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Bush Ambrée - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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BA SCORE
87
very good

619 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 619
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 24
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-25-2001

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Ratings: 619 | Reviews: 405
Photo of doktorhops
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now there are two types of bush in this world: One that produces delicious berries, and George W Bush. Hopefully Bush Ambrée is good Bush. TBH, this one caught me by surprise, I thought I had reviewed some pretty big Belgian beers in the past but Bush claims to be “THE STRONGEST BELGIAN BEER” quite prominently on the back label. I had to check back over all the Belgian beers I’ve reviewed and the only thing that comes close to 12% ABV is Trappistes Rochefort 10 at 11.3%... so I guess Bush is the strongest then.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Yee HAW! We got us a heap o’ them yeast particles floating around up in them there glass *best Yosemite Sam impression*. Along with a typical amber body and thin white lace I don’t think I’ve ever seen this much yeast floating in a glass, it’s a massive yeast party [insert highly (in)appropriate yeast infection joke here]... a little off-settling actually. 6/10.

S: Over ripe apples and pear, hints of dark fruit and quite a big boozy note, hope it’s not a half glass of beer with Grandmas brandy making up the rest, fingers crossed. Add a truckload of sugar, and you’ll be spot on the aroma of Bush. 7/10.

T: Yep. Sugar. Truckloads. But we expected that from the Belgians who famously use truckloads of sugar in their brews, and this is THE strongest Belgian beer one can buy, so yeah, obvious really. Once you get past the overbearing sweetness though there are some nice flavours at play with the over ripe apples, pears providing some acidity to cut through the sweetness, along with notes of plum with bready yeast, and a medicinal bitter finish. 8/10.

M: Medium to heavy body with a dense, excitable carbonation. 7/10.

D: Good? Yes. I can however feel a headache coming on like a swarm of sharks smelling blood in the water. Better pop a couple Aspirin with this brew. I do appreciate that my face is warm now, living in Canberra (which is the Australian word for “cold winters”). Overall though this beer is competing in the best stable in the world - the pedigree of Belgian Strong Ales, and there are many other great options: Duvel (of course!), La Chouffe, Piraat and Delirium Tremens. That said it is cheaper than all of those... this is then, I do declare, the best cheapest Belgian Strong Ale you can get, yay! 8/10.

Food match: Ibuprofen, Panadol and Aspirin - pick your poison. Or cheese platter.

Photo of nelsonsaigon
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Saigon (bottle)

I will not drink this beer unless there are no other choices.

Photo of EmperorBevis
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

big liquor aroma taste
like liquidised highland toffee
Here's to life

Photo of jonb5
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: First thing I noticed was the lack of sediment inthe bottle, amber colour, initial one fat finger head morphed into lid of foam, clear, not much lacing on the glass.

S: Banana, clove and phenol.

T: The first sip triggered a coughing fit, seriously strong stuff, followed the nose with the clove, banana and phenol, pretty sweet, to say it had a boozy kick to finish with would be an understatement, it burned like no other.

M: So thick I could have eaten it, carbonation was non existent, smooth.

O: Mellowed as it went on but not a subtle beer, I would describe this as Belgium’s equivalent of Special Brew, I think I’ll put the remaining 3 bottles away and hope that age calms them.

Photo of Svingjo
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured a translucent copper colour and produced a thin white ring of head. The nose leads with toffee and malt. There is a sweet fruitiness as well along with dates and dark fruit. The flavour is much of the same along with an alcohol warmness. Not the burn that you might expect with a 11.8% ABV. The mouthfeel is a bit on the syrupy side but that adds to the experience because the carbonation balances it out.

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Cognac coloured body with a small ring of a head.
S: Massive caramel.
T: Certainly repeats the nose with loads of zingy buttercomb toffee, and then some. Theres a touch of liquorice.
O: Can't taste the alcohol in this one.

Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18E). Bottle 33 cl - Batch B4 07 4. AROMA: sweet malt background with caramel and spicy notes. strong spicy alcohol presence but not solventy. APPEARANCE: coppery color and translucent. average ivory head with good retention. lacing is present due to high alcohol derived viscosity. TASTE: sweet caramely like flavour. high alcohol presence. low bitterness and a semi-sweet finish. PALATE: medium-low body with a strong alcohol presence. OVERALL: a beer that lacks the malt complexity of the competition and with a very strong alcohol presence.

