Bush De Noël | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

Bush De NoëlBush De Noël
BA SCORE
81.2%
Liked This Beer
4.04 w/ 881 ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,976
Reviews:
466
Ratings:
881
Liked:
715
Avg:
4.04/5
pDev:
12.13%
Alströms:
4.4
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
100
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 881 |  Reviews: 466
Photo of teromous
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label has "12/08/2017" printed on it which I can only guess is the best-before date.

Appearance: Not much of a head ever forms on this beer. At 12% ABV it does not come as a shock. The body is a dark ruby red with hints of dark brown. Shadows are passable through the glass as its opalescence occludes much of what would normally be viewed. There is no head but a thin white ring forms around the glass.

Aroma: It has a light banana chip scent. Alcohol makes it through as well. Again for a 12% ABV beer it would be expected to smell some of the alcohol. There is just a bit of raisin but mostly this smells of dehydrated banana chips.

Taste: My first thought when drinking this beer is how much of a nice caramel flavor it has. It is a bit sweet but it has a bit of that burnt caramel flavor. Then there is this banana aftertaste. The whole thing reminds me of eating home-made banana nut bread. I can kind-of pick up the alcohol but it isn't strong.

Mouthfeel: The body is much lighter than I find normal Belgian Strong Dark Ales. It does have this slight effervescent kick on the palate which is nice and the nice coating quality is made apparent in the texture of the aftertaste.

Overall: I wouldn't really say this is an outstanding Belgian Strong Dark Ale but at the same time I feel it is higher than average given the limited but nice flavors and how well this beer hides the alcohol content while tasting it. Granted this beer is designed to be a winter warmer and I am drinking it in May. I would certainly buy it again and try it fresh for a re-review but under the current circumstances I would much rather pick something else up. It's not really a beer I would recommend unless you really love BSDA's and want to try something new. If that is the case you won't find anything new but it is an enjoyable enough beer.

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Photo of PMarcy78
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkhara12
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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 connecticutpoet
3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Antyk
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Svingjo
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a slightly orange tinge and a finger thick tan head. The nose leads with a sweet malt, dark fruits, cotton candy, seasonal spices and toffee. The taste starts with dark sugary malt, dates, prunes and finishes with a earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I expected with a silky creaminess and mild carbonation. For such a high ABV it doesn't have the alcohol burn one would expect.

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Photo of windowside
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of good descriptions here so I won't go into that. I just wanted to mention that this was an extremely enjoyable ale for about 5 or 6 oz... after that I was working to finish it. I don't think that tales away from the product, but its definitely not quaffable!

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Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlsBeer
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of archero
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of janubio
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Red brown colour, with small head that fades soon, good lace. Smell of pepper, cloves, cinnamon, aniseed, dark fruits. Medium to full body, with a rich, creamy and thick body. Taste is similar to the smell, chocolate, dark fruits, cinnamon, cloves, aniseed. Simply great.

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Photo of Userme59
1.85/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of mkh895
4.64/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tomb_ride
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of LennyOvies
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L- Vivid dark amber, slightly hazy and fully carbonated. Frothy tan head with low retention. No head left after a few seconds.
S- Belgian yeast, caramel, malts and spices.
T- Spices, sugar, dried dark fruits, dates, cinnamon and booze.
F- Warm, full.
O- Fairly good, interesting. But too sugary and boozy, overwhelms everything else.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of poskok
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of AdamSteve
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of khmel
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a beauty. Pour a mostly opaque copper-brown. Fine carbonation trails and a dense one-finger light beige head that dissipates to a thin ring, but that ring has crazy long retention. The nose is mild but enjoyable: malt, peppercorn, baking spices. The flavor is excellent. It is a wonderful balance of sweet-but-not-too-sweet maltiness with a hearty mix of Christmas spices that hits you in the middle and end. I'd say cloves and cinnamon are notable along with those mentioned in the nose. The finish also has a slight bit of hop bitterness that is just right. The mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied with a dry-ish finish. All around an excellent Christmas brew!

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Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Beer rating: 81.2% out of 100 with 881 ratings
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