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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 13, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2007 bottle. you can smell the sweetness. hits like a ton of bricks, full, flowery flavor, with a noticable alcohol kick, that, somehow, doesn’t seem out of place or bad. Tap at the brewery. All sorts of caramel up front, barrels into a boozy semi-dry finish. This is a sipper, a truly unique beer, and very dry for its gravity, but still far too sweet for normal consumption. Great winter beer, but not as amazing as I had previously rated it. Ah, the innocence of youth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 13, 2004
Medium orange gold color. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet, touch of yeast and earth. A medium to full bodied Belgian Strong Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet, with apricots and peaches being the primary flavors. Slightly spicy hops. Large alcohol bite, it is most definitely there, but even at 12% its not to harsh. Smooth and clean taste. Nice clean finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2004
10.10.04 250ml bottle,Scaldis, best before 2006. Calendula and copper colored pour with minimal white head. Aromas is hot and full of overripe plum, rum, vanilla. Maybe overly carbonated for a strong ale, but the effervescence really breaks up the utter fire that this beer unleashes all over the palate, lips, gums, throat, etc. Nicely complex, if you can get past the pain. To me, this is not a very sweet brew at all. Mostly alcohol, smooth malts, sharp bitting hops finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
guzzler67 (1569) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Cloudy amber appearance with a large head that dwindled but never disappeared and left a lot of lacing. The sweet, candy apple aroma led me to expect the same in the taste, but I was surprised by the fruity, complex, multi-layered flavor. Lively carbonation with a smooth, long lasting finish. "Strong Ale" is an understatement.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
I sampled "Bush" at Lop Lop in Brussels, Belgium. I sell "Scaldis" at my store in Colorado. Light Brown. Focused aroma of a malty sweetness, banana and peach. Massive. I might be on my own here but I find Bush to be insanely drinkable and quite the dangerous session beer. I could have 4 or 5 of these easily, no problem at all. I also enjoyed its "chewy" mouthfeel. Very soft and smooth, with a small trace of its potency and a divine fruitiness, mainly cherries and plums but also a hint of juniper and a lovely caramel maltiness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a clear, bubbly copper body with a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma of toffee and pineapple. Flavor of caramel and malt. Creamy palate with a warm alcohol finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2004
Lots of alcohol, but doesn’t push the limits. It’s as though Delirium tremens had an older nastier sister. Tasty in that it’s a nice blend of sweets, cinnamons, apples... a fruity apperatif with a sharp aftertaste.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3498) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 22, 2004
Bottled as Scaldis Belgian Ale. Label says 12% so I figured this was it. This is a 2003 Bottle. Aroma is sweet and caramelly. A burning alcohol aroma is present and reminds me of the smell of Aqua-Net hair spray. Coconuts, yes! I smell coco butter. Smoked brown sugar in there too. Holy cow there’s a lot going on in the nose. Long burning warming boozy finish. Damn, lots of burning booze. Has some sweet honey brown sugary notes to start, but this is dominated by the booze and the burning. Appearance is a mildly hazy orange color. Yes, orange. Small off-white head. Nice nose, but not totally enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2004
A musky, fruity belgian with floral notes. Very full malty taste with some citrus and alcohol aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Hazy amber with a nice creamy sligtly off-white head. Excellent glass lacing. The aroma is fairly sweet and not too much alcohol for the strength. The flavor is sweet malt, some yeast, and a good wallop of alcohol at the end. Full body with some definte alcohol burn. Not overwhelming given its strength.


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