Bush De Noël Premium | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

Bush De Noël PremiumBush De Noël Premium
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94%
Liked This Beer
4.23 w/ 133 ratings
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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): 13.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Unfiltered and Bottle Conditioned version of Bush De Noël, available in 750ml and 1.5 litre Magnums.

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,827
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
133
Liked:
125
Avg:
4.23/5
pDev:
10.64%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
22
Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of rborthwick
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber with a bubbly head. Top of head melts quickly, but a half inch of head lingers and provides nice lacing. Aromas of prune, malt and biscuit. Taste is of malt and prune with a little bit of hop entering over time. Nice backbone of alcohol, but this one is amazingly drinkable for a 13% abv. This is my absolute favorite beer on the planet to date and has become a Christmas tradition for me. Each year I wait to be disappointed vs the last, but I have yet to have that happen. A must have for spoiling yourself over the holidays. Instead of wine, pony up for a bottle of Scaldis.

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4.86/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is quite good. It pours an orange red, with great off white head that retains quite well. The nose is very strong with thick candy sugar smell and dark fruit company and some slight spice. The taste is incredibly creamy and sugary. very smooth with some candied or baked fruit flavors. sugar lingers hard on the lips and in the finish. Very smooth mouthfeel, creamy and thick, but not to chewy. The drinkability is most drinkable 13% I have ever had by a long shot. This could be dangerous to those who dont know its 13% so for all of you getting a bottle BEWARE THE 13%!!!! warn your friends. great beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Large corked bottle, fresh from this season, poured into a goblet.

Beautiful orange-red in color, with a thicker foamy light tan head than I expected given the high ABV. It coats the sides, and keeps a collar. Very good looking.

Sensational aroma, dark fruits but also lots of strawberries, sweetish caramelized malts, opening way to a full bodied, creamy yet quite drinkable brew that offers multiple layers of malty sweetness without being excessive, a fruit smorgasboard coming and going, well balanced by a nice warming alcohol.

Very impressive, a perfect brew for a winter storm, one of the best Christmas beers I ever had.

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4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sitting here in the middle of nowhere at a cozy B&B with my wife, I can't think of a better beer I could have selected to compliment the environment. December, a farmhouse Bed and breakfast, in a parlor with a glowing fireplace, over the top christmas decorations, and classic carols. As I crack the Noel it pours a deep broze and I let it rest while I flip through some pages of the local newspaper. Before I take a sip a good 5 minutes goes by and I notice there is still great head retention, and compact little bubbles are still making their way to the top. The smell is wonderful. Christmas in a bottle.. Everyhing is rich, a beautiful strong toffee aroma combined with friuty esters reminiscent of figs and raisins. Alcohol is evident in the nose as an afterthought; but to my surprise it feels quite understated when I learn it has a whopping 13% abv! Just what a Christmas brew needs to get you through the stress of the holidays and keep you warm. The taste compliments the nose perfectly. Unlike some beers the taste is exactly what the aroma represents itself as. Big, delicious toffee, Carmel, and friuty flavor. Some spiceyness but subdued. Also a little hotness from the alcohol, but again in no way representitive of it's true ABV. The drinkability is scary. It's amazing how flavorful this brew is whitout being heavy at all. Drink this how I am now- slowly by a fire. An awesome beer to match this holiday. You will not be dissapointed.

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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.

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4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerandLoathing
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bomber.

Temperatures are dropping, this looked like a Belgian Christmas Ale that's pretty good and I'd never had it so we got it. Now let's open it!

A: Appearance is a very nice deep red color. I didn't read the bottle quite honestly, so I was expecting more of a deep brown, like a belgian dark strong. There's also a considerable amount of sediment in this pour. We aren't anywhere near the bottom yet, but I can see bits floating around. Still, it's not affecting the taste.

S: The smell, is very nice. I get a lot of very strong bubble gum esters. Also, it has a spiciness I can't quite place. Cloves, mixed with perhaps some sort of dark fruit. Fig, or raisins perhaps.

T: Now to the taste! It's surprisingly sweet for a 13% beer. Very nice, no alcohol burn at all. I do get the typical malted candy and bubble gum flavors expected, but there's also a slight spice backing it up. Very christmas-approriate.

M: Mouth-feel is very smooth. No bite and not extremely carbonated.

O: Overall I find this quite enjoyable. Way better then Nice Chouffe, and I adore the Chouffe beers. This one is just way more balanced. If you're looking for a holiday beer to bring over to a family's house, look no further. It's super drinkable and a great belgian ale.

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4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bf7
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MisterClean
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip at Lucky Baldwins

A - Poured orange in color with a 2-fingered head. Dissipates moderately with a slight lacing.

S - Dark belgian candi sugars, prunes, and slightly spicy hops.

T - See the above.

M - Perfectly balanced. For a 13, where's the alcohol kick?

D - Excellent example of a belgian take on the winter warmer.

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4.52/5  rDev +6.9%

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