St-Ambroise 20th Anniversary Vintage Ale (2009) - McAuslan Brewing
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4.7/5 rDev +20.8%
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!
03-02-2011 23:27:23 | More by ksmi116
4.6/5 rDev +18.3%
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.
07-08-2009 16:04:35 | More by Lukie
4.47/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
01-19-2012 04:20:18 | More by LiquidAmber
4.43/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
This is a very nice brew. The flavors mesh very well.
05-28-2011 05:45:32 | More by megahurts4
4.43/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
08-29-2011 15:09:33 | More by woosterbill
4.4/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
08-16-2010 02:59:39 | More by drpimento
4.4/5 rDev +13.1%
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).
09-01-2009 19:24:40 | More by MAB
4.39/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
06-07-2014 09:13:28 | More by dgilks
4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
03-07-2011 20:05:39 | More by Brent
British Columbia (Canada)
4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
05-02-2012 22:07:39 | More by DaftCaskBC
4.28/5 rDev +10%
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.
10-22-2009 00:49:41 | More by GodOfBeer
4.25/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
10-23-2009 00:31:42 | More by Tim2000
4.22/5 rDev +8.5%
Pours a cloudy amber color into my glass with a one-finger head. Nice presentation thus far for something brewed in 2009.
Lots of plum/raisin character to greet the nose, followed by just a hint of alcohol. Seems rather muted.
Plum, raisin and a bit of alcohol warmth greet the mouth. It eventually warms up, taking on a caramel essence as well. It also loses some of the sweetness, taking up more of a balance.
Mouthfeel is full of lingering caramel, plum and raisin. Alcohol warmth is dialed down, which makes it more enjoyable.
A simple, interesting version of an english barleywine. It's aged well but I would put another year on it to see what else happens. Otherwise, you can't really go wrong here.
02-01-2011 04:28:32 | More by Brad007
4.2/5 rDev +8%
Poured into a snifter a lighter amber shade with a very well defined tight one finger white head atop.Aromas are floral, and of dark fruit, a noticeable nutty port like note as well,they really seem to jump out at ya.Lighter on the palate than expected,light to medium mouthfeel for a beer with such heft.Flavors have the deep malt upfront with the dark fruit and caramel base,slightly leathery,but there is a spiciness in the finish that makes everything come together really well.I really liked this anniversary ale from a great long standing brewery in Quebec.
05-28-2010 00:58:52 | More by oberon
4.2/5 rDev +8%
I didn't quite know what to expect upon purchasing this bottle, to say the least- I was surprised.
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!
07-09-2013 16:46:40 | More by OldPenguinHunter
St-Ambroise 20th Anniversary Vintage Ale (2009) from McAuslan Brewing
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