Bush Prestige - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
"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.
01-04-2013 12:08:46 | More by BuckeyeSlim
4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
12-25-2012 05:47:22 | More by corby112
3.75/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
11-11-2012 05:54:47 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.75/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
08-31-2012 12:18:09 | More by tbeckett
4.88/5 rDev +20.8%
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.
06-01-2012 20:00:32 | More by OWSLEY069
4.58/5 rDev +13.4%
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
04-27-2012 14:18:59 | More by barleywinefiend
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
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°.
03-08-2012 11:23:29 | More by thierrynantes
4/5 rDev -1%
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.
01-27-2012 20:39:12 | More by rodenbach99
4/5 rDev -1%
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
01-07-2012 15:25:16 | More by wisrarebeer
Bush Prestige from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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