Silphium (3173) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Apple peel and cherry aroma, some vinous notes and caramel. The body is a rather clear deep orange, topped by a minimal off-white head. I didn’t realize this was 12% ABV before reading this description, but now I do! The flavor is dominated by ethanol. I should save this and apply it to my next wound. Grape, apple peel, and sugars valiantly struggle to be counted in attendance, but, alas, their voices are too thin. There are much, much better high ABV Belgian beers out there...what’s the deal, Dubuisson?
Kinz (3307) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2011 Orange in color, lots of floaties, OK head. Aroma faintly of caramel. Flavor was a bit of toffee, touch of raisin, and random Belgian candy sugar notes. Not as complex as it sounds. Alcohol relatively well blended considering the strength of the beer. Just didn’t do it for me in the end, but not a bad beer by any means. RERATE: 1/6/07 as part of BJCP training. Not as complex as I remembered, striking me as a malt and alcohol bomb with little else. Numbers were an exact dead-on match though. RERATE: 4/25 ish 2011. Had a relatively fresh bottle with a kangaroo tenderloin. Worked well with the food, had more complexity than I remembered. Having said that, number stay the same. Have to think of this as food friendly now.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled (250ml). Dark, clear, golden ale with a large amount of alcohol. Syrupy, one dimensional, but drinkable. Drunk reasonably cool, at room temperature I have bad visions of alcohol esters dominating.
hAl (10) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 21, 2004
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Slightly dark very strong special brew. enormous amounts of sugar added give it a caramel sweet taste and a very high acohol content. Only for people who like very sweet beers but frankly I could not empty the whole glass and when the beer got warmer the stickyness increases. I suggest you serve it quite cool.
bluevegie (3057) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky muddy brown body with a light tan coloured pillowy head. Sweet malt aroma of caramel also of fruit (plums). Flavour is upfront; alcohol, wine like, slightly spicey, orange, peach, medium to full body.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light reddish brown color with a foamy white head and lots of bubbles, totally clear. Aroma is a bananna onslought, sweet, creamy, maybe some candi sugar notes. Flavor is smooth, pretty sweet but not quite cloying, lots of bananna and malt, maybe a hint of vanilla, with some alcohol warmth in the finish. Nice mouthfeel. A yummy, dessert kind of beer. Seems tripel like, but sweeter. I’m not quite sure what diacetyl tastes like, but based on descriptions I’ve heard from others, this seems like it’s got a healthy load of the stuff. That 8.5 oz dissapeared out of my glass way too quickly.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at DBF 2004. Golden amber body, little white head. The aroma is spicy, yeasty and alcoholic. Flavor is dominated by fruits and alcohol. Strong stuff.
SilkTork (5231) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2004
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2007 Oct, 2003:
Long alcohol burn completely destroys my enjoyment or appreciation of this beer. [2.2]
May, 2004: Bottle. Filtered, but not pasteurised. BBE Jan, 2006. Brewed in Belgium. 250 ml bottle.
This was a taste-off against <a href=Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=711&FanOfID=4383>C Special Brew and <a href=Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=1434&FanOfID=4383> The Bush won, and did considerably better than my initial tasting.
Bush has been brewed since 1933 and is the main product of the Dubuisson brewery.
Amber coloured with a thin penicillin cluster off-white head. Similar aroma to the Special Brew, but stronger, with more of the musty oxidised notes. Some candi sugar notes emerge with hints of barley sugar; eventually pear drop come through quite strongly.
The taste is warm, with fruit cake and toffee as the main flavours. Darkly sweet - with a warm embracing bitterness
in the finish. As beer settles and warms the toffee emerges and the finish diminishes, becoming slightly rough.
There isn’t that big a difference between this and the Special Brew in terms of flavour profile, though the Bush does have better qualities all round.[3.4]
September, 2007 250ml bottle from Asda. Initially the sweetness and warmth is pleasant and encouraging, but the plastic notes, and the alcohol eventually take their toll. This is certainly a sipping beer to take in very small doses. Hints of toffee, but on the whole this behaves more like a strong lager than an ale, though I think the brewery do claim this to be top-fermenting. There are pleasant flavours here, but there are also unpleasant flavours - and filtering it takes away any potential character. In the end it’s simply a strong beer - though less aggressive than many at this strength. [2.9]
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2005 2003 bottle. Pours a cloudy deep amber-red, mahogany and auburns in there. Good lasting white head. Smell is sharp, some citric notes, alcohol, lots of sweet caramel. Flavor is bold, assertive and strong. Lots of alcohol, dark, lush fruits reminding me of Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru, but a succulent caramel malt is felt in the middle, sweetening things up considerably. The finish does a 180 and dries out completely, getting moderately astringent, quite sharp and bitter. It really dosent need this much alcohol, though the complexity is nice, lots of esters, fruits, bananas, spices (cinnamon, clove). Pretty good stuff.
Kodos (200) - USA - MAY 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a medium, lasting head. Nose is sweet, plums. Sweet friut, plums, then the 12%alcohol turn on strong but pretty chewy. Finishes sweet slightly bitter. Good all around but the alcohol really dominates.