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Bush Ambrée | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 09-25-2001

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Photo of apowar
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

250 ml bottle poured into my 10 oz russian river tulip...

Pours a beautiful rosey pumpkin amber with a silky looking persistent white head. On appearance, at least, I definitely wouldn't classify this as a quad.

Aroma is rich with unrefined muscavado sugar, honey, hazelnut, and dried marula fruit.

First discernible thing on the palate is dried peach which becomes balanced by some of that hazelnut that is so present in the nose. As it warms up the finish becomes a little too hot for my taste (okay, okay, I know it's 12%, but that's all that seems to linger after a while).

Mouthfeel is surprisingly sprightly for the tremendous amount of alcohol. Quite prickly and fine early on but as it sits for a while, it becomes much silkier on the palate. Very nice.

I liked this beer a ton until I wound up with that finish that just leaves you with quite the alcohol burn. It's that feeling you get after taking a hearty sip of your favorite brandy or something. As much as I wanted to like the beer, that point really got in the way, especially towards the end.

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Photo of PartyBear
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 250ml bottle into a Bush glass.

A - A deep golden, almost red appearance. Highly carbonated. Lots of yeast sediment being knocked around the glass by the bubbles. Poured with a small head.

S - Mild citrus, with other notes of fruit; possibly peach, and orange. The smell gives away the high alcohol content.

T - Hazelnut, and sweet molasses.

M - Extremely oily, with a substantial, and heavy body. There is a nice warming feeling in the throat when swallowing that I am assuming is attributable to the significant ABV.

D - The high ABV make this a beer that shouldn't be just knocked backed, however, the well balanced flavours makes this hard to abide by. Although the taste and smell makes it quite clear that the alcohol in this beer is high, I still found it very moreish.

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Photo of Hubris
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow! How can such a strong beer be so drinkable?

I'm used to "super strong" Euro lagers (usually in a can) that taste like cheap ale with a shot or two of Vodka mixed in. This is a flavoursome, full bodied, sweet beer that would suit any quiet evening session on a winter's night or while watching a rugby test in civilised company.

Beware the 12% abv, but try this beer as soon as you find it!

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Photo of spointon
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a skinny 8.4oz brown bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A= With an aggressive pour, this ale was an orange gold color with a 3/4" white head. Surprisingly, there was zero yeast in the bottom of the bottle making me think this was not bottle conditioned...or somehow handled differently than most other Belgian ales. There was a small aount of sediment visible in the beer, but nothing significant. Some decent lacing appeared on down the glass.

S= The aroma was mostly dominated by malty sweetness, with spicy/peppery alcohol all over the sweetness. Decent Belgian yeast/funk character to the smell as well.

T= Started off sweet and malty, with a richness that was unexpected in a pale ale. The initial sweetness was replaced by black pepper and spicy alcohol. The hops came in at the very end and produced a grassy note that blended with a bit of phenolic character. Finished fairly sweet and full of alcohol warmth.

MF= Medium bodied and sparingly carbonated for a Belgian. Slightly slick on the tongue.

D= This is a very sweet and very strong ale. It is no surprise that they put it into tiny bottles! Though the flavor made me want multiple bottles, the strength was huge and in most cases would keep me at one bottle.

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Photo of kenito799
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

250cc bottle poured into a Fin du Monde chalice.

Orangey amber with massive amounts of yeastie floaties suspended in the brew. Wisps of spotty lacing.

Caramel, apricot and pronounced orange peel up front on the nose. Some aged mustiness and alcohol heat come in, with some cinnamon-clove spice. Smells very nice.

The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy but there is a bit of astringency in the finish that detarcts a bit. Flavor is quite interesting for a quad--fruitiness dominates, rather than wine-like notes. Aged taste and strong alcohol makes this seem like a tripel on steroids. The finish is tart and has a pleasing lingering bitterness that makes you want to continue to drink. Drinakable for such a big beer. Well done and unique.

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Photo of Suds
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a small bottle, this beer pours a clear amber color with a simple white head. It's a pretty beer, but not exceptional. I was a little disappointed in the aroma, which is very quite. There is some pale malt and herbal hop aroma, along with a little perfumy ester quality. Besides a hot alcohol smell, that's about it. Average. The taste is solid, however, lots of caramelized sugars and malts. Some warmth. The taste has a slight yeast character and a little frontside sweetness. The beer finishes really dry however. It's a pretty full beer despite the dry ending, and has a richness to it's body. Not bad.

