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%."

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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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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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Photo of Floydster
3.02/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

250 ml serving in a Chimay goblet at the Pizza Port Belgian Beer Party on 3/29/09 poured from a 750 ml bottle, reviewed from notes on my cell phone

A-Mix between an amber and a medium orange, 1/2 inch fizzy, no lacing but some decent legs
S-Bananas, cherries, dark fruits, light oak, caramel, sweetness, Belgian qualities, booze, and vanilla
T-Sweet esters at the beginning, lots of sweetness in the middle, very boozy finish, more citrus later on with lots of honey and apples too, needs a lot of dry characteristic to even come close to balancing out this sweet alcohol bomb
M-Overly sweet, fruity, and boozy mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, needs more carbonation, taste lingers too long
D-Could not have much more of this, you can taste all thirteen percent, way too sugary and sweet, super heavy stuff

I would have never spent forty-five dollars on this anyways but I have been pissed if I had, big letdown for me at the fest, beers that cost a fifth as much blew it away, would not drink again if I were paying for it, this one needs to spend a lot more time in the bottle

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty yellow color ale with loads of sediment and a large pure white head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet Belgian malt with notes of light toffee and some dry astringent oak. Taste is quite complex with some sweet apples notes, some sweet Belgian malt, light warming alcohol dry astringent oak. Very complex but still enjoyable and quite easily drinkable. Body is full with limited filtration and great carbonation with minimal alcohol. Very well done but not sure I would have this very often considering the price tag.

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Photo of hopdog
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample courtesy of Slob (thanks Bert!). One of those bigger bottles that has a hefty price tag to go along with it!

Poured a darker and clody amber color with a smaller sized head. Aromas and tastes of whiskey, wood (cedar), grapes, light alcohol and light vanilla. Interesting!

Notes from: 10/9/05

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Photo of kmo1030
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a orangey brown with a light tan head.
the smell has a lot of white grape and orange components. the white grape has more than a bit of a champagne character. there is also a moderate amount of oak aging aromas, mainly of the vanilla variety. there is some spiced apple and pear aromas in there too.
the flavor has a little more oak aging to show for itself than the aroma. the champagne type characteristics are also here in abundance, but there is also a heavier caramel/toffee flavor to it that reminds you it's a beer. it's remeniscent of a caramel apple with some white grape raisin and honey thrown in the mix. it's a very unique beer. a little more than vaguely brandy and sherry-like.
the mouthfeel is actually a bit oily despite a flavor that's quite dry. the carbonation is fairly subtle, just presnt enough to move the beer along the palate.
the drinkabilty is fair, it's quite champagne-like, with an additional heavy componet, that takes it from a light drink to a something more int he after dinner vein. a good and interesting beer, but not worth the price tag unfortunately.

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Photo of kkipple
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Ahh, Scaldis Prestige. One of the more expensive beers available. Usually goes from $40+ for a 750ml bottle, which is why I haven't had till until recently. A most generous friend brought one to a tasting; sparing my wallet. Is it worth the exorbitant price? Read on, traveler.

Unceremoniously dumped into a goblet, the liquid gold foams up a puny 1 centimeter tall head that fights for life atop the hazy, thick looking brew. Keep in mind this is 13%, so I'm not sure what I was expecting... overall it looks a little rough round the edges, but closing your eyes fixes everything.

Smell is quite sweet and dense; lots of white grapes, oak, alcohol and sugar pops out of the glass. A little vitamin B, some spice, anise and a touch more wood are all here. Good, not great.

Alright, here goes. The first thing upon tasting this beer is that I'm shocked at how carbonated this is. Surely the fizziest, crackling-ist 13% brew I've had. Nearly Champagne like, once you get past the bubbly you're rewarded with a sweet (almost syrupy), smooth nectar. The alcohol is quite noticable but for some reason I don't mind... our friend White Grape is back, along with a fresh, heavy oak note and I have to admit it all tastes pretty good... is it $40 good? Hmm.... best have some more to be sure...

Mouthfeel is again highly carbonated, body is medium with a dry, yeasty finish. Sweet oak flavor lingers on my tongue. Nice.

So should you buy this brew? That's a tough one. If spending $40 on a single bottle of ale for a special occasion doesn't phase you, then by all means. All things considered, I'm a bit nonplussed...I mean I could buy four nice bombers or a case of something decent for the price of a single Scaldis Prestige. The price looms over everything and there is no way around it.

Bottom line: A tasty, overpriced beer that just might be good for your big day.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Payson for this rare offering.

The beer pours a hazy orange /straw color, with ample tight white head that lasts for the duration of the experience, but leaves no lace on the side of my glass.

Aroma is rich and fruity, floral, with just a hint of sour fermented fruit in there, almost like an aged white grape. Alcohol combined with the strong malt backbone gives this brew a uniquely sweet aroma. Light spicing and a hint of cheese are also evident.

Flavor is much like the nose suggests but with more sweetness, alcohol, honeysuckle, and alcohol presence. Finish is very alcoholic and does not yield to the hopping that is evident... a mild earthy note which leaves a balanced flavor that finishes very strong on the alcohol. Maple syrup is there in force, as well as a barrel note.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a syrupy middle and a dry, significantly alcohol warming finish.

