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Bush Ambrée - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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86
very good

406 Reviews
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Reviews: 406
Hads: 628
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 27
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep orange slightly amber hue with tawny highlights. Some haziness but you're able to see through the glass. Bright white head, kind of thin but seems to be lasting a while.

Nose is big but not nearly as big as expected.

Head finally dissipated. Lots of fruit on the nose with noticeable booziness. Sweet raspberries and peaches, light touches of tart green apple. Orange marmalade, sweet belgian candy underneath. Caramel and toffee. Smells like an ice cream parlor and a candy store combined. Big jammy scents. I love it.

Wow, much lighter in body than expected and as the brewery describes, deceptively drinkable. Incredibly subtle flavors. Amazing. Some heat on the swallow but not much. Lots of effervescence, slick mouth feel. On the lighter side of being medium bodied oddly enough. Peaches and honey, dark fruits beneath, sticky caramel covered apples, some tart sweetness. All of these flavors blend together into one wave that just slowly rides over the tongue. No cloying sweetness, crisp finish. With a dash of medicinal herbs mixed in, this beer is just simply incredible in its subtlety and complexity.

Incredible incredible brew. (1,159 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a murky burnt orange amber with yeast particles. Head is thin and unimpressive but expected for such high abv. Swirling the tulip easily rebuilds the foam and small spots of lace form.

S- caramel and soft fruity notes of melon, banana, pear, orange, cherry, and cedar. Woodsy, vanilla and candy-like, with a bit of berry tartness.

T- big sweet heavy flavor like fruits covered in caramel and brandy. Apple, pear, grape, vanilla, fig, melon, banana, some pineapple alcohol bitterness and vodka, rum and mint. There's little to balance out the sweetness except for a flash of noble hop, making this one a sugary liquid dessert but not cloying.

MF- viscous and juicy with very lively, prickly carbonation. Cooling feel. Alcohol is felt mainly in the chest along with moderate dryness on the cheeks.

D- this is a pretty intense beer. Alcohol and sugar battle it out for twelve rounds with sugar winning by decision. This 8+ oz bottle is the perfect serving size for this potent beast, as any more would be a bit too much. Having a tulip with a 0,25L market makes it even cooler. (1,091 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 2/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange amber with numerous floaters. Thin head and little lacing. Sweet malt and slightly sour aroma. Light fruit, sweet malt, Belgian yeast and caramel. Booze fairly evident and overwhelms the otherwise pleasant flavors. A satisfactory pale Belgian ale, but nothing really outstanding. (361 characters)

Photo of sfprint
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark orange with a hint of red. dense, large column of aggressive rising carbonation. 1.5 finger head
S: yeasty, plastic, citrus/pineapple, green apple, banana
T: very intense, but expected for 12%, alcohol comes off as tartness, very good for the high alcohol content, but not nearly as tasty as the Noel. Dark citrus, peach schnapps, punch.
M: Medium body, thick, subtle carbonation.
O: Good, but pretty intense and not for regular drinking. (446 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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 (278 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with an appreciable amount of sediment floating around the liquid; the foam quickly fades into a ring and archipelago though it does leave a nice web behind

Smell: Caramel and stone fruit, with golden raisins underneath

Taste: Caramel and stone fruit, up front, with golden raisin and spice cake elements developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors blend nicely and, despite the sweetness, the beer maintains a somewhat dry, woody aspect that adds balance

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; very little warmth despite the high ABV

Overall: While this bottle is, I suspect, quite a few years beyond the "Best By" date, it is still drinking very nicely and, as others have noted, takes on Barleywine-like characteristics (790 characters)

Photo of Holland
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: orange gold color with thin tan head

S: kind of metallic at first with sweet malt, alcohol, and yeast. Much better warm if you are okay with the alcohol.

T: sweet and bitter, with heavy yeasty esters that are drawn out with the alcohol

M: good carbonation for such a hefty beer, and medium-heavy body.

O: good, but kind of weird in a way I can't put into words easily. It has all of the makings of a good beer of the style, but it was missing balance or something. (473 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a strangely sized 8.4 ounce bottle.

Color is orange amber with a small light tan head that has good retention and lacing.

Smell is caramel candy sweet malt along with a heaping dose of alcohol. Unfortunately, I found a hint of wet cardboard as well.

Taste is deep roasted malt, booze, dark raisins or other dark fruit.

Feels hot, yet bubbly, kind of difficult to drink.

