Bush Ambrée | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

very good
669 Ratings
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 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 Reidrover
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle. Hazy dark yellow ale, with a huge thick off white head. Maty aroma,slight medicinal/spice hints, alcoholic.Sweet aromas Sweet malty flavours, esters, spicy,medicinal hints, actually slight alcohol for the strength. Thick and luxurous on the palte..nice alcohol warmth in the belly. An OK drink..one for after dinner sipping..which I am partaking of now.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer has a unique bottle, gold foil over the top. there is a best by date scale which Isn't very clear. Best by 2010 I guess it was made in 05? (the scale ranges from 05 to 10.

It pours an amber color with bone white head. there is a fair amount of head retention and quite a bit sticks to the sides of the glass.

smells like moist sponge cake, though I don't find the smell to be overpowering. It smells pleasant like sugar cane and cake, not like alcohol. (though it is something like 12%, the highest percent brewed in belgium I'm told).

The cake comes through on the taste along with some yeasty character. I feel like it has some earthiness to it, like some sort of spice. The alcohol comes through a little bit on the finish but not in an unpleasant way. This beer is very dry for its percentage, which makes it pretty unique in my book.

The beer coats your mouth and thought and has a long finish (the beer sticks to your mouth as well as it does the glass).

Drinkability is good, like I said it's not to sweet. A really good unique belgium brew. Try it!

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Photo of Patrick999
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured that peach-orange with very little foam. Was able to muster some with a few swirls of the snifter.

S - An aroma that I like, it's that alcoholic orange-rum-cake smell.

T - Wow. At first, I noted a nice blast of hops, but that subsided quickly. Unfortunately, the more I had of this, the more it began to take on the character of vodka and OJ. I found it tasty in small doses, but there's just way too much ethanol presence here, with not enough malt or hop to balance it.

F - One of the bright spots of this beer, for such a big beer, it feels downright light and spritzy.

D - Drinkability is very limited. I'm not afraid of a beer with some alcoholic punch, but this shows off the alcohol way too much. I don't think ethanol necessarily needs to be *completely* cloaked in a beer, but it's too naked here.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Scaldis poured a orange haze with very little head or foamy lacing.

The smell was fruity and of sweet caramel. The taste was powerfully alcoholic at first then got better the more it warmed. It was sweet and the caramel was the first thing I could taste. It was moderate to highly carbonated. It was pretty bitter on the finish. Overall a quality Quad.

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Photo of froghop
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased at fred myers in bremerton, washington.

pours a light amber with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly, average lacing.

smell is a sweet caramel, fruit, malts, brown sugar, and spice.

taste is thick and creamy, roasted caramel, sweet fruits, with a sticky mouthfeel.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Back Abbey in Claremont, CA. Poured into a Delirium Tremens glass, a clear reddish-brown body with a light tan head. The smell is very sugary and raisiny. It's easy to tell you're in for a sweet treat here. I have a real problem with beers that are really sugary (ie Leffe Brune) but although this beer delivers a big sweetness, the alcohol punch and small amount of Belgian yeast character it provides is enough to not overbear me. The mouthfeel is a bit slick but somewhat medium in body. I drank this beer really fast as a digestif to my lunch, so it must be good if I was able to do that.

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Photo of tubaguy
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a- dark orange, with very little head that completely disappeared in seconds causing it to look more like a cocktail than a beer.

s- citrus, malts behind a stronger alcohol aroma

t- too much like an after-dinner liquer and not enough like a beer. I prefer some head as opposed to none. The fruity sweetness wasn't enough to mask the medicinal taste. Some subtle spices in the background but they don't compliment the citrus.

d- felt very syrupy on the tongue. Maybe this one was just flat because it didn't have very much carbonation or head. I drank it only days after purchasing though. I was disappointed in the taste but I am feeling the alcohol! I would not be able to drink more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of sevopie
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy light brown with visible sediment. Pours a finger head that dissipates quickly, with little lacing. Also, even through the sediment, I can still spot a good amount of bubbles rising.

