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Brewed by McAuslan Brewing
Style: Fruit Beer
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gorbalev (2924) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2006
Bottles shared with the regular crew including MDS, courtesy of blankboy and myself. Thin red, small pink head. Faint berry aroma, mild. Faint berry taste, rather artificial. Thin. Mediocre at best, really didn’t leave much of an impression. Not sure why they have to taint the St. Ambroise name with a beer like this.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
probstblueribbon (2918) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2007
341 mL bottle from La Trappe à Fromage, served at cellar temp from a tulip glass. FE 23/07

App.: clear red-pink with brown hues (like oxidized cranberry juice), decent pinkish-tan head. Aroma: fresh, juicy raspberries, raspberry jam, some resinous and piney hops, peppery, kinda sharp and green. Palate: thick and syrupy, fine, soft carbonation. Flav.: raspberry jam, tart, fresh raspberries, a bit metallic, a touch bitter, raspberry aftertaste, a touch of malt (hints of caramel, and roasted characters).

Not spectacular, but decent beer for $3.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GregClow (2892) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2006
Two bottles shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc, tupalev & mds - courtesy of blankboy & tupalev. Deep ruby-pink colour with a small, light pink head. Aroma of fresh raspberry and malt. Flavour of tart berries and sweet malt, striking a nice fruit vs. beer balance. it’s OK, but I tried the original version of this when it was a seasonal beer several years ago, and I recall it being better.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tom10101 (2781) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2012 Bottle 341 ml. Dark brown/red with a medium white with pink highlights head. Some lacing. Aroma of raspberries and slight (very slight) tartness. Taste of red fruits (where the fresh raspberries are gone?) and malt. Slight acidic aftertaste which I don’t like. Refreshing but lack of complexity and nothing really stand out in this beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2013
Bouteille 341ml. de couleur brune-rouge et légèrement voilée. Nez fruité (framboises légèrement acides, léger sirop de framboises, traces de cerises sûres), léger de malt sucré (notes de caramel) avec des traces de houblon. Moyennement ronde en bouche et assez pétillante avec une texture légèrement crémeuse et aux notes sirupeuses fruitées. Goût fruité légèrement sûr et moyennement sucré (framboises naturelles, traces de cerises sûres) lors de l’entrée en bouche suivi d’un goût fruité plus sucré (léger de sirop de framboise) avec un fond de malt du genre caramel doux et en finale, l’on retrouve une légère amertume de houblon floral aux notes herbeuses. Post-goût moyen et un peu sec, légèrement amer de houblon floral avec un goût fruité aux notes aigres (framboises). (2006)

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (2610) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 22, 2011
341ml brown bottle. Pinkish brown out of the bottle. Head is quite thick and foamy and also has a slight pinky tint to it. Great lacing Hazy unclear appearance. Sweet nose, Candyish like Swedish berry candy. Taste was more tart than expected. Minimal fruit sweetness. Tart finish that lingers for a short while. Body is light, active spritzy carbonation. Good thirst quencher, a good summer drink.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Damico (2579) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2012
The fruit ale pours red amber in color, pinkish from the berries. The aroma is pleasant bring the sweet raspberry fruits in the nose and a bit of yeast. The flavor brings some sweet berries, but bland malt flavors are overall disappointing here and the berries die quickly. Not sweet or tart or funky really to bring a unique note to it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quevillon (2503) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2006
Bu au Mondial de la Bière 06. Elle est de retour, la bière d’été de McAuslan. Beau rouge avec un bon collet. Arome de malte fruité. Goût de franboise sûre, mais assé bien. Bon pour l’été.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00 (2434) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2391) - California, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Darker reddish brown, moderate head with good lacing and retention. Aroma is raspberry syrup with some caramelly malts. Fairly bland other than a sweet fruity flavor. Can definitely taste those ’ripened’ hops though... haha. Not terrible, but far from great.


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