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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: 279
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 15
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 08-31-2007)
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Photo of cratez
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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 26, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

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%

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%

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
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

Somewhat underated beer, this one a little aged and only the better for it. Allspice,nutmeg caramel, not a bad drinker and above-average for a pumpkin style beer, and a lot less pumpkin than others of the style but its there. Decent and complex aroma, dark brown colour, above average mouthfeel.

Sammy, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured a medium amber hue with a half finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a rindy pumpkin, allspice and a touch of caramel.

The taste consisted of a vegetably pumpkin flesh with some light pumpkin pie spices.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a good pumpkin ale seemingly made with real pumpkins.

plaid75, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of mrmanning
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%

Bottle at our LCBO pumpkin ale tasting- 6 oz sample- Pours a deep and dark amber/copper with a red hue. The head was initially frothy, but it quickly went down to a thin ring. Quite spicy on the nose, nutmeg, cinnamon,a bit of cardamon, with lots of bready malts, and a bit of pumpkin. The flavour profile is sweet bready malts,caramel, some spices including nutmeg and cardamon. This pumpkin ale finishes out a bit thin and watery, but with a nice bitterness as well. Overall, the aroma is much more interesting when compared to the flavour. Still a nice treat.

mrmanning, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours a nice dark amber/mohaganey colour with a thin head that leaves no lacing.

All I can smell is cinnamon, nutmeg and beer.

If you threw a piece of pumpkin pie and some beer in a blender, then drank it, it would taste like this, delicious!

To bad this wasn't available all year around.

GodOfBeer, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

Tan head rose a half finger but did not last. Slow moving, medium-large bubbles slowed and eventually went flat. Clear orange-tangerine, light brown hue. The smell that was richly rewarding with a lot happening; cinammon, nutmeg, ginger, spicy, quite loaded. Taste of spice and cider with a smooth textured mouthfeel, hoppy with a malty aftertaste that got more bitter with air. At times suggestive of spiced rum and apple cider, intriguing, warm and hoppy with a feel of a more alcohol than the label suggested. Cheers to another Fall season, break out the pumpkin ales.

ThatWineGuy, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +12%

12 oz bottle from the LCBO.

Pours a hazy dark reddish orange, like apple cider, very thick and tight off white head forms, very compact, good lacing on the glass, settles to a thick ring, very good retention on this one. Smell is nice, caramelized pumpkin pie, nutmeg and cinnamon, allspice, very bready bready and pielike, about as close to an actual pie as a beer will get, alcohol comes through but only complements the aroma. Taste is great too, real light pumpkin/squash gourdiness, cinnamon and nutmeg, bread, caramel, some spice in the finish, but well done and it really lets the malt and pumpkin come through. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. A real nice pumpkin ale, great balance between the pumpkin and spices, almost perfect.

Viggo, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of CanuckRover
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

Pours a deep orange. Pretty thin head, very little retention.

Excellent aroma, the spices really come through nicely. Wonderful combination of ginger and cinnamon, actually smells just like a scented candle my girlfriend has.

Spice right up front. Emphasis on ginger but with a nice sugar/cinnamon sweetness. I think that it could use a little more sweetness actually. The spice gives way to more traditional beer flavours. Light caramel taste and a subtle english bitterness in the finish.

Thin pumpkin beers frustrate me, I want something with a bit of body to go with the desert-like flavours.

Very drinkable, a good autumn beer.

CanuckRover, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Ralphus
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

McAuslan's Great Pumpkin Ale is one that I'd been hoping to spot this season. Sure enough, on a hunt for any Dogfish PA remaining in my region, I spotted it as well. It's sold in a 4 pack, which to be honest, I thought might be a bit too many at a time for a novelty beer. Luckily this one goes down well and the other three wont be to long in joining the first.

It pours with an attractive mahogany color, reddish brown but without much of a head even less lacing. The smell however is quite nice.. cinnamon, cloves and ginger plus a steady sweetness. The taste has the sweetness in spades and it's balanced somewhat by the spices in the nose. I think some more hops would pull the thing together quite nicely.. but maybe the realm of a pumpkin beer is to be a bit on the sweeter side. And speaking of pumpkin.. there might be some but its not really enough to speak of.

Overall I think this is a good pick.. and given that you'll have four on your hands - a good chance to introduce them to people who have never tried a seasonal beer.

