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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 15
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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Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 39
Photo of dcmchew
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of stevoj
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you, John!

Mildly hazy orange brown with a dense off-white head with exceptional retention and lacing, especially for a beer this high in alcohol. The nose is just stunning. Rich, vinous and fruity with brown sugar, honey, some floral characteristics, this beer is beautifully complex and very well crafted. Oak, vanilla and a rich wine character are all present, and warming it up brings out some chocolate; the alcohol is very well hidden. The palate opens moderately sweet with a big red wine character, grape skin tannins, plenty of dark fruit (raisins and some figs). Vanilla and oak with a little alcohol on the finish with mellow tannins, this beer is awesome. Fullish in body with low carbonation and an exceptional, lingering finish with delicate tannins, some honey and brown sugar, this beer is very very impressive. I went back to this beer multiple times last night and was blown away every time

Photo of roblowther
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

Photo of thecheapies
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of sprat1960
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of KAP1356
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of rand
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of thierrynantes
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (75 cl.).
Bush Christmas which has been matured in barrels of Nuits Saint Georges French Wine (during 6 months). This process means that bush De Nuits develops a very full palette of flavours.

Appearance : brown color, with a thin beige foamy head.
Smell : red fuits aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : hamonious balance in the mouth with sweetness, a hint of acidity and a relatively dry aftertaste.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale (Barley wine or Flanders oud bruin ?).

Photo of SFLpunk
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL brown glass cork & cage finish bottle. Cuvee Speciale 2009. Shared with sleepnbballrlife.

Appearance: Not as dark as I was expecting. Deep amber with sudsy off-white head that stands up and lays down rather quickly. Some light spotting.

Nose: Dark candi and dried fruit (prunes & dates), and some wooliness. There's a faint whisper of red wine (red fruit) that just instantly gets bowled over by dark fruit and Belgian yeast. Reminds me a lot of Gouden Carolus Blue.

Palate: Medium-bodied and slick with almost a wine-like body. Flavors turn to fresh fruit, plum, tangerine and red raspberry. Carbonation is soft and there's some french-bread flavor on the finish. Lots and lots of red berries and strawberry way out on the finish. Crisp, slightly tart (not sour) finish is neat and clean.

Notes: The aroma made me think this was going to be more raisin-y that it turned out to be. The palate is super bright and clean. Really really tasty. 13% is almost imperceptible. Bring this to a wine-lover who doesn't drink beer and you *might* win them over!

Photo of chinchill
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled the other night with some likeminded, beergeek friends over at Dyan's.

The beer pours a hazy golden tan color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is quite interesting, with nuances of apricot, honey, vanilla and light sour funk. As good as this beer smells, I thought it even better on the palate. The sour funk component is much more pronounced on the palate, and it plays well with the underlying sweetness. This is very different from the regular and X-mas scaldis, and I think the burgundy barrel aging has really altered the flavor component (in a good way). This beer was much less sweet then the regular bottling, a beer I always thought was a bit too much on the sweet side anyway. Mouthfeel is rich and full, and this beer has a very long finish. The beer is also very drinkabible for its abv., and the alcohol does not seem to be quite as noticeable as I find it to be in the regular bottling and the scaldis noel. Still, the alcohol starts to catch up to you after a bit, and I really can't imagine enjoying more then a small glass or two of this at a sitting.

While delicious, I'm still not sure the $30 to $40 bottle price is really justified. So would have to think twice about getting another bottle at some point. Nevertheless, this is a very impressiive effort from this always reliable brewery.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of corby112
4.24/5  rDev +5%
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!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of ccrida
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at 't Poatersgat, served in a Bush snifter, Bush De Nuits is a hazy mahogany with a small, off-white head that leaves nice lace, especially for a barrel aged beer.

Smell is strong, big phenolic wine notes, oak and toffee as well. Wow, intense and complex.

Taste is more wow factor. Very vinous, like the nose it's phenolic, caramel, oaky, very complex, with a lingering toffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is dry, smooth and slick, medium bodied.

Drinkability is good in that this is a smooth, rich and rewarding beer. It's also very strong, very expensive, and fairly rare. Special occasions only. Being in Bruges was enough of one for me!

Photo of msubulldog25
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting around to reviewing the one bottle I anticipated most at the Portland BA Gathering held the last week of March, 2010. I made sure to try this early and with the cleanest palate I could muster. justinatbeaumont generously donated this $40(!) 750ml bottle to the group; I got a 3-4 oz. pour to a small snifter-shaped taster.

Love the bottle, a tapered 'bowling pin' This is "Cuvee Speciale 2009 - Scaldis Noel aged in Bourgogne barrels from Nuits St. George Vineyards".

A: Murky chestnut brown, topped by a thin white ring of a head. Lace left in small dabs. A few flecks of floating yeasts dot the glass - not too detracting, but of note. Hard to find the carbonation in the dark brew/dark barrel room.

S: Alluring aroma of sweet malted milk balls, plentiful caramel and waves of Holiday spices and sugars. At times there's cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and mint. Christmas in March?

T: Not quite as nutty-sweet as the aroma, but there is a pronounced toffee/praline character and vanilla spice that's undeniable. A developing vinous fruit, earthy berries and dark grapes, lingering barrel-affected booziness.

M: Smooth feel in general, but the gentle prickle of carbonation impacts each sip nonetheless.Chewier and thicker given time, but that may just be the alcohol warmth subtly catching up.

D: A 13% sipper that's quite enjoyable in modest doses. Bush/Scaldis Noel is near the tops, in my opinion, when it comes to Belgian Winter ales so it's no surprise that the barrel-aged version works quite well, too.I'm impressed, though I'd be as apt to stick with the original (rather than drop some bigger bucks) at future tasting(s). But glad for the try ~ thanks again, Justin!

Photo of zac16125
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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

Photo of BMMillsy
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of kbutler1
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Corked bottle opens up with a nice big pop but no gushing. Poured into to a tulip glass a clear light brownish red orange color with a slight tiny bubbled head. Nice aroma of light fruit, oak, and red wine. Has an almost slightly sour note in the nose. Light mouhfeel. Starts with a light fruit flavor like apricot and apple which leads to a tanic like wine flavor. Some booze type notes as well. Drinks really nice. Thanks to matsciguy for sharing.

Photo of timtim
4.12/5  rDev +2%
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!

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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