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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: 343
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 16
Gots: 21 | 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 paxkey
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured in a nonic. big cascading head. beer is clear amber/orange pumpkin colored.
head is fluffy and creamy. nice lacing.

pumpkin spice is wafting from the glass. there is a beer smell prominent a mix of hops and malts and then pumpkin sits right there with it. smells spicy, clove, smells tempting.

starts out with a rich hop bitterness, the medium body and slightly chewy texture finishes off with strong clove notes that turns into a mild and delicious pumpkin taste.

a little pumpkin on the aftertaste. this beer is delicious and the pumpkin is subtle yet present.

the bitterness is great and makes it hard not to chug this beer. the pumpkin taste is there in the background and i love this stuff.
definitely a sessionable beer.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. My label has "Pumpkin" instead of "Citrouille" if that means anything.

2.5 A: Clear orange amber color. Just one finger of head that fell almost instantly and left no lacing.

3.5 S: Lots of pumpkin spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, the allspice family. Not much in terms of actual pumpkin. As much of a sucker as I am for these spices, overall the nose seems somewhat hollow. By that I mean that the base beer seems to be nothing more than a vehicle to deliver spices. Perhaps a bit of breadiness, but not much going on on the malt front.

3.0 T: It appears my nose was onto something. The spices are there and doing their thing just fine, but the rest of the beer never showed up. There's just a touch of breadiness and maybe the lightest touch of caramel. In any case, there isn't enough maltiness in here to make me happy. Again, I'm not really picking up any pumpkin.

2.5 M: Lighter body. Good moderate carbonation. The light body makes sense given the lack of maltiness in the taste. Give me more malt and thus a thicker body and I'll be much more happy.

3.0 D: Far too many breweries adopt the strategy of brewing a weak, mediocre beer, adding spices, and calling it a pumpkin beer. It's frustrating since they are amazing when done well.

Photo of jrenihan
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best Before May 31, 2012.

Beer is dark amber, a bit of a reddish tint. Good sized white head. Moderate retention- fades to a film before too long. Little retention.

Smell is pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and a bit of ginger- the expected pumpkin pie spices. A little bit bready.

Spices are all there in the taste, along with the pumpkin. The flavours are nice, but there isn't much else along with them. Finish has a bit of a ginger ale flavour to it. Nice but not compelling- comes across as a fairly simple beer despite all the spices. I don't get much of a backbone.

Mouthfeel is sort of weak- carbonation is fairly high, body is on the light side. Ends up being rather irritating.

Overall, decent pumpkin ale but not great. I love ginger, but I don't think it works well in this beer. The combination of the ginger and the high carbonation give it a ginger ale aftertaste that does not do it any favours.

Photo of bryehn
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear honey-copper colour with a large light beige head that doesn't leave much, if any lace before settling as a thin collar that's present throughout the glass.

Smells mostly of the spice blend; cinnamon, ginger nutmeg and cloves. Caramel malts, some pumpkin.

Spices are also up front in the taste. Nice hoppy bitterness, sweet malts and a mild dose of pumpkin. Dry finish with a wheat/grain tone.

Medium-bodied with very little carbonation. Bread-like sensation on the tongue with a slight oiliness. Crisp, grainy and spicy aftertaste.

Very easygoing and accessible pumpkin ale with a nice base that lets the spices shine. Could use a bit more body and pumpkin, but makes an excellent compliment to a hearty stew.

Photo of ConchobarNessa
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Orange-Brown with no haze at all. Somewhat reminiscent of maple syrup. It also has plenty of those greatly appreciated champagne like bubble lines that add so much to the appearance of a beer and hits at a spot on carbonation.

S-Smells great with all the right stuff in the right spots. Initial smell is that of spiced pumpkin and does alot to remind me of a fall pumpkin bread or even spice bread. Great smell but a little light on the pumpkin; the spice takes most of the room.

T- the taste is great, the most noticeable ingredient to me is, again, the spices. A little on the sweet side at first but it takes a turn towards the hops and does not disappoint. I'd split the taste into three distinct phases, first the sugar and spice then into spice and pumpkin and finally into a hopped up pumpkin bread. Which in my opinion is exactly where you want to be with a pumpkin ale.

