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Bush Ambrée - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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586 Ratings

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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 21
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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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 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.

IntriqKen, Jun 24, 2006
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.

SSGPat, Jun 22, 2006
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.

hunteraw, Jun 13, 2006
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.

Jredner, Jun 07, 2006
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.

beertastegood, Jun 03, 2006
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.

silver0rlead, May 30, 2006
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.

acrawf6, May 25, 2006
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.

Westsidethreat, May 25, 2006
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.

EPICAC, May 22, 2006
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.

ppoitras, May 17, 2006
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.

crwills, May 06, 2006
Photo of loving44
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served out of a 250 ml bottle with freshness date clearly marked 12/08.

A - Dark orange amber with a white bubble head that dissipated quickly leaving a slick film.

S - Cheap strawberry jam, syrupy malt, heavy alcohol, and spice.

T - Very bitter and warm up front with a medium-heavy syrupy mouth feel. Tight and abundant carbonation. Dry, bitter, alcohol aftertastes that lingers. Reminded me of a barley wine mixed with a shot of cheap whiskey... way too much alcohol and not enough balance at all.

Conclusion: this beer tastes bad. It might be better after some ageing but I'm not motivated enough by the first taste to even try.

loving44, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of SeanColl84
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - I gave the 8.48 oz bottle a relatively aggressive pour, and was still left with an uninspiring head that quickly reduced itself to a creamy film that was about as tall as two stacked nickels. In color it is a beautiful orange amber when observed in the proper lighting. Light lacing graces the side of the glass.

S - There is a very noticeable presence of alcohol. More enjoyable was the sweet and malty aroma that clearly made itself to be known. At the first sniff I thought "Barley Wine?"

T - Predominantly malty in taste with traces of caramel and fruits. Reminiscent of barley wine.

M - It begins with a strong carbonated bite, and ventures towards a creamy finish.

D - Sometimes big things come in small packages. At 12% ABV this baby packs a punch. As this one warmed up, became less carbonated, and the alcohol started to kick in, I grew fonder of it. I wouldn't follow this one up with another, but definitely recommendable to those who enjoy barley wine.

SeanColl84, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of Charthepirate
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Long time no review, apologize for the rust.

Not as impressive visually as I expected, flat lifeless head that left little lacing. The color was dull, hovering someplace between a hazy and a bright beer, staying roughly in no mans land.

Smells nicely of apples, and a big bready odor. It's very inviting to jus stick your nose in the glass and breathe deeply.

When tasting it, at colder tempatures it's very hoppy, much more than many belgian beers. Those apple esters from the nose appear slightly on the tounge, but the hops dominate it.

Too much carbonation for my taste, instead of interesting, it really feels cutting. Still a great beer, and as it warms many of the problems are reduced.

Charthepirate, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 250ml bottle into my Leffe goblet.

Appearance- Pours only a film of foam, but the foam maintains very well. Dwindling very little and leaving it remnants on the glass. Color is a very lightly syrupy looking honey straight from the plastic bear.

Smell- A mix of warm cereal, honey and alcohol.

Taste- Starts a little honey sweet with some random suagr flavors, but the alcohol quickly dominates. A little too much for the flavor of this brew to be anything special.

Mouthfeel- Very warming, thats for sure with a little sweetness. This is definetky a sipping beer.

scruffwhor, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours a colorful amber, leaning toward a brighter marbley orange. The head is quick to form and almost as quick to fall. An almost full covering of thin bubbles, it does leave considerable lace on parts of the glass. The entire volume in the chalice has a distribution of fine flaky sediment rolling about like a lava lamp.

Aroma - a moderately sweet, alcohol-influenced grain aroma. Very little beyond that at first but it does develop some fruity scents after a bit.

Taste - sweet, malty base just starts to develop and then an overwhelming wave of alcohol rolls over everything. As it recedes, some sweetness returns, some mild bitterness and some serious belly and throat warmth.

Mouthfeel - like champagne only a bit heavier. Highly carbonated and the alcohol feel is more like a 16% drink.

