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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of allergictomacros
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy peach. Head isn't too impressive even on a hard pour.

S - Aromas of apples, some funk, fruit and booziness.

T - Rich maltiness and alcoholic complexity are forefront. Somewhat wine-like but with a pronounced alcohol. Tastes sweetish, and leaves the impression of a lot of sugar, but counterbalanced with a ton of alcohol, esters and bitterness. Fruitiness is hard to corner - maybe pears.

M - Alcohol really gives the mouthfeel a good kick over an otherwise creamy mouthfeel.

D - There's a lot here, but my impression is that the booziness is a little strong for the other flavours. Definitely a sipper, and not more than one at a time.

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Photo of brantadid
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear honey color into my tulip. No head formed with was very surprising. I have to wonder is soap residue was present in my glass. Beer appeared to be very viscous.

Smelled of figs and honey. Some alcohol notes came through.

Lots of sweet fruits. Figs and dates with honey notes and some mild spices. Some sour notes came through on the mid to back palate. Tons of warming from alcohol.

In my opinion the mouthfeel was perfect. Moderate carbonation with a rich mouthfeel that was creamy without being viscous or glycerine like.

The high alcohol reduced the drinkability of this beer.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light, hazy maple-syrup color with thin white head. Nose of sugar and yeast. Tasted a bit like crushed aspirin, and the alcohol stuck out like a sore thumb. Mouth feel was thin and prickly. Finish was sorta harsh with the raspy alcohol notes and sugar.

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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 unibrew
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first time I had this beer was at the Gingerman in Manhattan...cost is about $9.00 for a 10 oz. glass. Almost worth it. Fortunately, I was able to find it at Kappy's in Malden, MA, where I picked up the bottle I'm drinking now.

I have to say, it's the best 12% APV I've ever had. The alcohol is very well hidden. When I was at Gingerman, I remember not believing that it was 12%, but, the effect didn't lie! Can't have too many of these before you're in blackoutville. I probably drank the bottle in front of me way too fast.. about 5 minutes, but to me, it was still worth every sip. Simply delicious, well balanced, and alcohol well hidden. Yum! I should have bought more than 3!

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

A great quad, worth the price but will break your wallet in half. especially for 9 ounces! must pour very, very carefully to avoid dumping the lees, which is quite loose. unless of course you like the extra nutty flavor. Pours a clear brown, with chunks of yeast rather than a cloudiness. incredibly good mouthfeel and smooth drinkability. the taste of scaldis is unique to the brewery, like het anker, or d'achouffe is. very flavorful with almost a thick uh...dark peach?? or maybe papaya flavor. sugary and has the compulsory alcohol finish but still very smooth. great beer, enjoy slowly with dark meats or bread and butter. syruply delicious residue on the lips. get it!

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was pretty impressed with this beer. My wife (a wine drinker) was also impressed. I thought the taste was complex and interesting and the alcohol was reasonably well hidden, anyway it certainly wasn’t prominent. There was a good amount of carbonation to balance the mouthfeel and the taste left me wanting more. In fact I have gone back to the bar that has it on tap just to get another one.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.61/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11/24/07- Received as a gift from a fellow beer lover.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with an un-notched date strip on the side of the label...I hate that!!! Poured into my Deliruium Tremens tulip.

Appearance- Golden cream colored pour. 1/2 inch head with about a 1/5 inch of staying power. Leaves behind nice patches and lace and has that nice little ufo circle of foam in the middle of the glass.

Smell- The only flaw is that it really isn't outright with it's scent. You have to really dig in to get some alcohol, maybe some tripel like funk with a bit of floral notes. Not offensive in the least, I just wish it was more outgoing.

Taste- Tons of spices melded together. So many it's really hard to pinpoint any. A bit of corriander, maybe cardomom, maybe a slight touch of clove. Very fruity...tropical fruits..papaya and mango? Perfumy and tea like with a floral flavor. Very sweet and delicate at the same time.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and smooth. Very sweet and confection-like. Not teeth rotting though. Lower carbonation...drinks like water...meaning easy to consume and not watery.

Drinkability- Fantastic! This is 12%??? I could have had at least one more of these if I had any. Glad I have access to them. Tremendous brew here. Love it!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

250 ml bottle. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a cloudy orange/amber color with a small off-white head. Not much head retention or lacing. The aroma is mostly sweet, it smells like plum, sweet malt, candy sugar, and some alcohol. Taste is similar to the aroma, however I can taste some pepper, and also the alcohol shows up more in the taste. Mouthfeel is medium/full, it's thick and coating. Drinkability is OK, but this is definitely a sipping beer. The alcohol is pretty noticable and catches up to you after a while. I don't know if I'd want to drink more than one of these at a time. Overall I think it's a decent brew. Not great, but not bad either.

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Photo of cjveitch
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

When I first tried a taste of this beer it seemed very drinkable. Then I moved on to the full size ale glass and was disappointed.

