Bush Ambrée - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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625 Ratings

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Ratings: 625
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 25
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by Westsidethreat:
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Nice clear, dark golden amberish color with a superb tight white head.

S: Smells sort of English, like an old ale. Touches of candi sugar, yeast and alcohol

T: Rich and malty...lots of caramel sweetness. Stil reminds me of an old ale. Has notes of raspberry, vanilla and peaches. Warming like a brandy

M: Bit thick and sticky.

D: Tasty but too much alcohol not balanced well enough. Novelty drink.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange with lighter head than expected,aroma was rich and nutty with some concentrated orange aromas as well.Flavors are sweet and orange liquore tasting pretty syrupy with some light nutty flavors that linger in the finish.The alcohol is very prevelant even more as it warms.I think this would be a nice nightcap,would make ya sleep well Iam sure.

Photo of RoyalT
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Bright orange in color with a tight, foamy head.

Smell – Light yeast aroma with a strong spiciness typical of the style. The coriander especially is very strong. The nose finishes with a lovely fruitiness consisting of big Florida oranges, cranberries, some cherry, and maybe raspberries.

Taste – Beautiful dough and orange flavors come out in the tongue. The alcohol also is much more prominent than in the nose. The strong fruity finish is consistent with the nose, yet not as complex.

Mouthfeel – Nearly full in the mouth with a strong alcohol sensation and well carbonated.

Drinkability – The alcohol notes will make or break your opinion of this ale. If it’s too much for you, you won’t be able to enjoy it. If you’re used to drinking hard liquor and the sting of 100 proof booze isn’t offending, you’ll be able to appreciate this ale.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

LOOK (3/5) Pours a light copper to amber with a lot of orange - nice color. It was very opaque, about as much as a witbier. Some particles are held in suspension, which I don't like. It produces very little head and falls to nothing very quickly and leaves no lacing.

SMELL (4.5/5) Malty with a decent helping of the munich/vienna mailard notes (prune/plum/dates). The main twist here is a lot more sour tartness that I'd expect from this style (though much less than a Flanders Red or a Gueuze) there is also a tinge of brunky earthiness that may be brett. This switches the balance from sweet to more tart and reminiscent of figs and dried berries. No real hops, pepper, or alcohol (at 12%!).

TASTE (4.5/5) The flavour is really similar to the nose and all the same characters are present. The rich mailard malt is played up by a yeast character that's tart and sour as well as earth and brunky - the result is a complex fig, dried grape/berry/cherry flavor. Very smooth! The finish is good - balance is acheived with the malt and the tart. A bit of pepper and alcohol warmth on the finish.

FEEL (4/5) Carbonation is pretty weak & the body is medium-light, it would be velvety. That being said, the flavor is strong enough that if there more body it would have been too much. Tartness tickles the mouth on the finish and some lasting syrupy sweetness.

DRINK (3.5/5) Very flavorful and so tasty! It has a kinda port. More of a sipper, not a session.

Photo of kaimcm
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

little tiny 8.5 ounce bottle poured into a chalice. gunsmoke greets me and I rejoice.

A: beautiful golden amber body. totally clear with tiny bubbles rising from the depths. Pretty clean white head which disipates quickly, though at 12% ABV not too surprised. agitation easily brings it back, light lacing.

S: rum, moist vanilla cake, alcohol, raisons, ripe green fruit

T/M: Chewy mouthfeel brings with it a lighter than expected body that delivers a lot of what the nose promises. Raisons, sugar, bakers sweets, some subtle green fruit on the finish all on top of simple solid malt. The alcohol is very warming, barely percieved on the tongue but I already feel it in my head after 4 or 5 sips. Finish is dry and slightly astringent with quite a bit of spice on the back of the throat and tongue.

D: um...12% ABV....4 bucks for 8 oz's...hard to find...what do you expect. that being said, its a great nightcap.

this beer is a style unto itself, unlike any other quadrupel I know. presents a lot of barley wine qualities with a belgian beer mouthfeel. very interesting and enjoyable.

Photo of blackearth
4.82/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Cafe Hollander in Wauwatosa, WI as part of their first Belgian Beer Dinner. This beer was poured into a small wine glass and served close to room temperature. It had a reddish-mahogany body with a little bit of foam around the sides of the glass. Aromas of dried cherries, cinnamon, and oak. Full bodied mouthfeel that coats your tongue in silky sweet malts with a pleasant alcohol warmth. This is the perfect substitute for an after-dinner port.

