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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: 159
Hads: 348
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 16
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 08-31-2007

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Photo of canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I saw a big pallet display of these in my BCLS. They come in 4 packs and retail for about $10.

This is a great pumpkin beer that backs up the spices and the pumpkin flavours with a solid ale yet is only 5% ABV. Pours quite dark with a pretty red tinge to the colour. Nose is all spice and some hops. The beer is spicy yet very drinkable and I got to the end of the glass wnating another one. Great example of this rising style (428 characters)

Photo of strangemusic
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The last McAuslan seasonal I tried was the positively epic barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout, so I was keen to pick this one up!

It poured out a deep amber with red tint, the head is quick to disappear but stays sticky on the side of the glass.

The smell is of cloves, nutmeg, gingerbread, pumpkin pie, orange and caramel malt. Mmmm.

The taste is a similar profile but distributed differently. Caramel and ginger flavours are big up front, with clove and then more nutmeg and pumpkin leading to an orange and cinnamon finish with a little hop crispness. Very complex, subtle, not artificial-tasting and quite pleasant.

The drinkability is surprisingly good, at only 5% and with so much diverse flavour you really feel like it's worth having another.

My only real complaint with this beer is the mouthfeel! To be honest, for a spicy rich fall beer I would have liked a bit of a heavier feel with less carbonated zing. It is nicely balanced though, with citrus keeping things crisp and an overall softness on the palate. (1,024 characters)

Photo of jampics2
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle into an open-mouthed pint glass. The beer looks really, really nice in the glass, much better than the several other pumpkin beers I've had this year. The reason is the fiery amber color with red, brown, and honey colored edges. It's very appealing and because of the beer's lucid clarity, I can see active carbonation. The only thing that dings the appearance is the lack of head; only a ring of white foam remains but it does leave great lace.

The smell is also very nice, but a touch heavy on the spices. The requisite ginger, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg are all present with the cinnamon taking the lead. There's also a sweet malt behind the spices, but it's masked.

The taste of this 'Great Pumpkin Ale' is nice, certainly above average. Unfortunately, it's nothing outstanding. There's a nice clove and pumpkin pie crust flavor that is enjoyable but ultimately the flavor isn't well-rounded or well-defined. It's reminiscent of butterscotch and ginger cookies and is pleasant but falls short of greatness. Nice try but could benefit by more of a single direction.

The mouthfeel is heavy on the carbonation and light and zippy in general. The finish is lingering cinnamon and sweet pumpkin pie. Overall, this is a good pumpkin beer, certainly better than average, but it comes off as a well-executed catch-all instead of an individual. Being the best beer without a clear identity isn't good enough for me. (1,429 characters)

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'd say this is an ok beer, though not my favorite pumpkin ale by far. With some darker malt backing and a bit more mouthfeel, the flavor profile here would actually make a nice winter warmer, I'm very intrigued by the ginger.

Pours a slightly tarnished copper color with big eggshell head that fades rapidly to nothing. Smell is decent, some cinnamon and pumpkin, maybe a hint of malt in there. Ginger there too.

Taste follows with a big ginger punch. The pumpkin is noticeable, but kind of as an afterthought to the ginger. Cinnamon is noted as well. There's also a lingering flavor that I can't quite pin down but it's not super pleasant. Kind of a wet, pumpkin bread with some vegetal thrown in. It's a transient flavor in an otherwise pretty good beer.

MF is a bit thin for my tastes, carbonation is also a tad high. Decent drinker, not one of my favorites, but not a bad pumpkin ale I guess. (900 characters)

Photo of BBP
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours into a clear dark-orange copper with a slightly brown tinted head. Medium carbonation.

S- Pumpkin and spice come at you instantly. More of a sweet aroma. Slight hops as well. After reading Andrenalines review, I noticed some definite ginger aroma as well.

T- Sweet pumpkin with some spicing. Leaves a very nice and interesting finish. This is my first example of the style, so it's a bit difficult to describe. It has a pumpkin flavor almost like pumpkin pie, but not nearly as sweet. The pumpkin taste does work it's way in, and holds on well, but the hops always seem to come out on top after a minute or so after each sip.

