Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Brasserie Dubuisson Frères - Bush Ambrée (Scaldis)

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 250 mL bottle, poured into a snifter

This Belgian Strong Pale Ale from Dubuisson comes in a diminutive bottle, with flavors to contrast its size. The beer pours an orange body with a slight brown tint and a fine suspension of yeast particulate. The thin white head provides a great contrast in color. The retention is modest, but expected for the ABV of the beer and produces very light wisps of lace. A very winey nose differentiates this beer from other Strong Pales. Sweet malts and piles of apricots contrast the slight woodiness of the aroma. The beer is clearly strong and carries light hints of banana.

The beer is strong and sweet, it calms down on the sweetness a bit as the beer warms. The heat from the alcohol develops with the warmth, but with seemingly less fusel alcohol the brew seems to mellow nicely. Light figs and candied fruits lend a sugariness that is never syrupy, thanks to a solid, velvety carbonation. The finish is strong with a light alcoholic edge and vague chest warming. Residual sugars rest on the palate after the finish.

Final Verdict: A-

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