This kind of reminds me of Sammiclaus(not quite as good though). Roasted candied malts make for a huge flavor, but the burn is just a bit much for my taste.

DOA (542 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color, with about one finger of foamy off-white head with pretty good retention.

The scent was very sweet some caramel malt, fruit, and notes of yeast.

The taste was again very sweet, with caramel malt, candied sugars, a little spice, and noticeable alcohol.

Full body, smooth and clean, moderate to high carbonation.

This was a very tasty beer, all of the flavors were well balanced, even the very noticeable alcohol presence seemed to fit well into the flavor. (485 characters)

Photo of Zimbo
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wet brick. That's what I smelled when I popped the cap. Gently poured this light clear golden orange beer forms a pretty easy biggish whitish head which is rocky and relatively thick but thin and leaves some reasonably complex lacing.
Not much nose. Maybe some candy sugar packed in their somewhere but generally quite dumb. Medium bodied with a slightly heavier end. Sort of simple. Not much end. Not very forgiving, angular, and almost tannic on the tongue. If this was a wine I would call it closed.
Nice enough to the eye but makes very little effort to appeal to the other vital senses. Dull. (597 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasing and surprising long and compact ale.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Orange Bush branding with a label shaped like a coat of arms with simple and somewhat trite typography of the brew and a drawing/logo of the brewery. Back offers a multilingual one liner about intent, history, and ingredients. Shows 12 % Alc. by Vol. and BBE date (25/05/2013). Served in tulip glass.

A - Clear deep gold to amber pour, towering frothy head, good retention, good surface memory and touches of lacing.

S - Candied nose… Plenty of caramel with soft yeast and fruitiness… Peaches, dates...

T - Taste is maltier with plenty of caramel sweetness, nice touches of fruit, slightly longer on the peaches and dates with a hint at an assertive bitterness that never breaks the rhythm. Hint of floral honey over the sugar...

M - Medium/full body with medium carbonation, and a syrupy and nicely smooth flow.

O - Pretty pleasing, quite compact but rather well rounded in its assertiveness.

Notes: I was expecting less, so this was definitely a surprise… None of the astringent notes I found in other Bush/Scaldis offerings and instead a rather assertive but enticing brew. Nothing to make a milestone of but rather notable. Old aleish at points even English barleywine with some central European hints… (1,309 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 250 ml bottle. That’s right: 250 ml. The back label features “Best before end” tabs along the side to be notched, but there are no notches.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color is cloudy, dark, caramel/honey. Two fingers of eggshell-colored, buttery head dissipated quickly, like it was late for a hot date. It left a bubbly ring around the edge and a thin skim.

Smell: Sweet fruit and spice. Apple, banana, plum, fig, cherry, raisin, raspberry, honey, a little brown sugar, and caramel. After a couple whiffs the spice fades far into the background. As expected, it has a hint of booze sharpness.

Taste: It basically mirrors the smell, but the booze is sharper once it hits the tongue. It is far from overpowering or distracting; instead, it compliments the other flavors. The darker fruits (plum, fig, cherry, raisin, and raspberry) are much more prominent in the taste. It is not overly spicy, either, but there is a hint of spice.

Drinkability: This definitely gets two thumbs up, but I now understand why it is offered in 250 ml bottles. Though it is very well masked, the alcohol is still potent. (1,132 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" beige head with decent retention. Body is a cross between golden yellow and amber and held to the light it shows clouding from fine particulates. Smell is really good with malt and caramel. Taste is rich with malt, caramel, and toffee, and it's creamy and sweet. There's a medium-long finish which feels like you just ate a sweet dessert. Good stuff. (362 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A tiny 250 ml bottle holds the liquid inside. With its labled 12% ABV, maybe it's the right serving size. On to the beer:

Dark honey colored stuff with a slightly hazy body, yet clear enough to where you can see bubbbles rising up to the top. A small lacey head sits on top and encourages some lace to stick to the glass and retain. There are plenty of strong, sweet aromas coming up from the beer. These aromas are appealing, and yes, a little boozy. Honey liqueur? How about honey, wildflowers, bubblegum, and heat.

Is the alcohol too much? While it does make a strong statement that this is not for the weak, there's enough on the other side of the spectrum to keep things rolling. Dates and strong pepper start the ride. Honey blossoms, bubblegum, bread crust, and plenty off alcohol heat arise after the initiation. Things start to get spicy and peppery again as each sip closes. In fact, the pepperniness in the closing is uplifting and gives the illusion that there's a lot of carbonation when there isn't.

