St-Ambroise Pale Ale
McAuslan Brewing

St-Ambroise Pale AleSt-Ambroise Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #570
Ranked #13,619
3.89 | pDev: 11.57%
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada
Very Good
St-Ambroise Pale AleSt-Ambroise Pale Ale
Notes: Our flagship beer -the one that put McAuslan on the map. St-Ambroise Pale Ale is a golden, generously hopped brew, and a perennial favourite of the many pale ale drinkers who have enjoyed its rich, fruity flavour since 1989.

Hops: Cascade, Willamette, Golding, Hallertau

IBU: 35
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Reviews: 229 | Ratings: 420
Photo of superspak
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5 ounce bottle into pint glass, E068 bottle code. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/amber/light copper color with a thin off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass. Good appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine, citrus peel, herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance; and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitterness. Mild carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a solid pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Balanced citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready English malt complexity. Probably very old judging by the flavor profile, but was still quite enjoyable and not too bad at all. Drank more like an English pale ale with the mild carbonation.

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Photo of Jesterr44
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reminds me of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in that you think it should be hoppy and then remember that it's not claiming to be an IPA or a NE IPA, but just a PA. I've come to prefer more hop flavour than this one has and don't buy this type of beer often but can still enjoy it when I do.

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Photo of EMH73
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium Amber with a half inch white head that dissipated to a ring quickly and left some lacing
Really more of an END than an APA in my opinion. Smell is mild with caramel, malts and hops. Taste follows the nose along with a lingering bitterness. Medium bodied and carbonation, dry mouth feel.

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Photo of YourMackDaddy
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 473mL can into a traditional pint glass at about 5 degrees Celsius.

L-A clear amber/copper colour. Head is a clingy foam that disperses but sticks around as a light coating on top that sticks to the glass. A pretty sight, not too harsh on carbonation from the look.

S- A poppy and fruity scent rises from the glass. It's crisp and is really just the right way I'd like an APA to smell. This is how it should be.

T- Brash hops mingle perfectly with a refreshing malt opening. There is an excellent balance between the sweet and the bitter flavours, giving a very crisp and flavourful experience. A great mix of fruitiness and grain, in the finish you can expect apple skin and grain. This is the best pale ale I've had up to this point, and I'll be having it again.

F- Just the right amount of carbonation for me, not too heavy on it at all. Crisp and refreshing, with an almost creamy texture with the smoothness and foam.

O- Truly an excellent beer. The best APA I've ever had, and I don't foresee another trumping it anytime soon. I'd reccomend this to anyone. Complex and flavourful without going so far as to be too assertive, a comfortable and refreshing drink. Do yourself a favour. Everyone may not feel the same, but this is personally all I want in a pale ale done exceptionally well, it's worth trying.

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Photo of Alexc11
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Updated: Beautiful copper color with lovely thick lace. It has a fruity aroma - citrus/banana. Slightly carbonated but with a sharp bitter finish. Overall balanced beer with smooth, soft hop, caramel feeling. I enjoyed it overall.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

McAuslan Brewing 'St.Ambroise Pale Ale' @ 5.0% , served from a couple of 341 ml bottle's purchased for $1.85 each
A-pour is gold from the bottle to clear dark gold in the glass with a medium size off-white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-hints of wheat
T-wheat pale ale
MF-ok carbonation , medium body
Ov-ok beer , weak pale ale
prost LampertLand

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Photo of cosmin
2.81/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is the second time I've tried this beer (473mL can from LCBO). Consumed about 6 months before data shown on bottom of can. Pours lovely orange/copper colour with plenty of head. Not much of a smell. I was waiting and waiting for the hops to hit me but it never happened. Quite disappointed especially after trying their Oatmeal Stout and Apricot Wheat Ale (yum!). From an American Pale Ale you'd expect more hops and a little more excitement in the beer. I think it's too sweet and trying to be a cross between English and American style pale ale but not getting neither quite right. I'm very shocked at the ratings on this one. Usually the ratings hold true to a beer but not this one (for me at least!).

