Bush Ambrée - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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very good

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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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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Photo of BKotch
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's not available in Texas, but every time I travel through New Mexico I pick up as many bottles as I can reasonably afford (last time it was $3.79 for 330ml). It's that good. The strongest beer in Belgium and perhaps the most complex. Hugely fruity and nutty, and surprisingly dry in the finish. Called "Bush" in Belgium, it's about as far as is possible from the Busch here in the States.

Photo of John
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Scaldis (aka Bush Amber) is one of the most complex and incredibly strong beers in the world. Sit back and sip this one and appreciate it as one of life's finer things.

Photo of BJCPCO557
4.92/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I Visited the Bush brewery in october. This newy revamped tasting room in french speaking belgium was a moment to be remembered for many years to come. This beer is a world classic.Extreme malty nose upfront. Sweet malty caramel flavor. Full bodied. Lasting head to the bottom.

Photo of rosebud
4.88/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to agree with Mophie. This is an exceptional beer. Fortunately I get to have this beer on tap quite often. I've had it both ways, bottle and tap, and, I have to say, once you have this beautiful beer on tap, there's no going back. This beer is so drinkable, and the mouthfeel ... exquisite, the way it invades your tastebuds! Definitely a beer to drink slowly and enjoy.

Photo of malmquna
4.87/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Whiskey-copper colored in the glass. White head of several bubble sizes, seems to linger a bit but ultimately disappears though the carbonation stays. Smells of sweet malt, slightly boozy.

Big starting flavor, fills the mouth with caramel and vanilla. That bourbon color might be influencing the flavor as well. Seamlessly, the sweet malt character rides along the carbonation to a spicy hop finish. Initially does not taste as alcoholic as it is, but eventually that catches up to produce a dryness not noticed in the beginning.

This is a full-bodied beer, and the mouthfeel is absolutely full, almost cloyingly. In a good way. This is a sipper, though. Enjoy it.

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 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 Gump
4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scaldis
250ml bottle 8.48 fl oz. - 12%
Cloudy peach colored. Full pour into a tulip glass.
Wonderful sweet, perfumy aroma. Light colored fruit, pear, peach, butterscotch and alcohol.

Flavors are soft butter, toffee and sugar.
The alcohol really comes out when the air mixes with it. If you weren't paying attention this one will hit you, as it is very drinkable.
The Cherry-pit aftertaste proves the hop presence.
Terrific balance, winderful aroma and high drinkability. A Fantastic beer.

Photo of unibrew
4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first time I had this beer was at the Gingerman in Manhattan...cost is about $9.00 for a 10 oz. glass. Almost worth it. Fortunately, I was able to find it at Kappy's in Malden, MA, where I picked up the bottle I'm drinking now.

I have to say, it's the best 12% APV I've ever had. The alcohol is very well hidden. When I was at Gingerman, I remember not believing that it was 12%, but, the effect didn't lie! Can't have too many of these before you're in blackoutville. I probably drank the bottle in front of me way too fast.. about 5 minutes, but to me, it was still worth every sip. Simply delicious, well balanced, and alcohol well hidden. Yum! I should have bought more than 3!

Photo of SSGPat
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The appearance of a dark maple syrup with a head. The head was not too long lasting but left a nice lace.

The nose was very strong with a slight alcohol tint, but not that bad of a tint. For a Belgian Quad, it was right on the money.

The taste was just beautiful.

Big mouth.

I believe that I could drink this all night long, though it would be a short night with a 12% abv.

Photo of RCane1
4.71/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful hazy golden color. Slight head that dies quickly under the wilting power of the alcohol. ...You know it's going to be good.

Fantastic aroma. Alcohol carries that malty, yeasty Belgian goodness all the way back to your most distant olfactory receptors. You can enjoy this one without even drinking any!

Bam! Strong, malty, sweet - too much of everything is wonderful!

Not much fizz but comes alive if you swish it - bringing out the strong alcohol.

Aargh! This beer is obviously not brewed for the feint of heart. It's for hardcore fans of strong Belgian Ales. A very classy no-holds-barred brew guaranteed to bring out your inner pirate.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of jeranbrews
4.69/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

*Beer was sitting in my fridge for about 4 months.

