Bush De Noël | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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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

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465
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879
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
12.22%
 
 
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Photo of kenito799
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

25cl bottle labeled as "Scaldis Noel" with the same sparkly label as pictured on BA. Poured into wine glasses and shared.

Clear amber, little lacing or head.

Maltiness and alcohol in the nose. Fruity Belgian yeast aromas.

Flavor is mild and malty with balanced bitter finish. Alcohol is very apparent. Not bad, but there just isn't enough going on in the taste department to justify such a high alcohol content. Would be a decent dubbel at 7%. The alcohol limits its drinkability and I would rather save room for some more interesting stuff.

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Photo of Byeast
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06 Vintage in a Wrapped , corked, and caged 750ml- alcohol is listed at 13% this year.

Appearance: very deep and dark reddish amber color with a massive , offwhite and foamy head with good retention, that left lots of lace.

Smell: full maltiness , slight brandy , some fruity notes , bit of cherry , hint of nutmeg, some leafy hop, and some alcohol presence.

Taste: Super creamy and full bodied sweet maltiness blends with some fruity characters , slight fig and cherry , hint of pear, vanilla , slight cinnnamon, balancing hoppiness is restrained, definatly has some boozy / sipper quality with the alcohol but for it's strength it is incredibly masked.

Mouthfeel: slick and creamy.

Drinkability: Well im definatly not going to have a sixer of them , but i could! Very very drinkable , not just for its well masked abv , but the nice , complex balance of tasty winter warmer flavors. Exellent Xmas brewing!

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Photo of jettjon
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 25 cl holiday bottle, no freshness date. Poured into the cervoise, a medium amber color with a moderate amount of carbonation. Thick, creamy 2-finger head of brownish-tan foam that fades at a moderate pace leaving a thick cap and solid lacing to the bottom. A good looking beer. Nose cold evinces strong alcohol, dark fruit, and sweet malt; as it warms, the alcohol is well-masked. Tastes of sweet malt, an alcohol burn on the swallow, a touch of caramel malt and a mild finish. As it warms, more flavor complexity emerges and the alcohol is well-masked; this beer is best served cool rather than cold. Mouth is syrupy, smooth, with moderate carbonation on the tongue. Drinkability is good but it’s strong; enjoy in moderation. The 25 cl bottle (about 9 oz.) is about right.

Overall: A good, solid beer, but not exemplary of the style. A bit heavy on the alcohol bit unless served warmer.

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Photo of brentk56
2.88/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

8.48 fl oz

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear light amber with a very modest head and poor lacing; frankly, looks more like a soda than a beer

Smell: Unusual medicinal aroma that is sweet but predominately phenolic; just smells plastic to me

Taste: Starts with a herbal sweet flavor that builds nicely and reminds me of a Ricola herbal cough drop; after the swallow, a golden raisiny presence takes over along with a woody flavor; smoked aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery and relatively flat

Drinkability: Wow, what a disappointment to start my Christmas beer selection; perhaps I wound up with a poor bottle but this just isn't doing anything for me; guess I'll have to take another look at this one some other time based on the other reviews around here which are much more favorable than mine

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

P: One of my all time favorite bottles, festive, colorful, reflective snow, puts you in the mood of the season. 8.5oz

A: Reddish-orange, nice dense head, not too thick

S: Nice, candied fruit, apricot and pear, yeast

T: Sweet up front, the candied fruit comes through again, big alcohol aftertaste, not much hop to speak of.

M: Good, not great. Maybe a touch on the light side.

D: Again, good, not great. Probably a good thing given the high alcohol.

Notes: A really nice but not over the top/great beer. I will say that I try to get at least one or two bottles every Christmas for the bottle alone, it just makes it feel like Christmas.

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

Poured from an 8.48oz bottle into a DT tulip. My bottle was labeled Scaldis Noel and has a small gold sticker at the bottom "point" of the neck foil that says "12.5% alc/vol"

A: Poured a hazy orange-brown color. One inch off-white head. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Huge smells of ripe dark fruit, sweet green raisins, cinnamon, brown sugar, alcohol, and malt. Very complex.

T: Same as above with the addition of vanilla, caramel, black cherries, and a very unique bready quality. By that, I mean a flavor like pizza crusts. Not just any pizza crust either. I'm talking about Chicago pan pizza. Not "Chicago Style" pizza but the real thing. I'm talking about Due's, Uno's (not the chain, the original at Ohio and Wabash), and Burt's Place in Morton Grove. A couple of sips into this and the flavor recognition slapped me right across the face!

