St-Ambroise Framboise - McAuslan Brewing
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Reviews by Antikythera:
4.35/5 rDev +19.2%
I had this stuff in London, ON last summer, and was told it was a seasonal. I've never seen it in the LCBO or Beer Store until today. It comes in a summer six-pack with two Framboise, two Apricot, and two Blonde.
A: dark amber, very cloudy. Persistent, pale-pink frothy head doesn't want to go away.
S: straight-up raspberry without being candyish. Real fruit.
T: tart, with even a tiny bit of bitterness. Both set off the raspberry very well. More beery-tasting than a lambic.
M: a little bit astringent, but ultimately refreshing. The head sticks to my lips and sits there bubbling away.
O: This is going to be one of my summer favourites. As a fruit beer, it's less heavy and winey than lambics or Amsterdam's raspberry, but is more fruity and colourful than KLB's raspberry wheat. I've been looking for something like this for a long time.
07-03-2012 23:06:14 | More by Antikythera
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3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
Single bottle from a St. Ambroise summer mixed pack. I'm a sucker for raspberry brews, so keep that in mind with my review.
Poured into a short nonic. Deep burgundy-pink in colour, with an off-white/pink head that has some stellar retention. Sheets of icicle lacing along the sides.
Nose is raspberry jam, citrus, candied fruit, a touch of ale malt. Again, I love me some raspberry, so this is working for me.
Flavourful brew. The raspberry is a little artificial, but it is still tasty and a strong presence in this brew. The sweetness of the raspberry is kept in check with fruit tartness and a touch of hop bitterness. Lighter bodied, thin but assertive carbonation. Tart on the tongue.
Nice raspberry brew, certainly doesn't hold back in the raspberry front, but has some balance. Not an everyday thing, but certainly worth a go.
08-03-2012 19:10:07 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.43/5 rDev -6%
341ml bottle. Just uttering this offering's name is akin to a barrel of monkeys' worth of fun.
This beer pours a more than hazy, dark red brick colour, with three rising fingers of thickly foamy, chunky, and billowy pale pink head, which renders some fairly consistent hanging mothballed curtain lace around the glass in its well-paced retreat.
It smells of sweet cooked raspberry slurry, pastry-esque pale and caramel malt, and lightly bitter earthy hops. The taste kicks off with a slightly sour raspberry fruitiness, to go with some generically bitter musty hops, all over a lightly bready, cereal and caramelized malt.
The carbonation is soft, but still noticeable in its sedate frothiness, the body light, any weight seemingly derived from a fruity origin, as the blandly bitter character detracts from any perceivable smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the tart, herbal raspberry edginess still heady enough to challenge the duly lingering pastry malt sweetness.
After the initial (relatively) expected raspberry goodness, this just went slowly downhill, to a point. An unbalanced fruit ale, that much is evident, as the raspberry fruitiness seems otherwise affected by a less than agreeable supporting cast. A somewhat disappointing splurge of my summer beer dollars.
08-09-2011 23:00:52 | More by biboergosum
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
A fruity aroma in a mildly purple colour, nice soapy head, fresh from Montreal. A blond like characteristic, injected with the raspberry puree, not quite natural berries added right in but also not too synthetic. Medium plus mouthfeel. Nice summer beverage.
09-09-2007 02:51:50 | More by Sammy
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
Great cardboard cylindrical packaging, nice to see the effort.
Beer is an opaque, muddy, red. Looks sort of like a thin smoothie.
Raspberries obviously make up most of the aroma. Some malt adds a different, less fruity, sort of sweetness, very nice.
It's well balanced. Raspberries are strongest but the malt and hops work in the background rather well. Hops lend a little bit of bitterness to counter the tartness of the fruit and some dryness in the finish.
Mouth feel is fairly thick with moderate carbonation, again I can't stop thinking of a smoothie.
Not sure it's my favourite style, and I don't enjoy it more than a good Belgian lambic, but the combination of the fruity sourness and the bitterness from an ale is pretty nice. Would have again.
