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 yen157
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy brown liquid with white suds ringing the glass. Very rich, malty aroma with some alcohol, peaches, and spicy hops in the nose. Great toasted malt flavor and some caramel somewhere in there, too. Some hop flavor provides the right amount of balance but still leaves this beer way on the malty side. Body was thinner and carbonation higher then expected, but so what. The alcohol was very noticeable (not in a bad way) and warming. A good beer overall, but I think I’ll stick with Samichlaus as my big winter beer from a little bottle, for now at least.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – The beer was served a red-amber brew with a one finger off white head. The head faded fast to give a good level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is sweet of dark fruit aromas and a nice spicy and lightly boozy smell. The fruit aromas are of cherry and fig while the spice is of a light clove. A light nutty aroma is also present rounding out the other aromas nicely.

Taste – The taste starts out with the dark fruit detected in the nose with big tastes of raisin, cherry, and prune. Mixed with these are some other sweet candied sugar flavors. A light spice flavor then comes to the tongue along with some flavors of malt. Soon however , a good dose of alcohol flavor comes to the tongue in the form a brandy and wine like flavor. This when combined with the dark fruit flavors leaves a very warming taste on the tongue in the end.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the creamier and thicker side with a carbonation level that is slightly higher then would have been expected for a 12 % brew. The creamy body was very nice for the fruity and boozy flavors with the carbonation level at a bit of a higher level helping with the drinkability, without being overly carbonated and taking away from the tastes. Not bad.

Overall – This was a robustly sweet and flavorful brew with a very nice warming feel. A nice beer to sit and sip alongside the Christmas tree. Delicious.

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Photo of magine
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet.

Pours a lively amber with some nice burnt orange coloring along the edges. Off white fluffy head settles to a wisp lacy island in the middle and patchy lace clings and builds along the edges. lots of bubble action here as they constantly rise to the top. Lots of bubbles clings to the sides of the glass here. The coloring here is a big winner. Good looking brew here.

Brew smells of dark fruits and yeasts. Raisins, grapes, cherries and maybe even some figs. Dark malts and good spicy nose here.

Brew is nicely carbonated upfront; good sweetness from the dark fruits. Then the smooth creamy malts in the middle. Brew finishes dry and very warming. This is a great tasting and feeling brew that is very complex and even has a certain amount of chewiness in the middle. Nice booze in here that is very pleasantly blended. Really nice carbonation and smoothness in the middle. Really good flavors here; the dark fruits, yeasts and malts all work so well together. Great stuff here.

This is an excellent brew to sample on a cold night. A nice sipper that will warm you up and has alot of complexity in it to keep even the most stubborn palate interested. Almost like a quad in many ways. Excellent stuff here, to bad I only found it in a 8.48 fl oz single.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A long-standing bottle pours a clear reddish-copper body beneath a frothy head of off-white foam. Effervescent bubbles rise quickly from beneath, and the head retention is excellent considering its high alcohol content. It even leaves wide rings of crooked lace about the first half of the glass. The nose is enticing with notes of sweet dried cherries and dark caramel. It's delicately vibrant across the tongue with a carbonation that lightly tickles the tongue before allowing its light-medium body to become just slightly creamy. The flavor delivers the same cherry-like fruitiness and sweet caramel that the nose promises along with some floral and grassy hops and a decent slap of spicy alcohol that bursts onto the back of the mouth and tongue at the swallow. The caramel lingers in the mildly sweet finish with the alcohol doing more to dry it than the sublime bitterness that's present. And yet, the alcohol never overcomes or dulls the palate! This is a really well-balanced beer given its strength; and with just a little more complexity it could have a great drinkability. An excellent choice for a winter nightcap!

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours with a two finger head into my Ithaca Excelsior glass. Rusty, cherry/amber color with a off white head. Little touches of lace around the glass. Nice clarity and carbonation.

S- Cherry, honey, candied fruit, caramel, and a touch of alcohol. Some warm notes of gingerbread cookies as it comes to room temp.

