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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Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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 gford217
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Brick Store in Decatur, poured into a goblet.

Pours hazy amber with a bubbly off-white head that lingers for a while and leaves some solid lacing.

The aroma is very sweet with tons of caramel malts and candi sugar with a healthy Belgian yeast smell as well. There are hints of dark fruit along with a little bit of alcohol burn.

The taste follows the aroma and is on the sweeter side of things, mainly candi sugar and dark fruits. The caramel malts are present as well as a big alcohol burn in the finish.

The mouthfeel is moderate to heavy and very sticky with the massive sweetness. Carbonation was pretty muted.

This is a decent beer but nothing that really stood out for me. There were no spices that I could identify in this Christmas brew.

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Photo of marcpal
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8.5oz little nib bottle poured energetically into a Dogfish snifter.

A: Mountainous head on top of a hazy dark yellow body, like a rusted fender. The lacing and head were not long for existence.
Bottle Graphics: 2/10. Too much sparkling like one of those Chinese video games that gives seizures.

S: Nose of dark fruit, tons of it. All kinds of sweet hard liquor infused dried ginger, dates, figs and all else that goes into a brick of a fruitcake. The alcohol is present, a BSDA? The strong part of it is represented.

T: Liquid fruitcake bathed in rum. It tasted true to a dense fruitcake that is covered in rum and put in the toaster for about 3 minutes. As this warms, it is truly a sensory beauty.
As you sit back and sip, the sweetness is palatable and somehow amplified by the spiciness that is present.

The one fruit, like a Mad Elf, that comes through the most in the taste (not the aroma) is cherry. Unadulterated cherry, coming back to the dried cherries coming out of the proverbial fruitcake.

M: I'm not sure what category this fits into and hate getting stuck on caring but strictly using the adjectives it warms me in the winter. That small bottle is a great sipper on a below wind chill day, warms the chest.

D: Small bottle is a good thing- more big beers like this should do that, I could not imagine trying to work through 750ml of this. Even in the small bottle, an adventure of flavors to sip through.

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rubied orange with amber golden highlights. An offwhite / tan head bellows up and quickly falls to a film of tightly grouped bubbles floating above the beer. Big nose, cherry, maple syrup... actually, this reminds me of pancakes with syrup and berries quite a bit... Alcohol is certainly detectable on the nose, but wonderful fruit characteristics and a sweet malt dominate. Taste is not quite as dynamic as the nose but very full. A sweet malt with maple, breakfast cake, and brown sugar characteristics start things out. A nice transition into a berry sweetness adds complexity. A nice floral finish with a solid alcohol sting in the back that reminds you that this beer packs a punch. Awfully drinkable despite the alcohol and chewy full mouthfeel. Still, I can't see myself sitting down and having more than one. I could see this one getting better with age but with the maltiness providing so many wonderful and complex flavors I don't know if I could wait. Absolutly what I would envision if asked to create a belgian inspired barleywine.

Thanks for the recommendation OnSlow (Grahm @ Specs Bay Area).

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Photo of brdc
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle, poured into a goblet. Found a little dusty in a usually good store, but unsure about length of storage.

Nice hazy orange in color, reddish highlights, a thin foamy light tan head that did not hold particularly well, and lacing was limited.
Nice aroma, but not as strong as I expected, dark fruits, sweetish malts and candy, opening way to a medium to full bodied brew that is predominantly malty sweet and fruity, but has a bitter bite coming and going to provide some balance.
This was a very good brew, but surprisingly inferior to their premium version. I would like to get a fresh bottle to be absolutely sure, but otherwise I will stick to the premium version.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a Chimay chalice. Pours a murky, reddish amber with a thin white head.

S - The odor is sweet, smells of malty goodness, toffee, dark fruit, alcohol.

T - Very strong alcohol taste at the start, but finishes smooth, a little dry. There are some sweet fruits in there, a spicy bite at the end, almost peppery.

M - Thin bodied, a little oily.

D - This beer is exceptionally strong. Whether that impacts your drinkability is ip to you, but I enjoy it.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not much head, but a nice apple cider look, hazy and nice chestnut brown.

Nose of alcohol and fruits, deep dark fruits like plums, malty, some Belgian yeast.

Stong up front taste of over-ripe apples, plums, abv is pretty well hidden, deep malt with not a sign of hops, but a bit sweet at the end. Very nice.

More fizzy than I thought it would be, good carbonation keeps the nice flavors alive.

Great after dinner drink, keep it for special occasions. Nice little 25cl bottle is all you need.

