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Brewed by McAuslan Brewing (Brasseurs RJ)
Style: Fruit Beer
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

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3.1
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2010
Pours a dark ruby red colour with a thin white head which has good retention sweet aroma of berries. Taste is sweetie berries and a light bubbly carbonation

2.6
HippyHop (665) - 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).

2.3
wolffish (660) - Saint-Donat, CANADA - APR 28, 2013
Un peu trop vieile je crois... L’arrière-goût est différent de ce dont je me souviens de dégustations antérieures. Meilleure chance la prochaine fois ;-)

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french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2007 Dark red cloudy poor with a pinkish thin head, good lacing. Aromas of raspberries, yogourt, tart and cherries. Klightly acid perfectly balancerd mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation and a nice creamy feel. Fresh raspberry taste... Very enjoyable and quite refreshing!

3.4
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2007
341 ml bottle - pours a muddy brown with red highlights and a pinkish head. Aroma is all framboises, but REAL raspberries, not extract. It has that slight earthiness that actual raspberry juice has. The flavour is strange.....the raspberry is less potent than in the aroma. There is also some hop presence, but that is kind of overshadowed by the raspberry. Abrupt finish. A good fruit beer, certainly one of the better ones I’ve tasted.

3.4
BuckeyeSammy (617) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Thinner than I expected. Raspberry undertones, some sour notes. Liking it more and more with each sip.

2.7
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2007
341ml Bottle in a Sexy Tube: What tremendous packaging, you almost can’t help but purchase it! They figured out a way to make me buy another fruit beer after having swore off them. The pour was cloudy and a pinkish-red, low level of foamy head. The aroma is heavy in raspberry, which is good, with hints of yeast and some spicy elements. All downhill from here - this is heavily carbonated and thick in berries. I’d hoped they’d treat it more like their Apricot Wheat with some subtle fruit and decent hopping, but instead the fruit is more at the forefront with little to find elsewhere. Not my thing.

2.4
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.

3.3
yarry (528) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2007
Gorgeous tube packaging, 5% a/v from the LCBO Pours a very deep ruby red colour with a nice pink head. The nose is obviously raspberry but also some other berry scent too. The taste is just fantastic with a nice raspberry jam flavour (trust me, it works better then it sounds) with a nice light body and a great palate with an excellently long reminder of the sweet beer you’ve just drank. Ive always liked St Ambroise and this is definetly the best raspberry beer Ive ever had.

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Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2012
Bottle - Murky dark pink/brown. Pale pink head. Thin to medium body. Medium carbonation. Raspberries not overly dominant. Some bitterness.


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