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St-Ambroise Érable - McAuslan Brewing

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Reviews: 6
Hads: 28
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada | website

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer | 4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JOaikido on 02-25-2013

St-Ambroise celebrates the unique traditions Maple sugaring. With its combination of the best hops, crystal malt, roasted barley and real maple syrup from Quebec, it is the perfect beer for your next visit to the cabin. Cheers!
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Reviews: 6 | Hads: 28
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle, sold in 4-packs in Alberta.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, shiny, and creamy beige head, which leaves a few instances of remote coral islet lace around the glass as things slowly abate.

It smells of semi-sweet biscuity caramel malt, woody maple syrup, a bit of fig and date dark fruitiness, and musty, earthy hops. The taste is pretty much in line with the aroma - sweet, kind of bready caramel malt, a touch of toffee pudding, a fairly dry-seeming maple sap character, more fig-like black fruit, and weakening earthy, somewhat leafy hops.

The bubbles are moderate in strength, and a bit tight beyond their basic frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, with a suggestion of an echo of creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt more culpable for the lingering sweetness than any loitering maple tree notes.

A pleasant enough maple beer, the guest ingredient let free to be its more or less natural self, on top of a pretty solid amber ale. The combined sugary essences might limit me to just the one for now, but I'm pretty sure I'll return to this soon enough.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of DaveBar
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO as a single. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a nice 1" head that lasts for a couple of minutes before film out. Dark gold/light brown color and filtered clear

N- Hints of maple syrup is there. Not overpowering

T- Nice maple sugar flavor. Very nice memory of a sugar shack came back LOL. Some nutmeg and very slight cinnamon. Bubble gum aftertaste

M- Creamy good. Very refreshing for a heavier beer

O- Nice brew. Will buy again if I see it.

Food Pairing

This very good blend went well with........ Bacon and eggs with you guessed it! Maple syrup!


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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft: Poured an amber color ale with a small foamy head with light retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of woody notes with maple notes with light dry caramel notes. Taste is also a very nice mix of dry caramel malt with some woody notes and some clear maple notes. Body is light with medium carbonation. I am usually not a fan of maple beer but I must admit that this one is quite good.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SebD
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice deep copper/amber color to it. It has a nice creamy beige head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of maple syrup, caramel, slight toffee and biscuity/nutty malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet maple syrup, caramel/toffee, biscuity malts and a slight breadiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel although it is somewhat light.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

341 mL bottle from a 4-pack picked up at the LCBO; best before Nov 30 2015 and served slightly chilled.

Pours an intensely deep copper-crimson colour, clear in complexion and topped off with one finger of loose, soapy off-white froth. It wilts fairly rapidly over the next couple of minutes, leaving behind a thin, frothy collar; no lace or cap. I've had a handful of maple beers over the years, but none of them managed to capture the aroma of pure syrup as effectively as this one does. Beneath that layer of maple-y goodness, notes of demerara sugar, maraschino cherry, Medjool dates and toasted, biscuity malts come through, with some leafy, lightly floral English hoppage off in the background. Very enticing.

Yep, this one's a winner. It's quite malt-forward, particularly initially - with bready malt, toasted biscuits and some nutty notes interacting beautifully with the maple syrup flavour. Sponge toffee sweetness and mild hints of wood are next in line, finishing with some leafy, floral hop notes - similar to what I found on the nose, but not as pronounced here, as the maple and malt bill tends to steamroll the hops. Lingering maple flavour in the aftertaste, along with some nuances of toasted nut. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels that result in a crisp, exceptionally smooth mouthfeel. This is a flat-out delicious beer that I find extremely quaffable, despite its relative lack of balance.

Final Grade: 4.07, a solid A-. St-Ambroise Érable is almost definitely the best maple-themed beer I've yet had the pleasure to try. If you're curious about this one because you're a syrup fanatic, then rest assured - the maple has more than enough oomph to satisfy you - but not so much that it is liable to become cloying to those outside of that camp. This is a superbly sessionable amber ale; one that deserves to be brought into this province every spring. Absolutely worth a try - McAuslan rarely disappoints, and this brew is no exception.

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3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The maple flavour masks most of the other flavours. I found it rather fake-tasting and one-dimensional, although at least it's not too sweet.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JOaikido
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle. A limited edition maple flavoured (maple syrup and natural maple flavour) ale. BBF octobe 31 2013.

A- Dark copper brown. No cloudinessé Nice light beige head. Lots of bubbles.

S- SWeet caramel and maple. Touch of candies fruit.

T- Maple (a little strong on the added flavour). Caramel. Nice little hops touch near the end.

MF - Medium bodied. Clean.

O- Fit the bill.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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St-Ambroise Érable from McAuslan Brewing
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