alexsdad06 (10949) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2015
750 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99 (I believe) from old backlog notes. Pours a hazy copper brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel malts, sweet fruits, apricots, dates, a noticeable nutty character, mild bitterness, this really keeps coming back to sweet, ok, but I’m glad I didn’t pay for it. Alusmamuts (2169) - LATVIA - JAN 11, 2015
Amber with rich bit creamy off-white head. Sweet aroma. Taste of medium roasted malt - sweet with certain bitterness, some sourness overall, Sweet bitterness remains on tongue as aftertaste. Fin (10976) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle courtsey of Lynn & Barry, consumed at Lynn & Barrys, Merton, Oxon, Wednesday 31st December 2014 Pours amber/dark orange good clarity, plenty of oomph. Alcohol on nose, very soft in mouth a little vanilla. Amazed I hadn’t rated this before, and also suprised at so few rates. a decent beer. A6 A4 T7 P4
Ov13 3.5 Lore (2926) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 26, 2014
amber colour, moderate sized off-white head, which lasts for several minutes; aroma of dried fruits (peach, some raisin), hints of apple, biscuit, caramel, wooden notes, earthy-wine cellar-like yeast, maybe some vanilla and alcohol; taste of raisin, peach, intensive malty sweetness, some apple and spicy alcohol; much more complex than the simple Bush Ambrée Bozo_skeleton (1165) - Grenoble, FRANCE - DEC 18, 2014
Orangée, ruby, belle carbo collet fin et persistant.
Alengrin (5788) - BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2014
Aromes complexes, subtil mélange d’orange, caramel, bois, whisky et quelques notes aigres.
Vive et chaude en bouche, les notes d’agrumes viennent se fondre dans le caramel de la finale. Le taux d’alcool ne passe pas inaperçu...
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2016 ’Tripel’ being interpreted here as ’bottle conditioned’ (as classic Belgian tripels usually are so they have a point there), this refermented version of Bush Ambrée was launched in 2008 to celebrate the 75th birthday of the basic beer, which was simply called ’Bush Beer’ until the arrival of its blonde sister in 1998. That blonde version too was honoured with a similar ’tripel’ version in 2008 and I had both of them in that year, shared with imdownthepub (identifying himself as a Ratebeer editor before I was even on Ratebeer myself) and his wife at a Ghent café back then; since my notes of that tasting session were a bit too concise for a beer of this stature, I am re-rating it now from a bottle bought at a Carrefour supermarket. The luxury 75 cl bottle with cork opens with a lot of pressure, but shows no sign of gushing. Almost snow white, moussy, frothy and quite dense, thick head leaving thick patches of lacing here and there, slowly showing gaps in the middle but still very stable for a 12% ABV beer; warm orange robe with slight coppery hue, amber indeed, clear but teeming with small protein flocks and dead yeast cells right from the start, turning a cloudy, slightly brownish-hued amber with deposit. Clearly a somewhat older bottle, but I have no idea for how long it has been standing on the shelves - unfortunately bottling dates, in spite of Zythos’ efforts, are still not obligatory in Belgium; best before date reads March 2019, so this bottle could well be two years old. Strong aroma of marmelade, butterscotch, Grand Marnier, candied banana and even bubblegum (isoamylacetate), soap, canned apricot, sweet peanuts, vanilla sugar, cognac, honey, ’jenever’, tulips, ripe pear, pineapple, mandarin peel, orange candy, fresh toast, hints of liquorish candy, white chocolate, nail polish remover (probably just phenols), lavender, old dry aniseed even, bath foam, cloves. Very sweet onset, candied orange, lots of banana ester, residual white candi sugar sweetness and canned apricots in sugar syrup, but showing a soft counterbalance of berry-like sourishness as well, enhanced by a minerally, sharpish but not too coarse carbonation; fruitiness and lingering sugary or even honeyish sweetness accompany the middle phase as well, full but slick and smooth with slightly coarsening carbo, very caramelly, butterscotch-like with a nutty accent, even ever so lightly toasted in the end but remaining sweet. Malt sweetness along with that initial sugary sweetness prevail in the finish, but are confronted there with a strong, wry, whisky- and Cointreau-like alcohol flavor and -effect, heating up the back of the mouth and leaving some astringency on the root of the tongue, as is also the case with the regular and Noël versions in this brand. Some lightly spicy and grassy hop bitterness also shows up, providing balance, as well as a typical, eventually very earthy ’yeast bitterness’, but sweetness and booze dominate. One slow sipper for those who are into strong, sweet, phenolic and estery Belgians, basically the Belgian version of the Anglo-Saxon barley wine concept. A tad too sweet and certainly too alcoholic for my personal taste, but nevertheless a ’big’ beer with a certain elegance; the refermentation does add a layer of additional complexity to the basic beer, which is, whether you like it or not, one of those great classics in 20th century Belgian beer culture. Recommended over the regular version, as far as I’m concerned, but again, you will really have to like banana ester, spicy phenols and other Belgian yeast effects, because those are clearly more prevalent in this refermented version than in the filtered regular version. Celest (137) - - MAY 28, 2014
Amber copper beer. Alchool, fruits, sugar, spices, yeast. Medium body. Same notes but too alchoolic MrTipple (6579) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2014
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 (3813) - FINLAND - APR 18, 2014
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 (210) - Lecce, ITALY - APR 5, 2014
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