Bush Ambrée | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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415 Reviews
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 vickersspitfire
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a semi dark copper color and is topped off with a nice thick head that could float a anvil. The head is an off white color and sticks around for quite a while and is accompanied by some good lacing. The floating fermentation looks very inviting! The aroma is rather light but very complex. There’s plenty of yeast, dark fruits, esters, caramel, fig, mild grape and malts in the smell. It has a much lighter body than you would expect, very drinkable, but still on the lighter side of being medium bodied oddly enough. All of these flavors blend together into one wave that just slowly rides over the tongue. No cloying sweetness, crisp finish. With a dash of medicinal herbs mixed in, this beer is just simply incredible in its subtlety and complexity.

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

A - Pours only slightly murky copper, small ringish head, very spotty lace.

S - Booze, juicy fruit, sweet tropical fruit, malt is present but overwhelmed.

T - Hot as hell. The booze is first, followed by estery fruits, juicy fruit, bitter end.

M - Medium body, good carb, hard to balance but did a pretty good job. Finished on a slight candy note.

D - A sipper.

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Photo of duracell
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330mL into a snifter. 11.8% ABV

A - Pours an amber color with a clear body showing an abundant carbonation. Meadium, white head with a medium retention leaving a thin, off-white, topping. 3.5/5

S - Malt sweetness, bready yeast, stron estery notes (dark fruits, apricot), caramel, herbal, almost earthy, spicy and boozy aromas. Really complex blend! 5/5

T/M - Malt at first with a thin carbonation. The alcohol gives a hot burn on the palate. Very boozy which makes a very dry feeling. Medium hop bitterness at the end blended with caramel and esters that linger well. Smooth on the palate. Body on the full side. 3.5/5 - 4/5

O - Really poor drinkability because of the overpowering alcohol. It really spoiled my tasting! Fortunately, aromas are exceptional and bring this brew above the average. 3.5/5

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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 atr2605
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a soft red amber with an off white head with good retention
T-more raisins and pears, met with nice hop bitterness to balance the sweetness. Booze is hidden well
M-medium, high carbonation, light for the abv
O-really balanced and flavorful. Exceptional for the alcohol content

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

250ml bottle served in a chalice.

A: Pours a beautiful clear amber color with many tiny particles suspended inside. Forms a small tan head and retention is low. Not many lacings are left in the glass, however a small layer remains on the top for a long time

S: Very sweet and Belgian style, I mean, sweet candy, honey, Belgian yeasts, sweet grains and alcohol

T: As the nose. Sweet upfront. Sweet candy sugar, sweet grains, honey, Belgian yeasts followed by a mild but pleasant hoppy bitterness

M: Creamy heavy molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Aftertaste is sweet and bitter at the same time

O: Great beer. Belgian to the bone

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Photo of Trinidad
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I would give this a five but I believe it was expired. Can someone explain how to read the expiration, thanks! Okay, I'll write more. I love the little bottle, love that it is from Belgium. I love that is 12 percent alcohol. It looked nice in a glass. The smell was wonderful. Fruity. The expiration is impossible for me to read. I think it actually from 10, If so, it was still amazing. Wife asked why there was stuff floating, one of the reasons I think it was expired. It was still drinkable.

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

12oz Bottle from the SAQ Quebec for 3.50$

Appearance - Clear amber colour with an average size fizzy off white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, toffee, herbal notes

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste raisins, malts, and some toffee/caramel. The booze hits fast and there is a warming feeling immediately. There is also some herbal/leather/anise flavours. It ends with a boozy malty dark fruit flavour.

Overall - Holy booze! This beer might need some age to tone down the alcohol flavour.. Still an interesting beer to try, but not something I'd grab again. It's basically like a barley wine but without the sweetness.

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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 stevoj
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber color with one finger head. Taste is strong, with alcohol burn apparent (But expected). Caramel, astringent, soft...wonderful experience. just lovely!

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep orange slightly amber hue with tawny highlights. Some haziness but you're able to see through the glass. Bright white head, kind of thin but seems to be lasting a while.

Nose is big but not nearly as big as expected.

Head finally dissipated. Lots of fruit on the nose with noticeable booziness. Sweet raspberries and peaches, light touches of tart green apple. Orange marmalade, sweet belgian candy underneath. Caramel and toffee. Smells like an ice cream parlor and a candy store combined. Big jammy scents. I love it.

