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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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271 Ratings
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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 15
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 05:07:07 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, cola, and pumpkin pie spice aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and pumpkin pie spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a pumpkin spice presence that is done well along with the base beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 04:27:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amyliz4 picked this bottle up at Belmont Party Supply in Dayton. Served in a "JP & Tyler's Wedding" pint glass in our hotel room.

Poured a copper-orange color with a thin off-white head and not much in the way of retention or lacing. The nose was a bit plain with some faint spice and a bit of bread and caramel. The flavor was better, blending the caramel malt and spicing quite well. Medium body and a good cinnamon kick to the finish. Well-balanced. This was a good pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 00:05:47 | More by Thorpe429
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Mr.V: Poured a clear light brown color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma of canella and nutmeg and nutmeg is quite intense. Taste is also dominated by some canella and nutmeg as well as some light cloves notes (I could not notice any ginger even thought label mention it as one ingredient). Body is about average with some average carbonation. I don’t remember the previous version that was brewed years ago to contain that much spices but this was quite enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 17:22:35 | More by Phyl21ca
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-13-2013 01:17:23 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-10-2013 00:15:29 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 20:04:42 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Ooh, a Canadian pumpkin ale...how exotic! This stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises the usual blend of pumpkin ale spices (cinnamon, brown sugar, clove, mace, allspice, etc), but they're not as powerful and in-your-face as usual thanks to a nice backbone of bready caramel. The taste, though, falls victim to the overspicing rampant in most pumpkin ales. The clove and brown sugar are particularly intense, providing my tongue ample opportunities to wither in brief pain. It's honestly too much at times. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, an okay pumpkin beer, but one that comes off too overly-spiced for its own good.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 06:43:27 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, dark amber color with a fizzy, short-lived head of off-white foam. It left little no lacing.

S - It smelled of pumpkin and some spices.

T - Pumpkin flavor is present but not as strong as I hope for. Typical pumpkin spices of nutmeg and cinnamon.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice pumpkin ale, although not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 01:44:31 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On a rainy Montreal afternoon, this beer pours a clear, dark reddish amber, with two fingers of creamy, foamy off-white head, which leaves consistent lacing around the glass as it recedes. It smells of pumpkin pie - cloves, nutmeg, sweet pumpkin mash, and a bit of caramel malt. The taste is light pumpkin flesh, mild nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon spice. The carbonation is quite soft, the body full and round, and it finishes off-dry, with some vegetal and spice essences lingering. A fairly drinkable representation of the fall harvest dessert favourite.

A minor trifle - 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?

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 18:51:22 | More by biboergosum
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-04-2013 04:25:36 | More by largadeer
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

10-24-2013 23:22:46 | More by Kegatron
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 15:44:31 | More by WVbeergeek
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours with a light fizzy head that fades at a medium pace over a clear dark reddish-amber-orange color.

The nose brings plenty of pumpkin, with the typical spices. Some breaddy malts and a little sweetness, with touch of a slight syrup. The pumpkin blends with the nut aromas and spices and brings that typical pumpkin pie like beer. The spices are almost overwhelming here and I'm a little worried this will be a bad beer with the crazy spices.

The taste is similar, with lots of pumpkin flavor to boot. However, the spices don't hit as hard as the nose. There is definite spices, and still a little too much IMO, but nutty flavors combine well with the spices and pumpkin. Again comes some breaddy malts, and a slight sweetness with a touch of syrup. All these flavors actually blend well and comes more with a slight pumpkin pie blended with pecan pie. It's actually a pretty tasty beer.

The mouth is medium bodied with lower but decent carbonation.

It finishes slightly sweet but dries a bit. Long lingering spices actually, despite that they weren't as strong on the initial taste, now that most of the other tastes (namely pumpkin and sweetness) have died down, the spices come on strong and linger for a while. There is some more of the light syrupy sweetness with some pumpkin and nuts, but those are attenuated a lot by now.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 02:39:02 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 16:34:22 | More by Mora2000
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

there have been so many new (or new to Colorado) pumpkin beers this fall. it has been hard to keep up with them, although I have been working hard to do so! this one blends into the crowd just a little, by being more spice than vegetable, and by having that touch of vanilla sweetness to it that seems popular this go around, but it also stands out by being perhaps the easiest drinking, least filling, cleanest finishing, full flavored version I have come across. it pours a clear almost red orange color, rusty but bright, with an inch of relaxed tan head. a nose of clove and allspice, not heavy, but not remote either, and sweet red malt. copper and mineral flavors start, pumpkin pie spice takes the middle, and a honey vanilla complex rounds it out, before an almost lager-like quality takes over, crisping everything up and erasing the finish. its delicious, sessionable, and has all the elements of a good pumpkin ale. I think the feel makes this memorable for me. I wish it came in sixes instead of fours, but a lovely brew all up.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 17:41:00 | More by StonedTrippin
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark orangeish reddish amber with a wisp rather than a head that eventually disappears.

