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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

148 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 21
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"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%."

(Beer added by: kmpitz2 on 12-19-2004)
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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
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 stumac
4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
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 dcmchew
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear and effervescent medium amber golden with an off-white, tall, and frothy head which maintained it's presence through continual off-gassing of the beer. Then it coated the glass as the beer was consumed.

The aroma was fruity and nutty when first smelled. The aroma also had a strong oak presence and a bit of bourbon whiskey, probably a result of the oak aging. The aroma also contained a sizeable alcohol presence which wafted and singed the nasal passages. Behind those aromas lurked a caramel malt presence that contained a bit of candy. The alcohol brought forth a bit of phenolic spice character.

The flavor was extremely complex with a subtle presence of oak and vanilla and with the alcohol a hint of bourbon whiskey. The flavors were melded very carefully and created a complexity with the alcohol and spice that was close to second to none. Caramel and candy also were exhibited for display in the flavor and that sweetness was well balanced with the spicy character from the alcohol and the oak. The flavor was fruity, but not overly so and only in addition to the complexity.

The finish was dry with a lasting impression of oak and vanilla melded with caramel malt and fruit with a strong warming of alcohol all swirling and building into a well achieved balance in the aftertaste. The body was just above medium, but seemed a bit less due to alcohol and high carbonation, but the carbonation level made the beer somewhat creamy and well rounded on the palate.

I had my doubts as to the worthiness of this beer for the price paid. With the complexity in the flavor, this one was worth every penny to me. I doubt I will trek to the store for another bottle, but the experience was definitely worth the price of admission. Not a perfect 5 in all aspects, but I do love a complex beer!

750 ml corked, capped and foil sealed bottle. $37 at Sam's in Durham, NC.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As I understand, this beer was produced for the millenium and aged in wood.

Sampled from bottle poured into a tulip glass. Wow. What a great beer. The beer poured a beautiful golden amber color with a ring of head over top. There was a great apple aroma that was very crisp and refreshing along with some caramel as well. The flavor was amazing, deep caramel and fruity apples mingled in with a woody character and no real hint of the alcohol. The beer was moderately thick, but very dry on the finish, almost sucking the moisture from my mouth. Overall, for a 13% beer, this is great. Well balanced with a great aroma and flavor to match. Thanks to mark for sharing this with me, as we just met today!

Photo of AMoceri7
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew was phenomenal and thats hard to come by nowadays. Im honestly never sure if Ive had an all 5 brew but this sure as hell came close.

A: Golden burnt honey, plenty of sediment and a huge frothy white head. Looks delicious.

S: Oak, oak and oak. Amazing. Malt and hops to boot and complement an almost overwhelming champagne aroma. Extreme complexity. Smells amazing.

T: Everything in the nose you would expect. ABSOLUTELY ASTONISHING. Champagne immediately complemented by the oak obviously sandwiching some sweet belgian biscuit malt masked by some citrusy hops. This is just great.

M: Carbonation is high and highly complementing. Near perfect. Sloshes a bit and warms the body.

D: I would imagine great seeing I didnt get too far into as everyone else was eager to try it.

Overall: You have to try this. I will add I had a hard time trusting the store owner as it was his last bottle and he was nearly begging me to take it out. Great buy, search for it, its awesome.

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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4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nose is quite vinegary and sour/acidic with sweet oak (vanilla) and soft malt backbone with some fruit (tropical) mixing well with the oak. Smells very good.

Pours dirty amber with lots of head. Looks good.

Sweet savory oak! Mmm! The vanilla oakiness pairs extremely well with the tropical fruit. Spicy pepper forms nice juxtaposition and balance. Malt backbone is soft and bready (fresh bread) and less cake-like than Bush Ambrée. Sweetness is akin to cake though. Alcohol is strong and almost blistering at times. Lots of fruit - mostly tropical with peach and apricot. Slight citric zest. Finishes with a mouthful of tropical fruit and oak. Tastes very good. Feels very good. Very good drinkability.

I love oak and this is lovely. It has a pretty tight balance and exceptional oak flavor and strength. The overall flavor profile of Ambréee apparently makes a nice choice for oaking because this is a definite homerun and worthy of the label 'Prestige'.

Photo of drpimento
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
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 barleywinefiend
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Sammy
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Undated 750 that is silkscreened, capped and corked and finished with gold "foil". It came in a kinda cool presentation box that has a letter from the brewmaster in French and English. Purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a Kuhnhenn stemmed tulip.

Loud pop when disgorged followed by a slow but staedy gush. Hazed brown to amber with a large head of light tan. Very good retention and lots of lace, despite the high abv.

Has a very yeasty dough like aroma that is tempered by oak, dark sugars and spices, and an alcoholic aroma that has a port like character. Very well rounded.

The aromas transfer very well into the taste with some vinous raisin like notes and a hint of vanilla into a clean finish that enjoys some warmth from the abv. Outstanding! Very smooth yet full bodied for such a big ass beer. The carbonation strikes a perfect balance for the mouth. As drinkable as something this strong can be.

Very expensive but very worthy of a special occasion such as this New Year's Eve.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of keaton
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is brought out by Chris during another wonderful evening at Redbones. The immediate aroma is very bourbon and all the vanilla that infers altho not overwhelmingly so-Chris points out this is because of the oak barrel aging. There is a mix of delicacy and strength to the aroma and flavor. This makes it light enough to be a summer beer, yet warm enough to drink all winter. Geoff comments there's not too much of a nose burn for such a high alcohol content. I taste a peppery element that lingers on the tongue. There's a lot of "wow" factor going on with this beer, but you gotta have patience and let it breathe for maximum enjoyment. Chris confides he's never been to CBC, even tho he serves their beer and Will is right there. I wish that Chris could get some Racer 5 instead of Fat Tire. I've never tasted Fat Tire yet I'm tired of it already.

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Bush Prestige from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
90 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.