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

This was a 10oz tap-pour from Binny's in Chicago's south loop. It was poured into a chalice glass, nearly to the rim, with no head. Hmm.

The color was a beautiful sandy auburn and hazed - not chill haze real haze.

The smell is sweet ripe fruits, little citrius, yeast and alcohol. Complex big nose.

Taste is more ripe sweet fruits (pineapple!?) tangerine then carmely malt in the middle and a white pepper alcohol burn on the end.

Mouthfeel is almost effervescent with the high carbonation and high alcohol, maybe some lactic bite, pleasant sweet aftertaste.

Very good - but not great. There's TONS going on with this beer but all seems very confusing/busy.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft into a chalice, I sat with this one for a pretty good clip o' time. The pour produced a pinky of creamy head that displayed nice lacing and left behind a pretty thick film on top of the amber brown, red concoction.

Sharp, spicy caramel to the nose. Astringent alcohol clears the sinuses. Dark fruit - figs.

A sip reveals some alcohol warming, of course, and quite a bit of it. A lighter taste than I expected. Candied dark fruits, but also some banana. Spice leads into alcohol. Finishes a bit dry.

Creamy feel with a medium-heavy body, this is a pretty good sipper. The ABV is too high to have more than one, or to drink it too fast.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a clear and solid amber ale, quite bubbly beneath the frothy, oily off-white head. The aroma is of spicy piny hops, perhaps juniper, and something slightly bready. It is thick and oily on the tongue. It leaves with a chalky afterfeel and a warm alcoholic glow. The flavor is of... hops! It is potent and bitter; intense and fruity; sweet and sour and... very bitter! I detect allspice, nutmeg and black pepper. Despite its tiny bottle, it's huge.
(rated Apr 26, 2007)

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Photo of gregmurer
3.22/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

i'm pretty hard about drinkability and smell... two different reasons, first, the smell, nothing special.. it taste nothing... And drinkability... hmmm the mouthfeel is really good, the alcool is reaaally strong... but... it's too much present on the mouth... so... about that... 25cc are too much... that beer is too strong...
But, even if it's too strong... wow, it's incredibly great as a beer... it taste fully and incredible...

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

Pours murkys red-brown with a solid tan head. Cherries, plums, molasses, caramel, malt, and lots of spice in the nose. Mroe fruit and yeast in the taste, but with a spicy cracked pepper and a blend of nutmeg-cinnamon-clove potpouri. Sweeter and heavier, a true BSA.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter/tulip at HorseBrass in Portland. This is one high-alcohol bomb.

Little to no head/lacing.

Sweetness and some spice, sugary molassas and brandy. overripe dark fruit (figs, dates) and a slight alcohol burn.

Super smooth nitro feeling with some hot alcohol, especially on the exhale. It's got good depth, but not as much as I would have liked or expected. I've had a number of strong darks that offer complexity from the aroma to the aftertaste. this onbe is pretty slow and steady all the way through with nothing interesting coming out.

I did rather get tired of it halfway through and kinda wished I could have reserved my sobriety for a couple pints of less potent potable.

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

A- poured into a snifter, full bodied, one fingered frothy head. Cloudy-copper/amber
S- Caramel and toffee mix
T- Slight butterscotch taste, tastes like you smell it, after taste of warm cherries, nice
M- Good mouthfeel, medium carbonation.
D- Easily drank and enjoyed, Nice beer to enjoy on a winter day!

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Photo of chainsawhutch
2.95/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

I just had Delirium Noel from the tap. It tasted identical. Sorry, I'm more partial to Delirium Noel. ; Copy-cat; Copy-cat; Copy-cat;Copy-cat;Copy-cat; Copy-cat; Copy-cat.

Sorry for the repetitiveness, but BA requires a certain amount of words. Just like the English teacher you hated in college.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Huge frothy head that climbs up the glass, and settles to a finger nail of foam, with patches of white lacing upon the sides of the glass. Nothing very out of the ordinary given the nature of this particular style.

S-Liquor cherry, scotch caramel, and toffee everywhere. pretty good, but again, just another NOEL

T- Spice, heat, frothy, yet smooth effervescence.

M- Medium bodied with a lot of sticky cloying layers.

D- Very good winter warmer, but i was expecting more.

I have nothing against this beer, but it was over hyped and lacked in originality overall.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a color somewhere between red and brown, I would actually call it a nice orange color. Head is one-finger of white foam that dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells of butterscotch and spices with a malt backbone. As it warms the alcohol becomes more noticeable.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Butterscotch with light spices up front, with a hint of dark fruit flavors that linger through the aftertaste. Not much evidence of the alcohol except for the warming sensation.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with good carbonation, but nothing overly exciting.

