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Ambergris | The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Vermont Pub & Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by thekevlarkid on 10-30-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by SFLpunk:
Photo of SFLpunk
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Notes from the back of my coaster from a couple days ago:

"Abergris No 1: Hot & Spicy floral weisse brewed with Clary sage, Chipotle-Meco Jalapenos, American Ginger & Sandalwood."

Served in a snifter, filled to the brim. Pales copper, no head. Very perfumed nose, fresh jalapenos, pepper membrane, sweet wet flowers. Palate is completely flat w/ ginger/floral up front. Medium bodied and spicy finish. Chipotle is light on the palate instead of fresh jalapeno. Spicy ginger/pepper finish. Lemon rind crops up way out on the finish.

Had a hard time finishing the 12oz pour. Wish I could have had a half-pour. Mad props for the unusual brew, but it had a few too many very perfume-like ingredients for my taste.

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Photo of scottg
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

"a spicy floraweissbier with clary sage, chipolte meco, ginseng, and sandalwood."

Served in a snifter glass at the brewpub.

Pours a yellow color with gold hues and a thin white head that dissipates quickly with no lacing. The aroma is dominated by the smoked peppers with the sandalwood noticeable. The chipoltes are the up front flavor with some sage in the middle and a floral finish. Light body, medium carbonation, you can taste the black pepper in the back of your throat. I don't know if it is possible to make a mild flavored pepper beer, but there is nothing subtle about this one. I admire the brewers creativity and will try anything he makes, but I will not be ordering this one again.

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Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 12oz snifter. Golden-copper in color with no head.

Aroma is fruit-like with a hint of sage and sandalwood.

Taste is nice and peppery, spicy from the rye with a definite hint of sage and sandalwood.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering pepper and spicy rye. Nice.

An interesting beer that must be tried. Great if you like rye in beer.

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

Poured in a snifter glass at the brewery

Pours a light copper well carbonated, little haze and therefore a mid sized head that dissipates quickly

Complex nose - lots going on, apple, sage, spice - put together but busting at the seams

Flavor s better constructed, strong fruit, then herb, then spice. A nice breakdown of the complexity.

Not to sharp or difficult for an odd beer. Good flavor and nothing out of sorts - I do not want a bunch of these but 1 or 2 make me happy

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok katz and kittenz, here's an unusual one. The Ambergris is a hybrid beer somewhere between being a vegetable beer and a spiced beer. The special ingredients? Sage oil and Chipotle peppers! Off the tap into a snifter this beer was a hazy yellow color with a very thin white head. The retention and the lacing were sadly minimal. The aroma, however, was anything but! The spicy pepper was strongest but, similar to a Chardonnay there were notes of oak, smoke and a green herbal background. The flavors were also unusual, dominated by the spiciness of the Chipotle peppers. Behind this were liquid smoke, earthy malts providing some semi-sweetness, a solid bitter hop note and hints of wood. The mouthfeel was smooth and the body medium. The carbonation was rather flat (apparently a result of adding the sage oil, the two cancelled each other out) but this may have been a good thing. A higher carbonation would have made the pepper notes too sharp. Though an odd beer the flavors were well blended and it's the best pepper beer I have had to date. Check it out.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay, I know, what the hell is this beer? Well, I had to try it since its one of the more unique beer brewers are putting out there.

Pours into a snifter, light golden in color, looks like very little carbonation and certainly very little head. Not sure the ABV, could be high, could be low. Who knows?

Smell is very nice. Its very herbal and natural smelling. Some of the jalapeno comes out but mostly I smell some herbs and spices.

Taste is very, very unusual. Its slightly syrupy and sweet but has a back of spicy, hot jalapeno that dries the mouth. The sandalwood and spices come out as well. Wow, I've never had anything like this and I really like it for its uniqueness.

This is a beer that has no real comparison, it is stands alone. Glad I had it, it was interesting and not bad. Good job Vermont Pub & Brewery, kudos for doing your own thing.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap into a snifter.

A- Clear, slightly golden yellow. Fingers worth of head that dissipated pretty quickly.

S- The smell of jalapeno peppers dominated the nose on this one. The sandalwood also is quite detectable.

T- Initially the pepper taste dances on the tongue...but not of hot peppers, just of regular green peppers. Almost immediately a floral bouquet takes over offering a nice, calm prequel to the heat that will soon be released. The beer finishes with hot jalapeno heat that tickles the throat and offers a nice spicy sensation.

M- Medium to light-bodied with some carbonation.

D- I think beers in this style would be hard to drink on a regular basis. The spicy hotness was just too much for me.

Overall, this is quite an interesting beer. The first jalapeno beer I have ever had. I really enjoy the unique mix of ingredients in this beer. That being said, I probably won't be returning to this beer or other beers of similar style in the near future.

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Ambergris from The Vermont Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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