St-Ambroise Framboise – McAuslan (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

St-Ambroise Framboise (Summer Seasonal) – Brasserie McAuslan, 5% ABV, (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

On the back label:

“Behind the magnificent ruby-red colour, St-Ambroise Raspberry Ale reveals its refreshing charm from the moment you encounter its bouquet and flavour. Its delicate fruit aromas marry perfectly with the pleasant hop character typical of all St-Ambroise ales. Brewed just once a year – it’s a unique summertime treat!”

(Ingredients: water, malt, hops, red raspberry juice concentrate)

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: real raspberry flavour
  • Where I got it: W. 16th (?)
  • How much: ~$12, 6x341ml, Summer 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: perhaps with friends
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy brownish/red with a decent dissipating head, layer of retention, some sticky lacing, some slow-moving CO2 streams near the surface. Fruity red raspberries on the nose. Burst of 4/10 sweet aromatic red raspberries initially, transitions into 5/10-level sourness that isn’t overpowering but balanced with brown sugar malts, a silky creamy mouthfeel in the mids, finishing with a minor tartness and 6/10-level caramel sweetness & bitterness. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability. The finish ends a little rough in the mouth.