Wow, much lighter in body than expected and as the brewery describes, deceptively drinkable. Incredibly subtle flavors. Amazing. Some heat on the swallow but not much. Lots of effervescence, slick mouth feel. On the lighter side of being medium bodied oddly enough. Peaches and honey, dark fruits beneath, sticky caramel covered apples, some tart sweetness. All of these flavors blend together into one wave that just slowly rides over the tongue. No cloying sweetness, crisp finish. With a dash of medicinal herbs mixed in, this beer is just simply incredible in its subtlety and complexity.

Incredible incredible brew.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a murky burnt orange amber with yeast particles. Head is thin and unimpressive but expected for such high abv. Swirling the tulip easily rebuilds the foam and small spots of lace form.

S- caramel and soft fruity notes of melon, banana, pear, orange, cherry, and cedar. Woodsy, vanilla and candy-like, with a bit of berry tartness.

T- big sweet heavy flavor like fruits covered in caramel and brandy. Apple, pear, grape, vanilla, fig, melon, banana, some pineapple alcohol bitterness and vodka, rum and mint. There's little to balance out the sweetness except for a flash of noble hop, making this one a sugary liquid dessert but not cloying.

MF- viscous and juicy with very lively, prickly carbonation. Cooling feel. Alcohol is felt mainly in the chest along with moderate dryness on the cheeks.

D- this is a pretty intense beer. Alcohol and sugar battle it out for twelve rounds with sugar winning by decision. This 8+ oz bottle is the perfect serving size for this potent beast, as any more would be a bit too much. Having a tulip with a 0,25L market makes it even cooler.

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

Review from 2/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange amber with numerous floaters. Thin head and little lacing. Sweet malt and slightly sour aroma. Light fruit, sweet malt, Belgian yeast and caramel. Booze fairly evident and overwhelms the otherwise pleasant flavors. A satisfactory pale Belgian ale, but nothing really outstanding.

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

A: dark orange with a hint of red. dense, large column of aggressive rising carbonation. 1.5 finger head
S: yeasty, plastic, citrus/pineapple, green apple, banana
T: very intense, but expected for 12%, alcohol comes off as tartness, very good for the high alcohol content, but not nearly as tasty as the Noel. Dark citrus, peach schnapps, punch.
M: Medium body, thick, subtle carbonation.
O: Good, but pretty intense and not for regular drinking.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery tap.

1.9 euros for a 12.5 cl glass. 2.9 euros for 25cl

A: amber, clear, slight lacing
S: medium nose, slightly sweet with barley
T: great taste, sweeter but with alcohol, great balance, attenuated
M: sweeter but easily drinkable
O: incredible for alcohol

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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 Holland
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: orange gold color with thin tan head

S: kind of metallic at first with sweet malt, alcohol, and yeast. Much better warm if you are okay with the alcohol.

T: sweet and bitter, with heavy yeasty esters that are drawn out with the alcohol

M: good carbonation for such a hefty beer, and medium-heavy body.

O: good, but kind of weird in a way I can't put into words easily. It has all of the makings of a good beer of the style, but it was missing balance or something.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a strangely sized 8.4 ounce bottle.

Color is orange amber with a small light tan head that has good retention and lacing.

Smell is caramel candy sweet malt along with a heaping dose of alcohol. Unfortunately, I found a hint of wet cardboard as well.

Taste is deep roasted malt, booze, dark raisins or other dark fruit.

Feels hot, yet bubbly, kind of difficult to drink.

This kind of reminds me of Sammiclaus(not quite as good though). Roasted candied malts make for a huge flavor, but the burn is just a bit much for my taste.


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Photo of BeerCon5
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color, with about one finger of foamy off-white head with pretty good retention.

The scent was very sweet some caramel malt, fruit, and notes of yeast.

The taste was again very sweet, with caramel malt, candied sugars, a little spice, and noticeable alcohol.

Full body, smooth and clean, moderate to high carbonation.

This was a very tasty beer, all of the flavors were well balanced, even the very noticeable alcohol presence seemed to fit well into the flavor.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wet brick. That's what I smelled when I popped the cap. Gently poured this light clear golden orange beer forms a pretty easy biggish whitish head which is rocky and relatively thick but thin and leaves some reasonably complex lacing.
Not much nose. Maybe some candy sugar packed in their somewhere but generally quite dumb. Medium bodied with a slightly heavier end. Sort of simple. Not much end. Not very forgiving, angular, and almost tannic on the tongue. If this was a wine I would call it closed.
Nice enough to the eye but makes very little effort to appeal to the other vital senses. Dull.

