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Bush Ambrée - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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558 Ratings

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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 20
Gots: 25 | 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 DESTRO


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

pours a hazy deep orange/sunset with a small white head. wonderful lacing that leaves a crazy web like finish on the glass. big alcohol on the nose as well as some sweet malt and some tropical fruits and pepper. pineapple. thick in the mouth, sticky, and heavy. right off the bat a huge alcohol rush flies up the nostrils. whoa. fruity and medicinal. big thick malt backbone. spicey as all hell. this stuff is big time. this is a heavy brew, huge on alcohol...yet tasty and drinkable for what it is. the 12% abv is a real ass kicker. this has night cap written all over it.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2004 09:23:47 | More by DESTRO
Photo of Andreji


3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

well after a very positive experience with the imposing bush noël I decided to venture into the land of bush and found myself confronted to a 1.70euro disappointing brew.

The pour is opaque but rather clouded in a sense that it seems slightly dirty. The head is tan and small and not very interesting to describe. The colour, caramel brown makes you think you're in front of something special, like the rest of 'em belgians....but no.

The smell and taste, overadministered by the malt which doesn't really permit the great side flavours, that you feel in the deep bottom (this is the fruity complexity), doesn't really make you wanna go past the first beer above another better creation. bof.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2004 10:24:06 | More by Andreji
Photo of GreenCard


3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: amber to light brown color, great clarity, a thin layer of light tan foam

Aroma: delectable rummy sweetness, bubblegum phenols, malt, whiskey, some hops

Flavor: malty base-flavor but not much sweetness, lots of peppery alcohol, a pretty robust bitterness (both hop and alcohol related), a touch of caramel, the finish is surprisingly dry for a beer like this and the aftertaste is a bit sharp

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, fine carbonation, lots of alcohol warmth

Overall Impression: This beer tastes like having a rum and coke that is more rum than coke. The huge alcohol flavor is a bit overwhelming. Not very balanced, as such. A little more sweetness would be good in that regard. Bush de Noel is definitely better than this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2004 18:50:00 | More by GreenCard
Photo of stcules


3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark orange in colour, with pratically no foam. A lot of yeast particles in suspension, not clear.
Sharp smell of alcohol, too strong. In the background caramel and red fruit (marron glacees?). In any case, sweet, with no bitter or spicy notes. Cherries in alcohol.
At the taste the alcohol is less strong, and it is more easy to find the malty notes (caramel), the biscuit, with hints of bitter chocolate.
In the aftertaste malt and alcohol again.
It warms.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2004 15:41:27 | More by stcules
Photo of BJCPCO557


4.93/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I Visited the Bush brewery in october. This newy revamped tasting room in french speaking belgium was a moment to be remembered for many years to come. This beer is a world classic.Extreme malty nose upfront. Sweet malty caramel flavor. Full bodied. Lasting head to the bottom.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2003 06:39:26 | More by BJCPCO557
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy golden frothy white foaming head with a nice ticket of lacing evenly spread, nice. Aroma: Ginger honey tinted doughy like tones, with a rich syrupy mix of caramelized plums and other fruit tinged with an alcohol burn. Taste: Hops with rich malty flavors are flowing with brown sugar highlights reduced down to a syrup. Mouthfeel: Carbonation is smooth body is full and rich. Drinkability: Beware of the abv I didn't know before ordering, still very tasty Belgian delight.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2003 00:00:31 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of chilidog


4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I agree when others say, "Wow". This is most likely the surprise beer of the year for me. Also my first at 12%abv. It pours a highly carbonated orange color. The head, while shortlived, is a light yellow peach. Lace is slight, but will ring on the glass. The aroma hits the nose with a wake-up-call, pow. Its a scent of sweet alcohol, grapefruit or pineapple. The taste and mouthfeel is smooth, carbonated and warming to the chest. The taste of tropical fruit, yeast or dough, backed yet ballanced by raw alcohol. An impressive strong dessert brew. One to take your time with & enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2003 14:13:46 | More by chilidog
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North Carolina

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

Pours a deep orange with lighter head than expected,aroma was rich and nutty with some concentrated orange aromas as well.Flavors are sweet and orange liquore tasting pretty syrupy with some light nutty flavors that linger in the finish.The alcohol is very prevelant even more as it warms.I think this would be a nice nightcap,would make ya sleep well Iam sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2003 20:52:43 | More by oberon
Photo of RoyalT


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Bright orange in color with a tight, foamy head.

