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

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83
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388 Ratings
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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
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Ratings: 388 |  Reviews: 168
Photo of elgrayso
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

there are a lot of pumpkin beers out there, most of them being not so great. a lot of them not even reminiscent of pumpkin. this one, however, you can definitely associate with pumpkin. i am a big fan of pumpkin beers and have tried many. that being said, i would put this one on the subtle side of pumpkin/spice flavor. you can taste the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, but you dont leave with a "wow THATS pumpkin!" that i prefer. however a lot of the "pumpkin" beers dont even taste like pumpkin at all, like i mentioned, so perhaps others dont find it as subtle as me.

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Photo of ChuckGnarly
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Gehrig13
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before May 31 2013. A few more of these pumpkin beers and I'll probably be saturated on them until next fall.

Pours a translucent, intense orange-copper hue, topped with one finger of foamy, off-white head that fizzles away completely within a minute or two. Nothing is left behind, save for a narrow collar around the rim. The aroma is strong on the spice, with lots of gingerbread, nutmeg and allspice, with cinnamon and pumpkin rounding it out underneath. It all combines to give a very appealing pumpkin pie motif to the bouquet.

The actual squashy, vegetal flavour of pumpkin plays a minor role in this brew's flavour; the focus here is definitely the spice. Cinnamon and nutmeg are prominent, with a significant bite from the ginger as well. The malt flavours have a bready, vaguely saccharine feel to them, but are abruptly halted with some herbal bitterness in the finish. Slightly spicy aftertaste that lingers on the palate. On the light side of medium-bodied; seems a little slick at first but the heavy carbonation and spicy nature help to alleviate this feeling. Pretty drinkable as far as spiced beers go - everything is well-balanced and kept in check, including the spices, which are loud in more of a charming sense than an overbearing, obnoxious one. Even still, more than two of these a night would be pushing it for me.

Final Grade: 3.87, a B+. St. Ambroise Citrouille is a solid spiced ale, and probably the best pumpkin beer I've had so far this year - McAuslan continues to impress me with every offering I try. Not really the kind of thing I'd want to session all night, but a bottle of this paired with some pie would really hit the spot. Definitely worth a try for any fan of the style, and something I hope to see available next year.

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Photo of BCash
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of wedge
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep, reddened copper covered with a small beige head, quickly diminishing to a ring. Expected pie spice aromas upfront, though not as bright as others, quickly followed by pumpkin, caramel, and toffee. Caramel sweetness, pumpkin pie, mild cinnamon, breadiness, and a touch of tartness in the finish. Drinks heavier than 5%; smooth and chewy. Not too over-the-top with spices, not too sweet...enjoyable!

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Photo of bent
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of imbuckeye
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of oldp0rt
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Melomanemusher
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of dsuedbeck
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Kristin87
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Partridge
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of nquigley16
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of djcreepshow
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Naterobsnyk4
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of TJMcScmeebs
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of jrempel
5/5  rDev +35.9%

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

Pours an appealing copper with a decent amount of off white head. Decent retention. The nose hints of pumpkin spice and medium roasted malt. Smells festive, but not over the top. Taste is also not over the top, which I like in a pumpkin ale. Pumpkin spice is up front, but still leaves room for the beer to come through. Malts are sweet and caramel with a pale base. Mouthfeel is generally thin, but smooth. Overall a good pumpkin beer, better than most, but I've also had much better in the category.

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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 wizo
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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