Bush De Nuits - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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4.08/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
04-14-2014 03:49:24 | More by mwilbur
4.14/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
04-04-2014 01:13:06 | More by jlindros
4.09/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
04-03-2014 00:13:04 | More by rudzud
4.24/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
12-29-2013 03:37:29 | More by coreyfmcdonald
4.7/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
11-07-2013 16:47:17 | More by dcmchew
4.28/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
10-08-2013 00:33:17 | More by chinchill
4.21/5 rDev +4.5%
Thanks to Shikimon for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.
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.
08-19-2013 19:18:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.36/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
07-12-2013 05:07:06 | More by BEERchitect
Bush De Nuits from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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