Bush Blonde
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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #376
Ranked #43,158
3.59 | pDev: 12.53%
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Keepnitrl from Washington

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Oct 17, 2017
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GoHabsGo from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 21, 2019
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rastaman from England

3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

May 10, 2003
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GreenCard from Maryland

3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pale gold, some floaties, a very thin layer of white foam with an island of suds in the center

Aroma: malty sweet, cotton candy, honey, almond extract, twinge of herbal hops, alcohol

Flavor: mild sweetness, peppery alcohol, mild hop flavor, sweetness balanced against alcohol rather than hop bitterness, finishes surprisingly dry, light spice, some hops in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, very fine carbonation, alcohol warmth without burn

Overall Impression: I'm not the biggest fan of the high ABV beers. Not something I drink very often. This ones OK, though. I'm always impressed when a high ABV is pulled off without leaving a burning sensation in the throat.

Feb 13, 2004
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ToolHead from Denmark

3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Jan 25, 2004
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RiceOwls27 from Texas

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jul 22, 2020
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EPICAC from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Poechenellekelder in Brussels.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, straw color, with a thick white head that fades to a thin film leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Very fruity, but hard to place. Sugar, alcohol and grain are also evident. There's also a bit of a phenolic aroma upon swirling.

Taste: Fruity and sweet upfront, with hints of banana. The center is grainy, and the finish is a nice mix of berry sweetness, yeast and peppery alcohol, with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy with low carbonation.

Drinkability: Ten and a half percent alcohol and it shows.

Dec 03, 2006
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koolk from Australia

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Blonde in colour (duh!) with a loosely formed head that lasts till the end.

Nose is sweet and contains spicy malt and a serious wiff of alcohol. Nice, but a little thin.

Palate is representative of the aromas. Sweet then sharp taste with only light flavours are totally overrun by the overly alcoholic flavours.

This beer seems to have 10% alco/v for the sake of having 10% alco/v. Not a beer that is easy to drink nor enjoy. Disapointing.

Dec 31, 2003
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a truly blonde color, a bit more gold than a macro lager. Theres a huge head that quickly dissipates to 2cms then sticks around forever. Theres huge amounts of lace. The aroma is of figgy -esters? yeast? - and malt. The taste is quite complex with vanilla, spice, fig, berry and hop notes. Hop bitterness doesnt rival the strong maltiness but its definitely visible.

The mouthfeel is smooth for such an effervescant beer. Theres a mad amount of bubbles. This beer lacks the strong alcohol taste of Bush Amber which makes it much more drinkable. A decent Belgian strong ale.

Aug 27, 2004
WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.4%

Jul 04, 2013
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gift from a friend of mine who regularly goes to Belgium.

Very cloudy (murky, even) with a very thin head; no lace; golden color.

Strong alcohol presence, but clean smell. Think double pilsner without any hop bite.

Very high alcohol and very smooth flavor. The body is not as thick as I'd expect but it is still impressive. This is well balanced although I cannot detect any discernible hop.

This is an extremely disceptive beer--one can tell there is a lot of alcohol, but it is very soft. This makes this beer easily drinkable and satisfying.

Aug 18, 2007
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Kulrak from Australia

4.39/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Apr 19, 2006
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BrewMaster from California

3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was consumed on the terrace at La Cervoise in Mons, Belgium.

Appearance: Pours a golden orange with light tan and swirly head. Decent lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Light malty aroma, leather, and floral undertones. Definate strong alcohol scent.

Taste: Spritzy, malty, floral with a bready and sour middle. There is a strong alcohol flavor (not well hidden at all) and a light candy sugar and caramel aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and over carbonated.

Drinkability: Readily drinkable and good, but I think this beer would be better if they shot for lower ABV. This beer doesn't really handle the 10% well.

Jul 01, 2005
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Absumaster from Netherlands

2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Mar 17, 2007
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deeplennon from Washington

3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden pale in the glass. Aroma is alcoholy as one would expect from the 10.5% but with some spice and sweet.

Mouthfeel is about as soft as they come, very nice feel. The alcohol hits the tongue pretty fast but isn't that overpowering for it's strength. Very dry, reminds of a supercharged duvel. Infinitely less malt character than the barleywine-esque bush ambree, which is nice.

A higher rating is held back to do dominance of alcohol in aroma and taste making it lack overall complexity, but that's gonna happen with 10.5% abv. Beer serves a purpose though and carves out it's own niche. Biggest shame is that it comes in such a small (8.4oz) bottle.

Jul 28, 2007
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -16.4%

Nov 25, 2011
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

3/5  rDev -16.4%

Dec 30, 2011
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eric5bellies from Australia

3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

May 27, 2016
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BlackHaddock from England

3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Sep 18, 2007
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thierrynantes from France

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2004.

Appearance : yellow/blond color, with huge white foamy head.
Smell : yeast and alcohol. Light aroma of grain.
Taste and mouthfeel : fairly strong, also yeast and alcohol, with a fine bitteness.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian strong pale ale.

Dec 20, 2008
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LittleCreature from Australia

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: consumed eight months after expiry.

Appearance - 4.0
Poured slowly into my Duvel tulip. A finger of thick, cream coloured head sits atop a body bright amber-gold body that is positively teeming with sediment chunks. Nice head retention and spotty lacing.

Smell - 4.0
Complex aroma of biscuity malt, spicy Belgian yeast, pepper, a little pear and perfumy alcohol.

Taste - 3.5
Pleasant enough, but ultimately alcohol presence is high and pushes other flavours to the back of the palate. Biscuity malt, spice and a little underripe pear are there with the warming alcohol and pepper.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
The classic Belgian combination of a body that is on the lighter side of medium and lively carbonation with fine bead.

Drinkability - 3.5
Duvel is the benchmark for drinkability in this style, and Bush Blonde falls somewhat short, being no more complex but clearly more alcoholic.

A nice Belgian ale that is perhaps a little too big for its own good. Ultimately Duvel offers greater pleasure and much better drinkability.

Jul 09, 2010
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philipquarles from Connecticut

2.41/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

Jul 06, 2008
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery tap. Stopped by after a wonderful afternoon at Brewery Vapeur.

A: clear, blond color, nice creamy head
S: clean crisp, very little alcohol noticeable
T: malty, creamy, sweeter, but very, very drinkable
M: creamy and smooth, 10.5% ABV is not noticeable, incredibly smooth

Mar 10, 2012
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Radome from Florida

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a goblet.

A - Light golden color, very clear. Tiny bubbles constantly rising. White head is thick initially and then fades to thin white layer with lots of lacing.

S - Aroma is equal parts Pilsner grain and bubblegum sweetness. Earthy, grassy noble hops in the background. Inviting alcohol notes.

T - Clean flavors of smooth grain and noble hops. Finishes with a slightly skunky Pilsner-like hop taste. Not very complex or layered.

M - Medium body with some residual sweetness. Hops bitterness is in the background.

O - A well-crafted, enjoyable beer, but not top-of-class.

Oct 10, 2012
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ThaCreep from Belgium

2.15/5  rDev -40.1%
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.

Jan 02, 2010
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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 76 ratings