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)

Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of DerekMorgan
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Reagan1984
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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

Poured from the bottle dark browm with a short tan head. Foam faded but never disappeared completely, spotty lace.
Nice aromas, spices more dominant than the pumpkin itself. Taste had the same allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, flavors. Nice complexity to this one, levels of flavor keep building on top of the caramel malt base. Good body with a full mouthfeel.
Some pumpkin beers have been kind of bland, but we really liked this one's flavor.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Bolingbrook, IL
Date: "H241208:08" stamped on label
Glass: Tulip

St. Ambroise's Citrouille is a surprisingly rich pumpkin ale: the malt, pumpkin, buttery diacetyl, and spice tastes are "deep" enough to make this taste and smell, at times, like an imperial pumpkin ale without the higher ethanol content. The body is somehow able to pull off feeling full as well, despite the fairly low ethanol content. This was an affordably priced pumpkin ale that also tasted rich and loaded with the flavors I tend to find appealing in a pumpkin ale: not a fizzy, watery, spicy mess. One I will look for next fall.

Pours a 1cm tall head of slightly off-white foam, composed of bubbles that are medium to large in size. Dissipation is a bit faster than average, the head lasting a minute or less. Lacing is minimal to nonexistent, a few specks and small dots scattered across the perimeter of the glass. Body is a dark copper brown, with light bringing out slightly brighter orange and pale copper hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, streaming up from the center and sides of the glass.

Aroma is well-spiced with cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg, along with some bready malt-influenced sweetness that gives this a hint of cinnamon roll scent. Generally heavy on malt and spices, very much like a baked pumpkin pie.

The beer is delicious and rich, fairly full of cinnamon, nutmeg, bread, buttery diacetyl, and caramel characters, with minor notes of baked butternut squash. If the cinnamon was a bit more intense, or the squash a bit less, this could be less delicious. This year, though, St. Ambroise happened upon a solid balance among all the ingredients. Front of palate picks up strong cinnamon and nutmeg flavors, along with malty/bready sweetness, and pumpkin/squash flavors. Middle of palate brings forward greater modest caramel malt sweetness with a background of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and diacetyl, contributing a buttery maltiness that really reinforces the richness of the beer. Back of palate picks up very hearty caramel malt flavors, buttery diacetyl, warming cinnamon, and rich pumpkin/squash notes: perhaps the best part of the beer. Aftertaste of lingering sweet bread meets cinnamon and light pumpkin/squash flavor, again reminding me of faded pumpkin cinnamon rolls.

Beer is medium-bodied, with medium levels of carbonation that are a bit too much at first, but a few minutes after pouring, the beer settles to a fairly light, crisp mouthfeel with comfortable fizziness. Closes semi-dry, with some stickiness across the palate. This feels pleasant to drink, better than average, but not amazing.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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 KalanM
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich golden-orange hue with a haze-free body and thin finger of frothy ivory foam which dissipated quickly. Not too bad.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a bit of a Vienna lager character to it. Pumpkin pie spices are present with a little bit of actual pumpkin aroma. Decent, but it's a bit sweet and a little messy.

Taste: sweet malt with a big dose of cinnamon and nutmeg which were not nearly as prominent as in the aroma. The cinnamon is close to being over-done, but it creates a great balance that simply wasn't there at all in the aroma. Easily the most cinnamon I've ever experienced in a beer, but this brew is all the better for it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a good creaminess. Quite satisfying.

Overall: this is kind of a bizarre beer; it lacks balance in the aroma but the crazy cinnamon brings out the best of the flavor. Put this on the list of maybes.

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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 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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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of 4ster
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute type glass.

A: Pours a darkish copper/cinnamon colour, light bubbles with initial frothy head, caramel in colour with large bubbles, retention fades pretty quickly with some light lacing.

S: Very fresh and light on the nose.... fresh pumpkin smells like they were just picked and cut open and fresh spices especially ginger with some whole nutmeg and cinnamon.

T: Starts off with malt tastes under laid with light fresh pumpkin , a bit syrupy/caramel but not really sweet, then the spice of the beer really takes over. Light amounts of cinnamon, nutmeg and I get an decent amount of cloves, finishing off with an ample amount of fresh ginger.

M: Fairly high carbonation that hits your tongue at the start, and also as it goes down, which is refreshing but also distracting from the tastes a bit, otherwise everything is very well balanced in the flavour department and undrinkability (prob. also due to the only 5% abv)

O: Overall one of the better tasting pumpkin ales if not for any specific reason other than it is a bit different than others, though as others note this would be more aptly labeled a fall spiced ale. This one stands out as being nicely balanced, not over powering in any one way, and the addition of ginger sets it apart from the other usual blends of pumpkin pie spices, as if your beer was coming out of a can of pre-made pie. I find it quite refreshing but if you really want something heavier on pumpkin, or with more malt complexity, it's not quite there. I also find the carbonation to be a bit much unfortunately that distracts from the balance/subtlety of the beer... So because of the carbonation and if you aren't a huge fan of ginger, you may get tired of it after a few. We bought a few 4 packs of this, this fall, as it goes down pretty easily, goes with different foods and with company (and it was the first on the market we saw!) I'd recommend trying it for sure, and even buying a 4 pack, but maybe not more.

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

This pumpkin ale is a clear orange-brown. It makes an effort to develop the head and manages respectably, though with difficulty. Retention is moderate, and a foam is left in its place that drops a bit of spotty lacing behind it.
Pumpkin flesh is hearty on the nose with a good dose of malt backbone and spicing that is on the higher end and stops short of going overboard. There's a light sweetness and ever-so-slight buttery note as well.
This is a pretty good pumpkin ale, though spicing's a little harder on the tongue. A very light dose of herbal hops shows up as well. Spicing is mostly nutmeg and cinnamon, but something kicking like ginger root peeks out in the finish as well. Most of the notes come out and mingle better after it's been out awhile.
Crispness is here in the feel, but it seems like it's being forced out of the carbonation; interestingly, said carbonation doesn't really add any smoothness. Something sort of flattens out in the middle here. It's not bad, but for the malts support and the mediumish body, there should be more.

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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 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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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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 RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of hotsudge
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of JohnPowell79
1/5  rDev -72.8%

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