The smell is of pumpkin, a syrup-like sweetness and the usual pumpkin spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. A caramelish/toffeeish malty aroma comes through.

The taste is of sweet, caramelish maltiness with pumpkin pie spicing, especially cinnamon. Grainy/caramelish maltiness gives a firm backbone, and almost overrides the spicing. This was fine, as I don't care for overly spiced beers anyway, but here it seems that the spices were a bit too subtle for what they should be... Still it has a nice malty character that doesn't become too sweet and a touch of pumpkin pie character.

It has a medium body with medium to high carbonation.

Not overly spicy though certainly enough to let you know you're drinking a pumpkin ale. Maltiness does lend a nice smoothness. Very drinkable for the style, as the spices don't overwhelm and has a nice malty backbone.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 05:37:37 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +9%

11-24-2011 15:08:21 | More by Rochefort10nh
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark amber colour—to be fair, it's almost what you'd call very dark pumpkin orange. Head is very fine, but a little filmy, only forming about two millimetres on the top of the glass. Some patchy lace, but the beer itself looks pretty thin.

Nose is very sweet, with lots of pumpkin spice and ripe pumpkin flavour. The spice is not very sharp, but cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar are the dominant characters. Quite heavy and flavoursome. A good pumpkin beer nose.

Taste is disappointing. Very fine and light body, with an empty front palate. Slight spice on the finish, but very little sweetness to back it up. A little pepper, some cinnamon, but the rounder, sweeter characters are missing. Feel is very light. Certainly missing something here.

Not a bad pumpkin beer, but falling into the general ennui I have for the style. I've still only had one or two pumpkin beers that taste like I feel they should. This, unfortunately, is not one of them, but it's probably above average.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 07:28:47 | More by lacqueredmouse
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 08:06:18 | More by woodychandler
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 15:50:22 | More by stakem
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper in color with some reddish highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall beige head of large bubbles that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin pie spices upfront (cinnamon dominates with some lighter notes of nutmeg) and some sweetness. Underneath that there are lighter aromas of pumpkin and an almost fruity malt.

T: Starts out with a malty sweetness that includes a hint of caramel with strong fruity flavors (apple and pear) then there is a moderate to strong flavor of pumpkin pie - the combination of pumpkin and spices (cinnamon and nutmeg). The beer is quite sweet overall with very little bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a solid Pumpkin Ale offering and one that I enjoyed - the heavier amounts of cinnamon than other spices tickled my fancy. Easy to drink and I could have a couple of these in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 04:28:09 | More by dbrauneis
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This version is labelled in English- St. Ambroise Pumpkin, The Great Pumpkin Ale. Pours a reddish brown with a moderate head that sticks around as a ring. Smells of pumpkin pie spice and bubblegum. Heavy on the cinammon, but it works with the sweet bubblegum aromas. Tastes somewhat similar, with a little less bubblegum, but the same spice level as well as light sourness that detracts a little bit from the overall experience. Could be a little creamier in the mouth as well. Not overly sweet and a bit different for the style. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 18:37:30 | More by Georgiabeer
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer, like its label and packaging, is brimming with orange, albeit a slightly darker tone. White rings are a mainstay. Meddling shades of red and brown blend to make a pint sized Red Rock Canyon. Exquisite clarity allows light to beam in, blaze through, and shimmer out from the well burnished surface.

Its potpourri like bouquet is no doubt fragrant but appropriately restrained so as not to be confused with hand soap. The scents here don't smell as part of a perfume, they smell as part of a pie. Actually better yet - a beer. There is more than enough biscuit and light toffee to keep spices from lifting more than they should carry.

The spices - I'll take a stab at it at guess nutmeg, allspice, and cardamom - are even more so numbed in the flavour. Foremost is the taste of a bready, biscuity, wafer-like malt with maybe a string of toffee that follows. The flavour of pumpkin, like the spices, is present but relatively minimal to what most other pumpkin ales allow.

I generally like to age my pumpkin ales a year or so but the bitterness, alcohol, carbonation and most importantly - the spicing - in this are all quite low as it stands. My notions of pumpkin pie diminished with every sip but all indications of a good beer were present all throughout.

St-Ambroise's Citrouille is a "beer first spices second" kind of pumpkin ale. If you like these fall time seasonals to be intensely fragrant, perfumy and spicy then I'd gladly insist on the Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin or the Southern Tier Pumking - both outstanding. But if you're just curious to dabble in the world of pumpkin ales for the novelty of it, then this is a decent place to start.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 21:46:06 | More by biegaman
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 04:30:40 | More by superspak
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St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale) from McAuslan Brewing
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