Unfortunately, this is the last time I try their pale ale. Their other brews are awesome though!

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Photo of fortyfield
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours an amber colour, with a 2 finger head that dissipates over the course of a couple minutes. Looks very appealing.

Smell is very faint. English noble hops with a caramel malt. Enjoyable, but underwhelming compared to what I was expecting/hoped for from a pale ale.

Taste is about the same as the smell, though there is a lingering bitterness that I'm not a big fan of. Almost reminds me more of an English Bitter, as I feel this is quite similar to Fullers London Pride. That being said, the taste certainly is not unpleasant, though I hoped it would reveal more of a hop bite than what the aroma was revealing.

Mouthfeel certainly feels more carbonated than it looks, as other reviewers have mentioned. Appropriate level of carbonation for the style.

Overall this is a nice tasting beer, though I was hoping for a little more excitement. However, I understand that not every beer has to blow you away with such a strong flavour. I do not see myself purchasing this again as there are plenty of other options out there that more suit my preferences, but I will say that this could be a great beer for any lager drinker who is looking to try something a little different.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 473ml can. This must rank among the top three or four of beers I've consumed the most of in my lifetime. Some really good memories associated with this one.

Nice pale ale colour. Two inches of foamy head dissipate quickly. Some lacing.

Really interesting hop profile. It's citrusy and floral.

Most of the reviews here fail to capture just how distinctive-tasting an APA this really is. It's got your standard Cascade notes, but that's combined with some amped-up English and noble hops. It's a genius bit of brewing. There's a solid biscuity malt backbone there, too.


This is a true classic. In Montreal you pretty much can't help but drink cheap pints of it everywhere you go. Here in Ontario it's a bit more expensive but still well worth seeking out.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After falling in love with their oatmeal stout awhile back I felt it was rightly time to try this, and I have to say I'm Glad I did, This beer is on Sierra Nevada scale, It really is a delicious pale ale.

Appearance - Pours a clear amber with 2 fingers head. head fades to leave a film on top and rings in my glass. Definitely doesnt appear extremely carbonated.

Aroma - light malts, floral hops citrus hops, caramel. This everything you could ask a pale ale to smell like in my opinion.

Taste - light malted grains at the back of my pallet, lemon, caramel some light fruits. at the start and end its bitter but sweet in the middle. Very interesting combination.

Feel - This beer is light and creamy with what feels like more carbonation then it looks to have.

Overall - This beer encompasses everything I look for in a pale ale, It has a nice balance between sweet and bitter and all the classic flavors are there. I think if you can find it you should give it a go. A+ beer all the way.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presents a wonderful golden color with a thick, frothy head. Following this, the scent is rather mild, though what comes through the most are spicy and fruity hop aromas. The taste is almost tart, with hoppy bitterness backing the end. Feel is very smooth, carbonation is present but not artificially heavy. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light amber a nice head with great lacing. Taste is of sweet caramel malts blended nicely with floral hops, has sweetness at the start and ends with bitterness that hangs around.

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Photo of Pmicdee
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Until now, I've only had this in a bottle. What a difference a can makes. This was another unremarkable beer, but I have updated my review. This is a very smooth beer, almost like a milkshake. Taste is great and colour and smell are what they should be. Usually I like bottles better, but definitely not in this case.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with powerful delicate activity. Creamy white sparkly 1.5 finger head lasting around 10 minutes with strong legs.

Aromas and flavors of grains, fruits, citrus, caramel, floral and herbal spices. Nice floral nose and delicious taste of sweet orange, lemon, apple and a fresh grain feel. Also slightly woody and grassy.

Creamy full body with moderate carbonation. Strong and long finish ending with a slightly fruity but highly spicy bitter chalky and dry mouth coat.

Overall a very good craft; complex and delicious crispy flavors with good freshness while having a little too much aggressive bitterness for my taste with tongue numbing spicy hops.

