Bush De Nuits - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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Reviews by corby112:
4.28/5 rDev +6.2%
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!
02-20-2013 07:28:52 | More by corby112
More User Reviews:
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
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
Finished a bomber of this fine unique beverage, in the very glass it was designed for. Thanks for sendng both Vincent. Pours a blackish cognac coloured body with an initially notion only of a head. The aroma is rich wine (it was aged in such for 7 months), and the taste is secondary to this Belgian ale, with some chocolate. Special though not extraordinary special.Above average mouthfeel.
06-27-2010 03:34:07 | More by Sammy
3.5/5 rDev -13.2%
Bottle: Poured a murky red/beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of lightly sweet malt with oak notes, subtle tart notes and a vinous character. Taste is also a mix between a lightly sweet non-descript malt base with tart notes and a vinous feel from the wine barrel. Body was quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I must say I was disappointed by this one - I am not sure the wine barrel brought anything more that I appreciated. I was expecting more sour notes as opposed to some grapes. The price tag is another factor probably not helping.
08-23-2010 19:53:17 | More by Phyl21ca
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
4/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
05-15-2011 07:27:47 | More by aasher
3.78/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
12-31-2011 22:29:23 | More by rarbring
4.5/5 rDev +11.7%
Cloudy reddish brown with a thin tan head and persistent carbonation. Smells of cherries, wood, and a slight cinnamon. Taste is pronounced cherries, wine, and wood. The finish is slightly sour and a touch dry. The alcohol comes on as a definite warmth on the way down. Mouthfeel is soft with tingly carbonation to offset it. Drinkability is excellent for something this high in abv. This is a fantastic beer, delicate yet really powerful. Like a linebackerina. Tough to find, expensive, and worth it.
04-25-2010 20:05:02 | More by roblowther
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
3.98/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
09-29-2011 03:58:52 | More by AgentZero
3.3/5 rDev -18.1%
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...
11-23-2012 04:01:05 | More by TMoney2591
Bush De Nuits from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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