Bush De Noël | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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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
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101
For Trade:
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Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a darker shade of brown, it had a fluffy off white head on top that left a soapy lacing down the glass. The smell of the beer was spicy, plenty of yeasty aromas also. The taste of the beer was had some dark fruit sweetness that was balanced by the spices. The flavor seemed pretty good. The mouthfeel was pretty good, bubbly and warming, lots of heat from the 12%. Overall, I liked it, I found it to be great for the winter season.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Lucky Baldwins 10th Annual Belgian fest on 2/15/09.

Pours dark orange/brown and clear. Good lacing, medium retention, white-ish head.

Aroma is malty, boozy, caramel, and scotch.

Taste has a low bitterness, caramel, and scotch flavors. A little bit of spiciness creeps in from the background. Some booze present but not much, quite nice for 12% abv.

Body is thin and low CO2 levels actually work well for this beer. Enjoyable for sure but too boozy to drink a lot of.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy brown in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible as well as some yeast particles floating in suspension.
S: The smell is equally proportioned among moderate aromas of fruits, spices and sweetness.
T: The taste is rather sweet and very similar to the smell with flavors of fruits and spices. There are also hints of caramel and candi sugar in the flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There are some warming sensations from the alchol.
D: Alcohol is noticeable in the taste but is for the most part fairly well masked, which doesn't make this beer difficult to drink. It is better sipped given the high alcohol content.

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

With intense alcohol and fruit flavor, this strong Belgian Ale shares the bed with caugh syrups and Jagermaiseter.

The pour is a little brighter on the amber side rather than dark as the name suggests. Creamy and decently bubbly, the weight of the beer keeps the effervescent muted. Nice creamy head laces fairly well, while retaining well considering the alcohol content.

Fruity and alcoholic, the nose brings in cherries, figs, and grape esters with a fruitcakes like (candied) sweetness and rummy (almost boozy) alcohol scents. Sweet and spicy to the nose.

Flavors start with a burst of cherry and fig. Raisons and red licorice can be found in the complex taste as the beer warms. Candied and dehydrated fruits from pineapple to cranberry give mild tartness/vinousness to the confectioner's sugar taste and estery composition. Delicious and decedent even with the alcoholic intensity.

Sweeter and sticky early, the beer's creaminess fades and ushers in the alcoholic spice with a prickly warmth. Sweet and dry in the finish, the beer sticks around, making it much more of a savory sipper than a more drinkable brew.

A good strong Belgian Ale that seems to be pushing the limits beyond proper balance and clean flavors. Adding stress to the palate because of its challenging strength, it's more like a brandy than with which the beer drinker's palate is accustomed.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle, procured in BC at the height of last summer, on a day exactly the polar opposite to what we are now experiencing. The label nicely echoes the scene outside my living room window as I crack this little guy.

This beer pours a cloudy, dark orange-tinted amber hue, with one finger of fast-disappearing, soapy off-white head, which leaves a few scant specks of mitochondrial lace around the glass for its effort.

It smells of zingy tropical fruit, baked dark sweet fruitcake, and subtle warming alcohol. The taste is strong, dark, and somehow nefarious black fruit, toffee malt, a bit of treacle, some mild Belgian spice, and softly yielding yeast.

The carbonation is on the low side, just a bare frothiness to be had, the body a hefty medium weight, and the smoothness is a bit moderated by an astringent alcohol edge. It finishes sweetly malty, fruity, estery, and oh so warming.

Overall, a nice, flavourful strong Belgian holiday ale, not too sweet, nor overly alcoholic (even at 12% – sacre bleu!) – how do they really do that? At any rate - a good choice to share with your loved ones at this time of year.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Scaldis Noel 2007 vintage. 12%. Bottle served into a Samuel Smith's nonic glass at a tasting. I was rushed while reviewing so please excuse any lack of detail. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a rich caramel-auburn head. Understated. Lacks any head at all. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Oxidation, caramel, malty sweetness. Biscuit malt. Buried fruit. Nectary notes. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Biscuity and malty. Brown sugar. Alcohol heat on the aftertaste. Floral hops. Caramel. Well layered malty body. Some biscuity yeast and biscuit malt. A tasty balanced beer.

Mf: Excellent coarseness and ideal dryness to bring out the flavour. Good carbonation and thickness. Complements the flavours nicely.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I quite like it. Hides its ABV well.