I don't have anything to compare this to, but for what it's worth I think they did a good job with the spicing. It leaves a very interesting aftertaste from the start.

M- Medium body with it's share of stickiness. The whole thing goes down smooth, but the carbonation seems a bit high

D- Easy to down, and what I believe is probably a good introduction to the style. With a 4pk/$10, I'd contemplate getting this again. Waiting to see how I enjoy it as I get more familiar with it. (1,122 characters)

Photo of kwjd
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Volo in Toronto. Pours an amber-orange colour with a finger of white head that doesn't dissipate much. Smells of pumpkin spicing and sweet butterscotch. Flavour isn't one of the more intense pumpkin beers I've had, but it is nice. Good carbonation level. (264 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to fellow BA joemcgrath27 for hooking me up with a bottle.

A - Pours a nice dark copper colour, thumb of off-white head, mild retention (couple minutes), and no real lacing.

S - Scent, oddly enough, reminds me of ginger bread cookies. Bready malts loaded with spices, ginger and nutmeg really coming through the strongest.

T - Taste, much like the scent, is kind of dominated by ginger and reminds me of ginger snaps. The nutmeg also comes through quite strong with some cinnamon making an appearance. The finish is sweeter and leaves a slight pumpkin flavour lingering on the tongue... There it is... A little delayed, but present nonetheless!

M - Mouthfeel is medium, with a bit of a creamy feel. Perfect carbonation, and it goes down quite smooth. Finish is slightly dry, but non-offensive.

D - This one was tasty, but I think the spices were a little too much, overpowering the subtle pumpkin flavours. Could I drink several of these? Probably not... Which I suppose is why they sell it in 4-packs as opposed to 6-ers. A tasty pumpkin beer, and worthy of trying if you're able to get your hands on a bottle. (1,123 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a clear amber/brown colour with a huge fizzy beige head. There appears to be a lower than normal amount of carbonation showing.. I can't even see one bubble rising to the top. There really isn't much lacing, and the head lasted for a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Pumpkin, nutmeg, honey, hops, wheat

Taste & Mouth - The beer comes across as slightly watery, and it wouldn't hurt to adjust the carbonation level. I can taste nutmeg, cloves, and wheat. After the initial first sip where I said 'whoa, pumpkin!' it really doesn't have that much flavour as you progress through the beer. It finishes with a warming nutmeg/cinnamon flavour aftertaste

Drink - Not something I would seek out again unless the mood hit me right, and it happened to be October. (830 characters)

Photo of Shadman
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A+ on the packaging. Very seasonal and cool looking.

Bright, clear copper orange colour, large tan head, bit on the fizzy side. No lacing.

Touch of earthiness sneaks throught the pumpkin spice.

Crisp clean and spicy. Clean graininess, slightly herbal character, but the main theme is the allpice and cinnamon. Finishes slightly dry and quite neutral.

Lot's of carbonation. Found the texture to be on the watery side compared to Alley Kat's pumpkin beer.

Nice seasonal beer. Refreshing and easy to drink. (510 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 341 ml brown bottle, part of a 4-pack. Pours out an impressive bright clear dark amber hue, creamy off-white head that slowly settles.

Robust aroma of well-blended pumpkin spice, earthy vegetable, and light caramel malt.

Clean grains in the flavour, along with that balanced pumpkin spice, and a mild earthy finish.

Medium-full mouthfeel, brisk carbonation, smooth texture.

Probably my favourite of the pumpkin beers I've tried so far, and much better than last year's offering, it makes me glad that I held off until now to review it. Definitely worth getting your fill of while it lasts this time around. (617 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,340 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a bubbly clear deep amber with one thumb of tan head that dissipated to a very light ring
S - strong cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg spice mix, light pumpkin, bready malt and light caramel
T - same spices attack the taste buds, the pumpkin is almost masked by them, bready malt and light leafy taste, very tasty but a little lacking in pumpkin
M - spice tickles the nostrils, fairly carbonated and light, a little thin
D - very tasty but more of a spiced beer than a pumpkin beer which is somewhat disappointing, almost like a winter warmer, light enough to be very drinkable, just needs to kick up the feature ingredient more (627 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been in search of the best pumpkin. This may not be it, but it's a great one. It is aromatic, pretty in the glass, and an acceptable entry.