Drinkability is good. It's not the most flavorful beer, but it's solid and I'm impressed that the alcohol is so well hidden in the taste.

Overall this is a good beer on a cold night, mostly because of the high ABV and warming properties. If it's flavor you're interested in there are better beers out there, but this one is still worth a shot.

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

Pours a light honey brown. No real head, just a thin tan crust.

Smells is ... brandied/boozied dark fruits and brown sugar. Taste is overwhelmingly dark fruits and ... an insanely hot booze taste. Every beer I've had from Scaldis has been real boozy, and this is no exception. There's a faint breadiness to it.

Pleasant, would definitely keep me warm at night. Mouthfeel is thin but seems appropriate to the beer.

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

Small 250ml bottle, pours a reddish-brown with off-white one finger bubbled head, effervescence, there are lots of small floaties in this brew.

Aroma of yeast, brown sugar sweetness, dark fruit, some dark bread and cake mix sweetness.

Flavor of dark fruit and bread, a touch of dark candy and/or brown sugar sweetness in the background, there is pepper at the finish, faint spices that are tasted one of them is cinnamon, faint taste of alcohol but this did not take away from my enjoyment of this brew.

Mouth feel is a little more then medium, has some creaminess on the palate,

A nice Winter Warmer drink.

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Photo of champ103
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a ruby red color. A large beige head forms with light lace.
S: Some toasted caramel malt. Lots of sweet candy aroma. Cherries, pears, apples. A complex aroma.
T: A sweet caramel malt and candy flavors. As it warms up, the beer becomes even more sweet. Cloying is the word that comes to mind. Fruity flavors that follow the nose. Burnt wood as well.
M/D: A full body that is syrupy and chewy. This has a huge ABV that creates a nice warming felling, and is obviously a sipping beer. Though I am having problems sipping an 8.5 oz bottle.

An interesting beer, but just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of ATPete
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

8oz bottle

A- Murky brown in color, small slightly sticky tan head

S- Toffee, tons of classic Belgian candi sugar, some alcohol boozy-ness and whiff of port wine.

T/M- Creamy in initial body becoming more and more viscous as the glass lessened. Some alcohol heat upfront as well atop very sweet malt, whiskey mash notes, some nutty flavors as well. Caramel is huge in this one, and the spicing is moderate. This bottle is a scorcher, very hot with booze, maybe a few months will mellow the '08's out some. Long lingering aftertaste which is mostly pleasant. I just dont know how many of these i can drink...

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Photo of BWH3
2.92/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: From a 250mL bottle pours a translucent pale brown with reddish hues that is not quite copper. A fizzy off-white head bubbles up and then is gone before you can blink and all that remains is a pathetic thin rim of head.

S: The nose entices with sour dried cherries and sweet caramel.

T: Alcoholic heat and flavor greats the tongue. Some sweet cherry flavors combined with an earthy/musk like bitterness. Terminates the tasting with a lovely toasted flavor of the grist. Not too spicy or seasoned.

M: Really thin. The carbonation is gone very rapidly. Head retention is poor.

D: Maybe needs another year on the shelf. I thought for the price and quantity this one was simply not worth it.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/7/2008 (bottle):

Pours a very dark brownish-red color body, smallish whitish head, diminishing. Very strong alcoholy aroma, dark fruit. Some light fruit like pear. Flowery too. Fruity taste. A little hot, but hides it well. Soft mouthfeel. Better as lt warms up. Kinda tasty when it's not cold.

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Photo of stumac
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

we begin our journey with a murky rust colored brew with a decent off white colored head. we start to smell the notes of alcohol, malts, more alcohol, more malts, and yeast. as the brew enters our feeding holes, we taste sweet malts and crisp hops. We have discovered a pure Belgium Noel! realizing how full bodied it was with low smoothe carbo, we begin to relax as the 12% worth of alcohol starts hitting our bloodstream. Sleep...sleep...

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was one of the few beers I had on draft during my Belgium visit. I had it at Kulminator in Antwerp, and thought it exceptional. Maybe it was the power of suggestion, but this beer seemed to me to be a bit on the Christmas-y side. It had a thick mouthfeel, like a red wine and spice (prompting comparisons in my mind to mulled wine) and lots of malt character that to me seemed like a winter warmer or an American Christmas beer. Flavor was malty and fruity with plenty of alcohol burn which also came through in the mouthfeel. I had it in October, but it made me feel warm inside and reminded me of Christmas. I liked it.

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Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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