Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Pours a golden amber with a generous white head. Aroma is of heavy fruits and alcohol. Flavor is deep and long. Tastes like toffee, lots of malt. Very nice belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2720) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2005
The initial thought behind tasting this one was, as a brewer, how high can you push the yeast fermenting the sugars before they break down and inevitably die trying. This turned out to be a good example of a Strong Ale, pushing the alcohol envelope with out compromising it’s subtle ’beer’ qualities and union of smooth flavours. Tasted from the bottle at the Belgian Beer Café, Perth (BBE 2006). Poured into it’s own stumpy tulip glass (again, overly cold), an auburn amber body spread little carbonation and failed to form a head, bar an island of beige foam (expected as much for it’s strength). Fruity esters dominated initially, with a backing of candi sugar and low toffee sugar notes. Spices, peppery, of alcohol and yeast came through as I warmed it. In the mouth it was almost like a candi store in a glass, ’humbugs’, caramel, toffee and butterscotch (Not in a diacetyl frame!), warming sherry alcohol mid-palate, and follows into a medium length sweet and lightly warming swallow. Holds it’s strength remarkably well and is as smooth as silk. A good, balanced, well rounded, winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Appearance is brownish orange in the glass with some light coming through and a decent sized light tan head. The head stuck around a bit and left rings of lace as I drank this. Aroma is fruity and sweet with notes of apples and dark fruits with a bit of caramel and spice intertwined. It’s a strong aroma that is good but a bit simple. Light fruit taste like caramel covered fruit. After taste is a bit fruity with a bit of alcohol bite to it, more than you would want. Mouthfeel is lighter than usual for a quad but is smooth feeling. Pretty good drinkability despite a few flaws. The alcohol really stands out in this one and the flavor seems a bit too sweet at times. As it warms though the alcohol starts to kill the drinkability.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2005
thick cloudy amber, not much head. fruity aroma and flavor would usually put me off, but i rated this a 14 overall, so there you go.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2005
Lively carbonation. Sweet caramel maltiness nicely balanced by a good amount of bitter hoppiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 30, 2005
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a thin off-white head. Fruity aroma (grape, plum) with vanila, yeast, and malt. Fruity flavor (adding some tropical fruits) with a malt and yeast presence to go with an alcohol warming. Rich and complex. Sherry-like flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2005
Cloudy golden-copper w/ less in suspension. Large beige head. Good carbonation. Very complex, aromatic malty & fruity nose w/ notes of rum, raisin, butterscotch, toffee & caramel. Smooth, thick feel. Flavour is malty & fruity w/ some interesting butterscotch & citrus notes. Lots of alcohol warmness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2005
(Purchased as "Scaldis" because of the great threat that the brewery is to the A-B empire...) This is a straightforward, delicious brew. Pouring a hazy amber color with a thick creamy head, it’s got a light, fruity nose with sweet caramelly malts and spices galore. Very thick to drink/chew, it nonetheless goes down smoothly. The flavor is of caramel malts, light fruits, spices, white pepper, and alcohol. It finishes like a fine brandy, warming the belly, heart, and head. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (14562) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 23, 2005
UPDATED: APR 20, 2013 Bottle. Amber colour, big stable head. Peppery aroma. Peppery, malty flavour. Sweet caramelly aftertaste, turning peppery and dry. Warming, almost burning from the alcohol. 6 3 7 3 17

Bottle, 12%, looks to be best before 2002, 11 years ago. Distinctly oxidised aroma. Copper colour, has some small bits of yeast in suspension. Very small white head. The flavour is sweet and spicy, lots of dried fruits. Rather boozy finish, burning alcohol, but goes well with the sweetness. I would have preferred it to be younger, but I am sure a few years in the cellar is better than drinking it fresh. 5 3 6 3 15

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - APR 22, 2005
Aroma of sugar, malt, clove, apricot. Appears hazy amber with cream-coloerd thick head consisting of tiny bubbles that dissipate rapidly. Flavor of heavy spices, overlaying sugary malt; peppery, cloves, horseblanket. Palate is thick, a bit chewy, very effervescent, with distinct slickness. Overall, this beer is greater than the sum of its parts and much different than I expected.

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