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Bush Ambrée - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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599 Ratings

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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 21
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-25-2001)
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Photo of beersarang
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber with a medium sized head that just doesn't hold on for very long. Beer doesn't look like anything special.

Fruity aroma, lots of different fruits and rich caramel along with aromatic Belgian malts. So many different smells it is hard to discern.

A good sip brings to the palate the fruit character. Cherries and rasberries play across the palate backed by a firm malt character that is also fruity. Almost no hop character although there is a slight bitterness. Finishes warm and fruity gain with a very sweet exhale that is not quite cloying but just perfect. Alcohol is not as noticable as you would think.

Thick bodied with a light carbonation, goes down easily. I would buy this again as a special treat. I was very very surpised by this tiny bottle.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Is this really a quadrupel? Well I'll be damned if it is (though it's much more accurate than the barleywine category it's placed under on the John's Grocery website). Seems to be more of a Belgian Strong Pale or a Saison than a quad.

Pours to a clear amber color with no sediment and almost no head. No subsequent lacing, save for a few spots. Also has a moderate carbonation, though it fails to regerate the head beyond a thin spotty film.

The smell is very sweet and malty, containing strong whiffs of belgian candi sugar. A very subtle spiciness from the yeast appears when deeply inhaled.

The taste is quite good, despite a disappointing appearance and good but non-complex aroma. A bit caramelly and brett up front. Apples and Oranges come into play in the mid-finish. Also contains some spiciness from a mixture of the malt, yeast, and strong alcohol content. Quite sweet, but has a decent bite of hops at the same time. The finish is very moist and smooth, and has almost no aftertaste.

Overall, I'd say it's a damn fine beer. It is kind of hard to place into a category, but there are few belgians that actually do in the grand scheme of things. Worth seeking out.

Photo of KoG
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep Golden color with a good sized head that leaves some chunky lacing.

Smell is predominately alcoholic at first, fading into light malt and sweet fruits.

Taste is fruit and alcohol well balanced along a minor bitterness. The alcohol is nowhere near as prevalent as in the nose. Creamy on the palate and on the way down. Alcohol burn becomes more present when it warms but still doesn't sting at all.

Being summer, I could have picked a less warming beer, but I'm inside with the AC. A very nice brew that is sweet but not cloying and may appeal to those that like lighter wine styles.

Photo of Bierschenker
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Luckily I have my own Bush chalice, Nice! So That’s where I put it in. It gave some head, but it vanished immediately.
The colour is amber (Doh!), with a heart warming fireplace glowing orange. Very active carbonation.
The smell has multiple layers. Creamy caramel malt, American hop bitterness, oranges, vinegar, dades and grains, alcohol and bread.
The taste overwhelms because of the acidity, strong alcohol and sugary/caramel malt with oranges, union and dades.
The aftertaste shows how full bodied this beer is. Strong alcohol, still some acidity, soft bitter tone oppressed by some sourness.

A gem of a beer, I love the Bush beers. They’re some of the first special beers I started drinking when I was younger.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

Photo of DrJay
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear medium amber with a creamy, long-lasting, off-white head. Smells very sweet, light alcohol, faint hops and a bit of spice. Flavour is a combination of candy sugar, moderate yet harsh hop bitterness, and a bit of spice, with a very strong alcohol warmth. Medium/full body, high carbonation, creamy and light texture. Overall, a bit overly strong with some harshness.

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

It this beer was more affordable I'd quite like it regularly. Poured a cloudy dark orange with a thin head that held and laced well. Smelled of caramel and/or candied apples, strong enough to hit you right before each tip. You can definately taste the alcohol here and it's managed very well with a malty-creamy taste that's constant. The finish and the aftertaste leave more of the same but in no offensive manner. I have to say I felt like part of the beer was like a barley wine but not quite as sweet. The carbonation is heavy but works very well. I'm not sure it's drinkable but it's certainly drinkenjoyable.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Doesn't pour oout to much in my Ikea chalice, way less than a regular size beer. Head is ok at first, then fades to maybe 1/8". Body is very hazy and murky, brown and opaque. Smells of raisin and alcohol, woody and earthy, slightly sweet. Taste has a lot of alcohol and dark fruitiness in it, with a good amount of hops, and I will agree with past reviewers in saying this is very similar to a Belgian barley wine. Unique and quite beefy but not a full enough malt profile to it. I like this one, but not as much as the other quads i have tried.

