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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

363 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 20
Gots: 16 | 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:
Hops: Cascade, Willamette, Golding, Hallertau

IBU: 35

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-06-2002)
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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

smcolw, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of Trashcat
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Trashcat, Tuesday at 04:49 PM
Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a deep amber, with a soft off-white head, light lacing.

S: Orange rind, grapefruit, rose petals, relatively light to style.

T: Nice orange/lemon rind, more of a floral than biting citrus. Sweet caramel malt. Good mix of flavours, very tasty and robust.

M: Thinner body than I expected, good hop aftertaste.

D: The Oatmeal Stout is the much heralded beer out of this brewery, but I think this one takes the cake as their best, a great pale.

Halcyondays, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Gavage, May 31, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fair warning: I purchased this bottle from the Adelaide Bier Shop, and it appeared to be one of the last of their stocks from the brewery. Chances are this is relatively old.

Appearance is really quite beautiful. A rich, deep amber colour--really quite dark, with a fine and persistent head of creamy off-white. Lacing is great, and forms in clumpy rings around the glass. Body is light, and the carbonation is steady. Looks very nice.

Nose is a little hops-poor, giving more of a caramel character and a sweaty grain buoyancy, with a rather dark earthy note underneath. It's not bad, but without the resonant hop fragrance, it comes across more like an English example of the style.

Taste is crisp and clean, with good breadth across the palate, and a malty backbone. Mild bitterness and a slight sour milk character come through on the back, but this just leavens the sweet malt character before it gets too heavy. Some organics throughout, even a lilt of pungent blue cheese. It's not bad.

Not a bad drop of beer at all, and one that I think is tasting pretty good at this point whether or not it's old. I'm actually a little conflicted as to whether a stronger hop aroma would help it, but I'd be happy to try it again to find out.

lacqueredmouse, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Georgiabeer, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see this in the bottle at Town & County Liquor (Fullerton, CA). Is it what I remember, let us see...impressive tightly bubbled head on top this copper/orange colored beer. The aroma is light, mostly lemon peel, some dry grain. Not as fruity as I remember tastewise. Lemon rind upfront, in comes a blast of grapefruit and buttered bread, some diacteyl. Juicy flavors towards the finish. Good balance of flavors here. This is way different than I remember from my last sample of this pale ale.

DoubleJ, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of Zorro
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

Zorro, May 11, 2008
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

BillRoth, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

ppoitras, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shiny copper makes a most handsome tone for a pale ale. This particular one is splendidly lustrous and overtly transparent even despite its deep-set colour. Its head is stocky and is a spic and span tone of bleach white but does become partly corroded. Apart from the inherent density of its toasty, golden-brown shade there is nothing to either dampen the beer's brightness or detract from its clarity. I say again, this is one handsome beer.

The aroma is abnormally hoppy for a simple pale ale. It isn't an aggressive, in-your-face kind of American hopping, it is a much more mild and much less obnoxious variety. It bears a very flowery fragrance and a raw, almost musty, kind of earthiness. The smell is exceedingly 'green' and exhumes a distinctly herbal, vegetable-like quality. This kind of hoppiness is rare in the US and it's even become quite difficult to find in England.

The more familiar fruity notes of the hops become slightly more pronounced in the taste. The beer's flavour leans a little less on the pungent, earthy notes and more heavily emphasizes citrusy fruits, or at least their piths and peels. That near green tea-like herbal attribute is not entirely lost, but candied grapefruit does seem to push it aside a little. A lightly bready malt bill underlines the flavour, it harboring notes of biscuits and toffee.

This beer already strongly reminded me of a dry-hopped and freshly tapped cask of British pale ale or ESB but its low carbonation, flowery bitterness, and light body really seals it in my mind. If I didn't know any better I would have sworn this poured from cask; it has that characteristically flat body, thin but supportive maltiness and resinous, floral bitterness that often describes traditional English bitters. It also shares their seemingly endless drinkability.

