Bush Ambrée | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Bush AmbréeBush Ambrée

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of yelterdow
1.62/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Served in a Chimay chalice at cellar temperature. 250 ml bottle, best before end 03/06.

Appearance- Holy boring... this beer pours a clear reddish gold with thousands of tiny particles in suspension. A mighty weighty appearance, yet the quarter-inch initial head recedes to nothing after a minute. Absolutely zero lacing or residual head, save for the thinnest of rims.

Smell- A whiff of alcohol and some dark fruit, but to a much lesser degree than I would have expected from a 12% quad. A heavy, sweet malt character comes along as the beer opens.

Taste- Ughhh... a wicked, totally agressive and out-of-balance assault of fusel alcohol, complete with the burn in the finish. Mouth afire, the complexities of the malt, fruit, and hops are nowhere to be found... buried in the floodwaters of gasoline. This is like doing shots of hard liquor, but rolling it in the mouth for maximum torturous displeasure. Desperate now, I swirl in all sediment from the bottom of the bottle...

...a little better now, but not by much. This is, in my opinion, undrinkable.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The texture is fine, with its foamy microscopic bubbliness. But once the flavor and swallow occurs, it's painful. My burps even hurt. What a huge letdown... I was really looking forward to this tasting. I think they're lying... this beer must be something like 24%. My stomach lining hurts.

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Photo of tcfishler
1.82/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Dull brown with orange highlights. Head never really develops, but lacing is present.

Slightly reticent, very ripe nose of apricot-inflected malt. Alcohol is evident.

Starts incredibly sweet and heavy in the mouth, then builds from there into more and more alcoholic heaviness, until the alcohol becomes unbearably hot and sharp.

Not recommended except to hardcore (and undiscriminating) barleywine fans.

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Photo of AlexLMS
1.96/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This ale poured with a deep orange bronze colour. It was cloudy and hazy due to a lot of floating yeast flakes. The head was light tan, very low with very poor retention.
The nose was a mixture of alcoholic vinous and honey.
The taste was extremely sweet and cloying and the alcohol was the dominant feature in the palate.
The mouthfeel was unctuous with a moderately low carbonation level and a full body. Sweet warming alcohol aftertaste.

Overall Bush Ambrée (Scaldis in my Bottle) is a very strong ale. It is oversweet and cloying. Definitely not my stuff.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.2/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed 5/24/2007 (250mL bottle, BB 06/2008):

Pours a red/brown cloudy colored body, with little head, white, and diminishing. Has an alcoholy floral aroma. Also, a deep earthy aroma. Has a strong alcoholy, dark fruit taste. Almost like rubbing alcohol. Very hot, could use some cellaring.

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Photo of impending
2.29/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

25cl into a tulip. Poured a hazy dark orangey honey. Unexceptional head, nice lacing.

Scent of alcohol sits atop all others - more so than perhaps any other Belgian I've had but I attribute this to the brewer not the abv. Behind the alcohol are overripe apricots and spices.

Taste is surprisingly bland because the alcohol kicks in way too early. Instead of providing a warm peppery finish it kicks in well before the halfway point, phenols reside in the finish as well. The alcohol masks any subtleties there may be rendering it mediocre.
no cheers

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.38/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear golden brown with a rocky tan head. Lots of lace. Smells of tart fruit and grassy. Light hops.

Strong maltiness. Alcohol burn. Fruity. Unbalanced and not that tasty. Strong but that's about it. No complexity at all. Some sweet alcohol lingering on the tongue. Not so hot.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.44/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Her copper-colored dress off aromas of honey, strong, powerful and caramels a touch of hazelnut. Unfortunately, alcohol is much too noticeable in the mouth and final, this coupled with a bitterness too pronounced in the finish, we get an unbalanced beer. Certainly, it has nevertheless a special taste and richly observed, but in my opinion, alcohol is much too far to fully appreciate the flavors of this beer.

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Photo of RuudJH
2.54/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Strong beer small bottle.
Colour amber, hazy with lots of floaty bits, thin head, ok carbonation.

Smell of pilsnerhops grassy, smell of bubblegum. Boozy, not bad.
Taste of malts, slightly roasted, some dark fruits, but the alcohol is very dominant, a bit harsh.

As a lot of the stronger ales, this one has problems. The flavours have trouble covering for the % of alcohol, making it hard to enjoy.
The boozyness is very disappointing to me. I've had several high % abv beers that were very enjoyable with flavour and aroma, but this not one of them.
After a few tries and sips, I threw the rest away.

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Photo of Masticon
2.58/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - 4.0 : Poured nicely with a decent white head. Light color matching of the Belgian style.

Smell - 3.5: Not very pronounced, slight aroma of something orangish but otherwise could have been any beer we were smelling. No identifiable hop or malty smells.

