Bush Ambrée | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

very good
665 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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Added by Bierman9 on 09-25-2001

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250 mL nip bottle, best before 03/08, served in a tulip. It pours a yeast-laden reddish-amber with medium carbonation and a finger of khaki head that leaves light lacing. It smells vinous (almost oxidized) with grains, toasted malts, and maybe some spices. There is also a touch of alcohol and a definite "off" quality. It tastes sugary sweet, with vinous and toasted malts, molasses, nuts?, grains, fruits, and maybe some phenols on top of a medium body that feels strong and leaves a light to medium finish. Overall not a great beer, but not awful.

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

Pours a cloudy orange-brown with visible yeast sediment. Medium white head, gives way to silky lacings.

Sweet peach, spicey alcohol some malt tones make an for an interesting aroma.

The flavor is very fruity, with peach and other tropical fruit notes. The alcohol presence is spicey and warming. The sweet fruit flavors are somewhat balanced by a big malt presence that saves the taste.

Thick, syrupy body with moderate carbonation.

I found the syrupy, fruit characterstics to be somewhat overpowering. The beer does eventually grow on you as it warms.

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Photo of tcfishler
1.82/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Dull brown with orange highlights. Head never really develops, but lacing is present.

Slightly reticent, very ripe nose of apricot-inflected malt. Alcohol is evident.

Starts incredibly sweet and heavy in the mouth, then builds from there into more and more alcoholic heaviness, until the alcohol becomes unbearably hot and sharp.

Not recommended except to hardcore (and undiscriminating) barleywine fans.

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Photo of dherling
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a copper to orange color with a deep white head. Good head retention & minimal lacing The nose was rich, boozy & oaky, with some port-like notes. The taste featured alcohol, oak & apricot. Finished like a sherry or port, really dry, fruitty and burning. Had a rich, subtle carbonation.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a honey-amber color, medium head, very nice lacing in my Brooklyn Brewery goblet.

Smell: It has a spiciness with a hint of alcohol etherness to it, there is also a mild quadrupel sweetness to it.

Taste: Very warming - no surprise, given the alcohol content. Some fruitiness, with a sweet and winter spice finish, there is also some diacetyl butteriness in there as well. Mmmm very tasty.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, but not cloying at all. It has a nice presence.

This beer is actually hard to describe but it is a good solid Quad one of the best I have had actually. A wonderful sipping beer.

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Photo of CWiggins
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm always up for a new Belgian ale, and when this one appeared at my local grocer I picked it up immediately, without hesitation. (The store was conducting a tasting of it, and the entire case of 24 bottles was gone in a few hours. The beer buyer said it will be back next week.)

I poured the golden-brown beer into a Duvel glass. The color reminded me of dark brown sugar, and the light bounced off it in many directions, giving it a subtle golden glow. No substantial head formed, probably due to my super-slow pouring. Upon raising the glass to my nose, I took a whiff and noted the presence of warm alcohol, malts, and dark dried fruits with a faint bit of citrus. The prominent flavors are of candied fruits and toasted nuts, with a pronounced spiciness and a long-lasting Scotch aftertaste. Very nice!

It has a medium-thick mouthfeel, and the alcohol does coat the palate. I highly recommend this for Belgian beer lovers.

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Photo of jettjon
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the small 8.5 oz bottle, pours brown translucent with many tiny bubbles and some visible suspended matter. One finger brown-tan head fades moderately quickly leaving a thin cap and solid lacing. Nose is primarily sweet malt, almost fruity, with a bit of a musty scent. Taste is sweet though with a strong alcohol burn up front. There’s a nice malt presence, pretty balanced against the other flavors, though I had a hard time discerning any individual hop flavor. There’s some caramel evident in the flavor also, though the brutish alcohol (12% ABV) overwhelms any subtle flavoring. Mouth is good with a moderate viscosity; drinkability unfortunately suffers due to high ABV.

Overall: I picked this as one of two favorites to buy after sampling about 30 other beers at a beer festival. This is an expensive beer ($3.99 for an 8.5 oz. bottle) that is good in all respects, but unfortunately suffers from the relatively unmasked 12% ABV. Recommended.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark gold, not quite amber color. Thin off-white head.
Aroma-pungent, yeasty,piney, doughey.
A tart malt flavor is what I tasted first. The alcohol becomes more present right at the finish. I'm not yet the Belgian connoiseur, but the hops balance well with the strong sweet malt and alcohol. I've had Quads with much different flavor profiles. This would be an excellent after dinner drink as the alcohol warms and does not burn. As it warms, it becomes eerily similar to a Wee Heavy.

