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

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333 Ratings
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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 15
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 08-31-2007)
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Reviews by Ralphus:
Photo of Ralphus
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

McAuslan's Great Pumpkin Ale is one that I'd been hoping to spot this season. Sure enough, on a hunt for any Dogfish PA remaining in my region, I spotted it as well. It's sold in a 4 pack, which to be honest, I thought might be a bit too many at a time for a novelty beer. Luckily this one goes down well and the other three wont be to long in joining the first.

It pours with an attractive mahogany color, reddish brown but without much of a head even less lacing. The smell however is quite nice.. cinnamon, cloves and ginger plus a steady sweetness. The taste has the sweetness in spades and it's balanced somewhat by the spices in the nose. I think some more hops would pull the thing together quite nicely.. but maybe the realm of a pumpkin beer is to be a bit on the sweeter side. And speaking of pumpkin.. there might be some but its not really enough to speak of.

Overall I think this is a good pick.. and given that you'll have four on your hands - a good chance to introduce them to people who have never tried a seasonal beer.

Ralphus, Oct 09, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear deep orange infused copper color with a this wispy white head atop.Pumpkin pie spices along with a little graham cracker crust in the nose,a good amount of nutmeg in there.a little fizzy feel in the mouth with some orange-like cardamom flavors and nutmeg sticking out most,a faint drying effect and mild roasted pumpkin flavor in the finish.The flavors are not bad but the feel is somewhat lacking,ok but nothing special here in my opinion.

oberon, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev +3%

FadetoBock, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear orange-brown color with a white head. The aroma is nutmeg and pumpkin. The flavor is basic pumpkin pie spices with some allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, caramel malt and pumpkin notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A pretty basic pumpkin ale but quite enjoyable.

Mora2000, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Four pack from the LCBO. I'm hoping to brew some pumpkin ale myself so I figured Id try some new ones for inspiration.

Poured into a nonic. Amber-ruby, very clear, about a solid half inch of froth, some lacing.

Nose is pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses and mild clove.
Pleasant.

Tastes pretty fair, actually, though I feel the brew is thin malt wise. The spices are spot on, though - the usual suspects are there, and it finishes with an extra bit of pepper and clove.

Thin bodied like a red lager, a bit oily.

Above average pumpkin brew, but I still feel like this could have been fuller. Felt a bit thin, but the flavors are all there.

JohnnyBarman, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
3.75/5  rDev +3%

SINKTIPS_N_SUDS, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

ImFlyerThanYou, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

chickenm, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of LDuke
3.75/5  rDev +3%

LDuke, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle says the great pumpkin ale not the french citrouille like the version pictured above. Pours a deep caramel amber body with a big fluffy off white head, leaves behind fine speckled lacing around my pils glass. Aromatics offer up robust pumpkin sweetness, a very nice natual vegetable like tone straight out of the gourd. Again another pumpkin ale where the spices don't grab your nose hairs and completely pull you in. Flavor has a strong caramel malt from the front to the back, definitely borders on butter scotch with a touch of pumpkin flesh and a subtle mix of pumpkin pie spices. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively caronation finishes with the spices and lingering caramel sweetness but in a good way. Drinkability overall another stellar example of the style, I tend to not like Pumpkin ales at all so far I'm two for three this year.

WVbeergeek, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.5 oz. bottle, with a indecipherable coded production date on the back, but definitely 2013 vintage. Poured into a Belgian snifter.

A: Pours dark reddish-copper; very good clarity; small tan head reduces to a thin ring in about a minute. Some lacing lines continue to form.

Smell: Moderately spicy, with a well-balanced mix of cinnamon, allspice, and other 'Fall spices'. Hints of burnt sugar, vanilla and pumpkin.

T: Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice hit the tongue and indicate an over-spiced ale, but it's not. These quickly diminish and mix with some pumpkin puree and light malts. Very tasty and well balanced, considering the prominent spicing.

M: Smooth, medium-full body, with enough carbonation to impart a moderately lively feel.

Overall: One of the best pumpkin beers I can remember, including ome big, high ABV imperials. Highly recommended.

chinchill, Sep 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love pumpkin beer first of all, and this is my favorite so far out the 5 or 6 that I have sampled. This one poured into a tulip glass with a small head that dissipated rather quickly. I marked it down a half point or so for that. The color was very nice for a pumpkin brew though, almost perfect. A bit dark red-orange brown hues shine nicely,

Strong aromas of sweet pumpkin and spices emitted easily from the glass for a wondrous scent to enjoy.

The beer is mild yet strong of pumpkin. Slightly sweet and nicely spiced. This does not have the strong better spices of a southern pumpkin pie. No this is mild. Strong with cinnamon is pretty big and only light with recognizable cloves. Malty yeasty with a slight balance of hops.