Photo of mzwolinski
2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sunset-like in color, with a thin, off-white head. The nose is fairly thin, with hints of alcohol but little else. Flavor is better, though very "hot." Alcohol is really quite overwhelming, actually, and contributes only a bit of peppery spice to the flavor. As the beer sits it develops some light berry flavors and some toffee notes to the malt. Overall, this is pretty harsh.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.38/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear golden brown with a rocky tan head. Lots of lace. Smells of tart fruit and grassy. Light hops.

Strong maltiness. Alcohol burn. Fruity. Unbalanced and not that tasty. Strong but that's about it. No complexity at all. Some sweet alcohol lingering on the tongue. Not so hot.

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

Pours very active (bubbly) into the glass. A rich caramel color with minimal head that immediatley dissapeared. Sweet malty bouquot. Smooth medium bodied mouth feel. Nice hop bite upfront finishing with a mellow yet somewhat sour malty aftertaste. Nice effervescent burn all the way down to the stomach. Minimal lacing that melts away rather quickly. Good Belgian. Definitley one to enjoy in moderation as it is 12%.

Photo of Toddv29424
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red color with little head. Smell is pungent like dark fruit or molasses with a touch of alcohol in the tail end. Taste is good when taken in a full sip, but when you try to hold it in your mouth and get the layers it mostly tastes like alcohol. Together it is like grapes and apples, very pleasant. Be careful, a little too delicious to have 12%!

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a huge light tan head atop an amber ber with a fierce carbonation that kept the head on top amazingly lopng for how high the alcohol level is. This is one very beautiful beer and before I even smell it i just want to stare at the brilliance and the streams of tiny bubbles. The aroma is pretty well blocked by the thick frothy head but I can still percieve a lot of fruity esters and a touch of sweet malt. The flavor is different than i expected from a quad as i thought it would be just like a really strong tripel but the malt flavors are more sweet than dry and the alcoholic heat is hidden a lot less well than in tripels. The flavor begins with a sweet malt and a lot of fruityness from the esters and a touch of an ironlike taste that i am very sensitive to and it is not very nice. Still the flavor overall is enjoyable and for how high in alcohol this beer is the finish is very clean and the flavors mesh very well with nothing sticking out except the alcoholic heat on the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and the carbonation has very little carbonic bite making this ale have a nice smoothness. The drinkablity is less than other beers as the very high alcohol makes this one a bit too strong to be a session beer but it is very tasty.

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

8.48oz bottle with a best before date notched clearly on the back. Poured into a chalice.

Bright orange with a fast rising and fast falling head of white. Not much lacing, lots of tiny bubbles.

The nose is very fruity with melons, peaches and pears. There's some bread in there too. Smells a lot like a fresh home made fruit cake.

Tastes a lot like it smells, but the aromas are much stronger than the flavors. The best part is I can just barely taste a little alcohol. Clean dry finish with just a touch of pepper and green apple.

The mouthfeel is a little on the light side, the high abv kills the drinkability, but it is a tasty brew.

Notes: I found this one in a small conveinience store way off the beaten path. Last place I would expect to find a quad, but a pleasant surprise to say the least. I'm going back for a couple more to cellar and see what she does over a year or two.

Photo of BeerManDan
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It was a deep golden color with some foam, when poured into a tulip glass. The smell was of a sweet nature, like a sweet fruity aroma. The taste was not what I expected for a ale that's 12% alcohol. The taste was a mild sweet/tart flavor of honey and fruit and spices. A really big flavor and pleasant enough to sip and enjoy. I personally would will purchase this Belgium Ale again.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased in Antwerp and hand-delivered to Moscow (thanks Marjut and Michael!), this small 25cl brown bottle sports pink foil around the neck and a pink, blue and gold label just like the one pictured, except "Bush" replaces "Scaldis". Below the name, in English, is: "The Strongest Belgian Beer." The ingredients list, printed on the back in what looks like all of the EU languages, includes sugar. Best before 2/1/07, I opened it on 3/24/05.