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Photo of mjc410
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a half pint goblet at Zeno's in State College. The beer had a one finger lgiht tan/yellow head, over a hazy golden copper body. Seemed a bit light for a quad, but it looked nice. The nose had a bit of lemon, grass, and, oddly, a bit of powdered sugar. Light, but nice. The taste was hard to describe: bittersweet, with lots of alcohol. Not much character. The mouth was medium-light, with a bit higher carbonation - or perhaps alcohol burn? Overall, this beer suffered from being too strong.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Short brown bottle, 250 ML (that’s 8.48 fl. Oz. to you and me), gold foil top, 12% abv. listed just to let you know it’s not messing around. Best by clearly notched on back label (09/07; sampled 10/06)

Aroma: Delicately perfumed jet fuel. There is a candied peach pie filling behind the serious alcoholic vapors rising off the beer. There is an earthy hop note as well.

Appearance: Chill hazed copper glass holds a surprisingly good cover given the alcoholic content. It even manages some minor lacing.

Flavor: I expected a real kick, but it’s very well hidden. I feel the alcohol much more than taste it. The apricot/peach flavor is noticeable but not assertive. A candy malt base is thick, but not cloying, cut largely by the alcohol. No real hops noted. As it warms some of the alcohol flavors start to come out.

Mouthfeel: Numbs the entire mouth and starts burning about mid-chest. Medium-heavy body feels slick and triggers a mild chew. Firm carbonation keeps it all fairly pleasant.

Overall Impression: Belgian Malt Liquor. Within 3 tastes I could feel my skull. It’s a monster, but a sly devil. All smiles and soft words until you feel the knife in your back. I think this is what beer snobs drink out of brown paper bags when they just want to get messed up. I’d suggest a cheese plate and a small glass, maybe split between two, but given the right backdrop, a very nice beer.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a light copper, with tiny carbonation bubbles throughout glass. Had a medium off-white head that lingered thru much of the drink and then reduced to decent lacing on the sides of the glass. A nice mild aroma of sour fruit, mostly apples and grapes. Taste was more of the same with some malty sweetness as well. Some alcohol crept in at mid-glass, but surprisingly not too strongly, considering this is a 12% abv. Palate was a bit dry, but all and all, a good, tasty, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Morris729
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy burnt amber color with a good deal of sediment flakes swimming throughout the beer. Nose is sweet tropical fruit, peppery spice, and noticeable alcohol. Taste begins with a candied sugar sweetness along with very ripe and juicy fruit (pineapple, mango, peach, papaya). A rather pronounced spiciness is also present with notes of coriander and white pepper with a fainter taste of white cake in the background. Citrusy warming alcohol is also apparent. There’s a lot going on in this beer. The bottle may be rather small, but at 12% ABV, it’s more than enough for a nightcap.

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Photo of dgallina
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Svelte 8.4 ounce brown bottle dated best-before end of 2008.

Pours transparent syrupy gold with good carbonation, no head, and light sticky lace. Smells spicy with eye-wateringly strong alcohol. Some oak-tinged pineapple fruitiness is carried to the nose along with the liquor. Flavor is hard to discern at first because the alcohol is so mouth-coating and tongue-numbingly strong. Develops some nice nutty and scotch-like peat notes before it blazes a fiery course down the gullet. Viscous body with more steadfast carbonation than you'd except. Definitely a sipping beer.

I don't think quadrupel is a particularly appropriate classification for this brew. More like the Belgian interpretation of a British barley-wine.

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

Picked up a 250ml bottle back as part of the February Belgian Birthday splurge.

Beer poured an amber color with not much head that is hanging on. The unfiltered yeast makes this interesting to look at. My nose says you do not want to light a match around this one. Alcohol dominates initially fading into a fruity sweet smell. Taste is pretty good. The initial sips indicate this is nothing but an after dinner liqueur. Ultimately the subtle elements come out nicely including a hoppy dark fruit finish which I did not expect. Mouthfeel is very full and smooth on the palate. Overall drinkability is OK. It is probably a good thing that this good beer comes in a smaller dose!

