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 mrnobody
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into an oversized tulip. Pours a dark amber (looks like their Pale Ale) with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing to speak of. Smells like what you would expect from pumpkin pie: pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar and lots of cinnamon (the other pumpkin beers I've tried seem to lack this last one). The taste is pumpkin and again the spices, some malt and a bit of hops in the finish. Again, the impression is of their Pale Ale plus pumpkin pie. This has a medium body and spikier carbonation than I would like. In terms of the drinkability, for a pumpkin beer, I think this is quite high.

I've only tried 3 pumpkin beers (Great Lakes (Toronto), Grand River Brewing) and this one is easily my favourite.

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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 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 korguy123
4.57/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm quickly grabbing everything pumpkin lately. First season to try them and haven't been let down yet. This came in a 4pk as a part of the LCBO's Halloween release and is already sold out everywhere.

12oz into DFH signature glass.

A- Clear amber/copper pour. Three finger egg shell head. Big billowing cylinder of carbonation. Lacing is wonderful.

S- Huge fall spice bomb! This thing is Thanksgiving and Halloween poured into one glass. Cinnamon, nutmeg, subtle ginger and cloves. Brown sugar and vanilla. The pumpkin is there but it's hard to peek through such an aromatic collection of spices. I'm actually salivating from the spice profile.

T- Sweet pumpkin dominates in the taste, total opposite of the nose. Cinnamon and vanilla are there as well as nutmeg. Toasted malts and faint caramel just wrap around you like a warm blanket on a chilly fall day.

M- Meduium bodied and chewy greatness.

D- The price rivals any other fall collection they've released so far and that's great! I found my self taking large gulps rather than sips to savor. I wanted and needed more and more till my glass was empty.

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Photo of MattyV
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red-copper colour with a small creamy off-white head. Picking up mostly pumpkin spices (nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon) with a touch of caramel. The flavour follows the nose with the spice taking the lead, and is complemented by the pumpkin and caramel malt. There is a lingering light spiciness throughout, and the hops eventually make themselves known and provide a lightly bitter finish. Medium to light-bodied and is pretty highly carbonated.

This had good drinkability in that it provided adequate pumpkin flavour without overpowering the beer. Quite enjoyable, I wish I picked up a few more 4-packs of this before it disappeared.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
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 heebes
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
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 WeedKing4
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown amber with a decent amount of foam. Tastes actually like pumpkin pie. Not over poweringly sweet or spicey, just quite drinkable. This is my first of the style and it was better then expected. Hope i'm ready for the pumpking. This was a nice beer though.

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Photo of SuperSnake
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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 canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I saw a big pallet display of these in my BCLS. They come in 4 packs and retail for about $10.

This is a great pumpkin beer that backs up the spices and the pumpkin flavours with a solid ale yet is only 5% ABV. Pours quite dark with a pretty red tinge to the colour. Nose is all spice and some hops. The beer is spicy yet very drinkable and I got to the end of the glass wnating another one. Great example of this rising style

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Photo of strangemusic
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The last McAuslan seasonal I tried was the positively epic barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout, so I was keen to pick this one up!

It poured out a deep amber with red tint, the head is quick to disappear but stays sticky on the side of the glass.

The smell is of cloves, nutmeg, gingerbread, pumpkin pie, orange and caramel malt. Mmmm.

The taste is a similar profile but distributed differently. Caramel and ginger flavours are big up front, with clove and then more nutmeg and pumpkin leading to an orange and cinnamon finish with a little hop crispness. Very complex, subtle, not artificial-tasting and quite pleasant.

The drinkability is surprisingly good, at only 5% and with so much diverse flavour you really feel like it's worth having another.

My only real complaint with this beer is the mouthfeel! To be honest, for a spicy rich fall beer I would have liked a bit of a heavier feel with less carbonated zing. It is nicely balanced though, with citrus keeping things crisp and an overall softness on the palate.

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Photo of jampics2
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle into an open-mouthed pint glass. The beer looks really, really nice in the glass, much better than the several other pumpkin beers I've had this year. The reason is the fiery amber color with red, brown, and honey colored edges. It's very appealing and because of the beer's lucid clarity, I can see active carbonation. The only thing that dings the appearance is the lack of head; only a ring of white foam remains but it does leave great lace.

