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Crown Ambassador Reserve Lager

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Brewed by Carlton & United Breweries (CUB)
Style: Doppelbock
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Crown Ambassador Reserve (9.2% ABV) is a full-bodied, rich lager-style beer. Deep amber in colour the brew, once poured, is perfectly carbonated and capped with a creamy effervescent head derived from careful in-bottle fermentation. Longer maturation gives Crown Ambassador Reserve a distinctive taste, which is both luscious and mouth-filling. Balancing a complex base of sweet caramelised malt with the bitter fruitiness of the signature Galaxy hops, hand-picked fresh from the bine (hop vine), it is truly a beer to be savoured. With only 5,000 bottles produced in 2008, Crown Ambassador Reserve is perfect for celebrating a very special occasion, be it a celebration, a fine meal or for sharing with like-minded beer appreciators. In addition to the Queen other influential Australian recipients of Crown Ambassador Reserve include Kevin Rudd, who will be receiving bottle number 2007, to mark the year he became prime minister and former prime minister John Howard who will be sent bottle number 11, to mark the number of years he was in office for. Steve Waugh, the most capped test player in history will be receiving bottle 168, to celebrate the number of caps won and footballer James Bartel will get bottle number three, to represent his playing number. The lager is exquisitely packaged in a 750ml champagne-style bottle, individually numbered and nestled in a beautifully presented box. Each bears the signature of Master Brewer - John Cozens - who meticulously oversees the entire brewing process. Unlike other beers, Crown Ambassador Reserve is a limited vintage release, which makes it a unique gift idea or long-term investment. For further information: http://www.crownbeverages.com.au/


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omega (684) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 26, 2014
2009 vintage. I have had this beer a few times and it has always shown well. While not a blockbuster it is a well balanced beer that while having a bit of sweetness, reminds me more of a good belgian ale than a "reserve lager"

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maris (983) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2014
From a 750ml bottle on 7/1/2014 (2012 edition, bottle no. 3164 of 7000). Pours a cloudy dark orange with a slight head. Has a surprisingly modest aroma with hints of sweet malt, caramel, fruit and a touch of yeast. Flavour wise, this is a very sweet one, and dominated by fruit, particularly pineapple, strawberry, orange and cherry, against a background of light caramel and toffee malt. It exhibits a slight tart bitterness at the back, which includes just a touch of warming alcohol. The palate is slick and the carbonation is low to medium. This is a curious drop on a number of levels. Style wise, it comes across as a light barley wine. It strikes me as a dessert beer but lacks a bit of balancing bitterness to make it a real winner. That said, it is an interesting beer, beautifully packaged, and a rarity for a CUB product in that it’s actually a decent (if ridiculously expensive) brew. I probably won’t be rushing back to have another any time soon, but am glad to have given it a try.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bygers (741) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle 0,75l. limited edition. Bottle number 6.780 of 10.000 brewed. Poures a hazy light brown caramel colour with a white head that diminish to a ring around the top. The aroma is a heady yeast, spice and slight citrus orange aroma. The flavour is slight citrus, caramel and breadiness, mid palate some spice comes through in to a pleasent bittering finish which is very long and as it diminishes some of the malt comes back. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (2466) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 31, 2013
75cl bottle thanks to Danny. Pours a beautiful deep red/amber. There is a fair bit of yeast suspended. The nose has a beautiful toffee and biscuits. The taste has loads of treacle and nuts, I guess praline. The palate is rich and full with a lovely elegant and restrained finish. A lovely beer, probably the best beer I’ve had from Australia.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fletchfighters (1063) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2012
2009 Vintage 5991/6000 ABV 10.2% paid $60 for it at Jim’s Cellars in Crows Nest Wax top, poured into a Mikkeller tulip A-- Poured a dark brownish orange color, one finger light brown head that quickly went to film. Decent enough head retention on swirling. Pretty much stayed at a light brown film through drinking and a half finger of lace with this. S-- Orange, Pineapple, Strawberry jam, plumb, Carmel and toffee. Better nose after swirling but is a bit soft. Just a slight bit of alcohol in the nose. T-- Hops have dropped off. Strawberry, plumb, orange, Carmel, raisin bread. Sweet and sticky in the front but it drops off fast. Not a huge taste, a little thin in spots but not bad at all. M-- Slightly sweet and sticky in the mouth. A little thin in spots but it is pretty decent. Low carbonation and medium feel. Well hidden alcohol. O-- This is a barleywine, maybe an Old Ale. Not a Euro Pale Lager. It is a bit thin in spots but this quite workable. For the money far better than the Holgate beer at the same price. Will it last for 10 years? Probably not as think this is at peak right now. Totally mislabelled by Fosters but I can understand that as I doubt Fosters would be able to sell 6k bottles with barleywine on the label. Worth the tick and the case alone.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jdpeebs (687) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2012
Had this at tasting at Vintage Cellars Stanmore. A good beer. I don’t think it"s worth $90 a bottle, but a well made beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dervock (459) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2011
2009 release 10.2%- been holding on to this one for a couple of years so the anticipation was big. pours dark cooper with a small slightly of white head. great aroma, sweet, fruity - cherries and also a bit floral and to top it off a bit of caramel. The mouth feel is smoooooth, really nice. Dry up front with. Stone fruit initially then moving onto a hint of pineapple and a sweet lingering finish. The finish lasts for a long time. This was definitely worth the wait, but the price?

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16582) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2011
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy caramel and bready aroma. Sweetish fruity malty bready flavor. Has a sweetish malty ffruity bready caramel finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13360) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2010
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear red/brown - white head. High sweetness, barries, nutty, light roasted notes, high malty, candy, sharpness, dried fruits, caramel, ok hoppy, ryebread. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34741) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2010

Bottle 750ml.

Clear medium to dark amber color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, nutty, light oxidide malt, dark bread notes, moderate hoppy, orange - citrus. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20101024]


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