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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #19
ABV:
13%
Score:
91
Ranked #2,285
Avg:
4.23 | pDev: 10.4%
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
147
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Notes: Unfiltered and Bottle Conditioned version of Bush De Noël, available in 750ml and 1.5 litre Magnums.
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer, Glasgow (£5):
Red to copper amber with a thumb sized, foamy head that's beige & holds incredibly well. It's sweet & slightly malty on the nose with some caramel & rich notes then a little alcohol at the end. It's lively & has plenty dark malt flavours, some raisin & hints of caramel too. It's a touch fainter at the end but it's boozy & quite warming, going down quite well throughout.

Jan 30, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've chosen this Xmas bush as my 800th review... what's in a name?... First off my bottle is marked 12% vs the listed^ 13%.
The first surprise for such a beer is that it has been filtered, there is zero sediment to worry about stirring up.
L- Mid to dark chestnut, clear, pours with 1Cm head of ultra-fine tan foam, holds well.
S- Like a piece of cold British Xmas pudding, deep with some mild spices. Hints of alcohol come through, at time somewhat wine-like. The reference to 'cold pudding' is a compliment by the way, it has more flavour like that.
T- Wow, pungent, deep roast fruits, broad richness balanced by the strident alcohol tang hitting the back of the palate on the finish.
F- It's a big beast alright, one for slow-sipping - I'd poured this chilled from the fridge, and now 10 minutes later it's certainly opening up, if anything the flavour is more aromatic and the alcohol really zinging. For full impact I'd suggest pouring this a notch or two above fridge-fresh.
O- It's a big beast, and I can readily imagine sipping away at this like a dessert wine with pudding after a winter dinner. The richness and depth of flavour go a looong way to obscuring the ABV%. Would I drink it again - hell yes! Just a shame it's so crazy-$ in London, in £/L it's got to be in the Top-10 expensive beers I've ever bought.
330ml bottle. Bought from Wholefoods in London W8 £4.49 BB: 26/08/2021

Nov 24, 2019
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FLima from Brazil

3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber copper color with a thick thin head.
Aroma with notes of cherries, oak, slightly toasted malts and lots of candied fruits.
Flavor with notes of candied sugar, toasted malts, apple puree, pineapple juice, wood and prunes. Dry aftertaste with faint bitterness.
Medium to full body with mild carbonation. No way some could tell this is 12.5%
Sweet Christmas beer with malty and wood notes.

Oct 10, 2019
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EmperorBevis from England

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled, bottle conditioned and subjected to a complicated and precise cooling system
Pours a cola looking body with some small cream bubbles
Brown sugar aromas
Brown shuggah flavour
Not big but not subtle but not unpleasant

Dec 23, 2018
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on draft, into Bush stemmed glass

clear, dark golden in color, thick white head. boozy aroma of fruit and Belgian yeast spice. similar flavor, you can tell the beer is strong. thin to medium bodied.

Dec 17, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dangerous for that holiday party with relatives, because this one goes down smooth, is full of the holiday spirit (of winter berries, caramel, dark, creamy malts, christmas spices, gingerbread, brown sugar) and most importantly that 13% abv is very hard to detect. Remember that when stuck in a conversation with that weird uncle with this in your hand! Flavors enhance as it warms up, especially in the smell.

Sep 29, 2018
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Bluecrow from New York

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-bottle pour to champagne flutes The cork yielded with a pop and a dark cherry colored pour with prominent effervescence followed. The aroma is sweet with cherry and caramel. The flavor is similar. There is a wee bit of spice and candi-sugar is prominent. The alcohol seems less than the 12% cited. The finish is a bit slick. This big, sweet strong ale was a pleasure to share on this winter day

Dec 27, 2016
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Best before 6/20/19 Lol !!

Red honey color, brownish amber with ruby hues ! Fizzy, fast bubbles and a fizzly, foam that spreads out pretty quick. Sticky, sparse lace leftover.

Maple, honey and cherries, bananas, cloves, spicey herbs, &nose tingle heat. The aroma is very sweet malty dominant, brown sugar, cinnemon and clove.....certainly holidaze effect here.

