Friday, 1 February 2013

St.-Ambroise Pale Ale

McAuslan Brewing Inc. out of Montreal, Quebec never seems to drop the ball.  Everything of theirs that I've tried has been tasty and well crafted.  Just so with the St.-Ambroise Pale Ale.

Sold in 341mL bottles, St.-Ambroise Pale Ale contains 5% alcohol. It pours on orange-y copper colour, topped with an off-white head.  It's a clear ale, with moderate carbonation.  It has a nicely balanced aroma--toasty malt and bready caramel are the main notes.  It has a rich flavour that blends caramel with some understated sweet, fruity notes, and a gentle hop presence.

This is a quality pale ale.  It's sweeter than I expected--I could have gone for a touch more bitterness, but I'm willing to overlook that because the flavour is so nuanced and multifaceted. Definitely worth picking up a sixer.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10.

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