Bush De Noël | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Belgium | website

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
Reviews:
458
Ratings:
851
Avg:
4
pDev:
16.75%
 
 
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Victoire in Rochester, NY.

This one wasn't all that interesting, some dark fruits and booze, a bit of Christmas-like spices. It was too sweet, and the booze was there a bit too much. Wouldn't really want to get this one again.

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Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a transparent dark copper toned amber. The clumpy, tan head slowly fades into a mild cap. Mild bits of lacing are scattered around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, strong fruit fusels, caramel, and spicy notes of herbs & spices.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with caramel, and raisins coming through with notes of cinnamon, and citrus coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, boozy, and full of syrupy fruit.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the foil-wrapped 250 ml. bottle. Sampled on January 21, 2013.

It is a nice looking beer that pours medium amber with a kind if reddish note and a small head that settles to a ring.

The aroma is of caramel, dark malts, toffee, Belgian sugar and everything I would expect from a Belgian Strong Ale.

The body is full and smooth.

The flavor has a lot of upfront sweetness due to the caramel malts but there is a significant bitterness taking up the rear to end it. It really is no different than what I would expect from a Belgian Strong Ale but I was hoping for something a little more unique.

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Photo of Derek
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great brew for Christmas Day! This one's 12.5% ABV.

A: Copper-bronze, quite clear. Fluffy white head, decent retention, wonderful lace.

S: Sweet caramel, with some alcohol in the nose.

T: Sweet caramel, fruit-bread, with a little sherry. Alcohol is warming, but not overwhelming.

M: Moderate to full body is a little creamy, carbonation is moderately high.

D: Quite drinkable. Considering the strength, it could be trouble.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.82/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cork bounced off ceiling but pours a slight white head that fades quickly, leaving no lace. Almost clear amber color, with some floaties. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit and alcohol nose. Flavor is sweet, dark fruit and hints of the very high ABV which label puts at 13%. Warming, nice strong ale. Worth trying at $18.95 for a caged and corked 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of wl0307
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is named Scaldis Noël; bottled on 06/08/2009, served lightly-chilled in Kasteel's long-stemmed, broad-rimmed chalice.

A: a dark reddish amber hue comes with semi-lively streams of fine fizz, good clarity (filtered?), and fast-retreating beige foam.
S: the nose is rather mild and settled, giving only faint hints of ripe cherry-ish fruitiness and some spicy notes. A swirl gives rise to aromatic amber malts, faint but pleasant flower estery aroma, and more pronounced alc. Overall it's pretty mild in comparison with many other robust Belgian strong ales, which I suppose is attributed to the lack of yeast sediments in the bottle...?
T: the foretaste is alcoholically warming at first, followed by apple-ly and dried stone-fruits like fruitiness, sour-sweet amber malts, then gradually turning lightly spicy-bitter with some warming alc. in the aftertaste, where residual sourness of ripe prune-ish fruits lingers. Thanks to the light bitterness in the end, the flavour does not end up too sweet or dull.
M&D: the carbonation remains light and refreshing, the body is medium-full throughout the drink, while the flavour profile is somewhat neutralised by the absence of yeasty complexity. The belated hop bitterness is certainly a plus to the overall performance, but my taste buds tell me that this ale is slightly too "clean" and light for this beer style - in particular for the X'mas festive season...!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark copper color with lots of floaties and a creamy tan head.

S: There is a big xmas spicing of nutmeg, and cinnamon on nose along with some apple cider alcohol.

T: Warm cola notes, hazelnut, and some warm apple cider notes are detected against a dark caramelized backbone. There are some dried cherries, plums as well along with a very earthy hopping with some dark sweet caramel lacing on the tongue. A very spicy tang on the finish from the xmas spicing with some nutmeg, and big breadiness coming through along with some peppery notes, and plums. A very big and warming beer with some lingering apple cider alcohol notes on the finish.

M: very big, creamy, and warming with the 12.5%abv definitely making a presence.

