Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1018   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nate (3553) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Malty. Raisins. Sugar and bit of toffee. Light bitterness. Medium amber clear with white lacing head. Heavy watery body with medium-heavy carb. Sweet & malty from start to finish. Light nutty bitterness in finish. Sticks to your tongue. Alcohol. Nutty bitter sweet after.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CEZ (396) - Milano, ITALY - OCT 17, 2003
[Warning: another of my almost-expired bottles. This one apparently suffered no ill effects, but I still think I have to mention it.] Maybe it was the orange label. Or the deep orange body. But I swear I sniffed orange notes in the aroma, which adds a note of freshness to the sweet malty background. Dangerously drinkable, more than other strong ales, despite the high ABV. Of course it's not as complex or rich, but it's balanced enough: the sweetness is countered by a surprisingly dry finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2003
Bottled, at Beirodrome, Islington, London. Crystal clear amber body with a soft bone coloured head. The alcohol is well masked and by no means over powering (a sign of class for a strong beer). Crisp and slightly astringent the beer isn’t overly fragrant. Slightly spicy, dry flavour which is unique but uncomplicated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2003
Bottle at Smokeless Joes, Toronto, Ont. Hazy orange. White head with a slight orangyness to it. Slight spices in flavour with alcohol present quite warming and great for the cool day I had it. This was very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2003
Dark orange colour with big head. Aromas of malt and caramel. Alcohol noticable but not overpowering in nose and taste. Nice nalt flavour with a nice spicey heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (9427) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2003
Wonderful nose of spices, curacao?...the mouthfeel was unique, with the alcool coming out, and coating your throat...nice scotch warmth, with almost the same oak barel qualities. A repeat for sure!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - SEP 19, 2003
Intriguing nose of caramel and alcohol. The head quickly dissipates; good lacing. It has a bitter bite with a dry finish. Caramel and toffee flavors abound. Noticeable burning alcohol sensation on the palate. It warms my stomach. A bit much. Incredibly sneaky at 12%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7716) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2008 Totally clear amber; yellowish, luxurious head, very lacy all the way down. Alcoholic nose, very malty (fine malts), fruit on brandy. Bitter and sweet taste at the same time; orange marmalade. Minty touch, also some ‘fleshy’ flavour – not yeasty. Very full mouthfeel. Alchoholburn rather restrained for a 12% ABV. Some carbondioxide enlivening. Bitterish aftertaste. Another of the classics though not my favourite one. Technically speaking, it’s top-class, no doubt. Too sweet for me, but not cloying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RobBestwick (583) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 23, 2003
peachy and creamy aroma, dark bronze in colour with a decent head, nutty and chewy palate, long, earthy, orange peel dryness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Foamy Belgian Strong head and clear, sparkling body. Orange-gold color. Thick lacing. Citrus and candy aromas. Sweet flavors of candy-corn, vanilla, and bubblegum. Flavor clings through the finish. Alcohol taste is apparent and I even felt this one in my stomach. Tastes like the makings of a hangover. Rather sweet for my taste but a perfect concoction to impress, please, and inebriate a sweet-loving companion. A decent dessert beer perhaps. 8.5 ounces of the Bush was plenty for me.

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