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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: 347
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 7.03%
Wants: 16
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 08-31-2007

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. pack of beers picked up for $9.95 CDN.

Appearance - Shockingly this beer is pumpkin colored (sarcasm). 1 finger of head is poured, leaving quickly with no lacing. No white cap of soapy wisps left on top either. Not terribly impressive to look at but then...

Smell - Rich pumpkin pie, with whipped cream on it, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar. Smells like desert at Thanksgiving.

Taste - Quite a bit of pumpkin here which is good, the sweetness in the aforementioned pumpkin pie and brown sugar is noticeable on the front end. However there's also a soda-ish quality to the taste in the way the carbonation effects the beer. I think that a thicker and creamier beer would have elevated this from good beer to really damn good.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation and crispness, but again the soda-ish quality makes and appearance here.

Overall - I enjoyed this more than the Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale last week, by virtue of more pumpkin smells and flavors. Definitely a seasonable offering I would offer to anyone interested in trying pumpkin beer. (1,084 characters)

Photo of AnHeroicHippo
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, at about 4 degrees Celsius.

Appearance – Light brown, maybe almost pumpkin-hued; no head retention to speak of; a bit of lacing.

Smell – Warm, winter spices: nutmeg, cardamom, maybe a hint of cinnamon; reminds me of pumpkins, but I'm not sure it smells like actual pumpkins – more like gingerbread.

Taste – Barely any taste at all… some mild warm spices, mostly nutmeg. Tried waiting fifteen minutes for the beer to warm, but still barely anything. Unimpressed. I remember this tasting much more last year; how odd.

Mouthfeel – Low carbonation; no taste of alcohol to speak of; a bit dry.

Overall – a bit underwhelming overall, but a perfect spice profile reminiscent of tasty pumpkin pie. (It's possible the taste was attenuated somewhat by what I was eating… will give this another try soon.) (839 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Dark reddish copper and very clear. Pours to 1-2 fingers of bubbly head, falling fast to a thin collar and no lacing.

S: Touch of sweet malt, pumpkin spice (especially cinnamon).

T: Sweet malt but not overly, pumpkin spice and cinnamon; a touch of hops help dry out the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation; smooth and bubbly.

O: A nice malty brew with a nice pumpkin character. (442 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper brown with a beige head.

Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove are pungent.

Flavor echoes the aroma, but with a bit of a sour character and some nutty malt thrown in. There's a cola note to it.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation.

Not fond of the sour character or the cola note, but it's definitely got the pumpkin thing going on. (371 characters)

Photo of souvenirs
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle bought yesterday at the BCLS on Commercial Drive, 4x341ml for $9.95 + deposit.

A: clear and fairly dark orange-brown, minimal head, visible carbonation.
S: Pumpkin pie! Mostly the spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves?) but I do also smell the pumpkin.
T: Follows the smell. Spicy, but not overly so. Very enjoyable.

Would I buy it again? Definitely! If I can get more before it sells out, that is. (408 characters)

Photo of FrostBlast
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

341mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Reddish orange brown with no head whatsoever. Even stirring it a little doesn't build a head - it does seem to have good carbonation, though.

SMELL : First nose is strongly dominated by malt and nutmeg. Second nose somehow weakens the smells and releases a softer herbal aroma. Third nose is the same.

TASTE : Tastes follows the nose, but adds in a strong gingerbread component that's extremely pleasing. I can imagine myself drinking this beer on a cold winter evening with some typical xmas meals. The taste of this beer is definitely its strong point. I keep coming back for another sip, rolling it around in my mouth, releasing the warming spice and gingerbread aromas. Fantastic.

MOUTHFEEL : More thickness would definitely make this beer even more pleasing. This is the kind of product you want to drink after a long winter's day : you need something consistent and this doesn't quite cut it. It could definitely use more substance. Carbonation is pretty high to my taste (I mention this a lot) but a few swings around the glass and it's all good.

OVERALL : A very good, very surprising beer if you've never had it. Although I do believe I know my beers well, it was my first pumpkin ale, so I'm guessing I'll have to go around tasting more of these beers, and I might come back to the McAuslan for another review. In the meantime, this is my opinion.

I bought a 4-pack, popped one for this review, and I'll definitely keep the other 3 for cold evenings. They brew this at just the right time : before winter. (1,649 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Dissipates quickly. No real lacing.

S: Heavy does of nutmeg and pumpkin. Nor much else.

