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Bush Ambrée - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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609 Ratings

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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 403
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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Photo of albern
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a full bodied, almost syrupy beer. Not much head, little lacing, the smell is alcohol, malt, and pineapple liquour. Not overly carbonated. This is clearly a sipping beer and at 12 ABV, you don't drink this to excess in any case. The taste is sweet, syrupy, malt in the middle, some hoppy/alcohol bite near the end, definite alcohol in the after taste. This is a beer that will warm you. The high alcohol content is masked over quite well with the other flavors, but it is the sweetness and the liquour quality that is most pronounced. This is stronger than a Trippel, almost the consistency of a barley wine. An interesting beer worth seeking out. L'Chaim

Photo of rmcnealy
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Scaldis" Belgian Ale

8.48 fl. oz bottle

Poured a dark, non-opaque golden brown. Pours a thin, consistent lace that quickly fades. The taste is very sweet with traces of caramel scents. Has a toasty after taste. 12% abv. Very drinkable. Moutfeel is slightly above average. This is a good beer, not exceptional.

Purchased at Binny's in River Grove, IL. $3.99/8.48 fl. oz bottle

Photo of lifeboyq
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

June 06 offering, so almost a year old.

For a Quad its not very complex, has poor head retention, but is quite smooth to the taste for 12% abv

Smells of sugary sweet, aromatic malts and has more of a traditional tripel base with all light malts, and sucrose syrupy mouthfeel.

As far as an archetype of the style, I would give lower marks, but I enjoy the sweet smooth taste, syrupy mouthfeel and the well balanced not too sugary flavor for the 12% abv. Its more of a tripel than a quad though, but a highly enjoyable beer if you arent comparing it against the westy, abt 12, etc and reviewing it against the BJCP standards (even tho scaldis is a noted acceptable exception to the Abbey style quad).

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

3-year-old bottle I've been saving, poured into a brandy sniffer glass: pours out a bright amber color, with lots of yeasty floaties, and a small but constant head. Aroma is overripe fruit with noticible alcohol notes. The taste is fully of estery fruitiness, sweet caramelized pear flavors, slightly citrusy... not much bitterness nor malt detectable. Finish is acidic and alcoholic. Full bodied, with a nice mouthfeel.

Not a very complex beer, either young or with age, I find. Still, not a bad late-night offering.

Photo of xav33
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Dubuisson Scaldis
1/4 liter bottle
Moderate pour in a tulip glass
Best before 09/06, scalded by 03/06

Poured a clear dark amber, with floaties, with an average somewhat lasting off white rocky head.

Smelt of strong honey, medecine like, tutti frutti, dates, spices.

Taste was upfront strong bitter sweet dates and spices followed by a harsh yeasty horseblanket taste with a light sweet honey on a lengthy but rough alcoholic finish.

Palate was medium bodied, softly carbonated, creamy, harshly alcoholic and strongly astringent.

Overall, a very powerful quad. Lots of fun strong flavors, but it left me without nosehairs.

Photo of Kulrak
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orangish color with little in the way of head, but what is there is fairly creamy. Smells slightly citrusy and a tiny bit yeasty, but can't really smell much else. Tastes very sweet and a bit citrusy with some caramel notes and some slight alcohol burn. Not much, but some hoppy bitterness at the back end. Mouthfeel is creamy and heavy, almost like brandy. Overall, it's pleasant and immensely drinkable. I only wish I could afford to drink it all the time.

Photo of July2Nov
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Served in a goblet: A cloudy orange color with a steady stream of "tiny bubbles" rising to the top. Leaves a beautiful sheet along the rim.

S: Has a fruit like aroma (pineapple) that smells ever so sweet.

T: Strong and full-bodied. Starts creamy then, sweetness comes through and then opens up to the mild alcohol flavor.

M: Full-bodied alcohol leaves the mouth heavy.

D: This is the perfect nightcap brew. It's definitely a sipper, but one that I would gladly come back to.

