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St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale) - McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale)St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale)

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Reviews: 164
Hads: 367
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 20.11%
Wants: 14
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 08-31-2007

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.5 bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: An earthy and toasty malt forward aroma with a scent of pumpkin, spices, and caramel. Good hints of pumpkin with a scent of cinnamon, nutmeg, and and clove spicing. Toasted malt hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Hops are pretty light. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy and toasty malt driven taste with notes of pumpkin, spices, and caramel malt. Nice real pumpkin taste along with spice notes of Cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Toasted malt notes of caramel, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Very light hops. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty nice take on a Pumpkin Ale. Nice balance of spices and malt sweetness.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gorgeous mahogany, the taste is sweet and spicy, medium bodied, high carbonation. Easy to drink and quite good. I'm a pumpkin ale fan and, though not the best I've had, this runs with the pack quite nicely.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nice cloudy orange color. Almost no head. Very nice mix of sweet pumpkin and the pumpkin spice. I really enjoyed the nice balance of the beer not to sweet not too much pumpkin spice. A very nice easy to drink. balance.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is roasted pumpkin. Nice.
The taste is malty with pumpkin flavor, but nicely balanced.
The texture is softer.
A pretty good pumpkin beer.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the fresh (just hit liquor stores) bottle into my glass a copper/amber/almost ruby colour, capped by a couple fingers of head that recedes fairly quickly but leaves nice lacing. Lots of visible effervescence.

Smell is starchy, with shades of Dr. Pepper (both the drink and the beer+shot cocktail), something almost cola-like, hint of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon. About what you'd expect, but also a certain spiciness.

Taste is spicy, slightly starchy, fresh pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg. Good and malty; sweet, but there is actually a decent amount of balancing bitterness. High carbonation but medium body.

Not my favourite pumpkin beer, but a good starter for pumpkin-beer-season.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant a lively copper gold to amber under a frothy 1” white to cream foam collar that quickly dissipates.
S: Big pumpkin aromas that quickly die out, some light malts.
T: Starts with a little malt, light sweetness, and then finishes, drying out with pumpkin and spices.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: This is not overly sweet, and the dryness is very nice. The spice aftertaste does capture the pumpkin pie spice – some cinnamon, clove, cardamom, but subtle and not heavy handed.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear copper reddish color with strong subtle activity. Almost creamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 8 minutes, with average legs.

Aromas and flavors of black pepper, fruits, grains, caramel, nuts, herbal spices. More a black pepper taste with faint pumpkin and cinnamon flavors. Well balanced between sweetness and sharpness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Well intensified but short finish, ending with a slightly bitter spicy herbal saaz feel.

Overall an average craft, well balanced and complex flavors but an over buried pumpkin taste with a flat and stale feel.

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Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5 brown bottle, sample from the importer.

Nearly clear dark copper color, tiny bubble lacing. More spice and gourd in the nose, still pretty beery though. Decent smoothness with a slick medium body. Good dose of pie spice, nothing really pops or breaks out into a wow factor but it works. Hint of caramel and meaty gourd in the middle, caramel and bread crust to finish this brew off.

Good but middle of the road for the whole pumpkin beer thing.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep amber/pale brown producing 2 fingers of light tan, foamy, somewhat lasting head that leaves thin sheets & streaks of lacing. Aroma is spice heavy pumpkin pie: cloves, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.... & little hop presence. As with some pumpkin ales there is something about the smell that is slightly reminiscent of a flat "Dr. Pepper". Taste is similar but ginger, cinnamon & a caramel cola taste dominate, pumpkin is subdued & there is a sweet clove finish with little or no hop presence (which may be masked by the spices). Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, creamy & slightly slick but very prickly in the finish. As with most spice heavy pumpkin ales drinkability declines as you reach the end of the glass.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It's still technically fall, though it feels like winter here for Orange County (mid 60s, rain). But forget about seasons, here's my first encounter with a Canadian-made pumpkin ale. Out of a 11.5 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

This is a dark amber colored beer with toasted orange hues. On top sits a semi-soapy head with adequate retention of itself. It smells like nutmeg, chewing gum, a note of clove, kiss of pumpkin, mild and interesting

Spiced, but not too spiced. In fact, the spice aspect brings pleasing zing which stimulates the palate. It goes light with the base malt and pumpkin, and focuses more on cinnamon, nutmeg, clove...you know, all those fun spices found in a pumpkin pie. It has a medium body, and with a pleasing spiciness, makes a lovely mouthfeel and an overall good pumpkin ale.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of McAuslan Brewing's St-Ambroise Citrouille yesterday for $2.69 at The Lager Mill. I've never had this beer before and I'm interested to see how it stacks up, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice design to it that goes well with the name and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a clear caramel amber color that took on more of an amber red color when held to the light with two finger worth of really creamy light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left hardly any lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish the lacing was better.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the pumpkin being the first to show up and it imparts a big meaty and natural pumpkin aroma that goes right into the spices with all the typical pumpkin pie spices showing up with the nutmeg sticking out slightly more than the other spices. Towards the end I get a light malty aroma with light bready and sweet malt like aromas. This beer had a pretty nice aroma that was very true to style, I have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with a watery malt flavor being the first to show up along with some grainy, bread crust and light sweet malt like flavors. Up next comes the pumpkin which is a little lighter than it was in the aroma, but it still imparts the same aspects and it's followed by the spices which are a good deal lighter than they were in the aroma. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a watery grain, light pumpkin and light spice like aftertaste. This was a decent tasting beer, but i thought it was a little bland and I wish the taste was more similar to the aroma.

