3.9AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured a 330ml can into a Trappist chalice
Appearance: Dark orange, slightly hazy. Forms a foamy white head initially, but it fizzles away like a soda. No carbonation - looks like juice.
Smell: Alcohol and caramel syrup. Not quite as potent as much Belgian aromas.
Taste: I’ve never been a huge fan of monster Belgian beers, but Bush Amber (or "Scaldis" as it’s known here in the USA) doesn’t drink like your typical Belgian monster. There’s genuine flavor here, especially of caramel and a touch of butterscotch. Vanilla and wood seem to be prominent as well, which is ironic considering the fact it’s not a barrel-aged brew. The sweetness here is very enjoyable while its in the mouth and there is very little aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden in the palate so as to NOT impart any kind of dry or rubbing alcohol effect. Surprisingly tasty!
Mouthfeel: Despite the high ABV this is not a "carbonated syrup" brew. I might even classify it as medium bodied (on the higher end, though). Virtually uncarbonated enables it to slide across the tongue easily.
Drinkability: Aside from a select few American brews, I can’t think of a beer this big that is so proportionately drinkable. The 12% ABV is nothing to scoff at, yet it doesn’t upstage the genuine palate here. There is definitely heat on the finish from the alcohol, but it’s easily tolerable.
Overall, this is one of the most impressive Belgian beers I’ve ever drank, especially considering it doesn’t drink like a Belgian brew.