Photo of choyhosoi
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Pours a hazy orange with a big head that dissipates quickly. Grape scents with a candied scent. Very nice lacing and a great mouthfeel. There isn't too strong of an alcohol taste. This is a definite must buy for a real drinker.

Photo of Dentist666
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

0,33l bottle.
Poured into snifter. Clear orange-amber beer with one finger off-white head. Smell of yeasts, caramel, pale malts, hint of spices. Flavour is rich and alcoholic, warming, semeisweet, malts, yeasts, caramel. Oily, sticky, boozy. Actually, excellent representative of the style.

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber appearance - as the name would lead you to expect. Nice foam and lacing. Not a big head though.

Aroma is of booze, sweetness and some raisins and dark fruits.

Taste is quite syrupy with a bit of typical Belgian yeast. It tastes good but not terribly complex or refined. It has a fairly boozy flavour.

Mouthfeel is medium and a bit sticky.

Overall, an enjoyable Belgian beer with many typical characteristics of a strong Belgian ale. It is classed in the same category as Duvel which is a more complex and better beer to my taste. However, this beer seems to overlap a bit with Belgian strong dark ales such as Chimay blue. I guess an amber ale is halfway between a Duvel and a Chimay blue. Anyway, good but a bit boozy and not amazing in any way

My mark out of a hundred would be 83.

Photo of a0lbudman
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-clear amber color with a large white head that leaves a lace
S-dark fruits, spices, malts
T-A mixture of malts and spices with a good spice and hop aftertaste that goes into a spice flavor and an alcohol warming in the end
M-medium body and high carbonation
O-This was an outstanding beer with plenty going on

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE - Peachy orange, slightly opaque. Creamy, light brown, 4-finger head that lasts, with lots of lacing

SMELL/AROMA - A little sweet, piney.

TASTE - Quite sweet, fruity, Sherry-like, and mildly piney. ABV fairly well-hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Surprisingly well-carbonated, thick and a bit syrupy.

OVERALL - A very well balanced Tripel. The sweetness works, and the ABV doesn't hit you. Quaffable, but not chuggable. Do not limit this to dessert only.

Photo of Everything_Belgium
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is one superb beer I just found it today.

Pours very well. Leaves a small amount of head. Poured into tulip glass. Smells great.

It has a great smooth sweet taste thats not too heavy with a nice sweet aftertaste. Not too sweet and not too much alcohol taste considering 12% abv.

This has just hit the list of one of my favorite beers. I have nothing negative to say about this beer. I will buy again!

Photo of stephens101
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Off-white head thins out with the quickness. Color is brassy and clear with a red tint in spot.

Aroma of orange, malt, yeast, fresh baked vanilla cake, some faint caramel and subtle lemon.

Sweet and creamy to the tongue with that 12% ABV trickling away almost unnoticed. Has some sugar, vanilla, orange and bitterness at the far end.

A worry free sipper that allows for pure enjoyment if you take your time.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First I must say Belgian Strong Pale is a stupid categorical name. While it is belgian, strong it is more certainly not pale.

This beer was served in a Scaldis tulip glass. As part of my Uprising at Novare Res.

The bee is amber almost the dark side of amber. A thick head forms and dissipates to the glasses edge, surprising amount of head at 12%. The head is dense and sticky.

The nose is pale malts hints of a mattalic not but faint figs and other berry notes come across no alcohol.

Unlike the nose the taste is more in your face, bigger fig and prune notes. The maltyness is prominent with a slight and I mean slight alcohol in the back.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a classic belgian strong amber beer with a lot of character. the most impressive thing about it is the feel, and how well it hides its intense alcoholic strength, its barley there, not the least bit hot, and rather smooth drinking as a result. slightly hazy orangey amber in color with a patchy white head that lasts. i smell a lot of residual sugar here, sweet dusty almost english type grain on this, with a robust belgian yeast strain that gives off some dried apricot notes and maybe even a little apple. the sweetness is there, but its short lived, the finish is still pretty quick on it, and the big carbonation makes it drink a little cleaner too. i like the elegant simplicity of this beer, despite also being dynamic and very strong, it comes across well refined and completely dialed in. they do a refermented in the bottle addition of this, which i have to imagine is even more enjoyable with the rest of its sugar gone, but i like the little brother edition here. definitely an underrated brew.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a foggy amber color. My pour was relatively devoid of any head. It's body is predictably thick.

S-Aroma is fairly mute,I stupidly chilled this far too much. The aroma grows as the minutes pass. It's purely sweet with zero hop presence. Estery and noticeably fruity with stiff alcohol.

