Ambre de la Chaudière – Mill St. Brewery (Toronto, ON, Canada)


Ambre de la Chaudière (Bière de Garde) – Mill St. Brewery, 7% ABV, 355ml., (Toronto, ON, Canada)

on the back label:

“This is a northern French style of farmhouse ale traditionally made in the winter months and then laid-down in the cellar (thus the ‘Bière de Garde’ appellation) for drinking throughout the year. Ours is a traditional amber beauty presented unfiltered with the yeast still in it to add to the slightly fruity/spicy aroma and creaminess of palate. Named after the famous falls beside our Ottawa brewery, this beer pays homage to a time gone by when honest craftsmanship and simplicity were truly valued.”


  • Style: Bière de Garde
  • Taste: Clean smooth honey toffee barley malt hints of oaked chamomile
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $15 CAD (after 10% off) – 6 x 355ml-ish, September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: decent, not particularly memorable

Visual: (seasonal sampler 6-pack). Pours clear copper brown with no significant head, super thin ringed retention, some steady singular streams.

Nose: softly sweet malted barley, light oak (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp-malty, smooth soft CO2 entry

Mid-palate: honeyed (lvl-5-)-sweetness, medium thick toffee barley malt, brown sugar, woody, chamomile floralness

Finish: clean toasted sweet barley malt.

Summary: Good transitions and all around clean flavours, although somewhat too straightforward. It could use a bit more complexity and palate textures. Alcohol is well-hidden.