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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1079   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Because Adolphus’ kin are litigious toward any name that wanders near to theirs, we call this, the Belgian "Bush", by another name. And "Scaldis" does a remarkable job of describing the heat and burning fury of this brew. 12% ABV, judicious 8.5oz. bottle. Color is an odd, smoky, off-orange/dirty brown. Big, thick, creamy white head. Aromas of heady spices, sea-foam, soap, shrimp, slight fruit, but fairly dry overall. Massive malt buttresses an army of hops, huge but tasty assault on the tongue, fortified by alcoholic warmth. Heavy mouthfeel, full, lush texture, a dizzying sensation. Too much, too soon, and you’ll be dumbstruck, friends, for the hops and the booze do a drumroll on your frontal lobes. Oh, it’s a doozy!This is for slow sipping, and any guzzling will inch you quickly into inebriation. To continue to describe this beer’s effect is to describe drunkenness. Fruitiness comes through in the middle --apricots, peaches. A hot, strong, yet tasty, ale that must be drunk to be understood.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 9, 2004
25 cL bottle, snifter. Caramel, cookie, cereal, toasted malt (H); flower and herb hops (M); light alcohol, red apple, raisin, plum and slight butter aromas. Hazy deep amber body covered with a small, frothy, off-white head that lasts. Heavily sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a heavily sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter finish. Medium-full body, oily/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderate alcohol burn. The bottom line is: the malt does not show in the flavor the impressive depth it posses in the aroma.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6788) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 6, 2004
Pours with a nice off-white head and a refreshing strong beer aroma. From the first sip, one can feel the warmth of the alcohol aftertaste all the way down. The hearty flavor, as well as the alcohol taste, intensify as the beer warms. In my experience, it does seem to aid digestion (as the brewer claims), making it a great after-dinner choice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Amber. Head that comes and sort of sticks around. Nose: caramel, barley, beef stock and concord grapes. Flavours are tasty, much crier than the nose. All in all like a belgian barley wine. G-rat

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4709) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2004
Cloudy orange with tiny suspended particles. Thick head and some lacing. Sweet fruit and alcohol aroma. Very smooth, slightly syrupy. Alcohol is hidden until the finish which is a long zesty alcohol rush that runs for a full minute before the goose bumps subside.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2004
Clear amber body, huge surprising off-white head, surprisingly very long-lasting and leaving nice lacing. Big potent alcohol vapours emane from the glass (and more and more as it warms). Flowers and dried fruits (apricots) alike. The palate is generally rather dry instead of the sweet and alcoholic typical big belgian I expected. It strikes me as zesty, bready, very alcoholic and hoppier than I thought with a big flowery and almost grassy hop profile that leads into a long bitter and spicy (cloves) finish. Nevertheless, this is too big for me and just so warming that it’s somehow hostile after half a bottle, very hot. Big full body providing mouth-coating heat, very high carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8091) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2004
Hazy amber brown, not much in the way of head on this one. Sweet candi sugar (or something similar) in a pleasantly alcoholic aroma with lots of malt. Flavour is very nice, with essentially what you would expect from the aroma. Lots of sweet maltiness. Palate is lighter than ideal but very nice. I was not expecting much and found a lot. With a bit more complexity this would be fabulous. A nice "light" beer to start of a night of summer drinking. Hehe.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirkbreedveld (288) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2004
Strong heavy beer, with lost ao malts in aroma, quite fruity in taste, alchol warming in the mouth, soft hopbitters. In my opinion to heavy fot a so called amber

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Poured amber in color with a small off-white head. Strong Alcohol smell with aromas of malts, caramels, and butterscotch. Sweet tasting with a bitter finish and a strong alcohol taste (almost overpowering).

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (8688) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2004
Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jul 9th, 2004: Pours a clear golden orangle color with a thin white head. Decent lacing throughout. The aroma is very nice, a heady mixture of malt, honey and alcohol. Unfortunately the flavor doesn't come close to fulfilling the promise in the aroma. The body is carbonated with a rather Lager-ish character. Peppery alcohol and sweet caramel malt see-saw back and forth throughout. The finish is dry and lightly bitter. This beer was a bit of a letdown overall. Perhaps the (scalding?) alcohol content is to blame, but the beer seems unbalanced and is difficult to enjoy.


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