Bush Ambrée | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

very good
665 Ratings
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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Added by Bierman9 on 09-25-2001

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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Creamy attractive head with lots of lace on the way down. Creamy smooth, though a bit of tingling from carbonation. Very satisfying yeastiness and ice cream aftertaste. Excellent palate cleaner after greasy hamburgers. Medium to full mouthfeel. Alcohol only felt much later on.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy very dark orange amber with a nice thick pillowy white head.

Nose of sweet Belgian ripe peaches and heavy sweet malt; assertive perfume and flowers. Nice bold, creamy cooked peaches and pear with sweet candy sugar.

Creamy sweet carmel and toffee flavors. Pleasant flavors although a sweet character all around.

Finish is pleasant candy sugar and malt, hint of green pepper in final back palate.

Likely a nice drink perhaps with some cheeses and some desserts; not particularly food friendly. Likely also a sipping beer.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, yeast, fruits, and grape juice. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a very crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the alcohol is pretty noticeable and makes the flavor a bit abrasive.

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a classic belgian strong amber beer with a lot of character. the most impressive thing about it is the feel, and how well it hides its intense alcoholic strength, its barley there, not the least bit hot, and rather smooth drinking as a result. slightly hazy orangey amber in color with a patchy white head that lasts. i smell a lot of residual sugar here, sweet dusty almost english type grain on this, with a robust belgian yeast strain that gives off some dried apricot notes and maybe even a little apple. the sweetness is there, but its short lived, the finish is still pretty quick on it, and the big carbonation makes it drink a little cleaner too. i like the elegant simplicity of this beer, despite also being dynamic and very strong, it comes across well refined and completely dialed in. they do a refermented in the bottle addition of this, which i have to imagine is even more enjoyable with the rest of its sugar gone, but i like the little brother edition here. definitely an underrated brew.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellowish amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. This is a beer that necessitates a tulip glass as it poured with a three finger high off white head that has good retention properties, consistently leaving a small head covering the surface and lots of bubbles coating the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of fruity yeast in the nose along with notes of caramel malts and candi sugar as well as hints of alcohol and vanilla.
T: The taste has the malty sweetness of a triple but is also accompanied by enough hops to prevent it from being cloying. Notes of candi sugar and caramel malt flavors are also present, along with some hints of alcohol.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied, a bit smooth and somewhat thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol.
O: This is a beer that needs to be slowly sipped and makes for a good choice to finish the night with. It almost seems like a hybrid between a whiskey and a beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet, succulent, and powerful, Scaldis Belgian Ale carries a slightly syrupy taste from a candied fruit start through a raisony rummy-heated finsih

This rich and strong Belgian Ale pours with a rusty orange color and with a dainty head that's short on retention and light on carbonation with no real lacing detected. -All quite typical of the strongest of strong Belgian beers.

Very fruity aromas of peaches, pears, apples- all of a ripe or over-rippened variaety swirl around a very malty-sweet, candied scent. Hops only offer a slight herbal (tea-like) note to assist the yeasty esters.

Flavors are dominated by very sweet malts (maybe slighlty worty), spicy phenols of white pepper or clove, and estery fruitiness that was described in the nose. It all reminds me a bit of candied apples that I had at the circus and dried fruit intensity.

Textures are hot and syrupy with a blanketed coat of a weight, and moderate alcohol numbing. Low CO2 keeps the beer from lifting off the toung- and giving all its weight to the mouth.

Though full of sweetly succulent flavors, the balance is very malt-forward-- similar to Samichlaus while finishing generously sweet, fruity and spicy.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a stemgoblet at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, California. Cost was $7.50. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were above average just because its Belgian and prominent.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of lovely cream, mocha white colour, good thickness, and great retention. Colour is a clear dark copper.

Sm: Cream, clean crystal malt, honey, biscuit malt, and yeast. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Crystal malts, biscuit malt, heavy fermentable sugars, nice cream, a milky note, and very mild pale hops. Nicely balanced. Refreshing. A bit too milky, with overdone sugars. Built decently well. Too full-bodied for its lack of complexity.

