Bush De Noël | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Bush De NoëlBush De Noël

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Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Winter

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

Consumed 1/5
Poured in to my Brooklyn snifter

A: This beer pours a deep reddish/brown color with nice two finger of khaki/off-white head. Wispy lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is heavy on the malt and dark fruits with hints of spicing.

T: Taste is quite nice. I was expecting more spicing, but was surprised to find it wasn't. Candied molasses and caramel malt start this one off with dark fruit coming in - raisin, fig, and a bit of plum. Some spicing and minor yeast flavoring finish this out.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice somewhat creamy body to this.

D: Goes down easily, pretty tasty, not too filling, oddly well hidden kick, and decent representation of style.

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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 IIKaRuII
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber, with a very bubbly finger sized head. This beer is very carbonated and just has a very clear look. Smell has a lot going on with it. a lot of sweet malts. Very citrusy smell. almost acidic. very hoptastic finish. Taste is very good. Has a almost acidic taste. A pleasent blend of hops. it still hasnt stopped bubbling by the way... im getting a little bit of lemon with it. for a 12 % ABV this is pretty drinkable. drink one of these and you could have a slight buzz going. after finishing this had to pull the drinkablility down .5% because this has a really bitter finish. but really not bad

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

Pours murky cloudy reddish brown with limited foam. Smells sweet - belgian candied sugar. Taste is plum, raisin, very sweet, which evolves into a light tart finish. Warms. Alcohol noted on aftertaste/finish. Wintry spices. Feeling toasty. Very good sipper, but the booze hits hard. Happy holidays!

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Photo of boulderaz78
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to pack most of my Rochefort 10's to take home to Austin, TX since it's not sold there. I did share one Rochefort 10 with my wife, which set my palate into a tizzy, then followed it up with a Scaldis Noel which was an amazing way to wrap up our Christmas visit to Miami. The color is lighter and redder than the Rochefort, but the body is still rich and the taste is perfectly Xmas. Not as hearty as the Rochefort 10, but still has plenty of heft to it. Savor and enjoy!

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Photo of basica
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a translucent dark red color, reminiscent of red wine, with a thick, foamy tan head, medium retention, and some fizzling below (4.5)

S - Intense brown sugar sweetness and maltiness on the nose with loads of caramel and fruity suggestions of ripe berries. A light swirl releases substantial notes of alcohol onto the nose (4.5)

T - Syrupy brown sugar sweetness upfront with notes of caramel and molasses; fruity phenols with suggestions of dates, plums, berries and raisin amidst a rich malt background. Substantial alcholic notes show up in the middle, gradually fading off towards a sweet, fruity and phenolic finish (4.5)

M - Medium-bodied thickness at most; slightly thin for a high ABV beer like this; a tad syrupy-textured with a pleasant creamy smoothness and significant alcohol warming (4.5)

D - At 12% ABV and hardly hiding the alcohol, this beer feels fairly liquorish and it seems like it is an interesting cross between a Barley Wine and a Belgian Strong Dark ale. Nonetheless undeniably great nose, flavor and feel; probably not a session but definitely an experience (4)

Procured online from BelgianShop.com for the Christmas season and consumed on December 26, 2010.

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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 theboozecruise
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Original notes:

Beer #4 at a recent beer tasting, this one was preceded by the Dupont Avec Les Bon Voeux... and it's quite a change of pace.

Darker in color, brownish-red with a thick white head. The aroma is mixed between sweet smells and some fruit.. very nice.

You can feel the alcohol in this one... the strong 12% isn't masked all that much. That's not really a bad thing, just something of note that hits on the first sip. Once you get past that, a sweet maltiness takes over, delicious.

This is more of what I was expecting from a Winter Warmers tasting, bold, strong, and warms you up!


Trying this one again, this time a bottle from the above tasting has been aged for nearly two years. Since it's Christmas Eve, time to break it out!

I set it out for a bit to warm up to 50 degrees or so... then poured into a goblet. It's a deep red color, very bubbly, with a fizzy white head. Good retention.

I can pick up the alcohol on the nose, as well as raisins and malts. My notes on the taste above hold true... it might be more mellow with two years of age on it... either way it's a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The body is red at its heart, but the rest of the beer is a glowing orange color in . A thin line of tan head sticks around for a bit, but definitely doesn't leave any lacing.

The aroma has lots of cherry, some malt and a ton of booze.

Three flavors are equally powerful in this beer: malty toffee, candied sugar, and alcohol. Toffee comes first, and it is definitely my favorite part of the beer; it also saves this from being a cloying, alcoholic mess. The candied cherry is pretty powerful also, and it leads into a very strong, warming finish that includes the noticeable taste of alcohol. Simple and really boozy.

The body is rather thin for the high ABV, but the high carbonation makes the overall feel works pretty well.