Overall, this is a toasting beer. one to drink to an accomplishment, a wedding, a birth, a death, a divorce. Not one to be had every evening. the alcohol and champagne-like body are daunting, and the lingering sweetness is a bit cloying. Well worth trying at least once, and an excellent brew for special occasions.

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Photo of Ljunkan
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really nice bottle! Big thanks to Bananaman for sharing this!

Pours a hazy orange colour with a nice white head.

Smell is a bit oaky, with some dried fruit and spices. Alcohol is noticable, but in a good way. Slight note of whiskey and cognac? I don't know, but it was something that popped up in my head. Probably because the high ABV, it's almost like smelling a "finer" spirit.

Taste is good. Oaky, fruity, spicy, notes of sour apples and vanilla. Overall this is pretty, or no, VERY sweet with slightly sour notes. The alcohol is very integreted in the taste - it's easy to drink though the high ABV. Also here it reminds me a bit of whiskey and cognac. It also reminds me of Orval a little.

Mouthfeel is pretty filling. Smooth. Nothing outstanding though.

Drinkability is quite high, or eaven dangerously high. I thought it would be harder to get down, but it was easy to drink despite 13%. You definitely need to be on your guard when drinking this.

Overall an interesting beer, even though I expected even more due to the high price. It's not really worth the money.

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Photo of Bananaman
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scaldis Prestige is a pretty expensive beer, at least here in Sweden. 159 SEK for one bottle, not really worth it, but still a nice brew.

The colour is pretty much hazy orange/light brown with lots of yeast particles.

Smells lots of oaks and some mild spicyness, pretty cool smell actually, but I think I had higher expectations.

The taste on the other hand is really nice of oaks, some smoke, really sweet, dried apricots and some hops, not very bitter though.

Some people say this is "a beer de champagne" but I don't understand that really. This is more of an really smooth belgian strong ale with lots of sweetness and oaks. Really beautiful bottle, looks nice in the glass too. Pretty easy to drink considering the high ABV.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

Beautiful packaging: a 750-milliliter corked and caged bottle in a box, accompanied by two Scaldis mini-snifters. Pours a rusty orange color, completely hazed from the bottle conditioning. Carbonation is very active (like Champagne), creating a tight, über-creamy white lace with incredible head retention. Smells like an orchard, with apples, pears and a soft floral blossom in the nose. In the back is a strong, golden raisin aroma. Distinct oakiness, solvent alcohol notes and some mild caramel ups the ante. Fluffy and creamy on the palate; silky smooth. Complex as hell, with candied tropical fruits, golden raisins, dabs of caramel, green apple, and a big oaky twang backbone. Suggestions of smoke and a boozy, white lightning-like

Dangerously drinkable for a 13 percent, but this is a sniffing and sipping beer, so we did, and with every sniff and sip, the beer evolved. It's worth seeking out, and the price is worth it. By far one of the most inviting and complex beers this year.

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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 largadeer
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Turbid orange with tons of floaties and sediment. Not actually an attractive beer, but the head retention is excellent (no lace whatsoever though).

Smell: Heavy on the caramel and vanilla with some fruity undertones. Alcohol is present as well, providing a bit of sting.

Taste & mouthfeel: Fruit (apple and pear), mild caramel sweetness and plenty of oaky notes. Medium-bodied with fine champagne-like carbonation. The finish is dry and boozy as hell, making me wonder how harsh this stuff must've been before it was aged. After half a glass the alcohol really starts to take over the palate, drowning out the rest of the flavors. Quite a letdown from the pleasant aroma.

Notes: Gets a little better as it warms, but the astringent alcohol flavor makes this mediocre at best.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Nothing like celebrating your masters with a fine brew.

But this beer feels less like beer and more like carbonated calvados. I'm serious. It really tastes like someone mixed soda water and calvados.

I guess that isn't a bad thing, lots of oak, lots of apple is a good taste. And the bubbles are very small and fine, so there is a lot to be said for that. Plus that thin mouthfeel backed by ample carbonation so I guess one would describe it as "creamy".

A nice experience. From the people that drank it with me, it has broad appeal. People who liked beer, thought it was good. People who liked wine thought it was good. People who just plain liked to drink thought it was good.

But I, the guy who paid for it, didn't think it was great. A beer for celebrations and sharing. Less a beer for personally enjoying.

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Photo of baggio
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 100th review and a special occasion worthy of this pricey brew! 2006 vintage!

A: Orange with a huge champagne-like head that disappears in an instant.

S: Sherrycream, Fruits, Wood and a wee hint of lemon.

T: Hay, Butterscotch, Honey, Vanilla and Bourbon.

M: Liquid is quite thin but taste is very complex. Lots of carbonation.

Yummy! This brew kicks in at a 13%ABV but still goes down very easy due to the high carbonation. Extremely complex and balanced brew. If you're into oak-aged beers this is a must try! I paid 20USD for this bottle in Belgium and i think it's worth the money!

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Bush Prestige from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
4.05 out of 5 based on 164 ratings.
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