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Bush De Noël Premium | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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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:
#1,845
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
133
pDev:
10.64%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of superspak
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.

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

750 of Scaldis Noel Premium

Poured into delerium tremens glass

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Great retention leaving splattered lace. Color is a hazy caramel copper.

Aroma: Cherries, raisins, some molasses, big malt flavor, grassy hop profile. Biscuits, caramel, and apples. This is smelling great.

Taste: Lots of fruit flavors. Cherries, grapes, plums, molasses. It reminds me a lot of a quad. Grassy hops as well. This beer is well done.

Mouthfeel: smooth, creamy, and refreshing. Medium to full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends dry and malty.

Overall, I was impressed with this beer. Very well done. Lots of flavors and great for the holiday season. I am really glad I got to try this one. I highly recommend it. Fairly drinkable as well for the high abv.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark copper color, with a short foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of apricots, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, caramel and brown sugar.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar and some dark fruits. Then a hearty flavor of Belgian yeast comes in with a mild alcohol burn. There’s a gold malt character and a mild hops presence with a nice balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily for a beer with 13.00% ABV, not too filling, strong kick that will catch up to you, I found it to be very enjoyable as I relaxed on a cold Friday night drinking it slowly.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of dcmchew
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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

thanks to bitterbeerface for sharing this at the Lancaster County Brewers Christmas gathering '10 last night. Poured chilled into my Duvel tulip.

A golden amber w/ very good clarity and visiblly carbonation. The cap of white rises and holds well, the bead is tight and lace is spotty. I smelled a sweet and unique aroma as it was poured, obviously brett influenced and very fragrant with fruit and mild funk the floral ester is there accenting the mild malt and alcohol odors. The feel is very light for the strength, mild biscuit and subtle acidity w/ the light tartness and moderate carbonation work well in this and it is a satisfying texure albeit semi-dry in the finish.

The taste is very good, lots of mellow malt toastiness with a slight cherry like tart edge that envelopes with subtle spice from the yeast and fruit taste in the flavor is increased by the brett influence and slight spicee w/ moderate alchohol heat and influence in the taste. The finish has a semi-sweet quality, very festive and vibrant. The flavor has a good deal of horseblanket and cherry with a slight currant and mild pepper accent w/ sugar plum quality roundng out the taste. The drinkability is superb, I was sad to see the bottle emptied so fast, I enjoyed the wild yeastiness and funk - a Tasty Treat! thanks Bob!

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

Full, garnet hue,a little rosy, creamy head above. Soon gone.

Spice and fruit in the nose. Apple, grapefruit, & plum. Soft, furry, & boisterous, all at once.Cinnamon & ginger, clove.

Taste: Mmm...mysterious Belgian yeast and malt doing it's thing, exotic fruit and spice, again. Zest citrus snap meets the darker fruity feel, combined with spicy kick and plump biscuit malt.Delicious.

Full bodied, bursting with flavor, brimming withha incomparable Belgian feel...orange meets cinnamon meets lavender plus...all that more...Ym.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

05/31/08- Received as a gift from a friend.

Presentation- 750ml bottle with some kind of code imprinted on the label. Corked and caged while poured into my St. Fuellien chalice.

Appearance- Deep brown-prune juice like color. Large bubbled one inch plus head which settles at a somewhat creamy 1/4 inch frothy head. Leaves nice lace caking on the sides of the glass.

Smell- Dark fruits (prunes, figs and dates) with a very sugary nose. A bit of yeast and maybe even some banana and clove?

Taste- Really light tasting for 13% Seems a bit thin at times. Has the nice sugary carmelized fig flavor though. Dates and maybe some raisins as well. Very sweet and a tad yeasty.

Mouthfeel- As staded above, a touch thin. Heavy carbonation and a sugary tongue coating.

Drinkability- Was expecting a bit more, but still was pretty good.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puboflyons
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.

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Photo of Suds
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love exotic holiday beers....this one didn't disappointing. From a corked and caged 750 ml bottle, this beer has Belgian written all over it. Funky, wild, and hugely interesting. The appearance isn't much to admire...golden-amber with a reddish tint. Effervescent, but no real head. The smell, however, is fabulous....sour cherries, yeast, earth, pepper, funk, spice, brown malt....wow. The taste has a lot going on as well...lots of alcohol warmth, without being overwhelming. It's a sour-sweet, malty, acidic, fruity, citric, funky blend. Nice. Not so attenuated that it lacks any sweetness, but very engaging. I loved this one.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

Photo of mrfrancis
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruby-tinted chestnut with a creamy, lingering tan head.

S: Aromas of roasted nuts, yeast, cream, and toffee are very evident on the nose. The smell of this beer is somewhere between an English barleywine and a Belgian strong dark ale.

T: Notes of almonds, chestnuts, heavy cream, toffee, dark bread, pungent yeast, and vanilla bean dominate the palate. The finish is long, rich, and robust with notes of bread, yeast, and chestnuts being most prevalent.

M: Full bodied, firm, and dryish with a crisp effervescence not normally associated with this style. Very nice.

O: I really like this beer and have started to appreciate the efforts of Brasserie Dubuisson Freres more and more as time goes by. The only real knock I can think of is that this beer is not as smooth as the regular Bush de Noel. Still, this is a satisfying winter treat.

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Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 133 ratings
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