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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

153 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 24
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kmpitz2 on 12-19-2004

"Bush Prestige starts out as Bush Ambrée, which instead of being stored as traditionally in stainless steel vats is matured in oak barrels for a period of six months.

During bottling, a small quantity of sugar and yeast is added to the beer, which, placed in a hot room, causes refermentation in the bottle that gives it a natural cloudiness and a particularly high alcohol content of 13%."
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Ratings: 153 | Reviews: 75
Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

- looks like murky mud water but inviting
- smell is very fruity, white grape scents
- alot of oak and white grape notes, some mellow yeast is noticable. sweet
- most smooth and balanced beer i have had to date
- overall not the flavor i look for in beer but one of the top crafted and complex beers i have had, one of the best for this style

Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very bubbly head that is slightly off white with a very light shade of orange. The beer itself is a slightly hazy deep orange beer with slight brown notes. The beer smell is very fruity with strong oak vanilla notes. The smell also has white grape notes with slightly strong alcohol notes (Beer was aged for one year in poor conditions.). The taste resembles a very fruity sparkling wine. The taste has the acidic white grape and oak as well as vanilla notes make a very strong appearance. The taste also has a sour apple flavor it as well. The mouthfeel is smooth with biting carbonation. Medium bodied but on the lighter side. Overall, a very good beer even though it has a strong resemblance to sparkling wine.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

2011 vintage.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, vanilla, wood, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, toffee, vanilla, wood, and slight butter flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with really nice wood aged characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of jdhilt
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thin white layer, that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is candy sugar, Belgian yeast and hints of alcohol, flavor is smooth, sweet, fruity & hints of caramel. Nice clean finish. The 13% ABV is not really noticeable but savor this beer, it ain't cheap. Caged & corked 750ml bottle. Bottled in 2013.

Photo of drpimento
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've been enchanted by the Prestige. Poured at a good temperature with a huge, cream-colored, foamy, billowy head that settle after a bit to a light cover and good lacing. Color is a clear medium amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is malt, yeast, candy sugar, caramel, spice, fruit, hint of oak. Flavor's like nose, but much more pronounced. Starts out sweet turning to bittersweet with tang to balance; oak comes out much more while teats becomes muted. It wouldn't be hard to rhapsodize about the intriguing minutiae of flavor nuances, but I'll leave that to you n yer beer chums. Body/carbonation are spot on. Finish is clean, rather short, and easy despite its power. They nailed it with this one.

Photo of dcmchew
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden to coppery, opaque. Foam build up fast, not a lot though. Decent lacing.
Smells of ripe fruit, peach, honey, flowers and raisin, and there's a also a light sourness.
From the first sip my mind goes straight to sherry/brandy. Big complex fruitiness, with lots of sour and sweet cherries, red forest berries, with green apple like acidity, mild citrus (tangerines, blood oranges), white grape and sweet yellow pear. The Bush brews are usually exaggerated in their sweetness, but i found this one surprisingly balanced.
The malts are grainy in the back, and with lots of caramel up front, but again, not exceedingly sweet. Nice hints of vanilla, honey and some floral notes. The hops are green and herbal in the finish, providing a mild bitterness, just enough.
But it's not the bitterness lingering in the aftertaste, but the booze. This is the only problem with this one, the booziness is a bit too much, hard to be hidden with the given acidity and quite a fizzy carbonation. Still, the alcohol doesn't feel medical, but nice, warm and noble like in a good whisky, given the big barrely notes, with oak, dry wood and a light peat smokiness.
Even considering this one a sipper, the alcohol still seems a bit "not in its place", so i can't consider this one an imaculate 5. Still, beautiful.

Photo of FINLANDski_1619
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This a "Ale aged in oak barrel".
Has a brilliant color, with tint of ruby amber but more of a gold color to the appearance.
H: two and half fingers, medium lasting. I think it does have a nice pillowey head for little bit.
A: smell the oak cask with hint of nice earthy tones.
F: richness in mouth fell, with a nice overtone balance.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished copper colour, head of small bubbles but retaining well. Yeah, good.

Smells quite bretty and funky. Fair bready yeast character as well with notes of lime, pineapple and currants. Earthy at times as well, with a good amount of tartness. Nice.

