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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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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 grahamboudreaux
4.75/5  rDev +12%

grahamboudreaux, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of emile772
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

emile772, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of bsopko
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

bsopko, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of bambam2517
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
Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

theminutemen, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of wtkphoto
4/5  rDev -5.7%

wtkphoto, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

SkiBum22, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of lpotter
4/5  rDev -5.7%

lpotter, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

superspak, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of cwd
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

cwd, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

JeffreyJDavis, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of uturn
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

uturn, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Gagnonsux, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of ucsbmullet
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

ucsbmullet, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
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
Photo of Marc_V
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Marc_V, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of reitzbrewing
4.75/5  rDev +12%

reitzbrewing, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of LarryMyers
4.75/5  rDev +12%

LarryMyers, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -5.7%

THECPJ, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of vonnegut21
4/5  rDev -5.7%

vonnegut21, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

JohnK17, May 15, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

djrn2, Apr 23, 2012
Bush De Noël Premium from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
94 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.