Bush Prestige - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 24
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of RoyalT
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This poured out a deep, dirty brown in color with some hints of orange and an explosive head. It just had that “nasty” look about it.

Smell – There’s a lot of wood and caramel in this nose. It’s mixed with some light alcohol. There’s also an awesome musty sense here that IMO really makes the nose and gives it that nasty smell to go along with the nasty look.

Taste – The malts are gianormous at the taste and are just pounded with heavy Belgian caramel flavors. Holding this in your mouth takes you to a whole ‘nother level of sugar, this time kind of bready like pie crust with a bit of milk. I’m thinking apple pie a la mode.

One more bob into the barrel presents another level of thicker malts along with some candied sugars. Man, if you’re a malty sugar lover this one has it all. The light alcohol, found throughout, lends a sense of refinement to the flavors.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied and very smooth. The carbonation I thought was a bit too much and clashed with the heavy malt character, but that was about the only fault to be found in this ale.

Drinkability – This is a smooth, big, and sweet Belgian Ale that was a treat to explore.

Comments – This is one of the few times that I HAVEN’T been disappointed with dropping some tall dollars on a beer, so I was surprised to see that others didn’t exactly fall over for it as I did.

Photo of ricke
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Fascinating color that mixes different shades of brown and orange with golden hues. Could perhaps be labeled as rusty. Very hazy, the last pour resulted ridiculous amounts of floaters in the glas. A medium sized cream colored head that is really creamy and lasts throughout the experience. Nice lacings.

S: Fresh fruits (apples, pears, grapes), yeast, dough, fudge and caramel. Some notes of oak. Some alcohol. A dense and rich smell with some champagne qualities to it.

T: Plenty of sweet fresh fruits up front. Apples, pears and grapes. More sweetness is added by gentle notes of caramel. A very subtle floral note. A nicely defined oak character does a great job framing everything. A somewhat phenolic taste of alcohol appears in the finish.

M: Very very smooth texture. Great mouthfeel from the foam. Medium body.

D: I liked this one. Complex and rather balanced. The 13% ABV is well hidden, but is still just a little too prominent in the finish. Considering it's rather sweet, I don't think I'd like to consume a whole 750 ml bottle of this myself, but I'd definitely try it again if I had the opportunity.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

Beautiful packaging: a 750-milliliter corked and caged bottle in a box, accompanied by two Scaldis mini-snifters. Pours a rusty orange color, completely hazed from the bottle conditioning. Carbonation is very active (like Champagne), creating a tight, über-creamy white lace with incredible head retention. Smells like an orchard, with apples, pears and a soft floral blossom in the nose. In the back is a strong, golden raisin aroma. Distinct oakiness, solvent alcohol notes and some mild caramel ups the ante. Fluffy and creamy on the palate; silky smooth. Complex as hell, with candied tropical fruits, golden raisins, dabs of caramel, green apple, and a big oaky twang backbone. Suggestions of smoke and a boozy, white lightning-like

Dangerously drinkable for a 13 percent, but this is a sniffing and sipping beer, so we did, and with every sniff and sip, the beer evolved. It's worth seeking out, and the price is worth it. By far one of the most inviting and complex beers this year.

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 AKBelgianBeast
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer, but i am hesitant to spend the money on this bottle without first aging one for a few years. ridiculously expensive, more than it should be. I actually prefer the scaldis noel and its half the price. But dont let the price take away from the brew. It is probably the most drinkable 13% abv beer you will find. almost no alcohol on the finish, a great belgian strong with light and dark fruit flavors as well as oak scents. pours slightly hazy but quite clear with a large head ( relatively speaking). smell reaks of scaldis! suprisingly fuzzy mouthfeel. great warming effect. wait for this one to kick in before popping another because it will hit you later than you think. great brew, a bit overpriced but still way less than that coach purse your girl wants for christmas! ask for it.

Photo of Sammy
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great aroma, despite alcohol, beautiful head and cloudy orange colour, and a collector bottle. The champagne yeast, citrus orange,oak, yummy. Met my expectations. Thanks Eyuedrinkable, Radekfest 05 sample 29. Worth seeking out, this is in the top 1% of my reviews.

Photo of nickd717
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glad I finally got to try this ridiculously overpriced beer after seeing it on the Rose & Crown chalkboard for about a year, marked up to roughly the price of a small house. Consumed at a bottle share thanks to an unknown awesome person.

Pours a cloudy amber-brown color with a medium-sized yellowish head, and chunks. Sorry, but chunks just don't do it for me. This isn't a bowl of Chunky Monkey, it's a beer.

Aroma is fairly vinous and sweet, with notes of port and cognac, oak, vanilla, and Belgian yeast.

