Bush Prestige | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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165 Ratings
Bush PrestigeBush Prestige
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Belgium
br-dubuisson.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
165
Reviews:
76
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
13.09%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
29
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of FreshHawk
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of mdillon86
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of bob727
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of JRod1969
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer just by chance. I didn't know what it was or anything about it. I took it to my friends house last night and opened in a celebration of the Bruins Stanley Cup win. My friend being the Bruins fan out of the two of us was very appreciative. Popped the cork and gave it a pour. The beer came out as a cloudy reddish orange color. The head and lacing were pretty good for a beer with this high of an ABV. The smell of the beer is heavily scented with oak, the barrel aging is definitely there. The taste brings the oak tartness onto the tongue also. There is some subtle cherry flavors in there and Belgian yeast also. The mouthfeel of the beer was pretty smooth not much of an alcohol burn at all. Overall this beer was very pricey, it was good but not worth the amount I paid. Thats the luck of the draw though.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow, i cant believe its time to crack this $45 bottle that isnt bourbon county rare. drank to celebrate a promotion at work. drank from my duvel tulip. 2010 vintage.

A- the pour seems a bit dark from a belgian pale ale. a lightly hazy dark amber colored body with a thick light khaki colored head on top. the head lasts for a very long time and leaves behind a solid wall of lacing. very nice for something this big.

S- the first thing i notice about the smell is the lack of alcohol. very mild smelling for something this big and bad. after that i pick up some vinous notes and light fruit. raisins, cherries, plums, grapes and apples. none of them seem too dominant. light belgian yeast. i cant find much if any evidence of oak barrels.

T- the alcohol i couldnt smell comes to the front of the taste. its still nothing too intense for a slow sipper like this. after that i get some of the fruits i could smell. apple, cherry, white grape, raisins, and plums. cherry seems the strongest, followed by grapes. a little bit of the oaken barrel sneaks through. nice and vinous. earthy hops at the end.

M- the body is a solid medium and very sticky. palate coating with a long lasting aftertaste. moderate warming from the alcohol which is acceptable for something this big.

O- overall, i dont think this beer was worth the price. glad to have tried it, but i wont be getting it again. id love to have a glass on tap if i can find one.

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Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt C. for this generous share.

Pasty white light head with fluffy lacing, hazy yeast dark raspberry syrupy reddish brown color.

Nose nice fruity tart sour fruit, can't put a finger on the fruit, light red wine, a nice Belgian pale malt and yeast,

Taste is nice, light Belgian pale strong ale, nice Belgian malts, nice light tart wine flavor, light oakbarrel, light grape, musty, fruits, light booze, light bitterness from grape seeds, finish is more bitter light sticky and tart, drier, some lingering grape flavors, light Belgian malts. Booze is hidden well too.

Mouth is med bodied with good carb.

Overall pretty good, the Belgian malts and yeast blended well with the wine and oak barrel flavors, and light tart grape flavors.

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Photo of cbutova
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Murky apple cider brown with a small white ring, no head really. Small lace and legs.

S- Woody with big oak and caramel. Dry light fruit hint.

T- Big caramel and tart dry green apple. Vanilla from the wood. Big oak and some dark fruit.

MF- Lighter highly carbonated with a somewhat oily and creamy feel. Not warm at all from alcohol.

DB- Alcohol very well hidden in a flavorful, interesting beer. The fruit is a nice compliment to the oak and caramel.

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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 ShadesOfGray
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a funny looking 750ml bottle into my tasting snifter. $50 a bottle! Yikes...thanks to my brother-in-law Damon for bringing this to the table! Pours a hazy, apricot looking amber color. TONS of floaties in this beer! A very nice size creamy, yet fizzy white head forms...decent retention...but dissipates to a creamy rim. Doesn't leave much of a lacing...what's left is quick sliding. Appearance resembles a carbonated apple cider.

Aroma is wonderful! Tons of ripe and sweet fruits. Apple, banana, pear, malts, slight booze(surprisingly-expected to be a bit boozier in the nose).

Flavor is kind of a drop off from the flavor. Definitely a good taste, but nowhere as fruit forward as the nose. From what's noticable, some pear, apple, malts, wheat, yeast... I'd have to say, this is a very decent beer...but not a $50 bottle to say the least. I'd drink it again, but not at this price. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is medium to high. Booze isn't strong, again...surprisingly. Glad I got the chance to try it!

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Photo of femALEist
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Scaldis Prestigede Nuits is Scaldis Noel beer aged for 6 months in burgundy barrels from the St. George Vineyard. It was a pretty fantastic beer, although I didn't think it was worth $50 a bottle, or $45, with the 10% off any beer that was offered to us at the tasting. I would buy it if it was in the mid twenties price range though, as there are in my opinion really great beers for around that price on the market. It tasted a bit wild, a hint of sourness (mmm Brett!) with port flavors that lingered on the tongue with a great balance of caramel- not too overwhelmingly sweet.