T: Pumpkin... i guess, tea leaf, hints of fall spice. Diacetyl.

M: Slightly sweet, slightly bitter. Kind of shallow.

D: Session style.

Atmosphere is okay. Slight head, no lacing. Characteristic fall spice and pumpkin. Shallow fix of pumpkin and spice, and a little bitter tea leaf. Overall, this is a decent quaff. (514 characters)

Photo of DeFaz
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

It seems that pumpkin ales with an ABV of less than 7% are often left out of the conversation (well, the same could be said for IPAs). It was nice to find a quite decent pumpkin ale with an ABV of only 5%, one that has a lot of flavor. There's a lot of cinnamon going on here, in both the smell and the taste, and it's sweet, but not overly sweet. There are other spices too, and what you're left with is a pretty hearty beer that's a little spicy and a little sweet with a moderate amount of pumpkin flavor. The carbonation seems to be a bit over the top, and this doesn't have the complexity of some of the best pumpkin ales, such as Dogfish's, but it's got enough balance to make it a pretty good choice. (707 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.5 oz. bottle, with a indecipherable coded production date on the back, but definitely 2013 vintage. Poured into a Belgian snifter.

A: Pours dark reddish-copper; very good clarity; small tan head reduces to a thin ring in about a minute. Some lacing lines continue to form.

Smell: Moderately spicy, with a well-balanced mix of cinnamon, allspice, and other 'Fall spices'. Hints of burnt sugar, vanilla and pumpkin.

T: Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice hit the tongue and indicate an over-spiced ale, but it's not. These quickly diminish and mix with some pumpkin puree and light malts. Very tasty and well balanced, considering the prominent spicing.

M: Smooth, medium-full body, with enough carbonation to impart a moderately lively feel.

Overall: One of the best pumpkin beers I can remember, including ome big, high ABV imperials. Highly recommended. (861 characters)

Photo of Tuey13
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St-Ambroise pint chalice... The color is a beautiful copper - orange with a off-white head that disappears very quickly.
Smells wonderful.. Allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves.. With a hint of breadiness as well.
Very nice on the taste... Buttery pumpkin melds perfectly with the spices to deliver a great fall experience. I love that this is low in alcohol... Can session a few while still getting a full range of flavor on the palate.
If only they were available in 6 packs instead of 4!
I'd definitely buy again!
J'aime Québec! (547 characters)

Photo of frankiepop
4.49/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love pumpkin beer first of all, and this is my favorite so far out the 5 or 6 that I have sampled. This one poured into a tulip glass with a small head that dissipated rather quickly. I marked it down a half point or so for that. The color was very nice for a pumpkin brew though, almost perfect. A bit dark red-orange brown hues shine nicely,

Strong aromas of sweet pumpkin and spices emitted easily from the glass for a wondrous scent to enjoy.

The beer is mild yet strong of pumpkin. Slightly sweet and nicely spiced. This does not have the strong better spices of a southern pumpkin pie. No this is mild. Strong with cinnamon is pretty big and only light with recognizable cloves. Malty yeasty with a slight balance of hops.

The texture is the most difficult area of a pumpkin beer and this has a nice ale like balance to carbonation. Just perfect in my book. Thickish. Creamy. A tremendous advancement in the art of pumpkin ale making. Hats off to the Canadian brewers here. Well done.

I compared St-Ambroise Citrouille to Blue Moon Pumpkin beer. Head to head. I really appreciate BMs Pumpkin. Blue Moon does win the appearance with a nicer head though it lacks the darkness of St Ambroise. St. Ambroise wipes it out in the aromatic arena. No contest. Taste went to St Ambroise as a mellow ale with a lot of pumpkin though Blue Moon was close with a refreshing though lesser pumpkin flavors. Blue Moon would be a great sipper after a hard day harvesting crops. Finally Blue Moon has a extremely high carbonation that is very unique that accents the refreshing qualities. However, St A is tough competition and has a wondrous texture that is 2nd to very few. Winner St A. but BMP was quite close.

I recommend a high quality beverage like this should be only complimented by the highest of musical art forms of the region. I recommend the "musique actuelle" scene start with electronic turntable artist Martin Tétreault's cd entitled "Des pas et des mois" with Rene Lussier. Another excellent choice might be "The Frankenstein Symphony" by Francois Dhumont that he contributed on. (2,095 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5 oz. bottle, with a production date on the back but it's a code so I'm not going to bother with that. I should probably note that my bottle in Illinois is a little different than the one pictured, with the larger label reading St-Ambroise Pumpkin, and the smaller label at the bottleneck reads St-Ambroise Citrouille. Excited to try this beer, as I remember enjoying the St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a dark bloody copper looking color, with a finger of tan head that disappears within a minute.