Smell - You can smell the alcohol right up front on this one. Almost has the aroma of a champagne, dry and fruity.

Taste - The carbonation brings through some of the flavors well. The alcohol is still present, but not as much as you would think from the smell. Sweet taste thats incredibly well balanced, and finishes so smooth. You still taste a little fruitiness, as well as the typical Belgian spiciness.

Mouthfeel - Deceptive amount of carbonation considering how quickly the head left. The brew finishes so smooth though, that you don't notice its 12%.

Drinkability - I could do with more of this one, though probably not another right now. It finishes very well for being 12%, even for a Belgian. Very unique as far as the beers I have had go.

Overall, I liked this one a lot. I can see why they put it in such a small bottle, but wouldn't mind it in a normal one. It has characteristics of a few different types of drink, which I liked. Complex, not enough to turn someone off, but maybe slightly more than I would have liked to make it a favorite. Will buy again though.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle to have as a nightcap this past Friday. Poured into my mini-Scaldis chalice (own one, why not use it?). No real head, very low amount of carbonation. Dark orange color. The smell was a bit sugar and somewhat floral. The first sip reminded me a lot of apples. Not really what I expected from a quad. I found this beer to be a bit thicker that I remembered, and not as flavorful as I had hoped. A bit too sticky sweet. A had a Bush on draft while in Brussels last year, and thought it was great. This, not so much. Kind of a let down.

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

Served in a goblet, the beer was a clear golden color with a small head. A decent amount of lacing. The aroma was sweet fruit with a little malt. More fruit in the taste, as well as some spice. Warmth from the alcohol also apparent. Pretty full-bodied, and a bit of a handful. One of these was enough.

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

Enjoyed on tap @ Ebenezer's in Lovell, ME.

Pours a clear bright amber with almost no head, but what there is leaves a decent amount of lacing behind.

Smell is mostly honey, toffee and white raisins, with some alcohol and a hint of orange.

Taste starts off with a honey sweetness before some doughy malts and a hint of spice, before finishing on a sweet note with some warming alcohol. Very much like a fine cognac.

Medium-bodied, creamy mouthfeel.

Very enjoyable, but the alcohol warming reminds you of its strength. One is enough to sip on.

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Photo of Lukie
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This comes in a small 250ml bottle, and I was told it is a Belgian equivalent to a Barley Wine.
Poured out into my Bush special glass, which I received 6 months before this actual beer was available. It is an odd glass.
Poured out a very bright golden hue, with a small thick head that left substantial clinging lacing.

A strong smell of liquor orange (grand marnier), mango, and strong alcohol round it off. Wow is an understatement.

The taste is very creamy, with hints of caramel, bitter orange, and unbaked dough like characters. It seems quite like Nectar with a bitter dry finish. The alcohol is not hidden, as you can feel it warming all the way through, with it's dryness effecting the mouth quite strongly.

Very creamy, with the alcohol very warming but also palate destroying. Amazing beer, but one of these is all I could take, and thank goodness it is 250ml. Any more and it would be way too much. A definite treat for all advocates.

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Photo of highvoltage61
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a chance to try this on tap at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, R.I. Was served at a good temperature, not too cold. Was served in a scaldis chalice glass.

Appearance- dark amber color

Smell- Strong Caramel notes. Light hop aroma.

Taste- First sip gave strong malty flavors and smooth texture of caramel. Hops were well balanced. Bitterness was strong enough to counter act the strong malt characteristics of this ale.

Mouthfeel- somewhat thick, smooth, and finishes well

Drinkability- Would love to be able to drink multiple pints of this stuff, but at 12% 2-3 is the limit when you have to drive home.

