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Bush Ambrée - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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538 Ratings

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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.77%

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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-25-2001)
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Photo of kojevergas


3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a stemgoblet at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, California. Cost was $7.50. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were above average just because its Belgian and prominent.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of lovely cream, mocha white colour, good thickness, and great retention. Colour is a clear dark copper.

Sm: Cream, clean crystal malt, honey, biscuit malt, and yeast. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Crystal malts, biscuit malt, heavy fermentable sugars, nice cream, a milky note, and very mild pale hops. Nicely balanced. Refreshing. A bit too milky, with overdone sugars. Built decently well. Too full-bodied for its lack of complexity.

Mf: Delightfully smooth and wet. A bit creamy, to its credit. Not too thick or too thin. Moderately heavy on the palate. Complements the flavours well.

Dr: Very drinkable, especially considering the high ABV - which is very well hidden. I might have it again from a bottle, preferably aged. Recommended only for big fans of the style.


Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 00:33:00 | More by kojevergas
Photo of wisrarebeer


4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery tap.

1.9 euros for a 12.5 cl glass. 2.9 euros for 25cl

A: amber, clear, slight lacing
S: medium nose, slightly sweet with barley
T: great taste, sweeter but with alcohol, great balance, attenuated
M: sweeter but easily drinkable
O: incredible for alcohol

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2012 14:39:56 | More by wisrarebeer
Photo of charlzm


3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Consumed at Lucky Baldwin's Trappist Pub and Cafe on Sunday, August 21st, 2011. Beer served in proper glassware.

This beer was called "Scaldis Amber" on the menu.

A slightly cloudy amber beer with a very fine white head about a finger thick.

Delicious aroma of toast and crackers, cinnamon.

There's no nice way to say this; the beer is too sweet. Cinnamon bread with very low (to zero) bitterness. Confectioners' sugar. A touch of melonoidin juiciness and alcohol heat.

Medium bodied with slight dryness.

A quality brew, but not to my taste. Just too sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 23:01:41 | More by charlzm
Photo of CASK1


3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small sample from keg.

Pale orange, good clarity, and a creamy white head that didn't last, but left a thin layer and ring on the glass.

Aroma is fruity, with pear and some citrus. Sweetness from pils malt and alcohol. Some stone fruit and almonds.

Flavor similar to aroma. There is a low Belgian yeast spice, with a fairly strong, nutty almond extract flavor. Not particularly to my liking, but at least unique and interesting. Some vanilla and clove. Low hop bitterness just offsets the malt sweetness.

The mouthfeel features medium body and medium low carbonation. I would like more fizz in a beer of this style. Significant alcohol warmth.

Drinkability is not great, but that's somewhat expected for such a strong style. The almonds notes were not appealing to me.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 21:03:54 | More by CASK1
Photo of jzeilinger


3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a ruby orange color with no carbonation, no head, and no lacing at all.

S - Sweet candied fruit, Belgian yeast, and the nose pretty much sucks on this beer this big. Is it an old keg?

T - Taste definitely makes up for the ultra-poor aroma. Candied sugar fruit, bubble gum, white grapes, light colored fruit, and some honey. Everything blends well for a mostly enjoyable sipper, is also slightly woody. Taste is sweet, and cloying, too sweet for my liking.

M - Smooth on the tongue, thick, and heavy medium body.

D - Very delectable, but at 12%, how many can one have? This is a tastey beer, but on the downside, it leaves a heavy sugary aftertaste which drags the drinkability factor down.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2010 01:42:17 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of WhiteOak


2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark amber/orange color. Slight haze. Off-white head. Copious lace.

S - Ethanol soars from the glass and dominates the aromatic profile. Behind the brandy-like booze is some malt and honey.

T - Hot ethanol attack. The mid palate reveals candied malt. Hops and residual heat take up the finish.

M, D - Medium-heavy, with a viscous feel. The alcoholic strength will moderate the pace of consumption for most.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 14:30:44 | More by WhiteOak
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Scaldis glass.

Scaldis (or whatever this beer is officially named) has a nice reddish-orange colored body that is slightly hazy but still translucent. The head is only a thin sheen on top of the body, but it still leaves a spot or two of lacing on my glass.

The aroma is more of a sensation of being hit in the face than a sensory experience. Raw, boozy alcohol assaults me. The first sniff that was all that I could get. On subsequent attempts I notice some spicy phenols, anise, a big malt base and some fruitiness.

