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
Ratings:
100
Reviews:
40
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
13.38%
 
 
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21
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19
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1.25/5  rDev -69.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -63.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -45.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a (512) anniversary glass.

Cuvee 2011. The finale of a back-to-back with the barrel-less Scaldis Noel. It pours a clear sunset rose-amber topped by a finger of glowing dusty cream foam. The nose comprises red wine vinegar, tart raspberry, light oak, a touch of clove, light black grapes, and a few drops of honey. The taste holds notes of clove, brown sugar, candied fruits, light fig, light vinegar, light oak, and a blast of alcohol. Things don't come together quite as well as the smell led me to believe it would. Thankfully, unlike the Scaldis Noel, the booze doesn't completely overwhelm things, but it certainly tries. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, this version is better than the naked one, but the harsh booziness and slightly muddled flavors don't do it any favors at all. Gotta say, this pairing was a pretty big disappointment...

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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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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Moose90
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from 2012 Vintage 750ml C&C Bottle.

A — Pours a deep and dark red color, very red indeed. Puffy off-white colored head fades rather quickly, most likely due to the acidity in the beer.

S — Super funky and acidic, lots of vinegar and oak. Little bit of a heather honey sweetness and floral undertone.

T — Acidic again, lots of tart pie cherries and a super oaky undertone, quite acidic and sour, lots of vinegar.

M — Medium bodied, lingering finish and aftertaste.

O — OK overall, super funky and acidic, seems to be lacking balance, unfortunately.

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Photo of Euroglot
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of YannickB
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in my Bush sniffer.

A: A murky amber with a small head. Head retention is not good, not good at all. The head disappears to nothing far to fast. A lot of lacing going on though.

S: First of all, this beer smells of red wine. Further it has some hints of red fruits and cinnamon. It almost seems like it smells like cherries that are cured in liquor.

T: It starts with a little bit of caramel malts but after this a big wave a red wine flavor. A lot of grapes in there, maybe a few other red fruits. Ends somewhat tangy. A lot of alcohol heating going on.

M: Light carbonation, some thickness like a red wine. Feels like a bit of caramel.

D: At 13% abv it hides its alcohol reasonably well, but still it is a lot. I drank the 75cl bottle myself over a evening, and it was more than enough.

Conclusion: It tastes like mixing a beer with wine. Although Bush beers are always a bit vinous, this is a lot more. The combination is well done, but not really my cup of tea. Plus it is a little bit pricey. I'm Belgian so I can get this very easy in the supermarket, but still at 10 euros a bottle, it is much more than the bush noel. And that is a better beer in my opinion.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: this beer has an orange/brown color and has a frothy white colored head. Pretty large bubbles and good head retention.

S: On the nose I get a rich caramel/Toffee sweetness. Also there is a nutty quality like a sweet candied roasted pecan quality.

T: The oak in this beer is very present. It adds a woody vanilla flavor which hits the palate right away. I get that sweet candied pecan quality as well... almost cloying. The alcohol is noticeable and has a warming quality. Also I detect some fruity esters (dried orange peel mostly). Lots of complexity going on, but for me I think its a little unfocused.

M: Rich and mouth coating, long finishing.

D: Low drinkablity if not for the 70 dollar pricetag it is very sweet and alcoholic.... certainly a special occasion beer.

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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 drewone
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Ctruskey
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Lucoli
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a friend's 750ml bottle he got for $40. Price makes me very hopeful. Pours a creamy color. Doesn't take long for the smell to hit you - like a big port smell. Smell overwhelms as you taste. Taste is very fruity and aromatic. Mouthfeel is good, nicely carbonated and the alcohol doesn't overwhelm despite the 13% abv. I am on the fence with this one - heavy barrell focused ale which is all the rage these days - not really my thing, but I understand if someone wants to sip slowly with some friends.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle, 2009 rate.

Pours deep mahogany with a large, fluffy light beige head. Nice lacing, a real looker. Really good nose, a nice bit of Chimay-esque yeast, ripe red fruits, maybe just a touch of barrel sourness, and some caramel malt. Dry and prickly in the mouth, focused and restrained. I expected a bit of sweet/sour hodgepodge, but it's quite elegant and straightforward. Has the champagne-like quality of Malheur Dark Brut, but may have a touch more wild complexity at the front. Not too sweet, which was my major worry hear, and it's really quite dry. A bit of sourness kind of creeps throughout but thankfully doesn't blossom as the soft elegance here is what does it. Very pretty, a neat beer.

As this warms it changes character, a sour apple edge comes out, and the whole thing is more tart. I'm trying to make sense of the two "worlds" of this beer but it's a bit disjointed at times. Drink it cold.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brownish orange colored beer with a slight bit of beige head on it. Not a lot of stick left on the sides of the glass.

S - A little lighter than I was thinking it would be. The barrel is evident in this one in the form of oak and vinous characteristics. A bit of alcohol burn, but nothing unpleasant.

T - Well, it's quite vinous, but in a pretty good way. Darker fruits than the nose would suggest, with some tannic notes on the finish. Slight sourness on the end.

M - Full bodied, soft carbonation.

O - Good, a little boozy but I think that actually cuts into some of the sweeter notes of this a little bit. Not bad, enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of Kendo
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle, labeled "Scaldis Prestige de Nuits." Consumed NYE 2010/2011, shared with the friend who bought it for me as a Christmas gift.

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is light brown with no head whatsoever - a likely result of the high-ABV. Some sediment in suspension.

S: Port wine-like. Raisins and dried fruit over sweet malt, with a fairly strong waft of alcohol.

T: First impression follows the nose: I wrote "Vinuous." Dark, dried fruits (raisins, maybe prunes or plums, and basic grapes) and candied sugar. Slight sourness is perceived. Finishes with alcohol heat - an almost bourbon-like touch of tannic wood provides some bitterness.

M: This is a heavyweight. Fairly smooth in feel, with soft carbonation.

D: OK - call it "pretty good for a 13% ABV ale."

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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%

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4.11 out of 5 based on 100 ratings.
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