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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: 294
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 16
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark orangeish reddish amber with a wisp rather than a head that eventually disappears.

The smell is of pumpkin, a syrup-like sweetness and the usual pumpkin spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. A caramelish/toffeeish malty aroma comes through.

The taste is of sweet, caramelish maltiness with pumpkin pie spicing, especially cinnamon. Grainy/caramelish maltiness gives a firm backbone, and almost overrides the spicing. This was fine, as I don't care for overly spiced beers anyway, but here it seems that the spices were a bit too subtle for what they should be... Still it has a nice malty character that doesn't become too sweet and a touch of pumpkin pie character.

It has a medium body with medium to high carbonation.

Not overly spicy though certainly enough to let you know you're drinking a pumpkin ale. Maltiness does lend a nice smoothness. Very drinkable for the style, as the spices don't overwhelm and has a nice malty backbone.

jwc215, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This version is labelled in English- St. Ambroise Pumpkin, The Great Pumpkin Ale. Pours a reddish brown with a moderate head that sticks around as a ring. Smells of pumpkin pie spice and bubblegum. Heavy on the cinammon, but it works with the sweet bubblegum aromas. Tastes somewhat similar, with a little less bubblegum, but the same spice level as well as light sourness that detracts a little bit from the overall experience. Could be a little creamier in the mouth as well. Not overly sweet and a bit different for the style. Not bad.

Georgiabeer, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of jbonapar
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Nice 330ml bottle with pumpkins on the front.

Smell - Spicy, pumpkin pie (obviously). Cinnamon and nutmeg are strong in the sent.

Taste- Again, nice pumpkin pie flavor with a bit too much of overpowering hops. Would likely benefit form a sweeter slightly maltier brew.

Nice October beer that you can enjoy one after the other.

jbonapar, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of ZorPrime
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First time I try this type of beer. The beer is dark orange color. The head is so nice and typical of this brewery. I like it. The aroma is cinnamon with some ginger notes. Cloves too? On the taste side, it is slightly less intense. I would also say that it is more caramel on the taste, thus the malts are more presents. Slightly sugary. In the mouth, the beer feels mellow, like honey a little bit. The carbonation is present and the beer is lightly bitter to absolutely no bitterness.

I wouldn't drink that all evening, too sugary...

ZorPrime, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine season brought in for Halloween this year by the LCBO for my consuming enjoyment, this one form next door.

Citrouille poured much darker then I'd expected a rich clear mahogany. The medium light carbonation gifted a fine off white head with spots of brown interspersed.

Now this certainly smells like pumpkin pie. There was a big burst of pumpkin right up front followed by earthy honey notes. Allspice cinnamon and faint hints of ginger mingled about with the cinnamon definitely taking the upper hand. Some nice clean citrus esters were hinted at throughout as well.

Cinnamon was the first big flavor and was right up front lending slight peppery sensation the ginger no doubt also contributing to this. Allspice, nutmeg and clove notes leant a earthy taste. The breadiness of the roast malts added a nice pie crust sort of feel which really suited the whole beer. The pumpkin while not adding a ton of flavor gave the beer quite a fine tongue coating body. The hopping was very subdued with malt and spice providing the majority of the flavor.

This was a very enjoyable beer. The only thing I had a hang-up upon was that the cinnamon was pretty robust at times and I feel it could have been slightly toned down for balance.

Reinheitsgebot71, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of countrocula
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Body is a tenné, burnt orange. head is a caramel tinged cream, about 1.5 fingers high.

Smell is creamy cinnamon and clove. Tinge of booze and a cedary hop presence.

Taste is delicious pumpkin, slightly sweet. Only drawback is a strange tang that collects on the back of the palette.

Mouth is satisfying, mild and not too watery.

Overall I am impressed with this brew as it's got just the right amount of sweetness with a great spice balance. I am going to kill this 4-pack quickly.

countrocula, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of Bierguy5
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a brown to orange color, pretty clear. Thick white fluffy head holds together very well. Just a few spots of lace.

Nose full of cinnamon, allspice. Some sugar pumpkin and vegetable aroma follows. Very pleasant. Very close to pie with whipped cream.

A bit of a darker base malt up front. Fair amount of sweetness. A hint of pumpkin bitterness. Some spice, with a cinnamon sugar finish that lingers on the palate for a while.

Medium body, carbonation seems a little heavy. Not much of a trace of alcohol. An enjoyable, non-imperial pumpkin.

