St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale)

Reviewed by on October 10, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: McAuslan Brewing

  • Origin: Montréal, QC, CA

  • Rated On: October 9, 2014

  • Best Before: May 31, 2015

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Pumpkin Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

McAuslan Brewing has been producing acclaimed craft beer since 1989 in Montreal, Quebec.  While better known for their pale ale and oatmeal stout, every fall, the Great Pumpkin makes an appearance (which has nothing to do with Peanuts).

This 341ml bottle pours a clear, bright bronzed amber colour, with two hefty fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some layered storm front lacing around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells very much of pumpkin pie – cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, sweet vegetal pumpkin mash – and a bit of caramel/toffee malt. The taste is light pumpkin rind and flesh, a lessened nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon spice, some ascending ginger notes that recall the childhood memories of their snap format, bready caramel malt, and a muddled fruity nuttiness. The carbonation is quite soft, mostly just a trilling frothiness, the body medium-full in weight, and rather rounded in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with some semi-sweet vegetal gourd and seasonal spices lazily lingering.

La Citrouille is a fairly drinkable and generally enjoyable representation of that fall harvest dessert (and sometimes morning after) staple.  This is one Great Pumpkin that you don’t have to sit outside in the damp fields, waiting for its arrival – go and try some if you can!

Brady White

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