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Bush De Nuits - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 92
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 16
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thierrynantes on 12-19-2008

Made from Scaldis (Bush) Noel aged for 6 months in Bourgogne barrels from the world famous "Nuits St Georges" vineyard.
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Photo of Moose90
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from 2012 Vintage 750ml C&C Bottle.

A — Pours a deep and dark red color, very red indeed. Puffy off-white colored head fades rather quickly, most likely due to the acidity in the beer.

S — Super funky and acidic, lots of vinegar and oak. Little bit of a heather honey sweetness and floral undertone.

T — Acidic again, lots of tart pie cherries and a super oaky undertone, quite acidic and sour, lots of vinegar.

M — Medium bodied, lingering finish and aftertaste.

O — OK overall, super funky and acidic, seems to be lacking balance, unfortunately.

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Photo of zac16125
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle into a wine glass
Cuvée 2012

A: Mahogany colored, slightly hazy, 1/2 finger light tan head, dissipates quickly, essentially zero lacing. 4

S: Friuty esters, vinous notes, oak, booze. 4

T: Dark fruit, lots of oaky characters, heavy vinous notes, fair amount of booze. 4.25

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the higher end but appropriate, ABV is def noticeable but it's not hot, drinkability is good. 4.25

O: Very good beer. Purchased for me by my girlfriend, but apparently it was $45 which is ridiculous. Very much enjoyed though. 4.25

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Photo of stevoj
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of wine notes present due to the wine barrel aging. Not being a wine drinker, this is a little off-putting at first, but it gets better the more you savor the complexities fo this brew.Pours reddish/amber with thin off white head. Lots of active, fine carbonation. Sour, oak, apple cider are tastes that come to mind. This is a great beer, but takes some understanding of the styles and processes to appreciate.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark copper (orange with flashes of brown). Very cloudy; opaque. Tons of medium bubbles from the carbonation. Pours with a huge 3 finger beige head that dies down slowly ultimately leaving almost no trace.

Smell: Mild sour aroma, oranges, mild spices. Fragrant.

Taste: Tastes similar to how it smells - only richer and better. Delicious full flavor. Oranges, mild spices (think cinnamon), sweet-sour combination. Refreshing, thirst-quenching finish.

Feel: Medium velvety body. Tingly mild carbonation. Rich, full sensation. Perfect.

Overall: I really liked this beer. It has a beer-wine quality to it. Something to drink slowly and savor. Delicious. That being said, I cannot say that it is a good value. I have had several other great beers that I have enjoyed equally as well for far less money. A special occasion beer in my opinion.

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Photo of rand
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 750 mL bottle to Duvel tulip glass

2010 batch, opened day of this posting

A: Mahogany-red in color, opaque, a gentle pour yields an effervescent head that quickly recedes.

S: Fruity esters anchor the bouquet, cherries and bananas. Notes of oak and clove spice play off a toffee-malts - really strong malt-backbone. Plenty of alcohol volatiles propel the aromas.

T: More layered and complex than the nose. Esters are noticed first, but there's a tart undertone - presumably picked up some wild yeast and formed some lactic acid as it aged. Toffee-sweet, with oak and cherries adding nuance. Boozy, but not overwhelming. Finishes long a bitter-sweet.

M: Oily slick but ample carbonation lightens things up.

Tasty, interesting, layered - a memorable, quaffable beverage. Probably a little overpriced but worth a sample.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a slightly hazy amber hue with moderate carbonation producing a 2-3 inch bubbly light tan head. Good retention. No lacing.
S: Soft caramel malt; cinnamon, clove, and other soft spice; golden raisin; subtle hint of oak comes through especially with warming.
T: Chewy dark dried fruit, red berries, a distinct vinous note, oaky vanilla, and a hint of soft spice (cinnamon, clove, etc.). With warming, the red berry note becomes even more prominent.
M: Medium body...drinks lighter than the ABV would suggest. Lightly sweet. Moderate carbonation prickle. Decent lingering on the palate with a dry fruit note persisting. The ABV is extremely well hidden here.
D: I like the impact that aging in wine barrels has on this brew...vinous notes, berry notes, oak/vanilla notes all coming from this process. The end result is a well-balanced offering with good complexity and easy drinkability (especially given the ABV).
P.S. The ABV does eventually catch up to you...it is 13% after all.