M- Good, consistent carbonation even through my swirling habits. It never lost its edge and also made my tongue prickle from the tiny bubbles.

O- I love seasonal stuff, mostly because they make pictures of that particular season pop into my head and fall is by far my favorite. I have a special place for pumpkin ales in my heart and this one is one that I always stock up on when possible. It isn't that expensive but can be hard to find out of season since it has a wide distribution and limited production size. Must try and a must stock for seasonal freaks.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amyliz4 picked this bottle up at Belmont Party Supply in Dayton. Served in a "JP & Tyler's Wedding" pint glass in our hotel room.

Poured a copper-orange color with a thin off-white head and not much in the way of retention or lacing. The nose was a bit plain with some faint spice and a bit of bread and caramel. The flavor was better, blending the caramel malt and spicing quite well. Medium body and a good cinnamon kick to the finish. Well-balanced. This was a good pumpkin beer.

Photo of peensteen
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper/amber colour, ring of white head with light lace. Smell is of cinnamon and spice, pumpkin and malt aromas, caramel with some light sweet notes. Taste is full of pumpkin and spice, nice malt bill as well. lightly hoppy, cinnamon and nutmeg finish and aftertaste. Medium carbonation, light-med feel, medium body. This is one of my favourite pumpkin beers, though it is not the best one out there I find it very easy drinking and great this time of year.

Photo of Jesse13713
2.59/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single of this for $2.99. Poured into a Samuel Adams Oktoberfest stein.

Appearance - A foamy, creamy rootbeer-float-like head. Caramelly brown with little orange. Slightly opaque brown.

Smell - Weak spice and gourd. Not much else.

Taste - A slightly milky pumpkin flavor. Very light cinnamon and nutmeg. Slightly tart with malt.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Medium-bodied. Weak on spice for the most part. Creamy. Overall pretty forgettable and bland.

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An average pour got half a finger of fizzy head which dissipated quickly. The body is a nice deep copper-orange. Lots of bubbles rushing to the top of the beer.

Pumpkin and floral aromas compete with each other for the most attention. Nutmeg and clove are good notes that pop in a little later.

Pumpkin and floral flavors are there, but very weak up front. The beer gets more interesting as it goes, because the nutmeg, cinnamon and clove make for a good combination. It is held back though by an odd underlying aftertaste that is bitter but not your usual hop style bitter.

Decent carbonation, this beer is medium bodied, light to medium stickiness and a little dry on the tail end. Goes down easy, but that aftertaste I get kills it.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Four pack from the LCBO. I'm hoping to brew some pumpkin ale myself so I figured Id try some new ones for inspiration.

Poured into a nonic. Amber-ruby, very clear, about a solid half inch of froth, some lacing.

Nose is pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses and mild clove.

Tastes pretty fair, actually, though I feel the brew is thin malt wise. The spices are spot on, though - the usual suspects are there, and it finishes with an extra bit of pepper and clove.

Thin bodied like a red lager, a bit oily.

Above average pumpkin brew, but I still feel like this could have been fuller. Felt a bit thin, but the flavors are all there.

Photo of Antikythera
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I saw this in the liquor store and grabbed it. My husband said, "Make sure it's sincere."

A: wow, what a beautiful colour in a beer. Thin pale head over a deep red-amber beer that's pretty much the same colour as the brown glass bottle.

S: flowery, spicy. Almost like a coriander witbier but more perfumey.

T: pleasant, but where's the pumpkin? I guess a pumpkin is a pretty subtly flavoured thing. I'm slightly disappointed that the flavour is not more complex than it is. Still getting coriander.

M: not too heavy but it lingers in the mouth. Nice.

O: pleasant enough but far less special than other St-Ambroise offerings -- I was recently introduced to the Framboise and was hoping for something like it.

Photo of MNFirefly
4.82/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best tasting pumpkin beers that I have enjoyed. I have a hard time finding this beer. But when I do find it, I really savor the flavor of this beer. I highly recommend this for the full pumpkin flavor and spicy tones that go with it.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark copper to amber body with a generous foamy light tan head packed densely with bubbles of carbonation, which patiently dissipates to a thin, yet sticky lacing.

Delicious aromas of pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon float from the glass.

