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Bush Prestige - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

131 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 19
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Longstaff

Massachusetts

1.45/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This is a prime example when extreme techniques and high bottle price do not a good beer make. I was hoping for a belgian strong ale with some woody characteristics, but I got whiskey instead. Whiskey aromas, vanilla, bubblegum and spicey alcohol mix together in the aroma and is off putting. Pretty much the same going on in flavor with vanilla, whiskey, and coriander-like flavors dominating. Odd, oily - almost like Mescal - flavors made me want to puke. I tried hard to like this since it was a gift and wanted to tell the gifter that I enjoyed it, but I didn't. Glad I didn't spend the outrageously expensive $45 for the bottle. Someone wake me up when this whiskey barrell aging fad runs its course.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 19:22:18 | More by Longstaff
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sweemzander

Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -56.8%

04-21-2014 23:00:31 | More by sweemzander
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Liberatiscioli

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

06-21-2014 11:03:55 | More by Liberatiscioli
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Floydster

California

2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

250 ml serving in a Chimay goblet at the Pizza Port Belgian Beer Party on 3/29/09 poured from a 750 ml bottle, reviewed from notes on my cell phone

A-Mix between an amber and a medium orange, 1/2 inch fizzy, no lacing but some decent legs
S-Bananas, cherries, dark fruits, light oak, caramel, sweetness, Belgian qualities, booze, and vanilla
T-Sweet esters at the beginning, lots of sweetness in the middle, very boozy finish, more citrus later on with lots of honey and apples too, needs a lot of dry characteristic to even come close to balancing out this sweet alcohol bomb
M-Overly sweet, fruity, and boozy mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, needs more carbonation, taste lingers too long
D-Could not have much more of this, you can taste all thirteen percent, way too sugary and sweet, super heavy stuff

I would have never spent forty-five dollars on this anyways but I have been pissed if I had, big letdown for me at the fest, beers that cost a fifth as much blew it away, would not drink again if I were paying for it, this one needs to spend a lot more time in the bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 00:24:24 | More by Floydster
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

3/5  rDev -25.9%

12-17-2013 08:22:04 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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DogFood11

California

3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Champagne style bottle, foiled and capped. Poured into a tulip it forms a rapidly rising eggshell white head. Head is fizzy but everlasting and leaves sliding lace. Copper body is hazy and leans towards orange with some yeast left behind.

This starts off rather fizzy and hot. Spiced backend combined with they high unhidden ABV creates a bit of jumble. Subtle type light fruitiness wich includes bananna. The brew is dominated by a champagne type fizzy carbonation and a huge alcohol swig. Peppered and slightly sticky on the backside.

Notes: I liked the brew and if you dont mind spending around 30 bucks for a special occasion this would work. However, I am one and done. It was good but not worthy of 10 times the price of some of my favorite brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 02:46:05 | More by DogFood11
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largadeer

California

3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 22:12:36 | More by largadeer
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harrymel

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 08:14:20 | More by harrymel
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

01-10-2013 21:49:25 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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AlkaholTester

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

04-12-2013 07:42:37 | More by AlkaholTester
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markbxl

Belgium

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

01-11-2013 20:37:49 | More by markbxl
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kiya

California

3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden hue with a thick and heavy head that remains for an unusually long time.
There's zero lacing, almost like it's cleaning the glass on the way down..
Faint smells of a sweet floral bouquet start to linger mixed with a stone fruit scent... the nose on this isn't nearly as strong as i had expected.
The mouth-feel is light and airy, with small bubbles tingling my taste buds...
The flavors are a bit muddled, I'm not able pin down what it is, but it's a cross between a faint molasses flavor and a dry oak aftertaste that lingers.
I wait seven minutes...

The brew is starting to really come alive once coming up to room temperature... It's more gentle on the tongue and the oak and woody tones are now far stronger and have come to the forefront.

