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Bush Ambrée - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Bush AmbréeBush Ambrée

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very good

615 Ratings

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Ratings: 615
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 24
Gots: 41 | 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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Ratings: 615 | Reviews: 405
Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a small (8.2 oz, I think) bottle into a wine glass.

A-A normal pour produced a short, light-tan head that receded quickly to a thin ring. Not surprising given the high ABV. The brew was cloudy and golden/amber color with a few streams of visible carbonation.

S-Smell was slightly funky, but mostly sweet, doughy, and highly alcoholic. The alcohol was slightly medicinal and warming in the nose.

T-Taste was also quite sweet, doughy, and boozy. The medicinal alcohol was very noticeable on the finish, but it never felt "hot" to me, which was surprising.

M-Medium to heavy for the style, with a slick and coating mouthfeel. The carbonation was also thick and chewy.

O-My expectations of a simple, highly boozy pale ale were met here. The flavors are not bad, but are mostly overwhelmed by the alcohol, which leaves you with a sweet, sort-of cough syrup-like approximation of a pale ale. I won't go searching for this brew again, but it was not terrible by any means.

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 DanGeo
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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 Pandaflute
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Satyr179
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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 reitzbrewing
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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 Slothrop
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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 bpfrush
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

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Bush Ambrée from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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