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Bush Blonde - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Bush BlondeBush Blonde

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BA SCORE
81
good

44 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.49%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 05-10-2003)
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Reviews by Marc_V:
Photo of Marc_V
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Belgian Beer Shop.com. The beer is clear golden blond with a nice white head. The aroma is typical for a Belgian blond: grain and yeasty with touches of fruitiness and spices. The taste is well balanced, yeasty, fruity with some hops in the background. Sweet and the alcohol is very present. Overall a fine beer that has to be drunk with moderation.

Marc_V, Nov 21, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Satyr179
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Satyr179, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Keegan
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Keegan, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of rastaman
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First of all, i can't believe i'm the first BA to rate this beer, second of all, i have no idae what the (USA-??) means. ON to the beer.
Yeasty, alchol in the aroma, some lightly spicy notes aswell. Palate is sweetish, warming, lightly spicy and yeasty, with a warming alcohol finish, manages to stay well balanced considering the ABV.

rastaman, May 10, 2003
Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Ciocanelu, May 09, 2013
Photo of philipquarles
2.4/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

On tap at the Delirium Taphouse in Brussels.

Poured into a weizen glass of all things.

Huge white head initially, but disappeared almost instantly. Little to no lacing. The beer itself is a straw-yellow, like any other Belgian pale.

Smell is all sugar and alcohol. This doesn't bode well for the taste. Slightly fruity, but it's very overpowered.

Taste is as expected. Very sweet with lots of alcohol present. A bit of hoppiness as it goes down, but hard to detect. Really just dominated by sugar.

Mouthfeel is actually okay. Nothing special, but not too thin and watery.

Drinkability is not good at all. Way too sweet and too much alcohol to drink more than one in a sitting. I probably won't have more than one period.

philipquarles, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of ToolHead
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

25 cl bottle, served in Gouden Carolus chalice.
Pale, hazy gold w/ plenty of sediment floating about. OK head w/ decent retention. Light, flowery, somewhat anonymous aroma. Taste is delicately fruity at first but is quickly dominated by the alcohol, although it never gets as sweet and cloying as the 12% Bush. Firm, warming finish. Decent drinkability, considering the strength.

ToolHead, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of Coren
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Coren, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of desint
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

desint, May 24, 2013
Photo of Kulrak
4.4/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sort of cloudy gold color with some flakes of what I assume is sediment floating in it. Nice tiny-bubble foamy head. Has a citrusy and somewhat floral aroma to it. Very sweet smelling. The taste is very sweet and a little citrusy as well. A little estery as well, slight banana taste. Very pleasant. Very creamy and full mouthfeel. All in all, an excellent belgian ale and a superb beer. I don't know that I'll get another as I paid $9 for this one, but it's a damn good beer anyhow.

Kulrak, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of Beer-Ed
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Beer-Ed, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This 25cl brown bottle with its posh gold topage has been sat in my garage for over a year. I moved it to my fridge three days ago. I was horrified to discover it was out of date, I should have drunk it before 27 July 2007. Never mind it is only a couple of months.

The bottom of the beer (while still in the bottle) had a scummy cloud moving about, I tried to keep its movement to a minimum, but particles floated upwards even before I even opened it.

I poured it into my huge 'Judas' glass, as I wasn't sure how emotional the beer would be after being released. I poured it as slowly as i could to try and prevent too much sediment hitting the glass. I did a fairly good job, but no head appeared at all, just a very thin collar around the glass.

The colour was light orange, blood grapefruit skin, if you like. Only a little cloudy, but I did pour slowly remember. It didn't look very appetising at all.

The aroma was all yeast and alcohol, cooking apples mixed in.

Taste is better than I was expecting, sour and very alcoholic. Plenty of life even though there was no head.

Of course the alcohol stays in the mouthfeel, but so does the sourness, this is a better beer than it looks.

Even though the taste is good, I also drink with my eyes. When you consider other beers within this style (Duvel etc) and how beautiful they can look with their large heads and golden bodies, this just doesn't come up to the picture my eyes want to see.

BlackHaddock, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of ThaCreep
2.1/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

The nose, unlike the Bush Amber, does not relieve by aromas of caramel and honey, but is rather very floral. But as the Bush Amber, one feels, and we taste a strong presence alcoholic who comes impede the pleasure of tasting. However, it is more digestible and lighter than its big sister but she is far from being interesting in terms of flavor.

ThaCreep, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of Jose9e
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Jose9e, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of DaveR514
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

DaveR514, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

patre_tim, Thursday at 03:44 PM
Photo of Absumaster
2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is orange with a good amount of carbonation and a thick head.

Smell is yeasty with some bready and biscuity smells. The maltiness is big and has some caramellic, candi sugar notes. The yeast gives some marmelade and spicy notes. In the end I get some earthy hoppiness.

Taste is wort-like with a sickening sweet, syrupy fullness. Alcohol is burning and there is not enough carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and puts a sweet and sticky malt layer on my tongue. Yeast gives a spicy touch and reminds me of cloves. Don't know what went wrong here, but I don't like it.

Absumaster, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -14.8%

ygtbsm94, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of GreenCard
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pale gold, some floaties, a very thin layer of white foam with an island of suds in the center

Aroma: malty sweet, cotton candy, honey, almond extract, twinge of herbal hops, alcohol

Flavor: mild sweetness, peppery alcohol, mild hop flavor, sweetness balanced against alcohol rather than hop bitterness, finishes surprisingly dry, light spice, some hops in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, very fine carbonation, alcohol warmth without burn

Overall Impression: I'm not the biggest fan of the high ABV beers. Not something I drink very often. This ones OK, though. I'm always impressed when a high ABV is pulled off without leaving a burning sensation in the throat.

GreenCard, Feb 13, 2004
Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gift from a friend of mine who regularly goes to Belgium.

Very cloudy (murky, even) with a very thin head; no lace; golden color.

Strong alcohol presence, but clean smell. Think double pilsner without any hop bite.

Very high alcohol and very smooth flavor. The body is not as thick as I'd expect but it is still impressive. This is well balanced although I cannot detect any discernible hop.

This is an extremely disceptive beer--one can tell there is a lot of alcohol, but it is very soft. This makes this beer easily drinkable and satisfying.

smcolw, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of BelgianBeerPope
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

BelgianBeerPope, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of deeplennon
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden pale in the glass. Aroma is alcoholy as one would expect from the 10.5% but with some spice and sweet.

Mouthfeel is about as soft as they come, very nice feel. The alcohol hits the tongue pretty fast but isn't that overpowering for it's strength. Very dry, reminds of a supercharged duvel. Infinitely less malt character than the barleywine-esque bush ambree, which is nice.

A higher rating is held back to do dominance of alcohol in aroma and taste making it lack overall complexity, but that's gonna happen with 10.5% abv. Beer serves a purpose though and carves out it's own niche. Biggest shame is that it comes in such a small (8.4oz) bottle.

deeplennon, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden, effervescent; no head; slightly cloudy

Aroma: Honey; citrus; dried fruit, maybe figs

Taste: Juicy malt on start; citrusy mid-notes with a vinous, very slight bitter finish; very smooth

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

IchLiebeBier, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Julien
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Julien, Feb 25, 2012
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Bush Blonde from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
81 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.