M: Thick and oily.

D: For 12.5% abv this is damn drinkable. So many complex smells and flavors going on here. Keeps it interesting. Alcohol is well hidden although you'll notice your face feeling warm by the end of this one.

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

Poured from bottle into my Unibroue tulip.
Pours a "dirty" looking brown color with over an inch of head. This beer has a color to it that I've not had before in a beer. Has good carbonation, plenty of tiny bubbles racing to top of glass.
Smell is strong yeast with some fruits and alcohol notes coming through.
Has a very nice malty taste. Very thick with what tastes like some rum soaked cherries. Mouthfeel is very creamy and very pleasant. This is a very good belgian. To be honest though, I was expecting a little more spice or other tones to be in this beer. It is a Christmas offering after all. It's still a very solid beer.

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Photo of Budlum
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pouring this beer produces three fingers of foamy, off-white head. Head retention and lacing are quite good. The body is a light mahogany and red with some carbonation present and excellent clarity.

Rich, malty aromas with a brown sugar and raisin backing give this beer a very rich profile. Alcohol content is relatively pronounced tingling the nostrils before a cinnamon and nutmeg spice. Overall, the smells are relatively subdued.

A quick burst of brown sugar and cinnamon sweetness precede a dense blanket of alcohol. The alcohol flavors drop off quickly and settle in to a prune and ginger taste. The finish is quite warm and pleasing carrying the flavors long after each sip. A very nice beer in terms of complexity and balance.

The mouthfeel is a little thin but the mouth is thoroughly coated after each sip. Carbonation is negligible throughout.

Drinkability is good overall. The strong alcohol takes it's toll and deadens the palate. Conversely, this holiday ale packs enough flavor to counter. The bottle is quite cool as well.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The tiny 250 ml bottle was adorned with shiny Christmas regalia. When poured into a tulip glass, this looked clear, and pale, with a wee little head, or not at all like a Quadrupel. The smell was sweet and potent like a Sherry more so than a beer. Figs, cherries, and vanilla were present in the nose, but the overall smell was too mild in my opinion. The wine like qualities of the beer were in the forefront in the taste as well, with raisins, white grapes, mixed dry fruits being the primary tastes. It was a little nutty mid palettes, and exhibited spicy aftertaste. Warming and uplifting, this was a great beer concentrate to sip on this late hour.

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Photo of nkurz129
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tiny bottle, 8 fl oz, and called Scaldis Noel, a Belgian Special Ale. I picked it up because I wanted something wintery to go with a hearty soup and it's glitzy label caught my eye on the shelf. Upon pouring, there is really no head and you can see the thickness as the beer leaves the bottle and clings to the glass. Perfectly transparent with a great mahogany hue, although not nearly as dark as, say St Bernardus or other quadruppels. The smell is very powerful, with almost wine-like overtones, defininitely some raisin notes. That is where I ceased to be very impressed. Certainly nothing wrong with this beer, but the taste is simple, molasses-like because of the 12% alcohol and very similar to the smell. It is not overwhelmingly thick like many beers of its high content and sweetness, but certainly a heavy beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled as "Scaldis Noel" in a small 8.48 fl. oz. bottle. Pours a murky dark brown color with a creamy white head. The nose is made up of caramel, sweet malt, dark cherries, ripe dark fruits and brandy. Mouthfeel is delightfully smooth and creamy. The taste is a bit boozy from the high ABV but it is surprisingly drinkable despite the 12%. It is a little sweet and toasty with some caramel and alcohol soaked cherries. Overall, this is a pretty solid holiday brew that is recommended to anyone on a cold night.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rapidly falling swish cheese like head, raw oatmeal colored. Head is leaving debris like soap suds. Body is extremely cloudy, brown sugar simpy syrup color. I can almost guarantee I'll like a beer that looks like this. Something about the color...

S: Lot of alcohol here in the high notes. Toffee, plums, raisins, butterscotch and vanilla pudding. .

T: Immediate two level taste; Top is fruity cherries, raspberries, blueberry and blackberry. Bottom level is toffee and maple syrup. Yes, this beer is only going to get better as it warms. The alcohol does a poor job of hiding itself....or should it be.... I don't mind there being some alcohol prevalent in a winter warmer. Its supposed to warm you on a cold day. Loads of dark fruits add a substantial backbone which wavers between sweet and malty. Finishes extremely alcoholic with plum reserves.

M: Medium body with a full carbonation. Touch of fuzz but not overly so.