D: Drinks rather nicely for the 12.5%abv magnitude but drinkability is still limited to one and done.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)
The sticker on the bottle says 12.5% ABV
A- This beer has a hazy warm brown body with a thick creamy of off-white head.

S- The smell of soft sweet malt has a finish of faint bitter hops with a hint of alcohol.

T-The taste of sweet malt with notes of caramel and notes of light brown sugar hang on the taste buds. The finish has a nice soft hops bitterness that combined with the alcohol gives a good finish to the sweetness.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel and the fizz in the texture really gives it a foamy feeling in the mouth. A soft alcohol warmth enhances the flavor but enhances the foamy texture aswell.

D- It is a smooth mellow quad that doesn't have great character but it does have the sense that there is some spice hints that give it more depth. I can't detect the spices because they are to faint but they offer just enough flavor to compliment the malt.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish body with offwhit but big head that left a lace ring down the glass. A yeasty, nutty smell, citric orange, some floral hop bitterness and a touch of spice in the aroma. A sweet and bready/yeasty, even woody taste first hits my tongue along with minimal carbonation for a little sharpness that balances roasted and sweet malt tasts as well as a citrusy, orange, dark fruit flavor taste. The ABV is hidden well and this is an easy and very tasty beer to drink.

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Photo of akorsak
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I am drinking a 250 mL bottle poured into my small Ommegang goblet. The ale has warmed to room temperature.

Appearance: Dark coppery red, this ale pours with decent carbonation that leaves a good amount of lace around the goblet. The ale is clear, with no visible sediment.

Smell: The smell of cinnamon jumps out first. It gives way spices and a distinct smell of alcohol, the alcohol smells fairly muted though.

Taste: A very warming taste, the alcohol makes itself known in this ale. There are also a certain level of spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe even plums).

Mouthfeel: The spices interplay nicely and result in a good mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The ale is 12% for chrissakes, severely harming the drinkability. Despite that, this is a good ale for a cold wintery night.

On a final note, 34 minutes until Penn State whoops up on the 'Noles. Go PSU!

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Photo of cjgator3
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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 beertunes
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of Scaldis Noel. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a lovely mahogany, with a thin cap of light tan head that had good retention and lacing.

A solid malt aroma greets the nose, supported by spice and yeast scents. The flavor featured that well balanced blend of malts, spices and perhaps a even a touch of butter.

Body was full and well rounded. Drinkability was excellent, I would gladly have a couple of these while looking out the window, watching the weather.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Reddish brown color; lots of floating yeast that never settled out. Poured a 3 finger very large light tan head with fair retention. Lots of thick lacing.

S: Dark dark fruits, toasted malts. Lots of yeast notes and spice. Alcohol.

T: Big dark fruit and sweet caramel up front; figs, raisins, prunes. Hot alcohol comes in followed by a big malt breadiness. The hops presence is pretty mild coming in like white pepper in the finish along with a lingering sweetness.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Slightly sweet and sticky in the finish. Plenty of alcohol.

D: Flavorful and complex. Quite a kick too.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle from the Palm Desert CA Total Wine for $2

Appearance – Clear brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, caramel, booze, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, all spice. There is also some dark fruits, booze, and a red licorice type flavour.

Overall – A big boozy beer that is perfect for the holidays. One of the better xmas season brews that I have had. I'd have no issues drinking this any time of year.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours hazy tea color under a thin cream colored foam collar that produces gothic window lace. S: Fruit, prune, toffee, over ripe fruit. T: Attacks with malty fruit, dark dried fruit, anise, alcohol, a hint of sherry and some light pepper on the finish. Moderate bitter hop accent. F: Medium body, the carbonation is very soft and fine. Mild warming. O: I look for this every Christmas.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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 bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

250 ml bottle. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a cloudy amber/brown color with a half-inch off-white head. Head retention is low, lacing is good. It smells like dark fruit, bubblegum, yeast, candy sugar and spice. To me the beer tastes the same as the aroma, with the exception of some caramel and a little bit of alcohol noticable in the finish. There's also a pleasing light sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel/body is full, creamy and rich. After drinking it for a while, there's a noticable alcohol warming. Drinkability is good, it's a sipping beer but it's smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a good beer, I'd definitely drink this again.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Aged one year.