Smell – Light yeast aroma with a strong spiciness typical of the style. The coriander especially is very strong. The nose finishes with a lovely fruitiness consisting of big Florida oranges, cranberries, some cherry, and maybe raspberries.

Taste – Beautiful dough and orange flavors come out in the tongue. The alcohol also is much more prominent than in the nose. The strong fruity finish is consistent with the nose, yet not as complex.

Mouthfeel – Nearly full in the mouth with a strong alcohol sensation and well carbonated.

Drinkability – The alcohol notes will make or break your opinion of this ale. If it’s too much for you, you won’t be able to enjoy it. If you’re used to drinking hard liquor and the sting of 100 proof booze isn’t offending, you’ll be able to appreciate this ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2003 03:09:34 | More by RoyalT
Photo of crookedhalo


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

Golden colored with a slight tinge of reddishness. Whitish head that dies rather quickly. Big alcohol smell almost like white grapes soaked in grain, miniscule woodiness also in the nose. Big alcohol punch mixed with a sweetness almost like Juicy Fruit gum finished with a dryness and a lingering alcohol effect that warms the esophagus. Almost like a barley cough syrup with a woody, estery finish. Mouthfeel is rather syrupy, yet the alcohol and esteriness work to counterbalance this. This was served in an authentic Scaldis/Bush tuliped glass that measured ~17 oz. full, so 13-14 oz. of one was enough for me. I've had this beer many times before, and I always go back for more, just not more than one at a time in the same night.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2003 07:29:52 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of Stopper


3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this is orange, and pretty opaque. The head was modest and dirty white, but is already nearly completely gone about 30 seconds after I poured. It left some spotting though, and a ring around my glass. The aroma is a nice blend of light malt sweetness, a tiny (surprisingly tiny) bit of alcohol, and a slight citrus-like sourness. The body is very light and slightly effervescent. The initial taste is very slightly of malt with a hint of light fruit, (and I keep thinking that initially I'm getting the subtlest hint of a metallic off-flavor, but I'm not sure). Then this is overtaken by the taste and light burn of alcohol, riding out into the finish. As the alcohol burn fades from my tongue and mouth to the back of my throat, a fruity spicy hop character becomes very obvious which seems to me to be that of a noble German hop.

The alcohol flavor in this is a bit more prevalent than I think works well on this background. The hints of fruitiness throughout are nice though, and the heavy hop flavor in the finish is an interesting surprise!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2003 04:46:09 | More by Stopper
Photo of SeanChouffe

New Mexico

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

Appearance: A rose gold color with a significant amount of carbonation. Pours a fluffy white head with good retention and a creamy, clingy lace.

Aroma: Fresh, fruity (like peaches or apricots), and caramel, but a presence of tartness.

Taste: A sweet start (almost syrupy) with a strong presence of alcohol (peppery), some tartness, and a dry finish that lingers well after the last drink.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied with the high alcohol content showing through.

Comments: A very dynamic beer. The initial taste is very sweet and almost syrupy with a significant presence of alcohol and a warming sensation. It has an interesting complex combination of sweet, dry and tangy flavors, that evolve as the beer warms. Drinkability is low, because it is so intense.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2003 00:27:10 | More by SeanChouffe
Photo of granger10


3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Comes in a small 8.2 oz bottle. The price is very expensive so this has to be great. Which it wasn't, but it wasn't bad either. Caramel sweetness is there with some slight floral hops. But alcohol is the most dominant taste. Tastes like whiskey. The head is solid which makes this kind of confusing for me. How strong would the alcohol taste if there was no head? Anyways, I drank about half then let it warm and the taste improved immensely. More of a barleywine, belgian mixture.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 03:28:23 | More by granger10
Photo of Garin

Alberta (Canada)

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

It pours a deep golden red colour. It is quite clear. A thick and creamy head forms easily, and is maintained by the sturdy carbonation. It's a very nice looking beer.

On the nose, it is quite hoppy and floral. I sense a bit of sweet malt in there as well. The head is still going strong...

