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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 1/7/08 at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/amber color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruits, apricot, Belgian yeast, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruits and spices, then the Belgian yeast base comes in and is quickly followed by a strong alcohol burn. The hops presence is mild. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth (aside from the alcohol bite), medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this would be a good choice if you’re in the mood for a strong Belgian beer, but it’s one you need to drink slowly.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden orange to amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and a significant amount of yeast particles in suspension. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of medium sized bubbles, a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts, candi sugar, and fruity yeasts with lighter notes of vanilla and alcohol.

T: Upfront there is a caramel malt sweetness that is accompanied by the candi sugar flavors. After that there are lighter flavors of the fruity yeasts, vanilla, and alcohol.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with moderate amounts of alcohol warming.

O: This beer is rather sweet, more so than I expected for the style but not cloying... Not the easiest beer to drink as the alcohol is quite present in the taste/smell/mouthfeel. Enjoyable but definitely a beer that needs to be sipped over a couple of hours. This would be perfect to sip in front of the fireplace with a nice cigar on a cold winter evening.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bronzed orange peel with brassy edges. It's odd to see an entire bottle of beer barely fill the glass to the halfway point, but then it's only 8.48 ounces. The cap is somewhere between darkest ivory and lightest ecru in color and has incredible persistence for such a high ABV. The thick, serrated collar of lace looks great as it nestles into the nonic bulge. I probably should have used a small snifter.

The nose makes Scaldis Belgian Ale (as my label reads) smell like a big, rich, amber ale. Which it pretty much is. I can appreciate golden fruit macerated in brandy, butterscotch, and very little else. I was expecting something a little more powerful and a lot more complex.

I've only had two quadrupels to date (Three Philosophers and a little beer you might have heard of named Westvleteren 12), so take my impressions with a few grains of salt. This one reminds me of a big blonde bock more than it does a quadrupel. I think that's because the others were dark malty and this one is pale malty. Pale malt has always seemed much less complex to me, more a supporter than the star of any given flavor profile.

The beer is somewhat sweet, now with a hint of caramel, and is more boozy than I would have anticipated. I know for a fact that this little bottle is several years old, so I don't think it's unreasonable to ask for more mellowness. Without roasted malt or hops to run interference, alcohol (especially at 12.0%) is bound to be a major contributor. Just like in a big maibock.

I enjoy the mouthfeels on most big beer, that's just how my brain is wired. This one is as firm as granite and about as lush. I like it though, it works well given what else is going on. I can't tell if the mild sting that bites my tongue with each mouthful is due to alcohol or to finely fizzy, stealth carbonation. Probably both.

Scaldis Belgian Ale... Bush Ambree... take your pick, is an okay little warmer upper from Brasserie Dubuisson Freres. It isn't nearly as good as Bush De Noel, a powerhouse of a BSDA that is well worth the coin. Unless you're a quad fan, I'd give this one a pass.

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Photo of russpowell
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

BBD of Sep 06, but I believe that could be backed a yr or 2 no problem!

Poured copper to orange with a 2 fingers deep white head in to my BUSH glass I purchased in BE. Slight oily viscosity to it that almost dropped out at the end. Good head retention & minimal lacing

S: Rich, boozy & oaky. Port-like notes

T: Warming alcohol, oakyness & tangerines. Finishes
like a sherry or port, really dry, fruitty (apples) & boozy

MF: Rich, subtlely carbonated as it should be

Drinks pretty well considering the heft. But more than bottles of this & its time for a nap! This is an ale that holds up well to crossing the pond. One to sip in front of a fire with winter chill in the air, still held up well in July

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very nice dark golden yellow, very cloudy with a big white frothy head, Great retention left the head around for most of the glass. Lots of sticky lace driped down the flass and left rings on the sides. Great visible carbonation could be seen bubbling throughout.

