Ambre De La Chaudiere

Brewmaster’s Notes

When I was a young brewer, I was exposed to a bunch of these beers from Nord Pas de Calais in the northeastern part of France near the Belgian border. I learned to drink them at the same time that I was learning about Belgian beers, and where a number of the Belgian beers were too much for me (I have since learned to appreciate them all!), the biere de gardes made a lot more sense to me. These are very traditional beers that come from the farm, as do the great cheeses from the north of France that pair so well with them. Rough-hewn beers with a tremendous natural elegance about them—like the people who brew them in Calais.

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

Tasting Notes: Yeast driven with a spicy, estery nose. Oaky vanilla notes, and a tremendous depth of flavour and texture on the palate and complex estery finish

Appearance: Cloudy, light amber with white head
Aroma: Peardrop and fresh yeast with oaky vanilla notes
Body: Medium
Serving Suggestions: Goat cheese, soft ripened cow’s milk cheese, seafood, particularly mussels


Hops Variety: US Cascade, US Nugget, German Hersbrucker
Malt Variety: Pale, wheat, caramel, munich, chocolate
Yeast: Belgian Trappist Abbey


ABV: 7.0
IBU: 19
Glassware: Tulip Pint Glass
Style: Biere de Garde
Serving Temp: 4-8 deg C