T- Sugared fruit, honeyed caramel, gingerbread cake, really ripe bananas, brown sugar and allspice. Really warming and wonderful.

M- A bit hot on the tongue, but it really opens your mouth to all the candy and cake like flavors. Very warming and delicious.

O- Bananas, candied fruit, caramel, holiday cookies and alcohol... a wonderful drink for a February night.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/4" head over cloudy mahogany coloured liquid.

S: The smell is primarily yeasty and spicy

T: A combination of apples, spice, sweet malt, pepper, cloves, cherries, figs and pears

M: Thick viscosity and a high level of carbonation. Some warming from the 12% ABV.

O: A tasty and drinkable Christmas Belgian Strong Dark Ale. One of the better ones I have had.

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Photo of cocojoe
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky Amber Brown color. Very thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

S: Brown sugar, red grapes, figs, sweet molasses

T: Caramel, Brown sugar, caramelized bananas, belgian yeast notes attempting to break through, but are immediately cut by the very sweet dark fruit notes. Alcohol is prevalent and warming on the way down.

M: Kind of watery actually. Not necessarily in a bad way, but not as thick as I expected. Really helpful actually. Helps balance out the strong sweet qualities.

O: About as easy drinking as a beer of this high of alcohol could be. Love the aroma and flavor notes. Compared to other really strong dark belgian ales I have had, this does a great job of using that belgian yeast to add a lot of complex notes, without the yeast notes being to overwhelming compared to the dark, sweet body.

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

Nice red color with amber highlights and descent off white lacing. Smells like Hawaiian Punch (hell, yeah!), cherry, slight notes of florals, malts, and some alcohol esters. Big fruity malt range; plum, dates, raisons, licorice in spots, and orange. Alcohol is pretty hot but it does warm you up inside. Some sourness into the finish and gives up a little medicinal character. Overall a consistent cherry, sherry flavor thats more distinguished in the finish, has the feel of port wine. Medium to high carbonation and semi-smooth mouthfeel still leaves a little oiliness on the tongue. A very nice holiday brew, buy one now and leave it in the cellar for next Christmas.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a dark, rich, ruby-caramel coloring that is slightly murky, and starts with a frothy, bubbly, off-white head that quickly disappears. Slow trails of carbonation bubbles throughout the body of the beer. Aromas of grape, fig, raisin, and date on the forward bouquet, with earthy notes, cherry highlights, hints of booze, and a very subtle spice blend. Very rich and robust nose. Flavors are very rich and chewy forward, with lots of old world fruit and a heavy helping of warmth flourishing the taste buds. The rich and sweet notes blend terrifically, with heavy cherry and fig notes in the forefront. Very rich, robust, and heavy bodied beer, with a building warmth at the end of the palate. There is a sharpness that cuts through the end of the beer, likely a combination of the increased ABV and the carbonation. It truly helps to keep the drinkability up. Sweet candied notes in the aftertaste combine with the old world fruit characteristics, lightening them up a bit right before the slick, clean finish. It's really impressive how a beer this big clears the palate so quickly at the tail-end. Great beer!

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

On tap at pizza port Carlsbad

A: Deep amber color with a thin cream colored head. Some spotty lacing down the glass.

S: A good amount of dark fruit, Belgian yeast, candi sugar and bubblegum. Traces of raisin and brown sugar.

T: Tons of dark frui. Prune, raisin and plum with Belgian yeast, pomegranate and some burnt raisin skin on the finish. Delicious.

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

Thanks to slcbrewer for this one.

Poured into a chalice a cloudy dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, some nice islands and sticky lacing throughtout the drink. The nose is malty, prunes, figs, raisins, tangy/sweet, and some caramel. The taste is sweet/tangy, malty, slightly yeasty, nice touch of caramel. There is a slight chewy thing going on and the alcohol is hidden very well, nice warm feeling in the throat. A slightly dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, I liked the version of a BSDA, highly recommended.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scaldis Noel
A 12% abv seasonal winter brew from Bush/Scaldis, most recently enjoyed last September after a tour of Dubuisson. Poured a miniscule 25cl bottle into twin goblets, barely 4 oz. each for me and my wife and enjoyed at our weekend getaway at the Oregon Coast, 02/25/07.

