Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 1239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   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.

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Stew41 (2117) - Phuket, THAILAND - FEB 15, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 Update
Just had a look at a 2005 bottling. Very easy drinking for a 12% given the sweet and soft malt profile. Flavours are starting to mellow with age and I suspect the alcohol impact has settled as well. I thought it looked quite good and would be interesting to see how a 5yr is travelling. Scores relate to original sampling but I’d given this one 3.1 or 3.2.

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Claims to be Belgium’s strongest beer at 12%. Pours a big ‘rocky’ head early but fades surprisingly quickly. Dead clear amber / caramel in the glass. Nose is more restrained than expected, almost elegant, but the power of this beer is nevertheless evident with sweet malts, raisened / dry grapes, some underlying heat. Sweet powerful palate, medium weight malts early, but picks up the pace quickly to finish with a big lick and malt and alcohol sweetness. Finishes a little hard (almost feels ‘extracted’ in wine parlance) and hot. ABV notwithstanding this beer is a little disjointed and perhaps not an easy drink to sip at.

Darkover (1545) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Hazy amber color with a big beige head, that never quite leaves. Aroma of alcohol, and a little caramel and dark fruit. Flavor of nuts, sour fruit and caramel.

Panzerfaust (877) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - FEB 1, 2006
Pours a hazy red brown ale with a huge white frothy head that shows good retention. Complex and strong aroma of malt with notes of molasses, caramel and fruity touches of cherries, raspberries and red wine. There’s some alcohol presence too. Very strong flavor with a heavy sweet start. Feels like gun powder with the attacking alcohol in the mouth and ends with a bittersweet finish. The aftertaste remains for a long time being very alcoholic. Oily texture, clean and soft carbonated. It’s so heavy that sometimes it feels more like a liquour than a beer but it’s a very good Belgian Strong Ale.

drfabulous (8806) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Really nice. High quality Belgian. What more can I say? I don’t need fancy words to say a Belgian is good. You know what I mean.

atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Sample from Jan 06 Indy gathering. Thanks to Mike from BW3’s for this 2000 bottle. A little cloudy orange color. Very hot alcohol and brown sugar aroma. Flavor has a nice vineous quality with strong alcohol and sweet malts, followed by brown sugar sweetness.

MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Sample from Jan 06 Indy gathering at BW3 downtown - bottle 2000 vintage - Aroma of sweet carmel, cherry, hops, and alcohol. Pours bright amber with good head and lacing. Flavor is dark malt and fruit, leather, alcohol, and a touch of hops. Palate is sticky and sharp. Take it slow, there’s a lot going on once you get past the alcohol.

jgentgesdo (694) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Pours golden with a large tan head that is rather frothy. Nose is sweet candy and alcohol. The flavor is very malty and creamy, some hops bite towards the end, more alcohol. Slight wheat and bitter aftertaste, along with some cardboard. No complex flavors, no viniousness, and rather poorly balanced. Neh.

auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - JAN 16, 2006
25cl bottle. A very strong beer. Hazy amber with a strong aroma. Definite hints of fruit. Not sure about this one. I may have to have it again sometime by itself instead of mixing it with some others.

BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 15, 2006
25 cL bottle from www.belgianshop.com. Pours golden orange with a small white rocky head. Yeast (sour earth, leather) and light malt (hay, straw) aroma with peach and apple notes. Alcohol and yeast flavor, warming malt, toffee notes and a spicy dry finish. Medium bodied and fizzy palate.

awaisanen (1310) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Ruddy-amber transulcent pour with an even soapy head. Aroma is very light, mostly orange with a hint of spice. Flavors are much more potent than the nose - orange, cinimmon and spice mostly. Finish is sweet and spicy, but not overly complex.

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