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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McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.16/5  rDev -41.3%
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!

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Photo of mintjellie
2.38/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep copper with red highlights. Thin, poorly retained head. No lace. Weak spice and cookie dough aroma. Diacetyl. Mild biscuit and pie spice flavour. Buttery. Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is watery thin and greasy slick. Quite disappointing.

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.59/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single of this for $2.99. Poured into a Samuel Adams Oktoberfest stein.

Appearance - A foamy, creamy rootbeer-float-like head. Caramelly brown with little orange. Slightly opaque brown.

Smell - Weak spice and gourd. Not much else.

Taste - A slightly milky pumpkin flavor. Very light cinnamon and nutmeg. Slightly tart with malt.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Medium-bodied. Weak on spice for the most part. Creamy. Overall pretty forgettable and bland.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.65/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank from my De Struise Tulip

A - Pours a dark amber copper colour with a head that dies real quick.

S - Plenty of spice, cinnamon and ginger, not much pumkin.

T - Tiny bit of pumkin but mainly spice. Not a good finish of bitter syrup.

M - Overcarbonated for me. Light body.

D - Well this is my first pumkin beer and i'm so dissapointed. Hope they are better than this.

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Photo of mulder1010
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

341 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a near burnt orange color. Very opaque. Short lived dirty white head, at best 1/4 of a finger, very little head retention. Decent amount of carbonation showing with this.

S-- Spices. Allspice, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. More like pumpkin spices than real pumpkin. Not a bad nose at all,just a bit soft. More like pumpkin cheesecake than pie.

T-- More of the same spices and a bit more pumpkin. Kind of a perfume taste though. Nothing outstanding though.

M-- Medium high carbonation and light feel. The spices stand out more than the pumpkin. Ginger and nutmeg mostly with a little bit of allspice at the finish. Pretty average stuff really.

D-- Nothing bad but nothing great. Needs more of a pumpkin feel than a spice feel. Color is good, smell is close and body is really not. Would buy again but only if no other Pumpkin Ales were available. Hate to admit but actually miss the US Pumpkin beers. A lot more body and a lot more taste than this has.

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Photo of Mit
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Finally got my hands on this. I looked all over last year and couldn't score any. Picked up two of the four packs today along with a bottle of Pumpking!

a-Pretty typical, pours a dark clear amber colour with minimal to no head.

s-reminiscent of cola, malty, spices(nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves etc)

t-really tastes like spicey cola?!? Very cloying.

m-flat and thin, moreso than I would have expected of an abv of 5%.

d- Probably pretty drinkable when cold. Overall I was kinda dissapointed considering how much everyone raved.

So far the Grand River Pumpkin and Great Lakes Pumpkin are in the lead as far as my favorite pumpkin beers this year. Honestly I may have gotten a bad batch. I will edit my review if the other 4 pack is better.

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Photo of TerryW
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting as a seasonal beer, but not especially noteworthy in any way.

Pours a moderate, aggressively carbonated head with lots of snap. That quickly settles to a thin ring and the beer does not surrender any lace. A handsome chestnut colour, but after that very ordinary.

Quite subdued across the board. Some malt, pumpkin and spice in the nose. Thin water mouthfeel with some slight spritziness. Malt and a hint of pumpkin to taste. Very subtle. Slightly dry bitter finish.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.02/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to pint glass.

A - Light brown, dark amber when held up to the light. Small amount of white head that was thin and quickly disappeared.

S - Pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon, all spcie and nutmeg.

M - Light body, Very heavily carbonated.

T - Very spice forward with a nice pumpkin flavour. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and all spice come through. A nice overall flavour but the carbonation ruins the overall taste and experience for me, unfortunately.

D - The flavour profile is nice but slightly too spice forward and WAY too carbonated.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. My label has "Pumpkin" instead of "Citrouille" if that means anything.

2.5 A: Clear orange amber color. Just one finger of head that fell almost instantly and left no lacing.

3.5 S: Lots of pumpkin spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, the allspice family. Not much in terms of actual pumpkin. As much of a sucker as I am for these spices, overall the nose seems somewhat hollow. By that I mean that the base beer seems to be nothing more than a vehicle to deliver spices. Perhaps a bit of breadiness, but not much going on on the malt front.