High B-

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Photo of brentk56
2.88/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

8.48 fl oz

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear light amber with a very modest head and poor lacing; frankly, looks more like a soda than a beer

Smell: Unusual medicinal aroma that is sweet but predominately phenolic; just smells plastic to me

Taste: Starts with a herbal sweet flavor that builds nicely and reminds me of a Ricola herbal cough drop; after the swallow, a golden raisiny presence takes over along with a woody flavor; smoked aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery and relatively flat

Drinkability: Wow, what a disappointment to start my Christmas beer selection; perhaps I wound up with a poor bottle but this just isn't doing anything for me; guess I'll have to take another look at this one some other time based on the other reviews around here which are much more favorable than mine

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear medium amber color ale with a super huge foamy head with perfect retention. Aroma of strong caramel malt with some spices and sweet cherry. Dry raisins, figs and caramel are all well balance in this beer. Body is thinner then expected and alcohol is well hidden. Very good classic Belgian strong ale.

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Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, burgundy/mahogany color with a small, off-white head of thick foam. It left behind soapy patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of apple, booze, and was malty sweet.

T - The first sips hits you with some spicy yeast then sweet boozy malt flavors. There were several fruity flavors like apple, plum and figs.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a sticky sweet mouthfeel. A medium-bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a nice Belgian beer. Very potent and sweet with a fruity presence.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of largadeer
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Extremely murky swampwater-brown. The head pours a bit thin and fades into a small ring.

Smell: Caramel, brown sugar, malt and winter spices.

Taste/mouthfeel: As the nose implies, this is a very malty brew. It's like a liquid caramel apple; syrupy-sweet and fruity. It brings to mind dried dark fruits (dates, cherries) and spiced nuts. It's very smooth stuff, with a well-concealed 12% ABV - there's no noticable alcohol. Thick and heavy on the tongue, this is definitely a sipping beer. The small 8.5 oz bottle is perfect for a single person. Recommended.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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 Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -25.2%

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 chinchill
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served (12 oz) in a tulip glass at Barley's in Greenville.

A clear dark amber with a fine, creamy tan head. The head has medium retention but leaves some very nice tiny-bubbled lacing.

Aroma: Has a clear alcohol presence but not objectionable; suggestive of fine cognac rather than just boozy. Approaches 4.5 -- very high for me for a beer with a 12% ABV.

Taste: Flavorful and refined, but not as rich or complex as some competitors (e.g., St. Bernardus ABT 12). Moderately malty, somewhat sweet, and quite fruity. Lightly spicy; more subtle than is often the case for a Belgian of this style.

Mouthfeel is not the strong point of this beer. It is admirably smooth but may be a tad under-carbonated. Warming but no burn from the alcohol.

O: Very well crafted seasonal brew with a high but well hidden/integrated ABV. A tad too sweet but nonetheless a fine Belgian well worth seeking out. Improved with warming. Exceptionally interesting and fun to drink.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A long-standing bottle pours a clear reddish-copper body beneath a frothy head of off-white foam. Effervescent bubbles rise quickly from beneath, and the head retention is excellent considering its high alcohol content. It even leaves wide rings of crooked lace about the first half of the glass. The nose is enticing with notes of sweet dried cherries and dark caramel. It's delicately vibrant across the tongue with a carbonation that lightly tickles the tongue before allowing its light-medium body to become just slightly creamy. The flavor delivers the same cherry-like fruitiness and sweet caramel that the nose promises along with some floral and grassy hops and a decent slap of spicy alcohol that bursts onto the back of the mouth and tongue at the swallow. The caramel lingers in the mildly sweet finish with the alcohol doing more to dry it than the sublime bitterness that's present. And yet, the alcohol never overcomes or dulls the palate! This is a really well-balanced beer given its strength; and with just a little more complexity it could have a great drinkability. An excellent choice for a winter nightcap!

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

On-tap 12/29/09 at Julian's in Providence, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruits, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast and some spice.

T: The taste starts with a dark fruit and caramel sweetness that is followed by an alcohol bite, which you would expect from a beer with 12.00% ABV. Then a hearty malt character and a Belgian yeast breadiness come in. The hops presence is mild but where it should be for the style and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good Belgian-style beer to sip on for a while since it's so strong, but there are others in the style I would choose first.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark amber with a finger tall off white head. The head reduces by about 50% over time but does not go away. There is no visible carbonation. Very good lacing.

S: Aromas blend with the scent of the alcohol, like a refined spirit, but not overpowering. I get hints of raisins/plums, caramel, and candy sugar.

T: Flavors are very strong - malty, sweet, and dark fruits- with a slight burn from the alcohol. Not as complex as others in the style but a pleasant flavor.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky feeling.

O: Enjoyable but strong and the alcohol is not that hidden. Not a sessionable beer but one that is nicely enjoyed curled up in front of a fireplace on a cold winter evening.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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