Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1060   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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It was created in 1933 by Alfred Dubuisson, grand-father of the present family brewer, Hugues. Its former name was "Bush Beer 24°" (the density in Ballings), but today it is known as Bush Amber. Its amber colour is due to the use of caramel malt in the production process. Its bitter sweet taste provides it with firmness and personality. What's more, it helps digestion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - MAR 21, 2002
copper red color, not much head. surprisingly spicy and hoppy nose. As one expects with a 12% beer, it had a distct alcohol taste. sweet with both malt and fruit notes. very little spicing. very drinkable for such a potent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19695) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2002
Copper coloured, no head that I remember (but with 12% beers you never know...). Fruity and surprisingly smooth for being this strong. A dangerous beer with some toffee flavour and a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 3, 2002
This beer masks a great palate with it’s subtle amber-orange appearance. With 12% you would think it would be quite hot on the palate but it is well balanced and full of flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2002
A wonderful beer. You can smell the sweetness and hops. The body has a nice complexity, but the sweetness helps cover most of the alcohol. Quite a bit of yeast in suspension in the glass. A great strong ale for a cold night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marcmo (16) - Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2002
I think Scaldis almost has hints of tannins (perhaps aging in oak?), even though this really is a flavor attributed more to a red wine and the ’skins’ of the grapes. I think I like Scaldis because although it strong, the brewers use liberal amounts of hops to offset the sweetness of the malt. Nice and warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2002
I am drinking it as I write. The aroma was fruity with a solid alcohol presence. Definitely a warmer as it goes down. The color was lighter than expected, a golden amber. Fairly well balanced with a touch of spiciness. Perhaps a bit of oxidation trying to come through. Flavor of fruits and spice folloewd by a strong alcohol note. Still, a good brew to have for these cold winter days!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2002
the description in italics up there says exactly what i was thinking: how do you make a beer 12% and keep the flavours this mild (read: bland)? certainly goes down pretty smoothly, but not a lot happens between bringing this strangely orange-coloured potion to my lips and its subsequent warming of my entrails. that said, this shits all over most other double-figures brews I’ve had (apart from those from the von Trapp family).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DaveZ99 (7) - Burbank, California, USA - FEB 1, 2002 does not count
Very pleasantly surprised by this. Beautiful color. Head was light, due to the alcohol content I guess. None of the harshness that is so evident in Samichlaus. I’ll definitely have this one again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2627) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 1, 2002
I’m drinking this one out of a wide-mouthed glass, I hope that’s the right one for a beer like this. Light, clear orangey-amber color. Filtered. Somewhat rocky but not particularly large head. Rather well carbonated. Some tripel-like fruity aromas, mixed with the medicinal, unmistakable scent of alcohol. Flavor profile has quite a vinous, sharp quality to it. Lighter-bodied for a beer of it’s undeniable strength. Some light, green-grapey flavors give way to a warming sensation down the back of the throat and some hop bitterness. Aftertaste is lightly fruity and alcoholic. I have to admit, I was little afraid of this beer, but I actually like it, unlike most people, it seems. It’s pretty unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Belgik (72) - Sterrebeek, BELGIUM - JAN 23, 2002
Off-white medium-firm foam topping a limpid amber brew with some fine bubbles. Strong hoppy aroma, quite vividly herby and winelike impressions. Strong and hoppy, bitter flavor, marked by high alcohol and nagged by an ever-present slightly medicinal herbiness, somewhat sirupy/sticky. Bitter and rather artificial-seeming beer, not refreshing and not my thing.

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