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

Served in a goblet, the beer was a clear golden color with a small head. A decent amount of lacing. The aroma was sweet fruit with a little malt. More fruit in the taste, as well as some spice. Warmth from the alcohol also apparent. Pretty full-bodied, and a bit of a handful. One of these was enough.

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 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 Jason
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Tiny 8.4 oz brown bottle with a dark orange foil over the cap. A lot # or odd freshness date on the side of the label could be deciphered as the month, week of the month and year to drink before.

Appearance: Aggressively carbonated though with the beer being thick it takes its time as it rolls to the top to form a rocky head. Peachy orange colour with small flakes of yeast floating around.

Smell: Peppery sweet alcohol, ripe tropical fruit like pineapple and mango are thrown to the nostrils. Some malt sweetness is the back also.

Taste: Creamy medium body with a thick carbonation, big unwavering alcoholic character is there from start to finish. Peppery and warming with a sweetish sherry like flavour. Nectarine? Fruitiness is there but mixed. Hints of medicinal phenols. Malt flavour is cake like and a bit doughy, it seems uniform all the way through also. Hops a mild and a bit of a veggie flavour peeks in. Finishes with more alcohol and leaves some residual sweetness.

Notes: Impressively strong yet balanced in a way given its strength. Makes a perfect dessert beer or a night cap to sip on. Certainly is close to the barley wine style though still lined with a big Belgian influence.

Photo of merlin48
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber body with a small beige head. Some delicate curtains of lace decorate the goblet. Aroma is very fruity with melon and ripe banana. Medium body with subdued carbonation. Taste is sweet with fruity melon. Some noble hops bitterness and alcohol warmth. Too sweet to be very drinkable.

Photo of magictrokini
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ O'Brien's. Pours hazy amber with a thick, rocky off-white head. Funky sweet aroma, lots of caramel and sugar, bubblegum, red apple, bread, and maple syrup. Strong flavor. Yeast ester bubblegum with nougat, but blended with a sourness and oak. More flavor comes out as it warms. Sherry, cherry, butterscotch, orange candy, and brown sugar blend with the early tastes. Somewhat heavy, and the alcohol is very warm.

Photo of deebo
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased a can of Bush Amber at a market in Brussels.
Appearance-Cloudy, amber color with thick tan off-white head that dissipates after a few drinks
Smell-Heavy on malt aroma with slight fruity, yeasty aroma, with hints of ethanol
Taste-Plenty of hops hold on at end. Alcohol bite is noticeable after a couple drinks but then blends nicely towards bottom. Malt flavor is good but a little light considering heavy alcohol level. Definitely a unique taste.
Mouthfeel-Heavy body, alcohol is noticeable.
Drinkability-Worth 1-3, much past that and it won't matter.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber color with a rusty-golden hue from a 11.2oz bottle. The head was weak and thin, the large bubbles quickly dissipated without leaving any lacing of which to speak.

An aroma of honey, toasty malt, and caramel. The flavor offered just a suggestion of citrus at the edges of the warm malt, honey, caramel, butterscotch, some golden raisin, and substantial alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full and warm, with good action on the palate. It begins with just a flutter of citrus, then the toasty malt, follwed by a sweetness inspired by caramel and butterscotch, then finishing with a jolt of alcohol. A rich, sugary, goodness clings to the lips.

Good drinkability. It's complex, sweet, and alcoholic, yet balanced enough to not be overbearing in any single respect. Very solid indeed. Salud.

Photo of ADR
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Little bottle of potent venom...murky brown amber, final head in the 1/4 inch range, lacy at the margins. Aroma is fairly restrained, slight peach and white wine in character. Alcohol (12% by volume) is apparent right off the bat, sizzles the taste before settling into a full prune/pepper/spice flavor. A little phenolic taste. Not as coating as I was expecting. Peppery at the swallow, a little upcharge through the nasal passages. Too "rough and ready" around the edges to me. There are comparable brews of a roughly similar style that I would prefer over this.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy golden frothy white foaming head with a nice ticket of lacing evenly spread, nice. Aroma: Ginger honey tinted doughy like tones, with a rich syrupy mix of caramelized plums and other fruit tinged with an alcohol burn. Taste: Hops with rich malty flavors are flowing with brown sugar highlights reduced down to a syrup. Mouthfeel: Carbonation is smooth body is full and rich. Drinkability: Beware of the abv I didn't know before ordering, still very tasty Belgian delight.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark gold, not quite amber color. Thin off-white head.
Aroma-pungent, yeasty,piney, doughey.
A tart malt flavor is what I tasted first. The alcohol becomes more present right at the finish. I'm not yet the Belgian connoiseur, but the hops balance well with the strong sweet malt and alcohol. I've had Quads with much different flavor profiles. This would be an excellent after dinner drink as the alcohol warms and does not burn. As it warms, it becomes eerily similar to a Wee Heavy.

