Bush Prestige | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

76 Reviews
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 163
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.

 482 characters

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I will say that I spent more than $40 down here in Florida...$53 actually.

Poured into a snifter. Pours a cloudy, yellowish amber with a nice white head, with good retention, which leads to minimal lacing. The aroma is almost reminding me of a Flemish sour, tart, fruity, cherries, and golden raisins. Not a hoppy beer by any means, but that was expected. Initial tastes are of raisins, apples, figs, winter spices. Some oak characteristics come out once it warms a little. The mouthfeel is very smooth, especially for 13%. Slightly creamy, crisp and clean, with a very complex palate. I would love to get more of this but I am not sure if the price tag matches the contents of the bottle.

 691 characters

Photo of kiya
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden hue with a thick and heavy head that remains for an unusually long time.
There's zero lacing, almost like it's cleaning the glass on the way down..
Faint smells of a sweet floral bouquet start to linger mixed with a stone fruit scent... the nose on this isn't nearly as strong as i had expected.
The mouth-feel is light and airy, with small bubbles tingling my taste buds...
The flavors are a bit muddled, I'm not able pin down what it is, but it's a cross between a faint molasses flavor and a dry oak aftertaste that lingers.
I wait seven minutes...

The brew is starting to really come alive once coming up to room temperature... It's more gentle on the tongue and the oak and woody tones are now far stronger and have come to the forefront.

This isn't the mind-blowing brew i had expected, considering i spent $40 on a bottle that served two glasses. I'll admit, i bought into the hype of the price, ABV, and bottle design.
I'd definitely drink this again, as long as somebody else was buying.

 1,020 characters

Photo of allengarvin
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into my favorite wide-chalice glass, this beer is a very cloudy orange-amber color with a limpid head. The nose is sweet, very fruity, oaky. Sweet (close to cloying), caramelly start, with a lot of oakiness. Ripe fruitiness throughout. Alcohol is quite noticible in the finish, detracting from the drinkability. Body is a little watery.

Disappointment for a beer I plopped down $40 for.

 387 characters

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.

 665 characters

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer, but i am hesitant to spend the money on this bottle without first aging one for a few years. ridiculously expensive, more than it should be. I actually prefer the scaldis noel and its half the price. But dont let the price take away from the brew. It is probably the most drinkable 13% abv beer you will find. almost no alcohol on the finish, a great belgian strong with light and dark fruit flavors as well as oak scents. pours slightly hazy but quite clear with a large head ( relatively speaking). smell reaks of scaldis! suprisingly fuzzy mouthfeel. great warming effect. wait for this one to kick in before popping another because it will hit you later than you think. great brew, a bit overpriced but still way less than that coach purse your girl wants for christmas! ask for it.

 802 characters

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

 882 characters

Photo of DogFood11
3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Champagne style bottle, foiled and capped. Poured into a tulip it forms a rapidly rising eggshell white head. Head is fizzy but everlasting and leaves sliding lace. Copper body is hazy and leans towards orange with some yeast left behind.

This starts off rather fizzy and hot. Spiced backend combined with they high unhidden ABV creates a bit of jumble. Subtle type light fruitiness wich includes bananna. The brew is dominated by a champagne type fizzy carbonation and a huge alcohol swig. Peppered and slightly sticky on the backside.

Notes: I liked the brew and if you dont mind spending around 30 bucks for a special occasion this would work. However, I am one and done. It was good but not worthy of 10 times the price of some of my favorite brews.

 760 characters

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.

 1,016 characters

Photo of RoyalT
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This poured out a deep, dirty brown in color with some hints of orange and an explosive head. It just had that “nasty” look about it.

Smell – There’s a lot of wood and caramel in this nose. It’s mixed with some light alcohol. There’s also an awesome musty sense here that IMO really makes the nose and gives it that nasty smell to go along with the nasty look.

Taste – The malts are gianormous at the taste and are just pounded with heavy Belgian caramel flavors. Holding this in your mouth takes you to a whole ‘nother level of sugar, this time kind of bready like pie crust with a bit of milk. I’m thinking apple pie a la mode.