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Photo of mactrail
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More of an amber color with a brief but enthusiastic foam in the Ciney snifter. Spritzy mouthfeel. A little woody with some plain malt flavor. A whiff of flowery hops and a shy bitter tang at the finish. One of the better McAuslan brews.

Really not a bad Blonde Ale. It's easy to drink, provides a little malt and some hops. Less flabby, more refreshing. From the 341 ml screw-cap bottle purchased at a BC Liquor Store in the mixed 12-pack.

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Photo of camdaley
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured from a 473 ml can into a glass mug

Appearance: Foamy inch tall white head that dissipates somewhat slowly and leaves great lacing. Beer is a beautiful copper color.

Aroma: Fairly gentle aroma. Slight aromas of orange and other fruits

Taste: Very flavorful beer. First thing I notice is a hint of tobacco and cinnamon. Mildly creamy mouth feel. Traces of brown sugar.

Aftertaste: Somewhat bitter finish with lingering notes of brown sugar and tobacco.

Overall: A very crisp, refreshing beer that is packed with flavor. I will be returning to this beer every once in a while.


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Photo of kevofficiel
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Me living in Quebec I had to try that beer.
The look of a beer is more between orange and yellow
The smell of it is very nice, you have that orange coming out. Very nice smell ! It's gentle and it's fruity. Nice carbonation.
The taste is really surprising. Lots of taste I can feel on my tongue. It has like a cigar paper taste and a brown sugar on the after taste. Don t take me wrong it's a really nice tasting.
So overall would I recommend it ? Damn Yes ! Complete different than those Rickard's, Budweiser, molson dry, blue... It is more expensive, but once in a while you will have a good tasting beer that you can share with some friends.

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Photo of BeerLaw
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: Pale ale - Blonde
Poured from a 375ml bottle

Appearance: Nice golden color with white head. Left white lacing.

Smell: This has a fairly simple smell - mostly malt to me. After swirling as I drank to kill some carbonation, I detected more grassy and earthy. Slight caramel.

Mouthfeel: Nice body to the mouthfeel - just enough - a bit creamy like.

Taste: Light malt with a bit of wheat and light sweetness and caramel (from a light crystal malt?). Great hop balance in this which pairs well with the level of carbonation and malt flavours. There is definitely a number of different hops - I can definitely detect williamette (on review of their site I see that it has Cascade, Willamette, Golding and Hallertau). This just seems so balanced beautifully.

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Photo of Eric_Standard
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A lovely deep golden amber with a thick and distinct white head. A good deal of lacing.

Smell: Hoppy aromas, a bit fruity, a bit grassy. There's something almost caramel-ish going on.

Taste: A surprising malty sweetness up front (that remains quite crisp) followed by a wave of pleasant fruity notes, and finishing out with hoppy bitterness. This last hoppy note stays on the tongue for quite a while and intensifies as it lingers.

Mouthfeel: First impression is crisp, light, very bright and active, which almost seems to transform into a very smooth, creamy and rich mouthfeel.

Overall: What is exceptional about this beer is it's superb balance – from the hops and malts to the light yet creamy mouthfeel, every point in this beer has a perfectly weighted counterpoint. Quite good, I highly recommend it.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much head but good carbonation. It's more on the amber side color-wise. A good caramel smell but hops are not really present in the smell. The caramel is still there in the mouth with a good bitter finish. Easy to drink, not bad at all.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Snagged a single bottle from a "pick six" craft beer wall (Oak & Vine in Calgary). Poured into an English pint glass. This brew is a dark gold to light bronze color with a decent-sized light tan head. Smells like sweet dough accompanied by some dark fruit malty notes, along with some earthy hop spice, orchard fruit, and sweet flowers (clover?). Surprisingly devoid of citrus or pine aromas and the same is true on the palate. Rich sweet malts are most noticeable here, some plum and brown sugar, followed by spicy apples and pears, black tea, bramble fruit, peach ... Reminds me of something more sweet, floral, and mellow than most pale ales but very good nonetheless. Moderate to high carbonation and the finish does not become intensely bitter or dry, instead remaining earthy yet fruity at the same time. A well-constructed beer that would make a solid session option. This is not a hop showcase but instead hits a malt-forward profile, with hops relegated to the supporting cast.

