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

St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale)St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale)
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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #257
Ranked #37,861
3.69 | pDev: 13.28%
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada
St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale)St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale)
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3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orange to blood red, filtered with lots of carbonation, and a finger of off white head.

Smells of pumpkins and pumpkin spice- nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. I'm getting caramel as well.

Its very delicately presented, and I predominately get caramelised pumpkin flesh, with the pumpkin spices in the background. Toasted malts, coke and creme brulee are also present.

Medium body, with lots of soda like carbonation.

Got this in Waterloo, drinking it at the cottage on Lake Muskoka, Nov 23rd, 2017. Well done. Not the best pumpkin ale I've had this year, but very pumpkin forward.

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patre_tim from Thailand, Nov 23, 2017
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3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 473ml can served straight from the fridge at 8 degrees Celsius into a white wine glass. If deciphered correctly, the best before date is Jun.23.2018.

Look: The beer pours a brilliant deep copper with 2cm of dense, deep tan head that pretty quickly settles to a thinnest of caps in 2+ minutes. Dayum the colour is beautiful. Mediocre overall head with decent lacing.

Smell: Moderate strength and sweet. Right off the bat there's some spicy and herbal hop character that disappears very quickly. Strong spices take over with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. Haha, gingerbread cookies. Very faint pumpkin – I would like a little more given it's a pumpkin ale. Moderate specialty malts with notes of caramel and raisins join the ranks with the spices. The aroma turns out to be intriguing.

Taste: Moderate strength and balanced. Cinnamon and pumpkin at the front followed by cloves and a caramelly, dried fruit malt backbone. There's a noticeable (slightly unpleasant) metallic note as the beer moves towards a balanced, intense, and lingering finish.

Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a hint of warmth from the alcohol and a relatively dry finish. Mostly pleasant if the pace is slow. There's an ever so slightly acrid quality that rears its head with a quicker pace.

Overall: My opinion changed quite a bit from the initial sniff to finishing the can. At first I was not a fan of the nose as it was just all spice and not much else. However, upon giving the beer time to warm and after some contemplation I really ended up liking it. The looks and aroma are very good with the flavour not living up to the expectations created by the two. The second best pumpkin ale I've had this season. Try it!

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Jtee from Ontario (Canada), Oct 31, 2017
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3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was dark amber almost murky to milky brown colored with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off fairly quick. Not much lace, seemed messy - what was there.
The aroma had some cinnamon, cloves, earthy notes, and some dried pumpkin scent. Dried grassiness, and a light caramel to biscuit maltiness came in for a subtle balance.
The flavor was semi-sweet touching through the spices for a quaint balance. Light aftertaste of the pumpkin, earthiness and caramel to biscuit tones.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt on par. ABV felt as projected. Earthy to clove and cinnamon in the finish with barely any pumpkin.
Overall, quite an interesting pumpkin ale as the "pumpkin aroma and flavor" seems very far underneath.

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3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby red body with a little bit of white head that quickly decays. The scent is big on cloves, cinnamon, caramel, and rich malts along with some fairly sharp hops. The taste is fairly light in full honesty, with carbonation dominating up front, followed by sweet cinnamon and some piney hops at the back. The feel is definitely a bit overwhelmed with carbonation. Overall a decent beer for number 200!

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D-HopSupreme from Newfoundland (Canada), Oct 01, 2016
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3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Methinks this is a "love it or hate it" beer. It pours nicely, with a bit of quickly dissipating foamy head. The smell and taste are certainly pleasant, but overall, this is a fizzy mess in my books.

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Bunman3 from Alberta (Canada), Apr 22, 2016
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3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5oz bottle, dated H0414? Pours clear amber with a medium sized off-white head. Smells of pumpkin, nutmet, ginger, and clove. The taste follows closely with pumpkin, spices, and bready malts but has a weak intensity. Good body and above average carbonation. Overall, it has a great smell but needs way more flavor.

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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin, Feb 15, 2016
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3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a medium to deep amber color.

The aroma hits of nutmeg, clove, pumpkin spice, hints of candy brown sugar sweetness.

The beer hits of sharp apple pie spices, cinnamon, clove, ginger, brown sugar, toasty malts. The sweetness is well balanced with the apple pie style spices, while leaning away from being the American palate of a "pumpkin pie."

