Bush Ambrée - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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BA SCORE
87
very good

600 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 20
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 Absumaster
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a brown red color with a small head with some crude bubbles on top.

Smell of malts and fruits like strawberries and peaches. A light alcohol whiff with some higher alcohols. Some bitterness, but pushed backwards by the alcohol and body.

Taste was malty and alcoholic, which was a bit overwhelming at first. Then after some sips, some fruits (strawberries) come out. Also a good bitterness to balance the alcohol of this big beer. Still the alcohol remains pretty in my face and is a bit too much for me. Together with the one-dimensional bitterness, this beer is average in taste and mouthfeel, which inhibits drinkability.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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 pjwilson
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, the 8.5oz bottle; there was a time where I would have thought paying 3.99 for such a small a bottle was silly. Today I finally convinced myself to give it a shot being the only quad at my grocery store. Kinda felt like a quad for some reason, maybe to match out all the summer beers i've been drinking.

appearace: another light quad, like the Reverend. an unbelievably light amber color, with champange like carbination. A one finger head of tight bubbles forms and remains. with more pours, more of the yeasty sedimint is added: this could be avoided by letting the beer properly settle, which I didn't do. I don't mind it, although other people around you might think it's gross.

smell: wow, this is quite unlike anything i've had before. sugary rum soaked prunes, booze, and also some apricot like smells. alot like sugary figs, but alot lighter than if it was a darker beer. almost hints of the american barlely wine style in the smell, a nice aged one.

taste: very similar to the smell. high booze content rips through it, almost masking the other flavors a bit too much. sorta like North Coast Old Stock in this respect. More of the aproicots and the figs.

mouthfeel: unbelievably light, almost too much so. very uncharitaristly light.

drinkablity: a great start with the smell and appearance, but let down some by the taste...too much of a booze bomb. I like my alcohol buried a bit more, but certainly glad I tried it. Some how the 8.5 oz seemed like the right amount....go figure.

Photo of pweis909
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8 oz bottle with Sept. 06 freshness date, poured into a wine goblet.

Highly carbonated, tea-colored, hazy, and lots of sediment, including whitish flakes and blackish speckles.

The first smell I picked up on was tropical fruit smells, including banana and something else (can't put my nose on it). High alcohol may have contributed to this fruitness. There was also a spiciness, and sort of a leatheryness, and a slight maltyness that I find typical of most belgians and pilsners (pilsner malt?). There was a lot going on in the aroma, which makes me want to revisit this beer and think it through more carefully.

The prevailing tastes include the malt sweetness and alcohol. No bitterness.

Photo of dblinkhorn
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 250 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - The head was small-medium, but very velvety and off-white. It was about two fingers thick at pour, and remained at a nice half finger cap throughout the drink. The color is a hazy honey-orange.

Smell - This beer smells of sweet, ripe dark fruits. There are notes of spice and very crisp and slightly citrusy hops way in the background. The aroma is held together by a mellow an earthy, bready malt flavor that is also way in the background.

Taste - For 12% ABV, you can barely taste any alcohol in this brew, although there is a slight tingling from it accompanied with the end of the sip. From the start, the sweetness of dark ripe fruits is the most noticeable flavor. Also, as with the smell, the earthy, bready malt along with the citrusy and crisp hops are in the background, but a bit more pronounced in the flavor.

Mouthfeel - This beer is lightly carbonated, and is medium-bodied. The feel of the liquid is very, very smooth. It's silky and velvety, and everything soft or smooth. The alcohol burn is slight for its ABV.

Drinkability - Very good, again especially for this beer's ABV. It's very smooth, has a nice amount of carbonation, and a very good flavor.

Overall, definitely not a bad brew, and while I would have it again, I probably won't buy it again only because there are better quadrupels for the same price that are superior. However, this is a fine brew and everyone should at least taste it.

