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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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83
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271 Ratings
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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 14
Gots: 8 | 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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sevenshubby

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

10-20-2013 22:36:35 | More by sevenshubby
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hopsputin

California

4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: dark ruby red with hints of burnt orange. 3 finger white fizzy head that fades pretty quickly. much more red than i expected in a pumpkin beer

s: lots of spice in the nose. cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and pie crust dominate the nose. the pumpkin aroma is here too for sure, but takes a smoothly mellow backseat. it smells quite nice

t: definitely spice in here. there is a real nice blend of caramel, mild cinnamon, clove, and a a definite pie crust. then we hit the pumpkin - its a nice warming roasted pumpkin flavor here, like the gut of the pumpkin. ends with sweet maltiness. the pumpkin provides the nice background and spices help to round out the flavor. its draw back is that it could have fuller flavors, it tastes a bit thin

m: medium body, not much carbonation - but some.

o: not the best pumpkin beer out there BUT i like the mellow spices in here. i'm not a fan of the overly spiced pumpkin beers and i like how the spices play out in this one. its worth picking up

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 05:20:08 | More by hopsputin
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twonder23

Ohio

2/5  rDev -45.5%

10-19-2013 21:37:28 | More by twonder23
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redsecretagent

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

10-19-2013 21:17:12 | More by redsecretagent
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LDuke

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-19-2013 06:29:50 | More by LDuke
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Hopmodium

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-17-2013 22:57:22 | More by Hopmodium
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-17-2013 03:55:14 | More by ldhughes3
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ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-17-2013 02:15:06 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I poured this beer, it has a dark burnt orange color body to it with a fizzy head to it, that quickly lays down. The smell has a slight aroma of pumpkin and spice to it. The taste has very little pumpkin flavor and very little spice to it. The mouthfeel is very thin and overall ok

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 01:31:12 | More by chefhatt
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Bf_89

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

10-15-2013 19:17:44 | More by Bf_89
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artemh

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-13-2013 23:40:40 | More by artemh
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-13-2013 01:17:23 | More by kylehay2004
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jacwomyn

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-11-2013 21:52:27 | More by jacwomyn
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scottwurst

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-11-2013 17:23:47 | More by scottwurst
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jesus808

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-10-2013 06:44:54 | More by jesus808
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rale

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-09-2013 01:31:29 | More by rale
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

2.14/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Production date July 6, 2013.

A clear mahogany pour with +3 fingers of foam, I'll check on the lacing later. ;^) Very good lacing, I find.

The smell is pretty darned good for a pumpkin ale since it smells like pumpkin and the spices. That was what I garnered from the original whiff or 2. Now that it's been sitting in my glass for a while, the nose becomes somewhat weaker.

The taste has *some* good pumpkin ale character to it but there's a slight sourness to it that I don't think was meant to be there. Now, it is also in the smell. Okay, maybe this brew doesn't age too gracefully as it's been 3 months since being bottled. Oh well, I'm glad it's only a 4 pack.

Rather thin bodied with lightish carbonation, the mouthfeel isn't the best.

Overall, a rather big disappointment for my first try from the brewery. Edit that. I had their Oatmeal Stout and it was a big hit!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 23:06:27 | More by Bitterbill
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 13:54:32 | More by DenisKolkin
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dertyd

California

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

10-06-2013 05:27:01 | More by dertyd
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AnHeroicHippo

Quebec (Canada)

3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
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.)

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 01:37:09 | More by AnHeroicHippo
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Sturmthis

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-05-2013 19:45:28 | More by Sturmthis
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 04:27:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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CreightonSM

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-04-2013 01:04:42 | More by CreightonSM
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Kerrie

Michigan

3/5  rDev -18.3%

10-03-2013 00:12:56 | More by Kerrie
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 20:02:14 | More by mtomlins
St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale) from McAuslan Brewing
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