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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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335 Ratings

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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 20
Gots: 10 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-06-2002)
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Photo of Proteus93


4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- enjoyed at Cathedral Mountain Lodge in Yoho National Park, BC... served up by CBA

A: Quite red... a beautiful copper-amber with red highlights. White, thick head of seafoam. While I probably wouldn't call this much of a "pale" ale, it looks quite nice.

S: Wow, what a nice smelling brew... spruce and woody aromas that are boldened by the wooded surroundings (which likely also play a role in the aroma I get). A soft citrus nose, and a sweet touch of malts.

T: A perfect balance of hops and malt on my palate. Citrus rind flavours, a bit of bark, and a soft earthiness.

M: Smooth and rich... very nice in a pale ale. Soft carbonation, and a bit of a creamy finish, finally finishing nice and clean...

D: An excellent beer... perhaps not exactly 'pale,' as mentioned, but there's no love lost on that. Easy ABV, and great to sip away at outdoors. I will certainly be seeking out more of this.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 04:03:09 | More by Proteus93
Photo of YankChef


3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. poured into the curvy SA pint glass

Appearance: Relatively clear and allows a lot of light to pass with no signs of sediment. 1/4 inch thick head that is foamy and leaves some nice lacing. Light brown amber in color.

Smell: Subtle sweet aromas of lychee and some other fruit as well, hops aroma comes through big time and melds with the sweetness to create a very pleasant aroma.

Taste: Very... blah. there is a very quick sweetness upfront but this beer is very crisp and finishes slightly bitter and finishes very quickly with all but no after taste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is moderate- medium high. Pretty smooth

Overall: A solid beer, very enjoyable and perfect as a session choice with outstandingly high drinkability, I got this for 5 bucks for one 12 oz bottle.... at that price stay away. 5 Bucks a six pack would look much much more appealing. I think this stuff might be old...

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 05:24:03 | More by YankChef
Photo of demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very nice looking pale ale. Deep amber in colour, nice beige head, almost two fingers worth, with decent retention despite a very mild amount of finely bubbling carbonation. Already leaving some intricate sticky webs of lace as the head recedes.

Some apricot fruitiness greets the nose, a touch of honey, as well as the aroma of whole grain crusty bread. A touch of orange pekoe tea as well as an interesting earthiness, perhaps from the hops or the minerals present in the water.

A tasty pale ale, malts and esters as in the nose, with a decent level of clean tasting bitterness at the finish with a slight lemony quality to it. Not hopped with high alpha acid aromatic C-hops, but a solid level of bitterness nonetheless, which does a great job of counterbalancing the tasty malts.

Have yet to be disappointed by this fine brewery. A solid, medium bodied ale, nice malt to hop balance, and quite mildly carbonated. Mildly astringent with a tea like quality.

A very drinkable, sessionable ale that is a great example of a pale ale, no matter what side of the pond one happens to be on. Tasty and simply elegant enough for the adventurous, while toned down enough to be a great introduction to the wonders of craft brewing. Will definitely be purchasing again, and enjoying more than a few bottles of this tasty brew this summer, as well as every other summer to come. Highly recommended to afficionados of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 00:10:26 | More by demcorhip
Photo of Georgiabeer


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This used to be available in Atlanta years ago. Glad to see it back in the market. Pours a somewhat dark golden with a nice head that sticks around as a cap and leaves some laing as well. Smells a bit grainy, slightly sweet, and with some light citrusy and floral hop aromas. Nicely balanced. The taste is also very nicely balanced. Just enough malt to give a very slightly sweet edge, just enough hops to balance the malt, and just thick and solid enough to support the predominant flavors A well made, somewhat simple tasty balanced beer. A pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 02:17:57 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of everetends


3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle at Four Winds in P'cola. Poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a beautiful dark orange. Had a nice head that goes down to a nice ring that creates some nice lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles coming up to the top. Good to look at.

S: A little lacking. Has some hops coming through with a little more sweet fruit.

T: The fruit hits you first. Subtle banana, apple and sweet peach. Then a nice hop flavor with a touch of wood. has a good malt backbone with a touch of caramel. Very nice.