This expensive belgian ale looks great in the glass, but that's where the flattery ends. Upon tasting, you will find the same characteristics of other belgian ales, only sweeter. Yet, at the same time, the alcohol is way out of balance. It is shoved to front and center in this beer (if you don't notice it on the way down, you definitely will when you breathe out).

A good beer if you want to drink an exotic import and get drunk fast. Otherwise I would keep this as a one glass desert after a nice meal of some sort.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (25 cl), tasted in 1999 (top fermentation)
Appearance: amber beer, gilded red colour, foam taking property
Smell: notes of caramel
Taste and mouthfeel: feeling strong presence of alcohol, sweet taste and strong bitterness
Drinkability: a beer in the style barley wine, too strong and too sweet

Review added 11-21-2007, translated from french 1-30-2008.

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Photo of merlin48
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber body with a small beige head. Some delicate curtains of lace decorate the goblet. Aroma is very fruity with melon and ripe banana. Medium body with subdued carbonation. Taste is sweet with fruity melon. Some noble hops bitterness and alcohol warmth. Too sweet to be very drinkable.

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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 shbobdb
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A buddy of mine had been saving a bottle of Bush for nine years, so when I drank it I had to scribble some notes down -- how often does one get to drink a nine year old beer?

The beer pours a beautifully clear amber with little-to-no-carbonation -- think a British cask ale. The beer looks like maple syrup, which is about to become a re-occurring theme.

There is a slight alcoholic warmth to the smell, plus some rich deep plum and maple syrup. It certainly smells enticing, but a little one-dimensional.

The taste follows the smell. There is just so much maple syrup here, really thick and rich but . . . wow, it is like they carbonated maple syrup and added just a pinch of booze to clean out the finish.

The mouthfeel was incredibly thick and sticky. Incredibly full.

The drinkability on this guy was nice. A half-bottle (and it was a 11oz bottle) lasted me about a half-hour so it was a sipper for sure.

I'm excited to try it fresher and compare.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
2.87/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received as a gift and glad I did not purchase myself. Pours a somewhat murky orange with virtually no head. Smell is sour, tangy, and some grain and bread smell. Taste is virtually all alcohol. I really cannot distinguish and standout taste other than than. Some hints of fruit, malt, bitterness, but not much. Definite warming affect as it goes down. Low carbonation lead into a thick mouthfeel. Overall I just was not impressed.

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Photo of dnichols
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured a 250 ml capped with a gold foil bottle into a challis.

A: It poured a reddish bright gold with a very modest off white head that disappered in the time it took to walk from my kithen to my computer. A ring around the collar supported a slight lacing early on but the massive ABV finally overcame the head and it becaem a lost artificate of this unique brew.

S: It smelled very malty and spicy. My nose was stung by the massive alcohol.

T: It has an early rich malt flavor that is enriched by yellow raisins and dried sweet pineapples. The aggressive alcohol brings a sharp peppery tang that leaves a dryness on the backside of the experience.

M: . It is creamy and medium to full bodied brew with a sharp peppery burn from the bite of the alcohol.

D: It is an experience. A single bottle is sufficient. However, I strongly recommend this brew as a unique interpretation of the quadrupel style from Belgium...It's nothing like other quads...from Belgium or America.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Grapevine Market. I have seen this around for a while, but at around $5.00 a bottle, I was a little hesitant to pick one up. I am glad I finally got the nerve (and 5 extra bucks), as it was actually not too shabby.

Poured a 8.48oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - It poured a transparent golden orange color. No head to speak of at all. After the pour it developed a thin white halo around the perimeter of the glass. It is the lightest colored quadrupel I have ever seen up to this point.

Smell - Alcohol. Lots of alcohol. Underneath the booze, I can detect that typical Belgian yeast smell, along with some malty sweetness. I can also detect fruits like red apple, and some type of citrus: tangerine, perhaps?

Taste - Much like the scent. Yeast, sweet malt, red apple and some type of citrus - tangerine or nectarine. There is a nutty flavor in there as well. What is surprising is that the alcohol doesn't show up very much in the flavor.

Mouthfeel - You can definitely feel the alcohol on the back of the throat as it goes down. Medium to full bodied. It really coats the mouth. For there not being much head to speak of, there was some prickly carbonation on the tongue.

Drinkability - It goes down relatively easily for the ABV, but you feel it really quickly. The alcohol burn in the throat takes its toll after a little while. I would never have more than one of these in a sitting.

I don't see myself purchasing this brew very frequently, but I am glad I experienced it. It was too expensive for the serving size, especially since I can get better quads for less and more volume, ie St Bernardus Abt 12, and 3 Philosophers. I would much rather buy a Rochefort 10.

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

Obtained this 33cl brown bottle from a 'Night Shop' in Brussels last year (2006), didn't notice the shop keeper had removed the rear label (I wonder how old it is?).

Poured into a Palm tulip shaped glass.

Good off white head sits on top of an amber, hazy body. Plenty carbonisation within the glass, rising to replenish the head.

Heavy alcohol aroma with malt and hops trying to be found as well.