Pours a clear copper under a one finger off-white head that lasts and lasts, but only leaves a few spots of lace. The nose is candy sweet, with liquer tones. The mouth is very heavily carbonated and rather sticky. As the beer warmed, the stickiness became more pronounced. The taste is light and sweet, not overpowering with alcohol, but its presence is definitely felt. Slightly bitter underpinnings, seemingly more from the booze than from any hops. The aftertaste is mainy fruity, rather like a strong wine. The impression is OK, but there are better ways to secure alcohol content.

Photo of Sigmund
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25 cl bottle, under its alias "Scaldis", bought at Selfridge’s, London. Amber colour, large and fluffy lingering head. Vinous dry sherry-like aroma, elements of oak and leather too. Flavour is again sherry-like, medium dry (or medium sweet, if you like), loads and loads of oak, hints of German "Weinbrand", warming mouthfeel as expected from a 12% ABV beer, but the beer doesn’t feel inappropriately alcoholic. A substantial hoppy bitterness in the finish balances the sweetness nicely. Plays in the Premier League of beers, this one.

Photo of horndecker
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Beautiful copper with a lively fine carbonation. A fluffy head which falls away swiftly leaving a bit of lace. In about ten minutes all trace of a head or fizz is gone. Clear and liquerish looking. A little swirl and it all foams up though...
Agressive orangey nose, medicinal notes, a spicy tang - peppery and concentrated. And a bit of leather, barnyard, and must. As it warms a citrus aroma develops and comes to the fore.
First sip is unexpected and wonderful. A big malty fizz evervesces on the tongue, eventually revealing a bitter herbal front end, then chewy stewed fruit, raisins and such.
The alcohol is there for sure. It doesn't overpower though. Everything seems to be in fine order here. But it's just as well that we have only a little 8.4 oz bottle. It's wonderfully drinkable but certainly makes it's presence felt by the end of the glass.
Like Thomas Hardy's Ale or JW Lees it's just perfect with a bit of cheese and nosh with a late night book.

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

Draft - 10 oz. flute goblet. Burnt gold appearance with little head. Probably due to the high 12% abv. Nice amount of carbonation. Upfront taste of fruit and honey with a biting alcohol finish which helps balance the sweetness. Definitely a beer to be sipped and savored over period of time.

Photo of Shiredave
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, golden orange color, tall foamy head with smears of lace draping the glass. Some lazy carb bubbles can be seen through the foggy liquid.

Aroma is strong with alcohol and phenols, some sweet fruity notes are beaten back, but fight thier way forward.

Intense fruity flavors of pineapple and melon in a thick sugary malt base. These fruity/ sugary flavors mix beautifully with the strong warming bite of alcohol. Rich "glazed danish" character , very full bodied though not heavy on the tongue.

Malt and hop flavors at the back end coat the mouth as hop bittering moves in to blend with blistering alcohol on the finish.

Exceptional and very complex beer to savour and linger over on a cold evening or after a lavish meal.

Photo of rkhaze
2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear orange/amber with a good sized bubbly white head.
Big alcohol and malt aromas. Perhaps some citrus fruit but pretty one dimensional overall.
Tangy and sweet/bitter. Lots of rich malt flavor with some caramel, citrus fruit and nut. The alcohol is hidden surprisingly well in the front but really crashes the party in the middle and finish. Any attempts at balance and complexity are overwhelmed.
Full bodied with a heavy mouthfeel and an alcohol burn in the back of the throat.
Definitly one to sip. The alcohol is king in this one...maybe it's time for a revolution!

Photo of Skidz
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dinky 250mL bottle with amber foil around the neck. Date stamped 22/11/2006. Straight from France and in my glass thanks to my roomate.

Pours out a nice bright gold and sits a very nice deep, reddish-amber in the glass. Excellent gradient from pale gold to that rich reddish-brown. Large fluffy white head sits atop and holds on strong. Leaves a solid layer of lace around the glass with each sip, layering almost perfectly to coat the glass. Impressive.