M- Smooth, crisp, a little dry on the finish, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was a decent example of a Pumpkin Ale, it was pretty true to style and it was going in a nice direction, but when I got to the taste it was a little lighter than I would like. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, a little dry, not too filling and the taste did just an ok job at holding my attention and I think one is enough for me since I don't have the urge to drink another 12oz of it. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma and appearance, they were both pretty nice and they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste and drinkability, they were just a little weak in my opinion. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I wouldn't recommend it as a good Pumpkin Ale, it's easy to find a better one. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer and it turned out to be a pretty close to average example of a Pumpkin Ale, with nothing really notable when I got to the taste. IT's not a favorite Pumpkin Ale and it made for just an Ok first impression for this brewery and I would be interested in trying more of their beer. Better luck next time guys this one needs just a little work.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

I had this beer for the first time roughly a year ago and it was far past its expiration; really didn't like it that much at all. Having it again now though was awesome.

Let me preface this by saying this is my first and only real pumpkin beer. Anyways, surprisingly clear amber colored body with about a finger of head. Retention was minimal as was lacing. On the nose cinnamon and other spices associated with fall come. Not too much pumpkin, sweet malt provides a nice base and is very reminiscent of their "rousse". On the palate spices come through on the forefront with small traces of pumpkin. Bitterness is restrained as is hop character.

Overall I love this style its easily drinkable at 5% abv and is more or less just something fun to drink in the fall. That being said I'm buying more of this and brewing my own pumpkin ale.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on October 5, 2014.

The pour is a reddish orange, which is a bit of a surprise to me. Not a lot of head and it fades away quickly.

The aroma has a pleasant enough nutmeg and pumpkin spice character but there is a kind of grape fruitiness. Not grapefruit - red grapes. Yeast.

The body is better than medium.

The taste is on the sweet side with that same pumpkin spiciness that I would expect. There is a lingering bitterness and a fruity finale. Interesting.

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Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Purchased at the LCBO $10.00 for a 4pk. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- 4.25- Very dark and lots of head.

S- 4.0- Lots of cinnamon here. Good malt backbone.

T- 4.0- Lots of pumpkin and cinnamon. Good blend. Well crafted

M- 3.75- Very good. Very traditional North American style

O- 4.11- This is my overall score. Very good blend and well executed. Will keep a few for the year

Food Pairing

This nice pumpkin beer went well with..... Pumpkin Pie!! Pumpkin overload!


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Photo of Sercoli
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Pretty darn good! Be sure to appreciate the aroma on opening. Beer is balanced with the perfect blend of spices which shows through in the taste. Excellent fall beer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%

A: burnished bright, deep, fiery orange in color... fizzy sort of suds that fall away to leave little

S: clove comes through strongest initially, with some caramel and the baked pulp and rind of a pumpkin (surprisingly enough)... little hit of cinnamon starts to show up on the back end

T: it's pleasant, very clean... the blend of spices and the phenolics and bitterness of rushes by at the onset, with a decidedly ginger snap aftertaste... the clove never seems to fade away... almost a dark red grape note threads through starting with an aroma... it could perhaps use a bit more crystal-caramel sweetness to balance out these snappy bitter compounds... little bit of toast/roast during the later sips

M: fairly mild on the palate, light-medium body at its weightiest... the carbonation is ample and does continue to help lift and dry, after the finish... almost a tannic, acidic twinge lingering

O: hmmm... a sort of standard take on the style, but with some quite splendid intensity, balance and choice of flavors (which amount to a dead-on, liquid ginger snap taste), however, just missing a touch of a sweetish, dessert element that really ought to be present in this type of drink... surely, this will be passed by by most American beer drinkers not familiar with McAuslan's products

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Photo of 2_Shaynez
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Poured into Pub Ale glass...little to no head. Im a fan of St. Ambroise and couldn't wait to try this. It's m first time trying a "pumpkin" beer so maybe I had high expectations. It's a good beer, but the pumpkin spicy is very faint, the beer seems a tad watered down. There's good notes of pumpkin spice in the finish, but not enough to make this something special.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

The nose and flavor are virtually the same. Great balance of gourd and spice, nutmeg and anise mostly. The problem is that it seems watered down in nose, taste and feel.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tis the season... for jack-o-lanterns, ghoulish displays and pumpkin ales! While the seasonal creep extends into early August, the seasonal taste of fall is really never too early.

The Great Pumpkin pours with the burnt orange hue that is strikingly of backlit pumpkin. Out of its bronze and amber ribbons rise a spicy-sweet medley that floats upon the nose and taste with a maltiness that divides the line between caramel and toffee with a sprinkle of brown sugar for good measure. But the story is about the spices that waft about- allspice that's lead by nutmeg entice the senses with an exotic allure.