I was very impressed with this beer. First tried it in a bottle and when I saw the chance to have it on draft I was overwhelmed.
The draft version definitely had some subtle aspects that made it better than the bottle. Even if it is just the joy of getting it on draft. Would recommend this Belgian Ale to one and all

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Photo of TheSarge
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was very surprised to see this beer produces a decent amount of head, with such a high ABV. It is very light tan in color, and is about two fingers thick from my little 8oz bottle. The body of the brew is of course amber in color and is cleanly filtered.

The aroma is awesome. It is near to maple syrup, with arid fresh floral character.

The taste is spicy with cinnamon and orange peel.

Overall this is a decent quad. It definetly will warm you up with the ABV content.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Soapbox Alert! Dubuisson: please consider bottling this amazing beer in reasonable 12 oz. bottles. (Not that they'll see this...) This 8.48 oz. stuff is nonsense. Scaldis/Bush is a special and, for many, rare treat...it can't possibly be because of the 12% alcohol that they issue the beer in this elfin bottle. I can get American beers with higher alcohol in bottles 3 times larger, and I haven't become an alcoholic yet. I know, I know...it's not about quantity but quality. It's also about a respectable and satisfying serving size. Bah humbug.

Last time I had this was at the brewery itself (where I completely forgot to make the above appeal, considering all the fun we were having). I bought a humongous boot-glass serving for the entire 25+ dinner party. I guess I got my ideal serving size in the end. Here, I pour into a Moinette goblet--a coppery amber color hosts zillions of bubbles that move with insane activity inside the liquid. It's like a hurricane in there. I've never seen anything like it, and this isn't even an etched bowl. The head is creamy, forming incredible walls of lacy webbing as it slowly mellows. You can bet the head sticks around forever, to some degree of thickness.

Aroma is primarily vinous with a light sugary layer and subtle spiciness underneath. Only a hint of the alcohol appears, and maybe a smidgen of the yeast, but it's hard to tell amidst the density and depth. Also some grape Bubble-Yum, I swear.

More grape bubble-gum in the flavor, along with a thick layer of vanilla, butterscotch & maple syrup, cookie dough, tons of caramel, lighter dessert/pie spices, and a combined nip of flavor from the alcohol/yeast, both of which are reeled in and only supporting characters, keeping the sweetness at a reasonable level. At 12%, the mere hint of alcohol is impressive. But wait...there's a somewhat boozy finish to tackle with. A pungency lingers too, with a twist of maple. Even in the finish the alcohol isn't overdone or cloying...just a nice accent to the main flavors.

The mouthfeel is curious, considering the intense bubble activity...they mellow over time but are no less present. So why is it insanely creamy, with hardly any sparkle to the carbonation? A mystery, but it completely works, letting the flavors come out strongly without a too-aggressive texture to cause distraction.

Along with Corsendonk, this was one of the very first Belgians that entirely changed my thoughts on beer. Even among Belgian beers it stands alone. One of the country's finest. Well worth the price, too, even in these stupidly tiny bottles.

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Photo of turbine2475
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours copper with a white head that disipated quickly leaving a solid ring and a spotty lace.
S - Fruity hops and soured malts with a slight alcohol burn.
T - Toffee, sour citrus and a very noticable amount of alcohol.
M - Smooth with a low carbonation and heavy alcohol burn.
D - Didn't really like this beer too much. Alcohol overwhelmed a lot of what this beer had going for it.

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Photo of JBogan
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a mostly clear amber color, with a solid creamy slightly off white head.

Smelled of toffee, fruits and some floral tones as well.

Taste wasn't as enjoyable as the scent. The alcohol seemed to mask a lot of what I had detected in the smell. Hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was smooth and slippery, with some carbonation present as well to make it somewhat lively.

I would have rated this higher in the drinkability area if not for the alcohol presence which took center stage in the taste department. I prefer a little more balance in my beer. I'd like to try another bottle at some point to see if maybe the one I had was a bit "off".

