St-Ambroise Pale Ale - McAuslan Brewing
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3.89/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
09-30-2013 05:14:30 | More by DenisKolkin
4.45/5 rDev +14.7%
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.
09-15-2013 21:56:18 | More by FrostBlast
3.59/5 rDev -7.5%
473ml can purchased at the local LCBO and poured into a Smithwicks Draught mug. Produces a tight and long lived white colored head atop light reddish liquid, clear and bright. The nose is kinda unassuming, just some light sweetness and a touch of fruit with little hop presence. The ale is easy drinking, the carbonation not over the top which makes it easy to quaff, flavors of light biscuity malt, yeast fruitiness and a very balanced hop bitterness add up to make this a great session ale...which is just what I'm doing as I have 2 more cans lined up after this. Finishes light and refreshing, light without sacrificing taste. Recommended!
07-22-2013 01:11:15 | More by beerluvr
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
473 mL Can - still in the hotel in Toronto - going through an assorted six pack from the LCBO
A - Transparent orange/bronze. Foamy head fades quickly.
S - slightly sweet aroma, milky
T - nice balance of hops and malt, slightly charred malt taste
M - pretty light, a little astringent
O - after being disappointed with a few other Canadian Pale Ales that were too sweet, this is a nice find. Nothing heroic, but a well balanced brew.
05-12-2013 20:19:59 | More by greenengineer
St-Ambroise Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.