10-07-2007 18:25:59 | More by CanuckRover
3.45/5 rDev -5.5%
A - murky raspberry red purple, fluffy pink head dissipated slowly with respectable lacing
S - strong grainy aroma, very subtle hint of candied fruit, light leafy greens
T - tangy sweet raspberry, buttery bread malt, grassy and slightly metallic hop note
M - solid carbonation kick that smooths out to a creamy sweet finish
O - it is not over the top fruity like many fruit beers often do which is a plus, while the raspberry flavour comes through nicely the other beer flavours are just a little light, but overall a good effort worth a purchase
06-23-2011 00:31:40 | More by joemcgrath27
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
Dark ruby-copper in colour and translucent with a thin cover of off-white, slightly pink-tinged head. Some lacing.
The nose is of iron, yeast, dark malt, bitter raspberry. To me it smells something like a sweet brown ale with a hint of raspberry. I was expecting a lot more raspberry presence than this.
There's a ton more raspberry in the flavour. Much like their Apricot brew, the fruit here isn't overdone and the beer is pretty well-balanced. Raspberry comes out first (real raspberry flavour, not artificial-tasting at all), followed with lightly roasted malt and bitter hops which blend into the raspberry bitterness. A fairly simple beer, featuring it's chosen fruit well.
Lightly-carbonated medium body. Alright but not a standout.
After trying the majority of McCauslan's St. Ambroise brews, this is actually pretty much what I was expecting this one to taste like. A solid amount of real raspberry flavour as part of a drinkable well-balanced beer. I'm not a fan of fruit beers but wouldn't turn down any such offering from McCauslan. They know their stuff.
08-03-2010 18:18:26 | More by eat
3.43/5 rDev -6%
Pours dark red with a large, pink-tinged moussey head.
Lots of raspberry presents itself in the aroma, somewhat artificial smelling like raspberry lollies. Which is pretty nice really. Also some caramel and cookie dough-like malt.
Flavours are also quite sweet, raspberry at the forefront of course, with some metallic notes showing later. Not much else is noticeable, the high carbonation seems to hide any other aspects.
08-18-2011 10:47:08 | More by CrazyDavros
British Columbia (Canada)
3.65/5 rDev 0%
Appearance. Deep amber-brown with a hint of blue, a little hazy and a finger of light pinkish-beige head.
Smell. Rasberry juice from a box, light toasty grains, a little alcohol and grassy hops.
Taste. Tangy rasberry juice, some dry toasty grains and just a little bitter hops.
Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium carbonation.
Overall. Not a really fresh rasberry taste, but still pleasant and tangy. Decent fruit beer.
06-23-2011 21:25:45 | More by Rutager
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
Bottle: Poured a deep red ale with a medium bubbly slightly pink head with average retention. Aroma of real raspberry is pretty enticing while not being overly sweet. Taste is quite interesting with some real raspberry presence that is noticeable with some sweetness but not overly or disgustingly sweet. Malt presence is a bit low and bodies a tad too watery for my own liking. Lacks some complexity to make this truly wonderful but very good try nonetheless.
08-15-2006 17:30:16 | More by Phyl21ca
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
Another solid offering from McAuslan. Framboise pours a hazy purplish color. The light pink head has average retention and lacing.
The nose is laid back at first but a couple of swirls in my snifter glass and it livens up. Lots of fresh sweet and sour raspberries, toffee like malt.
Tastes of berries, light hoppiness, sweet malt and a dry sour ( not Lambic sour) finish. This would be a great beer to have with brunch.
09-26-2007 02:00:08 | More by irishkyle21
2.98/5 rDev -18.4%
Poured from a 341ml. bottle, best before Jan. 31, 2011.
Appearance: Thick, creamy head with a body the color of dark raspberries. The body is slightly clear and the color is reflected in the head. Very nice looking.
Smell: Fermented or overripe raspberries. Certainly smells strong though it's not how i like my raspberries.
Taste: Strong fruit taste. Again with the overripe raspberries. Very malt-like but lacks the sweetness i expect.
Mouthfeel: Robust body but not enough balance. Hardly any raspberry sweetness to speak of.
Drinkability: Not bad and it quenches the thirst though i don't think i'll seek it again.