The texture is the most difficult area of a pumpkin beer and this has a nice ale like balance to carbonation. Just perfect in my book. Thickish. Creamy. A tremendous advancement in the art of pumpkin ale making. Hats off to the Canadian brewers here. Well done.

I compared St-Ambroise Citrouille to Blue Moon Pumpkin beer. Head to head. I really appreciate BMs Pumpkin. Blue Moon does win the appearance with a nicer head though it lacks the darkness of St Ambroise. St. Ambroise wipes it out in the aromatic arena. No contest. Taste went to St Ambroise as a mellow ale with a lot of pumpkin though Blue Moon was close with a refreshing though lesser pumpkin flavors. Blue Moon would be a great sipper after a hard day harvesting crops. Finally Blue Moon has a extremely high carbonation that is very unique that accents the refreshing qualities. However, St A is tough competition and has a wondrous texture that is 2nd to very few. Winner St A. but BMP was quite close.

I recommend a high quality beverage like this should be only complimented by the highest of musical art forms of the region. I recommend the "musique actuelle" scene start with electronic turntable artist Martin Tétreault's cd entitled "Des pas et des mois" with Rene Lussier. Another excellent choice might be "The Frankenstein Symphony" by Francois Dhumont that he contributed on.

frankiepop, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

djcreepshow, Sep 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

LXIXME, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pumpkin ale is a clear orange-brown. It makes an effort to develop the head and manages respectably, though with difficulty. Retention is moderate, and a foam is left in its place that drops a bit of spotty lacing behind it.
Pumpkin flesh is hearty on the nose with a good dose of malt backbone and spicing that is on the higher end and stops short of going overboard. There's a light sweetness and ever-so-slight buttery note as well.
This is a pretty good pumpkin ale, though spicing's a little harder on the tongue. A very light dose of herbal hops shows up as well. Spicing is mostly nutmeg and cinnamon, but something kicking like ginger root peeks out in the finish as well. Most of the notes come out and mingle better after it's been out awhile.
Crispness is here in the feel, but it seems like it's being forced out of the carbonation; interestingly, said carbonation doesn't really add any smoothness. Something sort of flattens out in the middle here. It's not bad, but for the malts support and the mediumish body, there should be more.

Brenden, Oct 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

imbuckeye, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, on a rainy afternoon in our old-school Montreal hotel room.

This beer pours a clear, bright bronzed amber colour, with two hefty fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some layered storm front lacing around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells very much of pumpkin pie - cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, sweet vegetal pumpkin mash - and a bit of caramel/toffee malt. The taste is light pumpkin rind and flesh, a lessened nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon spice, some ascending ginger notes that recall the childhood memories of their snap format, bready caramel malt, and a muddled fruity nuttiness.

The carbonation is quite soft, mostly just a trilling frothiness, the body medium-full in weight, and rather rounded in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with some semi-sweet vegetal gourd and seasonal spices lazily lingering.

La Citrouille is a fairly drinkable and generally enjoyable representation of that fall harvest dessert (and sometimes morning after) staple. A minor trifle, though - why isn't this listed as a Pumpkin Ale? If it looks, smells, tastes, and well, is called one, then, qu'est-ce qui se passe, eh?

biboergosum, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of mintjellie
2.38/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep copper with red highlights. Thin, poorly retained head. No lace. Weak spice and cookie dough aroma. Diacetyl. Mild biscuit and pie spice flavour. Buttery. Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is watery thin and greasy slick. Quite disappointing.

mintjellie, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat underated beer, this one a little aged and only the better for it. Allspice,nutmeg caramel, not a bad drinker and above-average for a pumpkin style beer, and a lot less pumpkin than others of the style but its there. Decent and complex aroma, dark brown colour, above average mouthfeel.

Sammy, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of CanuckRover
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange. Pretty thin head, very little retention.

Excellent aroma, the spices really come through nicely. Wonderful combination of ginger and cinnamon, actually smells just like a scented candle my girlfriend has.

Spice right up front. Emphasis on ginger but with a nice sugar/cinnamon sweetness. I think that it could use a little more sweetness actually. The spice gives way to more traditional beer flavours. Light caramel taste and a subtle english bitterness in the finish.

Thin pumpkin beers frustrate me, I want something with a bit of body to go with the desert-like flavours.

Very drinkable, a good autumn beer.

CanuckRover, Oct 11, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

tdm168, Sep 20, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

dertyd, Oct 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

it was good and free so thanks, stands up and tells you a story

McMatt7, Oct 14, 2014
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3.24/5  rDev -11%

Thedusanmandic, Aug 14, 2014
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St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale) from McAuslan Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.