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Bush Ambrée - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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610 Ratings

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Ratings: 610
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 24
Gots: 43 | 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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Photo of cjveitch
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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

Beer bottle (25 cl), tasted in 1999 (top fermentation)
Appearance: amber beer, gilded red colour, foam taking property
Smell: notes of caramel
Taste and mouthfeel: feeling strong presence of alcohol, sweet taste and strong bitterness
Drinkability: a beer in the style barley wine, too strong and too sweet

Review added 11-21-2007, translated from french 1-30-2008.

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 Phyl21ca
2.77/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some hints of alcohol. Taste is also very sweet and rich with some notes of alcohol easily discernable. Full body with some average carbonation. Alcohol was way too apparent for a Belgian ale and the beer is too sweet to be truly interesting.

Photo of shbobdb
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A buddy of mine had been saving a bottle of Bush for nine years, so when I drank it I had to scribble some notes down -- how often does one get to drink a nine year old beer?

The beer pours a beautifully clear amber with little-to-no-carbonation -- think a British cask ale. The beer looks like maple syrup, which is about to become a re-occurring theme.

There is a slight alcoholic warmth to the smell, plus some rich deep plum and maple syrup. It certainly smells enticing, but a little one-dimensional.

The taste follows the smell. There is just so much maple syrup here, really thick and rich but . . . wow, it is like they carbonated maple syrup and added just a pinch of booze to clean out the finish.

The mouthfeel was incredibly thick and sticky. Incredibly full.

The drinkability on this guy was nice. A half-bottle (and it was a 11oz bottle) lasted me about a half-hour so it was a sipper for sure.

I'm excited to try it fresher and compare.

Photo of bunnyhustle
2.87/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received as a gift and glad I did not purchase myself. Pours a somewhat murky orange with virtually no head. Smell is sour, tangy, and some grain and bread smell. Taste is virtually all alcohol. I really cannot distinguish and standout taste other than than. Some hints of fruit, malt, bitterness, but not much. Definite warming affect as it goes down. Low carbonation lead into a thick mouthfeel. Overall I just was not impressed.

Photo of dnichols
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured a 250 ml capped with a gold foil bottle into a challis.

A: It poured a reddish bright gold with a very modest off white head that disappered in the time it took to walk from my kithen to my computer. A ring around the collar supported a slight lacing early on but the massive ABV finally overcame the head and it becaem a lost artificate of this unique brew.

S: It smelled very malty and spicy. My nose was stung by the massive alcohol.

T: It has an early rich malt flavor that is enriched by yellow raisins and dried sweet pineapples. The aggressive alcohol brings a sharp peppery tang that leaves a dryness on the backside of the experience.

M: . It is creamy and medium to full bodied brew with a sharp peppery burn from the bite of the alcohol.

D: It is an experience. A single bottle is sufficient. However, I strongly recommend this brew as a unique interpretation of the quadrupel style from Belgium...It's nothing like other quads...from Belgium or America.

Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Grapevine Market. I have seen this around for a while, but at around $5.00 a bottle, I was a little hesitant to pick one up. I am glad I finally got the nerve (and 5 extra bucks), as it was actually not too shabby.

Poured a 8.48oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - It poured a transparent golden orange color. No head to speak of at all. After the pour it developed a thin white halo around the perimeter of the glass. It is the lightest colored quadrupel I have ever seen up to this point.

Smell - Alcohol. Lots of alcohol. Underneath the booze, I can detect that typical Belgian yeast smell, along with some malty sweetness. I can also detect fruits like red apple, and some type of citrus: tangerine, perhaps?

Taste - Much like the scent. Yeast, sweet malt, red apple and some type of citrus - tangerine or nectarine. There is a nutty flavor in there as well. What is surprising is that the alcohol doesn't show up very much in the flavor.

Mouthfeel - You can definitely feel the alcohol on the back of the throat as it goes down. Medium to full bodied. It really coats the mouth. For there not being much head to speak of, there was some prickly carbonation on the tongue.

Drinkability - It goes down relatively easily for the ABV, but you feel it really quickly. The alcohol burn in the throat takes its toll after a little while. I would never have more than one of these in a sitting.

I don't see myself purchasing this brew very frequently, but I am glad I experienced it. It was too expensive for the serving size, especially since I can get better quads for less and more volume, ie St Bernardus Abt 12, and 3 Philosophers. I would much rather buy a Rochefort 10.

