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Bush De Noël Premium - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%


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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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jeranbrews

Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 08:11:09 | More by jeranbrews
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 06:33:13 | More by bucklemyshoe
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pzrhsau

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 22:11:58 | More by pzrhsau
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 16:47:46 | More by mothman
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crnipeter

Slovenia

4.28/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 11:53:04 | More by crnipeter
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Minotaur

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
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....

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 03:25:22 | More by Minotaur
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 05:04:18 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 23:36:42 | More by BradLikesBrew
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Full, garnet hue,a little rosy, creamy head above. Soon gone.

Spice and fruit in the nose. Apple, grapefruit, & plum. Soft, furry, & boisterous, all at once.Cinnamon & ginger, clove.

Taste: Mmm...mysterious Belgian yeast and malt doing it's thing, exotic fruit and spice, again. Zest citrus snap meets the darker fruity feel, combined with spicy kick and plump biscuit malt.Delicious.

Full bodied, bursting with flavor, brimming withha incomparable Belgian feel...orange meets cinnamon meets lavender plus...all that more...Ym.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 07:26:41 | More by feloniousmonk
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htomsirveaux

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle tried 11 Feb 2009. Gift from A&P, thanks guys! Labeled as Scaldis Noel Premium, code of 'BBE 2011'.

Poured in 0.4 L Steiner Pils glass. Large creamy off white head. Well carbonated. Clear ruby brown color with a bit of particulate matter floating about. Aroma of apple cider, tart cherries and allspice, as it warms the spiciness comes to the fore with cinnamon and vanilla. Tastes of spicecake and warm ginger. Lots of apples and cinnamon. Finishes with a slight bitterness and an aftertaste that is caramel sweet and spicy. Medium body. Ethanol is very warming but not hot.

Nice example of a Christmas beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 17:39:06 | More by htomsirveaux
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

4.2/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 14:59:28 | More by CHSLBrew
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Lexluthor33

New York

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 03:29:32 | More by Lexluthor33
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jsanto

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 03:41:08 | More by jsanto
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pkpdogg

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange/amber color, very slight cloudiness.

S - Distinct presence of spice and high alcohol content. Faint sense of hops ... not too much to pick up.

T - The spices hit first, followed by the sting of the high alcohol content, which lingers on the tongue. The flavor mellows out with a nice combination of malts and hops. There's nothing really distinct or special here ... just a nice blend that keeps the fact that you're drinking a 13% ABV beer in the back of your mind.

M - Slightly thick and syrupy.

D - What I love about this beer is that it's really easy to drink for something that's 13% ABV. The spice really helps to hide the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 07:02:37 | More by pkpdogg
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rborthwick

Virginia

4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 01:47:52 | More by rborthwick
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StoutSlayer

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sitting here in the middle of nowhere at a cozy B&B with my wife, I can't think of a better beer I could have selected to compliment the environment. December, a farmhouse Bed and breakfast, in a parlor with a glowing fireplace, over the top christmas decorations, and classic carols. As I crack the Noel it pours a deep broze and I let it rest while I flip through some pages of the local newspaper. Before I take a sip a good 5 minutes goes by and I notice there is still great head retention, and compact little bubbles are still making their way to the top. The smell is wonderful. Christmas in a bottle.. Everyhing is rich, a beautiful strong toffee aroma combined with friuty esters reminiscent of figs and raisins. Alcohol is evident in the nose as an afterthought; but to my surprise it feels quite understated when I learn it has a whopping 13% abv! Just what a Christmas brew needs to get you through the stress of the holidays and keep you warm. The taste compliments the nose perfectly. Unlike some beers the taste is exactly what the aroma represents itself as. Big, delicious toffee, Carmel, and friuty flavor. Some spiceyness but subdued. Also a little hotness from the alcohol, but again in no way representitive of it's true ABV. The drinkability is scary. It's amazing how flavorful this brew is whitout being heavy at all. Drink this how I am now- slowly by a fire. An awesome beer to match this holiday. You will not be dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 00:49:28 | More by StoutSlayer
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popery

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 01:35:40 | More by popery
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MisterClean

California

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 01:04:17 | More by MisterClean
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GClarkage

California

4.08/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 22:23:53 | More by GClarkage
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.78/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 07:00:35 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Large corked bottle, fresh from this season, poured into a goblet.

Beautiful orange-red in color, with a thicker foamy light tan head than I expected given the high ABV. It coats the sides, and keeps a collar. Very good looking.

Sensational aroma, dark fruits but also lots of strawberries, sweetish caramelized malts, opening way to a full bodied, creamy yet quite drinkable brew that offers multiple layers of malty sweetness without being excessive, a fruit smorgasboard coming and going, well balanced by a nice warming alcohol.

Very impressive, a perfect brew for a winter storm, one of the best Christmas beers I ever had.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 01:18:33 | More by brdc
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 03:51:31 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Tbone

Illinois

2.63/5  rDev -37.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 02:45:27 | More by Tbone
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Bush De Noël Premium from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
93 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.