Bush De Noël | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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880 Ratings
Bush De NoëlBush De Noël
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Belgium
br-dubuisson.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Andreji on 12-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
880
Reviews:
466
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
12.22%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
101
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 880 |  Reviews: 466
Photo of RiksenTodd
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of IceAce
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut body with very nice clarity...and three fingers of polar white foam which retreats to expose 90% lacing coverage. Nose is warm and inviting, showing a striking balance between caramel malt, Candi sugar, alcohol, and Belgian yeast.

Entry shows an almost complete absence of CO² and sets the table for almost total sensory overload upon the arrival of the midtaste. Big candi presence with dark, rum-soaked fruits bask in alcoholic bliss. The finish shows p-licking sugar and a dry, pepper end.

This Noël is not for the faint at heart, but is a wonderful fireplace companion during the holiday season.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my local Whole Foods for $4.99.

Pouring into the SF Beer Week 2011 tulip. It's a slightly hazy amber with a 1-2 finger off white head that fizzled down and didn't fully retain. Sticky legs cling the glass after a swirl.

Toasty, caramel malts reach for the nose first not to be outdone by a cinnamon raisiny fruitiness.

Upfront malty sweetness undersells the strength of this brew. Caramel, light chocolate and prunes. Brisk, dry finish leaves a scant malty sweet on the palette.

Medium-light bodied with a moderate-high level of carbonation. Warming sensation without even a subtle pass at hot or solvent alcohol.

Wow…for the impressive ABV on this beer it's exceptionally smooth and drinkable. Great example of the style.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Huge frothy head that climbs up the glass, and settles to a finger nail of foam, with patches of white lacing upon the sides of the glass. Nothing very out of the ordinary given the nature of this particular style.

S-Liquor cherry, scotch caramel, and toffee everywhere. pretty good, but again, just another NOEL

T- Spice, heat, frothy, yet smooth effervescence.

M- Medium bodied with a lot of sticky cloying layers.

D- Very good winter warmer, but i was expecting more.

I have nothing against this beer, but it was over hyped and lacked in originality overall.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles fairly rapidly and leaves little lace on the glass.

S - Dark, fruity notes of malt and yeast. Red apple, plums, caramel, cloves, and coriander.

T - Spicy yeast notes up front with some toasty malt and toffee. More spicy notes in the middle with coriander and red apple as well as some clove. Caramel and toffee come up in the finish with spicy, almost hot alcohol.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very complex and interesting. This beer has all of the classic fruity notes of a dark Belgian ale with some spicy notes that differentiate it from some other examples of the style. The alcohol is still a bit hot in the finish despite the six months or so of age that this bottle has on it. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of tappangordo
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of good descriptions here so I won't go into that. I just wanted to mention that this was an extremely enjoyable ale for about 5 or 6 oz... after that I was working to finish it. I don't think that tales away from the product, but its definitely not quaffable!

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my chalice..has a cranberry-amber color to its light-in-appearance body. Barely a head. Fair lacing.
Smells very nice, like tart but juicy cherries, with a slight alcohol burn, and a hint of darker fruits.
Taste is like what hit my nose. Malts, sweet fruit (cherries), with a mellow burn and a bubblegum flavor that develops. Not too complex. These flavors remain tasty throughout, Noel finishes with a peppery bite, slightly dry, but just right
Mouthfeel is medium and creamy, with ample carbonation.
A great way to kick back on Christmas Eve.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Labled as Scaldis Noel...