The smell is also very nice, but a touch heavy on the spices. The requisite ginger, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg are all present with the cinnamon taking the lead. There's also a sweet malt behind the spices, but it's masked.

The taste of this 'Great Pumpkin Ale' is nice, certainly above average. Unfortunately, it's nothing outstanding. There's a nice clove and pumpkin pie crust flavor that is enjoyable but ultimately the flavor isn't well-rounded or well-defined. It's reminiscent of butterscotch and ginger cookies and is pleasant but falls short of greatness. Nice try but could benefit by more of a single direction.

The mouthfeel is heavy on the carbonation and light and zippy in general. The finish is lingering cinnamon and sweet pumpkin pie. Overall, this is a good pumpkin beer, certainly better than average, but it comes off as a well-executed catch-all instead of an individual. Being the best beer without a clear identity isn't good enough for me.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'd say this is an ok beer, though not my favorite pumpkin ale by far. With some darker malt backing and a bit more mouthfeel, the flavor profile here would actually make a nice winter warmer, I'm very intrigued by the ginger.

Pours a slightly tarnished copper color with big eggshell head that fades rapidly to nothing. Smell is decent, some cinnamon and pumpkin, maybe a hint of malt in there. Ginger there too.

Taste follows with a big ginger punch. The pumpkin is noticeable, but kind of as an afterthought to the ginger. Cinnamon is noted as well. There's also a lingering flavor that I can't quite pin down but it's not super pleasant. Kind of a wet, pumpkin bread with some vegetal thrown in. It's a transient flavor in an otherwise pretty good beer.

MF is a bit thin for my tastes, carbonation is also a tad high. Decent drinker, not one of my favorites, but not a bad pumpkin ale I guess.

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Photo of BBP
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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 kwjd
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Volo in Toronto. Pours an amber-orange colour with a finger of white head that doesn't dissipate much. Smells of pumpkin spicing and sweet butterscotch. Flavour isn't one of the more intense pumpkin beers I've had, but it is nice. Good carbonation level.

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

Cheers to fellow BA joemcgrath27 for hooking me up with a bottle.

A - Pours a nice dark copper colour, thumb of off-white head, mild retention (couple minutes), and no real lacing.

S - Scent, oddly enough, reminds me of ginger bread cookies. Bready malts loaded with spices, ginger and nutmeg really coming through the strongest.

T - Taste, much like the scent, is kind of dominated by ginger and reminds me of ginger snaps. The nutmeg also comes through quite strong with some cinnamon making an appearance. The finish is sweeter and leaves a slight pumpkin flavour lingering on the tongue... There it is... A little delayed, but present nonetheless!

M - Mouthfeel is medium, with a bit of a creamy feel. Perfect carbonation, and it goes down quite smooth. Finish is slightly dry, but non-offensive.

D - This one was tasty, but I think the spices were a little too much, overpowering the subtle pumpkin flavours. Could I drink several of these? Probably not... Which I suppose is why they sell it in 4-packs as opposed to 6-ers. A tasty pumpkin beer, and worthy of trying if you're able to get your hands on a bottle.

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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 Shadman
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A+ on the packaging. Very seasonal and cool looking.

Bright, clear copper orange colour, large tan head, bit on the fizzy side. No lacing.

Touch of earthiness sneaks throught the pumpkin spice.

Crisp clean and spicy. Clean graininess, slightly herbal character, but the main theme is the allpice and cinnamon. Finishes slightly dry and quite neutral.

Lot's of carbonation. Found the texture to be on the watery side compared to Alley Kat's pumpkin beer.

Nice seasonal beer. Refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 341 ml brown bottle, part of a 4-pack. Pours out an impressive bright clear dark amber hue, creamy off-white head that slowly settles.

Robust aroma of well-blended pumpkin spice, earthy vegetable, and light caramel malt.

Clean grains in the flavour, along with that balanced pumpkin spice, and a mild earthy finish.

Medium-full mouthfeel, brisk carbonation, smooth texture.

