Brewed by Brasseurs RJ
Style: Amber Ale
Montreal, Canada


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This 100% barley malt beer is blended with roasted malts and hops to five it a spicy, crisp taste. Bottle refermentation imparts a yeast enriched flavour. Not to be confused with the different Ambree served at the Cheval Blanc brewpub.

Formerly known as Cheval Blanc Ambrée and then as Spéciale Ambrée. Recently changed to RJ No.926.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2005
Bottle. Clear amber color with bubbles and nice foamy white head, mostly lasting. Yeast and metal aroma. Taste is sugary (candy), yeast, malt, hops and metallic aftertaste. Bière de couleur ambré clair avec des bulles dans sarobe et un bon collet mousseux qui perdure. Odeur de levure et de métal. Au goût, elle est sucré (bonbon), levure, malt, houblon et un arrière goût métallique.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2005
Bottled. Apple and herbal hops aroma. Cloudy, orange/brown color, yellow head, good lace. Sweet start but soon gets bitter, a fruit bitterness like grapefruit has, fruity, herbal, medium body. Didn’t like the bitterness much.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
asheft (2553) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2005
[bottle] Murky bronze, with a splotchy, white head. Surprisingly clovey aroma with some malt and some sourness and a little musty. Clovey and malty flavour with some sourness that I would swear comes from wheat malt...but it says 100% barley! Almost no perceptible hops except a faint bitterness at the end. Medium body with medium carbonation. A nice drink, but really not what I expect from an "amber".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - JAN 5, 2005
Poured a reddish amber colour with a small white head. The aroma, taste and mouthfeel remind me of a wheat beer. Some clove and sweetness in the nose and the same spice in the taste. This combines with a vaguely sweet maltiness, but the palate is smooth and soft. Decent Beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (2941) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2005
Aroma:Wheat and sugar appearance:amber beautifull head Flavor:Weath,yeat small bitterness and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2004
12.21.04 341ml bottle thanks to Secret Santa. Hazed, glowing, brownish-golden pour with little head. Yeast and biscuit nose with apple and caramel and juicy hops. Flavor is malt laden and nutty but not too thick. A sort of grape and herb (coriander) taste is not what I expected, but it’s lively and crisp -- appleskin, parsley, celery(?). Interesting stuff, it smells like a grassy Belgian golden but tastes more like a wit of some sort. Thanks, Santa! That was fun.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2004
Pours a cloudy amber color, thin white head. Aroma of spices, malt and fruits. Peppery flavor with malt, yeast and fruits. Light body, soft carbonation. The spicy aroma and flavor was totally unexpected, this is a pretty average beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (4868) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2004
UPDATED: APR 11, 2008 Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with medium head with average retention. Aroma is comprised mostly of what I think is the Cheval Blanc yeast. Taste is also tainted with this yeast, which has a very particular small and taste but that I very much enjoy. Malt is also present. Overall, I guess this is an above average amber ale (which in my mind is far from the most innovative or complex style out there). Note, this was a freshly brewed bottle which always increase the quality of Cheval Blanc since there are not known to age very well. Re-rate 2008: Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of wheat with some light spices and some medium sweet malt. Taste is also dominated by some medium sweet malt with some light spices and some light yeasty finish. Not the greatest beer but still a lot better then what I had expected from this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 19, 2004
Amber red colour with a small white head. Aroma is malty and slightly spicy. Tastes malty with a light tinge of citrus. A hop bitter end makes this a very good amber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BroueNeault (158) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 14, 2004
Hazy amber-red beer with a small white head. Fruity and yeasty aroma. Malty and yeasty taste. Hoppy bitterness. Very enjoyable !

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