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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 585   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Aging in oak barrels for 6 months gives this beer an uncommon smoothness and richness.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pivo (2665) - GERMANY - OCT 9, 2004
Huge cognac nose - even vodka. Deep amber color and low foamy head. Bourbon malt body with hints of nuts, raisins, wood and beautiful a spicy end - like a fine cognac. Whiskey-like too. Extreme high alcohol. All blended together for a perfect balance and a glass-like, silky texture. Pretty amazing stuff.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2012
Bush Prestige
2012-09-15, vintage 2008, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Hazy amber color, medium sized creamy head. Nice aroma of malt and cognac. Good body, sweet malt flavor, with a touch of vanilla, oak, fruits, raisins... Some alcohol warmth in the final.
Very good, after 4 years it seems at a good level of maturity.

Bush Millenium Cuvée 2000
2010-05-06, 11 years old, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Cloudy orange amber color. Aroma of malt, vanilla, a bit fruity. Good body; sweet malt flavor, good mix of vanilla and wood, with light fruit. The alcohol is more evident than it used to be, but it’s still very good. A bit oxidised and corky.

Bush Prestige
2010-02-26, 9-5-8-4-17=43
the older bottles didn’t have the vintage on the label; this bottle is about 5 years old (a good exercise in sight of the upcoming Bush Millennium tasting)

It pours a cloudy amber color; the initial head doesn’t have much persistence. The aroma is incredibly fresh for this age, with vanilla oak in the front, malt and then light fruits. Good mouthfeel, sweet malt flavor, Bourbon vanilla and alcohol; it’s like drinking a mix of malt and rhum. The beer is a bit cornered here, but this brewage is still valuable for the grace in holding up with the years.

Bush Prestige
2004-11-21, 9-5-9-4-17=44
Cloudy copper color. Strong aroma, malty and fruity (ripe apples), then caramel, wood and cognac (clearly the cask!).
Very good taste, malty, avoids with elegance all the possible mistakes: not too sweet, not too oily, not alcoholic, it makes you believe it’s only 7% ABV! Again with evident cognac notes. Maybe, it’s still not mature enough.
I love it, and it’s very original, but must absolutely check how improves with the ageing.
Another point: it’s a pity that the bottle doesn’t have the vintage year.

Bush Millenium Cuvée 2000
2003-07-04, 4 years old=10-5-10-5-20=50
Cloudy orange to amber color. Original aroma, strong, curaçao, bitter oranges, harmonious wood.
Complex, lovely, incredible.
And an excellent body, with similar characteristics, cheating very well with the alcohol content: malt, hops, fruitness, Grand Marnier, alcohol, herbs…
Can this one be the best one I tasted out of 3000?

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Caskalefan (165) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2007
Beautiful peach color along with a craggy, blooming head. Nose, and taste of peaches, persimmons, pepper, coriander, vanilla, oak, and subtle bourbon. Most of all, the flavor reminds me of Krug Clos du Mesnil 1983, which was one of the finest vintage champagnes ever. This, despite the fact that this beautiful ale was not afforded the Methode Champenoise that Deus, or Malheur Brut underwent.The body is silky, and relatively sprightly for its weight, and the alcohol is elegantly restrained, and serves as a catalyst to heighten the flavor nuances. This is a true masterpiece of the brewer’s art, and is well worth every penny of the $40+ dollars a bottle that it retails for.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
softcough (1) - USA - NOV 17, 2007 does not count
The unique aromas and flavors of this beer are so complex that it is overwhelming to attempt a verbal description. This was a very special experience that every beer drinker should be so lucky to have. It if weren’t prohibitively expensive it would probably be the most talked about beer in the world.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rcarleyjr (1) - USA - NOV 17, 2007 does not count
This is the first beer I’ve ever had that made me want to write a review. It is, in a word, amazing. There is such a depth of complexity imparted by the oak aging that builds on an already extraordinary beer. Vanilla, spices, rich fruit. Just about every good thing I could think of is going on in this beer. I wish I could find another to spend $50 on all over again.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
techcommdood (2) - , New York, USA - JUL 14, 2008 does not count
Absolutely stellar. The other ratings have done this fine beer justice in their descriptions, so a big "ditto" here from me.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Grzesiek79 (4000) - Radom, POLAND - MAY 3, 2012
caramel, nuts, toast, cereal, floral, spruce, herbs, earthy, basement aromas, leather, banana, alcohol, soy sauce, skunky, woody, licorice, butterscotch, amber, sparkling, cloudy, white foam, frothy, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, heavily sour, umami, salty, full body, creamy, oily feel, flat, fizzy, long finish,