Scaldis is roughly what I expected. Altogether a beer with good flavor and a great amount of heat. More of a digestif than a beer to drink with dinner. (1,169 characters)

Photo of FrankenBeerStein
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.
Deep yellow-orange color with 1.5" head. Smells fragrant, with a presence of both the hops and the malts. Flavor reflects this, with a hint of fruitiness to it, along with a slight afterkick of the high abv. Still, VERY smooth taste and mouthfeel, just thick enough to carry the flavors without the texture overpowering the taste.

From a personal standpoint, the presence of the "Belgian funk" common with Belgian yeast is barely there, which is a good thing. This is a fantastic Belgian beer that I would not only drink again, but recommend. (581 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review # 1000 8.48 fl.oz $5.00

Orange and yellow hued golden color with rushing, flowing and crazy carbonation. Lacy 2" off-white cap and a crazy, bubbly center.

Sweet mandarin oranges, zesty citrus yeast, caramel and an array of tropical sweet fruits aroma's. Rum-esque heat tingle and green grassy hops.

Good complexity on all levels, malt is wonderously sweet, honey and caramel but not with a thick or hefty feel. The yeast provides major citric snap, tropical fruitiness, spiced rum from the heat and sweet malt effect.

The feel is ultra crisp, dry and refreshing, complex feel but not heavy. A jazzy medium feel overall. Earthy, pepper dry feel, and seems to evaporate on the tongue.

My sorta brew. (714 characters)

Photo of Mar02x
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I brought this bottle from France. I was there on holiday last summer and had to buy a souvenir.

A - A amber colored beer with a nice white head, looks good. The fluid is hazy and there is no carbonation visible. The head fizzed out very fast.

S - Alcohol ,citrus , yeast and some apricot its all inviting you to take a sip.

T - Upfront its boozy than come tastes like candy sugar, citrus, coriander, apricot, faintly some vanilla and I think some cardamom is in as well.

M - Bubbly and a medium body. In the end comes again the alcohol, but this time it warms you.

O - The balance is off in this beer. Its not going to be something I drink often. (652 characters)

Photo of The3rdbeer
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Served into 2 LA Craft beer crawl 5oz glasses to celebrate.

A- Poured very bubbly out of the bottle into the glasses with a small head that fizzed out very fast. yeast is floating around inside both glasses of the bottle.

S- Bread and booze, carmel, burnt sugar. dried apricot.

T- upfront spice and and dried fruit, after taste is booze but its very subtle then fades quick.

M- Bubbly and lite-medium its perfect.

O- Overall a belgium of the bat. perfectly subtle and spiced. Perfect cant wait to drink my Noel. (522 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lynda for bringing this back from Belgium for me.

Big fluffy head fades semi slowly with lacing, mostly clear slight yeast infused amber orange color.

Nose has light sweet malts, amber reddish golden malts, light syrup, least herbal grassy hops, some booze tingles the nose.

Taste is fairly sweet, syrupy, malty, reddish amber malts, booze up the wazoo, very hot and boozy, light candi sugar and syrup, bit of fruit from typical Belgian yeast, light nutty fruity malts, light grassy herbal hops finishes hot and boozy, lingering sweet amber Belgian malts.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, decent carb for the style, very hot and boozy.

Overall decent, nice malts and hint of hops, a bit on the hot and boozy side but expected for 12%. (747 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8.5oz bottle. Label has dates and numbers, but no notches.

Pours a dark, hazy amber with a compact head.

Aroma is very yeasty and fruity, with a rich cakey character.

Powerfully alcoholic. Lots of spice, brown sugar and some raisin. The finish is dry and boozy, with a phenolic-rubbery character. The mouthfeel is well-carbonated, though a tad harsh (maybe the alcohol has something to do with this).

Scaldis is strong and solid, but not that impressive in the end. (471 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tiny little 8.something ounce bottle. It was $4.10 from Pints O'Plenty a year or so ago. I think the best by date is 09/10/11, but I'm not sure.

Appearance: Its sort of a dark golden color. I think it would be nice and clear, but is loaded, LOADED with supended yeast floaties. I'm surprised it has such a wimpy head and lacing.

Smell: Sweet fruit and pale malt and a heavy Belgian yeasty aroma. Golden raisins, peaches, pears, maybe some tropical fruits. Pretty strong whiff of alcohol too. Sort of like a too intense smelling tripel.