T-The flavor is less coercive with its alcohol. It's a thick load of sweetness. Fruity yeastiness. Isn't impressive as far as complexity goes. It's just a big beer.

M-Booze is pleasant, reminds me of a liqueur. Nearly cloying, though. Hot. Light bubbles. Slow sipper.

O/D-Not something I would ever buy. Happy I didn't pay for this and I sampled from a friend. Not what I'm looking for in a beer but I can see why someone who loves their Belgian sweet-brews would love its hot, sticky goodness.

Photo of STEELERFAN2390
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

this beer is worth a try if youre into Belgium brews that are slightly boozy and have the yeast characteristics.

A-orange and amber in color..nice lacing that left a decent head that rapidly vanished.

S-bread/biscuits ,malt,belgium , slight alcohol smell is present.

T-coriander , boozy, hot, complexed and pretty balanced. some malt and a peppery /spice flavor...pretty awesome.

M-light to medium mouth on this ,pretty well carbonated. nice!

O- overall I really enjoyed this beer as a sipper on a cold night....its actually become a staple in my rotation. I like the hint of booze in it ,its not too overpowering.
def a must try ...

Purchased at total wine in naples,florida for 15.99$ for a 4 pk

Photo of blue_bleeder
4.66/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - Poured a rich amber color out of the bottle. Poured fast enough that I had a large lacy head that disappeared really quickly

S - Bready, malty nose with hints of alcohol.

T - Super complex. Strong boozy taste, sweet and rich with peppery, coriander finish. AMAZING!

M - medium mouthfeel with the perfect amount of carbonation.

O - The best Belgian beer I have had.

Photo of MaartenvanDoorn
2.77/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer was poured from the bottle into a glass. The appearance was okay, nothing special but also not bad. The taste was not good, in my opinion. Not balanced, too heavy alcohol taste, for my taste. Very strong sweetness. The beer was nice and thick though. Overall, not bad but also not great.

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber Sienna, clear filtered, lots of carbonation, off white head fades quickly to foam.

S: Bananas, candied sugar, Belgian yeasts, an alcohol burn but its well hidden behind the sweetness and floral quality.

T: Sweet floral quality, cologne like alcohol presence which burns all the way down into the chest cavity and stomach. The Belgian style yeasts and banana and candy are there, paired equally in presence with alcohol burn ad presence.

M: Thick and firey and leaning towards rum in consistency more than most beers. Medium carbonation.

O: Must try this one. Noted for its alcohol presence, but is a good Belgian as well. A little too much alcohol for my liking, but I love its uniqueness.

Photo of Tone
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appears as a cloudy, dark maize. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of alcohol, slight dark fruit, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of an Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, alcohol, dark citrus, hint of pale malt, and a hint of spice. Overall, very similar to Kwak, with more pronounced alcohol flavor.

Photo of soju6
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2.5ml bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small head that fades quickly to specks of lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, dark fruits and bit of spice. It reminds me a bit of brandy with just a trace of alcohol.

T: Taste of malt, caramel dark fruit and a bit of spice. Muted bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly light body, smooth and silky texture. Very well balanced as the 12% ABV is well hidden.

O: The ideal sipper to relax with at the end of the day.

Photo of Vladimiriuz
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good amber colour, little dancing sparkles on the bottom. Thin thick foam, what dies in a no time.

The nose brings me sugary, alcohol and caramel. Some roasted and dark barley malt as well.
a Special and different fragrance for a beer.

Taste is sweet, powerful and strong. Surely a beer for to enjoy and take the time for it.
Again the sugars and flavours of sweet caramel comes above the palate. The aftertaste comes the alcohol strongly, but went in a very slowly parts away.

Afterall a good special Strong Pale Ale from Dubuisson Bush Ambrée.

Photo of nmarsceill
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

I first had this a couple years ago and again recently with a nice diner as a pairing with some light appetizers and cheese.

The look is very solid and the color is rich. I never rate this too high unless I feel it somehow overcomes a normal range of appearance. The smell and taste I find are pretty in step - malty and sweet. The smell truly represents the taste to follow.

The fermentation is crisp but not overly powerful. Served cold it was still pretty light for so much malt flavor. The alcohol is present if not subtle in the taste and also in the way it hits you. This is something I am a fan of, but if you are not - just be weary of that.

This beer is one of my favorite to have with food. Bitter, sweet and rich beers work well with more complex food profiles. Salty foods in general is something I would suggest.

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Bush Ambrée from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
87 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.