Bush De Noël | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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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:
879
Reviews:
466
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
12.22%
 
 
Wants:
54
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101
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Photo of brandon911
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Photo of Fuzzywort
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small 250ml bottle, pours a reddish-brown with off-white one finger bubbled head, effervescence, there are lots of small floaties in this brew.

Aroma of yeast, brown sugar sweetness, dark fruit, some dark bread and cake mix sweetness.

Flavor of dark fruit and bread, a touch of dark candy and/or brown sugar sweetness in the background, there is pepper at the finish, faint spices that are tasted one of them is cinnamon, faint taste of alcohol but this did not take away from my enjoyment of this brew.

Mouth feel is a little more then medium, has some creaminess on the palate,

A nice Winter Warmer drink.

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Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a cloudy amber with a fingers worth of white head that sticks to the glass and leaves some nice lacing around the top

S-sticky malt, caramel, lots of fruity sweetness, apples, figs, raisins, and Belgian yeast.

T-Definitely tasting the alcohol in this one. Caramel malt, raisins, light spices, and an oaky finish

M-medium to full body and spicy carbonation

Overall a real sipper due to the high ABV, but the alcohol doesn't mask the flavors which is good.

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Photo of tcblack4d
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Kyrojack
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mindspin315
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick off-white head, lots of lacing, solid amber color body, and very clean and clear looking.

Big raisin and candied sugar aroma. Get a bit of over ripe banana, clove, and various spices from the yeast.

A touch of alcohol comes through but blends in with the yeast flavor profile and candied sugars. The raisin aroma also comes through strong in the taste. Sweet upfront, alcohol comes through in the middle, and a slight pepperiness rounds out the back end.

Not the most complex Belgian beer, but has plenty going on to enjoy and appreciate.

[91/100]

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Poured into a tulip glass: a muddy brown strong brewed tea color. Few bubbles and a fast fading white head with slight lacing around sides once agitated.

S: Sweet Candice's malt followed by banana taffy. After a good swirl the aroma changes to a heavy bouquet of bubblegum. Almost Monty with a hint of spicyness.

T/M: Huge alcohol profile with timid hops and a bubblegum sweetness. The finish is full of dry astringent cherry flavor.

O: Very impressed with the dramatic sweetness and overall flavor profile that comes from such a strong brew. The sweet definitely caresses the sleeping alcohol dragon.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've heard of Christmas in July, but I couldn't wait that long. Early June and there I was ordering a Scaldis Noel, yeah it was weird in my mind to order this beer during June but it was the special. This beer poured into my snifter with a ruby amber brown color with a full caramel toned aromatic head, and the added eye candy of lace clinging to the edges of my glass. Aroma full of dark roasts, deep tones of caramelized brown sugar, and nutmeg along with some other festive spices very good aroma here. Flavor, this is a winter warmer in my book, but definitely was a nice change up from typical summer beers. Full array of spices along with sweet fruit tones that blend harmoniously together, and well this beer just works try it. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated fuller body, and this beer is not too cloying very good year round beer not just a winter warmer. Very drinkable beer just between 12% alcohol by volume and the high amount of carbonation, I will go for something else after I am through with one of these.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl's Bush De Noel a few weeks ago for $4.49 at The Lager Mill. Well it looks like this will be my 500th review and to celebrate this milestone I thought I would try something that I normally wouldn't pick up and since Christmas is right around the corner I thought this would be pretty fitting, so lets see how it goes. 2011 vintage. Poured from a short and foiled 250ml brown bottle into a tulip.

A- The label looks nice and it has a good holiday feel to it. It poured a nice and hazy caramel brown color that took on a nice copper colored hue when held to the light with a half fingers worth of tan head that quickly faded to a thin ring that eventually faded away. This beer looked nice, the color was pretty good, but the head was just a little disappointing.

S- The aroma starts of with tons of malts that have a very high amount of sweetness and impart some slightly grainy, caramel, candied sugar, and a little bit of yeasty spices. After that comes the fruits which show up a lot, the dark fruits show up first with some figs and raisin aromas followed by a pretty big apple aroma towards the end that gives it a hard cider like aroma. I also get an alcohol aroma that lets you know it's there. The aroma was good, it had some nice complexity and it was pretty true to style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with loads of malts that have a higher amount of sweetness and impart some nice caramel, candied sugar, and dark bread flavor. After that comes the fruits, there's some dark fruit flavors with grapes showing up the most followed by a nice apple cider like flavor, the combination makes for a flavor that's a little similar to wine. After that comes some slightly spicy Belgian yeast, a little bit of oak, some pretty warming alcohol towards the end. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness, just some of that warming alcohol and some sweetness with a sweet, grape and cider like aftertaste. This was a good tasting beer, it was pretty true to style and the flavor had some good complexity to it.