Smells rich and malty, and very spicy. Alcohol sears the back of the nose. Dates and plums are prominent. Gritty, graininess exists beneath, nearly whole wheat(ish) bread type aromas. Sappy tang.

Tastes full and malty from the get go. Mild fruit presence. Golden raisins and dried apricots. A blowtorch is created from the alcohol. Liquid fire, deep fries the sides of your tongue. Sharp, peppery spiciness accompanies this burning sensation. Levels off to a subdued tang, metallic like zinc or a 9 volt battery. Finish isn't so much bitter, failry mild, just quite dry and leaves plenty of peppery spiciness to go around.

Yikes, by appearance, this looks like a gem. Harsh and abrasive in the mouth. Gritty and packed with potent carbonation. Mellows out a bit with warmth and swirling, more approachable. About a medium body.

Not completely enjoying this beer, sad to say a single 250mL bottle is all I really want. If this beer could taste as good as it looks, we'd be in business, but no dice. For once, the quater litre size is a blessing.

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

Presentation: small 250CC brown bottle with gold foil on top. Importation sticker probably covered a notch on the year, on the back of the label. It does say 04/10/2006, LOT: J114. Whatever that means.

Apprearance: Pours a lightly hazy bright, golden, deep, and rich orange color. Small bone white head forms and dissapates fairly quickly.

Nose: very pleasant and mild. very malty, spicy alcohol aroma, banana esters , and apples.

Taste: Creamy mouthfeel, moderate-strong carbonation. Dry throughout, with a mild hop bitterness that lingers. Phenols become strong when the beer warms up.

Notes: Very warming. I'm glad this brew comes in a small bottle. There is a slight burning and tingling. Soon after a few sips you can feel the alcohol surging through the bloodstream. Definitely not what I was expecting, is this really a quadruple? Nothing that special, will definitely want to try it again, if its been cellared for a long time.

Photo of tjd25
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The head I fouind boring, lacking of a character of its own. Only when it fades into a thin collar does it get any interesting to look at. The body is active and has an orange amber color. The smell is quite enjoyable, very fruity, and especially peachy with notes of apple too. Also a bit yeasty, with notes of cake. The taste shows strong alcohol notes, but overall interestingly mixed with fruity notes of peach and pear and malty notes of syrupy caramel. The finish in particular is nicely caramelized. The mouthfeel is sweet, a but gluey, and not as dry as one could fear given the abv. Almost round. Interesting. A real potent brew.

Photo of donnebaby
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Fairly expensive for this small bottle, so I hope it goes well.

Amazing big and soft head for such a high ABVer. Pretty thin, light copper red body and tannish leftover film sticks way up the glass, and lasts for the duration of the boozin. Nose is subtle and excellent, of fresh Grannysmith apple, moist and cool. Fresh apple juice is dominant, with almost no alcohol coming through.

Taste, on the other hand, is an alcohol blitz, with the first sip sending shivers though me. If I'd know I'd be sipping whisky, I'd of mentally prepared. Thin sweet malt covers alcohol like a pin impaling a piece of cellophane. I haven't had too many quads, but this isn't too enjoyable. I left it out for about 20 minutes to adjust, but maybe I should've thrown it in the microwave. Soft carbonation is wiped away by alcohol burning the throat.

Alcohol intensity as drinking continues, a bit, but nothing as far as excellent taste emerges. Pretty boring.

Aftertaste hold some nuttiness that I wish was in the body or taste. Low hops, low dryness.

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

Appearance is brownish orange in the glass with some light coming through and a decent sized light tan head. The head stuck around a bit and left rings of lace as I drank this. Aroma is fruity and sweet with notes of apples and dark fruits with a bit of caramel and spice intertwined. It’s a strong aroma that is good but a bit simple. Light fruit taste like caramel covered fruit. After taste is a bit fruity with a bit of alcohol bite to it, more than you would want. Mouthfeel is lighter than usual for a quad but is smooth feeling. Pretty good drinkability despite a few flaws. The alcohol really stands out in this one and the flavor seems a bit too sweet at times. As it warms though the alcohol starts to kill the drinkability.

Bush Ambrée from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
87 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.