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

365 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 20
Gots: 16 | 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:
Hops: Cascade, Willamette, Golding, Hallertau

IBU: 35

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-06-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by santa109:
Photo of santa109
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served at 46 degrees. Best before date on the bottle: June 30th, 2008.

A: Poured an orangey amber with 2 fingers of thick bubbly off-white head into a pint. Lively looking head that leaves an impressive amount of lacing throughout the drinking session. The head also doesn't fully go away as a thick ring forms along the glass and a thicker than average film sticks around all along capturing some big bubbles.

S: Very nice aroma of grapefruit, citrus and pine from the hops. A underlining bready sweetness is also present.

T: Initial malt sweetness that quickly cedes to a controlled grapefruit, citrus twang from the hops. Once swallowed, a brief malt revival occurs with some bread type of taste and then it yields to a slightly pungent lingering aftertaste of hops. Very nice balance going back and forth in this one.

M: Tingling mouthfeel due to the carbonation which really helps to push the full hop flavors through. Slightly sticky feel that leaves a dry finish.

D: Another area where this beer shines. The balance between the flavors makes this a highly sessionable beer.

Overall, a superior APA due to its balance. Especially enjoyable outside in the warmth of the summer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Popsinc
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of drewkennedy
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of FadetoBock
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Satyr179
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of DougB19
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Swedes21
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of chickenm
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of BGDrock
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Beer21
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of djcreepshow
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of MJ63
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JonnyBeers
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of IntriqKen
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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St-Ambroise Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.