Footnote: The Dubuisson brewery was actually one of the first marketers of Stella Artois in 1926.

Photo of Steve188821
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The apperance is a orange golden colour.

S - The smell is of tropical fruit, there is also a hint of flowers.

T - The taste is very sweet, almost sherry like, there is also some fruitiness.

M - The mouthfeel is creamy with alot of carbonation.

D - Despite the very high abv, the drinkability is very good. I would definetly have this beer again.

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 meadhead
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Almost Like a mild liquer-
The "ale feel" seems usurped
My first and only quadrupel-
This high ABV just hurts!

This is a warm and dark
fruity ale
with a dominant
"dry" alcohol
smell and
hints of old figs, raisins,
and mild yeast

quality stuff
without a doubt

yet as this is a
quad neophyte review...
let me simply add
the more experienced palatte
may relish much
I cannot

The tripels top off
for me at the peak
of what I prefer from an abbey ale:-
(I've had many)

brought a 8.2oz bottle
and warmed it in a nice

A nice sipping ale
with undercurrents
of currants
figs and
a warming alcohol

The style simply a bit too
high on the ABV
for this greenleaf

Photo of NEhophead
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz brown bottle draped in foil; served in a goblet.

Pours a cloudy copper with floating sediment. Lively, carbonated white head that pastes the goblet's rim and gathers as a thick pool in the center of the glass. Trails of thin lacing with average strength.

Rich and creamy chocolate malt aroma with a deep mustiness; very phenolic which balances out the rich maltiness. Caramel and warming butterscotch. Notes of slightly tart fruit in the background.

Rich, balanced caramel, milk chocolate, and toffee flavors. Notes of vinous, dry fruit: fig, date, raisin, and plum. There's a soft tartness lying in the background that is overtaken by a swarming, heavy alcohol character. The finish is smooth with dry hazlenut flavors and a touch of grape in the aftertaste.

Full in body; creamy and smooth on the palate. Unobtrusive texturally, despite somewhat earthen flavors.

A Quadrupel nearly dead-on in aroma and flavor for the style. Somewhat of a classic that deserves more respect than what it gets IMO. Certainly a Belgain to be savored over and over again.

Photo of mwearl
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is ia light colored beer; almost pilsner looking. Head was very minimal. The first few sips have a bite due to alcohol content but became very drinkable after that. This is an 8 ounce bottle and there was a little sediment in it which took away from mouthfeel score but overall it was a decent beer.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bronzed orange peel with brassy edges. It's odd to see an entire bottle of beer barely fill the glass to the halfway point, but then it's only 8.48 ounces. The cap is somewhere between darkest ivory and lightest ecru in color and has incredible persistence for such a high ABV. The thick, serrated collar of lace looks great as it nestles into the nonic bulge. I probably should have used a small snifter.

The nose makes Scaldis Belgian Ale (as my label reads) smell like a big, rich, amber ale. Which it pretty much is. I can appreciate golden fruit macerated in brandy, butterscotch, and very little else. I was expecting something a little more powerful and a lot more complex.

I've only had two quadrupels to date (Three Philosophers and a little beer you might have heard of named Westvleteren 12), so take my impressions with a few grains of salt. This one reminds me of a big blonde bock more than it does a quadrupel. I think that's because the others were dark malty and this one is pale malty. Pale malt has always seemed much less complex to me, more a supporter than the star of any given flavor profile.

The beer is somewhat sweet, now with a hint of caramel, and is more boozy than I would have anticipated. I know for a fact that this little bottle is several years old, so I don't think it's unreasonable to ask for more mellowness. Without roasted malt or hops to run interference, alcohol (especially at 12.0%) is bound to be a major contributor. Just like in a big maibock.

I enjoy the mouthfeels on most big beer, that's just how my brain is wired. This one is as firm as granite and about as lush. I like it though, it works well given what else is going on. I can't tell if the mild sting that bites my tongue with each mouthful is due to alcohol or to finely fizzy, stealth carbonation. Probably both.