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dar482 from New York, Dec 08, 2015
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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.5 bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: An earthy and toasty malt forward aroma with a scent of pumpkin, spices, and caramel. Good hints of pumpkin with a scent of cinnamon, nutmeg, and and clove spicing. Toasted malt hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Hops are pretty light. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy and toasty malt driven taste with notes of pumpkin, spices, and caramel malt. Nice real pumpkin taste along with spice notes of Cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Toasted malt notes of caramel, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Very light hops. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty nice take on a Pumpkin Ale. Nice balance of spices and malt sweetness.

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MattyG85 from Minnesota, Nov 02, 2015
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3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gorgeous mahogany, the taste is sweet and spicy, medium bodied, high carbonation. Easy to drink and quite good. I'm a pumpkin ale fan and, though not the best I've had, this runs with the pack quite nicely.

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KLHBB from Colorado, Oct 19, 2015
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3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nice cloudy orange color. Almost no head. Very nice mix of sweet pumpkin and the pumpkin spice. I really enjoyed the nice balance of the beer not to sweet not too much pumpkin spice. A very nice easy to drink. balance.

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the_awesometeer from California, Oct 09, 2015
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3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is roasted pumpkin. Nice.
The taste is malty with pumpkin flavor, but nicely balanced.
The texture is softer.
A pretty good pumpkin beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the fresh (just hit liquor stores) bottle into my glass a copper/amber/almost ruby colour, capped by a couple fingers of head that recedes fairly quickly but leaves nice lacing. Lots of visible effervescence.

Smell is starchy, with shades of Dr. Pepper (both the drink and the beer+shot cocktail), something almost cola-like, hint of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon. About what you'd expect, but also a certain spiciness.

Taste is spicy, slightly starchy, fresh pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg. Good and malty; sweet, but there is actually a decent amount of balancing bitterness. High carbonation but medium body.

Not my favourite pumpkin beer, but a good starter for pumpkin-beer-season.

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headlessparrot from Ontario (Canada), Jul 14, 2015
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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant a lively copper gold to amber under a frothy 1” white to cream foam collar that quickly dissipates.
S: Big pumpkin aromas that quickly die out, some light malts.
T: Starts with a little malt, light sweetness, and then finishes, drying out with pumpkin and spices.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: This is not overly sweet, and the dryness is very nice. The spice aftertaste does capture the pumpkin pie spice – some cinnamon, clove, cardamom, but subtle and not heavy handed.

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pat61 from Minnesota, Jun 09, 2015
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3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear copper reddish color with strong subtle activity. Almost creamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 8 minutes, with average legs.

Aromas and flavors of black pepper, fruits, grains, caramel, nuts, herbal spices. More a black pepper taste with faint pumpkin and cinnamon flavors. Well balanced between sweetness and sharpness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Well intensified but short finish, ending with a slightly bitter spicy herbal saaz feel.

Overall an average craft, well balanced and complex flavors but an over buried pumpkin taste with a flat and stale feel.

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TheBierdimpfe from Quebec (Canada), May 21, 2015
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5 brown bottle, sample from the importer.

Nearly clear dark copper color, tiny bubble lacing. More spice and gourd in the nose, still pretty beery though. Decent smoothness with a slick medium body. Good dose of pie spice, nothing really pops or breaks out into a wow factor but it works. Hint of caramel and meaty gourd in the middle, caramel and bread crust to finish this brew off.

Good but middle of the road for the whole pumpkin beer thing.

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Jason from Massachusetts, Feb 24, 2015
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3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep amber/pale brown producing 2 fingers of light tan, foamy, somewhat lasting head that leaves thin sheets & streaks of lacing. Aroma is spice heavy pumpkin pie: cloves, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.... & little hop presence. As with some pumpkin ales there is something about the smell that is slightly reminiscent of a flat "Dr. Pepper". Taste is similar but ginger, cinnamon & a caramel cola taste dominate, pumpkin is subdued & there is a sweet clove finish with little or no hop presence (which may be masked by the spices). Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, creamy & slightly slick but very prickly in the finish. As with most spice heavy pumpkin ales drinkability declines as you reach the end of the glass.

