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

Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 394
Reviews by ChrisCage:
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4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the 2nd of 3 pumpkin beers that I'm reviewing in a row...for comparison sake!

A- Pours a rich copper color with a slight orange hue as a backdrop. Lacing is good as small to medium clumps of foam hold on to the side of my glass. The head starts out nice and thick, being slightly off white. It settles fairly quick into a patchy film over the beer. Carbonation appears to be plentiful, however, slow rising.

S- A good mix of sweet and spicy make up the aromas. Sweet pumpkin pie aromas, made up of cinnamon, freshly grated pumpkin, and nutmeg balance out the aromas of allspice and clove. This one really has a nice aroma of straight out of the oven pumpkin pie.

T- This is an extension of what the aromas let on. It is richly flavored with fresh pumpkin pie filling and has a biscuit like quality that reminds me of the pie crust. After the spice and sweetness, the finish provides a subtle but noticeable leafy hop bitterness that helps carry the fresh gourd flavors into a lingering state on the palate after the swallow.

M- Medium bodied beer that has a clean refreshing character, yet the carbonation isn't super imposing and gives this a creamier, pie-like feel to it. Really nice to savour!

D- This is what a pumpkin ale should be like. It captures the essence of the pumpkin itself, but the warming spices, sweet malt and hint of bitterness on the finish really meld well together. A perfect warming brew to enjoy during the cold months or with that turkey dinner! I highly recommend getting this one!

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Photo of peensteen
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper/amber colour, ring of white head with light lace. Smell is of cinnamon and spice, pumpkin and malt aromas, caramel with some light sweet notes. Taste is full of pumpkin and spice, nice malt bill as well. lightly hoppy, cinnamon and nutmeg finish and aftertaste. Medium carbonation, light-med feel, medium body. This is one of my favourite pumpkin beers, though it is not the best one out there I find it very easy drinking and great this time of year.

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Photo of StoutHunter
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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Photo of shambeano
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass.
A- very dark, orangy amber, with about an inch of bubbly head that slowly subsides, touch of lacing. pretty much transparent although dark.

S- cinnamon and cloves come through straight away, quite spicy. theres also a bit of sweetness in there, making it smell slightly like angostura bitters. very interesting, in a good way.

T- inititially tastes a touch watery and beery, but straight after the spices kick in, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. very much pumpkin pie like. finish has a very very slight bitterness, rounding it out nicely and reminding you that its a beer.

M- i was expecting that this would be a touch thicker, and initial wateriness was a bit underwhelming, however it seems to fill out a bit more mid-palate, becoming creamier. nice, bit i was expecting a touch more.

D- on a could evening i could easily sit back and enjoy several of these, a nice, and interesting beer.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Khazadum
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bit ago at Archer Liquors. Poured into my FFF pint glass.

A- Huge amounts of head developed. Never fully dissipates to leave a clear top or biofilm. Always a nice layer and collar of bubbles blocking the liquid. Coloration of cream and homeopathic cocoa powder dilution. Some decent lacing lingers around the edges of the glass. Dark amber with gold and brown edging. TONS of carbonation.

S- Spicy pumpkin notes, some cinnamon around the background. For a brief time we had some butter coming off the frothy brew. Some nice squash and butternut gourd aromas.

T- That pumpkin appears to be at the opening with tons of spicy flavors. It quickly dissipates to the secondary flavors that pumpkin can offer. The earthy, dull, gritty flavors of squash and hints of butter come through on the middle. The finish is fairly clean, some background squash flavors, but nothing too strong.

M- Good amount of carbonation, almost too much. Mild to moderate amount of body. Not much lasting presence, just the faint squash finish.

D- I wish there was more baking spices in this beer. It would be nice, but this is the first pumpkin beer to really portray the pumpkin as a squash. There was that unique butter aroma and flavor. It was quite enjoyable, and everything I expected from McAuslan. Would gladly drink again.

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Photo of Howlader
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of hotsudge
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of grittybrews
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a bubbly clear deep amber with one thumb of tan head that dissipated to a very light ring
S - strong cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg spice mix, light pumpkin, bready malt and light caramel
T - same spices attack the taste buds, the pumpkin is almost masked by them, bready malt and light leafy taste, very tasty but a little lacking in pumpkin
M - spice tickles the nostrils, fairly carbonated and light, a little thin
D - very tasty but more of a spiced beer than a pumpkin beer which is somewhat disappointing, almost like a winter warmer, light enough to be very drinkable, just needs to kick up the feature ingredient more

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Photo of SuperSnake
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 batch of this one bought in a four pack in Ontario.

A- Dark brown-orange colour with average carbonation. Light marsh mellow like head dissipating quickly.