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

Scaldis is an interesting reddish-brown (brick perhaps) in color with little head. Smelled slightly tart and of vinager and olives. Taste was initially nicely malted with a strong, toasty alcohol finish, very close to dessert liquor indeed. The malt started to wash out later on with more of an emphasis on the cool alcohol flavors. There was a bit of slight bite with the carbonation hitting the tongue. A nice quad all in all, though not the best of the Belgians…

Photo of SilentSabre
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a huge fan of quads typically, but I really enjoyed this one. It poured beautifully with a cloudy bronze orange color and a tightly knit smooth looking white foamy head that dissolved in about 90 seconds. Smell was quite fruity and sweet. Lots of apricot. I was surprised that at 12%, there was really not much of an alcohol smell. There's definately alcohol present in the taste, but again, not as much as one would expect from a 12%'er. Lots of sweet malt and candied fruit present in the taste. This was quite smooth and easy to drink, especially considering its strength. Mouthfeel was smooth and well rounded. This is a great quad.
Thanks to Ding for allowing me to try it.

Photo of MusicalBeers
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice from a small 250 mL bottle, which is fine with me at 12% ABV. Pours a honey caramel color with a nice two-finger head and lace that will hang on the glass forever. Aroma hints of cherry and chocolate, smelling darker than it looks, or maybe more accurately it looks deceptively light for a Belgian Quadrupel.

Taste is very consistent with the smell, chocolate and cherry sweet flavors with a note of coriander at the end. The hops are not at the forefront, it goes down very smooth and malty, easy to drink given its high ABV. The alcohol makes itself known in the sweetness, with a liqour sweet finish rather than any hoppy bitterness.

Overall, a nice addition to the Quadrupel style but nothing Earth-shattering. I like this beer, but given its price here in Texas I probably won't try this again for a while. If you're looking for a good Belgian you haven't tried before I recommend this one though.

Photo of gotbeer
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a dark honey color. The smell is sweet with a hint of fruit- peach mainly.

The taste is boozy hot. There are some sherry like flavors, rum, and some fruit getting it's ass kicked by booze. Sort of like a nectarine soaked in everclear (this is what I imagine that might taste like). Sweet malt applies a little balance to the backbone of this brew.

The mouthfeel is sticky and sweet. Drinkability is not extremely high, but it is what it is (not a session beer, for sure).

A nice nightcap, and little different from your typical quad. An interesting beer.

Photo of russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

BBD of Sep 06, but I believe that could be backed a yr or 2 no problem!

Poured copper to orange with a 2 fingers deep white head in to my BUSH glass I purchased in BE. Slight oily viscosity to it that almost dropped out at the end. Good head retention & minimal lacing

S: Rich, boozy & oaky. Port-like notes

T: Warming alcohol, oakyness & tangerines. Finishes
like a sherry or port, really dry, fruitty (apples) & boozy

MF: Rich, subtlely carbonated as it should be

Drinks pretty well considering the heft. But more than bottles of this & its time for a nap! This is an ale that holds up well to crossing the pond. One to sip in front of a fire with winter chill in the air, still held up well in July

Photo of sinistermadman
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep honey amber color with a nicely sized head which soon settles to a slight lacing.

Smell is highly alcoholic with fruit and spice aromas.

This brew yields a medium body while exhibiting low to moderate carbonation. Taste is slighty medicinal from the high alcohol content with caramel, ripened fruit and sweet malts trying to lend balance. They fail. Mouthfeel is somewhat sticky and simultaneously astringent. Becomes almost undrinkable as it warms as a bready, brandy like characteristic develops. I had to put it back in the fridge to finish off the 8.48 oz bottle. The alcohol is just a little to in the forefront for me on this one. Not too bad, but not all that complex either. To me it is just imbalanced. It's a good thing these come in small bottles as I don't think I could stomach much more...

Photo of ernie
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber-brownish color, minuscule bubbles, medium head (white with a shade of copper-red), proper lace.

Fruity-spicy smell with an undoubtful presence of alcohol.

Start malty, spicy, a bit spritzy from the carbonation. Body big and rounded. Fantastic interplay of malts, fruit (peaches, apricot, yellow grapes) and alcohol. Warm and jolly mouthfeel. Finish a bit tart, aftertaste liquorish, delightful.

Very good beer. Just watch your head!