It's a bit sweet on the aftertaste. The overall drinkability is very good. It makes me wonder what would happen if it were a bit yeastier and had a Belgian kind of taste. That's what I want to drink.

The name threw me off on BA - PUMPKIN - in English. (398 characters)

Photo of bamadog
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up the other day, and it took me a while to find it on the site as mine is printed in English and is just called St-Ambroise Pumpkin. Review is from notes taken on 8/26/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice deep coppery color with some slight ruby highlights; starts with a one finger off-white head that fades quickly to a full and uneven skim; body is very clear and shows moderate carbonation; a few spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Nice pumpkin pie and the spices that come along with it - cinnamon and nutmeg; bit of a crackery and bready maltiness -- quite robust overall.

Taste: Pretty much just like the smell -- lots of the pumpkin pie-like scents and and the spices of cinnamon and nutmeg; bit of a buttery and cracker-like bready maltiness as well.

Mouthfeel: Body is a little thin -- how I wish that someone would make a pumpkin ale that's a little thicker and creamier, perhaps this should be my next homebrew project; carbonation is strong and nearly sharp; a moist finish.

Drinkability: Not too bad, but there are definitely some better options out there that I'm more excited about. (1,158 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of becktone
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes 10-26-09

Eye:Deep copper color and ridiculously clear. This beer looks great to the eye. I would like more from the head though. It starts out with nice formation but retention just lacks. I mean this looks like a thin blanket, just a thin film covering the top of the beer. All in all pretty good looking just needs work on retention I think, that or its my glass.

Nose: Wow, I mean seriously this one smells like pumpkin pie. The blend of spices is right and there is pumpkin evident in the aroma...I'm even getting the aroma of the crust of the pie. This one really does it for me. After the initial sniff I go again and can start to pick apart this brew's aroma. Cinnamon is evident and foremost, but not overwhelming. Its easy to tell its there and maybe its that it comes through the most in the end of the aroma, the beginning is a conglomerate of spices but cinnamon lingers and is the easiest to pick out. Clove is next easiest to pick out quickly followed by nutmeg. However, in the big picture they all blend nicely, as in the first whif I had of this beer.

Tongue: Spices come through easily. However, unlike the aroma it doesn't have the same pumpkin character. Here, its more cut and dried. Each spice is there and you can pick them all up. Yet, they still work all together to give the impression of pumpkin pie. The aroma, on the other hand smelled like pumpkin pie right off the bat, here, in the taste, you get the impression...the idea of pumpkin pie. Clove and nutmeg are forefront of all the spice, and its all supported by a nice strong malt backbone. Cinnamon provides some dryness to the beer. This is a great beer, and I'll put it up there with Dogfish Head Punkin' or actually just under it....but its a damn good beer. Definitely one of the better pumpkin ales out there.

Feel and Drinkability: Body is a bit to thin if you ask me. I'd like something a bit thicker, a bit creamier. Carbonation adds to the lighter and thinner feel of this beer. Carbonation is just a bit to active, I'm not saying there should be less, but I think that the carbonation should be finer. Its just a bit too coarse, seems to scrub the palate too much. I mean there's nothing wrong with the way it is, but I think it could be better if it were different. The body here isn't actually light or thin, but the carbonation makes it seem that way. As aforementioned this one has some dryness to it. This is an easy drinking beer, and I'll not hesitate to buy it again. However, for the price I'd rather go for Schlafly Pumpkin a six-pack at the same price as this four-pack and a superior pumpkin ale. Still this is a pumpkin ale I'd definitely recommend. Pumpking, Wyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin, Schlafly, Dogfish, St. Ambroise...That's, as far as I've had, the best out there. (2,795 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (947 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of jbonapar
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Nice 330ml bottle with pumpkins on the front.

Smell - Spicy, pumpkin pie (obviously). Cinnamon and nutmeg are strong in the sent.

Taste- Again, nice pumpkin pie flavor with a bit too much of overpowering hops. Would likely benefit form a sweeter slightly maltier brew.