Pours a nice chestnut brown color with moderate and stiff khaki colored head, minimal retention and lacing. Scent is of dark fruit (fig, prune, rasisn), sweet carmel, alcohol, candied sugar and moderate spicing. Suprisingly mellow yet complex blend of dark fruits, carmel and candied sugar, spicing. Belgian yeast taste throughout. Alcohol hidden very well. Full bodied and chewy. Amazingly complex, amazingly balanced... no one flavor overtakes another, goes down smooth and ABVs hidden very well.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/26/2014. Pours cloudy reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big cherry, plum, raisin, apple, pear, caramel, candi sugar, clove, pepper, toast, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big cherry, plum, pear, apple, raisin, caramel, candi sugar, toast, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of cherry, plum, pear, apple, raisin, caramel, candi sugar, toast, clove, pepper, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick, crisp, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crookedhalo
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a kind of rusty amber color with a nice thick beige head. Beautiful lacing. Now I can appreciate why the Scaldis goblet is so big for such a small bottle (8.5 oz.). No dating on the bottle, but this bottle was a overstock from last year's Christmas beers. Nothing wrong with an extra year under a 12% Belgain brew, nothing wrong at all. It has some green apple in the nose, accompanied with an "affirmative" in the alcohol presence. Nice malt and candi sugar aromas mixed with some spices, too. Very tempting looking brew. Within the first sip, you know you're not finishing this one quickly. Big alcohol with sweet malt undertones finishing very, very dry and spicy. Mouthfeel's dry, effervescent and alcoholy. This brew is great, can't say I could drink more than one, however.

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Photo of mynie
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8.48 Oz bottle. What's up Dubuisson? You don't think I can handle the beast??!?!

(I don't know what that last sentence means).

Okay, pours out a very nice hazy amber with a minimal head that fades into a nice and retentive ring. More than respectable, considering the elevated alcohol.

Smells of very rich berries and fruit along with nodes of alcoholic yeast. The alcohol is very sticky and is whatever that word is that means "wine-like."

Tastes like bread and ripe fruit up front. Like a fruitcake, kinda, only not so sickly sweet. This gives way to hints of chocolate bock malt that continues the nice sweetness of the front. This malt is unexpected, as it's more of what you'd find in a weaker weizbock than in a heavy-duty Belgian. Ends on some intensely alcoholic yeast.

Different, to say the least. Well worth picking up.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bestrent24
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of velo343
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy brown that looks like iced tea with a very creamy, large white head that sticks around for a long time.

Smell - Very fruity. Lots of orange, grapefruit, apples, and raisins. In short, there are plenty of esters to enjoy.

Taste - Lots of yeast flavor and a nice floral and grassy hoppiness that complements the esters very well. There is a taste of orange and pears.

Mouthfeel - Quite thick, with a dry finish that really cleans the mouth.

Drinkability - For being 12%, this beer certainly hides the alcohol well. A very flavorful beer that is a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not a pretty version within a style that is normally very visually impressive. Color is diluted cola color with cola like foam.
Scent is much more striking, even from afar. Developed yeast/sugar things going on. Fresh baked bread mixed with candy shoppe.
Probably the most impressive feature of this beverage is the 12% alcohol that is very difficult to detect. Seriously, very very difficult to tell it is that strong. Really quite smooth and enjoyable all around. Not at all sugary or syrupy in a style that can err in that way. Worth sampling and resampling.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled as "Scaldis Noel" in a small 8.48 fl. oz. bottle. Pours a murky dark brown color with a creamy white head. The nose is made up of caramel, sweet malt, dark cherries, ripe dark fruits and brandy. Mouthfeel is delightfully smooth and creamy. The taste is a bit boozy from the high ABV but it is surprisingly drinkable despite the 12%. It is a little sweet and toasty with some caramel and alcohol soaked cherries. Overall, this is a pretty solid holiday brew that is recommended to anyone on a cold night.

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Photo of Andreji
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This christmas 2003 edition of the Bush noël is quite a pleasant brew.

A dark toned pour, rather below caramel to brownish with a small and fizzy dark tan head, eventually to fade and leave a little ring and lacing around the glass.

Nice fruity and aged sorta smell, with abundance in malt as well. not very strong though...

