Bush Prestige | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Bush PrestigeBush Prestige

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Bush Prestige starts out as Bush Ambrée, which instead of being stored as traditionally in stainless steel vats is matured in oak barrels for a period of six months.

During bottling, a small quantity of sugar and yeast is added to the beer, which, placed in a hot room, causes refermentation in the bottle that gives it a natural cloudiness and a particularly high alcohol content of 13%."

Added by kmpitz2 on 12-19-2004

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a an off white head. In the aroma, quite fruity, especially apricots. In the taste, dry to sweet apricots and a small alcohol presence all the way through. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry apricot and note of alcohol in the aftertaste. WOW! Very wine-ish, nice big fruit and that deceiving small alcohol.

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Photo of stumac
4.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

43 bucks a bottle!

pours up a peach-toned amber color with a full white head that dissapeared quickly.

aromas of instant red and green apples, pears, maybe some white grapes, little bit of a nice yeasty scent, little alcohol spice.

tastes of apple, pear, alcohol, oak.

light to medium bodied. light to medium carbonation. dry long lingering aftertaste.

Definately (due in a major part to the oak aging) a refined brew. this is one of the many beers that give beer a great name.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As I understand, this beer was produced for the millenium and aged in wood.

Sampled from bottle poured into a tulip glass. Wow. What a great beer. The beer poured a beautiful golden amber color with a ring of head over top. There was a great apple aroma that was very crisp and refreshing along with some caramel as well. The flavor was amazing, deep caramel and fruity apples mingled in with a woody character and no real hint of the alcohol. The beer was moderately thick, but very dry on the finish, almost sucking the moisture from my mouth. Overall, for a 13% beer, this is great. Well balanced with a great aroma and flavor to match. Thanks to mark for sharing this with me, as we just met today!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear and effervescent medium amber golden with an off-white, tall, and frothy head which maintained it's presence through continual off-gassing of the beer. Then it coated the glass as the beer was consumed.

The aroma was fruity and nutty when first smelled. The aroma also had a strong oak presence and a bit of bourbon whiskey, probably a result of the oak aging. The aroma also contained a sizeable alcohol presence which wafted and singed the nasal passages. Behind those aromas lurked a caramel malt presence that contained a bit of candy. The alcohol brought forth a bit of phenolic spice character.

The flavor was extremely complex with a subtle presence of oak and vanilla and with the alcohol a hint of bourbon whiskey. The flavors were melded very carefully and created a complexity with the alcohol and spice that was close to second to none. Caramel and candy also were exhibited for display in the flavor and that sweetness was well balanced with the spicy character from the alcohol and the oak. The flavor was fruity, but not overly so and only in addition to the complexity.

The finish was dry with a lasting impression of oak and vanilla melded with caramel malt and fruit with a strong warming of alcohol all swirling and building into a well achieved balance in the aftertaste. The body was just above medium, but seemed a bit less due to alcohol and high carbonation, but the carbonation level made the beer somewhat creamy and well rounded on the palate.

I had my doubts as to the worthiness of this beer for the price paid. With the complexity in the flavor, this one was worth every penny to me. I doubt I will trek to the store for another bottle, but the experience was definitely worth the price of admission. Not a perfect 5 in all aspects, but I do love a complex beer!

750 ml corked, capped and foil sealed bottle. $37 at Sam's in Durham, NC.

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Photo of drperm
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I would have rated this brew even higher, but for the $50 price tag. Ouch! Definitely a "sipping" beer (13% abv, with the fizziness to boot), with sweet notes. It pours a nice fizzy head that dies away fairly soon. The nose bursts with grass, hay, coriander, brown sugar, the ocean, and wet moss. It is sweet yet smooth, with a finish like cognac or brandy. Definitely an aperitif beer.

Just opened (April, 2016) a bottle that I purchased in early 2010 and have been cellaring in the upper 50s° F since. It is the epitome of subltety, smoothness, and textbook successful cellaring. The price tag also has a mellowing effect over a six-year period of time.

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Photo of AMoceri7
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew was phenomenal and thats hard to come by nowadays. Im honestly never sure if Ive had an all 5 brew but this sure as hell came close.

A: Golden burnt honey, plenty of sediment and a huge frothy white head. Looks delicious.

S: Oak, oak and oak. Amazing. Malt and hops to boot and complement an almost overwhelming champagne aroma. Extreme complexity. Smells amazing.

T: Everything in the nose you would expect. ABSOLUTELY ASTONISHING. Champagne immediately complemented by the oak obviously sandwiching some sweet belgian biscuit malt masked by some citrusy hops. This is just great.

M: Carbonation is high and highly complementing. Near perfect. Sloshes a bit and warms the body.

D: I would imagine great seeing I didnt get too far into as everyone else was eager to try it.

