Crown Ambassador

Crown Ambassador Reserve is a beer for special occasions - perfectly suited to after dinner sipping, or as an accompaniment to dishes such as game and venison. It is also well suited to rich desserts, dried fruits and strong flavoured vintage cheeses.

Like a fine wine, it is crafted to mature and improve over time. Six months following its release, each bottle will develop new unique characters, providing excellent drinking for up to 10 years. Cellar the beer at or below 15°C.

Master Brewer

It's all about creating a beer that represents a moment in time.

The Master Brewer provides guidance and direction for each vintage of Crown Ambassador Reserve, adding their own touches to make each vintage unique.

"Each vintage will reflect not only the quality of the ingredients… but should also showcase the personal touch of the Master Brewer, and demonstrate his interpretation of Australia’s most luxurious beer".

After crafting four vintages of a beer that is unparalleled in Australia, John Cozens handed over the brewing responsibilities of Crown Ambassador Reserve to Tully Hadley.

Experience

To maximise the unique flavour and aroma of the beer, turn the bottle gently for one minute before opening and savour the full Crown Ambassador Reserve experience.

The beer is best enjoyed in a good quality red wine glass at around 7-11°C. This encourages the beer to open up and release its complex aromas.

The distinctive taste of Crown Ambassador Reserve is both luscious and mouth-filling, balancing a complex base of slightly caramelised malt with generous hop bitterness and flavour. The aroma is characterised by the unmistakable fruitiness of Galaxy hops.

Release

2014: THE SEVENTH VINTAGE

The 2014 vintage is a limited edition handcrafted lager featuring the signature ingredients of distinctive crystal malt and fresh, handpicked specially selected hops which together create complexity in the beer. The brewing team have again used some of the finest French Oak barrels from the highly regarded Dargaud et Jaegle cooperage in France – the fourth time they have been used in the brewing process.

A portion of Crown Ambassador has been matured inside these barrels, adding an additional layer of toasty complexity to this year's lager and an extra degree of mouthfeel and length on the palate. The taste is unlike any other beer.

Taste Profile

Upon release in 2014, the beer has rich tropical fruit and citrus notes as a result of fresh specially selected hops, picked in March and added to the kettle within 24 hours. These lifted notes will mellow and become more integrated as the beer matures.

On the palate, Crown Ambassador has a rich, caramelised malty flavour, balanced by bitter citrus hop characters, finishing with a smooth, full-bodied mouth feel. Simply a beer like no other ever brewed in the world.

Craftsmanship

Crown Ambassador begins with Crown’s signature ingredients – the highest quality barley specification, yeast and the first choice Pride of Ringwood Hops with the addition of handpicked specially selected hops from the cooler micro-climate district of the Ovens Valley in Victoria. Paramount to Crown Ambassador’s quality is the stringent use of only the first runnings. The result is a superb tasting and higher-alcohol strength beer (10% ABV). The beer is cooled, then matured for four months following fermentation. This allows the complex flavours to develop further, creating a smooth, full-bodied taste - the hallmark of Crown Ambassador. Finally, the brew undergoes a secondary fermentation, where yeast is added ensuring each bottle is truly unique.

2013

The 2013 vintage has an appealing lifted fruit salad and citrus aroma over caramel and woody nuances from the barrel matured beer. This is a result of fresh Galaxy hops, picked in March and added to the kettle within 24 hours. These lifted notes will mellow and become more integrated as the beer matures.

On the palate, Crown Ambassador has a rich caramelised malty flavour, balanced by bitter-sweet hop characters, finishing with a smooth, full-bodied mouth feel. Careful storage will see it develop and change in complexity. It is simply a beer like no other ever brewed in the world.

2012

This vintage has appealing, lifted fruit-like notes as a result of the fresh Galaxy hops which were added to the kettle within 24 hours of picking. 12 months on from the release of the vintage, the lifted notes will have mellowed and become more integrated as the beer has matured.

Similar to the latest release, the 2012 vintage will have a rich, caramelised malty flavour on the palate, balanced by bitter-sweet hop characters and finishing with a smooth, full-bodied mouth feel.

This vintage also varies from previous vintages as the Dargaud et Jaegle barrels will offer a slightly drier mouth feel from the tannins, counter-balancing the sweetness of the hops and adding to the complexity of the final brew.

2011

The 2011 vintage continued the tradition of adding distinctive crystal malt and fresh Galaxy hops to the brew that together add great complexity to the finished lager.

We saw a key innovation with a portion of the brew maturing for three months in brand-new French oak barrels which were sourced from the renowned Dargaud et Jaegle (D&J) cooperage in France.

This was the first time D&J, well known to many of the finest wineries in Australia and across the globe, had crafted its exquisite barrels to be used for the maturation of beer.

The brand new oak barrels contributed a subtle, mysterious vanilla bean flavour that is typical of French oak and results from the traditional tight grain of a barrel of this quality and French style.

Only 5,000 individually-numbered, wax-sealed and exquisitely packaged bottles of the 2011 vintage were released.

2010

Following the success of the first two vintages, the highly sought after 2010 Crown Ambassador Reserve was launched in August, 2010

Again brewed under the watchful eye of Master Brewer, John Cozens, the limited-edition third vintage continued the tradition of adding distinctive crystal malt and handpicked Galaxy hops to the brew that together add great complexity to the finished beer. However, unique to the 2010 vintage, was the addition of a small amount of Reserve stock from last year’s vintage aged in French oak barrels for 12 months and carefully blended into this release to add further richness, complexity and depth to this already remarkable beer.

Just 7,000 individually numbered and exquisitely packaged bottles of the 2010 vintage were released.

2009

Crown Ambassador Reserve 2009 had a vibrant fresh fruit aroma, with a hint of honey and passionfruit notes, and a rich velvety smooth taste with a warming sensation that fills the mouth.

There was a more prominent sweet caramelised malt characters compared to the 2008 brew, which were balanced by traces of vanilla and curry leaf flavours - a result of the crystal malt, a new addition to the brew. The extra fresh Galaxy hops provide a wonderful dominant fruit salad flavour, with passionfruit and coconut flavours detectable.

4 years on, the initial freshness of the green Galaxy hops and passionfruit and fruit salad flavours will have subdued and deeper notes will be more apparent. The nutty, toasty characteristics of the crystal malt will have emerged and the fruitiness, which would have mellowed slightly, will be underpinned by a hint of toffee, chocolate and caramel with some dried fruit notes.

2008

When we released the first Crown Ambassador Reserve in June 2008, it was unmistakably aromatic and carried fresh fruity notes from the flavoursome green Galaxy hops. As it ages, these fresh fruity characteristics will begin to mellow.

Having reached the third stage of maturity, the flavour has developed more complexity as the rich malty, sweet caramel flavours, present at launch, are more prominent and balance the more complex fruity notes. This creates a luscious, mouth-filling taste with increased body and smoothness.

These changes have taken place because the green Galaxy hops prolonged the hop flavour, while bottle conditioning sees the yeast inside promote further flavour interaction and development. In the future the lager will continue to become richer, without losing its creamy effervescent head.