Bierguy5, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of bobsy
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

At first pour, this doesn't look like a pumpkin ale - its far too dark, and seems to edge too much towards brown. That is, of course, until you hold it up to the light where it reveals a redolent orange. A small white head fizzles away to a wispy cape and fails to give any lace. The appearance is a bit disappointing, and to be frank, it just looks like a crappy rousse. Things get better quickly with the aroma, though, which is teeming with spice. Ginger leads off with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg in support. There's a hint of meaty pumpkin underpinning everything.

Hmmm... the flavour is good, and sessionable for a pumpkin, but also not what I expected. A lot of pumpkin beers really accentuate the spice, and this is what you come to look for in your purchase. The nose had me thinking this was a cookie cutter for the style, but the taste says otherwise. The spicing is very toned down, and while all the notes from the aroma are still present, they are not allowed to dominate. This leaves the floor clear for some meaty pumpkin, brown sugar and toasted nuts. The flavour is less interesting for the underplayed spices, but the beer is more sessionable for it, so its some good and some bad. The body is medium-light, with carbonation somewhere in the middle for the style.

It made an enjoyable quaff, but you expect more from McAuslan, and for once they don't deliver. I want an exceptional pumpkin, but I got an average one. Thanks to ritzkiss for the in-person swap.

bobsy, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of cfrancis
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the best pumpkin beer that I've ever had. Aroma is cinnamon and clove. I love the smell of cinnamon. Initial taste is crisp with a smooth texture. Most of the flavours come out in the aftertaste. Pumpkin spice, cinnamon and clove become very prominent and give a great mouthfeel. Great beer, can't wait till next year!

cfrancis, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of thedeen123
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep copper, a suitable color for a pumpkin beer

S: pumpkin....nutmeg...spices i can't name, smells delicious

T: subtle pumpkin and those unnamed spices again, goes down well

D: a tasty beer, i wouldn't have more than 2, but then again, that's half of the 4 pack

overall, its a perfect beer to kick of the holiday season, definitely goes well with the autumn colors and cooler weather

thedeen123, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very nice translucent amber color with a half finger of white head. The lacing was there but fairly spotty. Good head retention. Very subtle visible carbonation.

S: More spice than pumpkin with nutmeg leading the way. Not really much else there. Kind of a tight nose.

T: More spice than pumpkin again. I want a pumpkin ale to take either side and this one sort of just sits in the middle. I wonder if they used any real pumpkin in this. It just sort of dies in the middle.

M: Medium bodied with a slight thick feel in the beginning.

D: Not too bad but there are better examples out there. Too bad I really like everything else that I have had from them.

aerozeppl, Oct 24, 2009
Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first-ever pumpkin ale from a Canadian-based brewery... Although light in alcohol content and possessing a more smooth and subtle flavor than some if its various counterparts, this was a surprisingly drinkable and tasy libation.
Faded, hazy, orange-hue with a fair amount of lacing and carbonation.
Cinnamon-spice flavor certainly present...
Good stuff...

dsa7783, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of Josievan
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark copper in color. Quite a bit of light shines through.

Smell: Pumpkin and spices, not as aromic as some pumpkin beers. Some other smell I can't place, maybe pecans.

Taste: Pumpkin spice on the finish, but not exactly like pumpkin pie. The taste seems to be more of just general holiday flavors.

Mouthfeel: The best aspect of the beer. Rich and with substance, without being overly thick.

Drinkability: I could have a couple at a time, but probably not more.

Overall, this is a decent pumpkin beer. Not my favorite of the style, but certainly not the worst. It's good if you want a pumpkin beer that doesn't taste so much like pumpkin pie and doesn't overwhelm with a ton of spices.

Josievan, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of eat
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hard pour yields a tall creamy, cream-coloured head which fades into a thin covering. The beer is a beautiful transparent amber. It looks awesome while the head is on top but unfortunately it doesn't last long.

Smells almost like a Belgian. Light spices (nutmeg and clove are most obvious), astringent, bready pumpkin, some cotton candy-like sweetness. Different and pretty nice though a bit weak. It doesn't necessarily smell like a pumpkin pie, though there are hints of it.

More subtle tasting than I was expecting; also a lot more well-balanced than I was expecting. This tastes like their amazing pale ale modified into a fall seasonal. While I didn't find it in the nose, some spicy ginger comes out quite strongly in the flavour, reminiscent of a toned-down ginger beer. Other than that the spices are present but very subtle. Some light wheat. It's actually a pretty light tasting beer, though it's interesting and well-balanced.

