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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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of dgilks
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.86/5  rDev -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.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tbeckett
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of mmapes
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to joemcgrath27 for including this in a trade some time ago. I've been holding onto it since last winter so that I could drink it side-by-side with the 2012 release. Curious to see whether a year of aging has changed the flavour profile at all.

A - Pours a slightly hazy ruby colour with a copper hue, finger of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing. Not quite as nice on the presentation as compared with the 2012.

S - Loads of toffee and caramel, an earthy hop undertone, a touch of peppery spice and graham crackers with a hint of ABV noticeable on the nose.

T - The flavour profile is in contrast with the nose where the musty hop notes dominate over the toffee and caramel malts. A buttered bread flavour lingers alongside a bitter citrus rind flavour, a touch of ABV sweetness and some oak and musty caramels. The flavours definitely possess a bit more character than the 2012, offering up some more intense sweetness and lingering on the palette longer.

M - Medium bodied, velvety smooth going down and finishes surprisingly wet.

O - The aging seems to have enhanced the flavours and mellowed the ABV a touch. The "English" characteristics tend to be more pronounced than in the 2012. Definitely glad I was able to hold off consuming this brew until I got my hands on the 2012 for the side-by-side tasting.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of LampertLand
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
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

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Jeffo
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
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!

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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