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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
Ratings:
133
Reviews:
52
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
11.06%
 
 
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31
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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
1.52/5  rDev -63.5%
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.

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Photo of desint
2.61/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Tbone
2.66/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served at about 45 degrees.
750 ml corked bottle.

A- Poured with an enormous head, leaving alot of lacing.
S- Some toffee and carmelized bananna, but acohol intensity overpowers.
T- Taste is more of the same with a bit of sweetness and yeastiness.
M- Thin and watery for the style.

I've had this before and recall it being more complex and less alcoholic.

I'll give this another try next year, but it might be crossed off my holidy beer list.

Tried this side by side with the smaller non-premium version.
That version is darker, more cloudy, more yeasty, and with slightly more toffee flavor.

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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of KVNBGRY
3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
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...

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orange/reddish color with a creamy,tan head and great lacing action.

The aroma was subtle. Alcohol,malts,some caramel and tones of dark fruits and spices.

The taste started off with a sweet taste of caramel and spices full of alcohol kick. Some yeast was detected and malts were of course present.

The feel was medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It was full of spices and alcohol.

Notes: A technical review because I tend to disagree with many here on this beer. Was it good? yes it was,but it was not great. The alcohol was not well masked and while the balance was o.k. it did not help. All in all it was still a decent brew to have,but I would cellar this one for a year or two.
I had a problem sipping this beer. I felt it was not so easy drink and I say this because the day before I had a SAMI at 14% and it was so much easier to drink. I am a fan of high ABV so it is not that. Like some other really good beers out there this one just needed some time.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This mountain is a man.. And I don't know what that means, but it seems pertinent to this conversation. A 5 year old bottle split 3 ways. 2 glasses with a hazy ruby glow, 1 glass with a pile of floaties. Get your rubbers on.
A little sherry-like aroma, caramel malty sweetness with some oxidation. Cool, but not mind-blowing.
The sip is not over the top sweet, but definitely on that sweet malt side. Oxidation brings a little cardboard, but is actually beneficial. More of that sherry. A bit sticky in the throat, but c'mon what do you really expect in a situation such as this.
Overall, a pretty damn good 5 year old beer, very interesting flavor, but surprisingly un-complex, at least as far as one whale's noise is concerned.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of LennyOvies
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice champage bottle 2010 vintage purchased Dec. 2010. Consumed 12/23/10 froma tulip glass.

A - light lacing follows the low beige head. However there was a loud resounding satisfying pop of the cork. Color is a deep amber speckled with dots of dark brown yeast. Not bad at all.

S - Strawberry and figs no fusil despite the 13%. Sweet, malty, sugary. Very pleasant. Makes me remember happy Christmas things, snow and fireplaces and cinnimon buns cooking in the oven.

T - Fusil burn initially. A roar of fire. Bit of hop bitterness. Sweet and sour and bitter. The fusil is strong. A bit of a plum wine aftertaste. Take your time with this beer. Don't get in a rush.

M - Aside from the scalding burn it's nice. If grape juice were spicy and thick like honey that might approach this feeling. A sipping beer for sure.

D - A nice beer, great for once or twice a year. Strong ass kicking alcohol content. But not the best thing from this brewer. If you paired this with the right savory cheeses you might not notice the burn so much. in the meantime just take it slow sip it like wine, because that's what it is. Next time I get this I'll let it age for a year and see what happens.

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Photo of Minotaur
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I would consider this a quintessential Belgian Winter Ale. It has wonderful qualities of both the Abbey style and winter.

The pour is the color of dark cedar-water river: brownish-tan with a tinge of orange. It is not as dark as some strong Belgian ales, but has a kind of warmness similar to a candle glow.

The head is nice and robust but not too fizzy or detracting from the taste.

The aroma is not quite as pronounced as I would have suspected. There is a heavy scent of alcohol with hints of cherry, cranberry and raisin. There is a hint of cinnamon, ginger and winter spice.

The mouthfeel is not particularly dense but is very smooth despite the noticeable alcohol content.

The flavor however is woodsy and sweet, with a high alcohol warmth and only a bit of breadiness. There is reminiscence of fruit cake, holiday mulled wine, and a bit of pine or cedar flavor. There is just a tiny touch of bitterness I want to speculate comes from spruce or very subtle hops presence. This beer is predominantly malt and spice, but is very well balanced and not too syrupy. The spices present in the nose blend and are very subtle in the palate.

Poured into a Chimay chalice slowly and flavors definitely became richer as it warmed over the course of an hour....

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Beer bottle (75 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : deep red color with white foamy head.
Smell : sweet malty with fruity and spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet caramel flavors with notes of fruits and spices.
Drinkability: a good beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MaevaS
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of IMTHOMAS
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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