As the sweet middle opens up, a culmination that tastes like graham crackers at first, then french toast the next, and even a praline coat all begin to alternate. The thread that binds them is the cinnamon, clove and especially nutmeg for a spicy taste to offset the sweetness in much the same role as hops in common ale.

Medium bodied throughout, the sweetness begins to trail but its creamy-dry texture remains and supports the spices with a slight arid taste and a toasty, nutty finish. Even with the holiday spices echoing deeply in aftertaste, the ale offers a dryish and drinkable sense that develops late.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.5 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/6/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pumpkin, brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, toast, biscuit, floral, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, pumpkin, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of big pumpkin, brown sugar, caramel, toast, biscuit, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, floral, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, brown sugar, caramel, toast, biscuit, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick, smooth, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent pumpkin ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Label is very attractive with a metallic sheen and very festive seasonal colors and graphics that are very eye-catching. Front label has McAuslan logo and a small bit of information on the beer. Back label gives web info, a small bit of brewery info, and production date code. Neck label has McAuslan logo and attractive graphics. Cap has McAuslan logo.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from it 12oz brown bottle into a 20oz English pint led to a 3 finger very light fizzy almost soda pop type golden off-white head atop a crystal clear copper colored beer. Very short head retention at 1min 36sec before fading away to a thin ring and coating with very light lacing. 3.5/5

Smell/Aroma: Smell is of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg with hints of vanilla, caramel, and a bit of breadyness.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is sweet on the front-end with hints of pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg along with a bready maltiness. Mid-point turns slightly sour/bitter with pumpkin and a bit of hops coming through. Back-end is of pumpkin and a slight toasted bread and caramel malt with a toasty aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the light side of medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and low carbonation. I would list this a drinkable because it is not all that filling and quite tasty.

Overall/Comments: A very nice pumpkin ale that is not spectacular but is very well balanced and not over done. Give it a whirl in the fall. Classified as a Pumpkin Ale at 5% ABV. Consumed 12/12/2013.

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Photo of stakem
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a polished clear amber orange color with a tan cap that is quick to fade leaving spotty/patchy lacing.

The aroma includes the expected pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon and nutmeg mostly with a bit of sweetness that seems to be vanilla blending into caramel and toffee malts. A little fruity alcohol/hop inclusion is also present to break things up.

The taste has a bready grain flavor somewhat sweet like caramel/toffee with lots of pumpkin pie spicing like nutmeg, cinnamon and a bit of clove/ginger. The aftertaste is a bit toasty with fruity alcohol and a touch of herbal hops.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Quite spicey but not overdone. I is enjoyable and worth a try if you get the chance. Nicely balanced and easy drinking.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my last remaining pumpkin ales from my Great Pumpkin Beer chase of 2013. What I have realized (and should have known from the jump) is that not all pumpkin beers are created equal.

Upon finishing my pour, I could only watch helplessly as the two fingers of orangish-tawny head bubbled and fizzed their way out of existence and into wispiness. Color was a deep-copper (SRM = >22, < 27) with NE-plus quality clarity. Beautiful! Nose was rich with clove, cinnamon and nutmeg, underlain by biscuit malt so that it smelled like a Christmas cookie. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but approaching it. I was a bit disappointed by the flavor, though. It did not match up to the nose in terms of its intensity, however, its balance of the spices was spot-on. Finish was dry as a result, but not gaspingly dry as with some. I would place it in the upper end of the middle part of the pumpkin beer spectrum.

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Photo of 57md
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with a finger of head that dissipates rather quickly. The nose has pumpkin and very subtle seasonal spices. The pumpkin flavor comes through upfront and the body is relatively hearty for a pumpkin ale. The finish is dry and slightly tart.

This is just another middle-of-the-pack pumpkin ales. Nothing bad, but nothing particularly special here.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A darker orange colour with solid carbonation in the body. However the complete lack of head doesn't do it a lot of favours though.

Smell: Pumpkin and spice as to be expected as nutmeg dominates the nose. A nice note of brown sugar and caramel malt however backs it up, making this interesting.

Taste: Starts with some mild spiced malt, as cinnamon and brown sugar dance across the tongue as a mild pumpkin taste makes itself known, bringing along with it a touch of nutmeg and a more malty sweetness to round it out.

Mouthfeel: Excellent transitioning, carbonation helps out the entire beer but points get deducted for the lack of head. The aftertaste is a mild pumpkin and spice taste, although it starts to get dry and clingy near the end of the beer.

Drinkability: This went down very quick, which is really a first for me with this style. On the lighter end of medium bodied which I like as well. Not as sweet as you'd expect so it's more then just a desert beer in my eyes.

Final Thoughts: Although this is a seasonal, this is a beer I wouldn't mind drinking any time of the year...well maybe not in the summer, but the point is most Pumpkin beer's I've had have been "Well, I had one, glad that seasonal is over." Give this one a shot, as it's certainly the best I've had from this style so far.

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St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale) from McAuslan Brewing
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