St-Ambroise Pale Ale | McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise Pale AleSt-Ambroise Pale Ale

Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hops: Cascade, Willamette, Golding, Hallertau

IBU: 35

Added by Jason on 10-26-2000

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Reviews: 224 | Ratings: 411
Photo of Eastman2009
2.6/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. One finger of quickly dissipating head. A warm golden shade with steady lacing throughout the drink.

Fully alcoholic scent, few other scents, off malt notes?.

No real hop profile to speak of. If this is a pale ale, it's a very tame one. Not even a lingering flavor. While highly drinkable and probably appealing to even the most novice of beer newbies, but there's nothing unique or special here.

Note: My opinion didn't change throughout the six pack.

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Photo of jbertsch
2.64/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

cloudy amber in color. Doesn't look like a pale ale. Lacing in patterns of ...well, lace. Or, think spider webs.

Smells very malty, not expected. Floral, with restrained fruit aromas mixed with a little spice.

Slight fruity taste sits on top of a strong malt base with hints of brown sugar. There's also a hint of tea leaves in there.

A little thinner than expected, and a tad watery.

I could easily drink a bunch of these.

For a pale ale this is confusing. It's neither pale, nor domestic have that typical pale ale snap and crispness. I wonder if I got a bad bottle, because I had this once years ago and loved it. Oh well.

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Photo of cosmin
2.81/5  rDev -28.3%
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 taylocd
2.84/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had very low expectations for this one. It was my final selection in filling out a mix-your-six, and the "BLONDE" was much more prominent on the label than "PALE ALE", thus the reason for my low expectations.

A - The appearance was much better than I had was anticipating. It had the tint you'd expect from a good pale ale, though not quite as opaque as I'd have liked. There was a decent head and minimal lacing.

S - There was not much in the way of smell from the beer, but it beat the macro brews.

T - As with appearance, I was pleasantly surprised at the taste of this beer, but only because I was expecting a "blonde", which I took to mean more of a pilsner style. As for a pale ale, it left a little to be desired (I'd have preferred a bit more bitter flavor), but it was acceptable.

M - Again, it was decent, but far from great.

D - This one managed to overcome the lack of flavor by being smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.94/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

St. Ambroise- Pale Ale

A- Nice deep golden orange with a big fluffy heavy lacing head. Clear with good small bubbly carbonation.
S- I don't detect much here. Light buttery caramel malt, toasted grains, and grassy hops. Very light on the nose.
T- Very watery. Light caramelized toasted malt. Sugary sweet pine hop touch in the end.
M- Very watery, very light. Light and sweet in the body with a mildly bitter floral hop finish.

Overall- This was too subdued for me. Watery and lacking. I'll stick with their Oatmeal Stout!

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Photo of pootz
3.07/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A nice pale, although I can’t get as excited as some do about it. Well crafted, beautiful color, fair lacing, better than average micro pales in the aroma department....but certainly not phenomenally outstanding in the bottled the same class as Conner’s with possibly more fruit-floral nose to it.

The pour was a clear orange-amber with a 1 finger head that laces nicely. Fragrance of fruity-floral hopping over a sweet malt aroma. Medium to heavily carbonation (lost points for this from me). That (IMHO) over carbonation produced a sandy-peppery mouth feel that SHOULD let go, sooner or later, and reduce this medium bodied ale to a creamy mouth feel....but it doesn’t… that carbonation hangs in there and actually detracts for the finer aspects of this ale. I detected nice floral-bittering over some great pale malt sweetness...the finish is dry and tart with the hopping lingering in the metallic after taste...but even in the finish the tongue is still being strip mined by the damnable over carbonation. This is probably a very good pale ale but they’re gonna have to remove a lot of that fizzy mega brewer carbonation to get these great tastes across undisrupted.