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Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally decided to buy one of these cute little bottles. Kind of like a Belgian Hardy's, but not as good. Pours a glowing orangish brown with a lacy tan head. Nose has candy malts, ripe fruit, light floral hops, sweet alcohol and spicy Belgian yeast. Taste is also on the sweet side. Lots of fruit and caramel malts. Peppery alcohol and herby yeast. Thick body with delicate carbonation. Drinks easy for a twelve percent ale.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 8.48 oz bottle into red wine glass. Bottle labeled as "Scaldis." Consumed just below room temperature.

A - Clear amber. Two fingers of off white head rise with decent retention. A thin collar remains throughout.

S - Amazing stuff here. Dark fruit like plums, prunes, raisins, and currants. Even a little banana and apple creeps in. Extremely sweet. Some bready/caramel notes hide in the shadows.

T - Big fruity sweetness with a backbone of dark bread. Apples are immediately recognizable with accents of raisin and plum. Small whisps of caramel and even chocolate pop in and out. Late palate everything dries out with a moderate to low bitterness and a bit of phenolic character. Medicinal flavors combine with earthy bitterness and a whiff of alcohol. Finish is rather sweet.

M - Light to medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Thinner than I would expect, but the lack of intense carbonation allows the fruit flavors to shine.

D - Extremely drinkable. The 12% is hidden well. Big fruitiness and low phenolic character suit my palate well.

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Photo of Monsteruss
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The foam after it was poured was wheat in color, bubbly and diddapated quickly. Color was amber/bronze with gold/yellow highlights. Smell had a fruity first impression with wheat and hops balance and a carmel undertone. Taste was deep and heavy with also a wheat and hops balance. Felt very robust for an ale and a small bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel - full-bodied and somewhat smooth. Drinkability was really good except the deep feel dominated the palate.

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Photo of elniko
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

A: Rich deep golden coloring. Half finger of head, lacing left behind. Slight carbonation apparent as well. Very nice looking brew.

S: Rich smelling, tinge of molasses. Almost sweet on the nose, very pleasant.

T & M: For a quad seems to have more bitterness than I would expect. Balance seems just a little off but no so much that I dislike the brew. Mouthfeel a little too carbonated as well.

D: For a quad this is highly drinkable, what takes away from the taste makes up in drinkability.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to ShakeyHands for the bottle and drinking partner

Murky cider pour

Hot cider on the nose, alcohol evident

Banana, apple, and pears, with a hot finish. Alcohol not well hidden.

Slightly creamy with a big hot finish.

Splitting an 8 oz bottle is where it's at.

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Photo of Gump
4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

250ml bottle 8.48 fl oz. - 12%
Cloudy peach colored. Full pour into a tulip glass.
Wonderful sweet, perfumy aroma. Light colored fruit, pear, peach, butterscotch and alcohol.

Flavors are soft butter, toffee and sugar.
The alcohol really comes out when the air mixes with it. If you weren't paying attention this one will hit you, as it is very drinkable.
The Cherry-pit aftertaste proves the hop presence.
Terrific balance, winderful aroma and high drinkability. A Fantastic beer.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An initial cloudy pour with almost no foam head whatsoever. Caramal in color with light carbonation.

A fruity aroma with a noticable alcohol smell as well.

A smooth taste which reminds me of a barley wine. No noticable aftertaste on swallow and I do pick up hints of fruit on the back of the tongue. The high alcohol (12%) is somewhat distracting from the enjoyment of this beer.

For me this is a sipping beer and the alcohol content definitely plays a role in the drinkability.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found it on tap at the Taphouse in Bellevue, WA (under the name of Scaldis).

Pours a golden yellow color, cloudy enough to look wheaty. Dense, thick head, decent lacing. Smells sweet and fresh and grassy. Moderately carbonated.

Taste is malty, sweet, grassy, maybe fresh hay or alfalfa. Once it starts to warm up, the strong alcohol becomes more noticeable.

Feels very nice in the mouth, considering the strength and sweetness -- not at all syrupy.

For such a strong beer, very drinkable. Nice beer.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.2/5  rDev -43%
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 Squelch
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy amber with a huge lasting head.

Smell: Malty with a touch of caramel

Taste: Sweet falvors. Truely of belgian. There's not alot of interesting things going on with this one but it is still a nice beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy.

Drinkability: wouldn't be my first choice of a belgian style double or triple but I wouldn't refuse it.