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

Obtained this 33cl brown bottle from a 'Night Shop' in Brussels last year (2006), didn't notice the shop keeper had removed the rear label (I wonder how old it is?).

Poured into a Palm tulip shaped glass.

Good off white head sits on top of an amber, hazy body. Plenty carbonisation within the glass, rising to replenish the head.

Heavy alcohol aroma with malt and hops trying to be found as well.

The taste is obviously mostly of 12% alcohol, but barley malts can also be tasted, this is well balanced for such a strong beer.

The alcohol takes over again in the mouthfeel and it becomes more harsh on the throat as it fades away.

I have had this on tap in Brussels and i enjoyed it then too, this is a good beer, but don't forget the strenght, it is a nightcap drink, not a session one.

Photo of Overlord
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this in a tiny (8.48 oz) bottle in my local Irvine Bevmo. There were three bottles on the shelf. At about five dollars, not a cheap investment. This bills itself as the "strongest Belgian beer."

Appearance was a light amber, with some gold and orange hues. Perhaps a one finger head. Not much smell to speak of, but some malt and floral aromas.

This beer is noticeably alcohol laden. No real hops to speak of, but definitely a rich, smooth malt laden with nuances and subtles of about ten kinds of fruit.

Good, but not my favorite quadrupel.

Photo of sstackho
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8.48 oz. bottle, labelled as Scaldis, in America,

A: Pours a beautiful, golden, amber, great clarity in the beer, glass-like, with a beautiful, thick, white head, which lasts for the whole glass.

S: Dominated by solventy alcohol, medicinal and phenolic, with dark fruits. As it warms, if you take a deep sniff, the alcohol character really comes through, it almost smells like rubbing alcohol, isopropyl, though I found this smell inviting.

T: The ethanol character is clearly evident, quite sweet, with some bitter orange, the finish is quite malty, I found.

M: Smooth as silk from the ethanol character, though I found it a bit over-carbonated, this thinned out the flavour a bit, but overall, very good.

D: A interesting Belgian, the drinkability was quite good for a beer of this size and intensity, I needed a bit more from the flavour aspect to make this a truly oustanding beer, but I liked it very much, a good showing from the strongest ale in Belgium.

Photo of mdagnew
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

250ml bottle bought from Tuckers Maltings..

Poured a nice coppery orange colour. Creamy head poured pretty small but thick then faded quickly to thin wispy covering... Fair amount of carbonation drifts to the surface.. some decent thick lines of lacing...

Aroma - Pretty sweet, lightly toasted maltiness, strong rich ripe fruits (pears, figs, apples, currents), strong marzipan / almond sweetness, earthy, pretty noticeable alcohol, slight anise notes, some faint chocolate, toasted nuttiness, some spiciness...

Taste - Strong toasted nuttiness, lots of sweet malts, strong almond, warming alcohol is very noticeable, salty, some medicinal traces, vegetal notes, spicy and overripe fruits (pears, some bananas, figs, apples), hint of rum, quite floral, some breadiness, peppery..

Feel - Pretty rich and creamy with a little crispness just coming through... medium bodied... definitely couldn't stomach more than one of these in an evening...

Overall - On OK beer... seems to me that it's just a strong beer for the sake of being strong... probably not something i would go back to...

Photo of roblowther
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8.48 ounces and 12 percent. Big things in small packages, I guess. The color is a golden brown with little or no head. The smell is fruity with a sharp edge. Notes of pear and spice. The taste is carmel and honey. Sweet up front but the finish dries out enough to keep the whole thing in check. There's a bit of toffee in there, no hint of the pear & citrus fruits that played hide and seek in the aroma. The mouthfeel is good, with decent carbonation despite the lack of head. (and who doesn't hate THAT?) Very silky, bordering on syrupy. The drinkability is good. The alcohol is very pronounced, warming you all the way down. I could have another but probably shouldn't. Well, we'll see how the evening shapes up, shall we?

Photo of Gavage
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle labeled as Scaldis, which is an alias for Bush Ambree.

Appearance: mostly clear orange in color with a 1/2" head that falls to a thick surface foam rather quickly. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: yeast, earth, and fruit sweetness are nice and bold. Alcohol warns you this is high octane.

