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

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

Scaldis Noel Premium

S - Big aggressive fruity nose from a foot away when the cork (finally) left the building. Tames down a bit but comes right back after it warms up some. First the raisins and fig-like fruit then a bit of alcohol.

A - Middle of the road hazy orange-red color. Not much of a head at all. Made the mistake of laying it down before i opened it - and after the struggle... a suspension of bits throughout.

T - Wow, I really like this. Malty raisins, orange and fig-like.

M & D - A full, smooth, creamy mouthfeel, not unlike what i expect from my favorite barleywine.

This was the last large (75 cl) bottle that Sam the Beer Man had in stock. I'll be going back for the small bottles in the morning.

Jan 2007...#2 beer of the year so far

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Photo of kkmiller76
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jason1337
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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 Josbor11
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Picked up an 8oz single at Wilbur's in Ft. Collins for about $3.

A: Poured a very light brown/dark hazy orange. Almost no head at all. What small bubbles were there are slightly cream colored.

S: Very spicy and grainy, smells very much like a loaf of bread fresh out of the oven. There's a slightly alcoholic finish, but nothing too overpowering.

T: A lot of the same bread/malt flavors come through in this, some ginger flavors are there, gingerbread, slightly spicy alcohol as well. Somewhat odd, not bad, but nothing spectacular. Slight butter taste as well.

M: Sharply carbonated, relatively thin, fair amount of alcohol warmth as well, pretty sticky for the thin mouthfeel.

D: One was enough. This is pretty tasty, but not something that I would drink on a regular basis. A good Christmas beer, but I don't think I would recommend it to others.

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Photo of CDCNAM
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of PGVG
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of PaBeerLover
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small bottle as pictured (I'm told it's 8+ ounces; a gift from a friend, purchased at Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA for an unknown price.

I am a fan of the original Bush/Scaldis, and met the brewer Mr. Dubisson at the Brussels beer fest a year ago, so was very excited when my friend gave me this beer. However, I am not generally a fan of the Noel/winter style brews. So what to do? Well, try it, of course!

Pours a very beautiful amber color with a nice frothy head. Darker color than the original Bush. A moderate amount of dark yeast at the bottom of the bottle is left behind as I pour this into my Orval goblet.

Smell is surprisingly weak. My finacee agreed with me on this one. I let this warm from refrigerator temps, so that's not why. Slight sweetness (honey), clove spiciness, and bready malts. But there's just not a lot there.

Flavor- first punch is strong alcohol. Late Harvest sweet riesling honey syrup, but much darker and spicier. Raisins and other dark fruits. Pretty bloody good I must say!

Full rich mouthfeel, the alcohol is stronger than I like, but overall this is very good. A very good Bush beer!

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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 SFLpunk
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

25cL brown glass pry-top with blue foil. No date.

Appearance: Clear amber with almost no head.

Nose: Booze-soaked raisins and stewed fruits. New leather, too.

Palate: Prickly with alcohol. Medium-bodied and casually simple. Leathery with dried fruits and caramel. The alcohol sits right on top of this one.

I think the Premium version (bottle conditioned) is a "better beer" but this is hitting the spot right now. Like the big booziness. I was expecting more sugar sweetness, though.

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

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

2012 Scaldis Noel

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a CBS snifter. Served slightly chilled.

A) A brandy colored brew. There was a full finger of off-white head. Nice retention and decent lacing.

S) An aroma of brown sugar. I'm picking up some of the yeast as well. There's a bit of raisin and spice. Some alcohol as it warms.

T) Very close to the nose. There is a pleasant sort of spicy sweetness. The 12% ABV is well hidden. A nice aftertaste as well, with just a little alcohol warmth, that's worth noting.

M) Medium-bodied lightly carbonated, starts out smooth, finishes a little bit sticky, before drying out a bit.

O) A nice holiday offering here, and quite a pleasure to drink on a cold New Year's Eve in Wisconsin. Glad to recommend this beer.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours into my goblet a red amber with small sediment floating around. short, creamy looking head, laces like a cottony spiderweb. smells malty, hint of cherries, alcohol. Taste is of strong spicy malt, dark chocolate, hot alcohol, caramel. hints of nutmeg. very tasty. Creamy and full bodied. velvety. A small bottle, but a big drink.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.16/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark copper, great clarity, narrow layer of tan foam that flattens out quickly but never quite disappears

Aroma: deeply malty, caramel, tiny touch of roast, wisp of hops, clovey, a bit fruity, alcohol

Flavor: sweet but not overly so, caramel, licorice, some subdued spice, rather firm balancing hop bitterness, peppery alcohol zip, finish is semi-sweet with a lingering caramel flavor and hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: full body, gentle carbonation, creamy, big bloom of alcohol warmth

Overall Impression: Nice beer. Hides its abv quite well. I'm not sure how different it is from the regular Bush (Scaldis). Damn thing sneaks up on you, though!

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12/2009

It pours a murky reddish chestnut topped by a creamy, inch thick, khaki colored head. The head fades to a wisp but persists in that state. In the nose, it's boozy with dark fruit, sweet spice and yeasty.

There's a lot more dark fruit (raisins, fig, black currant) and sweet spice in the mouth. Now, there is certainly some booziness in the flavor and warming in the mouth (as well as warming as it heads down the gullet) but it's not harsh at all. It's lovely. Lots of flavors lurking about..vanilla, toffee, all that dark fruit especially raisin, sweet spice and just a hint of oak.

Smoother than you would expect, certainly smoother than regular Scaldis but make no mistake, this is a big beer. Big flavors, big sweet mouthfeel and the warming alcohol....leaves my ears hot by the end of the glass but an incredibly pleasant drinking experience. This might have to be one of my new Christmas traditions and, of course, I need to get some to cellar.

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Photo of Stigs
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle, had this over a year by now...served in a tall Red Wine glass

A - pours with a short-lived thin layer of loose, light tan foam. quickly falls to a few random floating islands of bubbles and small ring. the beer is hazy, burnt amber in color with some floating sediment.

S - insanely sweet in the nose....bright toffee and caramel just go on and on and dont ever seem to stop. quite boozy as well, alongside some dark fruits and cherries takes on a scent much like a liqueur.

T - continues with an abundance of sweet malt flavors...good amount of dark fruits: plums and raisins alongside toffee. a perceived spiciness actually seems to be coming from the very high ABV.

M - medium bodied but with somewhat tight, refreshing zippy carbonation. washes away very clean thanks to the high alcohol content.

D - pretty yummy, but absolutely brutal with the booze. a definite sipper, and there isnt a whole lot of Christmas going on here. still, a heck of a (potent) display of malts at work.

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Photo of kushlash23
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice tan head with pretty delicate rings of lace. A brownish copper / amber with little white sediment floating in it. It actually creates a nice atmosphere.

S - Dates and alcohol, slight vanilla.

T - Alcohol is evident, can't be too upset at that with the 12 abv. Really sweet figs and dates. The taste is enjoyable, but not much depth there.

M - Thick, smooth and a bit cloying, not that bad though. The sediment is actually kind of crispy. Strange.

D - Rather nice considering the sweetness and abv. I just kept wanting more and more of this. This is one of the few quads I have actually enjoyed.

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Photo of rrski198
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of OriolesFan1008
5/5  rDev +24.7%

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