Drinkability - this might be a candidate for three to five years of aging. At only $4 per 250 ml bottle, it wouldn''t be overly costly to lay 3 of these down, maybe take the edge off that hootch For now, it's got some nice flavor but the booziness is overkill.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of bruachan
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

grabber 'er at the hudson acme

amber color with a short but tight head. some good looking lace comes down the side. this is a quad? i didn't see any sediment in the bottle, but there's plenty in my beer. the color is really fantastic

hoppy aroma with some spice. white pepper

hot, thick mouthfeel. the bitterness is nominal but hop flavor is significantly greater. some fruitiness, but malt flavors dominate: nutty,

a very phenolic brew, with alcohol spice and real spice flavors. too hot, in my opinion. very malty

bruachan, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of ski271
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Zeno’s in State College. Hazy, vibrant, medium-light amber with a small, tight milky, white film of head. Excellent lacing. The smell is sweet and strong. Wow, strong of alcohol like a liquor. The taste is more of the same: sweet, lightly hoppy, fruity and some wicked alcohol burn that grows on the finish. It has a medium body, lightly syrupy texture and soft carbonation. This beer does NOT hide the higher alcohol at all. But I really don’t mind that. This is a very enjoyable nighttime sipper.

ski271, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Creamy attractive head with lots of lace on the way down. Creamy smooth, though a bit of tingling from carbonation. Very satisfying yeastiness and ice cream aftertaste. Excellent palate cleaner after greasy hamburgers. Medium to full mouthfeel. Alcohol only felt much later on.

Sammy, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 250 ml. bottle purchased at Grand Vines in Salem, OR. I poured mine into my Duvel tulip.

The beer poured a slightly hazy, deep, deep gold with a thick, but short white head. The beer was visibly carbohydrated. The beer smelled highly of alcohol along with a bready, yeasty scent. Scaldis is a big ale: medium bodied with an enormous alcohol presence - in your face and unwavering - along with a surprising hop bitterness. I did not expect the hops. There are some nice, more subtle flavors working here. A nice breadlike yeastiness hangs inside the beer, but the alcohol overshadows so much. The 12% abv. on this Belgian lurks not, in fact, it knocks about awkwardly like swill drinking sorority girl.

There are better and more readily available beers of this style. The price of this liliputian sized bottle could afford me a nice bottle of St. Bernardus or perhaps a nice American rendition.

edmundfitzoil, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of snilsen13
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(from notes) Looks orange brown, slightly cloudy, off tap. Thin head. poured cold and warmed in my hands (4 oz pour). The aroma, as it warms up, gets nice: citrusy with emphasis on lemon or rapsberry. The flavor initially hits with these citrus notes, clears up into a gentle maltiness and gives a peppery feeling of alcothol. The aftertaste is mild tartness. Does give a nice feeling in the mouth, that sensation of "fizziness" is there, the same that I feel for most with high alcohol that isn't overpowering.

Overall, well balanced and very drinkable. Even 4 oz gets to the head pretty quickly, so be careful.

snilsen13, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of francisweizen
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, bush amber is a nice beer that you can get almost anywhere in Belgium for like $1 or 2 in the bottle or sometimes, like today, on draft. I's a dark golden amber beer with a nice very big head of white foam that really sticks around and makes itself known. The aromas are all strong alcohol, sweet sugar, malts, and several kinds of spices. The taste is sweet, spicy, and starts to get cloying after a while. Mouthfeel is slick and a bit too hot, and this hurts the drinkability. Still a Belgian neo-classic.

francisweizen, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
1.55/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Served in a Chimay chalice at cellar temperature. 250 ml bottle, best before end 03/06.

Appearance- Holy boring... this beer pours a clear reddish gold with thousands of tiny particles in suspension. A mighty weighty appearance, yet the quarter-inch initial head recedes to nothing after a minute. Absolutely zero lacing or residual head, save for the thinnest of rims.

Smell- A whiff of alcohol and some dark fruit, but to a much lesser degree than I would have expected from a 12% quad. A heavy, sweet malt character comes along as the beer opens.

