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St.Ambroise Vintage Ale Millésimée 2011 - McAuslan Brewing

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St.Ambroise Vintage Ale Millésimée 2011St.Ambroise Vintage Ale Millésimée 2011

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BA SCORE
87
very good

34 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 7.85%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: leaddog on 12-17-2011)
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Agent1

British Columbia (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although we all may be jumping the gun at this point, I still wanted to try this "vintage ale" after stumbling into it at my local store. To my surprise, I had no idea St. Ambroise had released this. Now, most Barley Wines need some time to age, but I was too anxious to see how this stacked up to Half Pint's Burleywine -- another Canadian-made beer.

Appearance - Poor head retention. Not a whole lot to look at here. The color is a nice, rich amber. This ale appears to be filtered, yet according to their website, it is not. Not a very active beer.

Smell - A hint of barley coming through on the nose. Maybe a little bit of brown sugar, toffee and an odd characteristic similar to plastic (Goldings hops?). This hoppiness is rather faint on the nose. A little too much alcohol is preset here. Not the greatest aroma I've experienced to date for a Barley Wine. A little too bland for me, personally.

Taste - Much too sugary. Keeping in mind that this is a Barley Wine and it most likely needs to age, at this point, it seems to currently be unbalanced and out of check. I would be much more interested in opening this beer anywhere from three to four years from now. Oak, toffee, caramel, Goldings hops are noticeable in the taste (not so much on the nose), very sweet malts, a little bit of bread, barley and other subtle classic ingredients to your standard Barley Wine. Much too boozy for me and it distracts from everything else.

Mouthfeel - Hits you hard on the back on the mouth, near the throat. Also along the top of the mouth. Again, the alcohol is much too prevalent. It really cuts through. This needs some time to age.

Overall - This is much too unbalanced for me at this point. Like most Barley Wines, maybe a year from now (or even two or three) this beer could become more complex and remain just as sweet, but in a good way. Other flavors need time to mature. Some people may find this vintage ale drinkable at this point in time, but for me personally, this is WAY to sugary and has too much alcohol cutting through. It needs time to ferment. That being said, it got me fucking hammered by the end and I still may go out and purchase another bottle to age for quite a while. Not a bad Barley Wine by any stretch! Just not the best.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 03:55:55 | More by Agent1
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

St.Ambroise Vintage Ale Millesimee "2011 Edition" @ 10% , a 341 ml bottle of English Barleywine served into a oversized wine glass
A-pours a deep orange , bit cloudy because of being unfiltered , small off white head leaving no lacing along the glass
S-strong floral/herbal fermentation
T-candied fruit dominates from the start followed by resiny hops leading to a crisp dry finish
MF-low carbonation with a strong medicine like aftertaste , could be the 10% ABV (?)
Ov-this beer needs to be cellared to mellow the alcohal perhaps , but it won't happen in my cellar , this beer is well made just not my thing

cheers LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 19:16:09 | More by LampertLand
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pin

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

11-19-2012 01:46:07 | More by pin
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

09-15-2012 14:37:14 | More by oldp0rt
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at Depanneur Peluso in Montreal. Just an increadible shop for Quebec craft beer.

From a bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2011

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Head fades to a swirly wisp and ring. Burnt umber orange in color, slightly hazy, with medium carbonation evident. A foamy ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Caramel and butterscotch on the nose. Light melon notes and some spicy booze as well. Bold enough for sure.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel, butterscotch and melony sweetness through the middle into a spicy and boozy finish. Bold and persistent aftertaste of sweet caramel malt, spicy alcohol and a touch of bitter floral notes as well. Quite flavorful, but perhaps a bit too boozy at this point.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down fine with a little scratch at the swallow and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. Good feel. A little more weight and less burn would help, but this is solid.

OVERALL: This is a good beer and has plenty of aging potential. It's a little too hot right now, so don't be afraid to give it 2-3 years before opening. I can imagine a beer of this quality will improve nicely over that period of time. Another quality McAuslan brew. I am continously impressed by these guys. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 22:13:35 | More by Jeffo
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EzraAtom

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

09-15-2012 21:47:22 | More by EzraAtom
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the mixed pack just released. From notes.

A - Copper pour with a ruby influence. Bright with a two finger off white head. Bright. Good carbonation, spotty lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Raisins, boozy fruits, sugar.

T - Quite sweet with some woody, boozy fruits, raisins.

M - A bit of burn in the finish. Mild to medium carbonation, full body.

O/D - Not the best vintage, but it was nice to sip. Seemed less developed and the alcohol seemed a bit too present for 2 years old. It worked OK though and had a decent depth of flavour.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 15:43:34 | More by tbeckett
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

01-01-2014 18:51:34 | More by bigox420
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

12-31-2012 04:25:42 | More by KalanM
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mmapes

Colorado

3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Once again, thanks Mathieu for the amazing trade.

Pours medium reddish carmel, with very little head. What's there dissipates pretty quickly.

On the nose, a subtle smell of citrus, oak(?), apricot-y fruit, malty grain.

FIrst impression: smooth, then a little bitter hops (after 2 years!) up front, followed by a long smooth mildly spicy finish. Later: hint of some darker fruit in the middle, more raisin-y/pruney, instead of the apricot on the nose. But it's not a fruity beer, it's more in the sweet carmel/oak family of tastes which I like well.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 02:17:43 | More by mmapes
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JOaikido

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle.

A- Deep copper with nice beige head. Looks just as it should.

S- Alcohol noticeable. Dried fruit. Malt.