S - Fresh roasted pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. Caramelized malts, perhaps? Smells like the typical fall spices. Some dried figs & dates creeping out as the beer warms. Burnt brown sugar.

T - Creamy and smooth. Slight carbonation tickles the tongue. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice again. Very airy and creamy pumpkin taste. Like whipped pumpkin puree. A very tasty beer.

M - Smooth and light. Very creamy texture. Slightly carbonated. I enjoy the creamy feel of the beer paired well with the slight carbonation, and I think they work well together.

Overall, it is the second nice beer I've had by McAuslan Brewing so far, and I'm looking forward to more. Definitely glad to have tried this, and I am impressed so far with what McAuslan has been putting out.

St-Ambroise Citrouille (Pumpkin Ale) ---3.5/5 (1,371 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle dark browm with a short tan head. Foam faded but never disappeared completely, spotty lace.
Nice aromas, spices more dominant than the pumpkin itself. Taste had the same allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, flavors. Nice complexity to this one, levels of flavor keep building on top of the caramel malt base. Good body with a full mouthfeel.
Some pumpkin beers have been kind of bland, but we really liked this one's flavor. (439 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Bolingbrook, IL
Date: "H241208:08" stamped on label
Glass: Tulip

St. Ambroise's Citrouille is a surprisingly rich pumpkin ale: the malt, pumpkin, buttery diacetyl, and spice tastes are "deep" enough to make this taste and smell, at times, like an imperial pumpkin ale without the higher ethanol content. The body is somehow able to pull off feeling full as well, despite the fairly low ethanol content. This was an affordably priced pumpkin ale that also tasted rich and loaded with the flavors I tend to find appealing in a pumpkin ale: not a fizzy, watery, spicy mess. One I will look for next fall.

Pours a 1cm tall head of slightly off-white foam, composed of bubbles that are medium to large in size. Dissipation is a bit faster than average, the head lasting a minute or less. Lacing is minimal to nonexistent, a few specks and small dots scattered across the perimeter of the glass. Body is a dark copper brown, with light bringing out slightly brighter orange and pale copper hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, streaming up from the center and sides of the glass.

Aroma is well-spiced with cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg, along with some bready malt-influenced sweetness that gives this a hint of cinnamon roll scent. Generally heavy on malt and spices, very much like a baked pumpkin pie.

The beer is delicious and rich, fairly full of cinnamon, nutmeg, bread, buttery diacetyl, and caramel characters, with minor notes of baked butternut squash. If the cinnamon was a bit more intense, or the squash a bit less, this could be less delicious. This year, though, St. Ambroise happened upon a solid balance among all the ingredients. Front of palate picks up strong cinnamon and nutmeg flavors, along with malty/bready sweetness, and pumpkin/squash flavors. Middle of palate brings forward greater modest caramel malt sweetness with a background of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and diacetyl, contributing a buttery maltiness that really reinforces the richness of the beer. Back of palate picks up very hearty caramel malt flavors, buttery diacetyl, warming cinnamon, and rich pumpkin/squash notes: perhaps the best part of the beer. Aftertaste of lingering sweet bread meets cinnamon and light pumpkin/squash flavor, again reminding me of faded pumpkin cinnamon rolls.

Beer is medium-bodied, with medium levels of carbonation that are a bit too much at first, but a few minutes after pouring, the beer settles to a fairly light, crisp mouthfeel with comfortable fizziness. Closes semi-dry, with some stickiness across the palate. This feels pleasant to drink, better than average, but not amazing. (2,643 characters)

Photo of mintjellie
2.38/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep copper with red highlights. Thin, poorly retained head. No lace. Weak spice and cookie dough aroma. Diacetyl. Mild biscuit and pie spice flavour. Buttery. Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is watery thin and greasy slick. Quite disappointing. (263 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,088 characters)

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

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich golden-orange hue with a haze-free body and thin finger of frothy ivory foam which dissipated quickly. Not too bad.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a bit of a Vienna lager character to it. Pumpkin pie spices are present with a little bit of actual pumpkin aroma. Decent, but it's a bit sweet and a little messy.