Ralphus, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of EatsTacos
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

A: Dark copper, deep bronze. Two fingers of head that deminish to nothing fast

S: Predominantly ginger and cinnamon spices come through, there is some pumpkin lingering back

T: Nutmeg and ginger spices come through well but the flavour of the beer is more powerful. Light and caramel malt are both evident. There is some flavour from the wheat used as well. A little bit sweet for my taste, I wouldn't mind some hops in there for more balance. I want more pumpkin to come through

M: Light bodied, sharp biting carbonation

D: Too sweet for me to drink a lot of. I've had better pumpkin beers

EatsTacos, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

The beer, like its label and packaging, is brimming with orange, albeit a slightly darker tone. White rings are a mainstay. Meddling shades of red and brown blend to make a pint sized Red Rock Canyon. Exquisite clarity allows light to beam in, blaze through, and shimmer out from the well burnished surface.

Its potpourri like bouquet is no doubt fragrant but appropriately restrained so as not to be confused with hand soap. The scents here don't smell as part of a perfume, they smell as part of a pie. Actually better yet - a beer. There is more than enough biscuit and light toffee to keep spices from lifting more than they should carry.

The spices - I'll take a stab at it at guess nutmeg, allspice, and cardamom - are even more so numbed in the flavour. Foremost is the taste of a bready, biscuity, wafer-like malt with maybe a string of toffee that follows. The flavour of pumpkin, like the spices, is present but relatively minimal to what most other pumpkin ales allow.

I generally like to age my pumpkin ales a year or so but the bitterness, alcohol, carbonation and most importantly - the spicing - in this are all quite low as it stands. My notions of pumpkin pie diminished with every sip but all indications of a good beer were present all throughout.

St-Ambroise's Citrouille is a "beer first spices second" kind of pumpkin ale. If you like these fall time seasonals to be intensely fragrant, perfumy and spicy then I'd gladly insist on the Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin or the Southern Tier Pumking - both outstanding. But if you're just curious to dabble in the world of pumpkin ales for the novelty of it, then this is a decent place to start.

biegaman, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of TerryW
3/5  rDev -18%

Interesting as a seasonal beer, but not especially noteworthy in any way.

Pours a moderate, aggressively carbonated head with lots of snap. That quickly settles to a thin ring and the beer does not surrender any lace. A handsome chestnut colour, but after that very ordinary.

Quite subdued across the board. Some malt, pumpkin and spice in the nose. Thin water mouthfeel with some slight spritziness. Malt and a hint of pumpkin to taste. Very subtle. Slightly dry bitter finish.

TerryW, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of Derek
3.88/5  rDev +6%

A: Deep-bronze/copper with a light tan head. Not much retention or lacing.

S: Pumpkin pie spices that are dominated by ginger, which works well for a beer.

T: Pleasant pumpkin pie spicing is modest and not overdone. A little caramel & nutty malt, modest bitterness.

M: Body is on the light side of moderate, with a dry finish.

D: Very drinkable.

Derek, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of santa109
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

Served at 42 degrees. Best before date: May 31st, 2008.

A: Poured a gorgeous coppery amber color with about half a finger of head from a semi-aggressive pour into a pint. The head fades very quickly leaving only a thin film. No lacing whatsoever.

S: Pumpkin pie in a bottle, it's pretty incredible. Massive spices: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, etc. There's also a tad of sweetness in the aroma.

T: When cold, the spices really dominate the rest. As it warms a bit, it really does taste like pumpkin pie. The malt shows itself first followed by a really faint hop appearance. The taste vanishes fairly quickly though, I wish it had somewhat of a bolder aftertaste.

M: Light-bodied with a relatively sharp if not abrupt finish. A bit of a let down for this character.

D: An easy drinker which feels quite refreshing with just the right amount of carbonation. Alcohol is totally hidden.

Overall, an interesting seasonal well worth trying. The highlight was the smell to which, unfortunately, the taste doesn't quite live up to.

santa109, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of rodenbach99
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

bouteille brune de 341ml.

touche épicé très agréable, la première version était brassée sous licence de Buffalo Bill’s Brewing, quoi qu’à l’époque la Pumpkin Ale était plus sucré que celle de McAuslan, aujourd’hui la saveur diffère, je préférais les versions précédentes. un peu courte, la couleur est superbe par contre.

rodenbach99, Dec 08, 2007
St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale) from McAuslan Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.