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was actually from Francois not me (looking at you Matt), thanks Francois.

Nice creamy head sticks around, but small, decent legs, amber almost chestnut brown.

Nose fruity, little candy, dark malts, little syrupy, mild fruity wine like, bit of esters.

Taste sweet syrupy candy, fruity wine like candy and vinous notes, apple skin, little toffee and fermented molasses, hints of esters and floral characters, etc.

Mouth is med bod, plenty of carb. mild warming booze drinks too easily.

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Photo of rudzud
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy brown hue with some thin halo.

S - Aromas of barrels, sweet malts, apples, nice.

T - Taste is very nice, apples, brown sugar, nicer barrel notes. Really tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is nice, really easy drinking.

O - Overall this was a fun beer to try, glad to have it.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a HF wine glass

A: Pours a hazy amber color with three fingers of fluffy foam. The foam slowly recedes to a half finger that stays throughout the pour. No lacing, but the head retention is impressive.

S: There is a lot going on here. Spicy oak is quite strong along with fruity red wine, dark fruits, clove, and peppercorn. A bit of sourness as well. Stays fairly dry, though. This beer is extremely complex.

T: Clove is now quite strong along with a variety of other spices. Wine and oak is also quite present. The base beer is a bit in the background here, but contributes dark fruit and a distinct nutty flavor.

M: Medium thickness for the style with strong carbonation. Very appropriate for the style.

O: This is a very complex beer. Oak, wine, dark fruits, spices. I'm impressed, especially at the sale price of $9.99.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle says Cuvee Speciale 2012
Cork almost pops aggresively, so a pretty carbonation is to be expected. Still it doesn't look so from the pour, half of finger of white head, big sticky retention. Dark chestnut brown, amber, somewhat hazy.
Smells straight like a sour, wine barrel, sour cherry jam, berries, smoked wood.
Really complex taste. Starts like a red wine, really vinous, with a fruitiness that's usually found in a nice French dry red wine, with berries, red cherries, then a sweet citrus with a lower acidic red apple, sweet pear, but lots of overripe red grapes, and dry dark figs and dates. There's also the sour tartness, half fruity, half acetic. Belgian spices are felt later on, with decent amounts of clove, vanilla, nutmeg and some slight licorice, all supported by caramel malts, which are subtle. Happy to see this isn't overly sweet, just enough, no excess marmelade like normal Bush brews have. The barrel is felt here, beautifully, making this ale resemble a cognac. Lots of oak wood chips, a subtle smokiness also. Yeasts - spicy, earthy. Can't say a lot about the hops, the aftertaste does leave a herbal mild bitterness, but there are too many things at work here.
Not as fizzy as expected at first, more like a typical BSDA. The mild carbonation does help the alcohol prickle though, being very (very!) warm, but not boozy. Maybe just a bit when the bottle warmed up, but great hiding of the 13%.
Great complexity, top quality brewing, but the ships sink a little when you look at the price, especially comparing it to other beers. It's a great beer, definitely one to try even more than once, but it does make a big hole in the budget.
This should be incredibly good aged properly for a good 3-4 years.

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Photo of chinchill
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Large bottle to small snifter
Rich complex aroma and flavor. Really a lot going on here.
Feel: Somewhat lively but very soft carbonation.
Fruits including apple and raisins, a touch of smoke, plenty of alcohol esters.
A bit boozy for my tastes, usually, but really exceptional for this level of ABV.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Shikimon for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

2011 vintage.

Pours a hazy dark honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, caramel, toffee, red wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour toffee, fruit, and red wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nicely done barrel aged presence that makes this one easy to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With the ultimate blend of high complexity and effortless drinkability, this distinctive and characterful ale charms the taste buds and rewards the palate with a rich airiness, lush dryness, vinous savory taste that seems to change with each and every sip. I'm going to attempt to explain some of them here...

