Alengrin (1258) - BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Refermented, 75 cl version of Bush Ambrée to celebrate the 75th birthday of the brand in 2008. Bottle shared with British Ratebeer editor in Ghent. Creamy, off-white, stable foam (the latter all the more so in view of the alcohol strength), colour a deep and pure amber with a lightly brownish hue, misty. Powerfully perfumed aroma of orange juice, honey, cider, whisky, cloves, gingerbread, lemon peel, white chocolate; sweet taste with medium carbonation, very citrussy fruity, soft and mellow maltiness (honey, caramel), subdued yeastiness with spicy notes, lots of warming, amaretto-like alcohol in the finish without becoming astringent. I’ve been an admirer of this brand for a long time and this is a nice treat to the fans.
Celest (126) - - MAY 28, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Amber copper beer. Alchool, fruits, sugar, spices, yeast. Medium body. Same notes but too alchoolic
AdiBeer (1026) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: caramel malts, grains, cereals. Appearance: hazy amber, small white head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: sugary sweets expanding, light alcohol notes, caramel. Overall: very nice (and strong) Belgian Strong Ale. Bottle at Les Halles, Ypres.
RexTalionis (2408) - FINLAND - APR 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 75 cl. Pours copper in color with a foamy off-white head. Garden fruityness, malty notes and sweet brown sugary notes in aroma, some flowery summer meadow as well. Bit of orange fruityness in taste along with sweetish notes as in brown sugar with hints of some biting spicyness too.
milo91hd (100) - Lecce, ITALY - APR 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottiglia da 750, colore ambrato scuro con una schiuma poco persistente e fina, l’aroma richiama molto la frutta e il vino, al sapore risalta molto il malto e lo speziato poi si sentono tutti i suoi 12% di ABV, forse anche troppo per i miei gusti
superspak (2559) - Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 2015. Pours moderately cloudy deep orange copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big golden raisin, plum, fig, cherry, pear, apple, caramel, candi sugar, toast, biscuit, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big golden raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, caramel, candi sugar, toast, biscuit, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of golden raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, caramel, candi sugar, toast, biscuit, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and big robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and deep malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong ale! All around great complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast ester and deep malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
MoritzF (8464) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAR 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle, 75cl) Slightly hazy, amber coloured hue with floaties and a short and off-white foamy head. Delicately toasted malty aroma with notes of caramel, nuts, phenolic spices from behind and a slightly vinous fruity touch. Moderately sweet and slightly bitter flavour, full bodied with a smooth carbonation. Strong but still elegant malt character with caramel, nutty notes and a vinous fruity touch; moderately sweet malty and distinctively nutty finish with a whiff of booze, caramel and dried fruits. A nice winter warmer. 26.XII.13
ogivlado (5672) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 11, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled 750ml. -from Svijet Piva Zagreb. Had this one after all major Bush big bottle beers. And what a joy!!! From the beginning; clear amber coloured and medium sized off-white head; strong alcohol and some fruits in the nose. Heavy alcoholic, slight fruity and yeasty with (warming) vodka like taste. The finish is also the same; vodka like. Hardly a decent beer and a huge letdown for me!!!
pivnizub (8793) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - FEB 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille(0.75 l):Copper coloured, lots of floaties visible, small off-white head, vinous-fruity nose with aromas of caramel and alcohol; moderate to solid sweet flavour, supported by light bitterness, quite full bodied; lingering caramelly and fruity finish with a warming alcohol-burn in the aftertaste. Not bad, but not my cup of tea…
hotstuff (4069) - Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated on 01-05-2010 (Bottle) This beer forms a large, very, very fizzy ivory head that mostly diminishes, hazy amber body, fizzy carbonation, lots of floaties, and no lacing. The Aroma is caramel malt, very aromatic, fruity, alcohol, spicy, and some vanilla. The Taste is malty, fruity, spicy, and the 12% ABV comes through like a lion. The Palate has an alcohol burn and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, as much as I like this beer style and high ABV beers, I have to admit this beer is a little too much for me. It is worth trying nonetheless.