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SuperTiti33 (843) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2013
Blonde/ambrée. Voilé. Légèrement sédimenteuse. Nez: fruité. Fine acidité. Boisé. Vin blanc. Raisin. Épicé. Caramel. Rhum. Fruit exotique. Alcool. Floral. Framboise. Prune. Figue. Abricot. Ananas. Anis. Muscade. Pomme verte. Cardamome. Cidre de glace. Vinaigre balsamique. Levure. Banane. Un nez absolument sublime. Bouche: tout aussi intense que le nez. Entrée douce et effervescente. Suivi d'un combat entre l'amertume et le sucre. Et ça termine dans le caramel avec une douce acidité du début à la fin. Sirop d'érable. Très fruité. Boisé. Vanille. Vin blanc. Levure épicé. Beaucoup des arôme retentisse en bouche notamment les fruits et les épices. Chênes. Traces de levures sauvages. Fine chaleur d'alcool évoquant presque le whisky. Banane. Une bière exceptionnel et plus que bien équilibré. Elle englobe ma bouche de bonheur. Chapeau.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1394) - BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2015
A événement exceptionnel, bière exceptionnelle … Pour mon 1000 ème rating, je voulais une célébration digne de ce grand moment. Bien sûr, j’ai déjà dégusté cette bière, je connais sa valeur d’exception, ce n’est donc pas la première, et ce ne sera certainement pas la dernière !!! Bouteille sérigraphiée classe de 75 cl, avec bouchon de liège qualité diam, et médaille dorée. Couleur ambre roux, avec un léger voile. Bulles fines et lentes. Mousse beige crémeuse. Arômes de bois de fût, raisins de vendanges tardives, figues, dattes, pointe de miel. 1ère bouche souple à veloutée, à l’impression vineuse extrême. Arrière-bouche riche de mille nuances. 2ème avec des tannins superbes, et de la vendange tardive merveilleuse. Arrière-bouche longue et complexe. 3ème où le velouté de la texture accompagne les saveurs extraordinaires. Arrière-bouche d’un impact énorme. De la classe, de la super classe, de l’extra classe !! Longueur qui est un Everest de la bière, en passant par les sommets des Andes… Jambes huileuses, fines. Levure magnifique. Alcool qui est un pur modèle de ce qu’une bière peut faire, un cas d’école pour les amateurs de quadruple. Il ne s’agit pas bien sûr d’un accompagnement des saveurs, mais d’une direction énergique comme le ferait un super coach, avec un dosage des capacités de chacun (ici je te pousse la levure, ici je te pousse le malt, ici je te pousse le houblon …), et bien sûr de l’harmonie de l’ensemble avec la classe d’un chef d’orchestre de niveau mondial. Finale divine. CONCLUSION : une bière qui est un plus qu’une révélation, un petit miracle (ou un grand miracle, selon votre degré de croyance …). Cette bière ne peut être classée dans un chiffrement sur 10, et a fortiori sur 5 à l’américaine … , c’est un peu comme les cols du tour de France classés hors catégorie … Donc, puisque nous devons nous frotter avec les 5 de Ratebeer, nous dirons que cette bière vaut 3 fois un 5, ou pour parler plus simplement un 555 sur 100, rejoignant ainsi par exemple la Westmalle triple (ce qui est, nous l’avouerons sans problème, une référence ultime …).

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
albundy (48) - FRANCE - MAR 17, 2012
Une pure merveille. De la rondeur et beaucoup de goût. Même le nez est très agréable.


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