Taste: sweet malt with a big dose of cinnamon and nutmeg which were not nearly as prominent as in the aroma. The cinnamon is close to being over-done, but it creates a great balance that simply wasn't there at all in the aroma. Easily the most cinnamon I've ever experienced in a beer, but this brew is all the better for it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a good creaminess. Quite satisfying.

Overall: this is kind of a bizarre beer; it lacks balance in the aroma but the crazy cinnamon brings out the best of the flavor. Put this on the list of maybes. (953 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A very deep shade of amber brown, clear and fizzy with a 1/4 inch of head that seems to clear as I type. Nothing left no lacing or any head.

S - Smell is strong allspice,nutmeg and cinnamon . Reminds me of "Screaming Jacks Pumpkin Spice" lager that everyone bitched about and they pulled it from the shelf's. Smells downright good to me!

T - Nutmeg and pumpkin giving me a vegital taste. To me it kind of taste like a watered down "Dogfish Punkin ale" which I downright hate. Base must be a brown ale. Even though its like Punkin I can actually drink this one since its more than just brown malt and nutmeg. Who am I kidding both are pretty undrinkable.

M - Medium, watery yet kind of chewy. Seems like the ABV is noticeable.

Overall I am not sure who thought a base of a pumpkin ale should be a brown ale but it only works for some. To me I will take a pumpkin ALE any day. Pass on this since I paid almost 3 bucks for a single! (937 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of 4ster
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute type glass.

A: Pours a darkish copper/cinnamon colour, light bubbles with initial frothy head, caramel in colour with large bubbles, retention fades pretty quickly with some light lacing.

S: Very fresh and light on the nose.... fresh pumpkin smells like they were just picked and cut open and fresh spices especially ginger with some whole nutmeg and cinnamon.

T: Starts off with malt tastes under laid with light fresh pumpkin , a bit syrupy/caramel but not really sweet, then the spice of the beer really takes over. Light amounts of cinnamon, nutmeg and I get an decent amount of cloves, finishing off with an ample amount of fresh ginger.

M: Fairly high carbonation that hits your tongue at the start, and also as it goes down, which is refreshing but also distracting from the tastes a bit, otherwise everything is very well balanced in the flavour department and undrinkability (prob. also due to the only 5% abv)

O: Overall one of the better tasting pumpkin ales if not for any specific reason other than it is a bit different than others, though as others note this would be more aptly labeled a fall spiced ale. This one stands out as being nicely balanced, not over powering in any one way, and the addition of ginger sets it apart from the other usual blends of pumpkin pie spices, as if your beer was coming out of a can of pre-made pie. I find it quite refreshing but if you really want something heavier on pumpkin, or with more malt complexity, it's not quite there. I also find the carbonation to be a bit much unfortunately that distracts from the balance/subtlety of the beer... So because of the carbonation and if you aren't a huge fan of ginger, you may get tired of it after a few. We bought a few 4 packs of this, this fall, as it goes down pretty easily, goes with different foods and with company (and it was the first on the market we saw!) I'd recommend trying it for sure, and even buying a 4 pack, but maybe not more. (1,971 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pumpkin ale is a clear orange-brown. It makes an effort to develop the head and manages respectably, though with difficulty. Retention is moderate, and a foam is left in its place that drops a bit of spotty lacing behind it.
Pumpkin flesh is hearty on the nose with a good dose of malt backbone and spicing that is on the higher end and stops short of going overboard. There's a light sweetness and ever-so-slight buttery note as well.
This is a pretty good pumpkin ale, though spicing's a little harder on the tongue. A very light dose of herbal hops shows up as well. Spicing is mostly nutmeg and cinnamon, but something kicking like ginger root peeks out in the finish as well. Most of the notes come out and mingle better after it's been out awhile.
Crispness is here in the feel, but it seems like it's being forced out of the carbonation; interestingly, said carbonation doesn't really add any smoothness. Something sort of flattens out in the middle here. It's not bad, but for the malts support and the mediumish body, there should be more. (1,053 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of maclean25
3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This came as a 4-pack of bottles for $10 (plus tax) in BC. It is the third pumpkin ale I've had this year.

It poured with a clear brown body and lots of foamy head with a light-brown tinge. The aroma is dominated by ginger, gingerbread, and nutmeg. In the taste I get rootbeer first. It is not sweet and is strong on the spices. It is strong on the typical pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg. Searching for pumpkin taste... It is there but subtle. It feels heavy and has too much carbonation. I actually like it as a spiced beer (but it needs less carbonation) but I've had better pumpkin ales. (606 characters)

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