Photo of nickthegun12
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is a big one!

dark orange in color with a thin frothy head, and splotchy lacing...

smells of fruits and malts....there is an air of alcohol in the smell no direct alcohol in the nose.... yeasty

the taste is heavy alcohol is def. present...the fruitiness is on the back end of the taste...

the feel is a good mix of creamy and dry...they did a good job with this

overall def. worth trying...not the most complex beer in the world though

Photo of IntriqKen
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark clear golden brown with tiny bubbles creating a half finger head that melts to a very sticky lacing. Unlike many reviewers, my pour shows no yeasty floaties...just clear with tiny bubbles.
Aroma is alcohol with tropical fruit. Alcohol predominates, but not medicinally or fusal in type.
Taste sweet malt with a rich tropical fruit taste....mangos, over ripe banana, very ripe sweet pineapple.
Aftertaste is almost pure alcohol. You never notice it in the palette until you swallow and then...wow...hot burning alcohol going down and a definately strong alcohol aftertaste...almost like taking straight shots of Southern Comfort (the sweet fruit still comes through).
The mouthfeel gets a 5...it is so creamy and smooth in the mouth with incredibly soft perfect carbonation.
This is way too strong to be "drinkable"...and yet....
One sip...wow, that is strong swallowing.
Two sips...wow...strong and actually feeling a buzz.
Three sips...hmmmm...sort of mellowing now....can still type but don't particularly want to talk.
Four sips...whoa...this is sweet...sweet and warm...not hot, just a really nice night cap beer.
Five sips....uh breakgfjn skhgid. kshf Grseadts.
I'm rating it 4.0 on drinkability not because I want another tonight...no way that can happen...rather because I definately want another and will buy this again. Normally I do not like quads....too intense. This beer is actually very complex and balanced.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review # 1000 8.48 fl.oz $5.00

Orange and yellow hued golden color with rushing, flowing and crazy carbonation. Lacy 2" off-white cap and a crazy, bubbly center.

Sweet mandarin oranges, zesty citrus yeast, caramel and an array of tropical sweet fruits aroma's. Rum-esque heat tingle and green grassy hops.

Good complexity on all levels, malt is wonderously sweet, honey and caramel but not with a thick or hefty feel. The yeast provides major citric snap, tropical fruitiness, spiced rum from the heat and sweet malt effect.

The feel is ultra crisp, dry and refreshing, complex feel but not heavy. A jazzy medium feel overall. Earthy, pepper dry feel, and seems to evaporate on the tongue.

My sorta brew.

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

8.48 oz bottle into a wine glass. 8.48 oz. bottle? Never seen one I don't think. No 11.2 oz., eh? Best before end of 3/06? This may be interesting, but at the same time I'm pretty sure this is going to hold up.

Appearance: A peach color with copper involved and some floaties. Nice raindrops around the glass.

Smell: Lots of fruit esters. Apple. Peach. Strawberry. Along with some booze. Some nail polish. Graham cracker. Caramel malts. And some citrus.

Taste: Let this warm to room temperature, if that statement isn't obvious. A highly nuanced beer this is. Lots of good fruit esters, along with more caramel malt and mild chocolate flavors, some dates, nuts, plums, and maybe some maple. Finish is long, and actually, somehow, a bit hoppy, adding some good bitterness to the sweetness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Good creamy and full carbonation to balance out the big-bodied sweetness of the brew overall.

Drinkability: I paid $3.99 for this at least three years ago, if not four or five, so this stuff ain't cheap. Therefore, the price to quality ratio goes down a bit, as this is no holy grail of brew. That said, this could probably last many more years, and I'm glad I got to try it.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Soapbox Alert! Dubuisson: please consider bottling this amazing beer in reasonable 12 oz. bottles. (Not that they'll see this...) This 8.48 oz. stuff is nonsense. Scaldis/Bush is a special and, for many, rare treat...it can't possibly be because of the 12% alcohol that they issue the beer in this elfin bottle. I can get American beers with higher alcohol in bottles 3 times larger, and I haven't become an alcoholic yet. I know, I know...it's not about quantity but quality. It's also about a respectable and satisfying serving size. Bah humbug.