Probably my favourite of the pumpkin beers I've tried so far, and much better than last year's offering, it makes me glad that I held off until now to review it. Definitely worth getting your fill of while it lasts this time around.

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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 joemcgrath27
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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 schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been in search of the best pumpkin. This may not be it, but it's a great one. It is aromatic, pretty in the glass, and an acceptable entry.

It's a bit sweet on the aftertaste. The overall drinkability is very good. It makes me wonder what would happen if it were a bit yeastier and had a Belgian kind of taste. That's what I want to drink.

The name threw me off on BA - PUMPKIN - in English.

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Photo of bamadog
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up the other day, and it took me a while to find it on the site as mine is printed in English and is just called St-Ambroise Pumpkin. Review is from notes taken on 8/26/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice deep coppery color with some slight ruby highlights; starts with a one finger off-white head that fades quickly to a full and uneven skim; body is very clear and shows moderate carbonation; a few spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Nice pumpkin pie and the spices that come along with it - cinnamon and nutmeg; bit of a crackery and bready maltiness -- quite robust overall.

Taste: Pretty much just like the smell -- lots of the pumpkin pie-like scents and and the spices of cinnamon and nutmeg; bit of a buttery and cracker-like bready maltiness as well.

Mouthfeel: Body is a little thin -- how I wish that someone would make a pumpkin ale that's a little thicker and creamier, perhaps this should be my next homebrew project; carbonation is strong and nearly sharp; a moist finish.

Drinkability: Not too bad, but there are definitely some better options out there that I'm more excited about.

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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 becktone
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes 10-26-09

Eye:Deep copper color and ridiculously clear. This beer looks great to the eye. I would like more from the head though. It starts out with nice formation but retention just lacks. I mean this looks like a thin blanket, just a thin film covering the top of the beer. All in all pretty good looking just needs work on retention I think, that or its my glass.

Nose: Wow, I mean seriously this one smells like pumpkin pie. The blend of spices is right and there is pumpkin evident in the aroma...I'm even getting the aroma of the crust of the pie. This one really does it for me. After the initial sniff I go again and can start to pick apart this brew's aroma. Cinnamon is evident and foremost, but not overwhelming. Its easy to tell its there and maybe its that it comes through the most in the end of the aroma, the beginning is a conglomerate of spices but cinnamon lingers and is the easiest to pick out. Clove is next easiest to pick out quickly followed by nutmeg. However, in the big picture they all blend nicely, as in the first whif I had of this beer.

Tongue: Spices come through easily. However, unlike the aroma it doesn't have the same pumpkin character. Here, its more cut and dried. Each spice is there and you can pick them all up. Yet, they still work all together to give the impression of pumpkin pie. The aroma, on the other hand smelled like pumpkin pie right off the bat, here, in the taste, you get the impression...the idea of pumpkin pie. Clove and nutmeg are forefront of all the spice, and its all supported by a nice strong malt backbone. Cinnamon provides some dryness to the beer. This is a great beer, and I'll put it up there with Dogfish Head Punkin' or actually just under it....but its a damn good beer. Definitely one of the better pumpkin ales out there.

Feel and Drinkability: Body is a bit to thin if you ask me. I'd like something a bit thicker, a bit creamier. Carbonation adds to the lighter and thinner feel of this beer. Carbonation is just a bit to active, I'm not saying there should be less, but I think that the carbonation should be finer. Its just a bit too coarse, seems to scrub the palate too much. I mean there's nothing wrong with the way it is, but I think it could be better if it were different. The body here isn't actually light or thin, but the carbonation makes it seem that way. As aforementioned this one has some dryness to it. This is an easy drinking beer, and I'll not hesitate to buy it again. However, for the price I'd rather go for Schlafly Pumpkin a six-pack at the same price as this four-pack and a superior pumpkin ale. Still this is a pumpkin ale I'd definitely recommend. Pumpking, Wyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin, Schlafly, Dogfish, St. Ambroise...That's, as far as I've had, the best out there.

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St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale) from McAuslan Brewing
3.68 out of 5 based on 388 ratings.
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