3.0 T: It appears my nose was onto something. The spices are there and doing their thing just fine, but the rest of the beer never showed up. There's just a touch of breadiness and maybe the lightest touch of caramel. In any case, there isn't enough maltiness in here to make me happy. Again, I'm not really picking up any pumpkin.

2.5 M: Lighter body. Good moderate carbonation. The light body makes sense given the lack of maltiness in the taste. Give me more malt and thus a thicker body and I'll be much more happy.

3.0 D: Far too many breweries adopt the strategy of brewing a weak, mediocre beer, adding spices, and calling it a pumpkin beer. It's frustrating since they are amazing when done well.

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Photo of bmwats
3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Dissipates quickly. No real lacing.

S: Heavy does of nutmeg and pumpkin. Nor much else.

T: Pumpkin... i guess, tea leaf, hints of fall spice. Diacetyl.

M: Slightly sweet, slightly bitter. Kind of shallow.

D: Session style.

Atmosphere is okay. Slight head, no lacing. Characteristic fall spice and pumpkin. Shallow fix of pumpkin and spice, and a little bitter tea leaf. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at our LCBO pumpkin ale tasting- 6 oz sample- Pours a deep and dark amber/copper with a red hue. The head was initially frothy, but it quickly went down to a thin ring. Quite spicy on the nose, nutmeg, cinnamon,a bit of cardamon, with lots of bready malts, and a bit of pumpkin. The flavour profile is sweet bready malts,caramel, some spices including nutmeg and cardamon. This pumpkin ale finishes out a bit thin and watery, but with a nice bitterness as well. Overall, the aroma is much more interesting when compared to the flavour. Still a nice treat.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very nice translucent amber color with a half finger of white head. The lacing was there but fairly spotty. Good head retention. Very subtle visible carbonation.

S: More spice than pumpkin with nutmeg leading the way. Not really much else there. Kind of a tight nose.

T: More spice than pumpkin again. I want a pumpkin ale to take either side and this one sort of just sits in the middle. I wonder if they used any real pumpkin in this. It just sort of dies in the middle.

M: Medium bodied with a slight thick feel in the beginning.

D: Not too bad but there are better examples out there. Too bad I really like everything else that I have had from them.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First time I try this type of beer. The beer is dark orange color. The head is so nice and typical of this brewery. I like it. The aroma is cinnamon with some ginger notes. Cloves too? On the taste side, it is slightly less intense. I would also say that it is more caramel on the taste, thus the malts are more presents. Slightly sugary. In the mouth, the beer feels mellow, like honey a little bit. The carbonation is present and the beer is lightly bitter to absolutely no bitterness.

I wouldn't drink that all evening, too sugary...

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Photo of chefhatt
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
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

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Photo of maclean25
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This came as a 4-pack of bottles for $10 (plus tax) in BC. It is the third pumpkin ale I've had this year.

It poured with a clear brown body and lots of foamy head with a light-brown tinge. The aroma is dominated by ginger, gingerbread, and nutmeg. In the taste I get rootbeer first. It is not sweet and is strong on the spices. It is strong on the typical pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg. Searching for pumpkin taste... It is there but subtle. It feels heavy and has too much carbonation. I actually like it as a spiced beer (but it needs less carbonation) but I've had better pumpkin ales.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Ooh, a Canadian pumpkin exotic! This stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises the usual blend of pumpkin ale spices (cinnamon, brown sugar, clove, mace, allspice, etc), but they're not as powerful and in-your-face as usual thanks to a nice backbone of bready caramel. The taste, though, falls victim to the overspicing rampant in most pumpkin ales. The clove and brown sugar are particularly intense, providing my tongue ample opportunities to wither in brief pain. It's honestly too much at times. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, an okay pumpkin beer, but one that comes off too overly-spiced for its own good.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A very deep shade of amber brown, clear and fizzy with a 1/4 inch of head that seems to clear as I type. Nothing left no lacing or any head.

S - Smell is strong allspice,nutmeg and cinnamon . Reminds me of "Screaming Jacks Pumpkin Spice" lager that everyone bitched about and they pulled it from the shelf's. Smells downright good to me!

T - Nutmeg and pumpkin giving me a vegital taste. To me it kind of taste like a watered down "Dogfish Punkin ale" which I downright hate. Base must be a brown ale. Even though its like Punkin I can actually drink this one since its more than just brown malt and nutmeg. Who am I kidding both are pretty undrinkable.

