Brasserie McAuslan Brewing is a microbrewery in Montreal which opened in 1989. It has won many medals in international competition.
The Apricot Wheat Ale is a seasonal beer meant to be “something different.” Other seasonal beers brewed by McAuslan include a pumpkin ale, and a raspberry ale, and a strong winter ale, all of which they launched in 1997.
This beer reminds me of the microbrewery beer in Portland, Oregon, where I lived from 1996-2000. Portland was well known for all of its microbreweries, but few of these places could make a nice beer. What you did see was a lot of flavours added, like, as if it hides the fact that it is not very good.
Well, this is my first flavoured beer north of the border.
The colour is amber, and it is sparkling clear. Since it is a wheat ale, I was expecting it to be cloudy. It has a very dark overflowing head.
The aroma was very intense, and very much like apricot, as well as maybe caramel and a little bit floral. The aroma is very very sweet. Overall my impression was that it was nice, about a 4/5 in the aroma category.
The flavour was very strong. Caramel, spice, and apricot flavours were present and it was very sweet. I must say, however, that there is a slight chemical taste that I had not experienced before, that I had not tasted in any other Canadian beer. My impression on the taste was a 3.5/5 with the first few sips.
The mouthfeel was unusually creamy, kind of syrupy, and the head was good, but did not stick to the glass after each sip. The carbonation was almost excessive.
The finish was long (4.2/5) and moderately strong (3.6/5) and very sweet. There is a slight amaretto taste at the end.
The craftsmanship was about a 4/5, generous considering it is a novelty beer, and it tasted very fresh.
I really couldn’t drink more than one of these, however, and while drinking, was trying to think of who I could give the rest to. My wife wouldn’t even drink it after one sniff.
I am also quite suspect with the chemical taste too. Technically the apricot syrup is an additive, and the packaging and website do not say their products are preservative-free but you have to give them the benefit of the doubt.