The feel has an unreal, otherworldly, effervescents that is unmatched in my expereience. Super lively and fizzy mouthfeel, and a long, slick malt , oractically full from the malt but finishes gritty and dry.

The flavor is on a very high level of complexity, Smokey bing cherries, spicey and herbal yeast, high on the sour notes. A very classic "jammy" malt flavor from sweet and sour tones of wild fruit and sweet malt. The hops are very subdued, with light earthy textures and some greem-herbal highlights. Holiday Belgian Darks tend to highlight a strong but unique sweet malt that is fruity and slick. A potent yeast gives it all the delightful funk. Hops, light for sure , provides a grounding balance from mother earth.

Wild yeast fruity funk and a sweet malty Belgian thang.

Nov 17, 2016
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a ruby amber with a moderate head, fading to a ring around the glass. The nose detects yeast and fruit. The mouth gets fruit in the malt and alcohol. Enjoyable and dangerous.

Mar 30, 2016
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KVNBGRY from Florida

3.47/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

i was very disappointed in this one... first off, it was a gusher. the beer had a flat, yet highly sticky mouthfeel. most definitely unfiltered. there was a lot of floaties. deep red hue. flavors of clove, spice, bread, some dark fruit, but it's not cherry like everyone seems to think. i feel like the 13% is way over the top for this guy. not a huge fan...

Jan 22, 2016
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LennyOvies from Mexico

3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- Dark vivid amber red body, slightly hazy. Fast building beige head, fades fast. Lots of visible carbonation.
S and T - Clove, cherry, bread, caramel, belgian yeast, some dark fruits. Most prominent are the banana and alcohol notes. Alcohol shows up more on the taste.
F- Fizzy, smooth.
O- Very nice beer but alcohol is a bit overwhelming over the rest of the notes.

Jan 02, 2016
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HattedClassic from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice tannish head that does not dissipate completely. The beer still has a strong cover over the top of the beer. The beer itself is a nice color and pretty interesting to look at. The beer is a clear amber brown color that has a nice glowing hue to it. It's pretty nice to see and lighter than you would expect the style to be.

The smell is very nice. The aroma has the expected Belgian yeast notes but different in that the yeast notes are not as strong as the other notes. The aroma also a strong fruit note to it along with various spices. The fruit note is a bit diverse but it's mainly darker fruits like a very sweet plum, light cherry, and apple note to it. The spice seems to be mainly clove with a bit of sugar to it. There is also a slight boozy smell too.

The taste is similar to the smell but not as diverse as the smell. The taste seems to comprise of fruity notes with sugar and some clove. The fruit notes are dark fruits such as plum, grapes, a bit of cherry ,and apple. There is also a slight boozy note in the finish.

The feel is nice. Given the ABV, it's certainly slick to the feel but the carbonation gives it a nice texture. The overall effect is that it feels lighter than it actually is.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer and good to have during the cold. Go for it.

Dec 24, 2015
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium to dark bronze orange with a nice two finger off-white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of light stone fruit, apple, clove, mild dark dried fruit, cherry, Belgian yeast and clove, inviting. Flavor follows, with a nice blend of light and dark stone fruit, light cherry, lightly estery. Belgian yeast and spicing. Really well balanced. Slight alcohol right at the end of the taste, moderated by active carbonation and fruit flavors. Medium bodied with a light creaminess and active carbonation. One of the classic winter Belgian ales with nice complex fruit flavor, deft hand with spicing. Everything seems to be in balance. Alcohol well covered. The freshness of the fruit flavors is especially enjoyable. The flavor seems just a bit sweeter than the already delicious Noel, but this definitely has more active peppery carbonation. Great and satisfying.

Nov 16, 2015
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. 2014 batch enjoyed on July 26, 2015 (Christmas in July).

Gorgeous reddish-amber pour with a lingering tan head. Excellent clarity.

The aroma is of Belgian barley malts, cherry, and a hint of coriander and clove behind the sweetness, which leads the way.

The body is a bit better than medium and reasonably smooth.

The 12% ABV shows up in the taste rather prominently as it warms and burns. Still a nice Belgian malt sweetness and a fruity finish but the booze cleans out my senses. I enjoyed it though.

