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 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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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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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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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 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 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 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 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 LampertLand
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the first Pumpkin Ale that I was to find at Liquor Plus on Douglas St. during the limited October pumpkin ale season , pleasant enough in appearance and smell , I was disapointed in both taste and mouthfeel , just a little to watery for my taste buds , the overall flavour was enjoyable enough to go looking for the great pumpkin again thou

Cheers LampertLand

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rustic orange exit from the bottle is more dark candy apple red in the glass. Fizzy dark khaki head is quick to dissipate while the visible carbonation was light with a soft rising. No lacing.

S: Fresh cinnamon, cola, pot pourri, and some gingerbread is most evident moderate in strength. Toasted sweet caramel is the backing.

T: The flavor was sweet, cloying, of toasted sweet caramel, cinnamon, and nutmeg first getting noticed. Sugar graham crackers, and gingerbread with a dry toasted baked sweetness. More pumpkin spice the actual pumpkin with some dry pumpkin crust breading.

M: a medium maltiness, turning chewy with a quiet carbonation. Nice resistance and weight on the tongue.

D: Limited drinkability, more spice then pumpkin if that’s your thing. Toasted dry sweetness and comes off as a dessert beer. Festive, spicy and sweet best compliments a thanksgiving dinner.

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

Appearance: It has a nice clear dark orange/copper colour to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of pumpkin with some cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves and ginger.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has all the spices with some pumpkin, caramely notes and a slight hop bitterness. Lighter than what I anticipated from the smell but still good.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice dark orange with a thin bubbly head. Head left a thinl ayer with a bit of cling. Aroma was definitely pumpkin. A hint of cloves and cinnamon, pretty much dead on. Flavor was pleasant, but taste was a bit to fruity sweet. Picked up a tad of sour as it sat. Felt a little thin in the mouth, and needed just a bit more carbonation. Overall it was mixed. The aroma was pretty much dead on, but the flavor was nothing at all like what I would have expected. Seemed like it would have been better in another style.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.65/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank from my De Struise Tulip

A - Pours a dark amber copper colour with a head that dies real quick.

S - Plenty of spice, cinnamon and ginger, not much pumkin.

T - Tiny bit of pumkin but mainly spice. Not a good finish of bitter syrup.

M - Overcarbonated for me. Light body.

D - Well this is my first pumkin beer and i'm so dissapointed. Hope they are better than this.

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Photo of seesnow3
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bruges glass, unknown freshness, $2.75/bottle NH

Pour-Light fizzy head that pours large but recedes very quickly to barely a ring of bubbles, red-orange light brown, mostly clear, essentially no lacing.

Nose-While pouring, caramelized pumpkin and spices. After pouring, heavy cinnamon and clove, other spices as well. Pumpkin is also there but this is an incredibly spicy nose. Very dark aromas

Palate-Sort of sweet at first, a good amount of short-lasting sour, a little bit of bitter. Not as spicy as the nose would suggest, but the cinnamon is pretty big along with noticeable cloves. The pumpkin is actually not all that noticeable, though sweet, the spice is the main character. Minimal yeast/hop flavors. IMO fairly unbalanced but in this case I like that.

Body- Light, fizzy, smooth, slightly dry finish. It has the body of the soda-like category without tasting that way. Good recommendation, like this stuff a lot. More like a spiced ale, not too much beer flavor going on but the spice has nice warmth and depth. Maintains pleasant characteristics over a long period of time. I would like a bit more pumpkin but this is one of my favorite pumpkin beers thus far.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Clear copper color, 1-finger head that quickly dissipates
S: Pure-smelling pumpkin pie spice aromas, cinnamon/nutmeg/clove/ginger, along with a hint of pumpkin.
T: Also more spice than pumpkin, but also pure and tasty.
M: A bit thin, but smooth and pleasant.
O: Solid overall and tasty, though I would love more pumpkin and bit fuller body.

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Photo of fostachild
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear copper/amber colour, half-inch head that fades quick - decent lacing.

smell is fruity/sweet, very malty, with a nice aroma of spices.

taste is pretty interesting - similar to the smell, with some hops and a nice warm bitter aftertaste.

overall pretty enjoyable, an above average pumpkin ale for sure.

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

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Foamy tan head, about one finger. Dark amber-brown color. The head settles to a thin, foamy cap, but sticks around. Slight lacing, but barely.

S - More pumpkin pie than actual pumpkin. Lots of spices though; cinnamon, clove and nutmeg are all very detectable. Notes of maple like sweetness linger as well. Not quite as pronounced as I had remembered it being.

T - As the nose hinted at, this beer is mainly comprised of pumpkin pie spices rather than actual pumpkin. The base is surprisingly grainy and lager-esque. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, with a touch of cloves. Caramel malt with some light hops in the finish. Flavor comes through more and more as it warms. Good stuff.

M - Medium carbonation, with a medium bodied feel. Fitting, but nothing special.

D - Not the home run I remember it being, but this is still a tasty seasonal ale that I know I'll be drinking again next year. Well balanced and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of leaddog
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- dark coppery red with brown tones. Thin white head with clear transparency.

Smell- Hints of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and allspice.

Taste- Strong flavour of spices with a hint of pumpkin. Pumpkin flavour is very mild in this. A tad bitter but doesn't affect the drinkability of this beer.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, bubbles are "tingly", drinkable for this style of beer.

Overall - A good autumn beer with all the spices of the season, however, could use more pumpkin to balance out the spices.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Random seasonal pick from Beercrazy.

A nice medium brown color with a moderate amount of carbonation and little lacing. The aroma has some pumpkin spice and maybe some nutmeg. The taste is quite sweet with the pumpkin being balanced out by the malts. It has a slight bitterness that hangs around. I quite enjoyed this one, I'd say it's comparable to Rock Bottom's pumpkin ale.

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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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