I had a Black Oak pale right after this and I Know I’m right about this. The BO was softly carbonated and this lends itself to the flavor departures AND makes it much more drinkable . I have tried this beer on tap in PQ many times hoping the carbonation would be less aggressive but it always seems to be present masking this ales true potential.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Nothing screams French-Canadian Quebec like a brewery named McAuslan... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear bronze topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit-flavored solvent coating a healthy core of buttery biscuit. The taste holds notes of grapefruit peel, pine needles (dipped in a bit of sap), very light menthol, and light toffee. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, an average pale ale, one that couldn't really positively stand out in any way.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle ... darker amber color with golden highlights. Moderate white head with decent retention and a bit of lacing. Nose is malty, bready, and has a little bit of spice to boot. Hops are detectable. Palate is nothing exciting and consistent with the aromas apparent in this beer. Malty and slightly sweet, yet well balanced with hops. I'd say light/medium in body and carbonation. Finishes smooth and ever so slightly bitter. This definitely an english style ale, and a decent one if you're into this style. I'd drink it occasionally and would say it's worth a shot.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass about 45 minutes out of the fridge. 11.5oz. bottle, here goes.

Appearance- A deep, burnished russet color, this beer pours rather thick with a terrific three-finger head that condenses into a very nice portion of suds. Lacing is evident, clinging to various parts of the glass.

Smell- The malts are prominent, with their bready, sweet aroma overtaking any hop presence. I'm not sure if there is a staleness factor here, as there is no freshness date on the bottle.

Taste- The hops do make an appearance here, mildly bittering the tongue while the malts run amok. The balance is pretty good, but the finish doesn't feel right... a metallic character with a semi-dry tartness hinders whatever the ingredients intend to offer as a curtain call.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Easy and gently effervescent, the texture is nice for the style. APAs routinely deliver a nice hop smack to seal the deal, but this particular beer doesn't pull it off. Average at best.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a still copper-orange with a thin, frothy milk head that leaves some creamy lacing. Smells of toasty, biscuity malts with a touch of citrus hops. Kind of weak in the nose. Taste is a mix of light caramel, nuts, grapefruit oil, and cracker-like malt. Finishes a bit bitter and quite dry overall. The bitterness is a little muddy and the finish has a seltzer feel. Mouthfeel is light and a bit prickly on the tongue. The drinkability is solid. Not the greatest beer, but I wouldn't mind having this as my local micro.

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Photo of Macca
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a clear dark amber. A finger of head drops away but leaves a fine covering and some lacing.

Sweet fruit notes dominate the aroma from some up front hops. Some nice maltiness in there as well.

The malts are big in the mouth but not as appealing as on the nose.

A bit of alcohol warmth which I find unusual for only a 5% beer. Not impressed.

Bit of a disappointment after a promising aroma.

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Photo of bob3701
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Poured a light amber with a big fluffy white head with Ok lacing. Flowery aroma. Kind of a bland taste with big hoppy finish. High carbination in mouth but still very drinkable. Not my first Canadian choice. Much better beers coming out of Montreal.

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Photo of ReFill31
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass

A : Nice golden color, dense head (almost creamy) that leaves a nice ring on the glass.

S : We can easily detect hops.

T : The bitterness is well balanced, some hops, crisp taste also.

M : Low carbonation, feels watery

D : Really enjoyable, easy to drink.

Overall a good beer but I have seen better from McAuslan breweries.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought from the combo pack with Griffon Rousse, Blonde and Apricot beer.

Nice dark golden brew with a nice head that stayed for a while. Medium hoppy for a pale ale but still not too complex. Nice brew for those hot summer days beside the pool. Better then most pale ale I’ve drank before...

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Photo of fortyfield
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from biegaman, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 341ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish gold color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, fruit, light malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong caramel, honey and brown sugar sweetness. Some hops bitterness comes in but is a bit mild doesn’t provide enough balance for my liking. The after-taste is sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, a slightly filling, the sweetness isn’t quite what I look for in the style, but it’s not a bad beer; it just doesn’t quite appeal to me enough to select it unless my choices were limited.