Flavor is very fruity and sweet. Red wine, port, cognac, sweet cherries, apples, raisins, oak, and vanilla. Yeast also has a noticeable presence. It is fairly complex, but not quite as awesome as all these flavors might make it sound.

Medium body with medium-high carbonation, fairly smooth from the -bal aging.

Overall though, not quite as good as the price would lead me to want it to be. If I were a magician, the "prestige" of my magic trick would be throwing this beer in the "bush." Just kidding, but it did underwhelm me a bit. Good thing I didn't pay for it myself.

Photo of shbobdb
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Nothing like celebrating your masters with a fine brew.

But this beer feels less like beer and more like carbonated calvados. I'm serious. It really tastes like someone mixed soda water and calvados.

I guess that isn't a bad thing, lots of oak, lots of apple is a good taste. And the bubbles are very small and fine, so there is a lot to be said for that. Plus that thin mouthfeel backed by ample carbonation so I guess one would describe it as "creamy".

A nice experience. From the people that drank it with me, it has broad appeal. People who liked beer, thought it was good. People who liked wine thought it was good. People who just plain liked to drink thought it was good.

But I, the guy who paid for it, didn't think it was great. A beer for celebrations and sharing. Less a beer for personally enjoying.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty yellow color ale with loads of sediment and a large pure white head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet Belgian malt with notes of light toffee and some dry astringent oak. Taste is quite complex with some sweet apples notes, some sweet Belgian malt, light warming alcohol dry astringent oak. Very complex but still enjoyable and quite easily drinkable. Body is full with limited filtration and great carbonation with minimal alcohol. Very well done but not sure I would have this very often considering the price tag.

Photo of largadeer
3.21/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Turbid orange with tons of floaties and sediment. Not actually an attractive beer, but the head retention is excellent (no lace whatsoever though).

Smell: Heavy on the caramel and vanilla with some fruity undertones. Alcohol is present as well, providing a bit of sting.

Taste & mouthfeel: Fruit (apple and pear), mild caramel sweetness and plenty of oaky notes. Medium-bodied with fine champagne-like carbonation. The finish is dry and boozy as hell, making me wonder how harsh this stuff must've been before it was aged. After half a glass the alcohol really starts to take over the palate, drowning out the rest of the flavors. Quite a letdown from the pleasant aroma.

Notes: Gets a little better as it warms, but the astringent alcohol flavor makes this mediocre at best.

Photo of Gusler
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer upon its decorking from the 750ml brown bottle sets in the tulip glass a beclouded golden color with a pleasing creamy white head that is smallish in size, with the residual lace a thin satin sheet to conceal the glass. Nose has a nice bit of oak, sweet malt, over ripe apples, cotton candy, and a touch of alcohol, make for a fine sniffing, start is somewhat sweet, the grain profile pleasant and the top light to moderate in feel. Finish has tart twang, the acidity strong but not overpowering, the hops delectable, but overshadowed by the 13 person ABV, very dry and lingering aftertaste, a good drinking beer, but while I like this beer, I’m not sure if I like it $42 worth, and I bought two, and will age the second one for a year or two to see what happens.

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

Orange-golden coloured. Cloudy looks, great white head mocks the 13% ABV though eventually settling down to a film and then a lasting white ring, still some finely shaped bubbles. Strong and rich aroma full on apples and mint and not far in leather and floral aspects. Complex flavour profile, very woody, in a dry, straight sawdust fashion. Huge perfumey character enhanced the weirdness of the dry nature. Cologne, toasted malt, bread…. Develops an astringence from the barrel that almost defines it.. I find most wines to be astringent, this one has it also, but in its own way. Very unique beer, extremely dry toward the end yet massively sweet earlier. Pleasant greenish hops seem to emanate in the later sips, how can they get through that strong brandyish character? It almost starts to burn when you keep it long. Still, they come out those hops, leafy, minty accompanying the apricot and marmalade fruitiness toward light vegetal notes. Palate is soft, smooth. Creamy texture after a few seconds, then it becomes dry as sand. Just a comfortable thing to have in your mouth, this was quite an adventure and I’d still call the alcohol very well contained.

Photo of Bananaman
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scaldis Prestige is a pretty expensive beer, at least here in Sweden. 159 SEK for one bottle, not really worth it, but still a nice brew.

The colour is pretty much hazy orange/light brown with lots of yeast particles.

Smells lots of oaks and some mild spicyness, pretty cool smell actually, but I think I had higher expectations.

The taste on the other hand is really nice of oaks, some smoke, really sweet, dried apricots and some hops, not very bitter though.

Some people say this is "a beer de champagne" but I don't understand that really. This is more of an really smooth belgian strong ale with lots of sweetness and oaks. Really beautiful bottle, looks nice in the glass too. Pretty easy to drink considering the high ABV.

