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Brewed by McAuslan Brewing
Style: Fruit Beer/Radler
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ComradeK (1052) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - OCT 21, 2011
341ml bottle. Pours a murky pink-tinged chestnut, with a medium pinkish-white head, which lasts fairly well and leaves acceptable lacing. The strong aroma of raspberry is nicely integrated with sweet malt notes on the nose, blending well with a smooth aroma of caramel. Mild raspberry fruit up front segues nicely into some reasonably strong fruity and floral hops. The merest hint of fruitcake then gives way to strong, sweet raspberry in the body, which lingers well into the finish. I’ll admit that I am not really a huge fan of fruit beers in general, and framboise in particular I’ve found to be far too much of a sweet fruit bomb. This beer, however, I quite enjoyed. The fruit is integrated with the base beer far better than in almost any other fruit beer that I have had, and whilst sweet, it is not cloyingly so. I wouldn’t drink it often, but I certainly enjoyed it more than St Ambroise’s apricot beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
weihenweizen (1867) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Refrigerated bottle poured into a white wine glass. Pours mahogheny with crimson highlights and one inch head that dissapates quickly. Some thin lacing, light body, and a little light on the carbonation. Taste is sweet raspberry and a hint of hops in the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gam (3342) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2011
Salmon pink pour head soft good size pink in colour carbonation working well at soft medium aromas grain smooth raspberry not overpowering flavours sour bitter fruit is sweet but smooth grainy taste lemon and tert touch finish some bitter sour aftertaste grain citrus raspbery smooth a tart ness okay not as refreshing as some

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00 (2543) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2011
Bottle, 10C. Cloudy deep red with a large pink creamy head. Smells of fresh raspberries and that’s about it. Tastes of them too with their sweetness and slight hairy tartness. There’s some bitterness too and a little dough in the mouthfeel. Quite high carbonation. Straightforward, refreshing, nicely balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (7028) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2011
Bottle, one of many I served over the course of our super-hot Medicine Hat summer, this was a mainstay in my beer fridge. Beautiful colour-- plum-red with brickish highlights, and a generous foamy oink head that shows excellent retention and leaves lovely lacy trails. Aroma is my dad’s homemade raspberry jam (best in the world), sweet but authentic, a little seedy, and with hints of chocolate cookie. Sweet genuine raspberry fruit flavour, again quite jammy and a little seedy, with a well structured malt in support. If I had to guess, I think there is some crystal malt or chocolate malt in here. Despite the sweet body, it finishes dry and slightly bitter. I just never got tired of this. So good!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (2402) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2011
Originally rated July 2006. Bought at La Trappe À Fromage in Gatineau, Quebec. Comes in singles in a bottle-size box. Wow, very nice light pink head that is creamy, has very long retention and leaves great thick lacing all-around. Its colour is red with a touch of orange and even though clear, is hard to see through. Tiny carbonation is quite active, but tough to see. The nose is on the light side, with the raspberry and mild hops. The mouthfeel has a bit of stickiness, but is pretty crisp overall. The raspberries are present in the taste, but also too light, with some bitterness in the finish and grain malt. Not too sweet. The aftertaste is almost dry with not much lingering. A great refreshing summer brew from one of my favorite breweries. I just wish the aromas and flavours would be more dominant, and found it overpriced.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 21, 2011
341mL bottle, pours a deep red / mahogany with a faintly pink, lingering, foamy head. Lots and lots of raspberries on the nose, with some doughy notes blended in. Flavour of predominantly raspberries, somewhat artificial with mild initial sweetness that finishes off doughy, somewhat metallic and with a citric tartness. Decent fruit beer.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (2027) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2011
Pours dark red with a large, pink-tinged moussey head. Lots of raspberry presents itself in the aroma, somewhat artificial smelling like raspberry lollies. Which is pretty nice really. Also some caramel and cookie dough-like malt. Flavours are also quite sweet, raspberry at the forefront of course, with some metallic notes showing later. Not much else is noticeable, the high carbonation seems to hide any other aspects.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2011
On tap at the Wooly. Pours ruby, browny, in colour, with pink tinged head. Aroma and taste are reasonably strong raspberry flavour. Pretty good!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rejtable (1431) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2011
Big initial raspberry sweetness. Maybe a bit of cereal type malt in the background. Pours dark amber with ok head retention. Tastes medium to heavy sweet, with a healthy dose of raspberry tart. Not very heavy in the mouth with pretty average carbonation. Nice summer beer.


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