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer poured a bright orange with a small white head. Decent amount of laceing with lots of beading going on inside,stirring up the yeast floaters that seem to floating about in my wiezen glass.

Smell: The burst of alcohol fumes coming off this one is off the chart. Strong piney hops and large waffs of honeysuckle and orange.

Taste: I was expecting huge alcoholic fumey breaths after each gulp, but surprise surprise it is balanced well with a sweet fruitiness, brown sugar, vanilla and bourbon. This is probably the best quad i've had.

Mouthfeel: Full but not syrupy. High carbonation for this abv. Goes down smooth. If it wasn't for the price i would drink this beer more often.

Drinkability: If you got a few bucks laying around and you are ready to try a new quad this one is definitely on my must try list. It is a bit pricey thou. I believe I paid about 5 dollars for a 250ml (8.48 fl. oz) bottle.


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Photo of Absumaster
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a brown red color with a small head with some crude bubbles on top.

Smell of malts and fruits like strawberries and peaches. A light alcohol whiff with some higher alcohols. Some bitterness, but pushed backwards by the alcohol and body.

Taste was malty and alcoholic, which was a bit overwhelming at first. Then after some sips, some fruits (strawberries) come out. Also a good bitterness to balance the alcohol of this big beer. Still the alcohol remains pretty in my face and is a bit too much for me. Together with the one-dimensional bitterness, this beer is average in taste and mouthfeel, which inhibits drinkability.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber color with a rusty-golden hue from a 11.2oz bottle. The head was weak and thin, the large bubbles quickly dissipated without leaving any lacing of which to speak.

An aroma of honey, toasty malt, and caramel. The flavor offered just a suggestion of citrus at the edges of the warm malt, honey, caramel, butterscotch, some golden raisin, and substantial alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full and warm, with good action on the palate. It begins with just a flutter of citrus, then the toasty malt, follwed by a sweetness inspired by caramel and butterscotch, then finishing with a jolt of alcohol. A rich, sugary, goodness clings to the lips.

Good drinkability. It's complex, sweet, and alcoholic, yet balanced enough to not be overbearing in any single respect. Very solid indeed. Salud.

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Photo of pjwilson
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, the 8.5oz bottle; there was a time where I would have thought paying 3.99 for such a small a bottle was silly. Today I finally convinced myself to give it a shot being the only quad at my grocery store. Kinda felt like a quad for some reason, maybe to match out all the summer beers i've been drinking.

appearace: another light quad, like the Reverend. an unbelievably light amber color, with champange like carbination. A one finger head of tight bubbles forms and remains. with more pours, more of the yeasty sedimint is added: this could be avoided by letting the beer properly settle, which I didn't do. I don't mind it, although other people around you might think it's gross.

smell: wow, this is quite unlike anything i've had before. sugary rum soaked prunes, booze, and also some apricot like smells. alot like sugary figs, but alot lighter than if it was a darker beer. almost hints of the american barlely wine style in the smell, a nice aged one.

taste: very similar to the smell. high booze content rips through it, almost masking the other flavors a bit too much. sorta like North Coast Old Stock in this respect. More of the aproicots and the figs.

mouthfeel: unbelievably light, almost too much so. very uncharitaristly light.

drinkablity: a great start with the smell and appearance, but let down some by the taste...too much of a booze bomb. I like my alcohol buried a bit more, but certainly glad I tried it. Some how the 8.5 oz seemed like the right amount....go figure.

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Photo of pweis909
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8 oz bottle with Sept. 06 freshness date, poured into a wine goblet.

Highly carbonated, tea-colored, hazy, and lots of sediment, including whitish flakes and blackish speckles.

The first smell I picked up on was tropical fruit smells, including banana and something else (can't put my nose on it). High alcohol may have contributed to this fruitness. There was also a spiciness, and sort of a leatheryness, and a slight maltyness that I find typical of most belgians and pilsners (pilsner malt?). There was a lot going on in the aroma, which makes me want to revisit this beer and think it through more carefully.

The prevailing tastes include the malt sweetness and alcohol. No bitterness.