M: A good amount of carbonation makes this beer very refreshing. Does not coat the mouth. Finishes clean and crisp. Very nice.

D: This makes for a good hot weather beer. Very cooling and refreshing. I ended up with more of them than I wanted, but now I am happy about that. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 05:21:45 | More by everetends
Photo of Taffle


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was amber orange with a mild haze through the glass. The head was creamy rich, lacing and coating the edges on every swril.

Light floral scent paired with fruit and malty notes.

A soft, creamy texture gives way to malt and sweet fruit. A zesty, hoppy highness follows intensifying the tongue. The flavors linger and dance in your mouth.

Suculent smooth and medium bodied. A satisfying mouthfeel for a pale ale.

One of the best pales ales in my opinion. Really lively flavors balanced with a savory feel.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 02:52:33 | More by Taffle
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an orange color with a one finger white head that slowly falls to a thin surface foam. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: malt and fruit sweetness easily rises from the glass.

Taste: solid malt base with red apples, plums, caramel, and a nice balancing bitterness. There is a hint of breadiness here too.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is brief as the flavors linger for a minute or so.

Drinkability: easy to quaff. Solid pale ale that can be a nice session ale. Pick some of this up.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 00:14:29 | More by Gavage
Photo of Zorro


3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper to red colored ale with a good tan colored head.

Interesting smell I am picking up lots of fruitiness and a banana aroma. Fruity like a steam beer with a second layer of British style hops and herbal scent. Grassy hop scent this seems to lack citrus and pine that you would expect from an APA.

Taste starts out woody and fruity in the mouth with a sweet and woody aftertaste. Pretty much stays the same through out the whole glass.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not a lot of subtlety here just a good straight ale that REALLY tastes like a California Steam beer which is a Pale Ale but is considered separate from the APA style. A good California Steam beer and really easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 22:11:49 | More by Zorro
Photo of goochpunch


3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a still copper-orange with a thin, frothy milk head that leaves some creamy lacing. Smells of toasty, biscuity malts with a touch of citrus hops. Kind of weak in the nose. Taste is a mix of light caramel, nuts, grapefruit oil, and cracker-like malt. Finishes a bit bitter and quite dry overall. The bitterness is a little muddy and the finish has a seltzer feel. Mouthfeel is light and a bit prickly on the tongue. The drinkability is solid. Not the greatest beer, but I wouldn't mind having this as my local micro.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 03:57:52 | More by goochpunch
Photo of santa109

Quebec (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 00:24:43 | More by santa109
Photo of paulthebeerguru


3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle

A: poured into a snifter. nice rich, dark copper color with an off-white head. fair to low retention. fair lacing if any. not sure why it says blonde on the bottle.

S: nice crystal malt aroma, decent hop characteristics as well. I am picking up some fruity aromas as well. mostly peach and apricot.

T: definitely crystal malts up front. some metallic tones. a decent hop flavor. this tastes like an APA.

M: very crisp mouthfeel. clean and smooth palate. good carbonation level.

D: very nice for the style. nice solid pale ale but not outstanding. worthy of a try if you like APAs.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 01:05:47 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of scruffwhor


4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber orange rind. Great two finger head right after the pour that slowly recedes to a thick rng and film. The aroma is resiny hops mlded with Belgian bread. Fisrt sip is a little sweet on th toasty malts. Almost Belgiany. The dry malts and tangy citrus develop halfway through the tongue. Giving a breezey palate and spongey texture. Great to have one after nother. Need to find this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 03:17:39 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of jwc215


3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light copper with a cireamy white, thin, head that leaves trailing lacing with some stickage.

The smell is of some caramel, a touch of wood, some fruit (citric) zest.

The taste is of caramel with pale malt. Some mild citric tone - zesty - orange/lemon finish.

Medium carbonation - light-to-medium bodied.

Mild, a bit "old-school" APA - malty with some citric notes - mild - leans towards the malt. Dirnkable, but nothing exciting.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 03:59:32 | More by jwc215
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz single bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Recently sampled this company's oatmeal stout, which was a good, light representation of the style...
As far as an American Pale Ale is concerned, this was a top-notch depiction of the style, bursting with a strong, wheat, and grain aroma and similar thick, yet light and rich flavors...
So far, both samples that I've tried from McAuslan have been great, so I definitely think this is a promising brewery from Canada (finally something other than Unibroue)...
Good taste, replete with caramel and vanilla nuances along with a rich mouthfeel and excellent level of drinkability...
Good stuff...