T- Malty with plummy and spicy notes and a solid if unoriginal hops bitter back that lingers.

MF- Medium-thick. Warming.

D- Great sipping beer as expected.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 01:22:56 | More by JOaikido
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Brenden

Ohio

3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About amber in color, perhaps just a shade darker, this beer is essentially opaque due to a mild cloudiness combined with its darkness. The head is a foamy but pretty tight half finger, tan in color, with good retention. Lacing is somewhat more than moderate in quantity and mostly patchy.
This is a pretty big barleywine, definitely of the English tradition, malty and strong. It's got lots of sweetness all the way through with notes of caramel and toffee, some dark fruits coming through as well but heavier on the creamier and more sugary stuff than many. Smoky brown sugar comes in there, too, and it's pretty heavy on the booziness without being completely overdone. The booze shows up more in the flavor, but it's noticeable on the nose to begin it. It has a mineral quality and a light earthiness, neither prominent nor heavy, just enough to get an idea of the malts used along with their somewhat bready quality. It does have a hoppy note to it, too, mostly floral and leafy to go with all the malts. Underlying all the way, and by no means a minor contribution, is a bite of spiciness both partly peppery and somewhat like allspice.
The body was pretty big, rolling smoothly without thinning too much, and with enough crispness to be lively and active. It doesn't go too slick or sweet, some dryness evening it out on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2014 15:37:16 | More by Brenden
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341 ml. bottle into, you guessed it, my St-Ambroise Millésimée 2006 snifter.

Appearance: A semi clear amber-copper body, kind of like cognac but with less brown. Big thick foam (light tan) and good retention.

Smell: Fruits and some spices. Not as strong as previous versions.

Taste: Cloves, herbs, bit of dark fruits and raisins. A nice balance between the sweetness and the spices with neither or taking dominance.

Mouthfeel: Spice bitterness (restrained) with a bit of chewy texture to it.

Overall: I liked it and it was better than i expected when compared to the others. The 2009 was my favorite but this one is a close second.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 11:23:17 | More by papat444
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dgilks

Australia

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany colour with a foamy, light tan head. Great lacing. Good head retention.

Deep, dark toffee flavour. Quite earthy and a little fruity.

Dark and brooding. Really sharp, bitter toffee. Earthy and fruity.

Medium-full body. Moderately-high carbonation. Not bad.

It all should be there but it doesn't quite gel. Nice bitter toffee but it needs something else here.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2014 06:46:24 | More by dgilks
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice rich copper brown colour, with minimal beige head. Has all the delicious aromas in the nice that you might expect from the style--dark fruit, sweet malts. On the palate there's a pleasant booziness along with the dark fruit and even a touch of dry sherry notes. Barely any hops detectable. This is all about the malt. Would be a great post-meal sipper. Split the bottle with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 18:27:59 | More by CookstLiquor
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-10-2012 01:14:03 | More by chickenm
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-20-2012 12:38:30 | More by ThinkAgain
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Kristin87


4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-04-2012 01:35:09 | More by Kristin87
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Jotora

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-07-2014 02:39:00 | More by Jotora
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Medium amber/caramel hue with nice clarity. Pours with a dense foamy cream-coloured head, about a finger-width.

Smell - Plum and caramel aromas are predominant, almost dessert like.

Taste - Strong plum flavours. Caramalized flavours with a bit of breadiness, like a bread pudding. ABV is balanced nicely in this brew (not too overpowering).

Mouthfeel - Despite the dense bubbly head that came out, quite smooth and creamy. Bubbles are hardly detectable. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall - For the style of extra strong ale (or barleywine), I was surprised by how well balanced the alcohol and flavours are in this brew. The plum flavours were very pleasant and reminiscent of the winter season.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 04:47:43 | More by leaddog
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wizo

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-10-2013 20:38:36 | More by wizo
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jmkoscie

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-05-2013 02:14:29 | More by jmkoscie
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AugustusRex

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-10-2013 07:51:45 | More by AugustusRex
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-13-2012 21:04:48 | More by schopenhauerale
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, packaged in a simple, stylish cardboard tube. And only six bucks for a vintage ale from so psychologically far away? Tres bien! Into my souvenir Dieu du Ciel glass, then.

This beer pours a frosted window, dark orange amber hue, with two fingers of tight, foamy, and somewhat creamy pale beige head, which maintains stubborn retention as it slowly creeps down the side of the glass, leaving some puffy swathes of splattered lace in its trail.

The aroma, after a few nods toward letting things warm up a bit, is complex caramel toffee malt, sweet sugary candy, some zingy, kind of herbal hops, and an iota of edgy booze. On the tongue, I get some nice sharp caramel, a smidgeon of breadiness, mild fruity holiday spice, herbal, leafy hops, and a subtle, loosely metallic alcohol warming. Fairly on the nose old ale tendencies, for sure, and good ones at that.

The bubbles are quite restrained, permeating the palate in their background support role only, the body a solid, hefty medium weight, and decently smooth amongst the throttled acrid booze. It finishes with a reminder of the caramel that pays the bills, level in its sweetness, 'dry', even, especially in light of the lingering noble hops and still lowly simmering alcohol.

A satisfying vintage (re: 'old') ale, with definite old world barleywine crossover characteristics - the booze, though, seems ahead of its time. Fuddy-duddery aside, this is just peachy for sipping, with the temperature finally moving to seasonal mercury levels, and the snow seeming to surpass its anemic fervor of late.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 23:15:08 | More by biboergosum
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St.Ambroise Vintage Ale Millésimée 2011 from McAuslan Brewing
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