Photo of instrumentality
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kudos to BJ's brewing company in Burbank for their selection of bottled Belgian beers. I decided to try two of the ones I hadn't heard of, this being the second (and better) of the two.

The bartender poured this one into a tulip glass. It appeared light and refreshing, a transparent amber (sepia?) with scattered lines of tiny bubbles streaming to the surface.

The smell was primarily sweet, a bit peachy but somewhat sharper.

I let it sit in my mouth for a moment, finding it to be quite fizzy with a moderate to heavy alcohol burn that coated my throat and chest as it descended.

It tasted somewhat malty, somewhat sweet and slightly tart, with a mixture of different fruit flavors including peach, banana, and cherry. The alcohol overpowered everything else.

This is not a beer in which I would say the alcohol was well hidden. It seemed as though the flavors underneath were well developed, but it would likely require some major cellaring before I could fully appreciate what this beer has to offer.

Photo of cbl2
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by end 2006.

Pours an unnatractive hazy brown with hints of orange, topped by a thin layer of white head.

Hot alcohol with overtones of scotch/bourbon.

Hot alcohol rides over a nutty malt backbone with some bourbon notes, but not a lot more. No balance whatsoever, and not worth seeking out again.

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

Pours a dark clear golden brown with tiny bubbles creating a half finger head that melts to a very sticky lacing. Unlike many reviewers, my pour shows no yeasty floaties...just clear with tiny bubbles.
Aroma is alcohol with tropical fruit. Alcohol predominates, but not medicinally or fusal in type.
Taste sweet malt with a rich tropical fruit taste....mangos, over ripe banana, very ripe sweet pineapple.
Aftertaste is almost pure alcohol. You never notice it in the palette until you swallow and then...wow...hot burning alcohol going down and a definately strong alcohol aftertaste...almost like taking straight shots of Southern Comfort (the sweet fruit still comes through).
The mouthfeel gets a 5...it is so creamy and smooth in the mouth with incredibly soft perfect carbonation.
This is way too strong to be "drinkable"...and yet....
One sip...wow, that is strong swallowing.
Two sips...wow...strong and actually feeling a buzz.
Three sips...hmmmm...sort of mellowing now....can still type but don't particularly want to talk.
Four sips...whoa...this is sweet...sweet and warm...not hot, just a really nice night cap beer.
Five sips....uh breakgfjn skhgid. kshf Grseadts.
I'm rating it 4.0 on drinkability not because I want another tonight...no way that can happen...rather because I definately want another and will buy this again. Normally I do not like quads....too intense. This beer is actually very complex and balanced.

Photo of SSGPat
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
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 hunteraw
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Submitting this review, I'm amused to see that my notes are... well, scarcely legible. At least I had the presence of mind to be taking notes, considering the alcohol content on this beast.

Appearance: dark honey color, medium head, nice lacing. When the waiter brought this he called it the "wine of beers."

Smell: alcohol, of course, but some spiciness to it as well, and a touch of fresh hops aroma! A little surprising (in a good way) - I expected a quadrupel to smell sweeter.

Taste: very warming - no surprise, given the alcohol content. Slightly acidic, some fruitiness, with a candi finish. Slight diacetyl butteriness in there... Reminiscent of drinking barleywine.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, but the carbonation is perfect and offsets it nicely. For drinkability, I scrawled something that looks like "gouof beirk!" but I think "good beer!" is what I was shooting for. Alcohol is a little high to be drank in quantity, obviously - best shared with a friend, this one - and not one who's going to be driving! Good one to finish out your night on. Of course, you'll pretty much have to, anyway.

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

Lots of alcohol in the aroma smells vaguely like bourbon soaked caramel. Light bown to amber in color with a diminishing wispy white head. Flavor is stiff alcohol, toasted caramel, rum raisin, raisins, prunes and fruitcake. Finish is alcohol bitter rather than hop bitter.

Photo of beertastegood
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark golden color with a two-finger head. Not a lot of retention, but leaves a bit of lacing on the sides. Aromas of phenolic spices - clove, cinnamon, pepper - and dark sweet cherries. Caramel and brown sugar underneath. A rum-like alcohol smell is noticeable as well.

