Bush De Noël | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Bush De NoëlBush De Noël

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Andreji on 12-08-2001

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

Had this On tap @ kulminator

A- Copper colored with hinting orange hue. Thin white head, dispensing out to a thin line around the glass.

S- First thing I thought was pear. Also smells a bit like apple as well. A bit of spice, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

T- Malty sweetness and candied sugar, followed by fresh apple/pear lingering on the palate. As mentioned above, the flavor does a good job of masking the ABV of this brew.

M- Well carbonated; feels very light and refreshing.

D- One of these will set you up nice; very warming if the temperature gets low.

Nice brew .

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

Poured into a Chimay Tulip

A- Copper colored with hinting orange hue. Thin white head, dispensing out to a thin line around the glass.

S- First thing I thought was pear. Also smells a bit like apple as well. A bit of spice, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

T- Malty sweetness and candied sugar, followed by fresh apple/pear lingering on the palate. As mentioned above, the flavor does a good job of masking the ABV of this brew.

M- Well carbonated; feels very light and refreshing.

D- One of these will set you up nice; very warming if the temperature gets low.

I really like this beer, saw it on the shelf at Central Market and thought it looked intriguing. Then when I picked it up and saw it was a Belgian Holiday Ale, I had to get it...Glad I did, it was excellent.

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Photo of kenzak
5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scaldis- Huge belgo yeast aromas, fruity, subtle spice, another favorite and possibly the winner of the night. more like a quad for style

We did a large christmas and winter beer tasting panel and this was one of the many that we tried. Most of the beers we tried we solid including this one that the panel liked.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of flannelman808
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

loooong overdue for this one... so I had it fresh.

2011 vintage (most recent)

A: Burnt copper orange rose with good clarity. A thin white foam rims around the glass. poor-ok retention and poor lacing.

S: A breath of burnt orange peel followed by a waft of Werther's Original in the best sort of way. Macintosh apple and butterscotch.

T: Sweet rock candy broken up with lots of carbonation slowly smoothing out and resolving with a medley of ripe fruit. Black Plum, Bosc pear, and orange zest come to mind albeit faintly. Warming alcohol brings a numbing sensation to the gums and helps to further balance the sweet aforementioned flavors also leaving a suggestion of eucalyptus.

M: Rich meets the divided sky

O: One of my favorite belgian holiday beers if not my top selection. Price has fluctuated a little bit recently which is of some concern, however, as I review this it's cheaper than it was last year. I've yet to try this aged sadly and feel it may develop into something quite different and perhaps even better. aging potential shot in the dark... 2 - 6 years.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Picked this up at my local Whole Foods for $4.99.

Pouring into the SF Beer Week 2011 tulip. It's a slightly hazy amber with a 1-2 finger off white head that fizzled down and didn't fully retain. Sticky legs cling the glass after a swirl.

Toasty, caramel malts reach for the nose first not to be outdone by a cinnamon raisiny fruitiness.

Upfront malty sweetness undersells the strength of this brew. Caramel, light chocolate and prunes. Brisk, dry finish leaves a scant malty sweet on the palette.

Medium-light bodied with a moderate-high level of carbonation. Warming sensation without even a subtle pass at hot or solvent alcohol.

Wow…for the impressive ABV on this beer it's exceptionally smooth and drinkable. Great example of the style.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BobZ
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml 8.5 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Small head maybe ¼” that quickly recedes to a cap. Deep reddish orange in color. Decent lacing.

Smell: Spicy alcohol with a bit of lightly toasted malt.

Taste: The spicy (maybe nutmeg) flavor is equally upfront with the alcohol. There is also an element of caramel from the malt. Not bad, as there is both depth and some complexity to these flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and the alcoholic warmth cleans the palate.

Overall: Looks like a barleywine but taste much better, as mentioned above this beer is defined by its spice (makes sense for a Christmas ale) and it’s alcohol flavors. As Christmas beer go, the St. Bernardus is far superior.

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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

Appearance is deep brown with a pancake head and some lacing.

Nose is Starburst candy, roasted malt, and almond.

Taste is very dyanamic and constantly changing on the tongue. Bready, sweet malt fades into bright Starburst candy. Finishes with vanilla and almond. Alcohol phenols and rye flavors sizzle throughout.

Mouthfeel is not especially smooth, but does have some creaminess. The strong alcohol is constant, and can be distracting from the flavor.

Overall, a dynamic Belgian that does not disappoint. But it is a big beer that, at times, becomes unbalanced.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Pours a dark amber red color with a very tiny white head that disappears quickly. Scent is intense with the dark fruits. Tons of plum and fig. Very nice malt profile...again, the dark fruit aroma is crazy with this beer. Taste is initially raisin with hints of plum and figs. Nice prunes as well. A bit of apple. Caramel malt and a bit of alcohol. Finishes with some green apple and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of alcohol burn. Drinkability is high, until the high ABV catches up to ya. Overall, this is a very tasty holiday beer that would be very enjoyable on a cold night next to the fire.

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Photo of dbaker61
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Enjoyed at The Bodega Brew Pub, La Crosse, WI on Aug. 10, 2010.

Appearance: Coppery color with a hint of red. Only half a finger or so of light tan foam, retention of just a minute or two, but left nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: A snoot-full of aromas! Spicy, yeasty and alcoholic, there were dried fruit notes, along with caramel and banana. Almost enjoyed the smell more than the taste (almost!).

Taste: Quite sweet with caramelized sugars and nutmeg. Definitely Christmassy, even though this bottle was enjoyed in the sticky summer. Lots of fruit flavors, among them banana, cherry and dried fruits like raisins and figs. The alcohol seems well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Great finish, with a lingering sweetness, and dryness from the formidable alcohol level. Plenty of carbonation in this beer.

Overall: Always a favorite, it had to be one of my requests at the Bodega after a year in China. I never want more than one, but I often want one.

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Photo of cnally
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ho ho ho, or something like that. Noel always makes me think of Christmas. Right now all I am thinking about is the impending doom of cold weather and snow. Damnit.

The beers pours with nary a head, flat and wine-like as possible. Yeast particles abound and find a difficult time getting to the bottom of the glass. Slightly translucent reddish brown body.

The aroma is a very brandy-like one, sweet and cloyingly so. Major caramel aroma, some fruity esters--grapey--raisins more so.

The flavor is not quite as boozy or sweet as I would have expected. Even keeled sweetness mixed with a good dose of back-handed peppery bitterness, and while the booze flavor is lower for a 12%, it is one of the dominant flavors. Lack of depth from this style, in my opinion, with mild if barely noticable aspects of caramel, fig, and very slightly nutty. Relies big time on the bitterness and booze. A little different for this style.

The mouthfeel is a little watery but has the fizz and punch I love in a good Belgian.

Personally, I'm a little disappointed. I feel the beer doesn't take you on a journey as so many of its bretheren. Very two-note in the flavor, with little else to offer in its other aspects. I'll stick to any other Belgian Dark.

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

Look: the beer pours a light amber-orange color, with a nice fluffy light brown head.
Smell: Sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits and spciy hops
Taste: Sweet malts, fruits, nuts, caramel and peppery hops. Perfectly balanced.
Mouthfeel: High-carbonation, creamy silk mouthfeel.
Overall: Very nice xman brew.

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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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