St-Ambroise is in the air… I don’t exactly know why but here seems to be a Renaissance of McAuslan’s St-Ambroise line of products. When I go to Castro’s lately, I order my St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout (McAuslan Oatmeal Stout), I reviewed their Apricot a few days ago and towards the end of February, my confrere at Torontobeerblog, Chris also reviewed it.
But the reason I chose to review this beer as well, is simply because of the Oatmeal Stout that reminded me to go back to my first love and enjoy a St-Ambroise Pale Ale again for the first time.
LOOK: I remembered a glass I had from the brewery so I couldn’t have used a better glass. The beers pours a nice dark a orange with good head that retained quite a while and left behind beautiful lacing. This beer looks great.
SMELL: St-Ambroise Pale Ale has a well balanced aroma of malty bread, hops and some fruits, like pear, strawberry or apricot. Its smell is delicious yet faint and gives off a freshness that is enjoyable.
TASTE: It’s not everyday that a brewer with a great recipe and a great product holds on to what’s important instead of cheapening his craft and bastardizing it with water increase, adjunct ingredient and plain old laziness. When I see a brewer whose beer is now more than a craft beer and distributed in a quantity that clearly is higher today then ever and still, cares about he product’s integrity, it makes me want to kiss ’em on the lips. There is no selling out at McAuslan.
This beer’s taste is just as I remembered it, perfect. It is so well rounded with everything that makes for a good pale ale. A dry yet sweet malt start with a nice hops balance. This ow beer should taste. It needs a perfect amount of bitterness, sweetness, oak, hops and yeast. This beer gives you a full flavour without compromise.
FINISH: St-Ambroise finishes dry with good hops.
FEEL: Medium light with great carbonation.
CONTEXT: Spot on without compromise. That’s what a pale Ale should taste like.
Pairing: Pairs well with just about anything, to be honest. Grills, salads, curries, asian… Even football
Price: $23.95 for 341ml x 12 bottles or 9.95 for 341ml cans x 4
Availability: All year round
Beer type: Pale Ale
Brewery: Mc Auslan
Country / Region: Montreal, Canada