Scaldis (Bush Ambrée, there I got it right that time) suffers from the same problem in the flavor as it does in the aroma; it's almost overpoweringly boozy, with a slightly raw, alcoholic taste to it. "Almost" is a key word, because somewhere underneath all that alcohol Scaldis has some solid flavors going on. The slightly spicy, peppery phenols come through first, followed by a good dose of anise. A nice fruity character is next, reminding me mostly of cherries. A big malt base shines through after that, provided a good bit of sweetness. Next comes heat, alcohol and booze.

The body is full but not heavy, and the carbonation feels just right. The mouthfeel
on this one is probably the only reason I paused long enough to get past the alcohol. It is so well done that it forced me to try and hold this beer in my mouth and let it slide across my tongue.

I don't think I could drink a bottle of this. The small pour that I did get I actually had to share to finish. The alcohol just strikes me as too poweful. I don't know if the brewers were going for boozy for the sake of boozy just to lay claim to the title of "strongest beer in Belgium," but it seems that way.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2010 10:34:09 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of mdfb79

New York

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

From 2/13/10 notes. Had on tap at Max's Belgian Beer Fest in Baltimore, MD.

a - Amber-golden color with very little carbonation and head.

s - Lots of sweet fruits, some caramel and alcohol.

t - Tastes of caramel and some fruit. Alcohol is definitely evident as well.

m - Hot and full bodied. Moderate carbonation.

d - Pretty good but kind of hot. The high ABV is definitely felt and was the only real negative to this one. Definitely worth checking out though.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2010 21:41:41 | More by mdfb79
Photo of nickd717


3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Cheeky Monk in Denver. Clear orange color with a small white head. Aroma is mainly malty with caramel and bready malt as well as some spices and light fruit notes. Flavor is fairly sweet with caramel, spices, apple, pear, and a little alcohol. Body is medium and carbonation is medium-high. Fairly drinkable. This is decent but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2009 19:34:17 | More by nickd717
Photo of snaotheus


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found it on tap at the Taphouse in Bellevue, WA (under the name of Scaldis).

Pours a golden yellow color, cloudy enough to look wheaty. Dense, thick head, decent lacing. Smells sweet and fresh and grassy. Moderately carbonated.

Taste is malty, sweet, grassy, maybe fresh hay or alfalfa. Once it starts to warm up, the strong alcohol becomes more noticeable.

Feels very nice in the mouth, considering the strength and sweetness -- not at all syrupy.

For such a strong beer, very drinkable. Nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2009 05:08:16 | More by snaotheus
Photo of magictrokini


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2008 22:25:16 | More by magictrokini
Photo of MiScusi


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

On tap at The Back Abbey in Claremont, CA. Poured into a Delirium Tremens glass, a clear reddish-brown body with a light tan head. The smell is very sugary and raisiny. It's easy to tell you're in for a sweet treat here. I have a real problem with beers that are really sugary (ie Leffe Brune) but although this beer delivers a big sweetness, the alcohol punch and small amount of Belgian yeast character it provides is enough to not overbear me. The mouthfeel is a bit slick but somewhat medium in body. I drank this beer really fast as a digestif to my lunch, so it must be good if I was able to do that.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2008 20:30:59 | More by MiScusi
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2008 14:08:39 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of MrRetardedMonkey

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap @ Ebenezer's in Lovell, ME.

Pours a clear bright amber with almost no head, but what there is leaves a decent amount of lacing behind.

Smell is mostly honey, toffee and white raisins, with some alcohol and a hint of orange.

Taste starts off with a honey sweetness before some doughy malts and a hint of spice, before finishing on a sweet note with some warming alcohol. Very much like a fine cognac.

Medium-bodied, creamy mouthfeel.

Very enjoyable, but the alcohol warming reminds you of its strength. One is enough to sip on.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2008 22:41:16 | More by MrRetardedMonkey
Photo of highvoltage61

Rhode Island

4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2008 05:13:42 | More by highvoltage61
Photo of Klunco


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Publick House in Brookline.

