St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale) - McAuslan Brewing
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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.
11-29-2013 08:06:18 | More by woodychandler
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.
11-24-2013 05:15:53 | More by 57md
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.
11-04-2013 04:25:17 | More by TheHammer
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.
10-30-2013 00:43:26 | More by Brad007
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.
10-28-2013 17:41:00 | More by StonedTrippin
St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale) from McAuslan Brewing
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