A: Caramel/ruby, generally clear, with a soap-bubble looking, eggshell-colored ½ finger head. Tiny fizzy carbonation produces a wisp of film on-top, a thin lacy gauze.

S: Mild, sweetly booze-soaked fruit. Rich, slightly burnt caramel. Sugary candy sweetness, through and through.

T: A very nice Christmas/holiday beer (despite it being two months to the day from Christmas). Huge syrupy caramel flavor, slightly browned & with lots of added cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness. Dry herbal finish, surprisingly bitter. Alcohol (rum) covered raisins – heat and hops burn almost like a barleywine. A delicious mouthfull.

M: Spicy, hot & tingly in the mouth. Big alcohol, developing on the tongue – wow! Medium/full mouthfeel and slightly carbonated.

D: A very tasty winter sipper…perfect in small doses on a rainy, chilly afternoon. Nice warming alcohol, a spicy & sweet treat. A seasonal to look forward to every year when the temperatures drop. And since we were playing games while we drank this, I shall christen it with a hearty “Yahtzee!".

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

Presentation: 8.48 oz brown pop top with nice winter label; nice blue and silver foil; I'm sampling this between cellar and room temperature, poured into my Chimay chalice

Appearance: Rich chestnut beer with orange highlights when held up to the light; lots of small flaky yeast sediment in suspension; cap is ivory and (not surprising for a beer of this strength) fades pretty quickly but leaves a nice thick film

Smell: Give this one a couple of swirls to really bring the aromas out; we've got raisins, alcoholic dark fruit esters, sweet dark caramel, what seems to be a touch of cinnamon sugar, and some other sweetness that I just can't seem to put my finger on...overall very nice aroma

Taste: Crazy the way that this brew hides its alcohol...the beer is actually quite mild in flavor; sweet caramel candy, light fruitiness from the Belgian yeast, very mild spice...ends a bit drier than expected, with a long, lingering flavor of dried figs and maybe a hint of vanilla extract...the only place you feel the alcohol is on the finish as it tingles/slightly burns down your throat...oh, and THERE it is...

Mouthfeel: Chewy, viscous, and palate coating

Drinkability: Not a beer to toss back; one after dinner or as a nightcap would be perfect

Conclusion: Unbelievably smooth, tamed, and understated (and I mean that in a good way) for the abv. I paid 16.99 for this 8.48oz bottle (though I think it was a mistake at the store and that was supposed to be for a four-pack) yet even at that price I could see myself picking this up again next winter if I were to come across it. This one tonight was in honor of my grandma's passing; I could see drinking this during happier times after a big Christmas dinner of roast venison, herbed potatoes, and figgy pudding.

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

Bottle of Scaldis Noel. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a lovely mahogany, with a thin cap of light tan head that had good retention and lacing.

A solid malt aroma greets the nose, supported by spice and yeast scents. The flavor featured that well balanced blend of malts, spices and perhaps a even a touch of butter.

Body was full and well rounded. Drinkability was excellent, I would gladly have a couple of these while looking out the window, watching the weather.

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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 weazal
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Absolutely delicious aroma of caramel, apple, and dark candied fruits - all drenched in honey. There's a dose of spices too, particularly clove and pepper. Overall, very much raisin sweet bread.

T: The alcohol and sweetness dominate, elbowing each other aside throughout the tasting. Warming brandy, honey, sweet bread, and peppery at the end. About what you'd expect from the aroma.

Exactly the warming, delectable beverage you'd want to get tipsy with on cold, snowy evenings!

