Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
JoeinDahlem (1368) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
3fourths (8497) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from dranken gees, had at the cads first london tasting. Alround rating: Spicey, sweet, very carbonated, red wine is obvious and interesting, but its lost the rich fruit cake of the presige.
harrisoni (14856) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the Spotify tasting. Barrel aged funk. Pretty good in mouth. Lovely toffee and subtle toasted nutty woodiness. Some decent fruit. Very good and a lot better than I was expecting.
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - APR 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to Weine. Hazy amber color, small head. Aroma is fruity with notes of honey, caramel/toffee, some oak and some light funky notes. Flavour is a bit acidic/tart with some oak/wood, some sweeter caramel and honey notes, ending with some warming alcohol. Medium to full body, quite smooth. Interesting one.
Jerre (2843) - Waregem, BELGIUM - APR 14, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle, 75 cl. 10.04.09.
Hazy amber color, with off-white head. Aroma alcohol, citrus, and caramel.
Medium to full body.
Taste some citrus, woods touch, alcoholic, yeast.
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 10, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottled, 0.75l) Hazy dark red with a smallish, tanned, firm and lasting head. One of the loudest pops ever heard from a beer bottle. Deliciously tart and earthy, very red-wineous aroma with oak barrel, peppery spiciness, cellar. Very fruity flavor with some alcohol presence, some oak barrel, not as tart as the aroma, but with clear red wine notes. Long red wine aftertaste with tannins present. Well hidden alcohol. Yeast brings in even more intense fruitiness, that blends beautifully with the oaky tannins and red wine flavors. Medium body, surprisingly fizzy and carbonated for such a strong beer. A very enjoyable beer-wine marriage.