Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2004
The off-white medium head looked nice on top of the gold amber body, and then I tasted it - that’s when I ralised it was 12 %! Actually one can taste the alcohol, but it’s discreetly hidden behing the fruity sweet flavour and a very filling/round aftertaste. Strong and nicely so on a cold Danish late autumn evening.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2004
This beer kicks you in the head. I can’t say that I wasn’t warned. I was. It’s tasty, toothy, and has a nice round after taste. Thanks for sending/bringing me a bottle to taste. You know who you are.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Medium head with good retention and nice lacing. Sweet, malty but still fairly well balanced flavor with rather subtle hop flavor. I can’t really taste the alcohol, but I definitely feel it kick me in the stomach. A highly recommendable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - OCT 17, 2004
Tutored tasting with Italian beer expert Lorenzo "Kuaska" Dabove. Dark orange, golden colour, cream head. Clear body, very thin perlage. Aroma of honey, toffee, fruit (peach, apricot, orange) preserved in alcohol, brandy, leather. Smooth and clean, round taste, a lot of malt with a touch of alcohol in finish.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
guzzler67 (1575) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12363) - 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.

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