S-Smooth spicy aroma with most presence from the nutmeg spice.

T-Bold pumpkin up front with cinnamon spiciness in the back.

M-Very smooth two tone flavor described above.

D-drinkability is high for those who love pumpkin pie and pumpkin beers.

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Photo of IllNate
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an appealing copper with a decent amount of off white head. Decent retention. The nose hints of pumpkin spice and medium roasted malt. Smells festive, but not over the top. Taste is also not over the top, which I like in a pumpkin ale. Pumpkin spice is up front, but still leaves room for the beer to come through. Malts are sweet and caramel with a pale base. Mouthfeel is generally thin, but smooth. Overall a good pumpkin beer, better than most, but I've also had much better in the category.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a clear amber/brown colour with a huge fizzy beige head. There appears to be a lower than normal amount of carbonation showing.. I can't even see one bubble rising to the top. There really isn't much lacing, and the head lasted for a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Pumpkin, nutmeg, honey, hops, wheat

Taste & Mouth - The beer comes across as slightly watery, and it wouldn't hurt to adjust the carbonation level. I can taste nutmeg, cloves, and wheat. After the initial first sip where I said 'whoa, pumpkin!' it really doesn't have that much flavour as you progress through the beer. It finishes with a warming nutmeg/cinnamon flavour aftertaste

Drink - Not something I would seek out again unless the mood hit me right, and it happened to be October.

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Photo of paxkey
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured in a nonic. big cascading head. beer is clear amber/orange pumpkin colored.
head is fluffy and creamy. nice lacing.

pumpkin spice is wafting from the glass. there is a beer smell prominent a mix of hops and malts and then pumpkin sits right there with it. smells spicy, clove, smells tempting.

starts out with a rich hop bitterness, the medium body and slightly chewy texture finishes off with strong clove notes that turns into a mild and delicious pumpkin taste.

a little pumpkin on the aftertaste. this beer is delicious and the pumpkin is subtle yet present.

the bitterness is great and makes it hard not to chug this beer. the pumpkin taste is there in the background and i love this stuff.
definitely a sessionable beer.

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Photo of scottwurst
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of BBP
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours into a clear dark-orange copper with a slightly brown tinted head. Medium carbonation.

S- Pumpkin and spice come at you instantly. More of a sweet aroma. Slight hops as well. After reading Andrenalines review, I noticed some definite ginger aroma as well.

T- Sweet pumpkin with some spicing. Leaves a very nice and interesting finish. This is my first example of the style, so it's a bit difficult to describe. It has a pumpkin flavor almost like pumpkin pie, but not nearly as sweet. The pumpkin taste does work it's way in, and holds on well, but the hops always seem to come out on top after a minute or so after each sip.

I don't have anything to compare this to, but for what it's worth I think they did a good job with the spicing. It leaves a very interesting aftertaste from the start.

M- Medium body with it's share of stickiness. The whole thing goes down smooth, but the carbonation seems a bit high

D- Easy to down, and what I believe is probably a good introduction to the style. With a 4pk/$10, I'd contemplate getting this again. Waiting to see how I enjoy it as I get more familiar with it.

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Photo of benbou17
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of MattyG85
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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Photo of fostachild
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear copper/amber colour, half-inch head that fades quick - decent lacing.

smell is fruity/sweet, very malty, with a nice aroma of spices.

taste is pretty interesting - similar to the smell, with some hops and a nice warm bitter aftertaste.

overall pretty enjoyable, an above average pumpkin ale for sure.

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Photo of heebes
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of the fall seasonal offering from the LCBO.

Pours a dark clear orange brown. Carbonation that would resemble a soda, but thin almost non-existant head.

The nose is spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, herbs and sweet malts.

The taste comes off as a bit artifical as far as pumpkin flavour. I'm getting more spices in the notes. The alcohol taste is well hidden, more so than some pumpkin ale offerings. Fairly smooth and sweet on the palette. Has a somewhat watery mouthfeel and is light.

I had one of these between an Ocktoberfest beer at Thanksgiving this year and it didn't impress me much, however on its own its sitting better. A little too much spice flavour and not much pumpkin taste. I like that it comes in a 4 pack, just enough for the season. I'll probably get it again seasonally.
Drinkable at 5% ABV, good take on the style.

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Photo of acurtis
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hopsolutely
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A delightful harvest and pumpkin ale.

Beautiful dark amber colour, clear with golden hues. Spicy aroma followed by a malty sweet flavour, complemented with vanilla, pumpkin and pumpkin spice highlights. Pleasantly dry finish with little bitterness.

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St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale) from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 394 ratings