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

Poured from 250 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - The head was small-medium, but very velvety and off-white. It was about two fingers thick at pour, and remained at a nice half finger cap throughout the drink. The color is a hazy honey-orange.

Smell - This beer smells of sweet, ripe dark fruits. There are notes of spice and very crisp and slightly citrusy hops way in the background. The aroma is held together by a mellow an earthy, bready malt flavor that is also way in the background.

Taste - For 12% ABV, you can barely taste any alcohol in this brew, although there is a slight tingling from it accompanied with the end of the sip. From the start, the sweetness of dark ripe fruits is the most noticeable flavor. Also, as with the smell, the earthy, bready malt along with the citrusy and crisp hops are in the background, but a bit more pronounced in the flavor.

Mouthfeel - This beer is lightly carbonated, and is medium-bodied. The feel of the liquid is very, very smooth. It's silky and velvety, and everything soft or smooth. The alcohol burn is slight for its ABV.

Drinkability - Very good, again especially for this beer's ABV. It's very smooth, has a nice amount of carbonation, and a very good flavor.

Overall, definitely not a bad brew, and while I would have it again, I probably won't buy it again only because there are better quadrupels for the same price that are superior. However, this is a fine brew and everyone should at least taste it.

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

Scaldis is an interesting reddish-brown (brick perhaps) in color with little head. Smelled slightly tart and of vinager and olives. Taste was initially nicely malted with a strong, toasty alcohol finish, very close to dessert liquor indeed. The malt started to wash out later on with more of an emphasis on the cool alcohol flavors. There was a bit of slight bite with the carbonation hitting the tongue. A nice quad all in all, though not the best of the Belgians…

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a huge fan of quads typically, but I really enjoyed this one. It poured beautifully with a cloudy bronze orange color and a tightly knit smooth looking white foamy head that dissolved in about 90 seconds. Smell was quite fruity and sweet. Lots of apricot. I was surprised that at 12%, there was really not much of an alcohol smell. There's definately alcohol present in the taste, but again, not as much as one would expect from a 12%'er. Lots of sweet malt and candied fruit present in the taste. This was quite smooth and easy to drink, especially considering its strength. Mouthfeel was smooth and well rounded. This is a great quad.
Thanks to Ding for allowing me to try it.

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Photo of MusicalBeers
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice from a small 250 mL bottle, which is fine with me at 12% ABV. Pours a honey caramel color with a nice two-finger head and lace that will hang on the glass forever. Aroma hints of cherry and chocolate, smelling darker than it looks, or maybe more accurately it looks deceptively light for a Belgian Quadrupel.

Taste is very consistent with the smell, chocolate and cherry sweet flavors with a note of coriander at the end. The hops are not at the forefront, it goes down very smooth and malty, easy to drink given its high ABV. The alcohol makes itself known in the sweetness, with a liqour sweet finish rather than any hoppy bitterness.

Overall, a nice addition to the Quadrupel style but nothing Earth-shattering. I like this beer, but given its price here in Texas I probably won't try this again for a while. If you're looking for a good Belgian you haven't tried before I recommend this one though.

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

This one pours a dark honey color. The smell is sweet with a hint of fruit- peach mainly.

The taste is boozy hot. There are some sherry like flavors, rum, and some fruit getting it's ass kicked by booze. Sort of like a nectarine soaked in everclear (this is what I imagine that might taste like). Sweet malt applies a little balance to the backbone of this brew.

The mouthfeel is sticky and sweet. Drinkability is not extremely high, but it is what it is (not a session beer, for sure).

A nice nightcap, and little different from your typical quad. An interesting beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

BBD of Sep 06, but I believe that could be backed a yr or 2 no problem!

Poured copper to orange with a 2 fingers deep white head in to my BUSH glass I purchased in BE. Slight oily viscosity to it that almost dropped out at the end. Good head retention & minimal lacing

S: Rich, boozy & oaky. Port-like notes

T: Warming alcohol, oakyness & tangerines. Finishes
like a sherry or port, really dry, fruitty (apples) & boozy

MF: Rich, subtlely carbonated as it should be

Drinks pretty well considering the heft. But more than bottles of this & its time for a nap! This is an ale that holds up well to crossing the pond. One to sip in front of a fire with winter chill in the air, still held up well in July

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Bush Ambrée from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
3.84 out of 5 based on 665 ratings.
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