Bush Blonde | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 74
Photo of wisrarebeer
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

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Photo of Kulrak
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.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favourites Bush Blonde on sale in local supermarket for £2 per bottle, so snapped up a crate!

The beer looks a silky smooth hazy amber body, topped with a small foamy head, which does dissipate rapidly to leave a light coating.

This brew does have a very inviting aroma, a good mix of both fresh and malty fruits, think of a sweet fig.

Taste is great, you get that mixed flavour, and a very lingering hit of an aftertaste due to the gutsy 10.5% abv.

The feel is a touch on the effervescent side, but the balance allows for it.

This beer works, and has to be ranked highly. Not many 10.5% abv brews have you reaching for another....and another....and another!

A bush in the mush is worth 3 in the hand.

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Photo of stevoj
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sharp, bitterness on this one, very spice tangy hops. Pours almost clear gold with short creamy head. Aroma reaches up to the nose, flowers, hay, meadow. Taste is immediate, malt hops, butter. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth with overall tingling on the palate. No tangible alcohol warmth despite the high ABV, some alcohol burn on the way down.

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Photo of smcolw
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.

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Photo of Dzu
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 0.33 l bottle into tulip.
L: Light amber with a massive white foam head.
S: Oranges, banana, caramel.
T: Sweety and spicy, apples and pears. A little bit boozy in the end.
F: Tight body and high carbonation.
O: Undarrated fruity bspa.

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Photo of jonmikel
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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 deeplennon
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.

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Photo of OlaB
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a medium top of white head that dissolves quickly.
Aroma is of ripe bananas, citrus, caramel, vanilla , honey and flowers.
The taste is sweet and fruity at the start with notes of overripe fruits and some caramel notes in the back.
It then turn more dry with strong notes of spices, before it finishes slightly bitter with some floral hop notes.
Aftertaste has decent lenght.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a medium carbonation and a medium body with a warming feel.
A very good example of it,s style.
Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Marc_V
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Belgian Beer Shop.com. The beer is clear golden blond with a nice white head. The aroma is typical for a Belgian blond: grain and yeasty with touches of fruitiness and spices. The taste is well balanced, yeasty, fruity with some hops in the background. Sweet and the alcohol is very present. Overall a fine beer that has to be drunk with moderation.

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Photo of EPICAC
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
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.

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Photo of Radome
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.

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Photo of LittleCreature
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.

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Photo of Bombelsky
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden clear. Frothy head, 2 fingers tall not persisitng good lacing.
High Aroma of esters (peaches, pears & oranges) , some phenols perfumy notes.

High malt sweetness is cloying a mouth.
Low bitterness not enough to balance sweetness, moderate spicy peppery, alcohol

Medium body. Medium carbonation
Oily spicy. Finish is medium dry and very alcoholic. Warm with some sweetness getting into a finish.

L. 3.5
A. 4
F. 3.5
P. 4
Ov. 3.75

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Photo of thierrynantes
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.

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Photo of koolk
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.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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 BlackHaddock
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.

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Photo of ToolHead
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.

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Photo of BrewMaster
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.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
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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Photo of GreenCard
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.

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Photo of rastaman
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.

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Photo of Absumaster
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.

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Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 74 ratings