Taste: caramel, yeast, ripe fruits like pears and plums, warming alcohol, and a nice bitterness makes up a flavorful brew. Wasn't bad for a mid summer tasting, as I usually drink this type of beer over the colder months.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start, almost syrupy towards the finish. Super long aftertaste as alcohol lingers on the tongue.

Drinkability: flavorful and enjoyable, but one bottle is all you need. Can't see drinking more than one here.

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

25cl bottle brought back from Belgium. Poured smooth with medium head, which disappeared quickly. The beer itself is VERY orange. Smells strongly of alcohol and little else. Tastes slightly sweet, with some hop bitterness in the finish along with a lot of alcohol flavor. The aftertaste isn't particularly pleasant, probably due to the high alcohol content.

Overall, a very average beer. I probably won't seek this out again.

Photo of dmbfrat420beers
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear dark amber with an uninspired head of white bubbles. Not sure why the head is so small, I guess because it is supposed to be almost a liqueur or something?

Smell: Heavy alcohol aroma and hoppy. Altogether, a bit too close to rubbing alcohol.

Taste: The first time I had this beer I remember not being very impressed, but this time is somewhat better. Despite the strong alcohol nose, the beer is surprisingly light and balanced. Sweet and somewhat syrupy, but with moderately bitter hop flavors that range between piney and fruity (cherry, orange, banana) notes.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, syrupy and heavy as expected, but only modestly so.

Drinkability: Bottles are 250 mL but this small serving size isn’t necessary. For the alcohol content and flavor profile the beer is drinkable enough, but is probably best drunk in smaller quantities after a meal.

Interesting, complex flavor that is pleasant to drink. Too sweet and heavy to drink in large quantities, but that is not the point. Definitely worth a try but not something I will return to often.

Photo of henrysunset
2.78/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

it is freaking orange with small bubbles and a foamy head.

smells liek a sweet ipa, caramel and lots of hops and alcohol.

taste is very sweet, malty, reasonably clean. a funky flavor in the aftertaste. I can't say that I like it very much. The aftertaste is strange and unpleasent. to me it's a citrusy funk. maybe just the alcohol without adequate flavors to complement it.

Photo of Cresant
2.94/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 8.48 oz. bottle into a Westmalle goblet. The dark brown bottle was was dated best before: 03/06. The body was a turbid, party punch color--a dull yellowy brown. The minimal head faded quickly and left no lace.

Smell was faintly lemony. Fruits. Cracked black peppercorns. Alcohol.

Taste was rich from alcohol. Rum soaked fruit.

Mouthfeel ws very zesty, prickly. Sweet oily refrain. I am glad I tried this one but I doubt I'll revisit.

Photo of therica
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased in Leuven Belgium Jan2006, consumed June2007.

A= nice darker golden, slightly cloudy, very little head, lots of nice small chunks of yeast settling to the bottom.

S= very appealing, slight liquor scent (which I usually don't like) but pleasantly balanced, nice fruity maybe plum apricot etc.

T= much like the scent, consistent. Seems to change taste within moments after the mouthful, very interesting. No bad aftertaste, somewhat smooth for a 12%ABV although I did shiver after each sip for the first few.

M= nothing adverse, leaves a pleasant lingering taste more of hints than tastes or flavors that is interesting to explore after each sip.

D= not all that drinkable in quantity due to the 12%ABV, but as a single or maybe two it's rather nice, an absolute must for the beer conniseur.

Photo of BeerZack
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is for the 8oz bottle that bears the name 'Scaldis'

Very nice deep golden-orange honey color with smallish head that retains decent lacing.

I get a lot on the nose- sugar, sweet almond, toffee, banana, creme brule, yum.

Somewhat fruity in taste; I get dried apricot and figs.

This stuff is definately on the sweet side, but its not one-dimensionally sweet. The alcohol presence is very subdued in both smell and taste. Very drinkable.

Photo of cichief
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of khiasmus
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Cloudy, golden color with creamy white head that leaves a slight lace.

S- Actually, worcestershire sauce. A slight lemon tinge, and some good malt character.

T- Initial malt, followed by some sour fruit and yeast. Strong alcohol, almost fusel. The alcohol is what balances the malt, rather than hops.

M- A bit thin, actually. Low carbonation, and a fairly seriously astringent finish.

D- I love a glass, but probably couldn't have a bottle.

Photo of John_M
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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...

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.01/5  rDev -22%
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.

Bush Ambrée from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
87 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.