St Ambroise Apricot Wheat Beer

Prologue:  So I’ve found a sure fire way of insuring that Jord doesn’t steal my beer. That’s right I’ve fired up the cunning machine and come up with a plan so cunning that a fox with a master degree in Cunning from Cunning University would be proud of it.

This plan is to drink only Apricot flavoured beer, Brilliant Huh?

What?

Oh, that’s right you don’t know that Jord hates apricots. Well she does.

Now it seems cunning doesn’t it?

Thought so.

So where would I find an Apricot Flavoured beer? Well Canada of course. You know them, the good Americans. In particular the McAuslan Brewery, makers of St Ambroise Apricot Wheat beer.

Packaging: Don’t think much of the label actually. It’s a tad obvious for my liking, apricot colour, ye olde painting of an apricot. I’m not offended by it or anything, but it doesn’t knock my socks off either.    

Smell: Apricots, not surprisingly.   

Appearance: A golden colour and clear probably more in keeping with a pale ale than a wheat beer. It had just a tiny head.   

Taste: The apricots are in two places, the smell, so as you bring the beer to your mouth for a sip it’s the first thing you notice, and then again in the aftertaste, between those two points this a good solid beer (as opposed to a fantastic beer) A little on the gassy side, but nice.

In conclusion:  Fruit beers can often be disappointing, the fruit is either so understated that it’s no more than a word on the label, and sometimes it can be so overpowering that it makes you think you are drinking beer with fruit cordial in it. But this beer is neither of these things, rather it is a well balanced and really nice enjoyable summer beer.

Ranking:  I’ll have a Pint.   

The Long Bow YouTube clip:  If you are a regular reader you know I love Eurovision, unfortunately Canada isn’t in Europe, but it turns out the apricot is the national fruit of Armenia, behold ‘Apricot Stone’ – Armenia’s 2010 entry. Everything Eurovision should be, Big props, big boobs, bad folk dancing, an old dude playing a traditional instrument, and a fat chick at the back doing the actual singing.

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5 thoughts on “St Ambroise Apricot Wheat Beer

  1. ah fruit beers, hard work to get right indeed. I’ve had this one and liked it, and played with trying to recreate it using extracts, not so sucessfully (I’ll probably have a crack again. If you want to try a fruit beer that will do your head in have a go at Grisette Fruits of the Forest, made by Brasserie St Feuillien from Belgium. This beer was recomended to my girlfriend by the good people at Josie Bones. I’m guessing this would be one that Jord would drink though so guard it well

  2. Interesting – must seek out this Fruits of the Forrest (and I thought that was only a yoghurt flavour).

    This is a homebrew blog (and I’m not really a homebrewer), but I’m interested that you use extracts when replicating. What is your thoughts on using fresh apricots to do it (I would assume in secondary)?

    • my 2 cents, extracts are easier to use and measure. You can add them to finnished beer with an eye dropper and see how you go.

      Real fruit, yea secondary would be my best guess and it will be more variable thanks to the fruit being a non consistent product, and then you get the wild yeasts. Sometimes good sometimes bad. Oh and I dont think this is a homebrew blog? hope I’m not hijacking it

  3. Yeah my comment should have said ‘This is NOT a homebrew blog but……..

    Picked up some Grisette Fruits of the Forest at lunchtime (thankyou the good people at Swords) so I know what I’ll be drinking on the weekend.

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