Taste- Ughhh... a wicked, totally agressive and out-of-balance assault of fusel alcohol, complete with the burn in the finish. Mouth afire, the complexities of the malt, fruit, and hops are nowhere to be found... buried in the floodwaters of gasoline. This is like doing shots of hard liquor, but rolling it in the mouth for maximum torturous displeasure. Desperate now, I swirl in all sediment from the bottom of the bottle...

...a little better now, but not by much. This is, in my opinion, undrinkable.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The texture is fine, with its foamy microscopic bubbliness. But once the flavor and swallow occurs, it's painful. My burps even hurt. What a huge letdown... I was really looking forward to this tasting. I think they're lying... this beer must be something like 24%. My stomach lining hurts.

yelterdow, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of kaimcm
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

little tiny 8.5 ounce bottle poured into a chalice. gunsmoke greets me and I rejoice.

A: beautiful golden amber body. totally clear with tiny bubbles rising from the depths. Pretty clean white head which disipates quickly, though at 12% ABV not too surprised. agitation easily brings it back, light lacing.

S: rum, moist vanilla cake, alcohol, raisons, ripe green fruit

T/M: Chewy mouthfeel brings with it a lighter than expected body that delivers a lot of what the nose promises. Raisons, sugar, bakers sweets, some subtle green fruit on the finish all on top of simple solid malt. The alcohol is very warming, barely percieved on the tongue but I already feel it in my head after 4 or 5 sips. Finish is dry and slightly astringent with quite a bit of spice on the back of the throat and tongue.

D: um...12% ABV....4 bucks for 8 oz's...hard to find...what do you expect. that being said, its a great nightcap.

this beer is a style unto itself, unlike any other quadrupel I know. presents a lot of barley wine qualities with a belgian beer mouthfeel. very interesting and enjoyable.

kaimcm, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of bditty187
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, peachy-gold in hue; the color is lovely; it is a bit like early morning sunshine in glass… it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy (I haven’t even started drinking yet!). Slightly off-white head, sadly the foam only united long enough to create a half finger of head. Then the bubbles rapidly faded to a soapy cap. I expect more out of a Belgian beer, high abv or not. Sadly, there was no subsequent lacing. What the hell! I do love the liquid’s color! Overall, this is a slightly above average looking beer.

I love the tropical fruit aromas (mango, pineapple, passion fruit, etc) in the nose, peppery alcohol (I don’t like the smattering of solvent smells), pulpy orange juice, coriander, flowery potpourri, and a dash of candy sugar. Moderate potency; the tropical fruit notes really appeal to me, everything else is playing a supporting role. This is not the most complex bouquet I’ve smelled. Still, it is agreeable… inviting.

I thought the palate would be more robust, I thought the alcohol would be louder, I thought this beer would be a sipper. Oh shit… I can’t really taste the alcohol, for a 12% beer it is well hidden. Oh shit… this beer isn’t a sipper. Oh shit… I better sip this beer because 250ml isn’t going to last! Spicy tropical fruit notes upfront, candy sugar in the middle, caramel malt too, and warm alcohol at the swallow. I will say, the palate is a bit simple but “simple” is a relative term. There are plenty of flavors but it all falls into three basic categories: Sweet, fruity, and spicy/alcohol. This isn’t a bad thing. I think this beer is done really well. I am impressed. Sweet aftertaste, maybe some hop bitterness would be nice here. My throat is warm… as is my belly… my brain is slowly getting happier. It is a lovely drink.

Medium in body, moderately low carbonation, the mouthfeel is borderline lazy. This is the only thing stopping me from thinking I could drink two or three in an evening. I bet it would go well with cheeses but I does lack some effervesces to scrub the tongue. Still the mouthfeel works well.

For the punch it packs this beer can be found in Nebraska fairly cheap. It has been available for over a year but I haven’t tried until very recently. I am happy I did. I know the Crescent Moon carries it in bottles; I’ll have to drink some! In the end, all jokes aside, this is a nice sipping beer. Why this is listed as a “Quad” on BA I have no idea. IMO, this is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. I will buy more; I was a fool to wait so long to drink this. I purchased my bottle in Lincoln, NE but I can get it in Omaha too. Recommended.

bditty187, Feb 15, 2006
Bush Ambrée from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
87 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.