Like several of the Trappist dark ales, this more secular version pours similarly with a russet brown body and rusty highlights nearest the edge of the glass. Building on top is a creamy short-statured bone-white head that gently rises and slowly reduces to a skim across the glass. Its modest foam character is dainty, charming and with a reserved confidence. Light on lace, its portrait on the glass is impeded by the acidity to come.

The line where wine and beer meet is where this strong ale resides. Its aromas are rich with both candied malt and vinous grape character. Raisiny beer character reels in deep caramels and confectioner's sugar before joining forces with wine-soaked oak, balsamic savoriness, and classic brandy. Plumb, blackcurrant, concord grape, fig and date all take turns sharing their aromatics.

Decadent honey melanges with concentrated grape sweetness and caramel for a rich early palate that shows obvious confusion between ale and wine. Its grapey middle palate pulls the taste decidedly toward port and brandy. Sweet and spicy, the ale balances with plumb, blackberry, smoky currant, peppercorn paradise seed and mild clove. A cider and balsamic under current reinforces acidity and savory notes simultaneously as no other beer can. Finishing with maple, sweet leather and freshly torn tobacco- an herbal presence shows and ends the taste on a rich ale note.

Its first sip erupts as the carbonation causes the ale to spring from the tongue as if eating Pop Rocks candy. But after that champagney carbonation quickly subsides, the ale sits weightily on the tongue and really starts to feel like port more so than even beer. Rich but never cloying, the long draw across the tongue and palate yields a finish of medium spicy warmth and a malty-savory extension.

Labeled as "Prestige de Nuits (Cuvee Speciale 2011), the ale is the perfect replacement to all those wonderful French dishes that conclude with a tasting of rich stilton and port. It will stand up in much the same way or even better because of the added malty sweet structures and the lift of carbonation.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a friend's 750ml bottle he got for $40. Price makes me very hopeful. Pours a creamy color. Doesn't take long for the smell to hit you - like a big port smell. Smell overwhelms as you taste. Taste is very fruity and aromatic. Mouthfeel is good, nicely carbonated and the alcohol doesn't overwhelm despite the 13% abv. I am on the fence with this one - heavy barrell focused ale which is all the rage these days - not really my thing, but I understand if someone wants to sip slowly with some friends.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle given to me at Christmas by the wife. Having it for Valentine’s day, 2013.This is the Scaldis Prestige de Nuits. Pours a nice amber color with big hea that recedes quickly like a sour. Aromatic and fizzy bubbles. Aroma of strong sout cherry (unexpected), some plum or pear, hints of grape. Smells great. Look, feel and smell of a sour. Brett is present in aroma and flavor. Flavor is smooth cherries almost exclusively, sour kick on the finish with some lingering alcohol. A slightly dry oak finish. Really not what I was expecting. Medium mouthfeel that drinks very easily. Nice beer and not sure how to describe the style. Somewhere between a sweet dubbel and a kriek.

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Photo of corby112
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2009 vintage.

Pours a very cloudy, dark chestnut brown color that's completely opaque with only the faintest of copper colored edges. Half finger off-white head that immediately disappears into a very thin ring that doesn't last. Not much in the way of lacing.

The aroma is dominated by the vinous red wine barrel character giving off lots of toasted oak and tart dark fruit notes. The oak really stands out and is somewhat charred and ashy with a toothpick-like quality but this is countered by vinous grape, sour cherry, currant, fig and other dark berries. Along with the barrel notes there are some floral hops, peppery spice and sweeter malt notes, notably caramel and toffee. Slightly syrupy/medicinal but thankfully this is overpowered by the oak and red wine notes.

