St-Ambroise Pale Ale - McAuslan Brewing
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5/5 rDev +28.9%
Wow, top notch pale ale, one of the greatest I have yet sampled and it's brewed only an hour and a half away from me! Fantastic hop oilyness. Very appetizing bitterness with an unidentifiable malt fruitiness up front and a long lingering hop flavour. Perfectly balanced. Appearance is a rich pale amber with a long lingering dense head. I adore this stuff! Even better than their Oatmeal Stout which is saying alot. A great brew for the fans of hops who aren't quite the hopheads who wanna be smacked around by them.
03-21-2004 19:32:14 | More by Ardon
4.75/5 rDev +22.4%
This is a wonderful, complex and engaging ale ale, light but with plenty of character and flavour.
Light amber=copper, it has a very large pale tan head, rich and creamy, shrinking very slowly to a permanent thin, rocky head and leaving some good lace.
The aroma is faintly earthy with toffee, citrus, fruit, toast. It's pleasant, full-bodied, and complex.
The taste is citrusy, leafy, with a lot of toast, light winey fruit, a light sweetness with balancing bitterness that just dominates the finish and lingers engagingly.
04-06-2009 18:43:56 | More by Offa
4.72/5 rDev +21.6%
I will try to be as objective about this one as I can. I have been drinking this beer for about 10 years now... it is my all time favourite session ale and in my top 10 to be sure.
Poured this in one of my tasting glasses (like all the other beers I rate) beautiful fully copper tint with caramel highlights under a generous and fluffy off white plate of foam. The head was tenacious to say the least and, I as I stare at the empty glass, I see sheets of lace all around the walls of the vessel.
The aromas of this beer when it is fresh beckon the nose to plunge into the glass again and again. Full freshness of malts dancing with hops over notes of caramel, orchard and citrucy fruits and just a hint of vanilla up front and in the middle. The finish sees the biscuit quality of the malts return and once again mingle with the hops. So satisfying!
A steady bead emerges from the beer in columns all around the glass as I taste. Omnipresent are the bready malt and hops that are punctuated by accents of caramelized oranges and apples. The very full flavours are consecrated by a sharp but pleasant fresh hop bitterness which quietly dries the tongue. I could easily drink this all day and never get bored.
Hope those of you who have a chance to try this enjoy it as much as I. Hope even more that you get a fresh batch so you can experience the sensory indulgence I just had.
11-24-2004 23:52:25 | More by Beersignal
4.7/5 rDev +21.1%
The Beer Store didn't have any St. Ambroise oatmeal stout, so I settled for this. Damn, am I not dissapointed. This is a delicious beer. For a pale ale, it's very yellow. Sort of a copper yellow, or dark blonde. Blonde ale would be a better description for this, I think. Head settles too one finger after poured into the mug. White, fluffy and strong all the way down. Beautiful. Strong hop smell. Strong enough to give your nasal a kick, but not so strong as too be a turn off. Very hoppy taste. I love it. No malt on the tongue, which was a surprisingly good thing. Mouthfeel was bitter and clean. Highly drinkable. I love this beer. When I pick up their oatmeal stout, I'll be sure to get this again. It's delicious. I honestly believe the taste cannot be improved any more.
03-13-2003 12:01:56 | More by slitherySOB
British Columbia (Canada)
4.68/5 rDev +20.6%
I will get this out of the way at first: this is my favorite non-Belgian styled beer. I was very glad to see it available at the local BC liquor store for much less than I can get it in Calgary.
Upon opening, the aroma is quite evident. I find it to be floral, with fruit and hops notes. Beautiful. Pouring, it results in a good white head, that lasts for a fairly short time.
The taste is very similar to the aroma. No beer I have had before has such strong floral notes. But, they are well matched with the hops and other characteristics of the beer. As previous reviewers have mentioned, the balance of the St. Ambroise Pale is impeccable. Mouthfeel is good, with a fair bit of carbonation.
Combining all of these characteristics into a beer results in an excellent, drinkable brew. It's my choice for a session beer.
Poured from a 330 mL bottle.
10-29-2005 03:32:26 | More by peterthepiper
4.63/5 rDev +19.3%
I had to find some good session beer, not out of this world in the taste. Got a 6-pack. Here is my review.
The color is copper, very clear. Bubbles are present and the head is creamy and sticks well to the glass. The aroma presents itself with hops notes and caramel malts. A great aroma, very inviting. On the taste, it is caramel malts instead of being dominated by hops. However, the finish is dry and slightly bitter. It stays in the mouth for a long time... Very good taste but I would prefer a little more hop bite. Not bad at all, it would be perfect with the additional hop bite in the end. Medium body beer with carbonation that is presents in the mouth. A good session beer for everyday.