One more bob into the barrel presents another level of thicker malts along with some candied sugars. Man, if you’re a malty sugar lover this one has it all. The light alcohol, found throughout, lends a sense of refinement to the flavors.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied and very smooth. The carbonation I thought was a bit too much and clashed with the heavy malt character, but that was about the only fault to be found in this ale.

Drinkability – This is a smooth, big, and sweet Belgian Ale that was a treat to explore.

Comments – This is one of the few times that I HAVEN’T been disappointed with dropping some tall dollars on a beer, so I was surprised to see that others didn’t exactly fall over for it as I did.

 1,397 characters

Photo of ikats
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours hazy, dark amber, rusty in color. The head is strong and sticks around for some time. Aroma is full of rich fruits and earthy wood notes. Wood from barrel aging is apparent in the taste. Despite this beer being quite strong, alcohol does not stand out; even as the beer warms up to room temperature, alcohol is subdued.

I've had a sample of this beer at BA Extreme Beer Fest in February 06. As just about every reviewer noted this beer is quite expensive ($35 at Supersaver in Somerville, NJ). I could not justify a purchase like that; however, when my birthday roled around this is bottle was high on my want list. It was a gift from my parents.

Interesting bottle. Good to try at least once. The bottle itself looks the money, but I don't think it's worth the money. However, I am in no way disappoited.

 827 characters

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

The beer upon its decorking from the 750ml brown bottle sets in the tulip glass a beclouded golden color with a pleasing creamy white head that is smallish in size, with the residual lace a thin satin sheet to conceal the glass. Nose has a nice bit of oak, sweet malt, over ripe apples, cotton candy, and a touch of alcohol, make for a fine sniffing, start is somewhat sweet, the grain profile pleasant and the top light to moderate in feel. Finish has tart twang, the acidity strong but not overpowering, the hops delectable, but overshadowed by the 13 person ABV, very dry and lingering aftertaste, a good drinking beer, but while I like this beer, I’m not sure if I like it $42 worth, and I bought two, and will age the second one for a year or two to see what happens.

 773 characters

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The impulse to try this one overwhelmed my usual caution. What would make a beer this size cost so much? Inquiring minds want to know.

A - Nice amber color with strong white head. For very little initial pop when the cork came out, there is a cascade of bubbles in the glass. Settles down after a while

S - Dominating caramel with hints of apple and oak.

T - Caramel and alchohol dominate. About mid to final quarter of the bottle some of the subtle apple, spice and oak flavors start to show up.

M/D - Medium bodied. Once the carbonation settles down it becomes quite drinkable.

I had expected the alchohol but for a pricey belgium brew I had hoped for more out of the flavor. For wow factor, the bottle looks great and the price elicits amazement from friends. Other than that I would not buy it again.

 820 characters

Photo of scruffwhor
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle capped and corked bottle. Label says it was aged for six months in oak barrels.

Appearance- Pours a good one and a half finger head with good retention. Eventually leaves a good filmy foam on the surface of the beer. The lacing was awesome and constant even when there was only two fingers of beer left.

Smell- A lot of brown sugar water and wheat with hints of orange zest, coriander, anise, and some pale malts mixed with candi sugar.

Taste- Starts out very whole grain wheat cereal and slowly turns a more Lucky Charms face. Keep in mind this whole grain goodness is mixed with an undeniable oak flavor. The flavor maintains wheat throughout the entire beer mixed with oak.

Mouthfeel- Pretty smooth but sletzery with the good amount of carbonation. Lots of fruity and slightly toasted malts add to the overall experience.

I saw this beer at Binny's in Glen Ellyn for $42 a botlle. I thought, what the hell, I'm worth it. .I also wondered to myself what makes this beer so special. There are plenty of other greay Belgian beers that are under $10 a bottle. Maybe this beer will be sex in the mouth. I went and bought to bottles for $42 a piece. One for drinking shortly after purchasing and the other to let sit in my cellar. I'll be sure to write after I've had the cellared Scaldis.

