St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale - McAuslan Brewing
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3.68/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
473 ml can from LCBo poured into a pint glass.
Appearance- Nice copper / gold looking beer poured into glass. 2 fingers of light fluffy head rest on top dissipating almost entirely in the next two minutes. Slight soapy cream left on top. Nice lacing on the glass and beer is clearly effervescent.
Smell - Big apricot nose that is quite sweet. Not a whole lot else there maybe some caramel aromas thrown in for good measure but by and large it is only apricot. Slight vegetativeness after the first couple of sips becomes detectable.Also a vague honey scent is perceptible.
Taste- Fairly sweet apricot, but not over-sweet, clearly enough bitterness in here to determine that this truly is beer. Sweetness only last the initial bit in the mouth, after that it subsides and you are left with a beer flavor full of malts and a bit of a fresh grassy taste.
Mouthfeel - Rich but a bit syrupy especially on the first couple of gulps. After that, the beer goes down very refreshing and the carbonation adds to the fullness.
Overall - One of my favorites from this brewery and does not suffer from the thinness that i detected in the raspberry. Probably doesn't help that i am enjoying this on a wet, dank October day, this is a beer meant to be enjoyed on a rooftop patio during our short Canadian summer.
Serving type: can
10-17-2013 22:19:46 | More by DenisKolkin
3.54/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I view this as St-Ambroise's third dimension, after its pale ale and stout. Though this apricot ale has the talk, I had yet to try this beer. From the Canadian 341 ml bottle, on to the beer:
The color is amber orange, clean bodied with a few visible bubbles of carbonation running through, a decent soapy head which forms an inch thick initially before dropping to a lace. The aroma has its pleasing moments of apricot flesh, a kiss of alcohol, graham cracker and honey, and an extra kiss of apricot at the end.
I've certainly had better and worse fruit beers. St-Amrboise's version lands in the middle of the pack. The wheat base has a strong presence and bring a sizable creamy flavor to the palate. The apricot flesh shows itself in modest doses. The big surprise of the beer is the mouthfeel. Usually fruit beer are light and fizzy; this one is medium full with mild carbonation hitting the palate. Lighter and more carbonated might have provided a more lively sensation.
This beer makes me want to revisit Montréal, even if it's not the most famous.
Serving type: bottle
09-19-2013 05:22:54 | More by DoubleJ
St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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