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St. Ambroise Framboise

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Brewed by McAuslan Brewing
Style: Fruit Beer
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Behind its magnificent ruby-red colour, St. Ambroise Raspberry Ale reveals its refreshing charm from the moment you encounter its bouquet and flavour. Made with fresh raspberries and choice sun-ripened hops, it gently engages your tastebuds in a delicious explosion of flavours. Its delicate fruit aromas marry perfectly with the pleasant hop character typical of all St-Ambroise ales. Brewed in Quebec, just once a year, it's a unique summertime treat.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yourilevesque (305) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2015
Bière gracieusement offerte par l’un des représentants McAuslan lors d’une vente de garage réalisée à Montréal! Il ne serait que trop facile de tomber dans le piège d’une analyse comparative de ce produit aux grandes bières du même genre (Solstice d’été par exemple) mais Il faut tout de même garder en tête qu’une complète objectivité est impossible. Cette bière est d’un rouge pourpre tirant sur le brun et offrant une abondante tête rosée. Le nez ne sent pas vraiment la bière, mais pas aucunement non plus. Mis à part l’importante dose de sirop de framboises, On sent quelques traces de levures qui cassent le sucre abondant. En bouche, tel qu’on doit s’y attendre, une dominance de sucres maladroitement artificiels, quoique non écoeurants vu le soin mis sur le dosage. La pétillance de cette bière est somme toute très bonne, à l’instar d’une belle’’eau’’ gazéifiée. Je dois admettre que malgré tout, je m’attendais à furieusement pire. Disons qu’il m’a été de déguster bien pire que celle-ci en terme de bières fruitées!

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Speedy_Charly (134) - Plaisance, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2015
Bouteille de 341ml au Marché des Brasseurs. Liquide rouge/rubis avec une épaisse mousse rose qui descend à un doigt en laissant peu de dentelle sur le verre. La framboise sucrée domine à l’odorat autant qu’au goût avec une finition surette assez plaisante. On ne peut parler de houblon...on n’en ressent pas dans ce breuvage qui ressemble plus à un punch fruité qu’à une bière. Elle plaira surement aux ’matantes’ en accompagnement de salades fruités ou desserts aux framboises durant les journées chaudes d’été.

3.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beardbeerman (251) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
341ml bottle (dated 2011) poured at 6 degrees in a St-Ambroise tasting glass: Cloudy ruby pour with a nice density, showing off a pinkish finger of foam. Lacing is average and retention is minimal. The nose is, as you might expect, all about the fruit with strong notes of raspberry jam, cassis and currants. The fruit dominates the mose so you won’t get many malts and/or hoppy features from it. I personnally would’ve liked to spot at least some hops to remind me I’m drinking a beer and not a summer cocktail. Kind of a downer if you ask me. The taste is on target with lots fruitiness and tartness one would expect eating raspberry. Malts do come through on the tongue and give it an enjoyeable kick. The tartness stays around to give you a sharp bittery finish of raspberry jam. This ale is a good choice for the ladies on a hot summer day and it does do the job of providing you with an accurate experience of the fruit overall. I wouldn’t pair this one with anything except maybe a salad (with raspberries) or a raspberry dessert.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HippyHop (433) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
Really not quite sure what to make of this beer. Also not sure I can top maneliquor’s review of this (about 3-4 down). "Frambozen" made my day for some reason. Anyhoo....pour is brownish red, or reddish brown, like canned cranberry sauce. Head is virtually nonexistent, ditto retention and lacing. Nose is almost entirely raspberry, but there is a sort of....thing in the background. One minute I want to say rotting apple, the next cooked beets, maybe boiled cabbage, now I feel it’s kind of a fruit roll-up quality (and as most of these things smell different, maybe it’s ALL of them). Taste is nicely tart and, again, raspberries + rotten apple/beet/cabbage/fruit roll-up. The more I drink the more I want to add prune juice to the weird list above. The "hop character" listed in the description is noticeably absent, though the finish is dryish. Carbonation is really high, too, which makes this taste like some weird raspberry spritzer. And despite the claim of "fresh raspberries" in the blurb above, the ingredients list only "red raspberry juice concentrate", which sounds suspiciously different from fresh raspberries. Also, do raspberries come in colours other than red? St-Ambroise is the first company I’ve ever seen that felt compelled to specify the colour of their raspberries, like angry hordes of people were calling them, disapppointed that their beer wasn’t Slush Puppie blue (why the hell is a raspberry-flavoured Slush Puppie blue?) Ok I digress, several times. Anyway this stuff is kind of shyte, but I’d assume it’s nice on a hot summer day (as it’s a cold night in fall, I’m hypothesizing).

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jauneattend (76) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2014
Belle couleur mais rien à voir avec la DDC. Un peu sûr avec une touche fruité mais combien rafraîchissante

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (7579) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2014
Draft - Raspberry jam. Cloudy reddish amber with a nice white head. Light tartness, raspberry and a light finish. Not enough of anything to make this interesting.

1.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Stephane_Houle (206) - - JUN 8, 2014
Apparence: D’une couleur rosée opaque, elle est coiffée d’une bonne mousse d’une bonne durée. Effervescence difficile à voir, mais semble bien présente. Arômes: Au nez, ce sont des notes de malt et de framboise qui dominent. Saveurs: Le sucre est vraiment la première chose qui attaque les papilles. Ce goût est rapidement remplacer par une amertume désagréable qui rappelle une fruit passé date. Pratiquement aucune effervescence. Fiche technique : Style: Bière aux fruits Format: 341 ml Taux d’alcool : 5%

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cmacklin (389) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 28, 2014
341 ml bottle. Pours a hazy, ruby-red colour with a small pink head. Sweet flavour of raspberry and a little malt with a slightly dry, bitter finish. Light body, syrupy texture and lively carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
maneliquor (3463) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor. So frambozy like. Like raspberry frozen and then unfrozen. Frambozen. I’m pissed

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
YanIpa (144) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2014
Couleur rosé. Saveur Sucré un peu. Houblon floral. Sirop de framboise et de éréale. Belle amertume qui se complète avec la légère acidité.


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