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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   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.

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2.8
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2006
Clear amber colour with a small off white head. Malty, light caramel sweet aroma with fruity and floral notes. Malty, caramel sweet flavor with an alcohol note.

3.2
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2006
On tap into Bush glass, Delirium Tremens, Brussels. Since it’s so late, and I don’t have a hostel for tonight, I decided to just swill some of the “regular” Belgian beers and stay away from the bottle list. Glowing translucent amber with eggshell head leaving the familiar island-cum-thick ring around the outside. Herbal smell and buttered bread is weak and not that appetizing. On the good side, the tight lace clings beautifully to the side of the glass, and the racing is thick, deep and slow. Now, back to the critique: flavor is off, not sure how; thin malty dextrose is mealy with that predominant herbal character from the smell working underneath. Finish is almost nonexistent, except for a lingering meal and fattiness covering the echo of hops, which step in for about three seconds of oxidized metal and then vamoose. For all that criticism, though...shiz aight.

4.5
neecnrs (2) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2006 does not count
One my all time favorites when I went to Beligum, really is great with dark chocolate.

3.8
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2006
250 mL bottle. I think it’s about a year older than the best by date, but nonetheless, it’s a good beer. Pours to a coppery body with lots of suspended particulate. Creamy off-white head. Nice lacing. Slow visible carbonation crawls up the body. The aroma is plums, nectarines, dust, aged malt. The flavor is nectarines and apricots doused in rich sugary malts. Alcohol is not apparent in the flavor. Good flavor to this beer. The palate is warming at the back of the throat. I don’t taste booze, however. Full mouth feel. Nice carbonation. I like this fairly well. Great beer for $3 at 12%.

3.7
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Lots of alcohol in the aroma smells vaguely like bourbon soaked caramel. Light bown to amber in color with a diminishing wispy white head. Flavor is stiff alcohol, toasted caramel, rum raisin, raisins, prunes and fruitcake. Finish is alcohol bitter rather than hop bitter.

3.5
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2006 Nice complex sweet Belgian beer that has a MASSIVE abv. Alcohol present but not too overwhelming. Thick fruity flavors come through especialy apples and oranges. I also seem to taste some dark fruit like raisins or something, faint... maybe i’m just tasting things. Alcohol more present in the nose then in the flavor. This one is strong, but not too shabby.

4.1
slcbrewer (44) - USA - JUN 1, 2006
25cl Bush bottle from Belgium. Probably not the strongest Belgian made as the label says, but it’s up there. I thought this was a great beer. Strong aroma of green apples. Medium abmer color, with a moderate head. Very balanced flavor, with notes of fruit and vanilla, and actually not as alcoholic as I thought it would be.

3.1
ebarnes (261) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2006
33cl bottle with Scaldis label
Pours deep gold-orange with a nice head. The aroma of alcohol is overpowering. Smells like a recently sanitized operating room. There is a little fruitiness to the flavor, but the alcohol is pretty much all you taste.

3.2
Brew102 (13) - USA - MAY 23, 2006
Tried it for the gimmick (alleged strongest beer in Belgium) and the convience (single 250 ml bottle). Nice pour, color, head, but the alcohol overrode the palate too much to recommend. Got better as it warmed, but drank more like a liqueur than a beer.

3.3
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Interesting beer here. Aroma is sweet and fruity, definitely alcohol in the nose, yet some how slightly metallic and yeasty. Appearance is a dark golden color, almost like apple juice or perhaps dark iced tea. Nice lacing with a white head. Mouthfeel is not harsh at all, but you can taste the alcohol. Very full-bodied. Flavor is fruity, like a peach or nectarine, yet still retaines a slight hoppyness to it. Alcohol is definitely present yet still soft on the tongue and not strong like it could be. Overall, I’d say it’s a good beer but the cost/quality ratio is not as high as I’d like, so I doubt I’d revist this. I think the Noel is a bit better overall.


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