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
Gots:
101
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 879 |  Reviews: 466
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of rab53
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark ruby with some head that quickly dissipates and leaves some lacing on the way down. Nose is sweet and thick with malts. Flavor is a ride. Starts off with a smooth and slightly sweet taste that has a very minute tart kick in the back of the mouth. Slight caramel edge. Seems to be a bit of an oaky edge to it too. Alcohol is only slightly present...for being 12%. Feel is bubbly. Very drinkable. A good one to relax and sip the night away with.

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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 jwc215
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clouded rust-colored with a thin, creamy head that thins, but sticks around.

The smell is of fruit-bread, leafy hops and peppery alcohol.

The taste is of caramel-candy sweetness, bubblegum and fruitcake. A rum-like, peppery alchol is assertive, yet does not interfere in the complex flavors. Wintery spices and alcohol make this a delicious brew to have on a cold day. The body is full. A bit sharp. Spiciness sticks to the tongue.

A slow-sipper to be sure. It's a treasure. Alcohol is noticeable, so drink this one nice and slow - Very fitting for a cold, wintery day.

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

At $4.99 for a tidy 8.48 oz. bottle, this is the champ for the title of most expensive beer I've ever purchased. Was it worth it? It was worth the try, but I don't imagine breaking the bank to stock up on this tiny powerhouse.
Muddy, dark brown in color, creeping on violet, with small yeasty particles floating about, and a small, diminishing head. Aroma is heady and deep, dominated by fruit associations of the grape variety. Sweet, but not too hoppy. Malt is predominant to an incredible degree. Full and fierce on the tongue, with hops showing off to give a good charge upon the palate. And alcohol follows into the fray, and never lets go...
One sip in, and I'm feeling drunk already! Look at me, one leg in the air, arm wrapped around a lamppost, swinging to no discernable rhythm, finger crooked inside the handle of a little brown jug, marked XXX, singing, "How Dry I Am"...
Body is full, flavor is thick and fascinating, and boozy!, texture is marvelous, altogether, a formidable and unforgettable beer!
However, the large grape/wine flavor, and the 12% ABV make me wonder how a glass of 14% Shiraz doesn't smack me up like Scaldis does?

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Photo of BeerOps
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a dark, rich, ruby-caramel coloring that is slightly murky, and starts with a frothy, bubbly, off-white head that quickly disappears. Slow trails of carbonation bubbles throughout the body of the beer. Aromas of grape, fig, raisin, and date on the forward bouquet, with earthy notes, cherry highlights, hints of booze, and a very subtle spice blend. Very rich and robust nose. Flavors are very rich and chewy forward, with lots of old world fruit and a heavy helping of warmth flourishing the taste buds. The rich and sweet notes blend terrifically, with heavy cherry and fig notes in the forefront. Very rich, robust, and heavy bodied beer, with a building warmth at the end of the palate. There is a sharpness that cuts through the end of the beer, likely a combination of the increased ABV and the carbonation. It truly helps to keep the drinkability up. Sweet candied notes in the aftertaste combine with the old world fruit characteristics, lightening them up a bit right before the slick, clean finish. It's really impressive how a beer this big clears the palate so quickly at the tail-end. Great beer!

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of spice, and yeast. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of spice, strong hop, and slight sweet malt. Overall, nicely dry spiced - good blend.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11/27/07- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no freshness information. Poured into my Delirium Tremens tulip.

Appearance- Dark brown ale type coloring in the pour. About a 3/4 inch foamy head with a slight rim remaining as the beer is consumed. Light traces of lace left behind.

Smell- Dark fruits including raisins and plums with a bit of holiday spice kick...maybe clove? Seems like a caramel malt scent as well. Plus the ever present alcohol.

Taste- First few sip contained a decent matallic flavor. Fortunately this went away after the first three sips or so. Malty for sure with a caramel backing, but the fruit flavors didn't come through quite as expected. Plums and dates mostly, but that's about it.

Mouthfeel- Over carbonated, not as smooth with a slight alcohol finish.