Medium bodied with a surprising amount of carbonation for the style and strength along with a really nice, dry red wine barrel flavor that's nicely integrated into the flavors of the base beer. The oak presence is dry and toasted but isn't as strong as the nose suggests. I was worried that there would be too much dry oak/toothpick flavor but this beer has the perfect amount, adding another layer of flavor without killing everything else off. The oak presence is complimented perfectly by the burgundy wine flavor which is dry but still packs a lot of sweet, vinous fruit. Hints of dark grape, sour cherry, currant and juicy blackberry along with other dark fruit notes lingering over the sweet malt backbone and subtle floral hops into a slightly dry finish. The barrel is countered by sweet caramel malt, dark chocolate and toffee as well as a touch of earthy hop bitterness in the finish. The high ABV is expertly masked, making this delicious, complex beer dangerously drinkable. Although there is plenty of alcohol sweetness, there isn't any harsh heat, just some warmth in the finish. This is a truly remarkable beer that exceeded all of my expectations, and that's saying a lot because I really enjoyed Busch Prestige. This beer is really expensive but it's worth every cent. One of the best wine barrel aged beers I've ever had and I would definitely purchase it again. Highly recommended!

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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

one of the most expensive bottles of beer ive ever consumed, coming it at over 40 bucks (from a bottle shop mind you). yikes. cant say it was worth it honestly, although this is a nice beer. pours hazy orange in color with plenty of yeast floaters and a short but lasting off white head. the nose is quite tart, definitely acidic a little from the wine barrels, oaky, sweet, with some dried fruits. the flavor is a journey, starting yeasty and spunky, black pepper and molasses then cascade in somewhere towards the middle, and finally alcohol and oak round it out. the booze was almost overpowering in the when it got to warmer temperatutes. fine feel, bubbly and alive with a nice round full body. a bottle to share for certain (mostly to help defray costs), and not a beer i will go out of my way to try again. i understand its fancy, but for this price it should wow me, and this simply didnt do that.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a (512) anniversary glass.

Cuvee 2011. The finale of a back-to-back with the barrel-less Scaldis Noel. It pours a clear sunset rose-amber topped by a finger of glowing dusty cream foam. The nose comprises red wine vinegar, tart raspberry, light oak, a touch of clove, light black grapes, and a few drops of honey. The taste holds notes of clove, brown sugar, candied fruits, light fig, light vinegar, light oak, and a blast of alcohol. Things don't come together quite as well as the smell led me to believe it would. Thankfully, unlike the Scaldis Noel, the booze doesn't completely overwhelm things, but it certainly tries. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, this version is better than the naked one, but the harsh booziness and slightly muddled flavors don't do it any favors at all. Gotta say, this pairing was a pretty big disappointment...

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Photo of KAP1356
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage I decided to open for Christmas dinner for Christmas 2011. 750 ml bottle poured into a Delirium Noel snifter...

A - Pours a murky, cloudy, light brown that has some reddish-orange hues when held to the light. A tight tannish head forms about 1 finger thick and recedes quickly to reveal a collar with some swirling on the top ofthe beer. Pretty unremarkable.

S - Here we go. WAY better than it looks. The aroma is a fine mix of red wine, oak, and Belgian goodness. Red wine tannins come first along with some oak presence. Caramel, toffee, and lots of fruits come through. Dates, figs, some red grapes and slight cherry notes. Some slight spices come through the more it warms.

T - Wow. Vinous, wine characteristics stand out first. There is a subtle oak presence next to favors of dates, figs, cherries, toffee, caramel and some mild chocolate powder. Raisins and tannins come out as well along with a bit of vanilla. As it warms, you get some nice spices like nutmeg and cinnamon which just add to the great and complex profile this beer has.

M - Medium bodied beer that every so slightly borders on being full bodied (due in part to the tannic characteristics I think). Carbonation is on the softer side.

O - I really enjoyed this beer. I felt that the wine barrel treatment really gave this one a certain something extra that was worth opening for Christmas. Considering I was lucky to get this half off the normal price, it might be a bit before I get to try it again.

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3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A brown foggy beer, a tan small head with little lacing but good curtains.

Lots of action for the noose, sweet dark fruits, sherry, Marzipan.

Starting somewhat sweet, old rancid fruits, vinous, a bit dusty, green mold.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, sticky and oily, slightly dry.

This bottle was for me beyond the peek.

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4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage 750 ml poured into Duchesse glassware. Scaldis Noel refermented in French burgundy oak barrels for six months.

