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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Reviews: 168 | Ratings: 388
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat underated beer, this one a little aged and only the better for it. Allspice,nutmeg caramel, not a bad drinker and above-average for a pumpkin style beer, and a lot less pumpkin than others of the style but its there. Decent and complex aroma, dark brown colour, above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, cola, and pumpkin pie spice aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and pumpkin pie spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a pumpkin spice presence that is done well along with the base beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

there have been so many new (or new to Colorado) pumpkin beers this fall. it has been hard to keep up with them, although I have been working hard to do so! this one blends into the crowd just a little, by being more spice than vegetable, and by having that touch of vanilla sweetness to it that seems popular this go around, but it also stands out by being perhaps the easiest drinking, least filling, cleanest finishing, full flavored version I have come across. it pours a clear almost red orange color, rusty but bright, with an inch of relaxed tan head. a nose of clove and allspice, not heavy, but not remote either, and sweet red malt. copper and mineral flavors start, pumpkin pie spice takes the middle, and a honey vanilla complex rounds it out, before an almost lager-like quality takes over, crisping everything up and erasing the finish. its delicious, sessionable, and has all the elements of a good pumpkin ale. I think the feel makes this memorable for me. I wish it came in sixes instead of fours, but a lovely brew all up.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, on a rainy afternoon in our old-school Montreal hotel room.

This beer pours a clear, bright bronzed amber colour, with two hefty fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some layered storm front lacing around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells very much of pumpkin pie - cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, sweet vegetal pumpkin mash - and a bit of caramel/toffee malt. The taste is light pumpkin rind and flesh, a lessened nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon spice, some ascending ginger notes that recall the childhood memories of their snap format, bready caramel malt, and a muddled fruity nuttiness.

The carbonation is quite soft, mostly just a trilling frothiness, the body medium-full in weight, and rather rounded in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with some semi-sweet vegetal gourd and seasonal spices lazily lingering.

La Citrouille is a fairly drinkable and generally enjoyable representation of that fall harvest dessert (and sometimes morning after) staple. A minor trifle, though - why isn't this listed as a Pumpkin Ale? If it looks, smells, tastes, and well, is called one, then, qu'est-ce qui se passe, eh?

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Mr.V: Poured a clear light brown color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma of canella and nutmeg and nutmeg is quite intense. Taste is also dominated by some canella and nutmeg as well as some light cloves notes (I could not notice any ginger even thought label mention it as one ingredient). Body is about average with some average carbonation. I don’t remember the previous version that was brewed years ago to contain that much spices but this was quite enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, dark amber color with a fizzy, short-lived head of off-white foam. It left little no lacing.

S - It smelled of pumpkin and some spices.

T - Pumpkin flavor is present but not as strong as I hope for. Typical pumpkin spices of nutmeg and cinnamon.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice pumpkin ale, although not my favorite.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amyliz4 picked this bottle up at Belmont Party Supply in Dayton. Served in a "JP & Tyler's Wedding" pint glass in our hotel room.

Poured a copper-orange color with a thin off-white head and not much in the way of retention or lacing. The nose was a bit plain with some faint spice and a bit of bread and caramel. The flavor was better, blending the caramel malt and spicing quite well. Medium body and a good cinnamon kick to the finish. Well-balanced. This was a good pumpkin beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear deep orange infused copper color with a this wispy white head atop.Pumpkin pie spices along with a little graham cracker crust in the nose,a good amount of nutmeg in there.a little fizzy feel in the mouth with some orange-like cardamom flavors and nutmeg sticking out most,a faint drying effect and mild roasted pumpkin flavor in the finish.The flavors are not bad but the feel is somewhat lacking,ok but nothing special here in my opinion.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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 jlindros
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours with a light fizzy head that fades at a medium pace over a clear dark reddish-amber-orange color.

The nose brings plenty of pumpkin, with the typical spices. Some breaddy malts and a little sweetness, with touch of a slight syrup. The pumpkin blends with the nut aromas and spices and brings that typical pumpkin pie like beer. The spices are almost overwhelming here and I'm a little worried this will be a bad beer with the crazy spices.

The taste is similar, with lots of pumpkin flavor to boot. However, the spices don't hit as hard as the nose. There is definite spices, and still a little too much IMO, but nutty flavors combine well with the spices and pumpkin. Again comes some breaddy malts, and a slight sweetness with a touch of syrup. All these flavors actually blend well and comes more with a slight pumpkin pie blended with pecan pie. It's actually a pretty tasty beer.

The mouth is medium bodied with lower but decent carbonation.

