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St-Ambroise Pale Ale - McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise Pale AleSt-Ambroise Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

344 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 20
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-06-2002)
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Reviews by biboergosum:
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -8%

341ml bottle. Hmmmm, toasted wheat in a pale ale, interesting.

This beer pours a clear medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some chunky splattered lace around the glass as things slowly abate.

It smells of semi-sweet caramel malt, a sort of candied fruitiness, like white ice wine, and earthy, floral hops. The taste is bready pale malt, with a touch of sugary caramel, syrupy pear and apple, and rather perfumed and aromatic floral, grassy hops. I'm getting neither toast nor wheat in this one.

The carbonation is quite mild, just a slightly steely frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, yet quite sturdy in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness of malt and hops alike persisting, and mostly clean.

An enjoyable enough pale ale for an early summer evening, though perhaps a bit too sweet all around to engender going back to the (beer) trough for it again. I guess I'm looking for something with more obvious hop attitude, whilst testing out a new fire pit by burning (I mean cooking) some juicy smokies.

05-26-2009 21:11:56 | More by biboergosum
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%

Poured a clear light golden with a large sticky white head that let rings of lace behind as it settled,quite spritzy looking pretty well carbonated.Nic hop profile in the nose quite citrusy and slightly piney but lemon and grapefruit show thru more,a light sweet biscuit malt aroma shows thru as well.The flavors seemed a bit flat to me the hops seemed to peeter out a little I mean there is a citrusy presense but not very bold,a dryer malt base really keeps the beers sweetness in check.A somewhat lighter prickly mouthfeel doesnt help it much,I had higher expectations for this but seemed a bit of a dud after a good start.

09-02-2006 01:49:12 | More by oberon
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance: 341ml bottle. Best before 11/03. Dark amber pour with a generous foamy, white head.

Smell: Nice hoppy nose with a malty kick. Some sweetness and floral hints.

Taste: Nicely hoppy off the top with an adequate malt backbone. The body bends towards the sweet side with hints of caramel and light fruit such as apricot and mango. Lovely full body.

Mouthfeel: Lively and full. A carbonated finish that starts to dry out towards the end but leaves and sweet tingle on the tongue.

Drinkability: A well rounded brew. Perfect to accompany a steak or pork. I would consider this an everyday beer of good quality.

08-21-2003 20:09:39 | More by Popsinc
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10%

04-25-2014 04:31:57 | More by cam477
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-20-2012 14:45:30 | More by beerhunter13
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drewkennedy

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

12-28-2012 23:12:04 | More by drewkennedy
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

10-30-2013 07:28:50 | More by FadetoBock
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Satyr179

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-30-2013 19:12:13 | More by Satyr179
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DougB19


4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

06-18-2014 14:43:06 | More by DougB19
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%

Presentation: 11.5 oz brown twist, no description and no freshness date.

Appearance: Hazy orange amber with a wonderful web like white lace that clings everywhere and leaves thick rings all the way down the glass.

Smell: Fragrant fruity and hoppy floral make for a sweetish aroma. Slight sweet tea nose within, very appealing.

Taste: Smooth with a moderate body that boots a crisp malty palate. Rustic hop bitterness and a lightly pungent hop oil flavour linger on top with a fruity and sweet grain mix. Fruitiness fades from peaches to apples while the hop bitterness cleans up. Pale malt character holds strong though is certainly not dominant.

Notes: Not much else one could ask for in a pale ale, seriously one of the finest pale ales I have ever had the joy to drink.

10-26-2000 00:00:01 | More by Jason
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

I've had this brew on tap a few times before, but this is my first chance to really sit down with it. From a four pack picked up at the LCBO.

Poured into a nonic glass. A stunning colour - really fantastic - copper golden, clear, and with a few bubbles rising from the depths. Terrific sticky lacing up and down the glass, good retention on the 1/2 inch head. Looks brilliant.

Nose is malty, with soft notes of peach, apple, caramel and grassy hops.

This is one tasty little pale ale - sweet at first, with a crisp cracker malt flavor, fruit and caramel, followed by a palate cleansing bitter hop finish with a touch of tart apple. Woodsy. The sweetness is a bit off pace, but generally speaking St. Ambroise is a pleasure to drink.

Crisp carbonation, slightly creamy, medium-thin bodied.

Would make for a fine session beer over the course of an evening. Pricy, but certainly worth a pickup. Another great brew from a great Quebec brewery!

02-04-2011 19:26:26 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Swedes21

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

341 ml served in a chilled glass..

Appearance - beer pours with a great amount of head that quickly disappears. Beer is a amber colour and not much carbonation is present. Some nice lacing is occuring.

Smell - I can smell some hops as well as citrus hints. This is a nicely put together beer.

Taste - good tasting beer, I would say a slight bitterness upfront and smooth on the backend. Minimal taste of hops, all around a smooth tasting beer.

Mouthfeel - little carbonation added and you can taste the hops come fwd. The beer is a little less bitter actually and has a smooth finish.

Drinkability - I'd stock this beer and drink it again. Very nice beer with lots of taste and nice ending.