The feel could be a little thicker; medium-light bodied. A little watery for my liking. Light carbonation.

This beer is actually better all around than I expected. I had never tried a pumpkin ale and it really isn't so bad. Pretty drinkable. I wouldn't want to session this but it's definitely worth a try.

eat, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of cratez
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

RE-REVIEW: Poured out of a 341ml bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: dark copper-orange body with two fingers of cream/tan head after an aggressive pour. Webbed lacing wraps around the glass nicely. Smell is quite good, lots of standard pumpkin ale aromas coming through: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and strong ginger, with biscuity caramel malts in the background. Deep and aromatic. Taste is alright: some wheaty pale malts upfront, mixed with the aforementioned spices. Decent pumpkin/squash flavour, no hops to speak of. A mildly fruity and buttery aftertaste, similar to the Apricot Ale. Sugary, cola-like mouthfeel with substantial carbonation. Overall, an above average drinker. I like pumpkin ales so this is quite enjoyable. Not the best example of the style (Grand River Highballer and Southern Tier Pumking are better), but still a quaffable brew.

cratez, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz from the LCBO in a 4 pack, pours a nice orangey ruby color, a finger of head that recedes to a collar fairly quickly. No lacing.

Nose is lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg coming to the front, hints of fresh pumpkin and a lighter dash of allspice.

The pumpkin in this one tastes fresh with a hint of sweetness, light spicing (nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, faintest hint of ginger) A little bit of malt behind this with a dash of hops in the finish pulls it together as a beer - no mistake here. Light body, slightly edgy carb which I would lessen for the style.

Quaffable. Not as spiced as I would choose but it works. At 5% you can't ask for too much but I would gladly take a few more percentage points with more body and a bolder flavor. That said, nice drinker, well made - what you would expect from Mcauslan.

ritzkiss, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually had the English version label but it's the same beer as the French label.

11.5oz/341 ml bottle served in a glass beer mug.

Clear deep amber color with a foamy off-white head that hung around and left trails of lacing.
Nice cinnamon spice aroma.
Tasty brew, good spiced flavor along with malty sweetness and a hint of bitterness.
Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Goes down smooth and easy.


whatever, it's a good beer!

JoeyBeerBelly, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass oct11 2009

A clear amber with a thumbs width of fast falling head that leaves no lace

S lots of nutmeg and pumpkin pie

T as it smells, not the best pumpkin ale I've had this year but not bad overall

M thin with good carbonation

D not as smooth as I would like but worth a try

I think this one could use a little sweetness to balance things out

wordemupg, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of HappyBivouac
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first review in months to kick off what I consider "beer season!" Poured from the 12oz bottle into an Ommegang chalice.

a- pours a beautiful ruby-amber color with a small tan bubbly head that quickly dissipates.

s- very full and rich buttery pumpkin on the nose with a hard-hitting nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. a layered and extremely appetizing aroma.

t- up front is all the spices and some noticeable hops. the pumpkin flavor is very present and is quite full with a fair amount of sweetness and buttery character.. Spicy notes seem to fade away leaving that rich pumpkin pie feeling behind. The taste lingers long with a nice buttery pumpkin and nuts taste. Fairly full and satisfying flavor overall. This is the closest I've been to what I want out of a pumpkin ale.

m- The body is about as full as it should be, definitely delivering what a pumpkin-pie inspired beer should be like. Carbonation just tickles the tongue a bit.

d- well I love pumpkin things and this delivers. it's also not terribly hard-hitting and at 5% ABV this is perfect for just lounging outside smelling the air on a crisp autumn evening. Quite a good beer, not doing anything crazy but balancing the pumpkin pie thing perfectly.

HappyBivouac, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a lovely medium amber with a bubbly head, lots of carbonation and a respectable amount of retention throughout.

It smells like pumpkin pie spice with a mild dose of caramel. Very nice. Ginger, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg are all at play. Smells like ginger beer poured over pot potpourri.

The taste is a mix of beer and ginger beer, as the ginger aspect is surprisingly prevalent at first, but the nutmeg and cinnamon and allspice soon come into play. Very clean flavors, but at the same time maybe a little TOO punchy. A mildly bready caramel malt is in good balance with the hop bitterness, but overall the brashness of the spicing almost makes you forget it's a beer. I don't really taste pumpkin. Cooked pumpkin on its own is such a subtle flavor I can't see how it could ever be detectable in a beer once it's added to water, malted barley, hops, water, mind alongside this much spice. But if other people can taste it then I have to assume the failing is unique to me.

