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McAuslan Brewing

Beer Name Rating
St. Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale 7.23

 

McAuslan Brewing ("McAuslan") is located at 4850 St-Ambroise Street in Montreal's St-Henri district, and began operations in January of 1989. Since its foundation, McAuslan has grown from a small microbrewery with a single product (St. Ambroise Pale Ale) and a staff of 4, to a multi-million dollar business that employs 53 people. The company brews three major beer brands as well as other specialty products that are distributed in six Canadian provinces. The brewery is scheduled to move into a new $10 million 46,000 square foot facility just west of its original location on St. Ambroise St. in Montreal.

Bucky purchased St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale ("AWA") in a brown 341 ml bottle from his local LCBO, with a best before date of December 31, 2012 printed on the reverse. AWA was 5.0% alcohol by volume. Though I'm not a huge fan of the LCBO...mainly because of the poor attitude of a good percentage of its employees...I love the ability to buy single bottles and cans rather than having to buy a 6 pack of something that I may not like. On that point at least, good work LCBO.

AWA poured a very clear golden colour, the clarity being a bit of a surprise for a wheat beer, with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. The beer took on more of a yellow/golden hue when held up to the light. Pouring produced a dense, white, 1" head that lasted for about 3 minutes before receding to a thin cap that remained all the way down the glass, producing some modest lacing and spotting. No prize for guessing the dominant aroma...a strong apricot...with undertones of peach. There is something slightly artificial about the aroma, but not enough to turn me off. The flavour...no big surprise...is predominantly apricot, with a touch of peach and a very mild hop bitterness at the end. The mild bitterness in the finish balances the sweetness of the fruits nicely, and lingers for a few seconds before disappearing. The carbonation was just strong enough to make its presence felt, and contributed to a light, slightly creamy mouthfeel. I would describe the beer as light to medium bodied.  Though I couldn't drink many of these, I found it to be a refreshing change of pace and a good summer beer. At $2.00 per bottle AWA was quite reasonably priced.

Rating 7.23/10.0 

 

 

 

 

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