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3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It's still technically fall, though it feels like winter here for Orange County (mid 60s, rain). But forget about seasons, here's my first encounter with a Canadian-made pumpkin ale. Out of a 11.5 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

This is a dark amber colored beer with toasted orange hues. On top sits a semi-soapy head with adequate retention of itself. It smells like nutmeg, chewing gum, a note of clove, kiss of pumpkin, mild and interesting

Spiced, but not too spiced. In fact, the spice aspect brings pleasing zing which stimulates the palate. It goes light with the base malt and pumpkin, and focuses more on cinnamon, nutmeg, know, all those fun spices found in a pumpkin pie. It has a medium body, and with a pleasing spiciness, makes a lovely mouthfeel and an overall good pumpkin ale.

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DoubleJ from Wisconsin, Dec 03, 2014
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3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of McAuslan Brewing's St-Ambroise Citrouille yesterday for $2.69 at The Lager Mill. I've never had this beer before and I'm interested to see how it stacks up, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice design to it that goes well with the name and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a clear caramel amber color that took on more of an amber red color when held to the light with two finger worth of really creamy light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left hardly any lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish the lacing was better.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the pumpkin being the first to show up and it imparts a big meaty and natural pumpkin aroma that goes right into the spices with all the typical pumpkin pie spices showing up with the nutmeg sticking out slightly more than the other spices. Towards the end I get a light malty aroma with light bready and sweet malt like aromas. This beer had a pretty nice aroma that was very true to style, I have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with a watery malt flavor being the first to show up along with some grainy, bread crust and light sweet malt like flavors. Up next comes the pumpkin which is a little lighter than it was in the aroma, but it still imparts the same aspects and it's followed by the spices which are a good deal lighter than they were in the aroma. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a watery grain, light pumpkin and light spice like aftertaste. This was a decent tasting beer, but i thought it was a little bland and I wish the taste was more similar to the aroma.

M- Smooth, crisp, a little dry on the finish, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was a decent example of a Pumpkin Ale, it was pretty true to style and it was going in a nice direction, but when I got to the taste it was a little lighter than I would like. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, a little dry, not too filling and the taste did just an ok job at holding my attention and I think one is enough for me since I don't have the urge to drink another 12oz of it. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma and appearance, they were both pretty nice and they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste and drinkability, they were just a little weak in my opinion. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I wouldn't recommend it as a good Pumpkin Ale, it's easy to find a better one. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer and it turned out to be a pretty close to average example of a Pumpkin Ale, with nothing really notable when I got to the taste. IT's not a favorite Pumpkin Ale and it made for just an Ok first impression for this brewery and I would be interested in trying more of their beer. Better luck next time guys this one needs just a little work.

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StoutHunter from Michigan, Oct 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

I had this beer for the first time roughly a year ago and it was far past its expiration; really didn't like it that much at all. Having it again now though was awesome.

Let me preface this by saying this is my first and only real pumpkin beer. Anyways, surprisingly clear amber colored body with about a finger of head. Retention was minimal as was lacing. On the nose cinnamon and other spices associated with fall come. Not too much pumpkin, sweet malt provides a nice base and is very reminiscent of their "rousse". On the palate spices come through on the forefront with small traces of pumpkin. Bitterness is restrained as is hop character.

Overall I love this style its easily drinkable at 5% abv and is more or less just something fun to drink in the fall. That being said I'm buying more of this and brewing my own pumpkin ale.

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Haydn-Juby from Vermont, Oct 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on October 5, 2014.

The pour is a reddish orange, which is a bit of a surprise to me. Not a lot of head and it fades away quickly.

The aroma has a pleasant enough nutmeg and pumpkin spice character but there is a kind of grape fruitiness. Not grapefruit - red grapes. Yeast.

The body is better than medium.

The taste is on the sweet side with that same pumpkin spiciness that I would expect. There is a lingering bitterness and a fruity finale. Interesting.

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puboflyons from New Hampshire, Oct 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Food Pairing

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


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DaveBar from Ontario (Canada), Sep 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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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Sercoli from Ontario (Canada), Sep 25, 2014
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3.89/5  rDev +5.4%

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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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Sep 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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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2_Shaynez from Quebec (Canada), Sep 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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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KYGunner from Kentucky, Sep 12, 2014
St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale) from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 396 ratings