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

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83
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St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale)St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada
mcauslan.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Phyl21ca on 08-31-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
388
Reviews:
168
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.32%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
37
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 388 |  Reviews: 168
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 Bf_89
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of artemh
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jacwomyn
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of scottwurst
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jesus808
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of rale
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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 DenisKolkin
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. pack of beers picked up for $9.95 CDN.

Appearance - Shockingly this beer is pumpkin colored (sarcasm). 1 finger of head is poured, leaving quickly with no lacing. No white cap of soapy wisps left on top either. Not terribly impressive to look at but then...

Smell - Rich pumpkin pie, with whipped cream on it, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar. Smells like desert at Thanksgiving.

Taste - Quite a bit of pumpkin here which is good, the sweetness in the aforementioned pumpkin pie and brown sugar is noticeable on the front end. However there's also a soda-ish quality to the taste in the way the carbonation effects the beer. I think that a thicker and creamier beer would have elevated this from good beer to really damn good.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation and crispness, but again the soda-ish quality makes and appearance here.

Overall - I enjoyed this more than the Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale last week, by virtue of more pumpkin smells and flavors. Definitely a seasonable offering I would offer to anyone interested in trying pumpkin beer.

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Photo of dertyd
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of AnHeroicHippo
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, at about 4 degrees Celsius.

Appearance – Light brown, maybe almost pumpkin-hued; no head retention to speak of; a bit of lacing.

Smell – Warm, winter spices: nutmeg, cardamom, maybe a hint of cinnamon; reminds me of pumpkins, but I'm not sure it smells like actual pumpkins – more like gingerbread.

Taste – Barely any taste at all… some mild warm spices, mostly nutmeg. Tried waiting fifteen minutes for the beer to warm, but still barely anything. Unimpressed. I remember this tasting much more last year; how odd.

Mouthfeel – Low carbonation; no taste of alcohol to speak of; a bit dry.

Overall – a bit underwhelming overall, but a perfect spice profile reminiscent of tasty pumpkin pie. (It's possible the taste was attenuated somewhat by what I was eating… will give this another try soon.)

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Photo of Sturmthis
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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 CreightonSM
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Kerrie
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of mtomlins
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Dark reddish copper and very clear. Pours to 1-2 fingers of bubbly head, falling fast to a thin collar and no lacing.

S: Touch of sweet malt, pumpkin spice (especially cinnamon).

T: Sweet malt but not overly, pumpkin spice and cinnamon; a touch of hops help dry out the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation; smooth and bubbly.

O: A nice malty brew with a nice pumpkin character.

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Photo of afwood63
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of BobsledTM
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of DavidGross
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of WynnO
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of barczar
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper brown with a beige head.

Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove are pungent.

Flavor echoes the aroma, but with a bit of a sour character and some nutty malt thrown in. There's a cola note to it.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation.

Not fond of the sour character or the cola note, but it's definitely got the pumpkin thing going on.

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Photo of bluerabbit
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of DbbC
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of deNevers
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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