Brewed by Mill Street Brewery (AB InBev)
Style: Bière de Garde
Toronto, Canada
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip


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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
This is a Northern French style of farmhouse ale traditionally made in the winter months and then laid-down in a cellar (thus the "Bière de Garde" appellation) for drinking throughout the year. Ours is a traditional amber beauty presented unfiltred with the yeast still in it to add to the slightly fruity/spicy aroma and creaminess of palate. Brewed with a blend of North American and European malt and hops, Ambre de la Chaudiere is a true reflection of our Canadian immigrant culture. Named after the famous Chaudière Falls beside our Brewery, this beer pays homage to a time gone by when honest craftmanship and simplicity were truly valued. Sante!

Phatman's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, - OCT 11, 2012
From bottle. Pours a murky amber color, soft head on top. Sweet malty aroma some breadyness. Flavor is initially sweet before leading to light hops and sold malt backbone. A little to carbonated for a style that should rely on natural carbonation from the yeast. Nice easy introduction to the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bendrixian (1492) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2016
Orange hazy pour banana and malty aroma with some kitchen spices. medium bodied with decent length and good profile. Decent brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
N3lson1 (1005) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2016
Drank this from a pint glass, poured from a large bottle. Thank you Bjorn for holding onto this one for me. A solid farmhouse!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bedainedebiere (516) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2016
7,99$ for 750ml bottle. Smell is unpleasantly oversweetened, with spicy notes, that quickly gave me a bad feeling about what I was about to drink. Sweet malts and a, to me, pretty bland hoppyness, make this brew barely pleasant and quite forgettable. Not badly done: I just don’t like it much...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Helsdon (352) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2016
Look, I’ll be up front. I’ve been disappointed with Mill Street for a while. There seasonal have been disappointing in the last couple of years. I used to really enjoy their brews, I can still enjoy a Tankhouse, but... I saw this fancy bottle (swingtop with wax, ooh la la) and thought I’d try. And well, it’s alright. Nose is caramel malt, a little molasses, and a touch of booze. The taste is heavy on the malt, caramel, toasty, very nice, a little sweet. Mild spice, very rich mouth feel. But, well, that’s it. Kinda a letdown from the très chic bottle, and the price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlainG (2015) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 13, 2016
Une bière ambrée et embrouillée par de fines particules et une mousse furtive. Un nez de caramel et d’herbes, de façon assez timide. Les saveurs, qui elles, se situent entre le sucré et l’amer principalement. Des pointes poivrées et une effervescence plaisante. C’est assez ordinaire. (1847-100616)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Tranquillity (1882) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2016
Big bottle. Orange brown, big white head. Sweet aroma like sugar, the taste is sweet and herby but it tastes a lot of alcohol for being such a weak beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lesifflebiere (1692) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2016
Cuivrée, semi-limpide avec une pléthore de particules en suspension, cette infusion renferme des arômes d’abricots, de sucre d’orge et de marmelade. La bouche est dans les mêmes parages, du fruité à souhait, des saveurs voluptueuses, rien de bien complexe ni d’original, mais tout est efficace et bien balancé. Ressemble à s’y méprendre à une concoction tout droit venue des vieux pays, ce qui en fait une mouture intéressante, tout à fait réussie, mais également un peu redondante.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cattaneopapa (322) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2016
750 ml bottle from LCBO. 9% alc/vol. Pours a hazy deep amber colour with one finger of head. Aroma of bananas, apples, toffe, and roasted malts. Taste matches the aroma with a slight hoppy finish. Moderate carbonation. I think this is Mill St. Brewery’s best beer so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (3412) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2016
Pours a really lightly hazy amber with a small white head that leaves some lacing. Nose is of lightly husky cereals with a slight fruitiness. Taste is fruity as well with some multigrain bread. Light to medium bitterness. Body is medium, carbonation moderately low and the alcohol is drying. Sticky. A pretty good bière de garde, I need to sample a few more to adjust my palate, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5955) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2016
Bottle: Poured a light hazy amber color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cereal notes with light fruity ester is quite nice. Taste is a nice mix of cereal notes with some fruity ester with light residual sugar notes. Body is full with nice creamy notes and good level of carbonation. Really impressed with this beer with good drinkability and pretty much fit with the style guideline.

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