Wow, taste is more like a perry. Seriously, pear, apple, a touch of vanilla and raspberry and a big gulp of cinnamon. Funky barnyard sort of rounds it out and adds a richness to the pleasant mélange of sweet/sour/spicy. Fascinating, and delicious palate.

Bit boozey hot, unfortunately, and quite noticeably. A shame. Decent body though.

Really enjoying this, in spite of the obvious heat. So much nice sweet, spicy and sour in great balance that I don't care that much.

Photo of harrymel
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2011 - 50% off made this $25 bones.

Golden apricot with plenty of floaties that result in an obviously uber-bubbly beer. Solid sheet of light cream foam. Booze, apple, pear, light loose malt, co2, a little touch of tart smell. Sweet malts, some booze, vanilla, metal, some light pear (asian), some bitterness, some yeast. Medium on thin with hi carb and a wet and warm finish. I'm disappointed to say the least based on the pride/price of this one. It's got no real apparent flaws, but nothing to really set it apart.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"2010" 750 ml bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a light, soft yellow. 1/2-finger head of fluffy, tight, slightly off-white foam quickly falls to fine lace across the surface. Beer is a sunset apricot-orange that's cloudy and mostly opaque. There's a thick column of bubbles rising from middle of the bottom of the glass.

S - Very rich, light caramel and malts. Notes of quite ripe tree fruits like pear, but not sugary sweet. Hints of vanilla and brown sugar. As it warms, a muted tangerine-lemon whiskey appears with just a touch of smooth woodiness. Overall, nose is pretty muted.

T - An incredibly complex mix of caramelized malts, figs, apricots, and caramel-covered Granny Smith apples. Undercurrent of liquor throughout. High ABV is well-hidden, but present in the same way it is in a rich, well-structured wine. Almost becomes a dark fruit brandy as the flavors ride the oaked malts. The thoroughness of the blend almost defies deconstructing it into constituent parts.

M - Fizzy and rather crisp. Exceptionally well-integrated structure. Medium body, on the lighter side, but definitely not thin. Moderate finish that leaves a warm spot in the tummy and non-cloying echoes on the back of the tongue.

O - After reading a review that asked whether a single bottle of beer could really be worth $40, and concluding that it could, I decided this would be the New Year's Eve beverage rather than the traditional champagne. What struck me most about this bottle was how complex the marriage of its flavors are, and how fruit-forward they are without being at all sugary sweet. I'm not sure taking tasting notes on the side of other activities really does this beer justice; it seems to almost demand full, slowly paced concentration to reveal every possible nuance it has to offer. I can't say this is a beer I'll make a point of having again, as its style isn't one I immediately gravitate toward, but without a doubt, this bottle was well-worth experiencing simply because of its exceptional quality and complexity. It would make quite a gift for anyone who truly appreciates an epicurean experience.

Photo of corby112
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage. I've been storing this one for four years and decides Xmas Eve was as good a time as any to finally open it.

Pours a very cloudy, dark golden amber color with dark orange edges and a two finger white foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Vinous aroma with a strong barrel presence that's nicely integrated into the elements of the base beer. Strong toasted oak character along with vanilla, rye whiskey and calvados brandy notes. Pretty complex and similar to an oak aged barley wine with hints of leathery malt, toffee, caramel and dark fruits. Some spicy rye and apple lingering underneath the barrel notes as well as hints of plum, raisin and fig. Very nice!

Medium bodied with surprising amount of carbonation considering it's age and high ABV. As in the aroma, it feels more like a barrel aged old ale/barley wine. Complex barrel character with combination of virgin oak, whiskey and brandy barrel flavors. Toasted and slightly toothpick-y with dry oak, spicy rye whisky, and apple and brandy notes. Zesty spice compliments the spicy rye notes before being countered by sweet and earthy malts, bready yeast and dark fruit sweetness. Strong barrel presence but it doesn't overpower the base with hints of toffee, caramel apple, fig, plum, currants and dark cherries. There's a decent amount of alcohol sweetness and some warmth in the finish but the 13% ABV is pretty well masked. Complex and flavorful but definitely a sipper.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased for me by @epiclurk. Shared with Rich & Sam. You know who they are.

