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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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Like the Brasserie Dubuisson’s renowned Scaldis Prestige, Scaldis Prestige de Nuits is aged in oak barrels for six months. But Prestige de Nuits is made of Scaldis Noel aged in Bourgogne barrels from the world famous "Nuits St. Georges" vineyard. The result is an ale of extraordinary complexity and depth.

Bush de Noël, ripened for 7 months on wine casks from Burgundy (Nuits-St.-Georges).


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2009
A Mes rate: bottle at The Cadster’s Spotify tasting.
Typical Bush Noel looks. I’m strugglinig to distinguish this from the Prestige but that’s really not a bad thing now is it? Big, bad and very mad. Tart and fruity, massive complex malt, loads of chewy barrel and a big sting of alcohol offset with the sourness instigated by the Burgundy againg. Fanfunkingtastic stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (6769) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 22, 2009
2008 Bottle from Delirium Brussels. This dark amber beer poured with a beautiful white head and a citrus aroma. There is a very complex , but subdued flavor. Oak, vinegar, dark malt, some fruit. It presents itself in layers and leaves a lot on the palate for some time. The sourness lessens as the bottle empties.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11491) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 18, 2009
750 shared by Marcus and I at Delerium. Bottle is 2008 Cuvee Special. Pours a dark amber with a decent beige head. Aroma has notes of oak and apple. Sour notes. Body is full and carbonation is fairly strong. Flavor is dark malt, and somewhat plummy sour. Malt is present to offset the sour. Becomes a bit vinous. Sour disappears with time. Changes. Goes really smooth in less than half an hour. Great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2009
Bottle. Poured a nice amber color with a small head. Vinious aroma with some ripe fruit and a nice alcohol touch. Taste was pretty sweet but still with good acidity. Pretty oaky and fruity taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2009
The maturation of this beer on the barrel has added so much. Lovely vinousity, luxurious alcohol, a fantastic fruity berry layer on top of a mild but sturdy caramell layer. Good acidity in the finish inviting you for another sip.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 6, 2009
pours amber with a small off white head. Smells of oak, wine, some dry malt, residual sugar, boozy. Tastes sweet and oaky with lots of dry wooy hints, fruit and a sugary finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Aroma of mustard, dust, caramel, wood, and wine. Tastes if caramel, brown sugar, red wine, mustard, and is a bit sours (surprised it’s not called so on the site). Finishes woody, malty, with more vanilla than expected, and a subtle sourness. Medium to full bodied, creamy and high carbonation. This was quite good! Subtle sourness, and much less medicinal than the regular Bush/Scaldis de Noel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeinDahlem (1333) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 31, 2009
There are moments for it, but the original Bush Ambrée is generally far too sweet for me. Same for the Bush Noël, which is nonetheless slightly more balanced and interesting. Somehow I thought that not even something as romantic as seven months on Burgundy casks could rescue this beer. I was wrong. They completely rescued it. It turns out that the added oaky, tart-and-vinous complexity, which is really not so subtle, is exactly what Bush needs to better suit my taste buds. Whiskeyish aspects there too. Good night. I look forward to the day when Dubuisson is aging so much beer on oak that they can bring the ridiculous price down into the realm of accessibility.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2009
Pours cloudy amber with a lacy off-white head. Sweet oaky aroma with little bits of fruit. Lightly sweet taste of oxidized apples, pepper that morphs into being lightly sour. This was a dandy little sipper.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8228) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2009
750ml. Hazy garnet/orange, soft. Lovely nose of prickly lacto and tannic grape skins. Sweaty, musty, salty, peppery, perfume-like. Lovely aroma. Cloying and sugared throughout. Thick and syrupy. Tingly corn syrup overloaded sweetness. Barrel character is lively and peppery, moderate tannins. Too thick, too cloying, but nicely prickly/peppery finishing over an incredible length of time. Later on the nose develops this armpit solvent and perfume sugared red fruit character.


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