Overall: You have to try this. I will add I had a hard time trusting the store owner as it was his last bottle and he was nearly begging me to take it out. Great buy, search for it, its awesome.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nose is quite vinegary and sour/acidic with sweet oak (vanilla) and soft malt backbone with some fruit (tropical) mixing well with the oak. Smells very good.

Pours dirty amber with lots of head. Looks good.

Sweet savory oak! Mmm! The vanilla oakiness pairs extremely well with the tropical fruit. Spicy pepper forms nice juxtaposition and balance. Malt backbone is soft and bready (fresh bread) and less cake-like than Bush Ambrée. Sweetness is akin to cake though. Alcohol is strong and almost blistering at times. Lots of fruit - mostly tropical with peach and apricot. Slight citric zest. Finishes with a mouthful of tropical fruit and oak. Tastes very good. Feels very good. Very good drinkability.

I love oak and this is lovely. It has a pretty tight balance and exceptional oak flavor and strength. The overall flavor profile of Ambréee apparently makes a nice choice for oaking because this is a definite homerun and worthy of the label 'Prestige'.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden to coppery, opaque. Foam build up fast, not a lot though. Decent lacing.
Smells of ripe fruit, peach, honey, flowers and raisin, and there's a also a light sourness.
From the first sip my mind goes straight to sherry/brandy. Big complex fruitiness, with lots of sour and sweet cherries, red forest berries, with green apple like acidity, mild citrus (tangerines, blood oranges), white grape and sweet yellow pear. The Bush brews are usually exaggerated in their sweetness, but i found this one surprisingly balanced.
The malts are grainy in the back, and with lots of caramel up front, but again, not exceedingly sweet. Nice hints of vanilla, honey and some floral notes. The hops are green and herbal in the finish, providing a mild bitterness, just enough.
But it's not the bitterness lingering in the aftertaste, but the booze. This is the only problem with this one, the booziness is a bit too much, hard to be hidden with the given acidity and quite a fizzy carbonation. Still, the alcohol doesn't feel medical, but nice, warm and noble like in a good whisky, given the big barrely notes, with oak, dry wood and a light peat smokiness.
Even considering this one a sipper, the alcohol still seems a bit "not in its place", so i can't consider this one an imaculate 5. Still, beautiful.

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Photo of drpimento
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've been enchanted by the Prestige. Poured at a good temperature with a huge, cream-colored, foamy, billowy head that settle after a bit to a light cover and good lacing. Color is a clear medium amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is malt, yeast, candy sugar, caramel, spice, fruit, hint of oak. Flavor's like nose, but much more pronounced. Starts out sweet turning to bittersweet with tang to balance; oak comes out much more while teats becomes muted. It wouldn't be hard to rhapsodize about the intriguing minutiae of flavor nuances, but I'll leave that to you n yer beer chums. Body/carbonation are spot on. Finish is clean, rather short, and easy despite its power. They nailed it with this one.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A; poured a cloudy amber color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap

S: Complex and delicous. Caramel, toffee, pears, apricots, green apples, raisins, vanilla, oak and plenty of booze

T: Starts out with fruit flavors of pear and apricot, that are quickly joined by the toffee and vanilla elements with alcohol forward; after the swallow, the finish is long and flavorful

M: Medium bodied with considerable foaming that goes on within the mouth. I thought the 13% was well disguised

O: Amazing brew

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Photo of Sammy
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great aroma, despite alcohol, beautiful head and cloudy orange colour, and a collector bottle. The champagne yeast, citrus orange,oak, yummy. Met my expectations. Thanks Eyuedrinkable, Radekfest 05 sample 29. Worth seeking out, this is in the top 1% of my reviews.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

- looks like murky mud water but inviting
- smell is very fruity, white grape scents
- alot of oak and white grape notes, some mellow yeast is noticable. sweet
- most smooth and balanced beer i have had to date
- overall not the flavor i look for in beer but one of the top crafted and complex beers i have had, one of the best for this style

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Photo of ypsifly
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Undated 750 that is silkscreened, capped and corked and finished with gold "foil". It came in a kinda cool presentation box that has a letter from the brewmaster in French and English. Purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a Kuhnhenn stemmed tulip.

Loud pop when disgorged followed by a slow but staedy gush. Hazed brown to amber with a large head of light tan. Very good retention and lots of lace, despite the high abv.

Has a very yeasty dough like aroma that is tempered by oak, dark sugars and spices, and an alcoholic aroma that has a port like character. Very well rounded.

The aromas transfer very well into the taste with some vinous raisin like notes and a hint of vanilla into a clean finish that enjoys some warmth from the abv. Outstanding! Very smooth yet full bodied for such a big ass beer. The carbonation strikes a perfect balance for the mouth. As drinkable as something this strong can be.