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 20:48:55 | More by dsa7783
Photo of ppoitras


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, formed a 1" beige head above the clear amber brew. Pillowy head falls sedately, with average lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet with ample pine and citrus tang. Taste follows the nose, well balanced. Mouthfeel and drinkability are very good as well. Overall a pleasing beer, would be glad to have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 17:07:02 | More by ppoitras
Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2008 16:36:46 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-amber body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Butter-basted malt aroma with a scant hint of fruitiness.

Taste: Dry maltiness that's really not biscuity, more like biscuitesque. Flash of sweetness. One pat of salted butter. Juicy, tart fruit flavors of citurs and apricot. Just a bit of earthy bitterness for the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Fair enough for what amounts to an easy drinking, session-type beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 22:26:03 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of smcolw


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours very dark for a "blonde"--a nice neutral amber. Excellent foamy head with good lasting power and nice lace.

I really like the blend of malt and hop in the nose. The malt is neither dry nor sweet, but there is some caramel, much like Samuel Smith Pale Ale. The hop is subtle but flowery.

The taste is more hoppy than the smell suggests. The malt is also drier and more astringent. To me, this means the beer is more complex. Superior body (like skim milk) with an appropriate amount of carbonation. The aftertaste is a good blend of the dry malt and the spicy hop.

This is a wonderful surprise. I was not expecting quite the quality--I seem to remember having this beer a long time ago and didn't place it in my "superior" category of my memory. That switched with this tasting.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 00:13:52 | More by smcolw
Photo of AlexF

Quebec (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La St-Ambroise Pale Ale a une belle couleur cuivrée et laisse une fine et mince couche de mousse.

Une odeur typique de pale ale, caramel et houblon.

En bouche, la St-Ambroise Pale Ale réussi ce qu'une Pale Ale doit réussir, et avec brio. Rien d'extravagant, mais une excellente bière qui combine amertume et houblon sans oublier une légère touche de caramel. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 03:49:19 | More by AlexF
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO. Amber pour with a small white head. Fresh hops and fruit aroma with a touch of caramel. Great hops taste, well married to a malty body. Medium mouthfeel and a lingering finish. This is a pleasant brew, but not as good as many of the other offerings from this brewery

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 04:26:39 | More by bobsy
Photo of rodenbach99

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown 341ml bottle, bought 6 pack

Nice beer with a copper colour, it has a nice off-white foam but thin. On the nose this beer has classic british hops aroma, some percible bitterness, the beer has a ncie body, some good precence int he mouth. the bitterness of those hops are present, nice lenght, I love this classic Quebec's pale ale

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 19:02:59 | More by rodenbach99
Photo of bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm having it in a small nonic style pint glass.

Good bitter pale ale, decent pale straw color, exellent white head dissipates slowly, faint aroma of caramel malts and earthy hops, dry crisp finish to it as well, good (and readily available) pale ale from Quebec... not a common thing.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 04:12:16 | More by bloberglawp
Photo of jasonjlewis


4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 08:59:45 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, purchased in a six pack at the Beer Store in Kingston, Ontario. I'm not generally a hop fan but this beer definitely makes hoppiness a lovely trait!

Colour is pale caramel brown, with a bubbly off-white head that diminishes quickly to a thin coating of small bubbles.

Sweet floral bouquet upon pour. Aromas are sweet malt and appropriate hop notes, with butter and caramel. Edit: some peanutty and misc. nut notes. Nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Taste is sweet, but not cloyingly so, with some well balanced bitterness throughout. Strong pale malt palate with some ripe fruit (apple?). Nice long finish of red grapefruit and grains.

Overall an excellent highly sessionable pale ale. EDIT: Just bought another six and heartily enjoying this one as well. EDIT2: And another six. Even better the third time.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 18:50:06 | More by Antilochus
Photo of IntriqKen


3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 22:46:06 | More by IntriqKen
St-Ambroise Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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