The flavors are similar with tasty pumpkin, nutmeg, and similar spices and a touch of sweeter malt mid-palate. The finish comes back to the pumpkin and spices.

A touch light in body, too light at times, with medium carbonation and perhaps a bit too sweet.

Not a bad example, could use a fuller body and slightly less spice, but fairly nice overall.

Photo of Buggies
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a 4-pack of these. Not sure when this is released. Their site says Fall, so this may be a leftover from last year.

Pours a clear copper color with thin head. No lacing to speak of. Aromas of pumpkin pie spice as well as vegetable and caramel.

Very light bodied with a dry finish. Spice is there but weak. Some slight fruity and citrus notes as well.

Really not a lot going on with this one. And for the most part, it is unremarkable.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark amber colour—to be fair, it's almost what you'd call very dark pumpkin orange. Head is very fine, but a little filmy, only forming about two millimetres on the top of the glass. Some patchy lace, but the beer itself looks pretty thin.

Nose is very sweet, with lots of pumpkin spice and ripe pumpkin flavour. The spice is not very sharp, but cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar are the dominant characters. Quite heavy and flavoursome. A good pumpkin beer nose.

Taste is disappointing. Very fine and light body, with an empty front palate. Slight spice on the finish, but very little sweetness to back it up. A little pepper, some cinnamon, but the rounder, sweeter characters are missing. Feel is very light. Certainly missing something here.

Not a bad pumpkin beer, but falling into the general ennui I have for the style. I've still only had one or two pumpkin beers that taste like I feel they should. This, unfortunately, is not one of them, but it's probably above average.

Photo of liamt07
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from Jason, batch from this past fall. 341ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours russet with a transient offwhite head, translucent body and a collar is left for a head. Nose has some allspice, cinnamon, slight bread and a bit of caramel. Not alot of overt pumpkin. Taste is spice forward, more allspice and cinnamon akin to the nose. Light caramel notes as well. Some more breadiness. Prickly carbonation and a lighter feel than I'd like. Moderate drinkability, but more of a spiced ale than a distinct pumpkin ale. Nice, even in the offseason for this offering.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby-red colour, clear with fairly large carbonation bubbles. Head is modest, with a thin crown retaining. Nice sticky ring of lace on top. Decent.

Nose is very sweet; actually too sweet. A nice baked pumpkin smell is at the heart, but there's an overly malty molasses flavour overriding it. Nice touch of nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon, but I would really like the spice amped up and the sweetness toned down.

Taste is definitely better; there isn't that dominating molasses sweetness. The sweet flavours are still dominant, though, with baked pumpkin, taro and vanilla characters. Develops a slight grainy sourness that almost becomes toasty towards the end, and it's the hero for the sweetness as it drives it downwards into a milder and more potable flavour. Spice is gentle, but there: nutmeg is the standout with some clove and cardamom for good measure. It's a pleasant enough palate, really, although I've had palates that do more with pumpkin ale flavours without sacrificing balance and drinkability.

Mouthfeel is mostly smooth and a bit thick, although carbonation arises unnecessarily late-mid.

Drinkable enough, but I'm not sure they really extracted the full pumpkin potential out of this.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby/copper with a large but short-lived head. Nose shows loads of spices: heaps of ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon along with some spicy cloves. Very reminiscent of ginger bread and speculaas. No detectable pumpkin under the massive amount of spices although there is a little sweet malt and brown sugar. Same spices continue through as flavours, followed by some unpleasant chalky and grainy malt. Carbonation is too high and prickly.

Photo of mulder1010
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

341 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a near burnt orange color. Very opaque. Short lived dirty white head, at best 1/4 of a finger, very little head retention. Decent amount of carbonation showing with this.

S-- Spices. Allspice, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. More like pumpkin spices than real pumpkin. Not a bad nose at all,just a bit soft. More like pumpkin cheesecake than pie.

T-- More of the same spices and a bit more pumpkin. Kind of a perfume taste though. Nothing outstanding though.

M-- Medium high carbonation and light feel. The spices stand out more than the pumpkin. Ginger and nutmeg mostly with a little bit of allspice at the finish. Pretty average stuff really.