Scaldis Belgian Ale... Bush Ambree... take your pick, is an okay little warmer upper from Brasserie Dubuisson Freres. It isn't nearly as good as Bush De Noel, a powerhouse of a BSDA that is well worth the coin. Unless you're a quad fan, I'd give this one a pass.

Photo of Vancer
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bush – The strongest Belgium beer, OK! Crystal clear amber orange pour, no heading to speak of, with that 12% kicker.

Orange and woody malt in the aroma, lots of alcoholic orange in the taste. Wow, what an inferno of booze – almost like sipping on orange flavored vodka. I’m glad the bottle was only 25cl – I don’t think I could have handled much more.

Thanks to my great son, “studying” overseas in Amsterdam. I was sent this for the unique chance to enjoy direct from Belgium.

Photo of SaucyA
2.89/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Looks alright in a tulip, slight lacing, but no real head to speak of. Dark golden, almost amber affect.

Smell's wonderful. I could smell this beer all night. Apples and citrus mostly, with a bit of alcohol.

Taste is way too strong, and just not complex enough. Carmel and molasses... I don't like how harsh the alcohol is... there's no attempt to hide it. Perhaps I'm not enough accustomed to quads, but I've had strong beers that hide their abv a lot better. It's got a bit of flavors underlying that are dying to be tasted.

It's got a medium body with light carbonation. A little oily, and not very appealing.

I wouldn't seek this out again. As much as I wanted to enjoy it, I just couldn't find enough redeeming qualities in the taste that made me want to grab another. I'll finish this one and mark it off my list.

Photo of phisig137
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tiny 250 mL bottle pours a bright orange amber color with a three finger head. Decent retention gives way to thick lacing, while a few large bubbles continue to rise from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is mainly malty, with a smack of alcohol towards the rear. Very little yeast presence, with only a slight burnt sugar aroma from the malt. Not too impressive here.

Flavor is again, fairly one dimensional. Thin caramel malt flavors up front, with no yeast flavors. No hops, only a searing solvent like alcohol on the finish. Mouthfeel is cloying, heavy, and slick. Drinkability is decent at best, but hampered by the strong solvent alcohol.

I'm actually glad that this is only a 250mL bottle. Really not a very good belgian at all, and a pretty awful quad. At $3.69 for a tiny bottle, I won't be buying it again... hell, I wouldn't pay that much for a pint of it. Quite disappointing. Perhaps some age would let the alcohol fade a bit, but there isn't a whole lot left in this one to shine through. Not recommended.... save your money for something better.

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

A murky, unfiltered burnt orange-amber, a little brassy in hue, rich, muted with a steady cascade of carbonation rising up thru the brew. Head was loose, a pinky's worth of dull almond hue that bubbled nicely yet faded rather quickly nare a thin film's worth that remained that laced sporadically at best.

Nose was initially yeasted, dry biscuits, burnt sugars and wet, earthy malts, some citrus (lemon), some spice (dull clove) and faint pepper that became more & more apparent as it warmed in the snifter. The warming smell of alcohol also grew with warming. The nose, in general, improved with each sip.

Its rather mild up front, a little thick & syrupy in bittersweetness, like honey. Malts are obvious and not hidden. It sharpens considerably from the initial tongue to the pallete, but only in comparison to its timid introduction. The syrupy sweetness remains but is countered by the bite. There is a subtle warming on the throat as you swallow, and the aftertaste is filmy, coating the teeth with a warm, fuzzy blanket of 12% ABV, a bit thick & chewy like toffee, but not overwhelming nor unpleasant.

While quads in general are always interesting, this one didn't blow me away. Don't take me wrong. I would drink this again, but it would depend on my other options. I guess I want more peaks & valleys in the Belgian ales I drink, and this one was more Kansas than Colorado. If you get a chance, certainly try it, but don't be expecting any breathtaking views from the slightly over-sugary plateau this brew provides.

