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Bush De Nuits - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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89
very good

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 14
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Made from Scaldis (Bush) Noel aged for 6 months in Bourgogne barrels from the world famous "Nuits St Georges" vineyard.

(Beer added by: thierrynantes on 12-19-2008)
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Reviews by thecheapies:
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

12-25-2011 03:23:09 | More by thecheapies
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Rich complex aroma and flavor. Really a lot going on here.
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

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Bush De Nuits from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
89 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.