certainly warm one up after a long winter day. As in previous ratings, I would be curious to see what may develop with some extended aging.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of Marc_V
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Dope
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. 2014 batch enjoyed on July 26, 2015 (Christmas in July).

Gorgeous reddish-amber pour with a lingering tan head. Excellent clarity.

The aroma is of Belgian barley malts, cherry, and a hint of coriander and clove behind the sweetness, which leads the way.

The body is a bit better than medium and reasonably smooth.

The 12% ABV shows up in the taste rather prominently as it warms and burns. Still a nice Belgian malt sweetness and a fruity finish but the booze cleans out my senses. I enjoyed it though.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Minotaur
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
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....

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of Tbone
2.66/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served at about 45 degrees.
750 ml corked bottle.

A- Poured with an enormous head, leaving alot of lacing.
S- Some toffee and carmelized bananna, but acohol intensity overpowers.
T- Taste is more of the same with a bit of sweetness and yeastiness.
M- Thin and watery for the style.

I've had this before and recall it being more complex and less alcoholic.

I'll give this another try next year, but it might be crossed off my holidy beer list.

Tried this side by side with the smaller non-premium version.
That version is darker, more cloudy, more yeasty, and with slightly more toffee flavor.

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