M- Fairly smooth, a little sticky, a little creamy, on the thicker side being medium bodied with a slightly lighter amount of medium carbonation. I really liked the mouthfeel on this beer, it was pretty good and I liked that it wasn't that thickit would have made it even stickier.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of the style, it had all the aspects that I look for in a good Belgian Strong Dark Ale with some nice complexity to go with it. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it was fairly smooth, the alcohol wasn't overwhelming, and the flavors held my attention nicely, I think one would be enough for me, I know it's a pretty small bottle, but this beer is pretty potent and it's pretty damn sweet, so one would be all I would want. What I liked the most about this beer was it's complexity, it was the highlight of this beer and the mouthfeel was pretty damn good also. What I liked the least about this beer was expensive it is, if it was a little cheaper I would buy it more often. I recommend giving it a try if your in the mood for a big beer. I would buy this beer again, but probably only one bottle to have for the holidays, it's a little pricey, but it makes for a good and strong beer to celebrate the holidays with. All in all i was happy with this beer, it was good, but it didn't blow my mind. This is my first time having anything from this brewery and it made for a good first impression and I would be willing to try more of their beers. This made for a good beer to celebrate my 500th review with, it's been a fun two and a half years and I don't see an end in site, Cheers to BA and good beer.

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rubied orange with amber golden highlights. An offwhite / tan head bellows up and quickly falls to a film of tightly grouped bubbles floating above the beer. Big nose, cherry, maple syrup... actually, this reminds me of pancakes with syrup and berries quite a bit... Alcohol is certainly detectable on the nose, but wonderful fruit characteristics and a sweet malt dominate. Taste is not quite as dynamic as the nose but very full. A sweet malt with maple, breakfast cake, and brown sugar characteristics start things out. A nice transition into a berry sweetness adds complexity. A nice floral finish with a solid alcohol sting in the back that reminds you that this beer packs a punch. Awfully drinkable despite the alcohol and chewy full mouthfeel. Still, I can't see myself sitting down and having more than one. I could see this one getting better with age but with the maltiness providing so many wonderful and complex flavors I don't know if I could wait. Absolutly what I would envision if asked to create a belgian inspired barleywine.

Thanks for the recommendation OnSlow (Grahm @ Specs Bay Area).

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Photo of Kendo
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got it on-tap at Lionheart in Albany, where the tap handle says "Scaldis Noel" and they serve it in two options: a small glass for $4 (happy hour prices) or $6 (regular prices); or in a larger glass, probably about 8 - 10 oz, for $6/$8. I of course went for the larger glass. . . .

A: Dark amber body with a very small white head that settles quickly to a minimal film. Despite the lack of head, however, it leaves rings all the way down the glass.

S: Very nice nose -- dominated by fruit and alcohol with a bit of malt in there too. Cherries, raisins and figs or dates come to mind, along with ripe apples, with a big hit of booze; rum, I think -- maybe even spiced rum.

T: Sweet and hot. Think spiced, rum-spiked apple cider and you kind of have the idea. Fruit is most evident early in the sip -- cherries again, along with the dried fruits (raisins, prunes), but at the back of the mouth is overwhelmed by a spicy heat. I swear I get some true spice in there as well -- i.e., cloves or even cinnamon sweetness. I also thought of bubble gum sweetness at one point too. In the end it finishes VERY hot, as you can feel that 12% ABV at the back of the mouth, down the gulley and warming the belly.

M: Good feel to it, with a pretty clean finish despite the fruity sweetness. The alcohol heat seems to re-boot the palate. Heavy in weight/heft.

D: This is a definite sipper -- the booziness sends that message loud and clear -- and at 12% ABV you don't want to have more than one. But that one will be tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cute little bottle! I let it sit for 10 minutes.
It pours a shiny burnt orangey amber color with a sudsy, foamy beige head and some trailing and sliding lace. A big sweet malty aroma is noticed instantly. A fruit soaked in rum bouquet is quite noticeable and lasting. Flavors of caramel malt and fruitcake with extra orange zest come to mind. A dose of over-ripe banana, candied sugar and taste of lemony bitterness mingle with peppery spices and cloves. A hint of piney esters along with the sweet and warming alcohol punch of dark rum. The mildly astringent camphor taste is present throughout.

