Champenoise Impériale | AMB - Maître Brasseur

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AMB - Maître Brasseur
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Yoonisaykul on 06-15-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of pagail118
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Hazy amber/orange colour with a large size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, citrus, funk, grapes

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste lemons and malts mixed with white grape juice and a breadiness. There is also a woody taste and a bit of a funk.

Overall – I was really impressed with this beer. The taste was a lot more complex and well balanced than I was expecting. I will be sure to pick up a few more of these the next time I see it, and I am going to age some as well. A very good effort from AMB and it's a beer worth seeking out.

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

Best before date of September 2011

Pours a nice hazy gold color with plenty of thick white head. Lots of hazy lacing on the glass. Plenty of carbonation visible in the glass.

Smell consists of a light citrus, closer to tangerines than to oranges. Faint yeast smell at the back.

Taste is fruity. Again I am reminded of tangerines, but also of some other tropical fruit I can't think of. Taste of yeast in the finish. Booze isn't so much in the flavor as it is a slight burning sensation when swallowing. Better masked than some other AMB brews.

Overall, this is a pretty good Belgian SPA. With the yeast flavor, it reminds me more of a saison, but as a frequent enjoyer of saisons, I don't mind that at all. One of the better AMB brews I have tried as well.

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Photo of ludachris
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its peachy golden hue is perfect for the style. A finger and a half of fluffy white head doesn't stick around long, but looks good when it's there. Small streams of carbonation can be seen on all sides of the glass.

Alcohol saturates tangerines and mangos in the nose. The yeast character doesn't carry as much presence as I'm use to in the style but is still able to impart a fruity and spicy zest. Not as complex as I'd like but a good smelling beer nonetheless.

The alcohol soaked tropical fruits make the flavour quite rich. The yeast is more apparent in the taste, filling the back side of the palate. Fresh crackers and bready malt pop up in the finish. Although not overpowering, the alcohol is readily detectable from start to finish.

Medium bodied, rich, and smooth. Dry towards the very end. This has a decent balance but the alcohol could be better disguised.

For me, this is a middle of the road BSPA. It's a good first interpretation for the style but there's a lot of room for improvement. Disguise the alcohol and bring out the yeast; that would make it much more enjoyable. Their Porter on the other hand is fantastic and well worth picking up.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Sort of a golden, straw, blonde colour going on here. Half finger of white head that looks like it might stick around. Tons of carbonation.
Appears hazy.

S - Really fresh smelling orange notes, mango, booze. Citrus rind. Yeast.

T - Much different than the aroma I picked up. Fruitiness is much more pronounced. Really bready yeast and fruitiness comes out alot. Apricots and perhaps white grapes come out. There is a lingering booziness in the finish.
It's a good mix of flavours with none overpowering the other and the alcohol in the finish isn't a bad thing following the strong yeasty/bready and fruity flavours.

M - Lot's of carbonation make it dance. Medium to full bodied.

D - I could have a number of these in a night. This is a nice attempt to recreate the stronger pale ales of Belgium.

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Photo of Otterburn
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into La Maudite glass.

result a shy foamy white head that didnt last long. Golden is the color, high carbonation.

Smell: fruity(yeast) apricot and orange aroma, tiny presence of alcohol.

taste: its fruity, orange and stuff,.theres some alcohol, malt.

mf: medium carbonation, with very fine bubbles. after-taste of alcohol/citrus or something

drinkability: it is pretty mild for a strong belgian pale ale. Its easy to drink and enjoyable, its more on the fruity side than malty/alcohol.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an hazy light beige color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of bready yeast and nice malt backbone with light fruity ester is quite enjoyable. Taste is a well balanced mix between some bready yeast with a solid malt backbone with balanced sweetness and some fruity ester. Body is quite full with good bottle-conditioning and good carbonation. Actually well brewed and better then the beers were in their previous incarnation.

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Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

single bottle picked up at Épicerie Au Coin Duluth in Monreal, accidentally left at Dieu du Ciel and awkwardly retrieved from the group who had taken over our table, consumed next to a tent at Fundy National Park

a: poured into a Brooklyn snifter (don't leave home without a beer glass), hazed straw golden in colour, bubbly white head leaves a nice layer behind, lots of bottle sludge of which a small amount make in with the pour

s: light lemony accents over a clean pale malt body, mild yeast, some tart aromas, pit fruit - apricot in particular, pineapple, green apple, grassy hops and lemon make a big impression

m: bubbly, scouring carbonation, light bodied, not thin, the carbonation is presumably a produce of the champagne treatment, but it seems a bit rough for this application

t: clean, dry pale malts, crisp pilsner, lemon rind, powdery yeast, light grassy hops, sour apple, very dry finish with a mild hop tartness, a little saison-esque at times

d: easy, alcohol nowhere to be found

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting beer. Been looking forward to trying it.
341ml poured into stemmed wine glass.

A- A good half inch of very creamy white head stayed on top of the hazy gold for the fifteen minutes it took me to take the first sip. Lacing covers the glass.

S- Belgian banana apricot yeast. Quite sweet. Minimal alcohol. Slightly metallic. Some mango and cinnamon.

T- Fruit isn't as strong as the smell could lead on. Sour and a little salty. Not very bitter. Tasty. Apple/pear sauce and noble hop after-taste. Warming up brings the pear out.

M- High carbonation. Medium to full mouthfeel.

D-Very good. Easy to drink, tastes good. Still refreshing almost at room temp.

Very good beer. A nice addition to the Quebec beer scene. I would and probably will suggest this.

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Champenoise Impériale from AMB - Maître Brasseur
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 11 ratings