 1,326 characters

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled March 2006
Pours a lightly hazy, full amber (as in the substance) color. It is very well carbonated and initially forms a three-finger thick tan colored head that is fairly large bubbled. The aroma is rich and fruity with notes of concentrated pear, tart sweet apple, and green raisins as well as some straight malty caramel notes. After a couple sniffs of the aroma the oak begins to become quite noticeable; notes of buttery oak, tannic wood, and even a bit of something that reminds me of musty wood. As is my tendency, I prefer the up front fruit notes more than the oak, the oak is not too bad here (even adds to the complexity), but it comes to dominate a bit more than I would like.

The taste is sweet, yet not overly so, and has a fruitiness that reminds me of sweet, fragrant, slightly concentrated apples with a touch of tartness. The carbonation adds a bit of a bite, though it is quite tame considering the heft and full mouthfeel that this beers body has. The oak is here as well, it is most noticeable towards the end, but is noticeable as a buttery note, with perhaps a hint of vanillin, up front. The oak becomes woody, tannic and a bit astringent as one moves to the long finish. The tannic astringency is played up a bit by the alcohol that is found in the finish as well.

Well I have gotten this far (perhaps a quarter of a bottle) and I am already asking myself if I want to finish a bottle of this. It is certainly not the alcohol that has gotten to me, it is the oak, which isn't even all that overbearing in this beer compared to many oaked beers. Oak is just such a dominating presence, I really prefer a light touch with it. Perhaps the beer will become a bit more balanced as it warms up.

As the beer warms up it becomes a bit more creamy, perhaps a touch sweeter as well, and in fact the oak does seem to be a touch muted. I think that it also helps if you drink this beer very slowly, or to be more exact a long time between sips; this seems to keep the oak notes down. It is almost as if my palate gets more and more sensitive to the oak notes (especially the harsh astringent notes) as I take subsequent sips of this beer. Warming this beer is definitely the way to go, it really subdues the oak character and makes this much more drinkable.

 2,289 characters

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

This beer came in a 70lb. box, courtesy of BeerBeing. Pretty bottle, foiled with a recessed cork. Moderate carbonation for the age and ABV. Body is light, orangeish amber. Aroma of yeast, spices, and slight citrus. Oak aging is apparent, and the effervescence reaches your nose when you take a whiff.

Taste is quite complex, still seemingly young. When I first sipped this at about 45 degrees, the taste was drier, clean oak flavor. Even with the slight warming after ten minutes, vanilla and bourbon are showing. There is a tangy, tart, fruity flavor from the yeast, but it is well integrated into the overall profile. An herbal, earthy character is noticed as well. Mouthfeel is nice, very bubbly at first, then smooths out. Drinkability, of course, except for the outrageous price.

10/13/06 Update- This is aging nicely. The aroma is well blended, and the flavor is more balanced between the barrel aging and the rest of the beer. Although the carbonation has subsided, it is still going strong. Slight apple character.

 1,030 characters

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.

 514 characters

Photo of Longstaff
1.5/5  rDev -63%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This is a prime example when extreme techniques and high bottle price do not a good beer make. I was hoping for a belgian strong ale with some woody characteristics, but I got whiskey instead. Whiskey aromas, vanilla, bubblegum and spicey alcohol mix together in the aroma and is off putting. Pretty much the same going on in flavor with vanilla, whiskey, and coriander-like flavors dominating. Odd, oily - almost like Mescal - flavors made me want to puke. I tried hard to like this since it was a gift and wanted to tell the gifter that I enjoyed it, but I didn't. Glad I didn't spend the outrageously expensive $45 for the bottle. Someone wake me up when this whiskey barrell aging fad runs its course.

 705 characters

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.

 1,920 characters

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..

 805 characters

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.

 853 characters

Photo of paterlodie
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date and saing Bush on the label. Great presentation with good head thats stays well and amberbrown foggy beer. Nose is lots of oak , cognac, cherry fruit, alcoholic but altogether litle overdone IMO.
Taste is also bombastic having lots of alcohol, sweetness, cognac taste. Some maltyness and good bitterness but just a litle too much of everything. So is the over bombastc mouthfeel; great but just too much. Drinkability is also ok but go to bed afterwards with this bombastic 13% ABV.

 501 characters

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.

 1,164 characters

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.

 264 characters

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!

 301 characters

Bush Prestige from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
4.05 out of 5 based on 163 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.