M - Medium, watery yet kind of chewy. Seems like the ABV is noticeable.

Overall I am not sure who thought a base of a pumpkin ale should be a brown ale but it only works for some. To me I will take a pumpkin ALE any day. Pass on this since I paid almost 3 bucks for a single!

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Photo of spinrsx
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
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 wordemupg
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass oct11 2009

A clear amber with a thumbs width of fast falling head that leaves no lace

S lots of nutmeg and pumpkin pie

T as it smells, not the best pumpkin ale I've had this year but not bad overall

M thin with good carbonation

D not as smooth as I would like but worth a try

I think this one could use a little sweetness to balance things out

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An average pour got half a finger of fizzy head which dissipated quickly. The body is a nice deep copper-orange. Lots of bubbles rushing to the top of the beer.

Pumpkin and floral aromas compete with each other for the most attention. Nutmeg and clove are good notes that pop in a little later.

Pumpkin and floral flavors are there, but very weak up front. The beer gets more interesting as it goes, because the nutmeg, cinnamon and clove make for a good combination. It is held back though by an odd underlying aftertaste that is bitter but not your usual hop style bitter.

Decent carbonation, this beer is medium bodied, light to medium stickiness and a little dry on the tail end. Goes down easy, but that aftertaste I get kills it.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby-red colour, clear with fairly large carbonation bubbles. Head is modest, with a thin crown retaining. Nice sticky ring of lace on top. Decent.

Nose is very sweet; actually too sweet. A nice baked pumpkin smell is at the heart, but there's an overly malty molasses flavour overriding it. Nice touch of nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon, but I would really like the spice amped up and the sweetness toned down.

Taste is definitely better; there isn't that dominating molasses sweetness. The sweet flavours are still dominant, though, with baked pumpkin, taro and vanilla characters. Develops a slight grainy sourness that almost becomes toasty towards the end, and it's the hero for the sweetness as it drives it downwards into a milder and more potable flavour. Spice is gentle, but there: nutmeg is the standout with some clove and cardamom for good measure. It's a pleasant enough palate, really, although I've had palates that do more with pumpkin ale flavours without sacrificing balance and drinkability.

Mouthfeel is mostly smooth and a bit thick, although carbonation arises unnecessarily late-mid.

Drinkable enough, but I'm not sure they really extracted the full pumpkin potential out of this.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby/copper with a large but short-lived head. Nose shows loads of spices: heaps of ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon along with some spicy cloves. Very reminiscent of ginger bread and speculaas. No detectable pumpkin under the massive amount of spices although there is a little sweet malt and brown sugar. Same spices continue through as flavours, followed by some unpleasant chalky and grainy malt. Carbonation is too high and prickly.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a lovely medium amber with a bubbly head, lots of carbonation and a respectable amount of retention throughout.

It smells like pumpkin pie spice with a mild dose of caramel. Very nice. Ginger, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg are all at play. Smells like ginger beer poured over pot potpourri.

The taste is a mix of beer and ginger beer, as the ginger aspect is surprisingly prevalent at first, but the nutmeg and cinnamon and allspice soon come into play. Very clean flavors, but at the same time maybe a little TOO punchy. A mildly bready caramel malt is in good balance with the hop bitterness, but overall the brashness of the spicing almost makes you forget it's a beer. I don't really taste pumpkin. Cooked pumpkin on its own is such a subtle flavor I can't see how it could ever be detectable in a beer once it's added to water, malted barley, hops, water, mind alongside this much spice. But if other people can taste it then I have to assume the failing is unique to me.

The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation a little sharp.

I kind of like it but I don't love and I agree with patpat444 in that it has a certain aspect of tasting artificial, mass produced almost, and not something that was lovingly crafted. The spices add a nice dimension to the aroma, but they seem to dominate the taste.

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Photo of ADZA
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is my first Pumpkin Ale so here goes and it pours a semi see through copper hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head and little lacing,wow the smell is definately different with aromas of pumpkin,perfume and lots of spices such as corriander and nutmeg predominantly,on taste you are first hit with a strong pumpkin flavour on first sip then the spices come to the forefront and it is rounded out with a perfumey slight bitterness and overall its an entriguing brew and with being my first pumpkin ale i have not tasted too much like this and for me even though i love pumpkin i dont think i like it in my brews but in saying that if i ever did see another Pumpkin Ale in my country id give it another shot.

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