A - Wow, tons of gunk. This beer is murky with confetti like a ticker-day parade. It's a snow globe where the snow never settles. There is a thin line of bone white head; a tiny bit of carbonation that keeps the yeast buoyant, and some nice tiny crystallized honey-comb like lacing down the glass. The color is a deep rich crystallized amber color. People, myself included, use the word "amber" as an adjective too often when talking about beers. When we can't think of the word for the various version of red or orange we call it amber. THIS BEER is amber. Really amber. I want to give this a 5, but the head was a bit low and it's just soo murky.

S - Instant awesome! Thick caramel, some alcohol, yes, but way more creamy butterscotch and heavy stone fruits. Yum.

T - First pleasant surprise was the the lack of a dead yeast flavor. With this much murkiness and given the amount of time in my fridge I figured the beer would be a bit off. Nope. While cold the beer's extra high alcohol didn't kill any flavors or smells. After warmin' up the "burn" came out more. (the only thing keeping this from a 5)

M - A bit of burn but hey 12%. This was very smooth and slightly effervescent. Think, "carbonated honey". I was about to give this a 5, but after warming a bit more of the fire came out.

D - This beer has been patiently waiting for a proper introduction, the ugly girl standing in the corner of the ballroom. I'm very glad I got over my cold feet and introduced myself. What a true delight.

Photo of coltsr2
4.69/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow!...Lovely beer!...pours a nice dark honey with little head whci soon dissolves to nothing....nice lacing and reasonable carbonation with a few bubble streams popping up in places..

Aroma is subtle...more malty than hoppy.. a nice simple fresh sweet aroma..

Taste is just pure divine...a truly beautiful experience....feels slightly sweet but with a nice yin yang bitterness relationship that makes this a perfectly balanced beer!...

Mouth feel is rich, thick and solid as you would expect with such a high gravity beer...full, semi sweet, luscious and frothy as the carbonation hits the tongue....this is what high gravity, full bodied, desert wine style speciality beers are all about!....lovely stuff!

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Scaldis, renamed from Bush who recieved legal pressure from Anheuser Busch on the name.

Pours a rich golden color, perfectly clear and bone white head retains well and leaves excellent lace. Yeasty, green apple, fruity belgian yeast, light citrus hopping and an overall dynamite flavor profile. Full rich body. Deceptive @ 12% ABV, this one can really do some damage. Luxurious smooth feel, overall a pristine Belgian brew and one worthy of the praise. Fantastic.

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 jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep orange slightly amber hue with tawny highlights. Some haziness but you're able to see through the glass. Bright white head, kind of thin but seems to be lasting a while.

Nose is big but not nearly as big as expected.

Head finally dissipated. Lots of fruit on the nose with noticeable booziness. Sweet raspberries and peaches, light touches of tart green apple. Orange marmalade, sweet belgian candy underneath. Caramel and toffee. Smells like an ice cream parlor and a candy store combined. Big jammy scents. I love it.

Wow, much lighter in body than expected and as the brewery describes, deceptively drinkable. Incredibly subtle flavors. Amazing. Some heat on the swallow but not much. Lots of effervescence, slick mouth feel. On the lighter side of being medium bodied oddly enough. Peaches and honey, dark fruits beneath, sticky caramel covered apples, some tart sweetness. All of these flavors blend together into one wave that just slowly rides over the tongue. No cloying sweetness, crisp finish. With a dash of medicinal herbs mixed in, this beer is just simply incredible in its subtlety and complexity.

Incredible incredible brew.

Photo of kgs
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I once spent hours in a traffic jam thinking "When I get out of this I'm going to have a Scaldis." There are many beers I like, but this is my "treat" beer (and as a small female I'll add that the small bottle is just the right size, thank you very much).

In the glass it is very pretty, a deep gold. The fragrance is haunting, not medicinal or herbaceous but pleasantly elusive. As for the taste and mouthfeel, they play together. This is a rich, deep beer that becomes more complex with every slow sip. Think B&B (if you like that) -- rich, complex, interesting, but always deep and sweet.

I would serve this versus dessert cordials to discerning friends (but if they didn't finish it I'd swig the remainders in the kitchen).

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 AEK
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

250ml brown bottle poured into a small bush tulip glass.