D-- Nothing bad but nothing great. Needs more of a pumpkin feel than a spice feel. Color is good, smell is close and body is really not. Would buy again but only if no other Pumpkin Ales were available. Hate to admit but actually miss the US Pumpkin beers. A lot more body and a lot more taste than this has.

Photo of ADZA
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is my first Pumpkin Ale so here goes and it pours a semi see through copper hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head and little lacing,wow the smell is definately different with aromas of pumpkin,perfume and lots of spices such as corriander and nutmeg predominantly,on taste you are first hit with a strong pumpkin flavour on first sip then the spices come to the forefront and it is rounded out with a perfumey slight bitterness and overall its an entriguing brew and with being my first pumpkin ale i have not tasted too much like this and for me even though i love pumpkin i dont think i like it in my brews but in saying that if i ever did see another Pumpkin Ale in my country id give it another shot.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A delightful harvest and pumpkin ale.

Beautiful dark amber colour, clear with golden hues. Spicy aroma followed by a malty sweet flavour, complemented with vanilla, pumpkin and pumpkin spice highlights. Pleasantly dry finish with little bitterness.

Photo of shambeano
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass.
A- very dark, orangy amber, with about an inch of bubbly head that slowly subsides, touch of lacing. pretty much transparent although dark.

S- cinnamon and cloves come through straight away, quite spicy. theres also a bit of sweetness in there, making it smell slightly like angostura bitters. very interesting, in a good way.

T- inititially tastes a touch watery and beery, but straight after the spices kick in, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. very much pumpkin pie like. finish has a very very slight bitterness, rounding it out nicely and reminding you that its a beer.

M- i was expecting that this would be a touch thicker, and initial wateriness was a bit underwhelming, however it seems to fill out a bit more mid-palate, becoming creamier. nice, bit i was expecting a touch more.

D- on a could evening i could easily sit back and enjoy several of these, a nice, and interesting beer.

Photo of flipper2gv
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice darker amber color, fully translucent. Head is light beige but doesn't last long (low retention). Low lacing as well.

S: Quite good pumpkin spicing like cinnamon, nutmeg, actual pumpkin and anis. Some brown sugar and molasses.

T: Very earthy tasting brew. The pumpkin is quite present as well as the cinnamon ad nutmeg. Quite light anis and good amount of brown sugar and molasses. No hops. Mineral water. Kind of odd but definately not bad.

M: Medium body along with medium to low carbonation. Not as lively as what I think would have been.

D: Easy to drink beer. Good balance overall.

Photo of fo5s
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tumbler. Pours light brown with hints of ruby. Decent 1 finger head.

Smell is roasted malts with a hint of pumpkin. Minimal hops or spices outside of the pumpkin/allspice.

Taste is sweet, light on the palate. Some pumpkin in the body, but neither spicy nor strong.

Lively on the palate. Carbonation seems to fit the body profile.

Drinkable, but I don't see myself rushing through this one.

Not bad at all. I was excited to try this given how solid their oatmeal stout is, but I'm somewhat let down. All in all, an OK pumpkin beer, but there's nothing that's going to entice me to purchasing again.

Photo of Khazadum
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bit ago at Archer Liquors. Poured into my FFF pint glass.

A- Huge amounts of head developed. Never fully dissipates to leave a clear top or biofilm. Always a nice layer and collar of bubbles blocking the liquid. Coloration of cream and homeopathic cocoa powder dilution. Some decent lacing lingers around the edges of the glass. Dark amber with gold and brown edging. TONS of carbonation.

S- Spicy pumpkin notes, some cinnamon around the background. For a brief time we had some butter coming off the frothy brew. Some nice squash and butternut gourd aromas.

T- That pumpkin appears to be at the opening with tons of spicy flavors. It quickly dissipates to the secondary flavors that pumpkin can offer. The earthy, dull, gritty flavors of squash and hints of butter come through on the middle. The finish is fairly clean, some background squash flavors, but nothing too strong.

M- Good amount of carbonation, almost too much. Mild to moderate amount of body. Not much lasting presence, just the faint squash finish.

D- I wish there was more baking spices in this beer. It would be nice, but this is the first pumpkin beer to really portray the pumpkin as a squash. There was that unique butter aroma and flavor. It was quite enjoyable, and everything I expected from McAuslan. Would gladly drink again.

St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale) from McAuslan Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.