Last time I had this was at the brewery itself (where I completely forgot to make the above appeal, considering all the fun we were having). I bought a humongous boot-glass serving for the entire 25+ dinner party. I guess I got my ideal serving size in the end. Here, I pour into a Moinette goblet--a coppery amber color hosts zillions of bubbles that move with insane activity inside the liquid. It's like a hurricane in there. I've never seen anything like it, and this isn't even an etched bowl. The head is creamy, forming incredible walls of lacy webbing as it slowly mellows. You can bet the head sticks around forever, to some degree of thickness.

Aroma is primarily vinous with a light sugary layer and subtle spiciness underneath. Only a hint of the alcohol appears, and maybe a smidgen of the yeast, but it's hard to tell amidst the density and depth. Also some grape Bubble-Yum, I swear.

More grape bubble-gum in the flavor, along with a thick layer of vanilla, butterscotch & maple syrup, cookie dough, tons of caramel, lighter dessert/pie spices, and a combined nip of flavor from the alcohol/yeast, both of which are reeled in and only supporting characters, keeping the sweetness at a reasonable level. At 12%, the mere hint of alcohol is impressive. But wait...there's a somewhat boozy finish to tackle with. A pungency lingers too, with a twist of maple. Even in the finish the alcohol isn't overdone or cloying...just a nice accent to the main flavors.

The mouthfeel is curious, considering the intense bubble activity...they mellow over time but are no less present. So why is it insanely creamy, with hardly any sparkle to the carbonation? A mystery, but it completely works, letting the flavors come out strongly without a too-aggressive texture to cause distraction.

Along with Corsendonk, this was one of the very first Belgians that entirely changed my thoughts on beer. Even among Belgian beers it stands alone. One of the country's finest. Well worth the price, too, even in these stupidly tiny bottles.

Photo of Mar02x
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I brought this bottle from France. I was there on holiday last summer and had to buy a souvenir.

A - A amber colored beer with a nice white head, looks good. The fluid is hazy and there is no carbonation visible. The head fizzed out very fast.

S - Alcohol ,citrus , yeast and some apricot its all inviting you to take a sip.

T - Upfront its boozy than come tastes like candy sugar, citrus, coriander, apricot, faintly some vanilla and I think some cardamom is in as well.

M - Bubbly and a medium body. In the end comes again the alcohol, but this time it warms you.

O - The balance is off in this beer. Its not going to be something I drink often.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A great quad, worth the price but will break your wallet in half. especially for 9 ounces! must pour very, very carefully to avoid dumping the lees, which is quite loose. unless of course you like the extra nutty flavor. Pours a clear brown, with chunks of yeast rather than a cloudiness. incredibly good mouthfeel and smooth drinkability. the taste of scaldis is unique to the brewery, like het anker, or d'achouffe is. very flavorful with almost a thick uh...dark peach?? or maybe papaya flavor. sugary and has the compulsory alcohol finish but still very smooth. great beer, enjoy slowly with dark meats or bread and butter. syruply delicious residue on the lips. get it!

Photo of cokes
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden orange body with flecks of suspended yeast. Decent bone-colored head after a vigorous pour.
Odd aroma of chalk, powdery vanilla, passion fruit and orange. Appealing in some ways, off-puting in others.
Taste is rum-soaked white raisins, mangoes, chalk, faded vanilla, bland yeast, and ethanol. Everything comes n succession. And to be honest, for a beer of this size, it is rather simple. Alcohol content is blantently noticed in the mouth. Especially while chilled. For a while, I wasn't sure whether to drink it or stick a rag in it, light it up, and throw it through a window. Molitov cocktail potentcy.
Gets much better as it sits, but still nothing groundbreaking.
Sticky, yet surprisingly thin (for its size). Nothing about it dazzles the mouth, but nothing is horribly offensive either. Perhaps if more was going on within this brew, the alcohol would not be so noticed.
A lackluster high ABV Belgian brew. Still might be worth a try. If nothing else, use it a fuel for the lawnmower (or in WI's case right now, a snowblower).

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Bush Ambrée from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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