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Photo of aforbes10
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from city wide in south bend. Tawny light brown, with thin whiff of a head and nice long lacy legs. Bready, slightly malty nose, with caramelized sugar, hint of ethanol. Taste is a quickly spiced malt, somewhat sweet, and with a little fruitiness. Thick and chewy, but not super aggressive... The large ABV is well hidden and it's a smooth drinker for what it is. Not as good as their holiday beer, imo, but still a fine beverage.

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Photo of blakesell
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 8.92 oz bottle into a Belgian cereal bowl style glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazy orange that quickly clears off it's outside condensation and becomes a rich clear apricot gold in colour. Head is roughly a finger thick and dissipates in a hurry to a bacteria looking coating over the top of the liquid. Beer clings to the edges of the glass and has some sweet sexy legs.

Smell- Honey, cloves and alcohol are upfront with a light Belgian pilsner style malt providing ample backbone. Possibly some thicker malts as well. A bit of peachy tangerine also lingers on the scent.

Taste- Orange blossom honey with a warming alcoholic burn coating the mouth. Apricot and pear linger in with the yeasty phenols that I would expect of a Belgian style. Hops are not detectable at all, but the beer seems immensely balanced for the only Belgian style barleywine from the country.

Mouthfeel- The gums are still burning lightly from that first swallow. Warming and medium full bodied with very balanced carbonation. Not astringent.

Drinkability- Very scary on the drinkability with the gravity being 12%. It is obvious that the alcohol is high, but not that high. I could down a pint glass before realizing what I was getting into. But still a very nice beer to go with the great weather we are having lately.

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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 Klunco
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Publick House in Brookline.

A-Came out in a small flute style glass with a small but tightly laced white head over an orange amber colored beer

S-strong apple scent similiar to cider, belgian yeast, tiny bit of spicy hops

T-Delicious. Peachy with a honey tang from the yeast. On the drier side for a Belgian with a nice spice in the finish balanced by the malts. Alcohol was not detectable

M-Carbonation keeps it from being too heavy, but alcohol keeps a slick mouth feel

D-Very impressive for a quadrupel as far as drinkability. Very balanced with a nice dark fruit and spice.

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Photo of Freshie
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very orangery color, with slight to no head.

Aroma is like a spicy hop. Very intriguing. Some citrusy fruit.

The taste is very carbonated. Some sweet malt flavour. Again, the citrus fruit rears is puckery head. Grapefuit, maybe a lime? Peppery hops, very spice also very big. Combined with the carbonation, it makes for a brew with a decent amount of bite.

Alcohol warms as you drink.

Leaves the palate clean.

A very odd quad.

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Photo of Brewfan
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably the last of my Bored at Work Beer Review series. Changing jobs.

Poured into a Reidel type large-mouth stem glass.
Orangish body with a creamy layer of head. One finger head dissipates to a nice coving of sticky, off-white bubbles.
Plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

Huge, immediate alcoholic candy aroma. Like fruitcake soaked in brandy with toffee and butterscotch thrown in. Very big alcohol presence. Some slight tropical fruit aromas may be trying to fight through the alcohol, but they're losing the battle.
Creamy mouthfeel, with an alcohol and slight fruit taste. Slightly peppery. Not too overbearing. Very easy drinking. Finishes rather dry. Not as biscuity as some quads I've had, although no slouch in it's own right. 8.35 oz is a nice nightcap size.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body is a dark orange, with a generous finger of white head for an 8+ oz. bottle. Plenty of fruit--little surprise--accosts the nose, with moderate yeast and hints of caramel. The taste impresses and improves over the nose. Strong detection of peach, cherry, apricot, spices such as pepper and ginger, and definitely caramel--more than the nose hints--really complex and delicious. Balanced mouthfeel, nicely carbonated, smooth finish. For 12%, this is actually quite drinkable, more than I initially thought.

Well worth buying.

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Bush Ambrée from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
3.84 out of 5 based on 669 ratings.
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