The flavour is intense and delightful. Alcoholic, sharp, sweet, malty, bitter, hoppy, spicy, fruity/pineappley, clovey. So many things! Especially the alcohol. Yegods. The head is still going strong.

The body is rich and warming, and the carbonation perks it up. And need I mention... the head is still going strong?

It's a unique, tasty beer. And for the $2.75 I paid for it, it's a steal.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2003 22:55:18 | More by Garin
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came in a small bottle for $2.75 Canadian so given the fact
that this is really a barley wine it's not a bad deal.

The beer looked great with a dark gold colour with almost a
reddish tinge. The smell was alcoholic and slightly hoppy.
The intial first taste was bracing and fairly fruity but as the beer
warmed up the drinkability impressed me for such a strong beer.
I could see myself having a small glass of this just before bed
as I could feel the effects after only a bottle. Not the most complex
Belgian but a nice drinkable strong beer that will probably improve
with age.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2003 11:28:46 | More by canucklehead
Photo of jeffboo


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

Deep orange hue with cream colored head. Sweet candy sugar aroma topped off with lots of alcohol and hints of raisins,prunes, and oak. Warm and alcoholic, some candy flavors (marshmellow?) and fruit with a wave of alcohol in the finish. I feel the body is too thin for the alcohol flavors here, overall medium bodied but needs more. The body fills out a little more as it hits room temp with a little toastiness with the alcohol in the finish. An average Belgian strong in my book, maybe a touch above average. Great as a replacement for a shot of hard alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2003 12:17:30 | More by jeffboo
Photo of UncleJimbo


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

8.48 oz brown glass bottle, capped. Best Before End 09/04 notched on label.

This ale poured a clear, peach-amber color with nice, long lasting white foam that left a trace of lace on the glass. There was a nice conisistent fizzing from the bottom of the glass. The smell was floral hops, malt, and yeast, as well as a bit of a vinous aroma. The taste was full bodied, sweet, malty, biscuity, with a little orange flavor, as well as a rather pronounced alcoholic taste. The flavor improved as the ale warmed to nearer room temperature. The mouthfeel was full, creamy, and clean, and very warming. The drinkability was good, and would be better if the alcoholic presence were less pronounced (at times I felt I was sipping a liqueur such as Cointreau).

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2003 22:53:13 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of Gusler


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

As the beer sets in its appropriate Scaldis glass, it appears a crystalline amber color, the head impressive in size, frothy in its consistency, the color an off white, as it degrades, the lace formed is a fine covering sheet. A hint of fusel alcohol, with a majority malt nose, citrus crisp fresh and a pleasure to the senses. Start is malt, tart, the top middling in feel, the finish is passably carbonated, the hops purposeful in their spicy bite, quite dry aftertaste and a nice “Belly Warming” sensation from the 12% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2003 13:20:35 | More by Gusler
Photo of feloniousmonk


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Because Adolphus' kin are litigious toward any name that wanders near to theirs, we call this, the Belgian "Bush", by another name. And "Scaldis" does a remarkable job of describing the heat and burning fury of this brew.
12% ABV, judicious 8.5oz. bottle. Color is an odd, smoky, off-orange/dirty brown. Big, thick, creamy white head. Aromas of heady spices, sea-foam, soap, shrimp, slight fruit, but fairly dry overall. Massive malt buttresses an army of hops, huge but tasty assault on the tongue, fortified by alcoholic warmth. Heavy mouthfeel, full, lush texture, a dizzying sensation. Too much, too soon, and you'll be dumbstruck, friends, for the hops and the booze do a drumroll on your frontal lobes. Oh, it's a doozy!This is for slow sipping, and any guzzling will inch you quickly into inebriation. To continue to describe this beer's effect is to describe drunkenness. Fruitiness comes through in the middle --apricots, peaches. A hot, strong, yet tasty, ale that must be drunk to be understood.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2003 13:40:08 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Signed up 1 year ago today on BA, and it's been a hell of a great time so far!! So I'm tipping a Belgian or 2 tonight to celebrate!