Taste - 2.0 : Flavor is dominated by a hot alcohol burn but otherwise matching a dry Belgian. Other flavors are brutally swept aside by alcohol flavor. Somewhere near the end the light orange flavor shows back up but you're too busy grimacing to notice it. Could have had a shot or two of vodka accidentally dumped into the bottle.

Feel - 2.0 : Burning followed by more burning. Density is light for of a high gravity beer but considering the light color it makes some sense.

Overall - 2.5 : The only positive thing I'll say about this beer is that it's flavor held up when paired with our dessert. Compared to all the others we tasted this night this is the only one that followed a strawberry and still maintained its profile. It also served as a palate cleanser between other beers bringing out a number of flavors we had missed on first taste. However, the same could probably have been achieved by getting a regular Belgian and dumping two shots of cheap vodka in the glass. It'd probably taste about the same and not run you $5 for 8.5 oz.

Read this and a comparison of a few other high gravity beers at my blog at dearmondfood.blogspot.com

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Photo of mzwolinski
2.61/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sunset-like in color, with a thin, off-white head. The nose is fairly thin, with hints of alcohol but little else. Flavor is better, though very "hot." Alcohol is really quite overwhelming, actually, and contributes only a bit of peppery spice to the flavor. As the beer sits it develops some light berry flavors and some toffee notes to the malt. Overall, this is pretty harsh.

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Photo of rkhaze
2.66/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear orange/amber with a good sized bubbly white head.
Big alcohol and malt aromas. Perhaps some citrus fruit but pretty one dimensional overall.
Tangy and sweet/bitter. Lots of rich malt flavor with some caramel, citrus fruit and nut. The alcohol is hidden surprisingly well in the front but really crashes the party in the middle and finish. Any attempts at balance and complexity are overwhelmed.
Full bodied with a heavy mouthfeel and an alcohol burn in the back of the throat.
Definitly one to sip. The alcohol is king in this one...maybe it's time for a revolution!

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Photo of MsNitch
2.69/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bush Ambree 33cl 12% 5€20

"strongest belgian beer"

A: Rosey copper with bright coral color when in the light, thin white head that falls quickly, heavy lacing

S: Alcohol, meaty malt caramel sweet and belgian yeast. As warmed the smell gets a more bread tone.

T: Alcohol, vodka caramel on back of the tongue, but weak hints at a malt, spices and a musk of fermentation.

M: Chewy, sticky with lingering ethonal in the back of the throat.

O: Off balance as it falls into the pits of becoming a liquor. The warming of the liquor didn't help the tastes which were hard to get into the mouth because of the burning eyes. At 12% the alcohol is wacky, but nothing I haven't seen before. Heavy handed, which leaves the brew rather a novelty instead of a drinkable delight.

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Photo of mjc410
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a half pint goblet at Zeno's in State College. The beer had a one finger lgiht tan/yellow head, over a hazy golden copper body. Seemed a bit light for a quad, but it looked nice. The nose had a bit of lemon, grass, and, oddly, a bit of powdered sugar. Light, but nice. The taste was hard to describe: bittersweet, with lots of alcohol. Not much character. The mouth was medium-light, with a bit higher carbonation - or perhaps alcohol burn? Overall, this beer suffered from being too strong.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.77/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some hints of alcohol. Taste is also very sweet and rich with some notes of alcohol easily discernable. Full body with some average carbonation. Alcohol was way too apparent for a Belgian ale and the beer is too sweet to be truly interesting.

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Photo of MaartenvanDoorn
2.77/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer was poured from the bottle into a glass. The appearance was okay, nothing special but also not bad. The taste was not good, in my opinion. Not balanced, too heavy alcohol taste, for my taste. Very strong sweetness. The beer was nice and thick though. Overall, not bad but also not great.

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Photo of henrysunset
2.78/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

it is freaking orange with small bubbles and a foamy head.

smells liek a sweet ipa, caramel and lots of hops and alcohol.

taste is very sweet, malty, reasonably clean. a funky flavor in the aftertaste. I can't say that I like it very much. The aftertaste is strange and unpleasent. to me it's a citrusy funk. maybe just the alcohol without adequate flavors to complement it.

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Photo of loving44
2.79/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served out of a 250 ml bottle with freshness date clearly marked 12/08.

A - Dark orange amber with a white bubble head that dissipated quickly leaving a slick film.

S - Cheap strawberry jam, syrupy malt, heavy alcohol, and spice.

T - Very bitter and warm up front with a medium-heavy syrupy mouth feel. Tight and abundant carbonation. Dry, bitter, alcohol aftertastes that lingers. Reminded me of a barley wine mixed with a shot of cheap whiskey... way too much alcohol and not enough balance at all.

