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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: 333
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 15
Gots: 18 | 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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3/5  rDev -17.6%

MJHolsey, Sep 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Adams2U, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%

A: burnished bright, deep, fiery orange in color... fizzy sort of suds that fall away to leave little

S: clove comes through strongest initially, with some caramel and the baked pulp and rind of a pumpkin (surprisingly enough)... little hit of cinnamon starts to show up on the back end

T: it's pleasant, very clean... the blend of spices and the phenolics and bitterness of rushes by at the onset, with a decidedly ginger snap aftertaste... the clove never seems to fade away... almost a dark red grape note threads through starting with an aroma... it could perhaps use a bit more crystal-caramel sweetness to balance out these snappy bitter compounds... little bit of toast/roast during the later sips

M: fairly mild on the palate, light-medium body at its weightiest... the carbonation is ample and does continue to help lift and dry, after the finish... almost a tannic, acidic twinge lingering

O: hmmm... a sort of standard take on the style, but with some quite splendid intensity, balance and choice of flavors (which amount to a dead-on, liquid ginger snap taste), however, just missing a touch of a sweetish, dessert element that really ought to be present in this type of drink... surely, this will be passed by by most American beer drinkers not familiar with McAuslan's products

Bouleboubier, Sep 16, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev +2.2%

Aaron_Kerkvliet, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of 2_Shaynez
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured into Pub Ale glass...little to no head. Im a fan of St. Ambroise and couldn't wait to try this. It's m first time trying a "pumpkin" beer so maybe I had high expectations. It's a good beer, but the pumpkin spicy is very faint, the beer seems a tad watered down. There's good notes of pumpkin spice in the finish, but not enough to make this something special.

2_Shaynez, Sep 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

The nose and flavor are virtually the same. Great balance of gourd and spice, nutmeg and anise mostly. The problem is that it seems watered down in nose, taste and feel.

KYGunner, Sep 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

kkmiller76, Sep 12, 2014
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3.24/5  rDev -11%

kilobees, Sep 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

NJBeer265, Aug 28, 2014
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3.24/5  rDev -11%

Thedusanmandic, Aug 14, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tis the season... for jack-o-lanterns, ghoulish displays and pumpkin ales! While the seasonal creep extends into early August, the seasonal taste of fall is really never too early.

The Great Pumpkin pours with the burnt orange hue that is strikingly of backlit pumpkin. Out of its bronze and amber ribbons rise a spicy-sweet medley that floats upon the nose and taste with a maltiness that divides the line between caramel and toffee with a sprinkle of brown sugar for good measure. But the story is about the spices that waft about- allspice that's lead by nutmeg entice the senses with an exotic allure.

As the sweet middle opens up, a culmination that tastes like graham crackers at first, then french toast the next, and even a praline coat all begin to alternate. The thread that binds them is the cinnamon, clove and especially nutmeg for a spicy taste to offset the sweetness in much the same role as hops in common ale.

Medium bodied throughout, the sweetness begins to trail but its creamy-dry texture remains and supports the spices with a slight arid taste and a toasty, nutty finish. Even with the holiday spices echoing deeply in aftertaste, the ale offers a dryish and drinkable sense that develops late.

BEERchitect, Aug 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

slowfade, Aug 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Jmbbabson, Jul 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

AugustusRex, Apr 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

LXIXME, Apr 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

jagada, Apr 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Hornet2003, Apr 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Beervana, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.5 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/6/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pumpkin, brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, toast, biscuit, floral, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, pumpkin, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of big pumpkin, brown sugar, caramel, toast, biscuit, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, floral, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, brown sugar, caramel, toast, biscuit, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick, smooth, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent pumpkin ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Mar 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Lanstrum, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of thegodfather1076
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Label is very attractive with a metallic sheen and very festive seasonal colors and graphics that are very eye-catching. Front label has McAuslan logo and a small bit of information on the beer. Back label gives web info, a small bit of brewery info, and production date code. Neck label has McAuslan logo and attractive graphics. Cap has McAuslan logo.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from it 12oz brown bottle into a 20oz English pint led to a 3 finger very light fizzy almost soda pop type golden off-white head atop a crystal clear copper colored beer. Very short head retention at 1min 36sec before fading away to a thin ring and coating with very light lacing. 3.5/5

Smell/Aroma: Smell is of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg with hints of vanilla, caramel, and a bit of breadyness.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is sweet on the front-end with hints of pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg along with a bready maltiness. Mid-point turns slightly sour/bitter with pumpkin and a bit of hops coming through. Back-end is of pumpkin and a slight toasted bread and caramel malt with a toasty aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the light side of medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and low carbonation. I would list this a drinkable because it is not all that filling and quite tasty.

Overall/Comments: A very nice pumpkin ale that is not spectacular but is very well balanced and not over done. Give it a whirl in the fall. Classified as a Pumpkin Ale at 5% ABV. Consumed 12/12/2013.

thegodfather1076, Feb 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

lesdemonsamaporte, Feb 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

BeerClubNiagara, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

PJT, Jan 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Hoppy_McGee, Jan 09, 2014
St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale) from McAuslan Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.