Drinkability- Was hoping for much more than this after trying their regualr flagship beer the other night. A bit disappointed, but still not a bad beer...just average. Have a couple more to consume over the next few years.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.45/5  rDev -14%
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 LiquidAmber
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy medium to dark coppery amber with a half finger fine ivory colored head with great retention and pillowy lacing. Rich aroma of caramel malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, Belgian yeast and spicing. Wow, flavor is sweet caramel malt, pear, light and dark stone fruit, sweet syrup, bready Belgian yeast, cinnamon and clove; both warming and a bit boozy, almost reminiscent of a fruit liqueur. Sharp bitter finish with residual sweetness. Medium, creamy body. A warming, sweet, intensely flavored dark strong ale with all the Belgian spicing and yeast elements expected. Perhaps a bit on the boozy side, but if approached as a strong, but tasty sipper, perfect for the holidays. Definitely a candidate for aging to mellow out the alcohol.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to slcbrewer for this one.

Poured into a chalice a cloudy dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, some nice islands and sticky lacing throughtout the drink. The nose is malty, prunes, figs, raisins, tangy/sweet, and some caramel. The taste is sweet/tangy, malty, slightly yeasty, nice touch of caramel. There is a slight chewy thing going on and the alcohol is hidden very well, nice warm feeling in the throat. A slightly dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, I liked the version of a BSDA, highly recommended.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of stevoj
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This would be a nice beer but for the alcohol burn which is ever present throughout the smell, taste and palate. Mind you, as a winter beer, the warming is nice, but due to the alcohol it is a sipper at best.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a caramel brown with brown highlights and sediment floating around but had no head or lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I got lots of belgian yeast and booze upfront on the nose with slight pear, brown sugar, and licorice notes.

T: the belgian yeast and brown sugar are dominate on the palate but the booze, pear, and maple syrup add accents.

M: the brew was medium body with almost no carbonation that had a sweet boozy finish.

D: it drank pretty good considering the booziness but was not feeling to good about the ton of sediment floating in the beer. Its just not visualing appealing to me what so ever.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage

This is a boozy beer. Should've known coming from "Scaldis".

Pours a shiny brown, cola, ruby color. Little white head, settled to a thin collar and film

Aroma is just sweet. Sweet apples, caramel and booze. And this thing is a year old.

A touch more flavor than hinted in the nose. Caramel and sweet bread. Some fig and spices. Mostly though it's booze. Glad this was a small bottle. Good gravy! Perhaps a nice after dinner beer, or sitting on the porch in a snowstorm.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Town Hall Brewery as a guest beer. This beer immediately reminds of St. Bernardus Abt 12 and their Christmas edition. It smels of cherry brandy with a hint of vanilla and caramel. These same notes carry over into the flavors with a strong, but smooth, caramel and toffee malt backbone. Very delicious and very drinkable. It just lacks a deeper complexity that separates the very good from the great.

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Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear orange with a small white head. The aroma is caramel malt and dark fruit. Possibly a little bit of rum. The flavor is tons of caramel, dark fruit (cherries) with a lot of alcohol at the end. Relatively sweet beer. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. The alcohol is present making it a sipper, but it is still relatively easy to drink.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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

Scaldis Noel.

Appearance: Poured on-tap into a Scaldis chalice. Sizable head on a mahagony/brownish body exhibiting fine clarity.

Smell: Creamy malt, Belgian ale yeast. Theres an overall pleasantness to the nose. After some time, there is a hint of ethanol, but not strongly.

Taste: Fairly standard belgian ale here. Malty, creamy, with just a hint of hops on the back end. The malts are mild and have a sugary flavor, paired with a mild roasted edge. Just the faintest hint of spice, which was nice.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium to full bodied. Warming in the winter months. Although this is a fine beer, this year's vintage lacked character that makes a truly great Christmas beer. And perhaps it was too young when I had it.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark golden with a nice head. Smells sweet, spicy, and bready. Heady aromas. The taste has a lot going on. This is a big beer and the flavors change somewhat as it warms. Bready and spicecake flavors foremost, with cinnamon, black pepper, and mace. There are also developing apricot, almond, and further spicecake flavors as it warms. The mouthfeel is spicy, big, and smooth. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. Delicious sipper.

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Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
4.01 out of 5 based on 879 ratings.
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