I can't make the case enough: if you're a fan of traditional-style, cask conditioned, hop driven English ales than you should love St. Ambroise Pale Ale. It has biscuity malt, flowery hoppiness and sessionable drinkability up the yin yang. It's quite befitting for a brewery in Montreal, a city with culture both modern and antiquated, to do such a thing as combine all characteristics of an old-world ale at an amped up level typical of the new-world style.

biegaman, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of KAF
3/5  rDev -22.5%

KAF, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Kelp, May 11, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
Photo of liamt07
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341ml bottle into my Duvel tulip. Golden brown colour, with a few fingers of head (poured a bit aggressively on my part by accident) that settled down to a small layer head for the remainder of the beer; web-like lacing too. Smell of sweet hops, a bit of hops in there. Taste is good, pretty balanced with a nice bitterness and the sweet, kind of sugary malt flavour with it too. Good mouthfeel, medium/low carbonation and definitely sessionable in terms of drinkability! Solid pale ale.

liamt07, May 03, 2010
Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, ample white head arises. Smell is citrusy, some grapefruit, nice and pleasantly hoppy but the malt is still detectable. Taste is malt at the front, citrus in the middle and a clean bitter finish. Nice and dry, smooth mouth, tasty beer.

Viggo, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of DrJay
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very clear, copper coloured with a cream coloured head (very long-lasting with lots of lace on the sides of the pint glass). The aroma was predominantly floral hops with some caramel and light citrus. The flavour is mostly bitter, and the well-rounded hop bitterness becomes slightly more harsh as the malty sweetness dissipates. The finish is dry and bitter, and it definitely lingers... but that's not a bad thing. Medium/light body with a slight graininess present.

DrJay, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden/amber. 1/2 inch head with good retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, fruit, and a hint of malt. Fits the style. Smooth, crisp, and low carbonation. Hops is up front, but not very strong at all. Good blend of a sweet malt is also present. There might be a hint of fruitiness, but if it's present is only barely noticeable. Not near as much hops as I'm used to for an American Pale Ale, but still pretty good. Overall, a decent beer, but lacking in the hops for my taste.

Tone, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

harpus, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a cross between British and American Pale Ales, much like Canada is itself... perhaps this a "Canadian Pale Ale"?

A: Copper-bronze, with a little off-white head.

S: Sweet honey malt, with a North American Hop smell (slightly citrousy).

T: Initial taste is very well balanced, solid malt backbone. The hops have a little bit of Goldings and a little bit of citrous (Cascade?) flavour. Crisp, refreshing aftertaste.

M: Light to moderate body, moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Perhaps a little on the bold side for the mass-market, but nothing overwhelming... but plenty of flavour for the beer geek.

Highly recommend it.

Derek, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Unibroue tulip

A - Transluscent light brown/amber colour with half a finger of white head that quickly disappeared.

S - Sweet caramel/toffee malts are noticeable up front with a slightly floral hop presence balancing out the nose.

T - Follows the nose. Bitter floral hops and sweet caramel malts. Balanced. The bitterness lingers in the finish.

M - Light body with a slight chew. Moderate carbonation.

D - A good pale ale but not my preferred hop profile.

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the pour deep amber to copper color with an impressive head, frothy in its texture, and the resultant lace a fine covering sheet. Crisp citrus nose, orange peels, sweet malt, fresh and clean, the start sweetly malt, top middling in its feel. Finish strikingly acidic, the hops perky in their bite, dry long lasting aftertaste, quite a quaffable brew.

Gusler, Mar 09, 2003
Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass dec9 2009

A golden copper with a fingers worth of head with decent retention and lace

S very fruity with a fair bit of malt

T not far from the smell but I pick up on a little bit of toffee I didn't smell

M crisp and carbonated not to bad

D not the best balance but a straight across the board good beer, nothing spectacular but pretty solid overall

I think this beer could use a little more hops but that's my only complaint with this beer

wordemupg, Dec 10, 2009
St-Ambroise Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.