Nice October beer that you can enjoy one after the other. (343 characters)

Photo of ZorPrime
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First time I try this type of beer. The beer is dark orange color. The head is so nice and typical of this brewery. I like it. The aroma is cinnamon with some ginger notes. Cloves too? On the taste side, it is slightly less intense. I would also say that it is more caramel on the taste, thus the malts are more presents. Slightly sugary. In the mouth, the beer feels mellow, like honey a little bit. The carbonation is present and the beer is lightly bitter to absolutely no bitterness.

I wouldn't drink that all evening, too sugary... (537 characters)

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine season brought in for Halloween this year by the LCBO for my consuming enjoyment, this one form next door.

Citrouille poured much darker then I'd expected a rich clear mahogany. The medium light carbonation gifted a fine off white head with spots of brown interspersed.

Now this certainly smells like pumpkin pie. There was a big burst of pumpkin right up front followed by earthy honey notes. Allspice cinnamon and faint hints of ginger mingled about with the cinnamon definitely taking the upper hand. Some nice clean citrus esters were hinted at throughout as well.

Cinnamon was the first big flavor and was right up front lending slight peppery sensation the ginger no doubt also contributing to this. Allspice, nutmeg and clove notes leant a earthy taste. The breadiness of the roast malts added a nice pie crust sort of feel which really suited the whole beer. The pumpkin while not adding a ton of flavor gave the beer quite a fine tongue coating body. The hopping was very subdued with malt and spice providing the majority of the flavor.

This was a very enjoyable beer. The only thing I had a hang-up upon was that the cinnamon was pretty robust at times and I feel it could have been slightly toned down for balance. (1,244 characters)

Photo of countrocula
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Body is a tenné, burnt orange. head is a caramel tinged cream, about 1.5 fingers high.

Smell is creamy cinnamon and clove. Tinge of booze and a cedary hop presence.

Taste is delicious pumpkin, slightly sweet. Only drawback is a strange tang that collects on the back of the palette.

Mouth is satisfying, mild and not too watery.

Overall I am impressed with this brew as it's got just the right amount of sweetness with a great spice balance. I am going to kill this 4-pack quickly. (513 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a brown to orange color, pretty clear. Thick white fluffy head holds together very well. Just a few spots of lace.

Nose full of cinnamon, allspice. Some sugar pumpkin and vegetable aroma follows. Very pleasant. Very close to pie with whipped cream.

A bit of a darker base malt up front. Fair amount of sweetness. A hint of pumpkin bitterness. Some spice, with a cinnamon sugar finish that lingers on the palate for a while.

Medium body, carbonation seems a little heavy. Not much of a trace of alcohol. An enjoyable, non-imperial pumpkin. (563 characters)

Photo of bobsy
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

At first pour, this doesn't look like a pumpkin ale - its far too dark, and seems to edge too much towards brown. That is, of course, until you hold it up to the light where it reveals a redolent orange. A small white head fizzles away to a wispy cape and fails to give any lace. The appearance is a bit disappointing, and to be frank, it just looks like a crappy rousse. Things get better quickly with the aroma, though, which is teeming with spice. Ginger leads off with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg in support. There's a hint of meaty pumpkin underpinning everything.

Hmmm... the flavour is good, and sessionable for a pumpkin, but also not what I expected. A lot of pumpkin beers really accentuate the spice, and this is what you come to look for in your purchase. The nose had me thinking this was a cookie cutter for the style, but the taste says otherwise. The spicing is very toned down, and while all the notes from the aroma are still present, they are not allowed to dominate. This leaves the floor clear for some meaty pumpkin, brown sugar and toasted nuts. The flavour is less interesting for the underplayed spices, but the beer is more sessionable for it, so its some good and some bad. The body is medium-light, with carbonation somewhere in the middle for the style.

It made an enjoyable quaff, but you expect more from McAuslan, and for once they don't deliver. I want an exceptional pumpkin, but I got an average one. Thanks to ritzkiss for the in-person swap. (1,480 characters)

Photo of cfrancis
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the best pumpkin beer that I've ever had. Aroma is cinnamon and clove. I love the smell of cinnamon. Initial taste is crisp with a smooth texture. Most of the flavours come out in the aftertaste. Pumpkin spice, cinnamon and clove become very prominent and give a great mouthfeel. Great beer, can't wait till next year! (326 characters)

St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale) from McAuslan Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.