A-Came out in a small flute style glass with a small but tightly laced white head over an orange amber colored beer

S-strong apple scent similiar to cider, belgian yeast, tiny bit of spicy hops

T-Delicious. Peachy with a honey tang from the yeast. On the drier side for a Belgian with a nice spice in the finish balanced by the malts. Alcohol was not detectable

M-Carbonation keeps it from being too heavy, but alcohol keeps a slick mouth feel

D-Very impressive for a quadrupel as far as drinkability. Very balanced with a nice dark fruit and spice.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2008 19:59:48 | More by Klunco
Photo of dedrinker


3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light, hazy maple-syrup color with thin white head. Nose of sugar and yeast. Tasted a bit like crushed aspirin, and the alcohol stuck out like a sore thumb. Mouth feel was thin and prickly. Finish was sorta harsh with the raspy alcohol notes and sugar.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2008 00:09:51 | More by dedrinker
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 1/7/08 at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/amber color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruits, apricot, Belgian yeast, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruits and spices, then the Belgian yeast base comes in and is quickly followed by a strong alcohol burn. The hops presence is mild. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth (aside from the alcohol bite), medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this would be a good choice if you’re in the mood for a strong Belgian beer, but it’s one you need to drink slowly.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2008 15:35:53 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of CDBeerDisappear


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was pretty impressed with this beer. My wife (a wine drinker) was also impressed. I thought the taste was complex and interesting and the alcohol was reasonably well hidden, anyway it certainly wasn’t prominent. There was a good amount of carbonation to balance the mouthfeel and the taste left me wanting more. In fact I have gone back to the bar that has it on tap just to get another one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2007 13:46:35 | More by CDBeerDisappear
Photo of cjveitch


3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

When I first tried a taste of this beer it seemed very drinkable. Then I moved on to the full size ale glass and was disappointed.

This expensive belgian ale looks great in the glass, but that's where the flattery ends. Upon tasting, you will find the same characteristics of other belgian ales, only sweeter. Yet, at the same time, the alcohol is way out of balance. It is shoved to front and center in this beer (if you don't notice it on the way down, you definitely will when you breathe out).

A good beer if you want to drink an exotic import and get drunk fast. Otherwise I would keep this as a one glass desert after a nice meal of some sort.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2007 07:46:00 | More by cjveitch
Photo of sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft as "Scaldis" at Sunset Grill in Allston, MA. Pours a medium copper with no head or carbonation. Delicate aroma. Rather sweet, but not overpoweringly so. The sweetness feels like it hits the roof of the mouth more than on the tongue. (Not sure if that's physically possible...) The aftertaste doesn't develop any differently from the upfront sweetness. This one didn't really do it for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2007 04:14:56 | More by sstackho
Photo of cichief


3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed glass at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep brown with a thick, golden-brown head.

S- Smells quite sweet, alcoholic, with hints of ripened fruit.

T- Very sweet, raisins, very alcoholic. No noticable hops.

M- Effervescent, thick on the tongue with residual sugars.

D- Not an everyday drink, but a decent dessert beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2007 01:50:58 | More by cichief
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours an impressive orange brown color, with excellent head retention and very good lacing. Lots of sweet smelling Belgium spice on the nose; very inticing and inviting. On the palate this beer is very rich. I get flavors of honey, butter, cherries and Belgium candy, with an impressive (though not too heavy) mouthfilling texture. This beer is quite sweet, but is not cloying. The alcohol is a bit noticable on the finish, and this beer is not what I would call especially drinkable. It's definitely a sipper, but is a beer I'm always happy to see (and order) whenever I see it on tap. Very nice indeed...

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2007 01:41:09 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Orange brew with a large head and lots of lacing.

S - Caramel malt, mild noble hops and alcohol.

T - Caramel malt, strong alcohol, mild noble hops. Aftertaste is a bit boozy, actually a lot boozy

M - Smooth, medium to thick, pretty refreshing.

D - Very boozy and not that enjoyabvle overall. It is too strong to be drinkable. I will pass in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2007 03:55:55 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of mjc410


2.65/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a half pint goblet at Zeno's in State College. The beer had a one finger lgiht tan/yellow head, over a hazy golden copper body. Seemed a bit light for a quad, but it looked nice. The nose had a bit of lemon, grass, and, oddly, a bit of powdered sugar. Light, but nice. The taste was hard to describe: bittersweet, with lots of alcohol. Not much character. The mouth was medium-light, with a bit higher carbonation - or perhaps alcohol burn? Overall, this beer suffered from being too strong.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2006 21:24:35 | More by mjc410
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Bush Ambrée from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
87 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.