Very expensive but very worthy of a special occasion such as this New Year's Eve.

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Photo of keaton
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is brought out by Chris during another wonderful evening at Redbones. The immediate aroma is very bourbon and all the vanilla that infers altho not overwhelmingly so-Chris points out this is because of the oak barrel aging. There is a mix of delicacy and strength to the aroma and flavor. This makes it light enough to be a summer beer, yet warm enough to drink all winter. Geoff comments there's not too much of a nose burn for such a high alcohol content. I taste a peppery element that lingers on the tongue. There's a lot of "wow" factor going on with this beer, but you gotta have patience and let it breathe for maximum enjoyment. Chris confides he's never been to CBC, even tho he serves their beer and Will is right there. I wish that Chris could get some Racer 5 instead of Fat Tire. I've never tasted Fat Tire yet I'm tired of it already.

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Photo of bark
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Vintage 2008.

The liquid is cloudy, the colour pale brown. The low head is beige.

The smell is sour-sweet. Notes of honey, raisins, Port wine. It is very elegant.

The grand taste is sour-ish and sweet. Honey. Strong notes of raisins. Nuts. Balanced and exclusive.

The carbonation is light. The liquid is a bit thick.

A great dessert beer, this one!

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Photo of brentk56
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with lots of yeast in suspension from the get-go despite resting the bottle for a considerable period of time; the foamy, fizzy head builds and drops quickly without much sticking to sides of the chalice

Smell: Rich, complex caramel malt aromas dominate, with toffee, pears, apricots, green apples, golden raisins, vanilla, oak and plenty of fusel alcohol wafting up

Taste: Starts out with fruit flavors of pear and apricot, that are quickly joined by the toffee and vanilla elements with alcohol forward; after the swallow, the bourbon elements arrive and complement rather than dominate the earlier, more delicate flavors; the finish is long and flavorful

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with considerable foaming that goes on within the mouth; hot finish - 13%

Drinkability: Definitely a beer to sip and contemplate; quite a concoction

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Photo of egajdzis
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange color with a small, sticky, off white head, that left lots of nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of apples, cinnamon, honey, yeast, and very light alcohol. Taste of sweet malts, citrus, various other fruits, vanilla, and light alcohol (no where near 13%, thats for sure!). Very nice!

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Photo of clvand0
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured a light amber color with a tall head that stuck around and left nice lacing on the glass. The aromas were very spicy, fruity, alcoholic, and complex. I like it. The flavor is much the same. Lots of yeasty spices with fruits and alcohol make for a very enjoyable Belgian beer. The alcoholic flavors don't make me think it's 13%, but they are there. The mouthfeel is medium and the drinkability is surprisingly great. I probably wouldn't pay $45 for this beer, but I'd probably pay $20 for a bottle.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"2010" 750 ml bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a light, soft yellow. 1/2-finger head of fluffy, tight, slightly off-white foam quickly falls to fine lace across the surface. Beer is a sunset apricot-orange that's cloudy and mostly opaque. There's a thick column of bubbles rising from middle of the bottom of the glass.

S - Very rich, light caramel and malts. Notes of quite ripe tree fruits like pear, but not sugary sweet. Hints of vanilla and brown sugar. As it warms, a muted tangerine-lemon whiskey appears with just a touch of smooth woodiness. Overall, nose is pretty muted.

T - An incredibly complex mix of caramelized malts, figs, apricots, and caramel-covered Granny Smith apples. Undercurrent of liquor throughout. High ABV is well-hidden, but present in the same way it is in a rich, well-structured wine. Almost becomes a dark fruit brandy as the flavors ride the oaked malts. The thoroughness of the blend almost defies deconstructing it into constituent parts.

M - Fizzy and rather crisp. Exceptionally well-integrated structure. Medium body, on the lighter side, but definitely not thin. Moderate finish that leaves a warm spot in the tummy and non-cloying echoes on the back of the tongue.

