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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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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 14
Gots: 12 | 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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3/5  rDev -18%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jan 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jzlyo, Dec 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

lgmol, Dec 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Oakenator, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

enelson, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

stakem, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

NonicPanic, Dec 05, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

woodychandler, Nov 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

AngusOg, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

andy1701, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of 57md
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

57md, Nov 24, 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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

esto, Nov 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

hilgart1, Nov 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

PatGreer, Nov 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

largadeer, Nov 04, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

TheHammer, Nov 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

Roland45s, Nov 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

deonreds, Oct 30, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a mild amber color with blonde highlights and a thin head into my glass. This is not the first great pumpkin ale I've had.

Lots of nutmeg. Bread. Pumpkin pie in all.

Imagine the sweetest, crispiest pumpkin pie crust you can think of. Now, torch that. Describes the flavor.

Mouthfeel is more of the same.

It is what it is. A decent seasonal ale.

Brad007, Oct 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

JohnK17, Oct 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

FadetoBock, Oct 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Davepoolesque, Oct 28, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev +9%

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.

StonedTrippin, Oct 28, 2013
St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale) from McAuslan Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.