Smell was very intresting. Quite lively aroma with hints of sweet fruits, lemon and a touch of sugar. Bananas, figs, and pears could also be picked up as well as a touch of grapes as it warmed. First impression of the flavor was to be honest a bit of a shock. There was something in it I could not place right away, some other reviews have touched on a saltiness, and at first I thought it did have that too, but there was this other underlying flavor which I kept trying to pin down. Finally settled on something of a sweet lemon cake or tangerine and orange combination. Very pleasant and very sweet flavor, never had tasted it before in this style, quite intresting. very smooth delievery and great carbonation gave it a very lively feeling on the palate. Silky smooth. Lots of yeast and grains to be had, and pears and apples could be detected as it warmed. No real hint of alcohol, very well covered up by the sweetness.

Overall this was very enjoyable

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Photo of smcolw
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Attractive orange-amber in color, cloudy. Little head with very little lace.

Caramel aromas with a high alcohol warmth. Slight citrus smell, too.

Lots of high alcohol. Very dry malt flavors. Rich mouthfeel with low carbonation. Goes down way too easily given the rich alcohol levels.

This was a very drinkable Belgian style ale. Intensely smooth with similarities to nice cognac. Delicious.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up at Brass Rail Delicatessen in Campbelltown PA, enjoyed chilled in a goblet.

The color is like sunset -hazed with amber color and light brown lowlights with think white head. There is fast moving carbonation rising steadily toward the surface. The smell is an intensely malty and mildly sweet ester with slight tropical yeast scent and mild dark sugar aroma. The feel is vibrant with moderately high carbonation with intensely malty texture with dense sugary middle yet somehow manages to feel light for the strength.

the flavor of this belgian is malty with tropical yeast which has a ripe banana element with slight spice -almost peppery but still has a mild caramel flavor with gentle sugary background flavor with a good amount of alcohol in the flavor, but not in an offensive way, just adds to the complexity with some woody hop and mild citrus elements in the peripheral taste. I am not sure why I passed on this before..It is a festive beer that I could have shared, but I am glad I didn't. The overall drinkability for a beer this strong is exceptional. It is pretty warming but that is part of the charm since the malt flavor and obvious candy sugar usage are utilized so well.

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Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Tiny 8.4 oz brown bottle with a dark orange foil over the cap. A lot # or odd freshness date on the side of the label could be deciphered as the month, week of the month and year to drink before.

Appearance: Aggressively carbonated though with the beer being thick it takes its time as it rolls to the top to form a rocky head. Peachy orange colour with small flakes of yeast floating around.

Smell: Peppery sweet alcohol, ripe tropical fruit like pineapple and mango are thrown to the nostrils. Some malt sweetness is the back also.

Taste: Creamy medium body with a thick carbonation, big unwavering alcoholic character is there from start to finish. Peppery and warming with a sweetish sherry like flavour. Nectarine? Fruitiness is there but mixed. Hints of medicinal phenols. Malt flavour is cake like and a bit doughy, it seems uniform all the way through also. Hops a mild and a bit of a veggie flavour peeks in. Finishes with more alcohol and leaves some residual sweetness.

Notes: Impressively strong yet balanced in a way given its strength. Makes a perfect dessert beer or a night cap to sip on. Certainly is close to the barley wine style though still lined with a big Belgian influence.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber color. Very sweet caramel aroma. Taste follows with some sweet malts. Pleasant at first but has a pretty nasty, lingering aftertaste. Definitely not my style.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 2/13/10 notes. Had on tap at Max's Belgian Beer Fest in Baltimore, MD.

a - Amber-golden color with very little carbonation and head.

s - Lots of sweet fruits, some caramel and alcohol.

t - Tastes of caramel and some fruit. Alcohol is definitely evident as well.

m - Hot and full bodied. Moderate carbonation.

d - Pretty good but kind of hot. The high ABV is definitely felt and was the only real negative to this one. Definitely worth checking out though.

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

Appearance: Cloudy golden frothy white foaming head with a nice ticket of lacing evenly spread, nice. Aroma: Ginger honey tinted doughy like tones, with a rich syrupy mix of caramelized plums and other fruit tinged with an alcohol burn. Taste: Hops with rich malty flavors are flowing with brown sugar highlights reduced down to a syrup. Mouthfeel: Carbonation is smooth body is full and rich. Drinkability: Beware of the abv I didn't know before ordering, still very tasty Belgian delight.

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