Pours a deep amber, turning to garnet, with a fluffy, but slightly bubbly and insubstantial head of white. No lacing. Body looks heavy enough, but also slightly oily and dangerous. It looks somewhat still and menacing.

Nose is spicy and sharp, but with a solid backing of stretched malt and toffee. There are definite wafts of booze coming through, with a heady intensity that already makes you a little woozy. Peppery, yet sweet. It's odd.

Taste is rich and deep, with a most pronounced lightness in feel and body that I was afraid was going to let the booze take over—fortunately, it doesn't, it sits in the wings with the suggestion of intensity. Light honey characters come through balanced with a little pepper and a mild astringency, which is tempered and restrained. Mild carbonic character on the finish, and the suggestion of apricots. It's not bad.

Feel is certainly much, much lighter than I thought it might have been. It could survive a serious increase.

Overall, it's pretty well-balanced, without getting too hot or intense, despite its strength. It's a complicated beer, no doubt, but it manages to stay on the side of respectability.

Photo of tbeckett
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beer Deluxe.

A - Poured cloudy dark orange with specs of yeast floating. One finger of white head was gone fast. Left no retention or lace.

S - Orange, candy, a little tart, white grape.

T - Grapes, vinous, orange candy, yeast. Much more strong than the aroma. Flavour accentuates better elements of the aroma. Sweet, not cloying.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, sweet finish.

O/D - A nice, sweet, tasty, complex Belgian strong. Enjoyed it, but I wouldn't rank it as high as others.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a an off white head. In the aroma, quite fruity, especially apricots. In the taste, dry to sweet apricots and a small alcohol presence all the way through. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry apricot and note of alcohol in the aftertaste. WOW! Very wine-ish, nice big fruit and that deceiving small alcohol.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A; poured a cloudy amber color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap

S: Complex and delicous. Caramel, toffee, pears, apricots, green apples, raisins, vanilla, oak and plenty of booze

T: Starts out with fruit flavors of pear and apricot, that are quickly joined by the toffee and vanilla elements with alcohol forward; after the swallow, the finish is long and flavorful

M: Medium bodied with considerable foaming that goes on within the mouth. I thought the 13% was well disguised

O: Amazing brew

Photo of thierrynantes
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (75 cl.) purchased from Le Souffleur de bières, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : orange amber color, with white foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : whisky and oak barrels aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : sweet and spicy flavors, with warming malt and alcohol finish.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style Belgian strong pale ale.
drink at cellar t°.

Photo of rodenbach99
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle shared with Patrick, Boul, Julien and Pierre-Luc. Best before 2015. Nice copper-amber beer without foam. Smell: vinous and oaky nose. The fruity esters are appealing. Sweet taste of oak. The afetertaste is long and sweet. This beer is suprisingly drinkable for its 13 degrees.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: lighter copper colored beer with many particles in suspension, very little head that dissipated
S: mild nose with deep rounded and matured qualities, almost single malt whiskey-like
T: incredible smooth and warming, deep malt with pronounced backbone of oak aging, some EtOH but not a lot, hints of marmalade
M: very mellow with good rounded mouthfeel, warming EtOH

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer just by chance. I didn't know what it was or anything about it. I took it to my friends house last night and opened in a celebration of the Bruins Stanley Cup win. My friend being the Bruins fan out of the two of us was very appreciative. Popped the cork and gave it a pour. The beer came out as a cloudy reddish orange color. The head and lacing were pretty good for a beer with this high of an ABV. The smell of the beer is heavily scented with oak, the barrel aging is definitely there. The taste brings the oak tartness onto the tongue also. There is some subtle cherry flavors in there and Belgian yeast also. The mouthfeel of the beer was pretty smooth not much of an alcohol burn at all. Overall this beer was very pricey, it was good but not worth the amount I paid. Thats the luck of the draw though.

Photo of jwinship83
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow, i cant believe its time to crack this $45 bottle that isnt bourbon county rare. drank to celebrate a promotion at work. drank from my duvel tulip. 2010 vintage.