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Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber with a pillow head with lacing (unusual for high abv). Smell is rich, malty, yeasty, belgian sugar. Taste is rich also...malty, alcohol phenols, brandylike quality. Mouthfeel is warming, surprisingly smooth. Very drinkable considering high abv.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice simple off tan colored head, picking up some of the body color which is a gorgeous dark copper red and brown. Head is kind of soapy but manages to stay for a pretty good time. Real nice looking beer.

Nose is classic sweet raisins, a little soft dark malts, and a good deal of banana.

Taste is chewy and even a bit spritzy. Fairly good carbonation on this, giving some soda like quality but letting the malts remain. Dark raisiny malts and a very prickly palate. Feel is just slightly wet but it works with the carbonation. Some very faint afterfinish of mild sweet chocolate and banana. Warming tongue brings licorice and toffee tastes as well.

Overall pretty solid, not much more to it than that. Doesn't come off as particularly boozy at all either.

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Photo of wedge
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.48 fl oz, "small bottle".

This x-mas seasonal pours a clouded burnt rusty color from its delightfully tacky-yet-festive bottle. A really tight, creamy head rests on top and retains beautifully throughout. Aromas of cherry and fig; heavy, earthy, and fruity. In fact, its a bit like tropical-Belgian if you can imagine such a thing. Smooth and full-flavored, dark, fruity caramel and clove-like spices with a bit of mustiness. Sweet honey, nuts, and spiced apples. A little warming on the throat, but aside from that, the alcohol is extremely well hidden. Make no mistake, this is a sipper, but the booziness level is very low from what it could be at 12% ABV. Lighter than I expected, the body is medium, which does assist the drinkability of such a potent alcoholic beverage.

I'll be sure to get a large bottle when the next "holiday season" rolls around, if I'm willing to spend the big bucks, if only to see how it compares to the little bottle. Pretty darn tasty overall, and a fairly deceptive ass-kicker to boot.

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Photo of chadspivey
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark amberish red with a one finger head that'll come back with a little rousing. good lacing too.

S: I smell apples, bready yeasts, and a big whiff of alcohol.

T: Well, for 12% it's not all that boozy in the taste. The taste is actually pretty comlex, some spices maybe and something like maple syrup, jplus that good old belgian yeasty bready stuff, and a hint of apples. There's more going on I just don't know what to call it.

M: lots of carbonation, and the alcohol definitely plays its part in warming the mouthfeel up.

D: For the ABV, and considering its a belgian, i'd say it goes down fairly easy.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle bought as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Festive blue foiled cap.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" beige head above the reddish caramel-hued brew. Head stays as is, thick and foamy, and lacing is excellent, especially for the style. Aroma is spicy Belgian malts and yeast, with a tincture of piercing alcohol at the end. Taste is sweet and spicy upfront, with ample malt presence, and fades into an all-encompassing warming effect, with perhaps the slightest step into the land of "whoa, boozy". But this a is Quad, after all, so what else would be expected? Mouthfeel and drinkabilty are both good, with the drinkability being of the "I would revisit" variety, not the "I'll have three in a row" variety.

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Photo of shippos
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured with abrillant honeyish amber hue and with a vibrant amount of carbonation created a tightly packed fluffy pillowy white head.
dry aroma with some grassy notes and is flowery, hops i assume, and an underlying rich malty background.
peppery and spicy taste with the alcohol hitting you first and then followed by a cleansing bit of carbonation.
this beer definetly changes as it warms up and breathes for a bit.
the aromas pop out more and become more pronounced, the malt in the taste certainly jumps out at you leaving you with a dry hoppy very spicy and hot aftertaste.
drinkable, definetly but certainly a sipper.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick and foamy lightly burnt, off white head that cakes the goblet's sides with intricate lacing. Garnet with shades of oak and maple.

Semi-sweetened molasses, toffee, and caramel malt aroma. Big overtone of chocolate and cream. Sweet, dark fruit soaked in alcohol: raising, plum, cherry.

Creamy, semi-sweet caramel and toffee flavors with a near sour apple tartness. A faint citric quality that is well balanced with the sweet, deep chocolate qualities of this Quadrupel. The alcohol presence is carefully placed; not to drown out the natural flavors.

Borders full bodied; creamy, sharp, and a touch of spice.

The abv% is well used and disguised. Good flavors and well worth a try. A wonderful beer at room temperature.

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Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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