St-Ambroise Has A Great New Lager For Oktoberfest


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You are going to want to make your way out to the St-Ambroise terrace this weekend for Oktoberfest. McAuslan’s first annual event celebrating the end of summer with live music, traditional German food and their first ever lager. The festivities start today at 6:00pm and continue until Saturday at midnight. Rain or shine, the St-Ambroise terrace will be the place to party outside this weekend.

Thursday, 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday, 6:00pm – Midnight
Saturday, 4:00pm – Midnight

Exclusively this weekend, St-Ambroise will be pouring their very first Oktoberfest Lager in litre steins for $9. This will be the only time this year that you will have the opportunity to try it. I had a chance to taste it earlier this week and it is not to be missed.

This will be the first lager that McAuslan has produced under their brand and it’s exclusive to the event. There are no plans to bottle it and once the weekend is over it will get cellared over the winter. The brewers at McAuslan have made every attempt to brew an authentic German Märzen lager. Märzen is a traditional Bavarian lager which is normally brewed around March. A dark brown, full bodied and bitter style that would be cellared and lagered during the summer. The remaining bottles served at the Oktoberfest. The style lends itself to higher alcohol content and a a lot of hops used to preserve the beer.

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SRM: 8.7
IBU: 18-20.5
Malts: Pale, Munich-2 and Chocolate
Hops: Noble Hallertauer, Saaz
Alc/vol: Around 6%

I had one of the first pulls off the keg on Tuesday and this beer pours a beautifully clear, light amber. With about a 2 finger rocky white cap. There is a bit of carbonation flowing off the bottom of the stein and the lacing is great. As the head slowly dissipates a centimeter or two remains.

While it was a bit difficult to get the full aroma on the terrace, what I could make out were lots of bready malts.

This is a smooth beer, a very clean mouthfeel and reserved carbonation. Which allows the sweet bready malts to shine in the middle. The hops begin to show at the end, with a mellow hop bite. Spicy, slightly peppery and very earthy dry finish.

Overall, this is a beer that is going to knock a lot of people onto their asses. It’s a very easy drinking beer with a pretty high alcohol content, around 6%. The brewers did a good job recreating the style and it was a treat to get to drink this fresh, behind the brewery, on a beautiful October day.

Oktoberfest

The St-Ambroise terrace is located at 5080 Rue Saint-Ambroise, Montreal, QC. The event is free and Litre steins of the Oktoberfest Lager are priced at $9. As well, there will be a meal provided for $10 which consists of knackwurst sausage, traditional German potato salad and Sauerkraut. Fresh hot pretzels will also be available with beer mustard from Bretzel & Compagnie. There will be two live bands over the weekend, The Wanderers and the Happy Bavarians.

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Ein prosit!


St-Ambroise Double IPA available exclusively at the terrace.


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2013-07-03 14.39.02The sun has finally arrived in Montreal and St-Ambroise has a treat for you to enjoy in the sun. They are testing a new Double IPA recipe exclusively on tap at their terrace. An unfiltered 8.6% ABV ale with Chinook, Cascade and Citra hops. It is a hoppy treat that will knock you off your chair if you’re not careful. I would highly recommend you go to the terrace and try it. Completely worth getting out of the city and sipping this in the hot sun. If you don’t know where the terrace is located, it’s behind the brewery at 5080 Rue Saint-Ambroise.

The beer pours a nice amber with great head and lacing. I felt the beer was missing a nice big aroma but the taste is absolutely great. Bitter from start to finish with peppery and herbal hop notes and a slight hot alcohol flavour. The beer is well balanced with a decent sweet malt backbone. The classic St-Ambroise yeast profile is present in the beer, which I didn’t think detrimental to the flavour. It distinguishes St-Ambroise beers as they are all fermented in open fermenters and use the same yeast strain.

Overall, this is definitely better than their bottled IPA. Perhaps getting to drink this only days after it was kegged, directly behind the brewery just adds to the crisp freshness of the hops instead of sitting in a hot deppaneur. Absolutely worth checking out and definitely worth enjoying in the sun on the Lachine canal.