A- the pour seems a bit dark from a belgian pale ale. a lightly hazy dark amber colored body with a thick light khaki colored head on top. the head lasts for a very long time and leaves behind a solid wall of lacing. very nice for something this big.

S- the first thing i notice about the smell is the lack of alcohol. very mild smelling for something this big and bad. after that i pick up some vinous notes and light fruit. raisins, cherries, plums, grapes and apples. none of them seem too dominant. light belgian yeast. i cant find much if any evidence of oak barrels.

T- the alcohol i couldnt smell comes to the front of the taste. its still nothing too intense for a slow sipper like this. after that i get some of the fruits i could smell. apple, cherry, white grape, raisins, and plums. cherry seems the strongest, followed by grapes. a little bit of the oaken barrel sneaks through. nice and vinous. earthy hops at the end.

M- the body is a solid medium and very sticky. palate coating with a long lasting aftertaste. moderate warming from the alcohol which is acceptable for something this big.

O- overall, i dont think this beer was worth the price. glad to have tried it, but i wont be getting it again. id love to have a glass on tap if i can find one.

Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt C. for this generous share.

Pasty white light head with fluffy lacing, hazy yeast dark raspberry syrupy reddish brown color.

Nose nice fruity tart sour fruit, can't put a finger on the fruit, light red wine, a nice Belgian pale malt and yeast,

Taste is nice, light Belgian pale strong ale, nice Belgian malts, nice light tart wine flavor, light oakbarrel, light grape, musty, fruits, light booze, light bitterness from grape seeds, finish is more bitter light sticky and tart, drier, some lingering grape flavors, light Belgian malts. Booze is hidden well too.

Mouth is med bodied with good carb.

Overall pretty good, the Belgian malts and yeast blended well with the wine and oak barrel flavors, and light tart grape flavors.

Photo of cbutova
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Murky apple cider brown with a small white ring, no head really. Small lace and legs.

S- Woody with big oak and caramel. Dry light fruit hint.

T- Big caramel and tart dry green apple. Vanilla from the wood. Big oak and some dark fruit.

MF- Lighter highly carbonated with a somewhat oily and creamy feel. Not warm at all from alcohol.

DB- Alcohol very well hidden in a flavorful, interesting beer. The fruit is a nice compliment to the oak and caramel.

Photo of bark
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Vintage 2008.

The liquid is cloudy, the colour pale brown. The low head is beige.

The smell is sour-sweet. Notes of honey, raisins, Port wine. It is very elegant.

The grand taste is sour-ish and sweet. Honey. Strong notes of raisins. Nuts. Balanced and exclusive.

The carbonation is light. The liquid is a bit thick.

A great dessert beer, this one!

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a funny looking 750ml bottle into my tasting snifter. $50 a bottle! Yikes...thanks to my brother-in-law Damon for bringing this to the table! Pours a hazy, apricot looking amber color. TONS of floaties in this beer! A very nice size creamy, yet fizzy white head forms...decent retention...but dissipates to a creamy rim. Doesn't leave much of a lacing...what's left is quick sliding. Appearance resembles a carbonated apple cider.

Aroma is wonderful! Tons of ripe and sweet fruits. Apple, banana, pear, malts, slight booze(surprisingly-expected to be a bit boozier in the nose).

Flavor is kind of a drop off from the flavor. Definitely a good taste, but nowhere as fruit forward as the nose. From what's noticable, some pear, apple, malts, wheat, yeast... I'd have to say, this is a very decent beer...but not a $50 bottle to say the least. I'd drink it again, but not at this price. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is medium to high. Booze isn't strong, again...surprisingly. Glad I got the chance to try it!

Photo of femALEist
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Scaldis Prestigede Nuits is Scaldis Noel beer aged for 6 months in burgundy barrels from the St. George Vineyard. It was a pretty fantastic beer, although I didn't think it was worth $50 a bottle, or $45, with the 10% off any beer that was offered to us at the tasting. I would buy it if it was in the mid twenties price range though, as there are in my opinion really great beers for around that price on the market. It tasted a bit wild, a hint of sourness (mmm Brett!) with port flavors that lingered on the tongue with a great balance of caramel- not too overwhelmingly sweet.

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