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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 341   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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Like the Brasserie Dubuissonís 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 NoŽl, ripened for 7 months on wine casks from Burgundy (Nuits-St.-Georges).


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2009
750ml bottle. Not a gusher, but the cork absolutely blew out of the bottle about five feet in the air. Be careful...

Heavy wine tannin on the nose. Light notes of alcohol. Dark fruit skin. Candy sugar. Cinnamon spiciness. Slightly musty upon warming. Acetone and mushroom-y vegetables as well (odd for sure). Pours murky, rusty brown/orange. No head and no lacing to speak of. Flavor is loaded with lots and lots of wine barrel. Sticky caramel. Slight acetone. Light spiciness. Slightly sour as well. Lush and creamy texture. Lively, but far from overbearing carbonation. Man, oh man... I had really high hopes for this one. Definitely a good beer, but far from spectacular. Thanks for the rare treat Niklas!

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sthlm (1246) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2009
[Bottle, thanks Tytoanderso!] Pours hazy brownish-amber with a decent beige head. Huge wine/vinous aroma, with light funkiness, leather, and raisin notes. Taste is heavily wine influenced as well--port, malt, alchohol, touch of black pepper, soe fruitiness, and decent acidity. Medium-thin mouthfeel, long vinous finish that transitions to malt, which then comes through very strongly. I often love wine barrel aging, and maybe I had gotten my hopes too high for this, but I was just a little disappointed by it. It was certainly well made, and I really liked the aroma, but other than that it just didnít quite click with me. Thanks again, Tyler!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2009
A Mes rate: bottle at The Cadsterís Spotify tasting.
Typical Bush Noel looks. Iím strugglinig to distinguish this from the Prestige but thatís 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 (7454) - 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 (12308) - 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) - MalmŲ, 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 (6355) - 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 itís 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 (1376) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 31, 2009
There are moments for it, but the original Bush Ambrťe is generally far too sweet for me. Same for the Bush NoŽl, 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.


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