The taste is obviously mostly of 12% alcohol, but barley malts can also be tasted, this is well balanced for such a strong beer.

The alcohol takes over again in the mouthfeel and it becomes more harsh on the throat as it fades away.

I have had this on tap in Brussels and i enjoyed it then too, this is a good beer, but don't forget the strenght, it is a nightcap drink, not a session one.

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Photo of Overlord
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this in a tiny (8.48 oz) bottle in my local Irvine Bevmo. There were three bottles on the shelf. At about five dollars, not a cheap investment. This bills itself as the "strongest Belgian beer."

Appearance was a light amber, with some gold and orange hues. Perhaps a one finger head. Not much smell to speak of, but some malt and floral aromas.

This beer is noticeably alcohol laden. No real hops to speak of, but definitely a rich, smooth malt laden with nuances and subtles of about ten kinds of fruit.

Good, but not my favorite quadrupel.

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

On draft as "Scaldis" at Sunset Grill in Allston, MA. Pours a medium copper with no head or carbonation. Delicate aroma. Rather sweet, but not overpoweringly so. The sweetness feels like it hits the roof of the mouth more than on the tongue. (Not sure if that's physically possible...) The aftertaste doesn't develop any differently from the upfront sweetness. This one didn't really do it for me.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8.48 oz. bottle, labelled as Scaldis, in America,

A: Pours a beautiful, golden, amber, great clarity in the beer, glass-like, with a beautiful, thick, white head, which lasts for the whole glass.

S: Dominated by solventy alcohol, medicinal and phenolic, with dark fruits. As it warms, if you take a deep sniff, the alcohol character really comes through, it almost smells like rubbing alcohol, isopropyl, though I found this smell inviting.

T: The ethanol character is clearly evident, quite sweet, with some bitter orange, the finish is quite malty, I found.

M: Smooth as silk from the ethanol character, though I found it a bit over-carbonated, this thinned out the flavour a bit, but overall, very good.

D: A interesting Belgian, the drinkability was quite good for a beer of this size and intensity, I needed a bit more from the flavour aspect to make this a truly oustanding beer, but I liked it very much, a good showing from the strongest ale in Belgium.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

250ml bottle bought from Tuckers Maltings..

Poured a nice coppery orange colour. Creamy head poured pretty small but thick then faded quickly to thin wispy covering... Fair amount of carbonation drifts to the surface.. some decent thick lines of lacing...

Aroma - Pretty sweet, lightly toasted maltiness, strong rich ripe fruits (pears, figs, apples, currents), strong marzipan / almond sweetness, earthy, pretty noticeable alcohol, slight anise notes, some faint chocolate, toasted nuttiness, some spiciness...

Taste - Strong toasted nuttiness, lots of sweet malts, strong almond, warming alcohol is very noticeable, salty, some medicinal traces, vegetal notes, spicy and overripe fruits (pears, some bananas, figs, apples), hint of rum, quite floral, some breadiness, peppery..

Feel - Pretty rich and creamy with a little crispness just coming through... medium bodied... definitely couldn't stomach more than one of these in an evening...

Overall - On OK beer... seems to me that it's just a strong beer for the sake of being strong... probably not something i would go back to...

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Photo of roblowther
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8.48 ounces and 12 percent. Big things in small packages, I guess. The color is a golden brown with little or no head. The smell is fruity with a sharp edge. Notes of pear and spice. The taste is carmel and honey. Sweet up front but the finish dries out enough to keep the whole thing in check. There's a bit of toffee in there, no hint of the pear & citrus fruits that played hide and seek in the aroma. The mouthfeel is good, with decent carbonation despite the lack of head. (and who doesn't hate THAT?) Very silky, bordering on syrupy. The drinkability is good. The alcohol is very pronounced, warming you all the way down. I could have another but probably shouldn't. Well, we'll see how the evening shapes up, shall we?

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Photo of Gavage
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle labeled as Scaldis, which is an alias for Bush Ambree.

Appearance: mostly clear orange in color with a 1/2" head that falls to a thick surface foam rather quickly. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: yeast, earth, and fruit sweetness are nice and bold. Alcohol warns you this is high octane.

Taste: caramel, yeast, ripe fruits like pears and plums, warming alcohol, and a nice bitterness makes up a flavorful brew. Wasn't bad for a mid summer tasting, as I usually drink this type of beer over the colder months.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start, almost syrupy towards the finish. Super long aftertaste as alcohol lingers on the tongue.

Drinkability: flavorful and enjoyable, but one bottle is all you need. Can't see drinking more than one here.

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Photo of scojo
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

25cl bottle brought back from Belgium. Poured smooth with medium head, which disappeared quickly. The beer itself is VERY orange. Smells strongly of alcohol and little else. Tastes slightly sweet, with some hop bitterness in the finish along with a lot of alcohol flavor. The aftertaste isn't particularly pleasant, probably due to the high alcohol content.

Overall, a very average beer. I probably won't seek this out again.

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