Conclusion: this beer tastes bad. It might be better after some ageing but I'm not motivated enough by the first taste to even try.

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Photo of ultrasupergenius
2.82/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle different than pictured. I believe they have updated their bottle (definitely the same brewer / beer).

Appearance: Amber with a slight orange/brown twinge. Lack of a head - just spotty white colonies of bubbles across the top.

Smell is sweet, and slightly floral. Hints at a large alcohol content.

Taste is strong. You can tell this packs an alcohol punch - but honestly not to the extent that it actually does. Nothing all that appealling about the flavor of this beer. There are some hops there, but not particularly well blended. There is a candy residual sweetness, not particularly appealing. Not awful, but nothing really redeeming.

Mouthfeel is nice. Carbonation adds a hint of character.

Not that drinkable - which is probably a good thing given the ABV.

Overall, tastes like a beer that was put together to be strong - not to be balanced or appreciated. Perhaps there is a niche market, but I will not be a participant.

Not recommended.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
2.87/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received as a gift and glad I did not purchase myself. Pours a somewhat murky orange with virtually no head. Smell is sour, tangy, and some grain and bread smell. Taste is virtually all alcohol. I really cannot distinguish and standout taste other than than. Some hints of fruit, malt, bitterness, but not much. Definite warming affect as it goes down. Low carbonation lead into a thick mouthfeel. Overall I just was not impressed.

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Photo of Vladimiriuz
2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good amber colour, little dancing sparkles on the bottom. Thin thick foam, what dies in a no time.

The nose brings me sugary, alcohol and caramel. Some roasted and dark barley malt as well.
a Special and different fragrance for a beer.

Taste is sweet, powerful and strong. Surely a beer for to enjoy and take the time for it.
Again the sugars and flavours of sweet caramel comes above the palate. The aftertaste comes the alcohol strongly, but went in a very slowly parts away.

Afterall a good special Strong Pale Ale from Dubuisson Bush Ambrée.

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Photo of SaucyA
2.89/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Looks alright in a tulip, slight lacing, but no real head to speak of. Dark golden, almost amber affect.

Smell's wonderful. I could smell this beer all night. Apples and citrus mostly, with a bit of alcohol.

Taste is way too strong, and just not complex enough. Carmel and molasses... I don't like how harsh the alcohol is... there's no attempt to hide it. Perhaps I'm not enough accustomed to quads, but I've had strong beers that hide their abv a lot better. It's got a bit of flavors underlying that are dying to be tasted.

It's got a medium body with light carbonation. A little oily, and not very appealing.

I wouldn't seek this out again. As much as I wanted to enjoy it, I just couldn't find enough redeeming qualities in the taste that made me want to grab another. I'll finish this one and mark it off my list.

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Photo of Cresant
2.94/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 8.48 oz. bottle into a Westmalle goblet. The dark brown bottle was was dated best before: 03/06. The body was a turbid, party punch color--a dull yellowy brown. The minimal head faded quickly and left no lace.

Smell was faintly lemony. Fruits. Cracked black peppercorns. Alcohol.

Taste was rich from alcohol. Rum soaked fruit.

Mouthfeel ws very zesty, prickly. Sweet oily refrain. I am glad I tried this one but I doubt I'll revisit.

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Photo of Hunter
2.94/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear copper ale with a thick head of dense bubbles that dissipate quickly, Little lacing.

Smell: Alcohol.

Taste: Holy cow - strong alcohol is the first, dominant taste. There is some hint of spice, malt, etc. but nothing comes close to that first hit of boozy heat.

Mouthfeel: Scouring on the tongue.

Overall: This is closer to a finishing brandy or a barelywine than a beer. Wish I had more to say about this, as it received some great reviews from others and I want to like it, but...the alcohol dominates.

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Photo of silver0rlead
2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very hazy golden orange color with a thin off-white head that doesnt retain well...not really to style but nice regardless. The aroma is even stranger than the appearance, with notes of cider and vineagar, along with some fruits (pear, apple), candy sugar, and alcohol. The flavor also has some cidery/vineagar notes, as well as fruit (peaches, apples, pears), toasted bread, candy sugar, and alcohol. The mouthfeel is moderate and drinkability is limited. An interesting beer, definately shouldn't be classified as a quad...not my bag of tea but not terrible.

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Photo of scojo
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

25cl bottle brought back from Belgium. Poured smooth with medium head, which disappeared quickly. The beer itself is VERY orange. Smells strongly of alcohol and little else. Tastes slightly sweet, with some hop bitterness in the finish along with a lot of alcohol flavor. The aftertaste isn't particularly pleasant, probably due to the high alcohol content.

Overall, a very average beer. I probably won't seek this out again.

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