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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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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.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Sampled draught at the Mondial de la Bière in Montreal, 2006. Dark purple-red in color, with little retained head and no lacing....nicely balanced sweet-sharp fruity nose, hints of biscuit, but very simple if not pedestrian overall....the body is tart and sour predominantly, rather thin and lacking in a real malt background but for a touch of dry cookie dough....becomes pretty jammy and syrupy towards the finish, and a nasty metallic edginess intrudes on the otherwise tolerable finish, becoming really harsh as the sample warms to cellar temp....I had trouble finishing this, what a bummer from this fine brewery.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2007 Slightly clouded red body topped by a short-lived pink head. Aroma of wood and raspberry pastry. Taste is better than expected although I should specify that I expected it to be bad. The advertised raspberries sit on top of crisp/crunchy malts. The fruity flavours are seedy more than juicy. Some tartness but less than expected for the style. Body is rather thin. Finish is surprisingly hoppy and its bitterness doesn’t work very well with the fruity acidity. Refreshing more boring than anything else. Almost $6 (tax incl) for a 341ml is way too much. It’s not the first time I pay $6 for a boring beer although usually there’s a stainless pole in the room.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Snoro (297) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2007
Belle mousse abondante. Doux parfum de framboise. Goût peu prononcé. Peu d’effervescence.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gorbalev (2957) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2007 341ml bottle. Pours a nice deep, murky red with pink highlights, and a think, creamy pink head. The aroma is mostly rasberry, with some hops and a touch of alcohol. The taste is the same, with a malty finish and after-taste, and touch of sourness. Heavier mouth-feel, but nothing too heavy. Decent, but not spectacular. The aroma is a little annoying, but the taste makes up for it.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (7236) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HippyHop (267) - 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).

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mkel07 (3725) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2011
341ml bottle. From the bottle it is a muddy dark red colour with a soft light pink head. The foam settles to a good even layer. Raspberry in the aroma is to be expected but the aroma is fairly subdued and carries some sweetness. In the mouth there is some tartness and the finish is a bit medicinal and dry. There is only a faint flavour of raspberry and it is hard to detect much else. Probably the most disappointing of the beers I have tried from McAuslan, not up to their usual standard. It’s a shame because I really like raspberries and have had a few good rapsberry beers.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Poured a murky ruby, brown. Aroma is redolent of raspberry liquer, maybe even that of the filled raspberry candies you find at Christmas. An odd mustiness is present that detracts. The flavor is almost devoid of any raspberry quality, but is not without merit. In fact, it is toasty with a bit of balancing acidity. Though it is only marginally better. Not my cup of tea.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2008
A "pretty" beer but lacking a little in the substance category. Sweet raspberry flavor gets a little heady towards the bottom of the glass.


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