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St-Ambroise 20th Anniversary Vintage Ale (2009) - McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise 20th Anniversary Vintage Ale (2009)St-Ambroise 20th Anniversary Vintage Ale (2009)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

117 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Viggo on 03-20-2009)
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Reviews by Ralphus:
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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up two of these, one for the cellar and the other to be enjoyed right away. Hopefully I'll remember to edit this review in a few years and note how it has changed.

From the pour it is a pleasing looking drink, being a deep brownish red with an off-white carbonated cap. The head settles down fairly quickly to a ring of foam but no lacing is present. In the smell there is primarily cherries and malt and you quickly find out why in the taste. BIG malt up front with sweet cherries and raisins. The alcohol kick is there and so is a medium hoppiness towards the end. Everything is amplified but still very enjoyable. Cellaring should bring the volume down a bit apparently.

Mouthfeel is good.. smooth and a bit sticky. Carbonation is just right. And how does the drinkability rate? Well if you'd like to drink the bottle you planned on cellaring - immediately after you drank the first - it's got to be decent!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 18:19:31 | More by Ralphus
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dgilks

Australia

4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear mahogany colour with a smooth, light tan head.

Rich, dark malt. Smooth. Ester. Aged alcohol.

Sharp alcohol with bits of melanoidiny malt. Sweet. Complex.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Really solid. Great flavour and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2014 09:13:28 | More by dgilks
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DangerDawg

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-24-2014 00:55:04 | More by DangerDawg
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

05-15-2014 01:31:48 | More by kjyost
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-23-2014 00:15:11 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Belgian tulip.

On the pour, a finger thick head is produced and sticky lacing hits the side of the glass. The beer is cloudy and unfiltered and there is some residue at the bottom. Color-wise, the beer is copper brown and mostly opaque.

My nose detects sweet malt, raisins, spicy hops, bread, and port or sherry. These same notes carry into the flavor, as the beer tastes raisiny, slightly spiced up and boozy, and port, vanilla and oak work around my tongue.

The booze is there and gives a slight burn, but it is not overbearing, as is the spiciness from the hops. The beer is moderately carbonated and thus feels somewhat light, although it is still creamy and has a good mouthfeel.

I'm glad I tried this beer and feel it's a good representation of an English barleywine. It's somewhat intense to drink, but there's plenty to enjoy, especially as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 17:57:35 | More by ONovoMexicano
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a cloudy mahogany brown color. Some minimal white froth.

(S)- A rich leathery caramel aroma. Slight hints at oxidation meets toffee and fig. Ever so slight fruity esters.

(T)- Plenty more oxidation than the smell led on. It is met with plenty of sweet caramel and leathery dryness at the same time.

(M)- A smooth yet mellow carbonation level meets a leathery rich sweetness overall. Might be a bit too oxidized at the stage, but still quite enjoyable.

(O)- Definitely a solid english style barleywine that might be a bit too old at this point, though an important note is why use twist off caps for a beer like this? It might also explain the bigger levels of oxidation in this. Either way it is still enjoyable but not getting any better age-wise at this point.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 20:42:45 | More by sweemzander
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Kegatron for splitting this 12oz bottle with me. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a clear copper color with a scant head. A thin off-white cap rests atop with spotty lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma contains notes of raisons; fruity to floral with alcohol. Some bready grain character rests underneath with a mild hint of oxidation.

The tastes includes some raison-like fruity booze that blends into something more floral. A bit bready with malt and light cardboard oxidation is noticed across the bak like the aroma simuggeated. The booze character is slightly solvent but integrated well.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It is a and boozy sipper that shows a little bit of it's age but it is still quite enjoyable. Thanks for sharing Heath.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 14:36:24 | More by stakem
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-23-2013 22:56:31 | More by Kegatron
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

10-10-2013 22:02:58 | More by harpus
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enelson

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

09-27-2013 00:06:08 | More by enelson
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deonreds

New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

09-12-2013 07:07:38 | More by deonreds
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csustar001

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-26-2013 20:16:31 | More by csustar001
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vegasmac99

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-26-2013 23:33:52 | More by vegasmac99
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-14-2013 19:13:29 | More by pathman
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A : Poured a amber with good carbonation leaving a mild white cap, some good lacing

S: The nose is some blend of dark and light fruits covered in toffee and butterscotch

T : Initial dark fruits with some toffee, caramel and slight Worthers original type taste(candy, not as a bad byproduct). A little bit of heat and some light fruits in the background.