Scaldis has a medium copper color, that leans a bit to the orange side. Has a slight haze to it and a tiny bit of particulate hovering around. Head initially was about 1", but recedes to a thin, creamy off-white, sticky layer. Still, I find it quite attractive in its goblet! Nose emits some candy-sugar notes, malty sweetness, and hints of its 12%abv. I do wish the nose were more pronounced, though. Body was better than medium, with a soft, creamy feel on the tongue. Mmmm!! Seems to be plenty of sweetness present, with the alcohol being quite upfront, too! Produces a major-league warming downward into the belly! I seem to pick up some notes of a fruity nature, too. This is a nice little bier to warm up with. Wish the bottle was larger than 8.48oz. Prosit!!

overall: 4.2
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


Serving type: bottle

12-20-2002 14:49:01 | More by Bierman9
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

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

a good pour out of a tiny little 8.48 fl oz bottle. i was surprised to get a nice foam atop this golden brew. the aroma is filled with nice sweet malt characteristics, and you can definitely get a whiff of the alcohol.

a nice full bodied belgian, that is a little sharp on the tongue. it is very rich and full of sweetness. the alcohol lets you know that it is there, maybe a little too much for me. i guess that is all that hurt this one. other than that it is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2002 05:40:37 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of cokes


3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden orange body with flecks of suspended yeast. Decent bone-colored head after a vigorous pour.
Odd aroma of chalk, powdery vanilla, passion fruit and orange. Appealing in some ways, off-puting in others.
Taste is rum-soaked white raisins, mangoes, chalk, faded vanilla, bland yeast, and ethanol. Everything comes n succession. And to be honest, for a beer of this size, it is rather simple. Alcohol content is blantently noticed in the mouth. Especially while chilled. For a while, I wasn't sure whether to drink it or stick a rag in it, light it up, and throw it through a window. Molitov cocktail potentcy.
Gets much better as it sits, but still nothing groundbreaking.
Sticky, yet surprisingly thin (for its size). Nothing about it dazzles the mouth, but nothing is horribly offensive either. Perhaps if more was going on within this brew, the alcohol would not be so noticed.
A lackluster high ABV Belgian brew. Still might be worth a try. If nothing else, use it a fuel for the lawnmower (or in WI's case right now, a snowblower).

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2002 23:02:34 | More by cokes
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A smallish bottle that hides a Huge brew. Brew?? It is a cross between a Barley Wine and a Strong Ale, a VERY Strong Ale. So much so, that you could be forgiven for incorrectly identifying it as a distilled spirit liquor. Poured with an outstanding deep copper color with tinges of amber and a dark golden-orange glow. Powerful alcoholic nose that abusively shouts it's strength at you. Rich creamy head. Strong malt flavour with a bitter hop middle leading to a sweet-fruity finish. Aged versions are more complex, and the bitterness lessens, try these. I have to come like this beer, at first (10 years ago) I found it simply too strong though. Save it for the end of the night. Definitely not a session beer (LOL) but a Bed-Time Beer.
This was like seeing an old friend, wearing a wig and dark glasses - I knew I recognised the beer from a long time friendship, but I nearly missed it "Ah, Bush Beer", I found I was talking to myself again in the local beer shop.
You won't find "Scaldis" in Belgium - the drinkers there do not have to face the indignity of the US beer drinker, where A-B's mass marketing media assume that dyslexic drinkers could actually get this mixed up with the "other one".
Ha ! - Boy, if they ever did though !!!!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2002 14:33:11 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of Realale


3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful copper gold color. Rich head settles to a thin and persistent quarter-inch that leaves lace down the side of the glass. Nose is malty and fruity, but the alcohol (12%) is apparent. The palate is rich and fruity, but the alcohol dominates for my taste. Long finish, but not a lot of complexity, and not balanced. A glass by the fire on a cold night might be nice, but there are other beers I'd choose that taste better balanced to me.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2002 07:59:20 | More by Realale
Photo of marc77


4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber hue w/ a thick, persistant, ivory - white lace leaving head. Honey glazed fruit, lightly caramelized sugar, light mustiness & trace phenol and heaty fusels. Fruity sweetness upfront fades into melange of honey, clove and mild vanilla. There's more caramel presence then that of a typical Belgian strong as well. Hop bitterness is meager, lending an assertive, but not cloying sweetness. Full bodied w/ a fairly viscous mouthfeel. Finishes w/ mellow biscuit sweetness and immedate soothing alcohol warmth. Scaldis is a rich, sweet, but very satisfying brew. Tremendously drinkable considering the alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2002 09:38:23 | More by marc77
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