Taste: Sweet, candy-like malts at first, followed by a big blast of spiciness similar to those found in the nose. Slightly solvent alcohol makes its presence known, and then the carbonation combines with a very slight hop bitterness (a bit of herbal flavor from the hops as well) to balance out the sweet flavor left on the palate. This would be a quality beer, except that as it warms, the alcohol becomes much more pronounced, almost searing in the finish, blocking out a lot of the better aspects of this brew. Not a good thing.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation, full body

Drinkability: There is only so much of those estery, spicy yeast-derived phenolics that I can take at a time, and with the "hot" alcohol flavor becoming dominant as it warms, it becomes a struggle to finish.

A decent Quad. Wouldn't mind trying some more of Dubuisson's brews...namely the less alcoholic ones.

Photo of silver0rlead
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very hazy golden orange color with a thin off-white head that doesnt retain well...not really to style but nice regardless. The aroma is even stranger than the appearance, with notes of cider and vineagar, along with some fruits (pear, apple), candy sugar, and alcohol. The flavor also has some cidery/vineagar notes, as well as fruit (peaches, apples, pears), toasted bread, candy sugar, and alcohol. The mouthfeel is moderate and drinkability is limited. An interesting beer, definately shouldn't be classified as a quad...not my bag of tea but not terrible.

Photo of acrawf6
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice dark orangish/yellow with a nice white head.

Smell. It is mostly fruity, alcohol soaked peaches and strawberries. Alcohol seems quite present.

Taste. Still fruity, but it's the alcohol that dominates the taste, very warming and numbing on the tongue. But still has a nice sweetness to it. aftertaste is warming also.

Moutfeel is decent. balance was thrown off a little because of the alcohol, imho. Lots of carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer. It has good qualities and is pretty drinkable, but not a great example. I see myself passing this one up for others.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Nice clear, dark golden amberish color with a superb tight white head.

S: Smells sort of English, like an old ale. Touches of candi sugar, yeast and alcohol

T: Rich and malty...lots of caramel sweetness. Stil reminds me of an old ale. Has notes of raspberry, vanilla and peaches. Warming like a brandy

M: Bit thick and sticky.

D: Tasty but too much alcohol not balanced well enough. Novelty drink.

Photo of EPICAC
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with a thin white head that recedes to a thin layer quickly. Little bits of yeast float around.

Smell: The aroma is peppery with notes of caramel and a cherry fruitiness.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt flavors upfront, as well as some notes of fruit. The finish is lightly bitter with a strong alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Tasty, but the alcohol is very noticable.

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

250ml bottle from Rick's Wine & Gourmet, Alexandria, VA. Gold foil.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the effervescent coppery brew. Head lasts well, with heavy coating frothy lace. Nose is spicy with malt sweetness underneath. Taste is sweet malts upfront, spices coming in next, and a warming alcohol close. Mouthfeel is excellent, so smooth, and drinkability is nice as well, although the alcohol limits a bit. Very nice, just not enough in the bottle, once decanted. Ah well, have to buy more sometime, I guess.

Photo of crwills
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have some beers in storage that range up to about 18% ABV, but at 12% I think this is the 'biggest' beer I've tried. Seems to hide it well, though.

Poured from a little 8 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Candy orange (like Triaminic for kids), looks very fizzy (although it really isn't). Decent head. Fades a bit, but leaves lacing. LOTS of yeasty floaties (and some ended up in the glass).

Aroma is primarily fruity. Peaches, pears, and strawberries. Mild alcohol presence, but quite well hidden, as I mentioned.

Flavour is fruity hops at first, with some warming alcohol. Sweet, bready aftertaste, with a hint of strawberry maybe. Mouthfeel is moderately bit and somewhat -- sticky? Or slick, maybe.

I actually quite liked this, although after drinking it I'm not sure I'm up for the barleywine I had planned next for the evening. We'll try a few glasses of water first and see how it goes.

Bush Ambrée from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
87 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.