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Bush Blonde

Bush Blonde

The Brewery

Brasserie Dubuisson
Chaussée de Mons 28
B-7904 Pipaix
Hainaut
Belgium
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Beer Style

Sterk Blond Bier - Strong Blonde Beer


The Beer

Following on from the amber ale of Bush Ambrée, and the darker seasonal brew of the Bush de Noël, the Bush Blonde (Scaldis) formed a natural complement, when first introduced to the Bush range back in 1998. That year was the 65th anniversary of Dubuisson's mainstay, Bush Ambrée, and this muscular brew was aimed squarely at lovers of a strong blonde.

While this filtered, high-fermentation beer doesn't have quite the alcohol kick of the Ambrée, at 10.5% ABV, it remains a powerful beer. As is the case with most of the Bush range, the basic building blocks for the Blonde are the same – particularly in the use of the distinctive Dubuisson house-yeast.

What has been tweaked is its malt-balance (lighter), and its use of specific hops. The Saaz hops used here help to keep the bitters gently to the background. The result is a pils in looks – bright blonde with a frothy head – but which tastes so much fuller. A lengthy fermentation builds this blonde to a heady 10.5% ABV, made emminently drinkable by its well-saturated taste profile.


Alcohol

10.5% ABV

Fermentation

The blonde Bush is a filtered, high fermentation beer.

Ingredients

Water from the brewery's well, candi sugar, barley malt, Saaz hops and house yeast.

Colour & Transparency

The Bush Blonde owes its bright blonde colour to the use of traditional malt varieties, helped along by the Saaz hops that are used in the production of this beer.


    Serving Temperature

    10 - 12 °C / 50 – 56.6 °F

    Serving Glass

    Bush Blonde is served in the hand-blown, artisanally produced Bush chalice with the typical 'craquelé' (cracked) finish.


      Character, Tastes & Aromas

      The Bush Blonde comes across as a perfect marriage of subtle tastes – soft-yet-dry, bitter-but-sweet – with the characteristic Bush yeast imprint, and a suite of well-balanced aromas.


        Culinary

        Bush Blonde is perfectly suited to culinary use. Thanks to its low bitterness, the beer is the ideal, and subtle, complement to cooking juices or stock. Also good in sauces or to make a fish or meat marinade.

        Bush Blonde makes for a delicious pairing with egg dishes, speciality vegetables, crustaceans, shellfish, fish accompanied by a sauce, chicken dishes, pizza and pasta with pesto. Also great with creamy, as well as hard, cheeses and in a cheese fondue instead of white wine.


        Keeping and Storage

        Bottle: 18 months On tap: 12 months


        Availability

        Bottle ✔       On Tap 

        Bush Blonde is available both in bottles (33cl) and on tap (20 l).


        Other Brasserie Dubuisson Beers

        Cuvée des Trolls
        The Cuvée des Trolls first saw the light in 2000, fermenting in the tanks of microbrewery Le Brasse-Temps, a subsidiary of Dubuisson based in Louvain-La-Neuve. This outsider brew, initially aimed at the youth market, quickly achi ...
        Bush de Noël
        The first reach-out beyond Bush Ambrée for Dubuisson, making its appearance in 1991, the Bush de Noël (Scaldis Noël) is a warm Christmas beer intended to liven up the dark days of winter. Although this beer isn't easy to find, pr ...
        Bush Ambrée
        This is a venerable brew, which has recently marked its 80th anniversary. 1933 was the year that the Bush Ambrée (Scaldis Ambrée) was first introduced, under the name of Bush Beer. It is one of the oldest speciality beers in Belg ...
        Bush Prestige
        The Bush Prestige (Scaldis Prestige) certainly lives up to its name – as it is a rather prestigious brew. Much of that mark of distinction has been acquired from the vessels it matures in. Rather than sitting in stainless steel ta ...
        Bush Blonde Triple
        To mark the 75 year anniversary of the Bush beer brand, Dubuisson introduced the Bush Blonde Triple (Scaldis Triple) in 2008. This re-fermented Bush Blonde is available in large bottles (75 cl) that are rather gorgeously decorated ...

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