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Photo of Atmosbeer
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this 250ml bottle at Binny's Chicago. Bought it for the size and the ABV. Pours a quality head 1.5" and stayed until the first sip. It dissipated after the first sip to a faint top and laces the glass nicely. The color is a yellow raisin and the immediate taste is that of sweet raisin with a jab of alcohol. 12%abv., that combined with the taste and there is no doubt this beer is fortified with extras like fruit and or other sugars. A good example of Belgian beer in the US that is not from the mass marketed types like Duvel, Chimey. Dogfishhead Midas Touch come to mind...

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Photo of Intelligentsia
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in a bottle from Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA. Recommendation from the staff.

The first thing I noticed is the small 8.4 oz bottle it came in, with a golden foil over the cap. A ripe peach color with a slight head that faded quickly. Some tropical fruit and alcohol on the nose, not overpowering. I could taste the warmth from the alcohol immediately and it lingered for a good while. This is my first quad so I don't have others in the category to compare it to, but a great introduction.

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Photo of hopdog
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Poured amber in color with a smaller sized off-white head. Strong Alcohol smell with aromas of maltiness, caramel, and butterscotch. Sweet tasting with a bitter finish and a strong alcohol taste that was almost overpowering.

Notes from: 07/12/04.

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Photo of baggio
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

[email protected], 2006 vintage!

A: Amber / Golden with a nice white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Caramel, Malt, Alcohol, Ripe fruit, Yeast.

T: Caramel, Fruit, Pepper, Alcohol, Butterscotch, Raisin (wee bit).

M: Quite smooth with a nice sweet and spicy and some nice warmth from the alchohol on the way down. Low carbonation.

For a brew kicking in at 12% ABV this is damn good. Not something i'd like to have more than one of during a night but it does make a perfect sipper or something to pair with a dessert. Good stuff!

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Photo of yesyouam
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bush (Scaldis) Amber is a sparkling, firey amber ale with a small white head that depreciates to a thin white film. The aroma is of caramel, dark bread, pear, and sour yeast. The flavor is bold! It explodes with fruity hops and warms like a dark and oily raisin. It's quite bitter to boot. It has a full mouth feel. It's thick and creamy and slightly astringent at the finish. This beer isn't fooling around!
(rated Apr 3, 2007)

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Photo of magictrokini
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ O'Brien's. Pours hazy amber with a thick, rocky off-white head. Funky sweet aroma, lots of caramel and sugar, bubblegum, red apple, bread, and maple syrup. Strong flavor. Yeast ester bubblegum with nougat, but blended with a sourness and oak. More flavor comes out as it warms. Sherry, cherry, butterscotch, orange candy, and brown sugar blend with the early tastes. Somewhat heavy, and the alcohol is very warm.

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh man....this was the least expensive quad at the beerstore and, not sure if coincedental, the highest ABV. I was a little nervous about trying this one.

A: Typical quad style in appearance, light brown and cloudy, no head, tiny lace

S: Alcohol and figs. Stings the nose a bit

T: Um, hot/warm alcohol, figs, sweet raisins and light toffee but mostly alcohol. It made my whole chest warm on the first sip. It tastes like I should be breathing fire. It's appley too, in a way, like a fig apple cider with astringent mixed in.

M: Smooth, not much carbonation and if so the burn of the alcohol takes over any of that. It's hot on the tongue, that's for sure. But I like it.

D: Not so much so. It's good tasting and smooth, but the alcohol OMG are you serious? It's so strong it like a bottle of Burberry purfume...it's so delicious at first. After that, it's just harsh. Love this, but for my body it's not humanly possible to make this a regular. I wish.

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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an almost orange color and a thick, cloudy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: You get a bit dose of fruit, malt and alcohol in the aroma. Nicely done, though.

T: There was a thick, chewy malt presence, along with a light fruit. Fairly sugary, but not overwhelmingly so.

M: Typically high carbonation level and a kind of slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: On the whole, a very good example of a quad. Very tasty.

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Photo of scottoale
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Small brown 250ml. with cap/neck foil and foil labels with no markings on the "Best before end" grid. It poured into a chalice, a bright amber-orange with a 1/4" of off-white creamy, dense foam. The head recedes in time, but is restored with a swirl of the chalice.

Very sweet, fruit filled nose with a yeasty spice and slight hop backing.

The taste is much the same with a sweet and fruity maltness that tones down to a spicy, yet crisp finish. Really well balanced with the rather massive alcohol content burried deep within. You don't taste the alcohol or even smell it as the brew warms, but it creeps up on you before long.

Good viscous body with a fluffy, full feel as it sits in your mouth...smooth. Way to drinkable for a beer this big and a great quad, none the less. Belgian skills!

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Bush Ambrée from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 670 ratings
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