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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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BA SCORE
83
good

279 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 15
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 08-31-2007)
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1/5  rDev -72.7%

JohnPowell79, Oct 14, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -59%

skaboom420, Sep 18, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

twonder23, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Bitterbill
2.14/5  rDev -41.5%

Production date July 6, 2013.

A clear mahogany pour with +3 fingers of foam, I'll check on the lacing later. ;^) Very good lacing, I find.

The smell is pretty darned good for a pumpkin ale since it smells like pumpkin and the spices. That was what I garnered from the original whiff or 2. Now that it's been sitting in my glass for a while, the nose becomes somewhat weaker.

The taste has *some* good pumpkin ale character to it but there's a slight sourness to it that I don't think was meant to be there. Now, it is also in the smell. Okay, maybe this brew doesn't age too gracefully as it's been 3 months since being bottled. Oh well, I'm glad it's only a 4 pack.

Rather thin bodied with lightish carbonation, the mouthfeel isn't the best.

Overall, a rather big disappointment for my first try from the brewery. Edit that. I had their Oatmeal Stout and it was a big hit!

Bitterbill, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of mintjellie
2.38/5  rDev -35%

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
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

WynnO, Sep 28, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

nquigley16, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of eric5bellies
2.63/5  rDev -28.1%

Drank from my De Struise Tulip

A - Pours a dark amber copper colour with a head that dies real quick.

S - Plenty of spice, cinnamon and ginger, not much pumkin.

T - Tiny bit of pumkin but mainly spice. Not a good finish of bitter syrup.

M - Overcarbonated for me. Light body.

D - Well this is my first pumkin beer and i'm so dissapointed. Hope they are better than this.

eric5bellies, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
2.63/5  rDev -28.1%

Picked up a single of this for $2.99. Poured into a Samuel Adams Oktoberfest stein.

Appearance - A foamy, creamy rootbeer-float-like head. Caramelly brown with little orange. Slightly opaque brown.

Smell - Weak spice and gourd. Not much else.

Taste - A slightly milky pumpkin flavor. Very light cinnamon and nutmeg. Slightly tart with malt.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Medium-bodied. Weak on spice for the most part. Creamy. Overall pretty forgettable and bland.

Jesse13713, Sep 25, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

dertyd, Oct 06, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Newkie, Sep 18, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Mphis, Oct 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

afwood63, Sep 30, 2013
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2.85/5  rDev -22.1%

Finally got my hands on this. I looked all over last year and couldn't score any. Picked up two of the four packs today along with a bottle of Pumpking!

a-Pretty typical, pours a dark clear amber colour with minimal to no head.

s-reminiscent of cola, malty, spices(nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves etc)

t-really tastes like spicey cola?!? Very cloying.

m-flat and thin, moreso than I would have expected of an abv of 5%.

d- Probably pretty drinkable when cold. Overall I was kinda dissapointed considering how much everyone raved.

So far the Grand River Pumpkin and Great Lakes Pumpkin are in the lead as far as my favorite pumpkin beers this year. Honestly I may have gotten a bad batch. I will edit my review if the other 4 pack is better.

Mit, Oct 22, 2010
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2.88/5  rDev -21.3%

341 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a near burnt orange color. Very opaque. Short lived dirty white head, at best 1/4 of a finger, very little head retention. Decent amount of carbonation showing with this.

S-- Spices. Allspice, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. More like pumpkin spices than real pumpkin. Not a bad nose at all,just a bit soft. More like pumpkin cheesecake than pie.

T-- More of the same spices and a bit more pumpkin. Kind of a perfume taste though. Nothing outstanding though.

M-- Medium high carbonation and light feel. The spices stand out more than the pumpkin. Ginger and nutmeg mostly with a little bit of allspice at the finish. Pretty average stuff really.

D-- Nothing bad but nothing great. Needs more of a pumpkin feel than a spice feel. Color is good, smell is close and body is really not. Would buy again but only if no other Pumpkin Ales were available. Hate to admit but actually miss the US Pumpkin beers. A lot more body and a lot more taste than this has.

mulder1010, Feb 21, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18%

Lanstrum, Mar 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jan 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

Poured in to pint glass.

A - Light brown, dark amber when held up to the light. Small amount of white head that was thin and quickly disappeared.

S - Pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon, all spcie and nutmeg.

M - Light body, Very heavily carbonated.

T - Very spice forward with a nice pumpkin flavour. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and all spice come through. A nice overall flavour but the carbonation ruins the overall taste and experience for me, unfortunately.

D - The flavour profile is nice but slightly too spice forward and WAY too carbonated.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 19, 2010
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3/5  rDev -18%

Whatup14, Apr 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

brez8791, Nov 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

Dicers, Nov 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

Jmbbabson, Jul 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

slowfade, Aug 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

hotsudge, Oct 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

Interesting as a seasonal beer, but not especially noteworthy in any way.

Pours a moderate, aggressively carbonated head with lots of snap. That quickly settles to a thin ring and the beer does not surrender any lace. A handsome chestnut colour, but after that very ordinary.

Quite subdued across the board. Some malt, pumpkin and spice in the nose. Thin water mouthfeel with some slight spritziness. Malt and a hint of pumpkin to taste. Very subtle. Slightly dry bitter finish.

TerryW, Oct 02, 2008
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St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale) from McAuslan Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.