Jul 26, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before the end of 2017. 12% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky dark reddish-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grape juice, grape jelly, brown sugar, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with grape juice, grape jelly, earth, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly
mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a nice mix of fruit and spice characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Mar 09, 2015
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BBE 2015 on bottle. Best By End of 2015 maybe?

A: Pours a rich dark red/brown. Tall and effervescent very light brown head. Head fizzes out fairly quickly, very light lacing left behind. Decent head retention at least.

S: Very sweet, loaded to the gills with candi sugar and dark fruits. Raisins and grapes I'd say. Maybe even some generic berry aroma. Brown sugar and some dark bread in there too. Some indistinct spices, nutmeg and cinnamon?

T: Whoa, loaded with spices. Way more than the nose indicates. Loads of nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe allspice? Cloves in there too. Heavy belgian candi sugar and dark fruits but the spiciness really dominates here. Back end is all dark sweetbread with a huge amount of nutmeg and allspice and cloves. Even get some of that spicy black pepper in there.

M: Heavy and sweet but not overly so, on either front. Nice and buttery smooth.

O: Big christmas-style spicebomb belgian. Mouthfeel is great, you would NOT expect 12% from this one. Smooth and drinkable despite the high ABV and the heavy spiciness. Spiciness was a bit over the top for me, obscuring the "normal" BSDA flavors but still delicious.

Apr 06, 2014
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Beer-A-Lot from Virginia

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Despite a high abv, this beer is very drinkable. Very complex, like a strong Belgian usually is, lots of sweet caramel without being too sweet, and just the right amount of heat. This beer goes perfectly on a cold winter night. Very tasty and bold. A winner.

Feb 10, 2014
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dcmchew from Romania

4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not entirely dark, close to coppery in colour. Light beige head that leaves traces.
Smells of sweet raisins, sweet red wine, sour cherries. Lots of dark fruit but low malt on the nose.
Sweet richness, syrupy and dense, mostly fruity: straight juicy raisins, figs, plums, red berries, all covered in Belgian sugars, sour cherries bringing a light tartness, red grapes bringing acidic notes and a vineous feel. Faint citrus peels also, ripe apricots. Brown sugar caramel maltiness, lightly toasted biscuits. Spiced beautifully with typical Christmass cinnamon, some faint licorice, pepper, ginger and especially aniseseed towards the finish. Some slight herbal pine also. Lots of honey. Aside from being spicy, yeasts are also earthy, bringing some woody, dry notes. Hops are bitter and nicely felt in the finish. The dry finish cancels a lot of the sweetness, keeping this beer from becoming overly sweet.
Alcohol is boozy only after a while, in the aftertaste, but warm and nicely hidden during the sips and prickling in the finish, along with the mild fizzy carbonation and the spices. Personally, i think it would have felt "more Christmassy" if it was creamier. Don't get me wrong, it's not watery, it's extremely close to a sipper body, but i thought it was going to be... heavier.
Beautiful brew, perfect during the holidays, would enjoy having this one with friends out in the snow.

Nov 13, 2013
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jrenihan from Canada

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBE 2014. Not sure when it was bottled.

Beer is a relatively light brown with reddish elements. Much lighter than expected for the style. Smallish off-white head fades quickly, leaving just some film.

Rich smell. Prune, fig and red grape. Vinous. Bready. Yeast.

Taste is similar to the nose and quite focused on dark fruits. Raisin, cherry, red grape, prune. Brown sugar and some bready flavours. Some spices. Alcohol is noticeable but remarkably well hidden considering the strength. Quite sweet.

Full bodied, moderate to strong carbonation, some alcohol heat, sticky sweetness.

Overall, very sweet but very good. A real beast of a beer. If this is really 13% (I have a bit of trouble believing it), it is one dangerous brew.

Apr 13, 2013
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coreyfmcdonald from Georgia

1.52/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Quite light for the style, it's medium amber with three fingers of large bubble head, which quickly receded to a thin film. Not good.

S: Nothing like any BSDA I've ever had. Sour cherry mixes with prune. A touch of spicy esters, but not much.

