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Bush De Nuits | 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:
Made from Scaldis (Bush) Noel aged for 6 months in Bourgogne barrels from the world famous "Nuits St Georges" vineyard.

Added by thierrynantes on 12-19-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
98
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
13.63%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
19
For Trade:
1
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Reviews by thecheapies:
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4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage 750 ml poured into Duchesse glassware. Scaldis Noel refermented in French burgundy oak barrels for six months.

Pours a yeasty, sediment-riddled, tawny light brown with orange highlights. Very bubbly head receded quickly leaving swampy swirls on the meniscus. A surprising amount of head-ring retention considering 13.00% alcohol. Looks menacing, in a good way.

Smells incredible. Rich tannins, sour, vinous, yeasty, a nice dose of cider vinegar. Very acetic in aroma, similar to a Flanders Red. A little of the Scaldis Noel bleeding through in the form of malt syrups and the alcohol. As it warms up, the alcohol really penetrates into the mucous membrane. Intense.

Been looking forward to cracking this baby open and having a first taste. Christmas Eve celebration beer #1.

First sip starts with the tart fruit notes (quince, cranberry), malt sweetness in the middle, and spicy yeast and booze all the way on a long-lasting finish. Little bit of the bubbly (as in champagne) on the swallow. Very dry on the back end. Such a beautiful transformation from tongue to mouth to throat--sour to sweet to dry. Touches all of the taste buds in patterns. This beer has tremendous complexity and strength. Closer to room temperature it gets, the spiciness of the Noel takes up more and more of the palate. I like how this beer is sour in a unique sort of way that I've not had before.

This beer is a little sticky on the lips. The carbonation is still a bit high even after a year and change. A little chewy, not as full as most Belgian Strong Darks tend to be. Heady as it goes down, but still remarkably drinkable for such a big, big beer.

Great find. Hell of a winter seasonal. A must try. I will seek out another bottle in the future.

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Photo of daveshawley
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ant1
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Large bottle to small snifter
Rich complex aroma and flavor. Really a lot going on here.
Feel: Somewhat lively but very soft carbonation.
Fruits including apple and raisins, a touch of smoke, plenty of alcohol esters.
A bit boozy for my tastes, usually, but really exceptional for this level of ABV.

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finished a bomber of this fine unique beverage, in the very glass it was designed for. Thanks for sendng both Vincent. Pours a blackish cognac coloured body with an initially notion only of a head. The aroma is rich wine (it was aged in such for 7 months), and the taste is secondary to this Belgian ale, with some chocolate. Special though not extraordinary special.Above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emilylee
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Mbpike
1.5/5  rDev -63.5%

Photo of briancathy
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of spakman
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of gillagorilla
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a murky red/beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of lightly sweet malt with oak notes, subtle tart notes and a vinous character. Taste is also a mix between a lightly sweet non-descript malt base with tart notes and a vinous feel from the wine barrel. Body was quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I must say I was disappointed by this one - I am not sure the wine barrel brought anything more that I appreciated. I was expecting more sour notes as opposed to some grapes. The price tag is another factor probably not helping.

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Photo of desint
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwilbur
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a slightly hazy amber hue with moderate carbonation producing a 2-3 inch bubbly light tan head. Good retention. No lacing.
S: Soft caramel malt; cinnamon, clove, and other soft spice; golden raisin; subtle hint of oak comes through especially with warming.
T: Chewy dark dried fruit, red berries, a distinct vinous note, oaky vanilla, and a hint of soft spice (cinnamon, clove, etc.). With warming, the red berry note becomes even more prominent.
M: Medium body...drinks lighter than the ABV would suggest. Lightly sweet. Moderate carbonation prickle. Decent lingering on the palate with a dry fruit note persisting. The ABV is extremely well hidden here.
D: I like the impact that aging in wine barrels has on this brew...vinous notes, berry notes, oak/vanilla notes all coming from this process. The end result is a well-balanced offering with good complexity and easy drinkability (especially given the ABV).
P.S. The ABV does eventually catch up to you...it is 13% after all.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JackNip
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Anatole
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Pav5069
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light, I'll say medium bodied chestnut brown in color with a one finger beige colored head. It smells of subtle oak, hazelnuts, and the lightest of dark fruits. The aromas are very, very subtle and not overwhelming, especially considering the 13%. There is zero alcohol present in the nose. The flavors too are very subtle. It is essentially a mix of chestnuts, hazelnuts, and light oak. There aren't any real dark fruits, which is fine, yet interesting. It's just overly subtle on everything. I like for a beer to woo me into drinking it. This beer almost dares me to drink it. Do I need to? No, and that's the thing. It's drinks very well for the style and for the content but it just doesn't thrill me. Oh well, it's always nice to try a bottle that cost $46.99.

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Photo of csustar001
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jmryan8
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of rarbring
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A brown foggy beer, a tan small head with little lacing but good curtains.

Lots of action for the noose, sweet dark fruits, sherry, Marzipan.

Starting somewhat sweet, old rancid fruits, vinous, a bit dusty, green mold.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, sticky and oily, slightly dry.

This bottle was for me beyond the peek.

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