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Photo of regspeir
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in trade courtesy of korguy123. 341 ML into a standard pint glass. Poured a golden amber with a two-finger head which dissapted rapidly to a coating. Nose has some floral elements up front, as well as some citrus, caramel and biscuit. Taste is slightly bitter with notes of coriander and orange, held up by the biscuity malt. There are some citrus hops but they aren't forward. Finish is slightly bitter and sticky. Carbonation is certainly visible but not felt. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium. A decent APA but not my favorite style, for sure.

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Photo of decimator
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear gold copper colour with a thick creamy 5cm thick head. The foam was long lasting, left a 1cm cap and the lacing was pretty good. Overall it looked pretty damn good.

S - Smells delicious. Bread, toasted cereals, herbs and hops.

T - The hops hit pretty quick but they are not overpowering. Also caramel and a hint of toasts and some mild tangy fruits are also present.

M - Good carbonation, smooth with dry finish. A bit watery at times.

D - Easy to drink.

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Photo of kjyost
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a redder than expected, though not abnormally so, with a short head that did not last long, but did leave light lacing throughout. Smells normal with a bit of citrusy hops, a sweetness on the nose and a couple of times I could have sworn I smelled banana.

The beer itself is balanced, with a crisp light bitterness. Very little in the body save the bitterness and malt. It later sips I caught some fruity flavour. Finishes cleanly. A good crisp level of carbonation. Enjoyable and quite easily sessionable.

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Photo of bobsy
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO. Amber pour with a small white head. Fresh hops and fruit aroma with a touch of caramel. Great hops taste, well married to a malty body. Medium mouthfeel and a lingering finish. This is a pleasant brew, but not as good as many of the other offerings from this brewery

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Photo of AmishT
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber with a great frothy white head that leaves ample lacing down the glass

S - Strong dark fruit character and bready malts in the nose as the beer warmed. Not what I was expecting at all from a beer classified as an APA, but it's pleasant to say the least.

T&M - It's flavor profile is quite similar to the nose: I get dark fruit and bready malts. However, there's not much flavor initially. The fruits are quite prevalent in the finish - a uinque touch. Light bodied. No real carbonation, unfortunately, and the mouth comes off pretty watery.

D - It's fairly drinkable due to it's somewhat low abv and light body. However, the flavor profile, to me, is not my favorite, so I'm not sure how much of this i could enjoy. A very unique finish is noteworthy.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of soapy head with excellent retention. Great sloppy lacing. Clear orange amber body.

S - Mild hop aroma, with some caramel malt. A little bit English.

T - Follows the nose, a subtle citrus tang backed by that caramel malt.

M - Watery thin with low carbonation.

O - More like the British style of pale ale than American. Milder and maltier.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-amber body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Butter-basted malt aroma with a scant hint of fruitiness.

Taste: Dry maltiness that's really not biscuity, more like biscuitesque. Flash of sweetness. One pat of salted butter. Juicy, tart fruit flavors of citurs and apricot. Just a bit of earthy bitterness for the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Fair enough for what amounts to an easy drinking, session-type beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear light golden with a large sticky white head that let rings of lace behind as it settled,quite spritzy looking pretty well carbonated.Nic hop profile in the nose quite citrusy and slightly piney but lemon and grapefruit show thru more,a light sweet biscuit malt aroma shows thru as well.The flavors seemed a bit flat to me the hops seemed to peeter out a little I mean there is a citrusy presense but not very bold,a dryer malt base really keeps the beers sweetness in check.A somewhat lighter prickly mouthfeel doesnt help it much,I had higher expectations for this but seemed a bit of a dud after a good start.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass from the bottle. I reviewed this beer as a Belgian Pale Ale, as I think it fits the style a bit better. If reviewed as an APA, the scores would be much lower in most categories.

A- clear light amber with a small head that settles somewhat quickly

S - fruity yeast aroma with noticeable malt sweetness and a trace of hops

T - up front it's very malty but subdued hop character is evident as it washed across the tongue; yeast fruitiness is very present giving pear and slight apple like notes

M - medium to light body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a decent enough, but very mild, pale ale. As stated earlier, I don't think it fits the APA style well, but is a decent enough Belgian version of the same. While it's tasty enough, I don't think I'll be searching it out anytime soon.

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