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

pours a wounderful burnt orange with very little head.
the aroma is very rich with malt with a hint of spice.
the flavor is very rich with malt, it has the coat the inside of your mouth with carmelized sugar, there is a light spice maype corriander and orage peel.
this beer is very good but i must say i like the noel a little more.

Photo of zuggy9
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Danger, Will Robinson! It pours a pale orangey-brown with a moderate off-white head that thins to lace. It smells a bit spicy and it's alocohol doesn't hide. The flavor is a rather tropical fruity in nature, a bit malty and warm. It's thick and has decent carbonation. It's overpowering, and it'll knock me out quite quickly. Not for the faint of heart!

Photo of mmmbeer
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250 mL nip bottle, best before 03/08, served in a tulip. It pours a yeast-laden reddish-amber with medium carbonation and a finger of khaki head that leaves light lacing. It smells vinous (almost oxidized) with grains, toasted malts, and maybe some spices. There is also a touch of alcohol and a definite "off" quality. It tastes sugary sweet, with vinous and toasted malts, molasses, nuts?, grains, fruits, and maybe some phenols on top of a medium body that feels strong and leaves a light to medium finish. Overall not a great beer, but not awful.

Photo of Estarrio
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange-brown with visible yeast sediment. Medium white head, gives way to silky lacings.

Sweet peach, spicey alcohol some malt tones make an for an interesting aroma.

The flavor is very fruity, with peach and other tropical fruit notes. The alcohol presence is spicey and warming. The sweet fruit flavors are somewhat balanced by a big malt presence that saves the taste.

Thick, syrupy body with moderate carbonation.

I found the syrupy, fruit characterstics to be somewhat overpowering. The beer does eventually grow on you as it warms.

Photo of tcfishler
1.82/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Dull brown with orange highlights. Head never really develops, but lacing is present.

Slightly reticent, very ripe nose of apricot-inflected malt. Alcohol is evident.

Starts incredibly sweet and heavy in the mouth, then builds from there into more and more alcoholic heaviness, until the alcohol becomes unbearably hot and sharp.

Not recommended except to hardcore (and undiscriminating) barleywine fans.

Photo of dherling
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a copper to orange color with a deep white head. Good head retention & minimal lacing The nose was rich, boozy & oaky, with some port-like notes. The taste featured alcohol, oak & apricot. Finished like a sherry or port, really dry, fruitty and burning. Had a rich, subtle carbonation.

Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a honey-amber color, medium head, very nice lacing in my Brooklyn Brewery goblet.

Smell: It has a spiciness with a hint of alcohol etherness to it, there is also a mild quadrupel sweetness to it.

Taste: Very warming - no surprise, given the alcohol content. Some fruitiness, with a sweet and winter spice finish, there is also some diacetyl butteriness in there as well. Mmmm very tasty.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, but not cloying at all. It has a nice presence.

This beer is actually hard to describe but it is a good solid Quad one of the best I have had actually. A wonderful sipping beer.

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

I'm always up for a new Belgian ale, and when this one appeared at my local grocer I picked it up immediately, without hesitation. (The store was conducting a tasting of it, and the entire case of 24 bottles was gone in a few hours. The beer buyer said it will be back next week.)

I poured the golden-brown beer into a Duvel glass. The color reminded me of dark brown sugar, and the light bounced off it in many directions, giving it a subtle golden glow. No substantial head formed, probably due to my super-slow pouring. Upon raising the glass to my nose, I took a whiff and noted the presence of warm alcohol, malts, and dark dried fruits with a faint bit of citrus. The prominent flavors are of candied fruits and toasted nuts, with a pronounced spiciness and a long-lasting Scotch aftertaste. Very nice!

It has a medium-thick mouthfeel, and the alcohol does coat the palate. I highly recommend this for Belgian beer lovers.

Bush Ambrée from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
87 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.