St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing Incorporated in Montreal, Quebec is opaque and jet black, with a frothy tan coloured head that settles as a thick and rocky cap and leaves large splotches of lace on your glass. The simple yet sturdy smell of this stout carries aromas of chocolate malt and syrup, black cherry juice, oatmeal and ground coffee.
The taste of St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is full-flavoured and very well-balanced. There is a very strong chocolate character that gets accented by an earthy, grainy bitterness clocking in at 45 IBU. The oatmeal brings a bit of sourness, notes of plum and raisin mingle in the slightly woody finish and the aftertaste is assertively dry. This ale has a thick and grainy body, mild to moderate carbonation and a pleasant creaminess smooths everything out.
This flavoured wheat beer pours an amber-tinged golden colour with a soapy white head that settles as a collar. St-Ambroise Apricot Ale from McAuslan Brewing Inc. in Montreal Quebec carries a surprisingly natural-smelling ripe apricot aroma with a sweet malt backing.
The taste of St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale is also dominated by the apricot flavour and it has a very dry, wine cooler-like backing with a subtle chemical note. There is a malty sweetness and a slight earthy hop tone, but both fail to stand out from the apricot flavour. To me it tastes more like a cider or cooler than a beer with added flavour.
St-Ambroise Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing Inc. in Montréal, Quebéc pours a very bright, gem-like amber colour with a decent head that lasts a few minutes and leaves a nice trail of lace behind. The beer creates a sweet, malty aroma with strong caramel or toffee tones and a decent peppery spiciness to it.
The taste of St-Ambroise Pale is quite pleasant, if not a tad mild. There is a toasted woodiness to the malt that gives this beer its main body with just enough bitterness to keep things balanced and a crisp, dry finish with citrus tones to it. This beer feels medium-bodied and has a low-medium carbonation to it. It’s a bit bready in the aftertaste, but still refreshing.