1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Bush De Nuits - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

Not Rated.
Bush De NuitsBush De Nuits

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

71 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 71
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 14
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl visit their website
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 03:34:07 | More by Sammy
Photo of t0rin0
t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

09-01-2012 00:28:19 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84

California

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 19:18:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Phyl21ca
Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 19:53:17 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect
BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 05:07:06 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of ygtbsm94
ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-30-2011 07:22:34 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of TMoney2591
TMoney2591

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 04:01:05 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of jlindros
jlindros

Massachusetts

4.14/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 01:13:06 | More by jlindros
Photo of StonedTrippin
StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 19:34:32 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Gueuzedude
Gueuzedude

Arizona

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled July 2010 at De Heeren van Liedekercke
For the last beer of the night, we decided to put ourselves in the capable hands of Joost. We decided to start out tasting the beer blind and see what showed up in our glass.

The beer is nice and cold on this hot summer night. It has a certain mustiness to it and even a touch of tartness that seems almost acetic somehow and there is definitely a caramelized grain note to it. The beer has a frothy, tan tinged, light colored head. The body is a dark, burnt amber color that shows a clear amber color when held up to the light. Aromas of raisins, prunes, proper caramel note, suggestions of woody mushrooms, hints of tobacco, quite nutty smelling at times and there is even some heat from alcohol towards the finish after a bit.

The beer tastes sweet and fruity in a non-descript way up front and the finish is a bit astringent. Touches of children's aspirin, concord grape, raisins, dates and cherry (last seems accentuated by a light acetic note) are all noticeable in the flavor. This finishes with some heat that warms my esophagus. The beer is actually somewhat light body for its strength. It really does have a nice nuttiness to it and the alcohol becomes much more apparent as the beer warms up. The fruity notes are quite nice and seem to be the signature of the wine-barrel character.

This was a perfect end to an afternoon / evening of enjoying fantastic food and great beer at De Heeren van Liedekercke. This is best described as a big glass of wham that sent me overly satiated to stumble up stairs to sleep.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 15:27:02 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of corby112
corby112

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 07:28:52 | More by corby112
Photo of John_M
John_M

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 14:51:48 | More by John_M
Photo of drewone
drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

08-21-2013 05:36:43 | More by drewone
Photo of chinchill
chinchill

South Carolina

4.28/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 00:33:17 | More by chinchill
Photo of ccrida
ccrida

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 01:39:05 | More by ccrida
Photo of AgentZero
AgentZero

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 03:58:52 | More by AgentZero
Photo of DefenCorps
DefenCorps

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 14:52:24 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of WOLFGANG
WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

07-04-2013 03:01:51 | More by WOLFGANG
Photo of drpimento
drpimento

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 02:46:36 | More by drpimento
Photo of aasher
aasher

Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 07:27:47 | More by aasher
Photo of pathman
pathman

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

07-10-2013 02:28:49 | More by pathman
Photo of rudzud
rudzud

Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 00:13:04 | More by rudzud
Photo of jfcaa193
jfcaa193

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-25-2013 01:04:37 | More by jfcaa193
Photo of msubulldog25
msubulldog25

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 07:55:36 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of thecheapies
thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 03:23:09 | More by thecheapies
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Bush De Nuits from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
89 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.