Pours a yeasty, sediment-riddled, tawny light brown with orange highlights. Very bubbly head receded quickly leaving swampy swirls on the meniscus. A surprising amount of head-ring retention considering 13.00% alcohol. Looks menacing, in a good way.

Smells incredible. Rich tannins, sour, vinous, yeasty, a nice dose of cider vinegar. Very acetic in aroma, similar to a Flanders Red. A little of the Scaldis Noel bleeding through in the form of malt syrups and the alcohol. As it warms up, the alcohol really penetrates into the mucous membrane. Intense.

Been looking forward to cracking this baby open and having a first taste. Christmas Eve celebration beer #1.

First sip starts with the tart fruit notes (quince, cranberry), malt sweetness in the middle, and spicy yeast and booze all the way on a long-lasting finish. Little bit of the bubbly (as in champagne) on the swallow. Very dry on the back end. Such a beautiful transformation from tongue to mouth to throat--sour to sweet to dry. Touches all of the taste buds in patterns. This beer has tremendous complexity and strength. Closer to room temperature it gets, the spiciness of the Noel takes up more and more of the palate. I like how this beer is sour in a unique sort of way that I've not had before.

This beer is a little sticky on the lips. The carbonation is still a bit high even after a year and change. A little chewy, not as full as most Belgian Strong Darks tend to be. Heady as it goes down, but still remarkably drinkable for such a big, big beer.

Great find. Hell of a winter seasonal. A must try. I will seek out another bottle in the future.

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4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whoa, ass kickass! Poured with a large cream colored head that lasts a very long time and a little lace. Color is a cloudy amber brown. Aroma is yeast, burgundy dregs, oak, malt. Flavors' similar and just a perfect pinacle of pleasure with the highlights of burgundy in oak, yeast, fruit, malt, and yeast. Body and carbonation are spot on. Finish is similar to nose, has good length, and is sneaky as hell with the alcohol. An absolute masterpiece!

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Photo of AgentZero
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brownish orange colored beer with a slight bit of beige head on it. Not a lot of stick left on the sides of the glass.

S - A little lighter than I was thinking it would be. The barrel is evident in this one in the form of oak and vinous characteristics. A bit of alcohol burn, but nothing unpleasant.

T - Well, it's quite vinous, but in a pretty good way. Darker fruits than the nose would suggest, with some tannic notes on the finish. Slight sourness on the end.

M - Full bodied, soft carbonation.

O - Good, a little boozy but I think that actually cuts into some of the sweeter notes of this a little bit. Not bad, enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light, I'll say medium bodied chestnut brown in color with a one finger beige colored head. It smells of subtle oak, hazelnuts, and the lightest of dark fruits. The aromas are very, very subtle and not overwhelming, especially considering the 13%. There is zero alcohol present in the nose. The flavors too are very subtle. It is essentially a mix of chestnuts, hazelnuts, and light oak. There aren't any real dark fruits, which is fine, yet interesting. It's just overly subtle on everything. I like for a beer to woo me into drinking it. This beer almost dares me to drink it. Do I need to? No, and that's the thing. It's drinks very well for the style and for the content but it just doesn't thrill me. Oh well, it's always nice to try a bottle that cost $46.99.

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Photo of timtim
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great beer, although a little more tame than I expected. fermented, not aged, in the barrel. purplish brown with a tan head that holds for a bit. nose is a complex mix of dark fruit, sweet malt, vanilla, chocolate, burnt toast, tobacco, oak and a touch of booze. it's been said before, but it is very port-like (if port tasted/smelled good). taste is well-executed. all the flavors mentioned blend extremely well, and the final product is an excellent showcase for the big, chewy, grown-up malt bomb that it is. mouthfeel is thick and hearty with a good deal of sweetness, but it never gets cloying, and manages to stay free of mud and flab. wine notes come out most in the finish, and the added tannins seem to lend just a touch of astrigency. definitely better than the sum of both it's parts. if you like big, burly, complex Belgian beers, this one is for you!

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Bush De Nuits from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
90 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.