Taste: Well its very boozy, but not really 12% boozy. Lots of nice sweetness with fruity flavors and honey as well as the heavy bready yeast. Pretty stiff burn from alcohol from midpalate to the finish, but its not really off putting. None of the rocket fuel fusel flavors that really big Belgians sometimes get.

Mouthfeel: I think this beer would benefit from more carbonation, but I do like the heavy stickiness it has.

Overall: This was a surprise. I thought it was a quad. If it is, it would have to be like a "golden quad" as it has none of the dark fruit flavors of a typical quad. Its pretty nice though. I was going to bitch more about the small bottle, but its the right serving size. (1,234 characters)

Photo of Masticon
2.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - 4.0 : Poured nicely with a decent white head. Light color matching of the Belgian style.

Smell - 3.5: Not very pronounced, slight aroma of something orangish but otherwise could have been any beer we were smelling. No identifiable hop or malty smells.

Taste - 2.0 : Flavor is dominated by a hot alcohol burn but otherwise matching a dry Belgian. Other flavors are brutally swept aside by alcohol flavor. Somewhere near the end the light orange flavor shows back up but you're too busy grimacing to notice it. Could have had a shot or two of vodka accidentally dumped into the bottle.

Feel - 2.0 : Burning followed by more burning. Density is light for of a high gravity beer but considering the light color it makes some sense.

Overall - 2.5 : The only positive thing I'll say about this beer is that it's flavor held up when paired with our dessert. Compared to all the others we tasted this night this is the only one that followed a strawberry and still maintained its profile. It also served as a palate cleanser between other beers bringing out a number of flavors we had missed on first taste. However, the same could probably have been achieved by getting a regular Belgian and dumping two shots of cheap vodka in the glass. It'd probably taste about the same and not run you $5 for 8.5 oz.

Read this and a comparison of a few other high gravity beers at my blog at dearmondfood.blogspot.com (1,417 characters)

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

LOOK (3/5) Pours a light copper to amber with a lot of orange - nice color. It was very opaque, about as much as a witbier. Some particles are held in suspension, which I don't like. It produces very little head and falls to nothing very quickly and leaves no lacing.

SMELL (4.5/5) Malty with a decent helping of the munich/vienna mailard notes (prune/plum/dates). The main twist here is a lot more sour tartness that I'd expect from this style (though much less than a Flanders Red or a Gueuze) there is also a tinge of brunky earthiness that may be brett. This switches the balance from sweet to more tart and reminiscent of figs and dried berries. No real hops, pepper, or alcohol (at 12%!).

TASTE (4.5/5) The flavour is really similar to the nose and all the same characters are present. The rich mailard malt is played up by a yeast character that's tart and sour as well as earth and brunky - the result is a complex fig, dried grape/berry/cherry flavor. Very smooth! The finish is good - balance is acheived with the malt and the tart. A bit of pepper and alcohol warmth on the finish.

FEEL (4/5) Carbonation is pretty weak & the body is medium-light, it would be velvety. That being said, the flavor is strong enough that if there more body it would have been too much. Tartness tickles the mouth on the finish and some lasting syrupy sweetness.

DRINK (3.5/5) Very flavorful and so tasty! It has a kinda port. More of a sipper, not a session. (1,454 characters)

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've seen this brew over and over again at a few different stores, and never even gave it a second look until today.

Poured vigorously into my DFH signature glass.

A- Beautiful orange blossom honey hue! Excellent carbonation, nice little head that sticks around and leaves a really nice amount of lacing dripping down my glass.

S- Sweet, sticky, caramel, drippy honey bun!!! Vanilla, marshmallow, a hint of warming alcohol that's surprising light on the nose for a 12% brew. Nice dried fruit finish on the nose. Like wonderful Raisin Toffee bread! Simply amazing!

T- Caramel, honey, vanilla and yeast. A nice little alcohol bite, but not unpleasant. The dried fruit that was in the nose is barely there. A little bit underwhelming when compared to the smell. Really good, but not great!

M- Pretty thin on the tongue. The alcohol lingers longer than the sweet vanilla, caramel and honey that I fell in love with while sniffing this. The tastes are all there, but they fade quickly and the booze takes over and wraps around your tongue. This shoulda been stickier, then it woulda been unreal!

O- Looks great, smells insanely great... but starts falling off from there. The taste is good, but not like the nose says it should be. The mouthfeel is nothing like the smell... thin, whimpy and a bit to boozey (even for me!). Really glad I tried this, and plan to get more to stock away for a cold, wet, damp, rainy day next to the fire place. (1,445 characters)

Bush Ambrée from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
86 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.