Mf: Delightfully smooth and wet. A bit creamy, to its credit. Not too thick or too thin. Moderately heavy on the palate. Complements the flavours well.

Dr: Very drinkable, especially considering the high ABV - which is very well hidden. I might have it again from a bottle, preferably aged. Recommended only for big fans of the style.


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Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with an appreciable amount of sediment floating around the liquid; the foam quickly fades into a ring and archipelago though it does leave a nice web behind

Smell: Caramel and stone fruit, with golden raisins underneath

Taste: Caramel and stone fruit, up front, with golden raisin and spice cake elements developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors blend nicely and, despite the sweetness, the beer maintains a somewhat dry, woody aspect that adds balance

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; very little warmth despite the high ABV

Overall: While this bottle is, I suspect, quite a few years beyond the "Best By" date, it is still drinking very nicely and, as others have noted, takes on Barleywine-like characteristics

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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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/10/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/amber color, with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, orange, peach, apricot, mango, pear, pineapple, pepper, clove, honey, brown sugar, biscuit, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/beady malt, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, peach, apricot, mango, pear, pineapple, pepper, clove, honey, brown sugar, biscuit, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Moderate yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, peach, apricot, mango, pear, pineapple, pepper, clove, honey, brown sugar, biscuit, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/beady malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from yeast spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a small warmth lingering after the finish, with no booziness. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/beady malt, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the huge ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of off-white foam, topping off a perfectly clear, golden-amber body. The foam settles pretty quickly and leaves only minor lace.

S - Bready malt notes with a little bit of toffee as well as powerful yeast character. Notes of banana, vanilla, pineapple, and strong clove. An unusually nice ester profile with a good balance of spice and fruit.

T - Boozy malt up front with bread crusts and toffee as well as sweet, light caramel. Banana and clove take off in the middle and are boosted by a peppery note. Finishes with more spicy yeast notes and some sweet malt as well as a little bit of vanilla character. Just a hint of herbal hops and some balancing bitterness. Lingering notes of vanilla, clove, toffee and warming alcohol combine to create a brandy like impression on the palate.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This beer really manages to pack a lot of flavor into its diminutive bottle. The yeast aroma is nearly perfect with nice, soft notes of malt and an ideal yeast profile. The flavor has much of the same character, but with harsher phenolic notes and an intensity imparted by the high alcohol content. The lingering malt and yeast notes create even more complexity on the palate in the aftertaste with a creamy, boozy fruit character that is pleasantly brandy-like. A very nice beer overall, it doesn't get as much attention as beers like Duvel and Westmalle, but it is every bit their equal.

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Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange with lighter head than expected,aroma was rich and nutty with some concentrated orange aromas as well.Flavors are sweet and orange liquore tasting pretty syrupy with some light nutty flavors that linger in the finish.The alcohol is very prevelant even more as it warms.I think this would be a nice nightcap,would make ya sleep well Iam sure.

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Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lynda for bringing this back from Belgium for me.

Big fluffy head fades semi slowly with lacing, mostly clear slight yeast infused amber orange color.

Nose has light sweet malts, amber reddish golden malts, light syrup, least herbal grassy hops, some booze tingles the nose.

Taste is fairly sweet, syrupy, malty, reddish amber malts, booze up the wazoo, very hot and boozy, light candi sugar and syrup, bit of fruit from typical Belgian yeast, light nutty fruity malts, light grassy herbal hops finishes hot and boozy, lingering sweet amber Belgian malts.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, decent carb for the style, very hot and boozy.

Overall decent, nice malts and hint of hops, a bit on the hot and boozy side but expected for 12%.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite an interesting beer. Amber-orange colored with a sweet malt & alcohol aroma; leading into a rich and fruity malt flavor backed by a solid dry bitterness and peppery spiciness. I love the peachy-light apricot fruitiness! The body is medium light but has a high level of fine carbonation giving it a certain level of creaminess. Although this beer could probably offer much more, the higher alcohol content seems to limit it, as the taste does not change much throughout a glass. The finish is dry, not cloying in anyway, but with a memory of the malt and hop. Impressive, but not superior.

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