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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

335 Ratings

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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 19
Gots: 9 | 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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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

12-02-2013 05:50:11 | More by KrisDLSmith
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-03-2014 18:17:59 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-24-2013 22:08:00 | More by hotsudge
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 02:24:33 | More by Seanstoppable
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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
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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

11-02-2012 06:57:48 | More by artemh
Photo of 3Vandoo

Quebec (Canada)

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

A nice copper beer with some blonde strikes going out. A nice foamy head at first that dissapeared but let a very thick and sticky leftover on the glass.
These same head's leftovers stick all the way to the end of the glass.

Smell is hoppish, with a maltish finish. Apricot like flavours are present.
Taste is at first, the hops, then the malt comes to end this. An aftertaste of hops is clearly present with a shy bitterness taste and feel. Some notes of biscuits and butter are present, well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2005 06:18:44 | More by 3Vandoo
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Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear gold copper colour with a thick creamy 5cm thick head. The foam was long lasting, left a 1cm cap and the lacing was pretty good. Overall it looked pretty damn good.

S - Smells delicious. Bread, toasted cereals, herbs and hops.

T - The hops hit pretty quick but they are not overpowering. Also caramel and a hint of toasts and some mild tangy fruits are also present.

M - Good carbonation, smooth with dry finish. A bit watery at times.

D - Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 01:33:10 | More by decimator
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Alberta (Canada)

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

The first thing I noticed as I twisted the cap was the aggressive carbonation of this beer: the cap came off with a forceful pop and the bottle neck clouded with a great deal of vapour. This is what I like: an interesting beer from the very start. I found it hard to control the healthy mammoth head, despite pouring slowly and carefully. Nice. Copper brown with slight reds and very sticky lace. The aroma is a masterful balance: just enough malt and hops. The hops are dominant, but no so powerful that little else can be detected, because the sweetish malt comes through beautifully. The hop presence adds earthy, flowery, and a strong spiced honey smell. The taste is exceptional because of the balance. Sweet fruits, the bitterness of cloves, slightly toasted malt, and a very strong earth flavour--not spices, but more bitter greens or even vegetable flavours. Not spicy, but soil-like. The bitterness hits the tongue almost immediately, even on the front, and it stays around for the finish. A good bready malt taste asserts itself too, however. Indeed, the finish, after re-tasting the beer's presence on your tongue, is SIGNIFICANTLY malty. Again, the balance is superb. The mouthfeel is good, well carbonated and medium bodied, but this beer leaves your mouth with quite a dry feeling, which would prevent me from consuming too many of these at once. Otherwise, this is an incredible brew. It is influenced by a more balanced British style Pale Ale Style, rather than the oftentimes over-hopped American style. With Unibroue and St. Ambroise, Quebec is becoming quite renowned for brewing craft beer authentically.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 06:12:16 | More by Cwrw
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-10-2012 06:44:42 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
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District of Columbia

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

Bottle at the Faculty Club, University of Toronto, courtesy of MSF.
Deep orange brown, with a small white head and great lacing.
Aroma of pine nuts and orange peel.
Bitter taste with a background of orange and coriander, with a bittersweet finish.
Nice body.
Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 02:05:50 | More by Travlr
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-17-2013 14:01:59 | More by Vyronian
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Quebec (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 01:03:02 | More by flipper2gv
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

05-18-2014 16:16:14 | More by DreamDeath
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-14-2014 20:54:29 | More by 604growler
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Quebec (Canada)

5/5  rDev +28.5%

01-31-2012 03:20:49 | More by jrempel
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Yukon (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - copper with a beige head that seemed to last

Smell - Lemon peel, some honey, bread, lots of hopps obviously

Taste - Very fruity and herbal hops, the maltiness is honey, buttery bread, biscuit, finishes off very hoppy

Mouthfeel - this beer finishes really clean. Carbonation is pretty low but I think that is what they're aiming for, a soft carbonation

Great beer from montreal but man, try their oatmeal stout

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 04:12:08 | More by EatsTacos
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

10-26-2013 01:14:43 | More by MJ63
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-16-2013 23:33:59 | More by BigGruntyThirst
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

McAuslan Pale Ale pours a pleasing golden color with a slightly off-white head.

The smell has a breadiness, a citrus quality and a bit sweetness.

Taste is balanced with all of the above-listed notes playing a part. The flavor is more like an English Pale Ale than an APA to me.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a slight, pleasant aftertaste.

Drinkability is pretty good. It would be no trouble to enjoy a few of these at a sitting. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 19:47:41 | More by slyke
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3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Lager glass and allowed to warm a bit.

A=Nice amber tinted gold color, a bit cloudy; foam was about two fingers for about four minutes or so.

S=Sweet smell with hint of hops.

T=First 3-4 sips were overly sweet and had a strong honey like presence; the honey flavor and sweetness diminished a bit, but overpowered any flavor from hops.

M=Good, overall, but with a slight coating remaining after a sip.

D=The sweetness makes this difficult to consume quickly, and I can't see my self drinking this one after another. It looks like it should be a great beer, and maybe I had high expectations based on other reviews, but the flavor is a bit lacking and a bit too sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 00:20:58 | More by dhannes
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Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking this beer and enjoying it for awhile, so I thought it was a good one to review shortly after joining this site. It's a rich, almost copper colour and pours with a nice thick head. The beer is nicely carbonated with lots of body: you feel it in your mouth when you drink it, and you can see it in the glass — plenty of lacing.

My untrained nose didn't pick up a lot of malt, but the beer has a really hoppy aroma and taste. I may get ridiculed for saying this, but here goes: before I started drinking microbrews and imports, I used to favour Molson Ex. To me, this is what Molson Ex would taste like if it was craft-brewed. It's fitting, I suppose, that it's brewed in Montreal.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 06:18:47 | More by vanrassel
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Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle dated best before 31 December 2006.

A- Nice head that sticks to the glass and slowly settles down with time to a thin layer of foam. Dark amber colour with reddish hints. Lively bubbling, inviting, clear. This is really what beer should look like in my book.

S- Some what mild but this improves as the beer warms. Floral, fruit.

T- Stong hops character. A bit more bitter than I prefer but well balanced nonetheless. Malt and fruity flavours. A touch of alcohol raises to my nose as I drink.

MF- Smooth. Not a bit watery (100% beer). Carbonation a tad high.

D- Slightly hampered for me by the strong bitter hops character of the beer. Otherwise all good.

This beer was better that I remembered. Which is strange considering I have this a few times a year at minimum. I consider this a beer drinkers beer. I doesn't have the extreme flavours or alcohol content or anything gimmicky about it. It's simply very well brewed ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 02:17:08 | More by JOaikido
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3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2006 00:03:53 | More by beerphilosopher
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

341 ml served in a chilled glass..

Appearance - beer pours with a great amount of head that quickly disappears. Beer is a amber colour and not much carbonation is present. Some nice lacing is occuring.

Smell - I can smell some hops as well as citrus hints. This is a nicely put together beer.

Taste - good tasting beer, I would say a slight bitterness upfront and smooth on the backend. Minimal taste of hops, all around a smooth tasting beer.

Mouthfeel - little carbonation added and you can taste the hops come fwd. The beer is a little less bitter actually and has a smooth finish.

Drinkability - I'd stock this beer and drink it again. Very nice beer with lots of taste and nice ending.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 12:55:37 | More by Swedes21
St-Ambroise Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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