O - After reading a review that asked whether a single bottle of beer could really be worth $40, and concluding that it could, I decided this would be the New Year's Eve beverage rather than the traditional champagne. What struck me most about this bottle was how complex the marriage of its flavors are, and how fruit-forward they are without being at all sugary sweet. I'm not sure taking tasting notes on the side of other activities really does this beer justice; it seems to almost demand full, slowly paced concentration to reveal every possible nuance it has to offer. I can't say this is a beer I'll make a point of having again, as its style isn't one I immediately gravitate toward, but without a doubt, this bottle was well-worth experiencing simply because of its exceptional quality and complexity. It would make quite a gift for anyone who truly appreciates an epicurean experience.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange-golden coloured. Cloudy looks, great white head mocks the 13% ABV though eventually settling down to a film and then a lasting white ring, still some finely shaped bubbles. Strong and rich aroma full on apples and mint and not far in leather and floral aspects. Complex flavour profile, very woody, in a dry, straight sawdust fashion. Huge perfumey character enhanced the weirdness of the dry nature. Cologne, toasted malt, bread…. Develops an astringence from the barrel that almost defines it.. I find most wines to be astringent, this one has it also, but in its own way. Very unique beer, extremely dry toward the end yet massively sweet earlier. Pleasant greenish hops seem to emanate in the later sips, how can they get through that strong brandyish character? It almost starts to burn when you keep it long. Still, they come out those hops, leafy, minty accompanying the apricot and marmalade fruitiness toward light vegetal notes. Palate is soft, smooth. Creamy texture after a few seconds, then it becomes dry as sand. Just a comfortable thing to have in your mouth, this was quite an adventure and I’d still call the alcohol very well contained.

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I shared a bottle of this with a friend the other day after reading some good reviews of it to celebrate Xmas. At $40 a bottle it isn't one to drink all the time. The beer had all the Belgian character that I expected. I was a little surprised that more of the oak didn't come through in the flavor but still I imagine it was like stepping back into the past as this was made the way Belgian beers were made long ago before stainless steel tanks were around. The beer was a medium brown color with some faint red hues. Aroma was characteristically Belgian. Taste was smooth. We let the bottle warm up but probably not enough because the last few sips we had that had warmed up even more really made the great flavor stand out. Bought a second bottle for New Years eve and am really looking forward to it..

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Photo of brdc
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large corked bottle, poured into a goblet as the picture suggests.

I was reading gueuzedude review as I went through this one, and realized aging improved this a lot. I forgot this one for nearly two years, laying down in my cellar.
It is hazy, dark golden, with a foamy, voluminous white head.
Aroma is rich and fruity, with oak notes that are far from overpowering; fruitiness abounds, some tartness, vanilla.
Nearly full bodied, yet with the full carbonation, it manages to be refreshing. It is mostly dry, fruity, oaky, with a very slight bourbon note despite the fact barrels are not bourbon. Vanilla, lots of fruits again, a slight tartness.
I would not say this is spectacular, but it is a very good beer, certainly worth trying. I never had it fresh, but based on some other reviews, aging softens and improves this one.

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Photo of charlzm
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 6/10/08, refrigerated since 12/07 when I bought it.

Pours a clear dark golden with orangey highlights. Some suspended sediment and plenty of carbonation (an overabundance, one in our party remarked). A pillowy off-white head forms and stays.

Aroma is massive: orange peel, huge sweet malts.

Flavor made me laugh with surprise and delight. Really. It's HUGE, with sweet, almost syrupy malts, oak notes, butterscotch, some sherry. A bit juicy as well, with a hint of green apple tartness. Flavor is not too far off from champagne, but more complex and certainly stronger. Wow. Wow.

The carbonation makes the beer far more drinkable than a similar, less fizzy beer would be.

This is a real treat, but not something I can envision really wanting again. Especially not at the price!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to my brother for this bottle a gift from Christmas -2013 edition cellared for a couple years

The color is a medium amber with good clarity and thick cream with fine beading. The smell is fruity and has a slight vinous accent with hint of wood in the nose. The feel is great - so smooth for a 13%, the aging probably helped yet moderately high carbonation gives an impression of dryness and levity with mild sweetness and slight woody texture in the back as it finishes on the dry side.

The taste is very good -slight stone fruit in the yeast flavor with a light cherry element and nutty toast quality from the barrel with a slight sweetness in the malt with mild alcohol in the flavor, it is almost undetectable. I really enjoyed this strong pale, I would be interested in trying a fresh one if it is still being brewed and bottled.

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Photo of roblowther
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage, aged at 58F. 750ml capped & corked, poured into a chalice. SERIOUS carbonation, pops like a champagne cork. Produces a very active rocky white head, the beer is a luminous orange that catches the light beautifully. Smells of wood, oranges, and flowers, with a sharp pepper for character. Taste is very woody, with a nuttiness or an oat-like flavor and a malty dominance. The floral and fruit evident in the aroma have been selected out of the flavor by this point in the aging, with the exception of a citrus/pepper finish. Very smooth. Not complex, but smooth & enjoyable. The mouthfeel is WAY carbonated, which some probably won't like but I think is fantastic. There is enough body to back it up in a slightly sticky way, maybe a tad more watery than I'd expect. Drinkability is fantastic. The ABV is well hidden, emerging only as a warm echo after a sip. The flavor is balance enough to keep me coming back for more. Should I drink a whole bottle of 13% beer? Unless one of my beer buddies has his spidey sense tingling to come save me, that is one mistake I just might make.

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