11-02-2010 12:55:37 | More by Swedes21
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +10%

Pours a clear copper color with a thin white head. Aroma is fairly sweet, with caramel malts and little bit of floral hops. Malty flavor with some mild bitterness. Medium bodied with a really nice smooth mouthfeel, and very easy to drink. This is more like an English Pale Ale than an APA, but I like this beer a lot!

01-04-2010 03:53:25 | More by chickenm
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%

Appearance: hazy, and not only due to the chill; good sticky head; copper colour

Aroma: sweet and fruity; strawberry, raspberry; wheat or oats; recognize toffee after the tasting

Taste & Mouthfeel: on the sweet side when first touches the tongue, but finishes with a complex bitter tang; some fatty yeast character; big toffee; dry; perfect carbonation; want to keep coming back for more to figure out those flavours!

Overall: sweet and bitter flavours really weave together and finish as one, making it a lot of fun to drink

03-25-2012 18:24:04 | More by BGDrock
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Beer21

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -10%

12-18-2012 20:19:38 | More by Beer21
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djcreepshow

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-05-2013 04:30:56 | More by djcreepshow
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

10-26-2013 01:14:43 | More by MJ63
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IntriqKen

California

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a clear golden orange with a bit of rust color in the glass.
An impressive full finger and a half head of tight white bubbles tops the glass and leaves sticky lace behind it as you drink.

Aromas are subdued sweet pale malt and fruity hops.

Taste is light and clean. Lightly toasted sweet malt blends nicely with slighly citrus peel subtle hops.

Aftertaste is a little bready (ringwood yeast again?) and then clean citrus hop leaving the mouth pleasantly dry.

09-29-2007 22:46:06 | More by IntriqKen
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -24.2%

St. Ambroise- Pale Ale

A- Nice deep golden orange with a big fluffy heavy lacing head. Clear with good small bubbly carbonation.
S- I don't detect much here. Light buttery caramel malt, toasted grains, and grassy hops. Very light on the nose.
T- Very watery. Light caramelized toasted malt. Sugary sweet pine hop touch in the end.
M- Very watery, very light. Light and sweet in the body with a mildly bitter floral hop finish.

Overall- This was too subdued for me. Watery and lacking. I'll stick with their Oatmeal Stout!

01-08-2009 20:58:55 | More by NJpadreFan
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-02-2012 03:07:16 | More by Griffith
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

Carbonation and hop works to make it quite drinkable and a champion Canadian beer. Excellent balance, above-average smell in head that dissipitates. Can drink this for a long time. Sweet start, excellent clean aftertaste.Had this again three years afterwards, and this in brief is a beer that I like and yet can till be popular.

12-28-2003 01:57:04 | More by Sammy
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

It's been awhile since the last time I had a pale ale, stupid considering this simple style is a favourite.

Had on top. Poured into a gold-rimmed McAuslan pint glass in a fairly dim pub this beer looked pretty great. Not particularly "pale" the beer is a fairly deep amber with lively orange highlights. A lovely thick head that lasts till the last sip and leaves excellent markings.

Lively southern fruit on the nose with a hint of very light caramel. Floral hops possibly.

Nice sweet malt. Apricot and peaches, hints of caramel honey (I bought a jar from a farmer once, good stuff). Malt also has its grainy side. Hops are somewhat astringent and sharp in the finish, but pleasant overall.

No issues with the mouthfeel. It was an easy-drinking, perfectly carbonated pale.

Really enjoyed these (all 7 of them). A great session ale.

03-08-2008 16:36:46 | More by CanuckRover
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Crystal clear deep amber robe topped by a short, creamy white head that dissipates shortly but holds a decent collar and leaves some thin lace. The aroma offers some light dried summer fruit, and a bready and mildly caramel malt that's entwined with grassy & floral hops (Goldings?). It's not overly special or unusual, but it is nicely done, clean, and inviting. The body is medium with a very fine, median carbonation that's lightly crisp at first but warms to become creamy. The flavor offers a decent amount of hop flavor and bold bitterness atop a soft, lightly caramel-tinged malt. Quite English! The finish is clean and dry with some lingering grassy, and even peppery, hops. Well done! It reveals more of it's character as it warms, but I don't think that serving it at cellar temperature would benefit it greatly. Worth trying.

01-01-2003 19:03:31 | More by NeroFiddled
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traumaqueen


3.5/5  rDev -10%

04-05-2012 04:52:55 | More by traumaqueen
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jbowers56

Australia

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Clear bronze appearance with a fairly large head. Very nice head retention, remained throughout the glass.

Very fruity hop nose. Get notes of citrus, pineapple, lots of lovely fruits! Didn't get quite as much of the malty sweetness as others seem to describe, but I think I served it a little cold.

Really nice taste. Very good fruity hop flavours, mostly citruss with some slight grassyness. Malt acted to sort of sweeten it out and balance the flavours. If I lived in Canada (or didnt have to pay quite so much for the bottle in australia), this would be the beer I'd go to whenever I needed something refreshing but still very interesting.

Fairly light mouthfeel, but nothing wrong with that for a pale ale.

Drinkability was very good, I had to stop myself guzzling this down quickly (only bought one bottle).

11-23-2009 04:01:25 | More by jbowers56
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St-Ambroise Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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