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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

370 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 19
Gots: 21 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-06-2002

Hops: Cascade, Willamette, Golding, Hallertau

IBU: 35
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of KrisDLSmith
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of TheDoctor
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of fostachild
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

have had this dozens of times. this review is for a glass i had on-tap at a montreal restaurant.

color was amber/copper - very clear. okay head.

smell was malty, bit of hops, and earthy.

taste also malty and a bit hoppy. very smooth and a nice sweetness to it that i couldn't get enough of. good carbonation and drinkability. overall really tasty and enjoyable.

Photo of Bf_89
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jsnoek
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark gold with a thin white head, some nice lacing.

Smells of grassy grains and sweet malts and fruits, strawberries, and hint of hops in the aroma.

Tastes malty and sweet up front, some grassiness, pretty fruity with a nice hoppy finish. Not as hoppy as I would of liked but still a very good balance.

Decent mouthfeel, and highly drinkable. This is always a good refreshing beer to have on hand.

Photo of hotsudge
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of aepb1
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Red-brown body with a generous off-white head

S- Tea and floral hops

T- Some hops up front, fruits in the middle, pale sweet malts at the finish

M- Medium-bodied, good level of carbonation for the style

D- Very good example of the style and very easy to drink and revisit

Photo of JonnyBeers
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of Jotora
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of baiser
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, another great beer from McAuslan.

Poured bright, copper-red with a creamy head. You notice the carbonation right away. The head was huge even with an easy pour. Healthy lacing stayed through the entire time. Very attractive.

Smelled very fruity, malty and with hints of toasted caramel.

Initially, the taste was like....honey and caramel balanced by a good amount of hops. At a colder temperature, you notice the hops alot more. After it warmed, the fruity/malty sweetness is wonderful.

This is a very full bodied ale with a perfect balance between malts and hops. At the very end, it had a wonderful peach hktea-like quality. One of the best pale ale's around.

Will definitely have again.

Photo of jrempel
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to everetends for this bottle.

A: A lighter amber color with a dense, frothy head that falls to a nice disc layer, leaving some light webs of lacing.

S: Very, very interesting aroma of biscuity malt and a light fruitiness. Hop aroma seems to be more floral/lightly fruity than anything else. Very unique.

T&M: A good bit of the pear-like fruitiness is present in the flavor, too. Some herbal hop flavor finishes things off with a slightly lingering bitterness that lends itself to an almost tea-like description. Flavor is a little bland/light for my tastes in this style. Body is medium to full with a brisk carbonation that adds a tad bit of astringency to the feel. A tad smoother would be appreciable.

D: Relatively interesting brew--easy to drink, but not bursting with flavor. Tastes almost like an English/American pale ale hybrid to me. Unfortunately, I'm more of an either/or drinker with regard to these two styles. Still, it's a solid beer that I enjoyed and would not hesitate to enjoy again.

Photo of bryehn
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First time trying anything from this brewery, going through their whole lineup this month. Found a 4 pack at my local LCBO.

Pours a very bright, gem-like amber colour with a decent head that lasts a few minutes and leaves a nice trail of lace.

Malty aroma with strong caramel or toffee tones and a decent spiciness to it. A bit on the sweet side for me, but appealing nonetheless.

This beer feels medium-bodied and has a low-medium carbonation to it. Maybe a bit yeasty on the aftertaste.

The taste is quite pleasant, if not a tad mild. There is a toasted woodiness to the malt that gives this beer its main body with just enough bitterness to keep things balanced and a crisp, dry finish with citrus tones to it.

Thanks to its somewhat light characteristics, I find St Ambroise Pale Ale very drinkable, though I usually prefer something with just a bit more bite to it.

Photo of artemh
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Converge
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - This ale pours a crisp, clean amber, definitely filtered. Big, frothy, off-white head, that retains really well and coats the glass with lacing as good as any beer I've ever seen. Looks fantastic.

S - My nostrils got hit with a blast of vibrant banana aroma as I was pouring, but the actual smell here is quite mild overall after it settles. Mainly barley malt upfront, enough so that this has a really lager-esque feel to it. Light fruity aromatics wade in the background, with peaches, apricots, and bananas. The malt profile is more doughy bread and butter than the usual caramel malt. Finishes with just the tiniest hint of grassy hops and honey. More of a blonde ale than APA so far...

T - Opens up with a big barley malt presence. Really grainy and mild, then moves to a maltier feel, with buttery bread providing much of the flavor, and honey doing the sweetening rather than just caramel malt. As it finishes a mixture of both pungent fruitiness and grassy hoppiness envelop the back of the palate. The fruit ranges from candied varieties and honey dipped peaches, to unripe tartness. The hop presence gives the finish some bite without veering too close to IPA-territory, and remains highly drinkable.

M - Carbonation is about medium, but really smooth and just tingles the tongue as it passes with a medium bodied feel. Lingering hops give a mild but notable bitterness.

D - Really more of a blonde ale than an APA in my opinion. This beer offers more than the usual balance of caramel malt and hops to the palate, with bready malt, honey, light fruits and barley all coming through strongly. A memorable and very drinkable ale from St. Ambroise.

Photo of DioS
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of MJ63
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Popsinc
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 341ml bottle. Best before 11/03. Dark amber pour with a generous foamy, white head.

Smell: Nice hoppy nose with a malty kick. Some sweetness and floral hints.

Taste: Nicely hoppy off the top with an adequate malt backbone. The body bends towards the sweet side with hints of caramel and light fruit such as apricot and mango. Lovely full body.

Mouthfeel: Lively and full. A carbonated finish that starts to dry out towards the end but leaves and sweet tingle on the tongue.

Drinkability: A well rounded brew. Perfect to accompany a steak or pork. I would consider this an everyday beer of good quality.

Photo of rodenbach99
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper color with a finger of white head. Head initially evaporated sporadically, but finally settled down into a thin covering. Minor lacing left on the glass.

Very faint scent of hops and citrus.

Minor hop taste up front, but not a full hop bite. Flows into a nice smooth caramel malt flavor. Again, not a very full taste, but more mellow. Very nice balance between the two.

Very smooth, very drinkable. Not overly full of taste, but sometimes that is a good thing. Nice and light and something I would choose for a nice session beer.

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of bloberglawp
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of flipper2gv
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Maple syrup like color, fully transluscent. Head has big bubbles, is tan but doesn't last very long and doesn't show any lacing.

S: Lots of biscuits malts in this. Pretty sweet, brown sugar like. Overall strong malts. Quite a nice level of floral and herbal hops.

T: Quite a nice level of biscuit malts. Brown sugar again. Slight hops with floral and herbal characteristics.

M: Very lively, light to medium body, medium to high carbonation.

D: Very high, very sessionable.

EDIT: had to change my review, I had a bad bottle.

St-Ambroise Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.