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nummy looking, clear, light chestnut brown. A light tan head sits atop. Well sized before dropping quickly to a film punctuated with an island of creaminess. Retention is pretty decent for the style.
Smell is rich with malt, spices and dark and light fruits (apple, grape, fig). Great balance.
Taste is the same: rich with lightly toasted malt, dark and light fruits, spices, wood, whiskey/cognac and a pretty good alcohol bloom. Balance is really good.
Smooth-ish and medium-bodied and supremely delicious. This is a seriously good brew. Warming, with a nice cognac-like glow flowing from the back of the throat. You can almost see the alcohol with every exhale and that ain't bad. It works as a nice limiting factor to the desire to just keep drinking this fine nectar. Slow down and enjoy!

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

Poured from 25cl bottle into Ommegang chalice
No bottled on date

Aroma: BIG carmelly, butterscotch, sherry, and flat-out scotch. Faint sweet apple cider. Lots to find here!

Appearance: Hazy brown body with yeast in suspension (did not decant). Off-white head almost immediately disappears.

Flavor: Spicy scotch, sweet butterscotch (like a butterscotch candy), raisin, and spiced cider. Sweetness appears to come from both the malt/sugar and the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol is very warming. Med-to-low carbonation. Medium body. Slightly hot, drying finish.

Overall: Definitely a tasty winter warmer. I felt funny buying this out of season, but it's equally delicious around a campfire or firepit (or on the couch in front of the TV!) during the summer. There's some great complexity to both the aroma and flavor. Too rich, and too much alcohol to drink more than one, but definitely a treat to have once in a while!

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

A: Pours a gorgeous clear amber with a thin, white head that nevertheless leaves lacing on the side.

S: Strong essence of molasses and maple syrup with a whiff of phenols. Continued fixation on the smell evokes cloves, nutmeg, and other spices.

T: Sugar cane-like sweetness immediately hits the mouth and provides a warming sensation. Caramel and toffee malts are followed by a slight smoky flavor. Szechuan peppercorn-infused phenols arise and pleasantly numb the mouth; bequeathing an almost methol-like essence in the aftertaste.

M/D: Slight carbonation and chewiness give way to a numbing smoothness. This one is a great sipper.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with an amber tinge, looks filtered, at least no cloudiness. Translucent. Lots of small and large bubbles. One finger of eggshell head.

S: Dare I say, skunk is the first odor. Dark fruits, cherry, hard cherry liquor like almost cough syrup. Orange liquor, like Contreau. Dark deep Christmas cake fruits in a sweet sort of liquor way. Skunk doesn’t stay though, its more of like a banana in time.

T: Deep rich maltiness, Christmas cake, even Christmas pudding with candied cherries, figs, candied orange peel. Bananas, like dried bananas, alcohol is definitely present but hidden to the end. At the end its clear on the back half of the tongue, and burns in the throat. Reminds me of the dark Trappist ales, but different.

M: Substantial but light. Big, light, and foamy carbonation. Splash of hidden alcohol on the back of the mouth and throat.

O: Excellent brew. Best I’ve had by this company. 9 out of 10 from me. Found and drank in Kunming, Jan 19th, 2015. Saw this in Bruges, Belgium at B2, but had to pass up for all the other choices. Glad I found it in Asia.

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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 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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Photo of belenita
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish, runny, maple syrup. Little foam that diminishes quickly, lacing on the edge.

S - spicy, cherry, like Dr. Pepper

T - Dates, dried cherry, prunes, somewhat peppery, a bit sweet

M - nice light/medium carbonation with a smooth finish

D - Yes, probably the best Christmas beer I've had yet.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into tulip at 45 degrees, warming into the 60s through the review.

Pours with a booming 4F of off-white head over a clear mahogany body, with plenty of carbonation flowing up. Great lacing.

Aromas of light spice, caramel-to-molasses sweetness, light grape, and some rubber - strange, but true. After it warmed, it took on a cordial liquor quality.

Flavors start off with a light candy-sugar-like sweetness, grape-to-plum fruits, touch of dates after it warmed, and some peach fuzz.

Great, great mouthfeel - perfect carbonation keeps this 13% beer drinking like one half its strength.

Amazing drinkability for the style.

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