Although lacking in complexity, this beer certainly does the trick of warming me up. With that said, it is pretty damn boozy and doesn't hide that fact very well.

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

25 cl bottle poured into an 8oz. Darkness tulip glass.

Appearance-Red amber in color, slight haze. Thin off-white head with low retention.

Aroma-Rich malt aroma-caramel, molasses, toffee, brown sugar. Very light dark fruit esters. No hop aroma. Slight whiff of alcohol.

Flavor-More rich malt here, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, dark candi sugar. Light dark fruit esters. Powerful drying alcohol in the finish. No hop flavor, low hop bitterness. Some alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel-Full body-almost chewy. Moderate to moderately low carbonation. Definite alcohol presence is quite warming, but not harsh or hot. Smooth.

This is not my favorite Belgian christmas ale (personally I prefer the St. Bernardus), but it is quite good. With such a high abv, low carbonation, and intense flavor, I think it's probably a good thing that this one comes in 8.5 oz. servings.

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

"Scaldis Noel" on the label. Was excited to try this beer because a nearby tavern had it on tap recently but I was unable to partake.
Very nice. Mildly sweet with a touch of hops. There are other flavors nicely blended ... like cinnamon and perhaps even pine needles! It's a delightful beer, but a little pricy at $4.99 for a 12oz bottle ... worth every penny though!

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

A - Deep orange color with a good sized, rocky, foamy, full, white head. Quite large and decent retention for the ABV. A little ring of lace.

S - Definitely has a boozy, fruity aroma. Cherries and some dark fruit present. Some sweet caramel and breadiness. Slightly brandy like. Slight spiced aroma. Overall boozy and sweet aroma.

T - Like the aroma, there is a lot of booziness with fruitiness. Cherry, some apple, raisin, and a little dark fruit. A little spiciness with cinnamon and other Christmasy spices. A bit of caramel and bready malt. Alcohol strong with fruitiness also strong.

M - Medium to full body with a good level of carbonation (especially for the style). Slightly sticky.

D - Alcohol is a little strong to be overly drinkable, but goes down pretty easy. I could drink a bottle, but that is about it.

Notes: A nice, boozy Christmas beer. Alcohol and fruitiness are dominant. I definitely enjoyed this as a sipping beer after supper. Some spices present, but wasn't overly Christmasy. I enjoyed it, and it is worth a try although it isn't amazing or a must have Christmas beer.

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Photo of Pencible
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear mahogany with fluffy tan head.
S: It smelled like rich dark fruits (prune, plumb, raisin) with wild yeast and brown sugar and candi sugar, and a bit of biscuit and esters.
T: It tasted like sweet caramel and brown sugar and raisin, fairly earthy and dry, with a little esters and wild yeast and alcohol. It had a sweet aftertaste with some alcohol heat.
M: It was oily with smooth natural carbonation. Nice of draft.
D: This was a fantastic dark Belgian ale with delicious scent and taste. Not super complex, but still very enjoyable. Alcohol was noticeable, so it was better to sip but not challenging to finish. Age would probably help improve and mellow this beer, but it's already excellent fresh.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 250 ml bottle into a small chalice. Pours a rather clear ruddy umber. Starts with a fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates to a mere ring around the inside of the glass.

Smells of grapes, currants, prunes, and other dark fruit. Also has a candied fruit smell, like a fruitcake, with a fair helping of malt and yeast. There's almost a buttery smell as well, mixing with brown sugar. Complex and sweet smelling, I'm curious as to how it will taste.

Boozy and buttery at the start; robust fruit, with peaches, grapes, figs, and dried candied fruit galore. This is appropriately a Christmas beer; just the taste makes me feel sitting round the fire singing a carol! This beer had a nutty and spicy side as well, with nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves tickling the palette. The more I sip, the more I seem to be able to pull out of this beer!

Mouthfeel is full, with a sweet alcohol tingle along the tongue.

Quite drinkable, and very sweet. Though it is a small bottle, I could see splitting this with someone next time, as it is an intense beer.

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

This brew poured a nice caramel like brown, and a lighter brown highlights. There was a bit of sediment floating in the glass. There was not head on this brew at all . As well as not lacing present during the drink.

There is a lot going on in the aroma of this brew. The first thing that hits you in the alcohol punch, but its followed up with some sweet flavor such as peaches, prunes, grapes and a nice malty hit.

The flavor on this brew is very good. As in the aroma, there is a bit of boozy hit from the start, but the combination of sweet flavors that follow, make this brew amazing. There is nice caramel flavor, then a hit of a nice floraly flavor as well, not quite hops, but stronger. Its all followed by a nice punch of medicinal like cherry flavor.

This is a mediuam to heavy bodied brew. Very thick, and super smooth. Not very much carbonation at all, but the flavors mix to give it a wonderful seasonal flavor.

