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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

344 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 15
Gots: 23 | 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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Ratings: 344 | Reviews: 159
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of McAuslan Brewing's St-Ambroise Citrouille yesterday for $2.69 at The Lager Mill. I've never had this beer before and I'm interested to see how it stacks up, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice design to it that goes well with the name and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a clear caramel amber color that took on more of an amber red color when held to the light with two finger worth of really creamy light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left hardly any lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish the lacing was better.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the pumpkin being the first to show up and it imparts a big meaty and natural pumpkin aroma that goes right into the spices with all the typical pumpkin pie spices showing up with the nutmeg sticking out slightly more than the other spices. Towards the end I get a light malty aroma with light bready and sweet malt like aromas. This beer had a pretty nice aroma that was very true to style, I have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with a watery malt flavor being the first to show up along with some grainy, bread crust and light sweet malt like flavors. Up next comes the pumpkin which is a little lighter than it was in the aroma, but it still imparts the same aspects and it's followed by the spices which are a good deal lighter than they were in the aroma. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a watery grain, light pumpkin and light spice like aftertaste. This was a decent tasting beer, but i thought it was a little bland and I wish the taste was more similar to the aroma.

M- Smooth, crisp, a little dry on the finish, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was a decent example of a Pumpkin Ale, it was pretty true to style and it was going in a nice direction, but when I got to the taste it was a little lighter than I would like. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, a little dry, not too filling and the taste did just an ok job at holding my attention and I think one is enough for me since I don't have the urge to drink another 12oz of it. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma and appearance, they were both pretty nice and they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste and drinkability, they were just a little weak in my opinion. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I wouldn't recommend it as a good Pumpkin Ale, it's easy to find a better one. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer and it turned out to be a pretty close to average example of a Pumpkin Ale, with nothing really notable when I got to the taste. IT's not a favorite Pumpkin Ale and it made for just an Ok first impression for this brewery and I would be interested in trying more of their beer. Better luck next time guys this one needs just a little work.

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Celtics17
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Pretty solid pumpkin beer. I've had better, but the taste lasts. It's full of flavor, and nice character.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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1/5  rDev -72.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of McMatt7
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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

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3.52/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.16/5  rDev +14%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

I had this beer for the first time roughly a year ago and it was far past its expiration; really didn't like it that much at all. Having it again now though was awesome.

Let me preface this by saying this is my first and only real pumpkin beer. Anyways, surprisingly clear amber colored body with about a finger of head. Retention was minimal as was lacing. On the nose cinnamon and other spices associated with fall come. Not too much pumpkin, sweet malt provides a nice base and is very reminiscent of their "rousse". On the palate spices come through on the forefront with small traces of pumpkin. Bitterness is restrained as is hop character.

Overall I love this style its easily drinkable at 5% abv and is more or less just something fun to drink in the fall. That being said I'm buying more of this and brewing my own pumpkin ale.

Photo of ksbeernuts
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on October 5, 2014.

The pour is a reddish orange, which is a bit of a surprise to me. Not a lot of head and it fades away quickly.

The aroma has a pleasant enough nutmeg and pumpkin spice character but there is a kind of grape fruitiness. Not grapefruit - red grapes. Yeast.

The body is better than medium.

The taste is on the sweet side with that same pumpkin spiciness that I would expect. There is a lingering bitterness and a fruity finale. Interesting.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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