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Brewed by McAuslan Brewing (Brasseurs RJ)
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Montreal, Canada

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RATINGS: 381   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Each year as the leaves fall and the north wind blows, St-Ambroise Pumpkin Ale make its return – a magical potion that casts a potent spell with its well-crafted blend of blond and caramelized malts, gentle hop, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and pumpkin. Its delicate malty character and hint of sweetness will quench any creature looking for easy-drinking refreshment.

AKA McAuslan Spiced Pumpkin for a time.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5283) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2010
The body is medium copper with a light khaki head that quickly faded. The nose was rich with nutmeg and cinnamon. There was just a hint of pumpkin and caramel. The taste has some strong nutmeg with a little bit of the earthy pumpkin behind it. Then there is also a little bit of cinnamon spicy character in the finish. Warming and smooth, this is a well made beer from an overall solid brewer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2010
On tap at The Only Cafe. Not a fan of fruit/spiced beers for the most part, but I found this one to be great. The spices are well balanced and it still feels like you are having a proper beer.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bendrixian (1462) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2010
its like eating pumpkin pie. nice nutmeg and cinnamon profile. it is more of the same on the palate. i must say it is not my style whatsover, actually, i can’t drink a whole glass of this but it is better than some of the local produced stuff, IMOA.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
341ml bottle. Pours amber leaning to orange with a small eggshell head that leaves a little lace. Aromas of all things pumpkin pie, heavy on the spice but no real beer noticable at all. Falls apart in the mouth. The body is way too thin and the flavours are seriously subdued, but there is a nice spice kick in the start of the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (9026) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2010
Bottle. Compared with Alley Kat Pumpkin Pi 2010. Both look the same: clear sienna, average, uniformly dense rust-tinted head. Aroma is initially quite perfumey, softly spicy, featuring nutmeg and cloves, with light brown sugar and caramel. Pumpkin Pi is more assertively malty with definite pumpkin notes. Flavours are true to the nose, with nothing really in the way to suggest pumpkin, but with delicate spice and sweet toffee malts. Mouthfeel is light, bordering on thin. The Pumpkin Pi seemed heartier, but more coarse, with less in the way of spice and more in the way of pumpkin. St. Ambroise won this one, with both Parksy and my wife in agreement.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2010
Smells great - a real autumn aroma of cinnamon and pumpkin. The flavor however is a let down - mild hints of the aromas and a bland ale taste. Palate is disappointingly prosaic. Nothing wrong with it - just nothing that special - other than the heavenly aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2010
bottle. orange pour with white head..aroma full of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin puree, and a touch of clove. nice, in that it doesnt seem overly spiced. flavor mostly of cinnamon pumpkin bread...high drinkability for the style

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (3020) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2010
Originally rated March 2008. Wow... never thought I would be able to taste this one (since they had discontinued it a while back). Now, it is back... and this one is a 2007 edition. Pours a brown-ruby clear colour with an off-white head which has average retention and hardly any lace. Very nice nose, full of cinnamon spice with a touch of nutmeg. Thin mouthfeel and average carbonation. The taste is the same as the scent, mostly cinnamon with a little ginger. Quite a beautiful spiced beer, with no pumpkin in it. Just cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Will buy again, at the end of every year when it comes out.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zenwolf (269) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2010
Bottle. Pours ruby/copper with minimal head and no lacing. Nice slightly spicy cinamon and clove aroma with hints or orange peel and.bitters. The mouthfeel was slightly watery at first, but started to coat well with well balanced spice. Minimal hops with a nice slightly nutty sweetness. Great taste. Decent holiday spice brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
godofsky (274) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2010 341ml bottle. purchased 4 pack for $9 from the grocery store. pours dark amber orange with a thick foamy off white head that quickly dissipates. lots of spices going on in the aroma. cinnamon, ginger, clove, along with pumpkin of course. nutmeg really comes out in the taste. this beer really tastes like pumpkin pie, with a mild hops finish. lovely. the mouthfeel is thin and very carbonated. very impressed with this one. i’ll be serving this for the family on thanksgiving dinner. another great product from McAuslan.


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