St-Ambroise Pale Ale - McAuslan Brewing
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Reviews by spinrsx:
4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Draft poured into a pint glass
Appearance - The beer pours a golden amber colour with a massive off white foamy and frothy head. There is some excellent lacing and the head sticks around for a while.
Smell - I can smell toasted nuts, malts, a honey sweetness and some hops.
Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average mouth feel, it might benefit from a little more carbonation, but it is good nonetheless. It feels smooth and velvety, and the first thing I can pick up on is the bitter hops, followed by a cantaloupe like sweetness. The beer is medium bodied and finishes smooth with just a hint of sweet and sour. The finish comes through as a little watery, but still good.
Drink - A fantastic beer that is one of my go to's. Give it a try if you happen to see it on a menu.
Serving type: on-tap
09-06-2010 19:25:31 | More by spinrsx
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3.88/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Snagged a single bottle from a "pick six" craft beer wall (Oak & Vine in Calgary). Poured into an English pint glass. This brew is a dark gold to light bronze color with a decent-sized light tan head. Smells like sweet dough accompanied by some dark fruit malty notes, along with some earthy hop spice, orchard fruit, and sweet flowers (clover?). Surprisingly devoid of citrus or pine aromas and the same is true on the palate. Rich sweet malts are most noticeable here, some plum and brown sugar, followed by spicy apples and pears, black tea, bramble fruit, peach ... Reminds me of something more sweet, floral, and mellow than most pale ales but very good nonetheless. Moderate to high carbonation and the finish does not become intensely bitter or dry, instead remaining earthy yet fruity at the same time. A well-constructed beer that would make a solid session option. This is not a hop showcase but instead hits a malt-forward profile, with hops relegated to the supporting cast.
Serving type: bottle
01-30-2014 02:29:03 | More by CalgaryFMC
4.5/5 rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is a great beer. I have had it many times and today bout a 6 pack. i am reviewing this over the fifth and 6th beer.
a- This beer pours a copper colour with huge head. It pours a 2-4+ finger head depending on pour and previous lacing in the glass and leaves a nice thick film of head throughout the rest of the beer.
s- nice fruity hoppy smell. smells of lots of caramel and great smell of fruity hops. also takes on a bit of the smell of tea which becomes more apparent the more you drink of this beer. It smells very strongly from a bit of a distance.
t- tastes great. easy to drink. hops are very apparent for a beer at 35ibu. leaves long lasting fruity hop aftertaste for a while after drinking. bitterness is not too high but the aftertaste is great and long lasting. also tastes of some tea after drinking more as stated above.
m-the mouthfeel is good nothing wrong with it. carbonated beverage to me
o- one of my favourites had it many times before. its good
Serving type: can
10-27-2013 21:46:29 | More by Jason-Dallan
3.89/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
330ml bottle from LCBO for $2.00 CDN into a pint glass.
Appearance - Poured a ridiculous 4 fingers of head that sat on top of the beer in true Belgian fashion looking creamy and delicious. Pour yielded a dark golden brown color with orange hues. Beautiful looking beer.
Smell - There isn't a ton going on; grassy hops and some malts. Some bready aspects are also present.
Taste- Similar to the smell, with a certain sweetness on the front end that is unexpected. Does not hinder the beer in any manner whatsoever.More malty than hoppy but a good balance.
Mouthfeel - Feels quite light on the palate yet is creamy and rich which is hard combination to match. Not overly carbonated but sufficiently so to provide the right finish on the beer. Not bitter nor sweet, no lingering aftertaste, yet just enough on the palate to leave you wanting more.
Overall - Pleasantly surprised by this brew, very delicious and has great finish and mouthfeel. Don't know if it was my pour or what but also looked brilliant in the glass.
Serving type: bottle
09-30-2013 05:14:30 | More by DenisKolkin
4.45/5 rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-sensitive.
APPEARANCE : Dark golden orange with an off-white head, about 2cm thick. Head dies out with average speed, leave some lacing, not much. Lacing is very fast to die out. Very pleasing look.
SMELL : First nose is almost absent, but what is there is mostly grassy hops, with some pale malt. Second nose releases more pale malt aromas and seems fresher than the first nose. Third nose is all about pale malt with some hops to sharpen it up. Hops are there but somewhat indistinct, very well blended into the malt profile.
TASTE : Somewhat toasty pale malts (this toasty side was absent on the nose) with some caramel malts as well, very fruity. Red apples, pears, sugary candy apples. Hops are present but well blended in the malt, as was the case on the third nose. Very fresh, very refreshing.
MOUTHFEEL : Good carbonation, not too explosive on the palate, allows the beer to fully take its place in the mouth, expanding the flavours everywhere. Quite lengthy aftertaste for a pale ale.
OVERALL : This is my standard everyday beer and has been for quite some time. I just never got down to reviewing it. Now that it's done, I think I appreciate it even more. Definitely one of my favorite pale ales around, and I've had some pretty good ones, including Yakima by Benelux and Edward by Hill Farmstead. St-Ambroise Pale Ale totally measures up, even though their production is much larger. They don't cut the corner for this beer - after all, it's their flagship product.
Serving type: bottle
09-15-2013 21:56:18 | More by FrostBlast
St-Ambroise Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.