Overall: I did a test and picked some raspberries from my bush that were in various stages of ripeness. Doesn't come close IMO. This beer certainly tastes like fruit but i find it misses the mark when compared to the real thing.
10-18-2010 20:13:13 | More by papat444
3.35/5 rDev -8.2%
341ml bottle poured into a pint glass
Appearance - pours a slightly cloudy dark red/brown colour with a massive foamy/fizzy off white head. I can't see much carbonation, and there seems to be some great lacing. The head was gone quickly.
Smell - Raspberries! And some slight hops, malts, and lots of sweetness.
Taste & Mouth - Of course, a very sweet raspberry taste. The sweetness turns to bitterness and there is a nice bitter sweet dry finish. The beer comes across as slightly watery, but this might be a good thing given the sweetness of the beer.
Drink - Well, this is not my sort of thing.. but I had to try it at least once. I can see how this beer might be appealing to some and might pair well with desserts
08-25-2010 00:12:20 | More by spinrsx
3.65/5 rDev 0%
Appearance: It has a nice brownish/ruby red color to it. It has a nice light pink head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of raspberries, slight floral hops and bready malts.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has some definite raspberries, faint floral hops, bready malts and a slight grassiness.
Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.
09-07-2013 19:42:42 | More by SebD
3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
341 mL bottle from the LCBO (via the brewery's summer sampler); best before Jan 31 2013. Raspberry fruit beers tend to sit well with me compared to most other fruit-infused offerings, so this is one I've been looking forward to since I picked up the pack.
Pours an opaque, muddy, reddish-brown colour, with bright crimson highlights under the light. The pour generates nearly two fingers of billowing, puffy off-white head at the surface, which retains itself impressively well for a fruit beer. It takes over five minutes to fully die down to a smooth, creamy cap, coating the glass with a layer of sticky lacing. Intense, tart aroma with plenty of floral, juicy raspberry character. Some leafy hop notes are buried beneath this, but picking anything else out of the avalanche of raspberry jam character is a challenge. As a fan of the fruit I am not inclined to complain, but objectively it just seems a bit... one-dimensional.
Fortunately that theme does not completely carry through into the character - there's a lot of raspberry obviously, but it'd be hard to mistake this for a cooler because it does have a few beer-like traits. Primarily the bready malts that keep the sweet/tartness of the berries in check. A slightly earthy hop presence creeps forward toward the finish, mingling with raspberry tartness. Fairly light-bodied, although the fruit juice thickens it up a bit and gives it a slick mouthfeel. The relatively mild carbonation contributes to the smoothness of this brew.
I like this stuff, but I must keep my personal biases in check here. As much as I love the raspberry flavour (which is not at all artificial or cloying), this just isn't an especially well-balanced fruit beer. The malt backbone is weak and the hop presence isn't much better, so if you aren't gung-ho about raspberry beer to begin with, this probably isn't something I'd be in a hurry to recommend. That being said, I'd certainly drink it again.
Final Grade: 3.83, a B+. St-Ambroise Framboise isn't mind-blowing, but if you're looking for a highly drinkable raspberry-flavoured beer for the summer months, I can't think of any other domestic examples I would prefer over this. I would rank it ahead of Amsterdam's KLB Raspberry for sure. From an objective standpoint, their Apricot Wheat Ale (also in this sampler) is a better beer - but as a raspberry guy, I'd probably choose this first anyway. Flawed, but still superior to a lot of Ontario-made fruit beers. Unless you have an irrational hatred of the fruit, I'd say give this one a whirl.
08-04-2012 03:22:33 | More by thehyperduck
2.93/5 rDev -19.7%
This pours a cloudy dark red with a pink tinge that extends to the generous fluffy head.
All I get on the nose is raspberry jam, which isn't a bad thing. Actually maybe there is a little malt in behind it.
Darker fruit flavours than I was expecting and a really unpleasant metallic taste. Very disappointing.
Not sure what that metallic taste is from but it really spoiled what I thought might be a nice beer.
01-31-2012 08:38:26 | More by Macca
St-Ambroise Framboise from McAuslan Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.