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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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very good

356 Ratings

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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 212
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)
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Photo of mwar
2/5  rDev -48.3%

mwar, Dec 01, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

pin, Sep 28, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

kbrown, Nov 28, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Franck, Wednesday at 11:21 PM
Photo of MaximeLanglois
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

MaximeLanglois, Mar 28, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

MatthewBair, Oct 09, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Tommy9898
2.52/5  rDev -34.9%

Tommy9898, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of Eastman2009
2.55/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. One finger of quickly dissipating head. A warm golden shade with steady lacing throughout the drink.

Fully alcoholic scent, few other scents, off malt notes?.

No real hop profile to speak of. If this is a pale ale, it's a very tame one. Not even a lingering flavor. While highly drinkable and probably appealing to even the most novice of beer newbies, but there's nothing unique or special here.

Note: My opinion didn't change throughout the six pack.

Eastman2009, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of jbertsch
2.63/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

cloudy amber in color. Doesn't look like a pale ale. Lacing in patterns of ...well, lace. Or, think spider webs.

Smells very malty, not expected. Floral, with restrained fruit aromas mixed with a little spice.

Slight fruity taste sits on top of a strong malt base with hints of brown sugar. There's also a hint of tea leaves in there.

A little thinner than expected, and a tad watery.

I could easily drink a bunch of these.

For a pale ale this is confusing. It's neither pale, nor domestic have that typical pale ale snap and crispness. I wonder if I got a bad bottle, because I had this once years ago and loved it. Oh well.

jbertsch, May 14, 2009
Photo of Whatup14
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Whatup14, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of taylocd
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had very low expectations for this one. It was my final selection in filling out a mix-your-six, and the "BLONDE" was much more prominent on the label than "PALE ALE", thus the reason for my low expectations.

A - The appearance was much better than I had was anticipating. It had the tint you'd expect from a good pale ale, though not quite as opaque as I'd have liked. There was a decent head and minimal lacing.

S - There was not much in the way of smell from the beer, but it beat the macro brews.

T - As with appearance, I was pleasantly surprised at the taste of this beer, but only because I was expecting a "blonde", which I took to mean more of a pilsner style. As for a pale ale, it left a little to be desired (I'd have preferred a bit more bitter flavor), but it was acceptable.

M - Again, it was decent, but far from great.

D - This one managed to overcome the lack of flavor by being smooth and easy to drink.

taylocd, Jun 14, 2009
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!

NJpadreFan, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of jsnoek
3/5  rDev -22.5%

jsnoek, Jan 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of Jotora
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Jotora, Jan 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

kevinlater, Aug 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

AndrewMichael, Jan 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

JAHMUR, Jan 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

jzlyo, Dec 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

KAF, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of pootz
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A nice pale, although I can’t get as excited as some do about it. Well crafted, beautiful color, fair lacing, better than average micro pales in the aroma department....but certainly not phenomenally outstanding in the bottled form...in the same class as Conner’s with possibly more fruit-floral nose to it.

The pour was a clear orange-amber with a 1 finger head that laces nicely. Fragrance of fruity-floral hopping over a sweet malt aroma. Medium to heavily carbonation (lost points for this from me). That (IMHO) over carbonation produced a sandy-peppery mouth feel that SHOULD let go, sooner or later, and reduce this medium bodied ale to a creamy mouth feel....but it doesn’t… that carbonation hangs in there and actually detracts for the finer aspects of this ale. I detected nice floral-bittering over some great pale malt sweetness...the finish is dry and tart with the hopping lingering in the metallic after taste...but even in the finish the tongue is still being strip mined by the damnable over carbonation. This is probably a very good pale ale but they’re gonna have to remove a lot of that fizzy mega brewer carbonation to get these great tastes across undisrupted.

I had a Black Oak pale right after this and I Know I’m right about this. The BO was softly carbonated and this lends itself to the flavor departures AND makes it much more drinkable . I have tried this beer on tap in PQ many times hoping the carbonation would be less aggressive but it always seems to be present masking this ales true potential.

pootz, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Nothing screams French-Canadian Quebec like a brewery named McAuslan... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear bronze topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit-flavored solvent coating a healthy core of buttery biscuit. The taste holds notes of grapefruit peel, pine needles (dipped in a bit of sap), very light menthol, and light toffee. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, an average pale ale, one that couldn't really positively stand out in any way.

TMoney2591, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of beerphilosopher
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle ... darker amber color with golden highlights. Moderate white head with decent retention and a bit of lacing. Nose is malty, bready, and has a little bit of spice to boot. Hops are detectable. Palate is nothing exciting and consistent with the aromas apparent in this beer. Malty and slightly sweet, yet well balanced with hops. I'd say light/medium in body and carbonation. Finishes smooth and ever so slightly bitter. This definitely an english style ale, and a decent one if you're into this style. I'd drink it occasionally and would say it's worth a shot.

beerphilosopher, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass about 45 minutes out of the fridge. 11.5oz. bottle, here goes.

Appearance- A deep, burnished russet color, this beer pours rather thick with a terrific three-finger head that condenses into a very nice portion of suds. Lacing is evident, clinging to various parts of the glass.

Smell- The malts are prominent, with their bready, sweet aroma overtaking any hop presence. I'm not sure if there is a staleness factor here, as there is no freshness date on the bottle.

Taste- The hops do make an appearance here, mildly bittering the tongue while the malts run amok. The balance is pretty good, but the finish doesn't feel right... a metallic character with a semi-dry tartness hinders whatever the ingredients intend to offer as a curtain call.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Easy and gently effervescent, the texture is nice for the style. APAs routinely deliver a nice hop smack to seal the deal, but this particular beer doesn't pull it off. Average at best.

yelterdow, Dec 30, 2009
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St-Ambroise Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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