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

Pleasing and surprising long and compact ale.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Orange Bush branding with a label shaped like a coat of arms with simple and somewhat trite typography of the brew and a drawing/logo of the brewery. Back offers a multilingual one liner about intent, history, and ingredients. Shows 12 % Alc. by Vol. and BBE date (25/05/2013). Served in tulip glass.

A - Clear deep gold to amber pour, towering frothy head, good retention, good surface memory and touches of lacing.

S - Candied nose… Plenty of caramel with soft yeast and fruitiness… Peaches, dates...

T - Taste is maltier with plenty of caramel sweetness, nice touches of fruit, slightly longer on the peaches and dates with a hint at an assertive bitterness that never breaks the rhythm. Hint of floral honey over the sugar...

M - Medium/full body with medium carbonation, and a syrupy and nicely smooth flow.

O - Pretty pleasing, quite compact but rather well rounded in its assertiveness.

Notes: I was expecting less, so this was definitely a surprise… None of the astringent notes I found in other Bush/Scaldis offerings and instead a rather assertive but enticing brew. Nothing to make a milestone of but rather notable. Old aleish at points even English barleywine with some central European hints…

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 250 ml bottle. That’s right: 250 ml. The back label features “Best before end” tabs along the side to be notched, but there are no notches.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color is cloudy, dark, caramel/honey. Two fingers of eggshell-colored, buttery head dissipated quickly, like it was late for a hot date. It left a bubbly ring around the edge and a thin skim.

Smell: Sweet fruit and spice. Apple, banana, plum, fig, cherry, raisin, raspberry, honey, a little brown sugar, and caramel. After a couple whiffs the spice fades far into the background. As expected, it has a hint of booze sharpness.

Taste: It basically mirrors the smell, but the booze is sharper once it hits the tongue. It is far from overpowering or distracting; instead, it compliments the other flavors. The darker fruits (plum, fig, cherry, raisin, and raspberry) are much more prominent in the taste. It is not overly spicy, either, but there is a hint of spice.

Drinkability: This definitely gets two thumbs up, but I now understand why it is offered in 250 ml bottles. Though it is very well masked, the alcohol is still potent.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" beige head with decent retention. Body is a cross between golden yellow and amber and held to the light it shows clouding from fine particulates. Smell is really good with malt and caramel. Taste is rich with malt, caramel, and toffee, and it's creamy and sweet. There's a medium-long finish which feels like you just ate a sweet dessert. Good stuff.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A tiny 250 ml bottle holds the liquid inside. With its labled 12% ABV, maybe it's the right serving size. On to the beer:

Dark honey colored stuff with a slightly hazy body, yet clear enough to where you can see bubbbles rising up to the top. A small lacey head sits on top and encourages some lace to stick to the glass and retain. There are plenty of strong, sweet aromas coming up from the beer. These aromas are appealing, and yes, a little boozy. Honey liqueur? How about honey, wildflowers, bubblegum, and heat.

Is the alcohol too much? While it does make a strong statement that this is not for the weak, there's enough on the other side of the spectrum to keep things rolling. Dates and strong pepper start the ride. Honey blossoms, bubblegum, bread crust, and plenty off alcohol heat arise after the initiation. Things start to get spicy and peppery again as each sip closes. In fact, the pepperniness in the closing is uplifting and gives the illusion that there's a lot of carbonation when there isn't.

Scaldis is roughly what I expected. Altogether a beer with good flavor and a great amount of heat. More of a digestif than a beer to drink with dinner.

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

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.
Deep yellow-orange color with 1.5" head. Smells fragrant, with a presence of both the hops and the malts. Flavor reflects this, with a hint of fruitiness to it, along with a slight afterkick of the high abv. Still, VERY smooth taste and mouthfeel, just thick enough to carry the flavors without the texture overpowering the taste.

From a personal standpoint, the presence of the "Belgian funk" common with Belgian yeast is barely there, which is a good thing. This is a fantastic Belgian beer that I would not only drink again, but recommend.

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Bush Ambrée from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
3.84 out of 5 based on 660 ratings.
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