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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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344 Ratings

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 15
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
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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Purchased at the LCBO $10.00 for a 4pk. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- 4.25- Very dark and lots of head.

S- 4.0- Lots of cinnamon here. Good malt backbone.

T- 4.0- Lots of pumpkin and cinnamon. Good blend. Well crafted

M- 3.75- Very good. Very traditional North American style

O- 4.11- This is my overall score. Very good blend and well executed. Will keep a few for the year

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This nice pumpkin beer went well with..... Pumpkin Pie!! Pumpkin overload!


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Pretty darn good! Be sure to appreciate the aroma on opening. Beer is balanced with the perfect blend of spices which shows through in the taste. Excellent fall beer.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale) from McAuslan Brewing
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