Photo of stumac
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

43 bucks a bottle!

pours up a peach-toned amber color with a full white head that dissapeared quickly.

aromas of instant red and green apples, pears, maybe some white grapes, little bit of a nice yeasty scent, little alcohol spice.

tastes of apple, pear, alcohol, oak.

light to medium bodied. light to medium carbonation. dry long lingering aftertaste.

Definately (due in a major part to the oak aging) a refined brew. this is one of the many beers that give beer a great name.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The impulse to try this one overwhelmed my usual caution. What would make a beer this size cost so much? Inquiring minds want to know.

A - Nice amber color with strong white head. For very little initial pop when the cork came out, there is a cascade of bubbles in the glass. Settles down after a while

S - Dominating caramel with hints of apple and oak.

T - Caramel and alchohol dominate. About mid to final quarter of the bottle some of the subtle apple, spice and oak flavors start to show up.

M/D - Medium bodied. Once the carbonation settles down it becomes quite drinkable.

I had expected the alchohol but for a pricey belgium brew I had hoped for more out of the flavor. For wow factor, the bottle looks great and the price elicits amazement from friends. Other than that I would not buy it again.

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 roblowther
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage, aged at 58F. 750ml capped & corked, poured into a chalice. SERIOUS carbonation, pops like a champagne cork. Produces a very active rocky white head, the beer is a luminous orange that catches the light beautifully. Smells of wood, oranges, and flowers, with a sharp pepper for character. Taste is very woody, with a nuttiness or an oat-like flavor and a malty dominance. The floral and fruit evident in the aroma have been selected out of the flavor by this point in the aging, with the exception of a citrus/pepper finish. Very smooth. Not complex, but smooth & enjoyable. The mouthfeel is WAY carbonated, which some probably won't like but I think is fantastic. There is enough body to back it up in a slightly sticky way, maybe a tad more watery than I'd expect. Drinkability is fantastic. The ABV is well hidden, emerging only as a warm echo after a sip. The flavor is balance enough to keep me coming back for more. Should I drink a whole bottle of 13% beer? Unless one of my beer buddies has his spidey sense tingling to come save me, that is one mistake I just might make.

Photo of kmo1030
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a orangey brown with a light tan head.
the smell has a lot of white grape and orange components. the white grape has more than a bit of a champagne character. there is also a moderate amount of oak aging aromas, mainly of the vanilla variety. there is some spiced apple and pear aromas in there too.
the flavor has a little more oak aging to show for itself than the aroma. the champagne type characteristics are also here in abundance, but there is also a heavier caramel/toffee flavor to it that reminds you it's a beer. it's remeniscent of a caramel apple with some white grape raisin and honey thrown in the mix. it's a very unique beer. a little more than vaguely brandy and sherry-like.
the mouthfeel is actually a bit oily despite a flavor that's quite dry. the carbonation is fairly subtle, just presnt enough to move the beer along the palate.
the drinkabilty is fair, it's quite champagne-like, with an additional heavy componet, that takes it from a light drink to a something more int he after dinner vein. a good and interesting beer, but not worth the price tag unfortunately.

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 hopdog
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample courtesy of Slob (thanks Bert!). One of those bigger bottles that has a hefty price tag to go along with it!

Poured a darker and clody amber color with a smaller sized head. Aromas and tastes of whiskey, wood (cedar), grapes, light alcohol and light vanilla. Interesting!

Notes from: 10/9/05

Photo of charlzm
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 6/10/08, refrigerated since 12/07 when I bought it.

Pours a clear dark golden with orangey highlights. Some suspended sediment and plenty of carbonation (an overabundance, one in our party remarked). A pillowy off-white head forms and stays.

Aroma is massive: orange peel, huge sweet malts.

Flavor made me laugh with surprise and delight. Really. It's HUGE, with sweet, almost syrupy malts, oak notes, butterscotch, some sherry. A bit juicy as well, with a hint of green apple tartness. Flavor is not too far off from champagne, but more complex and certainly stronger. Wow. Wow.

The carbonation makes the beer far more drinkable than a similar, less fizzy beer would be.

This is a real treat, but not something I can envision really wanting again. Especially not at the price!

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 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 drperm
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I would have rated this brew even higher, but for the $50 price tag. Ouch! Definitely a "sipping" beer (13% abv, with the fizziness to boot), with sweet notes. It pours a nice fizzy head that dies away fairly soon. The nose bursts with grass, hay, coriander, brown sugar, the ocean, and wet moss. It is sweet yet smooth, with a finish like cognac or brandy. Definitely an aperitif beer.

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Bush Prestige from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
90 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.