The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation a little sharp.

I kind of like it but I don't love and I agree with patpat444 in that it has a certain aspect of tasting artificial, mass produced almost, and not something that was lovingly crafted. The spices add a nice dimension to the aroma, but they seem to dominate the taste.

MeisterBurger, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of papat444
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this last might. Best before May 31, 2010.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: Wow, extremely carbonated with like a zillion little bubbles that keep rising up and a thick bubbling head. Unsettling a little but still nice to look at. A hazy orange-brown with some red in it rounds things off.

Smell: Major whiff of ginger and some hops. A nice malty background but the spices dominate here. I get some mint in there also. It smells like a fresh breath of air though a tad too polished.

Taste: Pumpkin spice and ginger with a bit of hop bitterness but otherwise has a kind of abrupt finish. Better as it warms with a mesh of spices but tastes a tiny bit artificial.

Mouthfeel: Not as aggressive on the carbonation as i would have thought though it is up there. Medium body that wears thin near the end.

Drinkability: Alright i guess. I'm not sure i'd have two in one sitting. It's decent for a once in a while brew.

Overall: What started out good kind of finished ho hum. A good effort but i just wasn't feeling it with this brew.

papat444, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of NightINgale
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper-coloured body with a thin yellowish frothy head. The head retention is weak on this one, and the lacing is too. Plenty of lively bubbles appear right after the pour, then disappear.

S - Very interesting smell. Loads of caramel malts, some distinct fruitiness (lemon and dark fruit) and a powerful spice combination (nutmeg, cinnamon). A bit of a vegetable aroma also.

T - Starts out with a powerful caramel malty base (the sweetness is very balanced, though), going into the pumpkin and spices notes and finishing in a slightly bitter hoppy finish. I especially liked the cinnamon and nutmeg undertones.

M - Medium bodied, with some lively carbonation (could be a pro or a con, depending on the drinker). Quite pleasant overall.

D - Quite high. This beer is pretty well-balanced, especially in the spices department, so it's quite easy-drinking overall.

NightINgale, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle says the great pumpkin ale not the french citrouille like the version pictured above. Pours a deep caramel amber body with a big fluffy off white head, leaves behind fine speckled lacing around my pils glass. Aromatics offer up robust pumpkin sweetness, a very nice natual vegetable like tone straight out of the gourd. Again another pumpkin ale where the spices don't grab your nose hairs and completely pull you in. Flavor has a strong caramel malt from the front to the back, definitely borders on butter scotch with a touch of pumpkin flesh and a subtle mix of pumpkin pie spices. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively caronation finishes with the spices and lingering caramel sweetness but in a good way. Drinkability overall another stellar example of the style, I tend to not like Pumpkin ales at all so far I'm two for three this year.

WVbeergeek, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of HopBacchus
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark amber gold pours into a pint glass leaving one finger of white foam which disappears quickly lacing is pretty good

WOW!!! amazing if i could turn this into a scented candle i would burn it all the time, pumpkin nutmeg Cinnamon and allspice flood the nostrils reminds me of new England in the autumn

Medium bodied malts and allspice are strong throughout well balanced with hoppes to finish pumpkin rind also has a strong presence

Nice effervescent carbonation which keeps keeps the brew extremely interesting however, overall i would say the beer lacks body

i really liked this beer i will surely enjoy it for the rest of the fall

The light body and delicious flavor makes this beer easy going down

HopBacchus, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On a rainy Montreal afternoon, this beer pours a clear, dark reddish amber, with two fingers of creamy, foamy off-white head, which leaves consistent lacing around the glass as it recedes. It smells of pumpkin pie - cloves, nutmeg, sweet pumpkin mash, and a bit of caramel malt. The taste is light pumpkin flesh, mild nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon spice. The carbonation is quite soft, the body full and round, and it finishes off-dry, with some vegetal and spice essences lingering. A fairly drinkable representation of the fall harvest dessert favourite.

A minor trifle - why isn't this listed as a Pumpkin Ale? If it looks, smells, tastes, and well, is called one, then, qu'est-ce qui se passe?

biboergosum, Aug 02, 2009
St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale) from McAuslan Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.