sthlm (1255) - Iowa, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
[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 didn’t quite click with me. Thanks again, Tyler!
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
marcus (5876) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 22, 2009
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
bhensonb (10184) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 18, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Cletus (6322) - 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.
JoeinEscazú (1325) - Ozark, Missouri, USA - 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 (2154) - 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.