It finishes slightly sweet but dries a bit. Long lingering spices actually, despite that they weren't as strong on the initial taste, now that most of the other tastes (namely pumpkin and sweetness) have died down, the spices come on strong and linger for a while. There is some more of the light syrupy sweetness with some pumpkin and nuts, but those are attenuated a lot by now.

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Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.5 oz. bottle, with a indecipherable coded production date on the back, but definitely 2013 vintage. Poured into a Belgian snifter.

A: Pours dark reddish-copper; very good clarity; small tan head reduces to a thin ring in about a minute. Some lacing lines continue to form.

Smell: Moderately spicy, with a well-balanced mix of cinnamon, allspice, and other 'Fall spices'. Hints of burnt sugar, vanilla and pumpkin.

T: Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice hit the tongue and indicate an over-spiced ale, but it's not. These quickly diminish and mix with some pumpkin puree and light malts. Very tasty and well balanced, considering the prominent spicing.

M: Smooth, medium-full body, with enough carbonation to impart a moderately lively feel.

Overall: One of the best pumpkin beers I can remember, including ome big, high ABV imperials. Highly recommended.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper in color with some reddish highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall beige head of large bubbles that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin pie spices upfront (cinnamon dominates with some lighter notes of nutmeg) and some sweetness. Underneath that there are lighter aromas of pumpkin and an almost fruity malt.

T: Starts out with a malty sweetness that includes a hint of caramel with strong fruity flavors (apple and pear) then there is a moderate to strong flavor of pumpkin pie - the combination of pumpkin and spices (cinnamon and nutmeg). The beer is quite sweet overall with very little bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a solid Pumpkin Ale offering and one that I enjoyed - the heavier amounts of cinnamon than other spices tickled my fancy. Easy to drink and I could have a couple of these in an evening.

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Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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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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 woodychandler
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle says the great pumpkin ale not the french citrouille like the version pictured above. Pours a deep caramel amber body with a big fluffy off white head, leaves behind fine speckled lacing around my pils glass. Aromatics offer up robust pumpkin sweetness, a very nice natual vegetable like tone straight out of the gourd. Again another pumpkin ale where the spices don't grab your nose hairs and completely pull you in. Flavor has a strong caramel malt from the front to the back, definitely borders on butter scotch with a touch of pumpkin flesh and a subtle mix of pumpkin pie spices. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively caronation finishes with the spices and lingering caramel sweetness but in a good way. Drinkability overall another stellar example of the style, I tend to not like Pumpkin ales at all so far I'm two for three this year.

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Photo of jwc215
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark orangeish reddish amber with a wisp rather than a head that eventually disappears.

The smell is of pumpkin, a syrup-like sweetness and the usual pumpkin spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. A caramelish/toffeeish malty aroma comes through.

The taste is of sweet, caramelish maltiness with pumpkin pie spicing, especially cinnamon. Grainy/caramelish maltiness gives a firm backbone, and almost overrides the spicing. This was fine, as I don't care for overly spiced beers anyway, but here it seems that the spices were a bit too subtle for what they should be... Still it has a nice malty character that doesn't become too sweet and a touch of pumpkin pie character.

It has a medium body with medium to high carbonation.

Not overly spicy though certainly enough to let you know you're drinking a pumpkin ale. Maltiness does lend a nice smoothness. Very drinkable for the style, as the spices don't overwhelm and has a nice malty backbone.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass. Pours a medium coppery orange amber. Thin medium head dissipates quickly into a ring, no lacing. Light aroma of pumpkin pie spices, light pumpkin. Flavor is subtle, but pleasant pumpkin pie spices, sweet pumpkin, faint sweet malt. Nice prickly carbonation bite at the end. Light bodied. A satisfactory pumpkin ale, nice flavors without any off elements that a lot of light pumpkin ales seem to have. Nothing to rush back to, but one of the better light, low ABV pumpkin ales I've had

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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 DoubleJ
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of liamt07
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from Jason, batch from this past fall. 341ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours russet with a transient offwhite head, translucent body and a collar is left for a head. Nose has some allspice, cinnamon, slight bread and a bit of caramel. Not alot of overt pumpkin. Taste is spice forward, more allspice and cinnamon akin to the nose. Light caramel notes as well. Some more breadiness. Prickly carbonation and a lighter feel than I'd like. Moderate drinkability, but more of a spiced ale than a distinct pumpkin ale. Nice, even in the offseason for this offering.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear orange-brown color with a white head. The aroma is nutmeg and pumpkin. The flavor is basic pumpkin pie spices with some allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, caramel malt and pumpkin notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A pretty basic pumpkin ale but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium amber hue with a half finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a rindy pumpkin, allspice and a touch of caramel.

The taste consisted of a vegetably pumpkin flesh with some light pumpkin pie spices.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a good pumpkin ale seemingly made with real pumpkins.

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