St-Ambroise Pale Ale - McAuslan Brewing
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2.55/5 rDev -34.3%
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.
06-11-2010 03:32:10 | More by Eastman2009
2.63/5 rDev -32.2%
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.
05-14-2009 01:24:29 | More by jbertsch
2.88/5 rDev -25.8%
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.
06-14-2009 04:19:41 | More by taylocd
2.95/5 rDev -24%
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
3.05/5 rDev -21.4%
A nice pale, although I cant 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 Conners 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 doesnt 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 theyre 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 Im 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.
02-06-2005 17:01:01 | More by pootz
3.08/5 rDev -20.6%
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.
11-27-2012 01:48:52 | More by TMoney2591
3.1/5 rDev -20.1%
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.
03-17-2006 00:03:53 | More by beerphilosopher
3.1/5 rDev -20.1%
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.
12-30-2009 05:10:55 | More by yelterdow
3.23/5 rDev -16.8%
This pours a clear dark amber. A finger of head drops away but leaves a fine covering and some lacing.
Sweet fruit notes dominate the aroma from some up front hops. Some nice maltiness in there as well.
The malts are big in the mouth but not as appealing as on the nose.
A bit of alcohol warmth which I find unusual for only a 5% beer. Not impressed.
Bit of a disappointment after a promising aroma.
03-03-2009 09:52:58 | More by Macca
St-Ambroise Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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