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

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First I must say Belgian Strong Pale is a stupid categorical name. While it is belgian, strong it is more certainly not pale.

This beer was served in a Scaldis tulip glass. As part of my Uprising at Novare Res.

The bee is amber almost the dark side of amber. A thick head forms and dissipates to the glasses edge, surprising amount of head at 12%. The head is dense and sticky.

The nose is pale malts hints of a mattalic not but faint figs and other berry notes come across no alcohol.

Unlike the nose the taste is more in your face, bigger fig and prune notes. The maltyness is prominent with a slight and I mean slight alcohol in the back.

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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 VelvetExtract
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a foggy amber color. My pour was relatively devoid of any head. It's body is predictably thick.

S-Aroma is fairly mute,I stupidly chilled this far too much. The aroma grows as the minutes pass. It's purely sweet with zero hop presence. Estery and noticeably fruity with stiff alcohol.

T-The flavor is less coercive with its alcohol. It's a thick load of sweetness. Fruity yeastiness. Isn't impressive as far as complexity goes. It's just a big beer.

M-Booze is pleasant, reminds me of a liqueur. Nearly cloying, though. Hot. Light bubbles. Slow sipper.

O/D-Not something I would ever buy. Happy I didn't pay for this and I sampled from a friend. Not what I'm looking for in a beer but I can see why someone who loves their Belgian sweet-brews would love its hot, sticky goodness.

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Photo of STEELERFAN2390
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

this beer is worth a try if youre into Belgium brews that are slightly boozy and have the yeast characteristics.

A-orange and amber in color..nice lacing that left a decent head that rapidly vanished.

S-bread/biscuits ,malt,belgium , slight alcohol smell is present.

T-coriander , boozy, hot, complexed and pretty balanced. some malt and a peppery /spice flavor...pretty awesome.

M-light to medium mouth on this ,pretty well carbonated. nice!

O- overall I really enjoyed this beer as a sipper on a cold night....its actually become a staple in my rotation. I like the hint of booze in it ,its not too overpowering.
def a must try ...

Purchased at total wine in naples,florida for 15.99$ for a 4 pk

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Photo of blue_bleeder
4.66/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - Poured a rich amber color out of the bottle. Poured fast enough that I had a large lacy head that disappeared really quickly

S - Bready, malty nose with hints of alcohol.

T - Super complex. Strong boozy taste, sweet and rich with peppery, coriander finish. AMAZING!

M - medium mouthfeel with the perfect amount of carbonation.

O - The best Belgian beer I have had.

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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 patre_tim
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber Sienna, clear filtered, lots of carbonation, off white head fades quickly to foam.

S: Bananas, candied sugar, Belgian yeasts, an alcohol burn but its well hidden behind the sweetness and floral quality.

T: Sweet floral quality, cologne like alcohol presence which burns all the way down into the chest cavity and stomach. The Belgian style yeasts and banana and candy are there, paired equally in presence with alcohol burn ad presence.

M: Thick and firey and leaning towards rum in consistency more than most beers. Medium carbonation.

O: Must try this one. Noted for its alcohol presence, but is a good Belgian as well. A little too much alcohol for my liking, but I love its uniqueness.

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Photo of Tone
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appears as a cloudy, dark maize. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of alcohol, slight dark fruit, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of an Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, alcohol, dark citrus, hint of pale malt, and a hint of spice. Overall, very similar to Kwak, with more pronounced alcohol flavor.

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Photo of soju6
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2.5ml bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small head that fades quickly to specks of lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, dark fruits and bit of spice. It reminds me a bit of brandy with just a trace of alcohol.

T: Taste of malt, caramel dark fruit and a bit of spice. Muted bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly light body, smooth and silky texture. Very well balanced as the 12% ABV is well hidden.

O: The ideal sipper to relax with at the end of the day.

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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 nmarsceill
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

I first had this a couple years ago and again recently with a nice diner as a pairing with some light appetizers and cheese.

The look is very solid and the color is rich. I never rate this too high unless I feel it somehow overcomes a normal range of appearance. The smell and taste I find are pretty in step - malty and sweet. The smell truly represents the taste to follow.

The fermentation is crisp but not overly powerful. Served cold it was still pretty light for so much malt flavor. The alcohol is present if not subtle in the taste and also in the way it hits you. This is something I am a fan of, but if you are not - just be weary of that.

This beer is one of my favorite to have with food. Bitter, sweet and rich beers work well with more complex food profiles. Salty foods in general is something I would suggest.

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Photo of RCane1
4.71/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful hazy golden color. Slight head that dies quickly under the wilting power of the alcohol. ...You know it's going to be good.

Fantastic aroma. Alcohol carries that malty, yeasty Belgian goodness all the way back to your most distant olfactory receptors. You can enjoy this one without even drinking any!

Bam! Strong, malty, sweet - too much of everything is wonderful!

Not much fizz but comes alive if you swish it - bringing out the strong alcohol.

Aargh! This beer is obviously not brewed for the feint of heart. It's for hardcore fans of strong Belgian Ales. A very classy no-holds-barred brew guaranteed to bring out your inner pirate.

