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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

130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | 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:
Beer added by: Viggo on 03-20-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of jmathis
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Molson2000
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of ksmi116
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice

A - Hazy amber with a large off white head. Looks very good in a chalice.

S - Dark fruits and some spice are the main flavors here. Plums and raisins mainly.

T - Dark cherries, plums, sweet raisins, and alcohol. Wonderful flavor profile on this one! I really didn't expect the creaminess of this beer to come through, but I am impressed!

M - Creamy and not very carbonated. It works very well with the flavoring.

D - (overall) I am not a massive barleywine fan, but this could definitely turn me! The dark fruits work wonderfully with the mouthfeel and it makes for an overall fantastic sip! Very impressed!

Photo of Lukie
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A stream of bubbles floats up as I pour out this delight. A rich bronze, with a big orange hue against the light. Clear as crystal, a solid 2 inch head, which slowly falls to a rocky lacing and a thin film.

Big sweet toffee and biscuity notes give way to more sweeter fruits. Cherry is quite dominant on the nose, sweet style, with candyish dark plums. Very interesting.

Big toffee flavours give way to a syrupy cherry and plum flavour. The plum is almost sugary, with the alcohol slowly coming through. Sweet toffee and dry, bitter caramel round out the flavours. There is a lot in this brew, and flavour wise, it really is something special. Many more will have to be consumed to get everything out of it.

A really beautiful smooth mouthfeel, slightly creamy. It's not a huge malt bomb like I expected, and has a nice hoppy character to it. Not overpowering though.
It is a bit too easy to drink for the alcohol though, and an amazing brew.

Photo of R_Kole
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of BoringBunny
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of deonreds
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of alex_hart
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Ommegang flute. Pours a dark somewhat cloudy orange amber. One finger fine light tan head and lacing. Very interesting aroma of fruit esters; light fruit, caramel malt. Very nice, well integrated flavor of caramel malt, dark fruit, plum and cherry. A very pleasant fruit finish dominated by dark cherry. Very well integrated. Nice creamy medium to heavy body. Very well done and distinctive English barlywine. I hope I can find some more of these on the store shelves. I will certainly put some of these in the cellar.

Photo of megahurts4
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St. Ambroise Vintage 2009

Appearance: dark red-orange, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: caramel and yeast.

Taste: hops, caramel, toffee, and a sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

Overall:
This is a very nice brew. The flavors mesh very well.

Photo of woosterbill
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.5oz bottle into an oversized tulip. Big thanks to Delaney's for giving me this bottle after the one I wanted (NEBCO Wet Willy 2008) was out of stock. A lovely gesture, and a happy coincidence that it happened on my birthday (which was last week, as I'm reviewing this from my notes).

A: Hazy deep orange body beneath a thin cap of fine tan foam that recedes fairly quickly but reasserts itself nicely upon a solid snifter swirl. Light, spotty lace. Nice.

S: Rich malty goodness: toffee, caramel, bread, dark fruit, and a hint of cherry. Just the slightest bit of pleasant oxidation is present, highlighting the age with a touch of sherry character. Complex + rich without being overwhelming; very nice indeed.

T: Follows the nose, with rich toffee sweetness leading to a solid core of caramelized fruit. A bit of sherry fruitiness and toasted malt combine for a long, rich sweetness. Booze is present but always in the background. It tastes old, complex, balanced, and delicious.

M: Thick, viscous, and full of creamy carbonation. A bit too bubbly, perhaps but I'm a fan.

O: Just a couple years have really treated this one nicely, and I would be ecstatic if I could find a few to throw in the cellar for longer still. Tasty stuff.

Cheers!

Photo of drpimento
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoa!! Heavy hitter. Delicious too. Poured with a great, cream colored, foamy, frothy, thick head that lasted a while and lots of lace. Color is a lovely, clear copper amber. Aroma is a fragrant mix of caramel, malt, taffy, fruit. Flavor is the same but with large sweetness tempered with a little bitterness. Full, round, and thick in body and great carbonation to cut the sweet. Finish is like flavor and slowly tapers in good length. Be nice to get some more and lay them by.

Photo of dgilks
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of MAB
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An awesome beer; one that purports to age well but I doubt that I could wait for it to do so.

Copper color with yellowish head, it is thicker than water and feels wonderful on the tongue. I thought the aroma was muted, slightly malty but my wife thought it was yeasty-- which I didn't get. It tastes sweet and smooth but has a bitter aftertaste that I just love.
It's near or at the top of my best five new beers bought in 2009 list (so far).

Photo of Brent
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the smoothest barleywines I've sampled. The cellaring smoothed all the rough edges off, leaving the brew almost silky. Predominant flavor is a moderately-sweet caramel, just a bit woody. Overall, there is not a ton of depth of the flavor, but the well-rounded drinkability makes up for lost ground in that respect.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/8" tan head that collected around the edges of the glass over murky deep amber liquid.

S: Sweet barley malt and honey. A second smell gives a hint of figs.

T: Figs, cherries, honey, caramel tasting barley malt and yeast. Sweet initially with a somewhat bitter finish. Quite nice.

M: Medium to thick viscosity and a low level of carbonation. Somewhat puckering in the back corners of the mouth.

O: One of the more memorable barleywines I have tried due to the useage of Belgian trappist yeast. Quite drinkable and pleasant.

Photo of Tim2000
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 mL brown bottle.

Pours a crystal clear dark copper with a creamy off-white head.

Sweet aroma of rum and candied fruit.

Lots of caramel, some hazelnut and raisins. Alcohol is very present and slightly harsh. Finishes with mildly astringent, grassy hops. Full-bodied with moderate carbonation.

Very good, but some aging would probably smooth out the rough edges.

Photo of Eighty
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Howlader
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark red-amber with a nice white head, dies down to a thin layer, some decent lacing.

Smells of apple cider, pine needles, citrus hops, strawberries and other fresh fruit and some alcohol as it warms up.

This is a very tasty beer. Malty sweet upfront with slight fruity notes, molasses, caramel. A lot hoppier than I was expecting, very strong pine-like bitterness that brings the malt backbone into harmony. As it warms up the alcohol becomes more noticeable.

Thick, syrupy mouthfeel and pretty drinkable considering its 9.8%. I bet this would get a lot better and more rounded with a couple years under it's belt.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kjyost
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Beersnake1
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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