This isn't the mind-blowing brew i had expected, considering i spent $40 on a bottle that served two glasses. I'll admit, i bought into the hype of the price, ABV, and bottle design.
I'd definitely drink this again, as long as somebody else was buying.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 05:43:02 | More by kiya
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bambam2517

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

12-21-2012 23:21:08 | More by bambam2517
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GClarkage

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

07-02-2014 18:21:26 | More by GClarkage
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groetman

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

01-29-2012 18:24:44 | More by groetman
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illidurit

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting. Thanks to whoever shelled out for this. Pours orangish gold with a fluffy off-white head. Aroma is chiefly caramel sweetness with some orangey caramel and hot bourbon. Flavor is boozy caramel, citrus peel, vanilla, fig. Doesn't seem to be worth 50 bucks at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 07:17:44 | More by illidurit
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AaronBurr

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

11-25-2012 16:32:57 | More by AaronBurr
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egrace84

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

06-02-2013 23:34:37 | More by egrace84
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allengarvin

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into my favorite wide-chalice glass, this beer is a very cloudy orange-amber color with a limpid head. The nose is sweet, very fruity, oaky. Sweet (close to cloying), caramelly start, with a lot of oakiness. Ripe fruitiness throughout. Alcohol is quite noticible in the finish, detracting from the drinkability. Body is a little watery.

Disappointment for a beer I plopped down $40 for.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 04:05:55 | More by allengarvin
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a bottle into a chalice Brussels at Delirium Cage.

We bought this bad boy by mistake. Don't get me wrong its very good, but not for the price.

It pours an gold with a hint of orange and fluffy white head.

It smells sweet with hints of orange, and caramel.

The flavor is vanilla and orange and bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 19:19:44 | More by jrallen34
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jampics2

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a $9 4oz pour at the Beer Engine's Wood Aged Beer Event.

Had to try this as the bottle is over $50 and I would never spend that on something that wasn't super ridiculous rare.

Clear copper beer, looks rather unassuming and not like a 13% killer.

Smell is subdued, sweet malt is all I'm getting.

Taste is OK. A nice sweetness, fruit, pear, apple, and a little kick of hops. Mild wood flavors, vanilla. But this has a detectable alcohol burn. Not so great - too hot. Phenolic alcohol.

Nice carb but m/f was insignificant.

Ok to drink. Glad I got the sample not the bottle. This is some overpriced beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 21:07:28 | More by jampics2
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled March 2006
Pours a lightly hazy, full amber (as in the substance) color. It is very well carbonated and initially forms a three-finger thick tan colored head that is fairly large bubbled. The aroma is rich and fruity with notes of concentrated pear, tart sweet apple, and green raisins as well as some straight malty caramel notes. After a couple sniffs of the aroma the oak begins to become quite noticeable; notes of buttery oak, tannic wood, and even a bit of something that reminds me of musty wood. As is my tendency, I prefer the up front fruit notes more than the oak, the oak is not too bad here (even adds to the complexity), but it comes to dominate a bit more than I would like.

The taste is sweet, yet not overly so, and has a fruitiness that reminds me of sweet, fragrant, slightly concentrated apples with a touch of tartness. The carbonation adds a bit of a bite, though it is quite tame considering the heft and full mouthfeel that this beers body has. The oak is here as well, it is most noticeable towards the end, but is noticeable as a buttery note, with perhaps a hint of vanillin, up front. The oak becomes woody, tannic and a bit astringent as one moves to the long finish. The tannic astringency is played up a bit by the alcohol that is found in the finish as well.

Well I have gotten this far (perhaps a quarter of a bottle) and I am already asking myself if I want to finish a bottle of this. It is certainly not the alcohol that has gotten to me, it is the oak, which isn't even all that overbearing in this beer compared to many oaked beers. Oak is just such a dominating presence, I really prefer a light touch with it. Perhaps the beer will become a bit more balanced as it warms up.

As the beer warms up it becomes a bit more creamy, perhaps a touch sweeter as well, and in fact the oak does seem to be a touch muted. I think that it also helps if you drink this beer very slowly, or to be more exact a long time between sips; this seems to keep the oak notes down. It is almost as if my palate gets more and more sensitive to the oak notes (especially the harsh astringent notes) as I take subsequent sips of this beer. Warming this beer is definitely the way to go, it really subdues the oak character and makes this much more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 17:29:11 | More by Gueuzedude
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

That's a big bottle. hazy, rusty, orange pour. Bottle fermentation has done its work. Creamy head, mostly tight bubbles with the occaisional big burp. Floaties.
Aroma of fruit skin. Apples, pear, some white grapes, a good dose of bread, too. A slight twinge towards the back. Spices?
Taste is more of darker fruit, but not all that dark. Red plum, raisin, some orange essence. Bready. Seems very light. Good carbonation. Easy drinking for the abv. Not my style though.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 19:49:14 | More by Mebuzzard
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

01-12-2013 04:37:10 | More by Jason
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Chuck_25

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

02-23-2014 22:59:17 | More by Chuck_25
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Bush Prestige from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
90 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.