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Photo of jampics2
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a $9 4oz pour at the Beer Engine's Wood Aged Beer Event.

Had to try this as the bottle is over $50 and I would never spend that on something that wasn't super ridiculous rare.

Clear copper beer, looks rather unassuming and not like a 13% killer.

Smell is subdued, sweet malt is all I'm getting.

Taste is OK. A nice sweetness, fruit, pear, apple, and a little kick of hops. Mild wood flavors, vanilla. But this has a detectable alcohol burn. Not so great - too hot. Phenolic alcohol.

Nice carb but m/f was insignificant.

Ok to drink. Glad I got the sample not the bottle. This is some overpriced beer.

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Photo of nickd717
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glad I finally got to try this ridiculously overpriced beer after seeing it on the Rose & Crown chalkboard for about a year, marked up to roughly the price of a small house. Consumed at a bottle share thanks to an unknown awesome person.

Pours a cloudy amber-brown color with a medium-sized yellowish head, and chunks. Sorry, but chunks just don't do it for me. This isn't a bowl of Chunky Monkey, it's a beer.

Aroma is fairly vinous and sweet, with notes of port and cognac, oak, vanilla, and Belgian yeast.

Flavor is very fruity and sweet. Red wine, port, cognac, sweet cherries, apples, raisins, oak, and vanilla. Yeast also has a noticeable presence. It is fairly complex, but not quite as awesome as all these flavors might make it sound.

Medium body with medium-high carbonation, fairly smooth from the -bal aging.

Overall though, not quite as good as the price would lead me to want it to be. If I were a magician, the "prestige" of my magic trick would be throwing this beer in the "bush." Just kidding, but it did underwhelm me a bit. Good thing I didn't pay for it myself.

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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 Mebuzzard
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

That's a big bottle. hazy, rusty, orange pour. Bottle fermentation has done its work. Creamy head, mostly tight bubbles with the occaisional big burp. Floaties.
Aroma of fruit skin. Apples, pear, some white grapes, a good dose of bread, too. A slight twinge towards the back. Spices?
Taste is more of darker fruit, but not all that dark. Red plum, raisin, some orange essence. Bready. Seems very light. Good carbonation. Easy drinking for the abv. Not my style though.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a bottle into a chalice Brussels at Delirium Cage.

We bought this bad boy by mistake. Don't get me wrong its very good, but not for the price.

It pours an gold with a hint of orange and fluffy white head.

It smells sweet with hints of orange, and caramel.

The flavor is vanilla and orange and bourbon.

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Photo of illidurit
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting. Thanks to whoever shelled out for this. Pours orangish gold with a fluffy off-white head. Aroma is chiefly caramel sweetness with some orangey caramel and hot bourbon. Flavor is boozy caramel, citrus peel, vanilla, fig. Doesn't seem to be worth 50 bucks at all.

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Photo of ricke
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Fascinating color that mixes different shades of brown and orange with golden hues. Could perhaps be labeled as rusty. Very hazy, the last pour resulted ridiculous amounts of floaters in the glas. A medium sized cream colored head that is really creamy and lasts throughout the experience. Nice lacings.

S: Fresh fruits (apples, pears, grapes), yeast, dough, fudge and caramel. Some notes of oak. Some alcohol. A dense and rich smell with some champagne qualities to it.

T: Plenty of sweet fresh fruits up front. Apples, pears and grapes. More sweetness is added by gentle notes of caramel. A very subtle floral note. A nicely defined oak character does a great job framing everything. A somewhat phenolic taste of alcohol appears in the finish.

M: Very very smooth texture. Great mouthfeel from the foam. Medium body.

D: I liked this one. Complex and rather balanced. The 13% ABV is well hidden, but is still just a little too prominent in the finish. Considering it's rather sweet, I don't think I'd like to consume a whole 750 ml bottle of this myself, but I'd definitely try it again if I had the opportunity.

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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 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 Suds
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer came in a 75 cl bottle, packaged in a thick cardboard box. It uncorked with a loud 'Pop', and the initial pours were mostly a wild undulating tan foam. The liquid is a murky light brown color with some cloudiness and sediment. The first impressions of the aroma are that this beer is dominated by the alcohol. A nice malt aroma backs the alcohol. Spicy, phenolic, and a little wood. Interesting. The taste is a little warm, with lots of pale malt character. Some toasted notes, and a lot of pepper. Full mouthfeel with a very spritzy, carbonic sensation. This is a good brew, although not quite as good as I'd hoped.

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Bush Prestige from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
4.05 out of 5 based on 165 ratings.
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