The taste is very good and complex; strong for the style and pleasant to descifre (even if, like me, you dont manage to at the end). The mouthfeel, with a balanced carbonation and cherry-on-the-cake sort of bitterness at the end is also very rewarding. This'll make me look forward to the next noël experience.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's that strange bottle size again.

Pours dark brown with red highlights. Head is light tan and large. There is some lacing from the quickly dissipated head.

Smell is candied dates, caramel sweet, and booze. Taste is almost burnt caramel and dark fruits with molasses. It has sweet and bitter which also reminds me of Sammiclaus.

Feel is actually smooth. It has a syrup like viscosity and low carbonation. While there is some heat on the finish, it actually fits in this beer.

A nice beer, I don't know what makes it a Christmas beer, as I don't get much spice, or celebratory feeling, except from the label.

DOA

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Photo of sirhc3034
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours a very clear light copper with a big light tan head that has surprising retention and lacing. It is very carbonated with lots of bubbles coming up throughout.

The aroma on the front is almost skunky but gives way to a nice complexity that has some spice and a very sweet finish with lots of apricots.

The taste is very light but it has some nice things going on. Its close to being very awesome just needs a little tweaking. There are some nice notes of nutmeg and a nice sweet finish. It masks the alcohol very well and unlike most christmas time beers you can drink more than one of these. My other major complaint is that the beer itself is a light in feel, I want it a little more robust.

Overall, this is very good and reminds me a lot of Insanely Bad Elf. A highly drinkable winter ale that packs a great alcohol punch. Needs a little tweaking on the feel and to give the aroma some oompf but so close.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into duvel tulip

A - copper body with two finger light brown/off white head. very good retention very good lacing.

S - dark fruit (figs, raisins) sweet malts spicy yeast with a rosy edge in the back with a big noticeable booze presence.

T - sweet malts figs grass hops flowery yeasts and big alcohol notes

M - med to full bodied with low to medium carbonation. some astringency but not overbearing. warming alcohol fainter than you'd imagine on the throat.

O - a very solid beer. boozy but not nearly as boozy as 12% would have you believe.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the capped 8oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a bright orange-amber color topped by a half-inch of creamy light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, molasses, brown sugar, raisins and other dark fruit, with more than a little alcohol mixed in. Palate is deeply complex and sweet - dark Belgian malt, raisins, figs, brown sugar, and a touch of spciy yeast are evident. The significant alcohol makes its presence felt just before the swallow, leading to a nicely warming finish. Body is nice and a touch creamy, but not the thick creaminess I look for in a quad. Overall, though, quite nice and pleasurable to drink.

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Photo of marcpal
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8.5oz little nib bottle poured energetically into a Dogfish snifter.

A: Mountainous head on top of a hazy dark yellow body, like a rusted fender. The lacing and head were not long for existence.
Bottle Graphics: 2/10. Too much sparkling like one of those Chinese video games that gives seizures.

S: Nose of dark fruit, tons of it. All kinds of sweet hard liquor infused dried ginger, dates, figs and all else that goes into a brick of a fruitcake. The alcohol is present, a BSDA? The strong part of it is represented.

T: Liquid fruitcake bathed in rum. It tasted true to a dense fruitcake that is covered in rum and put in the toaster for about 3 minutes. As this warms, it is truly a sensory beauty.
As you sit back and sip, the sweetness is palatable and somehow amplified by the spiciness that is present.

The one fruit, like a Mad Elf, that comes through the most in the taste (not the aroma) is cherry. Unadulterated cherry, coming back to the dried cherries coming out of the proverbial fruitcake.

M: I'm not sure what category this fits into and hate getting stuck on caring but strictly using the adjectives it warms me in the winter. That small bottle is a great sipper on a below wind chill day, warms the chest.

D: Small bottle is a good thing- more big beers like this should do that, I could not imagine trying to work through 750ml of this. Even in the small bottle, an adventure of flavors to sip through.

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Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
4.01 out of 5 based on 880 ratings.
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