This brew has a big ABV at 12%. it would be hard for an average beer drinker to drink more then one of these brews. Regardless, this was great brew for the cold day it was. This is an excellent brew, that is great for sipping on a winter night, that will keep you warm.

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

Some interesting fermentation flavors popping out - calling to mind Orval, with fruity, funky, candied-fruit notes. Brett? A little bandaid in there. If so, is it intentional? Regardless, the beer has a nicely funky character that is engaging. Wouldn't mind another sample to compare.

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

Holiday Ale Fest 2010 in Portland, OR

appearance - golden nectar, low head, low retention

smell - toffee and fruit

taste - various fruit, candy, toffee

mouthfeel - thick molasses type texture, oily, slick, full body, sticky

drinkability - amazing, tasty, complex, enjoyable, i'd even call it a session beer despite the 12% abv (for the winter maybe!)

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Photo of rarbring
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear brownish orange beer, an off-white, a bit uneven head, rather large, no lacing but curtains.

The smell is earthy, stable, but also some solvents, like turpentine.

The taste is sweet, fluffy candy and some Sauternes.

Small carbonation, soft and mild, a full body and slightly dry.

A good dessert beer, but a bit unbalanced.

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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 BlackHaddock
3.07/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown 25cl bottle with sparkling blue foil around the cap and neck. Best before 13 Nov 2010, poured and reviewed on 5 Dec 2010.

The bulbous tulip glass (Palm Special badged) into which it was delivered into didn't show it off too well: sediment left the bottle and I was faced by a murky, reddy brown liquid with large lumps of gunge flaoting around within it. No head appeared, just a thin off-white collar and a weak wisp covering a third of the top surface. The sediment did eventually settle, but the beer never cleared, staying a cloudy mess throughout the tasting.

A smell of sweetish malts came from the glass, toffee being the main flavour I could detect.

The sweet toffee, mentioned in the aromas also appear in the taste, however the alcohol content plays a huge part in the taste too.

It claims to be the strongest Belgian Christmas Beer, not too sure that's true, but it has more than enough alcohol for me to handle.

Just a little too much alcohol for my tastes, a pity because the texture and flavours were fine, it doesn't need to try and blow your head off with every sip.

Difficult to score, because I really enjoyed the beer, even though I know I'm going to wake up with a headache!

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

Recommended to me by several people including Phil at Vintage Estate. Small 8.48 bottle.

Nice brown apple color. The head is quick to dissipate, fragile bubbles, tiny lacing.

So far this is my favorite holiday ale yet. I am pairing this with razor-thin slivers of Loccatelli cheese. This is a holiday evening treat beyond compare. I wish we were further into the season so I could be relaxing with friends and Johnny Mathis' Christmas album instead of between work on a Thursday night - ah well. I'll just have to get some more.

Dark, fig and plum and spice and lots of alcohol. Hits nice like a blanket. Or a snuggy.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Somewhat enjoyable sipper, with prominent boozy profile and some rough edges.

Presentation: 25 cl brown capped bottle. Festive Christmas Scaldis label with the image of a town under falling snow printed wish shiny red, blues, and golden touches. Back label highlights succinctly the main intent and characteristics of the brew. Shows Alc. by Vol. (12%). Served in a snifter.

A - Medium to deep amber pour, frizzy 1/3" head with moderate retention, small surface memory and faint lacing.

S - Yeasty with some touches of dark fruit and a boozy dash. Not unpleasing, but rather subdued in any case.

T - Fruit and candy, prunes and booze, yeasty dash. Sweetness, over the fruity sense has a rough yeasty side to it. Booze with rough edges picks up the final caramel with a dash of spices.

M - Medium-body expanded by the booze with medium-light carbonation. In the finish there is a small astringency, and a sense of metallic harshness that I've also felt in other Scaldis, here it is actually almost well woven but one can clearly discern that it is part of the same family of brews.

D - Not too bad a slow sipper, although some harshness, both from the way that the alcohol operates but also from the flavor profile hinder its full enjoyment.

Notes: Maybe the best of the few Scaldis I´ve had. And while this might be the best, it still retains something characteristic of the brand that does not quite do it for me. I'll try to age the other one and see how it might change over time.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Brasserie Beck.

A: Reddish brown opaque body with a small white head and some lacing.

S: Lots of sugary dark fruit and cherry aromas come through with hints of spices as well. Buttery malts come through as well, very nice aroma.

T: Not as complex and delicate as the smell, lots of alcohol burn dominates here. Flavors of cherry, clove, dark fruit and malty yeasty flavors come through, though again lots of alcohol heat covers up a lot of the complexity.

M: Medium bodied with lots of burn to it. Nice winter warming qualities though.

D: Good, but just really hot.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean reddish to copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, spice, fruit, and small alcohol notes. In the taste, dry cinnamon spice, a small sweet roast, and a dry alcohol hint. A spice bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry alcohol and small spice in the aftertaste. Big spice and a nice sipper.

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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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