St-Ambroise – Raspberry Ale


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ABV: 5%

St-Ambroise Raspberry Ale is a wonderful seasonal ale that comes out around June every summer in Montreal. I found out about the beer two years ago at their terrace and it has been a yearly staple on draft and in the fridge. It’s the perfect blend of fruit and beer.

Made with fresh raspberries and choice sun-ripened hops, it gently engages your taste buds 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!

Appearance:
The Raspberry Ale pours a deep dark red with a fluffy pink cloud-like two finger head that slowly dissipates. The beer itself is a bit hazy with a very deep ruby red colour. The darker colour comes from using darker malts, which is a smart decision to give it that red colour. (I’ve always thought the blonde raspberry ales at other brewpubs looked wrong for the flavour). When put up to the sunlight it just glows red. Very good lacing around the glass. This beer looks absolutely gorgeous.

Aroma:
This beer smells like raspberries. Lots and lots of raspberries. The aroma is very pleasantly natural without any kind of sweet synthetic aromas. Like a fresh field of raspberries. There isn’t anything else on the nose and that’s OK. The raspberries are very inviting and you begin to salivate at the prospect of drinking this beer.

Taste:
Again, we’re talking all raspberry here. A tart raspberry taste. Some malt flavours and a nice medium body. Not overwhelmingly sweet but enough to cut the tart bitterness of the raspberry flavour. Little bit of carbonation. It ends with a traditional McAuslan hop finish that is recognizable from their other beers. A little bitter at the end with a sour aftertaste. Very refreshing and surprisingly a well balanced beer between the raspberry flavours and beer flavours.

Overall:
This is a great summer beer. I want to emphasize that this is indeed a beer. If judging by the colour and aroma alone, you would think this is some kind of blended beer with synthetic sweetness. But this is not the case. While it has a very powerful and inviting raspberry aroma it still blends the malt and hop flavours perfectly. Like I mentioned earlier it’s a staple in my fridge during the summer months. Perfect for sipping or session drinking, depending on your mood.


St-Ambroise Scotch Ale


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St-Ambroise Scotch AleSt-Ambroise Scotch Ale

ABV: 7.5% (Bottle 341ml)

Malts: Pale Malt, Munich Malt, Peated Malt

This is the first of the 2012 St-Ambroise seasonal brews. Living so close to the brewery, I spend a lot of time there on the terrace, and I was able to have a taste this past summer. Now finally it is available for the masses and you can pick up a four pack (or more) at select locations around the city. This is by far one of my top brews of theirs and I think second only to their Pumpkin Ale.

It also seems to be up from 7.2% from last year.

St-Ambroise Scotch Ale is dark ruby red with a tawny head – sweet and malty, with hints of vanilla and butterscotch, and a log hop finish. With it’s 7.5% alcool, this beer evokes the classic “wee heavies” or the full-bodied 90-shilling strong winter ales of Scotland. Enjoy a glass of St‑Ambroise Scotch Ale and celebrate over 400 years of Scottish heritage in Canada.

Appearance:

This pours out very smooth and leaves a small light brown head.
Like the description says, this is a very deep red, ruby, beer.
It is very clear, without much carbonation, and the head disappears quickly.

Aroma:

It has a caramel/butterscotch aroma with some dark fruits mixed in.
It very pleasing, without being very complex, it seems that there is a new aroma each time you go back, cherries, toffee, caramel, dark smokey malts.

Taste:

The beer is extremely smooth and has a silky almost buttery feel to it in your mouth. The carbonation plays well and adds some nice feel to it.
The taste is just like the aromas, sweet with a caramel/butterscotch flavour and it plays just right together. It is quite a nice light taste, with a bit of a hint of smokiness.
There was not much of an alcohol taste to it as well, which added to my enjoyment.
The sweetness and flavour stay with the after taste without turning bitter.

Overall:

This is an exceptional seasonal beer that I wish was available more often. It goes down very smooth, but doesn’t rush you. It tastes great cold and 30 minutes later I was still sipping on it and enjoying every drop. I didn’t want it to end. So I opened another bottle and had another go.

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