St-Ambroise Citrouille

Beer: St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale)
Brewery: McAuslan Brewing
Style: Pumpkin Ale
ABV: 5.0%

Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa



Sight: Clear, deep mahogany body with tons of carbonation bubbles that make the glass look like it’s frosted. There was a tan head that disappeared nearly instantly.

Smell: This smells exactly how I want every Pumpkin Ale to smell. Yes, it has pumpkin pie spices in the nose, but it’s the freshly roasted pumpkin aroma that defines the smell. A little molasses and brandy note, as well.

Flavor: SUPREME! This tastes like my mother’s pumpkin pie + a really decent amber ale. There are subtle cinnamon and nutmeg flavors sprinkled over a sweet, biscuity/crusty flavor. And then the best part: the REAL pumpkin taste! It tastes like a gen-u-ine pumpkin, and thankfully, that flavor lingers long after your last sip.

Feel: Thin body, perfectly carbonated.

Concluding Remark: Quebec’s McAuslan had set a high bar for itself by naming its brew, “The Great Pumpkin Ale.” Luckily for them (and us!), its moniker is 100% accurate.  This is The Great(est) Pumpkin Ale–or should I say Citrouille Ale–I have had this season. It doesn’t taste like a caricature of a pumpkin pie, or like a generic pumpkin pie, or like a spice cabinet. Instead, the flavors are both subtle and distinct, and actually taste like the ingredients, as opposed to tasting like artificial flavors. Incroyable, McAuslan et votre Ale de Citrouille!

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