Bush Blonde | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Bush BlondeBush Blonde

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Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 05-10-2003

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by IchLiebeBier:
Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden, effervescent; no head; slightly cloudy

Aroma: Honey; citrus; dried fruit, maybe figs

Taste: Juicy malt on start; citrusy mid-notes with a vinous, very slight bitter finish; very smooth

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of Satyr179
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Keegan
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of rastaman
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First of all, i can't believe i'm the first BA to rate this beer, second of all, i have no idae what the (USA-??) means. ON to the beer.
Yeasty, alchol in the aroma, some lightly spicy notes aswell. Palate is sweetish, warming, lightly spicy and yeasty, with a warming alcohol finish, manages to stay well balanced considering the ABV.

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Photo of tux_alin
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jonmikel
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into calice. Golden colour, very good look. Small foam head, not a lot of carbonation. Banana smell, very good, too. The taste and feel is very ver good. 10,5% of alcohol which makes it heavy, though you barely notice such a high content of alcohol.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of mishi_d
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of philipquarles
2.41/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

On tap at the Delirium Taphouse in Brussels.

Poured into a weizen glass of all things.

Huge white head initially, but disappeared almost instantly. Little to no lacing. The beer itself is a straw-yellow, like any other Belgian pale.

Smell is all sugar and alcohol. This doesn't bode well for the taste. Slightly fruity, but it's very overpowered.

Taste is as expected. Very sweet with lots of alcohol present. A bit of hoppiness as it goes down, but hard to detect. Really just dominated by sugar.

Mouthfeel is actually okay. Nothing special, but not too thin and watery.

Drinkability is not good at all. Way too sweet and too much alcohol to drink more than one in a sitting. I probably won't have more than one period.

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Photo of ToolHead
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

25 cl bottle, served in Gouden Carolus chalice.
Pale, hazy gold w/ plenty of sediment floating about. OK head w/ decent retention. Light, flowery, somewhat anonymous aroma. Taste is delicately fruity at first but is quickly dominated by the alcohol, although it never gets as sweet and cloying as the 12% Bush. Firm, warming finish. Decent drinkability, considering the strength.

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Photo of Coren
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of desint
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Kulrak
4.39/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sort of cloudy gold color with some flakes of what I assume is sediment floating in it. Nice tiny-bubble foamy head. Has a citrusy and somewhat floral aroma to it. Very sweet smelling. The taste is very sweet and a little citrusy as well. A little estery as well, slight banana taste. Very pleasant. Very creamy and full mouthfeel. All in all, an excellent belgian ale and a superb beer. I don't know that I'll get another as I paid $9 for this one, but it's a damn good beer anyhow.

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Photo of Beer-Ed
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This 25cl brown bottle with its posh gold topage has been sat in my garage for over a year. I moved it to my fridge three days ago. I was horrified to discover it was out of date, I should have drunk it before 27 July 2007. Never mind it is only a couple of months.

The bottom of the beer (while still in the bottle) had a scummy cloud moving about, I tried to keep its movement to a minimum, but particles floated upwards even before I even opened it.

I poured it into my huge 'Judas' glass, as I wasn't sure how emotional the beer would be after being released. I poured it as slowly as i could to try and prevent too much sediment hitting the glass. I did a fairly good job, but no head appeared at all, just a very thin collar around the glass.

The colour was light orange, blood grapefruit skin, if you like. Only a little cloudy, but I did pour slowly remember. It didn't look very appetising at all.

The aroma was all yeast and alcohol, cooking apples mixed in.

Taste is better than I was expecting, sour and very alcoholic. Plenty of life even though there was no head.

Of course the alcohol stays in the mouthfeel, but so does the sourness, this is a better beer than it looks.

Even though the taste is good, I also drink with my eyes. When you consider other beers within this style (Duvel etc) and how beautiful they can look with their large heads and golden bodies, this just doesn't come up to the picture my eyes want to see.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.15/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

The nose, unlike the Bush Amber, does not relieve by aromas of caramel and honey, but is rather very floral. But as the Bush Amber, one feels, and we taste a strong presence alcoholic who comes impede the pleasure of tasting. However, it is more digestible and lighter than its big sister but she is far from being interesting in terms of flavor.

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Photo of Jose9e
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of eric5bellies
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DaveR514
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of qrazvan
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer that it's easier to drink than many Belgian strong ales, hiding somehow the strong alcohol inside.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Absumaster
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is orange with a good amount of carbonation and a thick head.

Smell is yeasty with some bready and biscuity smells. The maltiness is big and has some caramellic, candi sugar notes. The yeast gives some marmelade and spicy notes. In the end I get some earthy hoppiness.

Taste is wort-like with a sickening sweet, syrupy fullness. Alcohol is burning and there is not enough carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and puts a sweet and sticky malt layer on my tongue. Yeast gives a spicy touch and reminds me of cloves. Don't know what went wrong here, but I don't like it.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Review: 33cl bottle of Bush Blonde: ABV: 10.5%

The Bush Blonde, on the go since 1988, and introduced by Hugues Dubuisson on the 65th anniversary of the Bush Ambrée launched by his grandfather, Alfred. Considered to be one of the strongest beers from Belgium coming in at an alcoholic volume of 10.5%

A lot, and I mean a lot, of gas on the pour, a bit of a mess truth been told. Full of carbonation, resulting in a massive head and a beer that took a long time to settle.

It also was very murky looking, a lot of sediment in the bottom of the glass floating around, which looked a bit worrying and not at all appetizing.

Head does die eventually to leave a small but decent looking head that maintains, and an orange looking beer. Minimal lacing.

Overall, it looks terrible! One of the worst I have seen.

On the nose get a strong citrus and fruity smell.

Taste: initial taste, it was fucking horrible, a harsh alcohol taste, but once it settles down and I settled down myself from the shock, it is actually not too bad. Smooth enough for a 10% beer
Can feel the alcohol alright but quaffable enough and not overpowering, not hoppy

Smooth enough, all things considering (all the carbonation)
Not hoppy. No bitter tastes. Yeah not bad
A lot of sweet malts, some sweet fruits, and yeast.

Overall this beer tastes a million times better than it looks, and after you get over the initial hit of all the strong smells and taste, it eventually is a beer to savour.

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