D: This beer would be stunning with some age to it. Three years and hold on! Regardless this is a nice quad and worthy of your attention.

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Photo of warmstorage
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8.48 ounce bottle, states 12% ABV. Bottled as "Scaldis Noel", a "Belgian Special Ale."

Pours a cloudy murky brown with a medium, dense cream colored head which dissipates rapidly, leaving moderate lacing. Cellar temp, into a Chimay goblet.

Notably, no yeast sediment or floaties whatsoever in this one, even after sitting upright for a couple of weeks, and a very gentle pour (think a homebrew pour.) I like to swirl the yeast with the last ounce or so into another glass to taste it, so I always pour Belgians and bottle conditioned beers carefully.

Deep brown sugar aroma, with hints of spice.

Surprisingly mild tasting, the alcohol is not particularly evident, strong brown sugar, minimal spice, minimal hops noted. Lingers long with tingly sugar. I wouldn't have been surprised if you'd told me this was a 8% dubbel. Not a lot of character for a quad, kind if disappointing, really.

Overall, a very tasty beer, but it doesn't amaze me, especially at around $4 for a 8.48 ounce bottle at a liquor store.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served cellar temperature (i.e. in cold car for 4 hrs.), goblet.

Deep rosewood color, head recedes, some lace.

Smells mainly of ripe apple and pear, delicious. Also fig, sweet dark caramel, spices, a little rumlike alcohol.

Ripe golden apple, red apple, pear, fig. Some tannic astringency, like red apple skin. Wood. Vanilla. Spices, well balanced - cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and presumably others. Long finish - fruit, alcohol, spicy heat in the throat, and astringency.

Smooth, medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is appropriately low.

Drinkable even by normal standards. For 12%, almost unfathomable.

25 cl goes a long way. This is a real winter beer.

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Photo of dherling
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a copper to orange color with a deep white head. Good head retention & minimal lacing The nose was rich, boozy & oaky, with some rasin and port-like notes. The taste featured some spice, alcohol, oak & apricot. Finished like a sherry or port, really dry, fruitty and burning. Had a rich, subtle carbonation.

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

Poured from the capped 8oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a bright orange-amber color topped by a half-inch of creamy light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, molasses, brown sugar, raisins and other dark fruit, with more than a little alcohol mixed in. Palate is deeply complex and sweet - dark Belgian malt, raisins, figs, brown sugar, and a touch of spciy yeast are evident. The significant alcohol makes its presence felt just before the swallow, leading to a nicely warming finish. Body is nice and a touch creamy, but not the thick creaminess I look for in a quad. Overall, though, quite nice and pleasurable to drink.

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Photo of phisig137
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tiny 8 oz bottle pours a beautiful copper amber color, with a one finger creamy head. Nice retention gives way to a ring of faom and nice lacing. The range of colors here almost mimic that of a tequila sunrise... all the way from brilliant red to light gold.

Aroma is malty, period. Huge malt and grain aromas, backed by some yeasty esters, and some prevalent alcohol. Not terribly complex, but a nice smell for sure.

Flavor is again, quite malty. Fairly sweet from front to back, and showing complex malt flavors. Light caramel is prevalent, along with figs and plums from the yeast. Alcohol is quite prevalent, but not harsh. Definitely improves as it warms from cellar temp to room temp. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, although a little thin. Drinkability is decent, although the alcohol does make itself a little too forward for me.

I think with some time in the cellar this could be fantastic. It is a decent quad, and works nicely as a winter warmer. For some odd reason, I also think this would be a bit better with some spice in it. It's good as is, but for a ""Noel", I'd like to have at least a little spice to hide a bit of that alcohol.