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Photo of Jason-Dallan
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. I have had it many times and today bout a 6 pack. i am reviewing this over the fifth and 6th beer.

a- This beer pours a copper colour with huge head. It pours a 2-4+ finger head depending on pour and previous lacing in the glass and leaves a nice thick film of head throughout the rest of the beer.

s- nice fruity hoppy smell. smells of lots of caramel and great smell of fruity hops. also takes on a bit of the smell of tea which becomes more apparent the more you drink of this beer. It smells very strongly from a bit of a distance.

t- tastes great. easy to drink. hops are very apparent for a beer at 35ibu. leaves long lasting fruity hop aftertaste for a while after drinking. bitterness is not too high but the aftertaste is great and long lasting. also tastes of some tea after drinking more as stated above.

m-the mouthfeel is good nothing wrong with it. carbonated beverage to me

o- one of my favourites had it many times before. its good

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from LCBO for $2.00 CDN into a pint glass.

Appearance - Poured a ridiculous 4 fingers of head that sat on top of the beer in true Belgian fashion looking creamy and delicious. Pour yielded a dark golden brown color with orange hues. Beautiful looking beer.

Smell - There isn't a ton going on; grassy hops and some malts. Some bready aspects are also present.

Taste- Similar to the smell, with a certain sweetness on the front end that is unexpected. Does not hinder the beer in any manner whatsoever.More malty than hoppy but a good balance.

Mouthfeel - Feels quite light on the palate yet is creamy and rich which is hard combination to match. Not overly carbonated but sufficiently so to provide the right finish on the beer. Not bitter nor sweet, no lingering aftertaste, yet just enough on the palate to leave you wanting more.

Overall - Pleasantly surprised by this brew, very delicious and has great finish and mouthfeel. Don't know if it was my pour or what but also looked brilliant in the glass.

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Photo of FrostBlast
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Dark golden orange with an off-white head, about 2cm thick. Head dies out with average speed, leave some lacing, not much. Lacing is very fast to die out. Very pleasing look.

SMELL : First nose is almost absent, but what is there is mostly grassy hops, with some pale malt. Second nose releases more pale malt aromas and seems fresher than the first nose. Third nose is all about pale malt with some hops to sharpen it up. Hops are there but somewhat indistinct, very well blended into the malt profile.

TASTE : Somewhat toasty pale malts (this toasty side was absent on the nose) with some caramel malts as well, very fruity. Red apples, pears, sugary candy apples. Hops are present but well blended in the malt, as was the case on the third nose. Very fresh, very refreshing.

MOUTHFEEL : Good carbonation, not too explosive on the palate, allows the beer to fully take its place in the mouth, expanding the flavours everywhere. Quite lengthy aftertaste for a pale ale.

OVERALL : This is my standard everyday beer and has been for quite some time. I just never got down to reviewing it. Now that it's done, I think I appreciate it even more. Definitely one of my favorite pale ales around, and I've had some pretty good ones, including Yakima by Benelux and Edward by Hill Farmstead. St-Ambroise Pale Ale totally measures up, even though their production is much larger. They don't cut the corner for this beer - after all, it's their flagship product.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473ml can purchased at the local LCBO and poured into a Smithwicks Draught mug. Produces a tight and long lived white colored head atop light reddish liquid, clear and bright. The nose is kinda unassuming, just some light sweetness and a touch of fruit with little hop presence. The ale is easy drinking, the carbonation not over the top which makes it easy to quaff, flavors of light biscuity malt, yeast fruitiness and a very balanced hop bitterness add up to make this a great session ale...which is just what I'm doing as I have 2 more cans lined up after this. Finishes light and refreshing, light without sacrificing taste. Recommended!

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St-Ambroise Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 420 ratings