Bush De Noël | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
879 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
Ratings:
879
Reviews:
465
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
12.22%
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
101
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 879 |  Reviews: 465
Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.96/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2015 Vintage.

Look: One finger white brown-tinged head, darkish amber body.

Smell: Dark fruits, banana, cherry, burnt sugar.

Taste: Same as above.

Feel: Medium body, high carbonation, upfront alcohol bite and warming finish.

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Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated July 26, 2014 poured into my Goose Island snifter. Is this a BSDA or a Quad?? Whatever, it drinks more like I would associate a Quad to be....strong, dark fruit on the nose and finish, easy drinker at 12 percent ABV also.

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Photo of Vylo
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of erk0607
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best By: 12/2017 Date - Look: Rich, medium mahogany brown with a slightly off white head and excellent foam. I poured it quite gently and still got strong, long lasting foam head.
Smell: Like caramelized bananas, a little bit of alchohol, dark fruits, dark malt
Taste: It's pretty clear this is a 12%er and would be an excellent aging candidate. Beyond that you get a strong malt presence, sweet sugar, dark fruits, banana
Feel: On the lighter side of the spectrum with a definite alcohol burn, somewhat unexpected but good nonetheless.
Overall: Excellent. I got a four pack, drank one, and will be leaving the other three to age a bit.

12/24/2016 Update on a Best By 12/17 bottle. As others have noted, this is a very sweet beer, even after aging out a year. Medium brown but the head was incredibly short lived this time around and turned to superfine lacing. Smells of cherry vodka or cough medicine but sweeter. Still get estery-banana-alcohol on the nose too. Taste: a lot more cherry, like an alcoholic Twizzler. Feel: medium body, noticeable alcohol but not quite burning. Overall: it's changed, and is still a super sweet/sugary beer

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Photo of teromous
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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 +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkhara12
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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 -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Antyk
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Svingjo
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlsBeer
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of archero
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of janubio
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
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 -53.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of mkh895
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Bush De Noël from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
4.01 out of 5 based on 879 ratings.
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