One last note... I have noticed a HUGE variation in quality between the large 750 mL bottles of this beer, while the the smaller bottles seem to be consistently good. The large bottle is the better deal, when considering dollars/oz. But as far as the quality inside is concerned, the small bottles are worth it. Some large bottles are good, some are terrible; whereas the small bottles are always at least good, if not excellent.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scaldis Noël (Bush de Noël) [750mL] is best served at a warm cellar temperatures (50-55°F) from a small snifter, tulip or goblet. This premium Belgian specialty ale pours up sublime with a voluptuous cream colored head that craggily sits atop a bright deep amber-mahogany body. Out-freakin-standing! The hugely complex aroma is pancaked full of intense dark fruit/spicy characters such as brandied cordial cherries, candied apples, carmelized pears, figgy/plum pudding, applesauce-raisin bread, mince meat pie, etc... and surprisingly there's even a whisp of Poperinge hops. Amazing! The flavor is ever bit as intense as the aroma and starts off with a pleasant bang of rum cake maltiness that's partially offset by a light bitterness. The complex underlying spiciness (allspice, clove, cinnamon) is ever present and combines with the bitterness and alcohol to bring some balance to this malty winter beast. The finish is warm & nourishing like "mother's milk" and could put down a dragon if overindulged. This is a delightful holiday treat best enjoyed with family & friends by the hearth after feasting. Suggested pairings include pralines, truffles or sweet breads. Here's to keeping Old Man Winter at bay!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of EPICAC
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this at Downtown Wine & Spirits last week. I let it warm to around 45º F and served it in one of my Chimay chalices.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy amber with a half-inch, beige head that thins to a sudsy film.

Smell: Very fruity, with notes of banana, raisins, dates and cherries. There's also caramel maltiness and the light scent of alcohol.

Taste: Fruity and sweet throughout. There are lightly tart hints of cherries and strong flavors of dark fruit. The finish is lightly bitter with alcoholic spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, moderate carbonation with a strong warming sensation.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable, given this is 12% alcohol.

Overall: A good quadrupel.

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Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 25cl (8.4 oz) bottle at AJ's in late February for $4.99.

The beer poured a cider color with plenty of unfiltered yeast with a long lasting floating head. Nose is of sour apples and alcohol. The first sip was a blast of dark fruit and alcohol. Subsequent sips have the sour apples coming thru, some caramel, and some light hops. Mouthfeel is getting creamier with each sip, nice! Overall drinkability is OK. It is a little too over the top for me as there is a huge emphasis on the warming alcohol. It is definitely a most interesting beer and is worth a shot in spite of the price tag.

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

Picked it up at Ledgers- something they dug up from the back, so it's been sitting in the storage room for probably close to a year. Probably had this last about 8-10 years ago.

Small bottle. Med brown color- lighter than a standard Belgian quad. Thin head (could be as it was a little too chilled). Left most yeast in the bottle.

Started off a little too cold, so some of the flavor was masked, but was easily drinkable. As it warmed a little the flavor started to rise and was becoming almost too enjoyable, meaning it wouldn't last long. Cupped in my hands to bring it to about room temp- should have left it a little cooler as some of the earthy tones were becoming over-prominate. Alcohol notes weren't as strong as i expected for a 12%-er, and not as sweet or thick as other high octane beers, so in a larger bottle, this could sneak up and sucker punch you. Nice aroma, rich, earthy.

I have really been enjoying the high-alcohol beers, so this was an easy drinker, with a little bit more of the earthy 'belgian' flavors vs. the rich syrupy flavors many stong beers have. I will definitely put this in my xmas reserves in the cellar.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear medium amber color ale with a super huge foamy head with perfect retention. Aroma of strong caramel malt with some spices and sweet cherry. Dry raisins, figs and caramel are all well balance in this beer. Body is thinner then expected and alcohol is well hidden. Very good classic Belgian strong ale.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark amber beer with a slight haze. Has a small creamy off white head, with some nice lace. The aroma is mostly dried fruit, figs and raisins. There is a little spiceyness in the background before the alcohol starts to burn your nose. The dried fruit ( fig and raisin ) sweetness starts a the tip of the tongue. Then the peppery hops get to the back of your tongue. Followed by a nice dry tabacco note on the finish and then the alcohol warmth sets in. Nice.
Note: this came in a four pack with a glass. Inside the center of the glass it looked like there was a defect in the glass. But when the beer is poured into it it creates an interesting little tornado of bubbles.

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

Bush de Noel... too bad Dubya doesn't drink anymore!

Pours a light golden-copper color. There is a complex spice profile on the nose along with a fleeting suggestion of sweet fruit. On the palate the flavors meld together very easily. Mostly I get a sweet honey-ish malt element, with a medium finish. The overall sweetness manages, thankfully, to avoid being cloying or overwhelming. This beer drinks rather easily, especially considering its hefty ABV. Always nice to see a "holiday" beer that isn't your average Winter Warmer.

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Photo of nvsblman
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy walnut brown with an off-white head. Some sticky lacing as I drink it. Malty, brown sugary aroma. Also a little black pepper. Sweet malty flavor too. Raisins, cloves, a little yeastiness, and a lingering spiciness work fairly well together. Medium bodied and well carbonated. This is a nice crisp and refreshing beer.

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