M: Medium-full bodied, well carbonated, plenty of flavor on the palate. No bigtime flaws or off notes.

O: Pretty nice English bwine.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 17:41:56 | More by barleywinefiend
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OldPenguinHunter

California

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I didn't quite know what to expect upon purchasing this bottle, to say the least- I was surprised.

2009 Vintage:
Looks good in the glass, fizzy carbonation, minimal lacing. Brown opaque color, burnt looking.

Smells funky, you get some smoked malts in there, tobacco, scotch, wood, then there's the fruit: tart cherry, date, and plum. it's kinda all over the place there...

Taste is as equally interesting. It feels like my mouth is doing cartwheels and somersaults. The beer is really everywhere as far as flavor goes. I do get a very dry mouthfeel, the carbonation is really champagne-like. As the same with the nose there's an abundance of flavors from savory to tart. There's also a flavor of barrel, but it's not vanilla-rather burnt oak, I like it.

Mouthfeel wise, I get a very dry smokey-tart puckering that reminds me of a sour ale. I am inclined to think that this beer is innoculated with some brett (maybe from the barrels?)

Overall, this beer is a very weird, but intriguing beer. I do feel like the beer is somewhat tiring to drink (there's just alot going on). But I would be very happy with a 6oz serving though!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 16:46:40 | More by OldPenguinHunter
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-11-2013 05:04:27 | More by Kelp
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Eighty

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

04-21-2013 07:10:52 | More by Eighty
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e30todamax

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

04-05-2013 07:15:24 | More by e30todamax
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vidguy17

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-30-2013 14:59:25 | More by vidguy17
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

02-13-2013 23:31:20 | More by Howlader
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barczar

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber brown with floaties and a tiny beige head that dissipates fairly quickly into a thin layer of foam.

Figs, dates, prunes, raisins, bruised cherry, booze, and caramelized brown sugar form the aroma. There's a now of oxidation, cardboard and a vinous note present.

Cherry, cardboard, dates, brown sugar, figs, raisins, and bready malt, lightly toasted, start the flavor, which finishes surprisingly dry and bitter. More cardboard oxidation surfaces as it warms, along with tea-like herbal hops.

Body is fairly thick, with somewhat low carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Might be on the edge of too old. Good esters, but the stale flavors are starting to take charge.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 04:58:43 | More by barczar
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Odysseyalien

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had one of these originally when I first started liking barleywines. Didn't think much of it at the time. As my tastes have matured in the last year or two, I have to say this is one of the best English barleywines I've had.

I poured this into my snifter and there was not much of a head. There is some lacing as I slowly sip this into my belly. Oddly, of any beer I've ever had of any kind, this one seems to have no aroma. If I glue my nose to the glass rim and sniff hard, a very subtle sweetness but really, an obviously weak aroma to none at all.

The taste though is right on the money for an English barleywine. Prunes come to mine on my first sip. Moderately sweet as I've certainly had sweeter and less sweet barleywines. Little hop profile which is par for the course.

All in all, I hope to get another one of these and maybe put some additional years on it. Very tasty and one you will want to add to your collection if you like English barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 22:37:53 | More by Odysseyalien
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

20th Anniversary bottle from Tipples. Had this in the late fall while sitting outside around a fire, and it went great in this atmosphere...warming and thick. Pours syrupy cloudy orange with no head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, booze and some fig and citrus mix. Very warming flavor. Toffee, fruit, candy, a bit on the syrupy side but the warming and sweetness went nicely with the cool night. Not boozy at all. Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 18:23:51 | More by BMMillsy
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St-Ambroise 20th Anniversary Vintage Ale (2009) from McAuslan Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.