Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1127   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
guzzler67 (1563) - 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 (12268) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3490) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Poured Amber as described. Aroma of rotten fruit - apples, peaches. There is something unfiltered and impure in a bad way here. The caramel malt is substantial, but not enough to carry weight of the alcohol. Spices are the ony redeeming entity. The good news is the bottle is only 8.33cl - less to pour down the drain. I hope it doesn’t corrode the pipes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Orange brown color with light carbonation and no lacing. The aroma is very dirty with fruit and yeast and musky malts with alcohol. The flavor is very doughy with plums and raisin and a solid bite of booze there. The finish is tangy and yeasty. Lots of caramel sugar in the tail. Decent BSA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Cloudy amber with red tones. Small filmy head, spotty lacing. Citrus aromas. Oranges. Alcohol. Roast and caramel malts. Yeasty. Flavor is more malty. Bitter hops and yeast flow in after the malts. Spice and alcohol warm the stomach. Really warms the stomach. Alcohol isn’t all that hidden. Spices linger on with a warm finish of bitterness and malts.

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