A- Pours a reddish light brown color with a 1/2 inch beige head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and light, spread-out surface foam. Average lacing.

S- Dark fruit, Belgian yeast, raisin and some sherry-like alcohol sweetness.

T- Smooth, raisiny flavor that's a bit toasty and sweet. Alcohol is extremely toned down compared to a fresh version I had a year ago. More sherry, dark fruit and a touch of oxidation.

M- A bit thin and is lacking liveliness due to the low carbonation.

O- Definitely better with a year on it, but still not stellar. I feel like, when it's young, it has good carbonation but is too hot. Yet, when it's been aged, it's balanced flavor-wise but becomes oxidated. Guess it's hard to pinpoint when this one peaks. Still, nice to sip on and acquire a buzz quickly.

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Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a brownish color and a thick, cloudy texture. There was a big. foamy, long-lasting head and some very good lacing.

S: A strong fruity smell in the aroma, along with malt.

T: The taste consisted of dark fruits, malt, yeast and caramel in the finish. The alcohol was a little too present for my taste.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: On the whole this is a well made, drinkable beer, though I don't know how many of them I'd drink in one session.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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 jzeilinger
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper orange color, small amount of foam on top that wraps around the edge of the glass. The head doesn't stick to the side of the glass and quickly runs down the side as I swirl the glass. Not what I expected judging by the smell and alcohol volume. I made the mistake of pouring the "floaties" in this, I'll know better next time. Smells of cloves, definitely raisins, fruit, spice, & malty brown candy sugar. If this is even detectable or possible, the beer smells complex. The taste...ahhh...the taste! All I can say is, "Wow", pretty amazing. Detecting prunes, raisins, faint vanilla, a slight touch of orange (very slight), brown sugar. Medium body, creamy smooth finish and a warming down the throat from the boozy character of this high octane seasonal. I really wrestled with aging this bottle for a year but couldn't wait, I love the Scaldis brews and didn't have the willpower for the aging process. This is very drinkable and on an empty stomach, it's pretty much kicking my butt. I couldn't imagine a bottle bigger than the tiny 8.5 oz'r it came in. Nicely done, I think this just became my favorite Christmas brew.

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is labeled as 12.5%, but I'm assuming its the same beer.

Pours a cloudy red/amber, medium off white head forms, settles to a ring pretty quick, some lace spots, lots of floaties. Smell is sweet, very rich, toffee and bread, molasses/brown sugar, fruits, sherry and alcohol, quite nice. Taste is sweet and malty, some toffee, citrus and fruit, yeasty bread, alcohol, very nice fruity finish, some spices as well, alcohol is pretty nicely hidden. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Pleasant warming as it makes its final journey, better than I expected.

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Photo of drpimento
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at a good temperature with a large, foamy, frothy, cream-colored head that settles slowly, and good lacing. Color is a clear medium honey amber. Aroma is malt, candy sugar, caramel, spice, yeast. Flavor's like nose, sweet, then bitter, followed distantly by tang mixed with the candy sugar, yeast, and suggestion of hop. Body is good but carbonation a little weak. Finish is like flavor, strength is there, good quaffing.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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 jmdrpi
2.72/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

little 25 cL bottle - no date

reddish copper, with tons of tiny bubbles that cling to sides and stream to the surface. but after a bit, the bubbles are gone and the beer is still.

boozy alcohol aroma, some phenols. not really appetizing. taste is caramel malt, with some peppery herbal flavors, warming finish. mouthfeel is fizzy at first, but then very low carbonation, almost flat. coats tongue.

Overall - disappointing, not sure why it's so expensive. I wouldn't buy again.

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