T: At least this is better than the aroma. Sour cherry is still there, but it's not nearly as strong. Plums and prunes are also there, but not as strong as I'm used to for the style. I get some buttery qualities and a ton of booze.

M: Quite thick with low carbonation.

O: I hope for this beer that this is a bad bottle. I get butter and sour cherry, but it's more subtle than I'm used to for an infected bottle. The beer is also overly thick, has little to no esters, and no bright citrus to balance. Oh, and it's way boozy.

Apr 06, 2013
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bambam2517 from Arizona

4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, chilled down to 45f and served in a tulip glass.

A - Considered the best way to describe the appearance of this one while I had a glass or two, so I hope I'm not too tilted when I say it looks EXACTLY like sweet tea. The haziness, the little particles floating around inside, the black tea color, even a thin layer of foam. I'll add that while the carboantion is still strong (which was not long out of my bottle) its like a dirty snow globe inside my glass. How appro for a holiday ale.

S - Loads of brown sugar, toffee, dessert wine and baking spices. Captures the essence of the season well and decently complex.

T - Sweet and more complex than the nose indicates. All the spices stand out individually here rather than blend together, seems like a different taste every sip. It is a bit more vinuous than I expected, more white wine than sherry or port. Faintly woody also, like oak or alder wood. Very good.

M - Its syrupy and strong up front. Dries out very quickly and finishes with little more than a warm feeling in the back of the throat. At 13%, how that can be done is a work of art IMO.

O - In the holiday ale context, I love it. Not quite up there with the best beers I've had, but I cant wait to introduce friends and family to this one each year when the holidays come around.

Feb 18, 2013
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superspak from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 2014. Pours lightly cloudy red orange color with a 1 finger foamy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Slight spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big raisin, cherry, prune, caramel, apple, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, candi sugar, pepper, earth, toast, clove, and herbal yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with big complexity, strength, and balance. Taste of raisin, prune, pear, apple, toast, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, candi sugar, cinnamon, pepper, earth, clove, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of complex dark fruits, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, candi sugar, cinnamon, clove, pepper, and herbal yeast spiciness on the finish for a while. Fantastic flavor complexity, robustness, and balance of flavors; with a good balance of spicy flavor despite big maltiness; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick and fairly syrupy mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden at 13%; with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Belgian dark ale! Huge balance and complexity of big robust flavors; and very smooth to sip on for 13%. A highly enjoyable strong Belgian style offering.

Jan 17, 2013
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Greywulfken from New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: in a tulip: dark amber body, tan head a few fingers thick

S: boozy candied fruit and fruit cake

T: fruits, dark, soft and chewy; toffee sweet; bright, zingy spices

M: tingling, warming, crisp; smooth, sweet aftercoat

O: a great holiday drink - capitalizes on the seasonal flavors and sweets - strong abv keeps spirits high

Dec 24, 2012
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Marc_V

4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Belgianbeershop.com Head: off white, dissapears very quickly. Colour: dark red brown. Aroma: sweet, malty, fruity, clear alcohol presence. Taste: malty sweetness, fruits, caramel, spicy, complex but well balanced. High ABV is detectable. This is a very fine Christmas beer.

Dec 20, 2012
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obywan59 from Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't think I was going to get much cork action at first, as it didn't seem to want to pop initially, but when it did, it flew across the room. Not bad.

The brew poured a murky, rosy-brown into my Duvel tulip. A 3 1/2 finger light-tan head that recedes rather quickly, leaving no lacing.

A rich, sweet, spicy and syrupy aroma explodes out of the glass. Coriander is evident, enlivening the aromas of raisins and prunes. A bit of grape imparts a winey aroma.

Grapes are much more evident in the taste, accompanied by more dark fruits and a substantial taste of alcohol as well. Coriander spices things up, and flavor of light bubblegum makes an appearance, also. Very sweet, but tart and winey as well. Somewhat cloying at first, but improving as it warms.

Medium-thick bodied with a peppery feel on the tip of the tongue, a light syrupy coating in the mouth, and substantial burn of alcohol in the throat.

This is a great beer! It's richness, and high alcohol content command respect, and it will parhaps become a worthy ritual in years to come!

Mar 04, 2012
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