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:
880
Reviews:
466
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
12.22%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
101
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 880 |  Reviews: 466
Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is, I think, the third time I have had this beer. I am still learning the subtleties of flavors in Belgium's, but I get that there is a lot going on in this beer. I look forward to seeing how it ages.

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Photo of emincems
4.66/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

one of my favorite beers of all time. complex taste with caramel, wood, pepper and licorice. stronger body. excellent dry finish, perfectly warming mouthfeel.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Peaches13
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of liquorpig
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium light brown, opaque, with a thin ring of off-white head. It smells like burnt sugar and candied fruit. The taste is much the same. It's moderately light on the palate and mostly smooth throughout. There isn't much "Christmas"-y about it, but it's a really good strong dark ale.

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Photo of rarigney
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zotzot
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ian_Alexander
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PJCarnell
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dzu
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dsshuck
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dinglehacker
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter. Fizzy, but no head retention, and one patch of lace. Greyish brown, taupe color.

Nose is citrusy, with some brown sugar and banana.

The taste is magnificent. Rich milk chocolate, nuts, light clove, dark fruit. Alcohol taste is there too.

Mouth is carbed. Warm alcohol on the finish.

Great wintertime blanket. For fans of eisbock, dubbel, wiezenbock, and Belgian darks..

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Photo of rydev24
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Foley67
4.69/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beeragent
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MrDell
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.96/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2015 Vintage.

Look: One finger white brown-tinged head, darkish amber body.

Smell: Dark fruits, banana, cherry, burnt sugar.

Taste: Same as above.

Feel: Medium body, high carbonation, upfront alcohol bite and warming finish.

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Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated July 26, 2014 poured into my Goose Island snifter. Is this a BSDA or a Quad?? Whatever, it drinks more like I would associate a Quad to be....strong, dark fruit on the nose and finish, easy drinker at 12 percent ABV also.

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Photo of Vylo
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of erk0607
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best By: 12/2017 Date - Look: Rich, medium mahogany brown with a slightly off white head and excellent foam. I poured it quite gently and still got strong, long lasting foam head.
Smell: Like caramelized bananas, a little bit of alchohol, dark fruits, dark malt
Taste: It's pretty clear this is a 12%er and would be an excellent aging candidate. Beyond that you get a strong malt presence, sweet sugar, dark fruits, banana
Feel: On the lighter side of the spectrum with a definite alcohol burn, somewhat unexpected but good nonetheless.
Overall: Excellent. I got a four pack, drank one, and will be leaving the other three to age a bit.

12/24/2016 Update on a Best By 12/17 bottle. As others have noted, this is a very sweet beer, even after aging out a year. Medium brown but the head was incredibly short lived this time around and turned to superfine lacing. Smells of cherry vodka or cough medicine but sweeter. Still get estery-banana-alcohol on the nose too. Taste: a lot more cherry, like an alcoholic Twizzler. Feel: medium body, noticeable alcohol but not quite burning. Overall: it's changed, and is still a super sweet/sugary beer

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Photo of teromous
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label has "12/08/2017" printed on it which I can only guess is the best-before date.

Appearance: Not much of a head ever forms on this beer. At 12% ABV it does not come as a shock. The body is a dark ruby red with hints of dark brown. Shadows are passable through the glass as its opalescence occludes much of what would normally be viewed. There is no head but a thin white ring forms around the glass.

Aroma: It has a light banana chip scent. Alcohol makes it through as well. Again for a 12% ABV beer it would be expected to smell some of the alcohol. There is just a bit of raisin but mostly this smells of dehydrated banana chips.

Taste: My first thought when drinking this beer is how much of a nice caramel flavor it has. It is a bit sweet but it has a bit of that burnt caramel flavor. Then there is this banana aftertaste. The whole thing reminds me of eating home-made banana nut bread. I can kind-of pick up the alcohol but it isn't strong.

Mouthfeel: The body is much lighter than I find normal Belgian Strong Dark Ales. It does have this slight effervescent kick on the palate which is nice and the nice coating quality is made apparent in the texture of the aftertaste.

Overall: I wouldn't really say this is an outstanding Belgian Strong Dark Ale but at the same time I feel it is higher than average given the limited but nice flavors and how well this beer hides the alcohol content while tasting it. Granted this beer is designed to be a winter warmer and I am drinking it in May. I would certainly buy it again and try it fresh for a re-review but under the current circumstances I would much rather pick something else up. It's not really a beer I would recommend unless you really love BSDA's and want to try something new. If that is the case you won't find anything new but it is an enjoyable enough beer.

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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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