St-Ambroise Framboise - McAuslan Brewing
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
3.83/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-04-2012 03:22:33 | More by thehyperduck
More User Reviews:
3.65/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-07-2013 19:42:42 | More by SebD
3.6/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Served from a 341ml bottle to a tall pilsener glass
A: A very hazy red topped with a very creamy looking pinkish white head. Lacing and head retention was fantastic.
S: Raspberries and a bit of floral hops in the background. Nothing is too powerful
T: The raspberries are perhaps not as bold as I would have thought even though it definitely is there are you can taste it. A touch of sourness is available. Some floral hops are in the mix as well making a strange contrast with the raspberries. The finish leaves a metallicy/grainy flavor that is really not that appealing.
M: Very easy drinking and nice bodied. Very smooth going down.
O: A pretty decent beer but not worth the price for me. I can get a 6 of their apricot ale for the price of 4 of these and it's way better imo. Wasn't too astounding besides looks and mouth feel honestly.
Serving type: bottle
06-08-2013 20:51:00 | More by Haydn-Juby
3.71/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Serving Type - 341ml bottle poured into a small pint glass.
Appearance - Pours a cloudy pink/red colour with a finger and a half of off/white pink-hued, creamy looking head. Pretty unique looking beer to say the least.
Smell - Some wheat notes, and a faint bit of raspberry. A lingering yeast smell.
Taste - Shockingly, it tastes like raspberries. If you like subtle fruit beers (I certainly don't) then avoid this one, because the raspberry comes on strong and stays with you right until the finish. This is seriously sweet. If you can get over the punch-in-the-face raspberry, you might notice some light wheat/grain notes as well.
Mouthfeel - Pretty light, maybe even medium bodied. Carbonation is pretty low.
Overall - 3.75/5 Considering I don't like raspberry anything, this is actually a pretty good fruit beer. Another solid effort from a great brewery.
Serving type: can
06-08-2013 02:21:46 | More by IdeaSpeeder
St-Ambroise Framboise from McAuslan Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.