Serving type: bottle

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

Appearance: Clear; amber; no real head

Aroma: Malty; fruity; sugary; strong alcohol

Taste: Creamy; peppery; lingering finish; fruit notes; slight honey notes; very strong, warm alcohol flavor

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

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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 Labeorphile
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from an ~8 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Nice cloudy, amber color, but with little head that quickly disappears.

Smells like a typical Belgian ale, malty and yeasty, but with strong hints of alcohol, which is expected given the high ABV.

Taste is sharp and malty with a punch of booze, almost distracting. But the mouth feel is good. Creamy and bubbly and kind of pops.

Overall a solid strong ale, but would taste better with less booziness.

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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 coltsr2
4.69/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow!...Lovely beer!...pours a nice dark honey with little head whci soon dissolves to nothing....nice lacing and reasonable carbonation with a few bubble streams popping up in places..

Aroma is subtle...more malty than hoppy.. a nice simple fresh sweet aroma..

Taste is just pure divine...a truly beautiful experience....feels slightly sweet but with a nice yin yang bitterness relationship that makes this a perfectly balanced beer!...

Mouth feel is rich, thick and solid as you would expect with such a high gravity beer...full, semi sweet, luscious and frothy as the carbonation hits the tongue....this is what high gravity, full bodied, desert wine style speciality beers are all about!....lovely stuff!

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Photo of Novels
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed this. Poured from a bottle into oversized wine glass at Monk’s Pub in downtown Chicago. Has a hazy, buckwheat honey color with brown hues. No head, but great lacing left on the glass- tan/white in color. Texture is extremely impressive, very thick without being haughty. Tastes like heaven, or hella caramel, whatever you want to call it. Amber malt, bittersweet finish and dry personality. Great.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice appearance, golden color, decent head and lacing on glass.

Maybe just a little weak on the nose.

This beer doesn't taste like 12 % at all. Easy drinking, some decent fruit flavors. A little too sweet in my opinion. Not the best I've had, but not the worst either.

Again, the mouth could stand to be a bit more rich and creamy or have other qualities to balance the hoppiness.

This is a pretty solid PA, but far from the best. It's worth trying if you like the style. Satisfying but not necessarily extremely memorable.

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Photo of spoony
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a small (8.2 oz, I think) bottle into a wine glass.

A-A normal pour produced a short, light-tan head that receded quickly to a thin ring. Not surprising given the high ABV. The brew was cloudy and golden/amber color with a few streams of visible carbonation.

S-Smell was slightly funky, but mostly sweet, doughy, and highly alcoholic. The alcohol was slightly medicinal and warming in the nose.

T-Taste was also quite sweet, doughy, and boozy. The medicinal alcohol was very noticeable on the finish, but it never felt "hot" to me, which was surprising.

M-Medium to heavy for the style, with a slick and coating mouthfeel. The carbonation was also thick and chewy.

O-My expectations of a simple, highly boozy pale ale were met here. The flavors are not bad, but are mostly overwhelmed by the alcohol, which leaves you with a sweet, sort-of cough syrup-like approximation of a pale ale. I won't go searching for this brew again, but it was not terrible by any means.

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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 Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Label says 20/08/14

A- Pours a medium amber color with a full two fingers of off-white head that retains quite a while before gradually reducing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly solid sheet of surface foam. Thick cobwebs of lacing slide down the glass.

S- Sweet-smelling Belgian yeast character with some toasty malt. Alcohol fume is noticeable but surprisingly light. Rich yet subtle with notes of banana and pecan.

T- Incredibly smooth for the ABV as the Belgian candy sugar sweetness dominates creating wonderful balance with the alcohol. Fruity esters and yeast overtones come into play which compliments the booze. Speaking of booze, it starts to take its toll as the heat rises in the flavor. Notes of raisin, caramel and brandy. Very little bitterness.

M- Dry and mellow without much alcohol burn. Medium-high carbonation and a light-ish body.

O- Packs a punch without being too overwhelming. Certainly a sipper, but is refined enough to greatly appreciate.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A chilly bottle of Scaldis Amber is poured into a chalice.

It is a clear amber liquid with lots of clinging carbonation. The head is thin and greyish and is made up of small bubbles. It is disappearing quickly.

The beer has a strongly alcoholic aroma. There is also some Belgian candi sugar sweetness. There is also a vague bitterness, but it isn't very strong.

The beer certainly tastes strong, but it isn't difficult to consume (which was a minor fear I had). Lots of good amber malts with a little bit of sweetness that doesn't come across as overly sugary. Alcohol flavors in the finish.

The beer is quite warming with only the slightest burning as I swallow. Coating is thick and somewhat sticky. Alcohol and carbonation provide a big tingling sensation.

This beer takes the strong of Belgian Strong Pale Ale to heart. It is much stronger than other beers of this style and therefore has some traits that I haven't seen in similar beers. Some will be put off by this beer's strength, but if that doesn't bother you, it is a fine beer to slowly enjoy.

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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 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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Bush Ambrée from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
3.84 out of 5 based on 663 ratings.
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