A. Amber coloured beer with a huge fluffy white head.

S. Juicy malt, caramel, mellowed brandy aroma, good hop presence.

T. Warming alcohol, toffee, cough mixture.

M. Full bodied and chewy.

D. A delicious Belgian beer that caresses the taste buds and keeps you all aglow during the winter months.

Photo of horndecker
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Beautiful copper with a lively fine carbonation. A fluffy head which falls away swiftly leaving a bit of lace. In about ten minutes all trace of a head or fizz is gone. Clear and liquerish looking. A little swirl and it all foams up though...
Agressive orangey nose, medicinal notes, a spicy tang - peppery and concentrated. And a bit of leather, barnyard, and must. As it warms a citrus aroma develops and comes to the fore.
First sip is unexpected and wonderful. A big malty fizz evervesces on the tongue, eventually revealing a bitter herbal front end, then chewy stewed fruit, raisins and such.
The alcohol is there for sure. It doesn't overpower though. Everything seems to be in fine order here. But it's just as well that we have only a little 8.4 oz bottle. It's wonderfully drinkable but certainly makes it's presence felt by the end of the glass.
Like Thomas Hardy's Ale or JW Lees it's just perfect with a bit of cheese and nosh with a late night book.

Photo of WesWes
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a warm malty scent with a sweet, dry finish. The taste is perfect. It is a really smooth tasting beer. It has a light, yet malty flavor with little hops and a creamy finish. It goes down easy with a warm aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. It has a high abv., but it drinks well.

Photo of brdc
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very small beer, but nonetheless impressive. Bought two years ago and cellared.
Dark orange, with strong carbonation and multiple flaky things floating that I hope are yeasts.
Delicious smell that includes the usual belgian malt sweetness, multiple fruits, strong cinnamon and cloves, then alcohol.
Impressive taste, and a rich, creamy mouthfeel, that starts sweet, reminiscent of a port wine, warming up with alcohol, followed by multiple mixed fruits, more alcohol, rich malts, then more sugar.
Not exactly easy to drink in a session, but this is not this beer's intent. This is a great beer for a cold night, probably even better to close the night.
Impressive, and I will have a lot more of this one (although not sure if it always needs to be aged). I do not necessarily agree this is close to a barley wine, this one has too much belgian character, and is not heavy on the hops.

Photo of GClarkage
4.61/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11/24/07- Received as a gift from a fellow beer lover.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with an un-notched date strip on the side of the label...I hate that!!! Poured into my Deliruium Tremens tulip.

Appearance- Golden cream colored pour. 1/2 inch head with about a 1/5 inch of staying power. Leaves behind nice patches and lace and has that nice little ufo circle of foam in the middle of the glass.

Smell- The only flaw is that it really isn't outright with it's scent. You have to really dig in to get some alcohol, maybe some tripel like funk with a bit of floral notes. Not offensive in the least, I just wish it was more outgoing.

Taste- Tons of spices melded together. So many it's really hard to pinpoint any. A bit of corriander, maybe cardomom, maybe a slight touch of clove. Very fruity...tropical fruits..papaya and mango? Perfumy and tea like with a floral flavor. Very sweet and delicate at the same time.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and smooth. Very sweet and confection-like. Not teeth rotting though. Lower carbonation...drinks like water...meaning easy to consume and not watery.

Drinkability- Fantastic! This is 12%??? I could have had at least one more of these if I had any. Glad I have access to them. Tremendous brew here. Love it!

Photo of KoG
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep Golden color with a good sized head that leaves some chunky lacing.

Smell is predominately alcoholic at first, fading into light malt and sweet fruits.

Taste is fruit and alcohol well balanced along a minor bitterness. The alcohol is nowhere near as prevalent as in the nose. Creamy on the palate and on the way down. Alcohol burn becomes more present when it warms but still doesn't sting at all.

Being summer, I could have picked a less warming beer, but I'm inside with the AC. A very nice brew that is sweet but not cloying and may appeal to those that like lighter wine styles.

Photo of highvoltage61
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a chance to try this on tap at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, R.I. Was served at a good temperature, not too cold. Was served in a scaldis chalice glass.

Appearance- dark amber color

Smell- Strong Caramel notes. Light hop aroma.

Taste- First sip gave strong malty flavors and smooth texture of caramel. Hops were well balanced. Bitterness was strong enough to counter act the strong malt characteristics of this ale.

Mouthfeel- somewhat thick, smooth, and finishes well

Drinkability- Would love to be able to drink multiple pints of this stuff, but at 12% 2-3 is the limit when you have to drive home.

I was very impressed with this beer. First tried it in a bottle and when I saw the chance to have it on draft I was overwhelmed.
The draft version definitely had some subtle aspects that made it better than the bottle. Even if it is just the joy of getting it on draft. Would recommend this Belgian Ale to one and all

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