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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: 317
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 14
Gots: 17 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Hornet2003, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of Beervana
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Beervana, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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
Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -18%

Lanstrum, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of thegodfather1076
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
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
Photo of lesdemonsamaporte
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

lesdemonsamaporte, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of BeerClubNiagara
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

BeerClubNiagara, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of PJT
4/5  rDev +9.3%

PJT, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of Hoppy_McGee
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Hoppy_McGee, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Jotora
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Jotora, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3/5  rDev -18%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jzlyo, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of lgmol
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

lgmol, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of Oakenator
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Oakenator, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

enelson, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a polished clear amber orange color with a tan cap that is quick to fade leaving spotty/patchy lacing.

The aroma includes the expected pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon and nutmeg mostly with a bit of sweetness that seems to be vanilla blending into caramel and toffee malts. A little fruity alcohol/hop inclusion is also present to break things up.

The taste has a bready grain flavor somewhat sweet like caramel/toffee with lots of pumpkin pie spicing like nutmeg, cinnamon and a bit of clove/ginger. The aftertaste is a bit toasty with fruity alcohol and a touch of herbal hops.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Quite spicey but not overdone. I is enjoyable and worth a try if you get the chance. Nicely balanced and easy drinking.

stakem, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

NonicPanic, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my last remaining pumpkin ales from my Great Pumpkin Beer chase of 2013. What I have realized (and should have known from the jump) is that not all pumpkin beers are created equal.

Upon finishing my pour, I could only watch helplessly as the two fingers of orangish-tawny head bubbled and fizzed their way out of existence and into wispiness. Color was a deep-copper (SRM = >22, < 27) with NE-plus quality clarity. Beautiful! Nose was rich with clove, cinnamon and nutmeg, underlain by biscuit malt so that it smelled like a Christmas cookie. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but approaching it. I was a bit disappointed by the flavor, though. It did not match up to the nose in terms of its intensity, however, its balance of the spices was spot-on. Finish was dry as a result, but not gaspingly dry as with some. I would place it in the upper end of the middle part of the pumpkin beer spectrum.

woodychandler, Nov 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

AngusOg, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

andy1701, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of 57md
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with a finger of head that dissipates rather quickly. The nose has pumpkin and very subtle seasonal spices. The pumpkin flavor comes through upfront and the body is relatively hearty for a pumpkin ale. The finish is dry and slightly tart.

This is just another middle-of-the-pack pumpkin ales. Nothing bad, but nothing particularly special here.

57md, Nov 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

brez8791, Nov 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

Dicers, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of esto
4/5  rDev +9.3%

esto, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of hilgart1
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

hilgart1, Nov 08, 2013
St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale) from McAuslan Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.