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Bush De Noël Premium - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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94
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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
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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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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
1.51/5  rDev -64.4%
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.

coreyfmcdonald, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Tbone
2.63/5  rDev -38%
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.

Tbone, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

JeffreyJDavis, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Lexluthor33, Dec 29, 2008
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
Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

KevinGordon, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

djrn2, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of jeranbrews
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

jeranbrews, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of Minotaur
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
Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

thierrynantes, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Doomcifer, Aug 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

MaevaS, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

IMTHOMAS, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

ygtbsm94, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

MacStinson, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

lpotter, Jan 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

jwat, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Exiled, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

MA08, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

kayrex, Feb 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Bill235, May 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

vonnegut21, Jun 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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