Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Bush, a Belgian beer brand and the flagship product of the Dubuisson Brewery, located in Pipaix, a village near the Belgian town of Leuze-en-Hainaut in the Walloon Region of the country.
An Independent brewery, using locally sourced yeast and fresh water from its own deep wells, with the hops and barley coming from the Czech Republic.
In 1933, one year after Alfred and Amédée inherited their parents’ brewery, they decided to compete with the English who occupied a leading position on the market of strong beers. That is how the brothers created the Bush beer, with its 12% alcohol content. To compete they gave their beer an English sounding name. Dubuisson bière would be translated into English as Bush beer. However, in the United States, the beer is sold under the name “Scaldis” (the Latin name of the river Scheldt that flows through western Belgium).
It’s Amber Bush, created in 1933, is one of the oldest “special” Belgian beers and the most popular, and strongest, among Bush beers. Other selections include Bush Blonde, Christmas Bush and Luxury Bush.
Bush beers are sold all in the UK and all over Western Europe, North America, Japan, Brazil and South Africa, and they have won a variety of different awards down through the years: World Gold Medal Selection in Amsterdam in 1992, gold medal and first place at the World Championship of Chicago in 1988, Gold medal at the World Beer Championships in Chicago in 2012.
Review: 33cl bottle of Bush Blonde: ABV: 10.5%
The Bush Blonde, on the go since 1988, and introduced by Hugues Dubuisson on the 65th anniversary of the Bush Ambrée launched by his grandfather, Alfred. Considered to be one of the strongest beers from Belgium coming in at an alcoholic volume of 10.5%
A lot, and I mean a lot, of gas on the pour, a bit of a mess truth been told. Full of carbonation, resulting in a massive head and a beer that took a long time to settle.
It also was very murky looking, a lot of sediment in the bottom of the glass floating around, which looked a bit worrying and not at all appetizing.
Head does die eventually to leave a small but decent looking head that maintains, and an orange looking beer. Minimal lacing.
Overall, it looks terrible! One of the worst I have seen.
On the nose get a strong citrus and fruity smell.
Taste: initial taste, it was fucking horrible, a harsh alcohol taste, but once it settles down and I settled down myself from the shock, it is actually not too bad. Smooth enough for a 10% beer
Can feel the alcohol alright but quaffable enough and not overpowering, not hoppy
Smooth enough, all things considering (all the carbonation)
Not hoppy. No bitter tastes. Yeah not bad
A lot of sweet malts, some sweet fruits, and yeast.
Overall this beer tastes a million times better than it looks, and after you get over the initial hit of all the strong smells and taste, it eventually is a beer to savour.