04-10-2010 22:36:38 | More by ZorPrime
4.63/5 rDev +19.3%
11.5 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A - dark amber; thin, dissipating head; some lacing holds up
S - mild, fruity hops followed by the malt
T - unexpectedly wonderful -- why isn't this beer more well-known? ripe fruit, but not what I've come to expect -- not pungent at all
M - not much carbonation; right amount of bite
D - smooth and tasty make it easy to knock back
Quite possibly my favorite pale ale. easy to drink, but with enough flavor, and flavor not usually present in the style make it worthwhile.
02-13-2011 03:26:14 | More by vapodge
4.6/5 rDev +18.6%
Original review YESTERDAY
Appearance; decent head with amber color. Decent retention, fades halfway down the glass.
Smells is of alcohol and some caramel malts. A slight floral aroma is present as well. I'm surprised that the alcohol is this strong on the nose considering this beer is 5% abv.
Taste is sweet upfront with some dry husky grain in the middle that makes for a little bit of an off tannin. This is followed by a decent hop bitterness. The alcohol again comes out a little to boozy in the balance.
The mouthfeel has moderate carbonation but has a slight alcohol astringency.
This beer is not really for me.
3.5, 3.0, 3.5, 3.5, 3.0
First beer in blind tasting
It had a nice amber color with a couple finger s of head that stuck around for a while with nice retention.
THe smll was of caramel malts and hops both added during the boil and dry hopped.
Taste was intensely dry hipped with sweet caramel malts to balance.
Mouthfeel was crisp and full.
this was one hell of a sessionable beer. I wish I would have taken better notes the second time around.
11-02-2007 08:59:45 | More by jasonjlewis
4.55/5 rDev +17.3%
Also labelled as "Biere Blonde".
Golden in color with a nice full off-white head, good carbonation, and some decent lace. Citrusy and spicy hop aroma dominates. Nice hoppy ale with great balanced maltiness... biscuit-like with some nice grainy character. Medium-light bodied with a crisp dry hoppy finish.
The hoppiest Cnadian brew I've had to date... Worth seeking out !
(341 ml / 11.5 oz)
07-10-2006 18:21:25 | More by RBorsato
4.5/5 rDev +16%
Recieved this beer as part of my latest beer of the month club shipment. It is in the top 3 of best beers I've had in a long time. Served out of a brown glass bottle with a cool looking half lion, half dragon type creature on it....similar to the Lowenbrau emblem....poured into a traditional pint glass ....Here we go...
A- Superb head. About a 3 inch collar with suprisingly good retention. Even to the last sip, there was about 1/16 of foam coating the surface of the beer. Beautiful. Wonderful, textbook lacing all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Very good amber/honey color with a nice offwhite colored head. I would have given the appearance my first perfect score of "5", but the carbonation was a bit too low.
S- MMMMmmm...Hops. Take some very deep drags of this beer with your hands cupping the top of the glass, and you will get deep whiffs of hops, and right towards the end...you will smell something sweet. Kind of like honey...it's faint, but enough to make you continually smell it!
T- Take a sip, and the minor issue with the apparent lack of carbonation in appearance proves to be just a facade. A perfect balance of bubbles file into your. The beer is slightly bitter, and then upon the swallow the hops really kick in and massage your throat on the way down.
M- Even 15 minutes after this beer has been completely been drank, it still tastes fresh in your mouth. Wonderful!
D- Very glad this beer was randomly selected as part of this months beers of the month. Drink this beer as an apertif only. You really need to enjoy this one without any food of any sort involved.
08-29-2008 19:53:31 | More by sccala
4.5/5 rDev +16%
Serving Type - 341ml bottle poured into a small pint glass.
Appearance - The filtered brew pours a light-amber/golden colour with a thick, creamy white head. Head retention is fantastic - when it does eventually dissipate it leaves behind a thick trail of white lacing.
Smell - A strong sweet smell. Predominately grainy with light notes of flowers and toffe, and perhaps a very light hint of spice.
Taste - Tastes of toasted grains at the beginning, with sweeter toffe and fruity like flavour kicking in towards the finish. Has a good hop backbone, yet not overbearing...
Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel isn't quite heavy - creamy almost, but not in the same way say..a cream ale is. Carbonation is low and unobtrusive.
Overal 4.5/5 - Side Note: One of the best 'balanced' pale ales I've had in ages.
05-09-2013 03:36:24 | More by IdeaSpeeder
4.5/5 rDev +16%
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
10-27-2013 21:46:29 | More by Jason-Dallan
4.5/5 rDev +16%
Poured from 11.5oz bottle into pint glass
A - Dark golden amber with large, creamy white head. Considerable lacing on the glass.
S - Malty, fruity, yeasty. Slightest hint of citrusy hops
T - Full malt flavor with fruit and yeast, followed by a very tasteful use of hops. This is delicious!
M - Light to medium with a very crisp finish. Leaves you longing for the next sip.
D - Very drinkable. This bridges the hop gap between British and American pale ale.
11-15-2008 20:12:37 | More by mcsquint
St-Ambroise Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.