Brewed by McAuslan Brewing
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Montreal, Canada


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RATINGS: 342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Brewed with victory malt and has a less pronounced hop profile that allows the spices to come to the fore and contributes to a harmonious, balanced brew. September to December.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (3158) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2007 341 ml, touche épicé très agréable, la première version était brassée sous licence de Buffalo Bill’s Brewing, quoi qu’à l’époque la Pumpkin Ale était plus sucré que celle de McAuslan, aujourd’hui la saveur diffère, je préférais les versions précédentes. un peu courte, la couleur est superbe par contre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (2918) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2007
355 ml from a 4-pack bought at Marche Jovi, served cool in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear, medium copper, small light tan head. Aroma: As expected, a big noseful of ginger, cloves and allspice, some cinnamon, I guess too; definite bubblegum esters, fruitiness, some medium-roasted malts; more of a spice cake than a pumpkin pie. Palate: Medium body, slightly oily, medium yet sharp effervescence. Flav.: Tons of all the spices come through, as does the caramel/toffee cakey malts; really tastes like a spice cookie or spice cake; the flavour follows the aroma, which is often not the case with these beers; a bit sweet with almost no bitterness ; light acid brightness and only light spice residuals.

Normally not a fan of these beers, but I didn’t mind this one. Would have liked to get one of the gift packs shown in the pic!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Rastacouere (6129) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
Clear dark orange coloured ale topped by a small off-white cover that recedes to nothingness. I’ll be more than surprised if actual pumpkin flesh was used, but nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves can be smelled amidst a wave of emptiness. Very thin-bodied, clean and softly carbonated. Very bland caramelly maltiness. It’s not that I hate the style more than anyone else, I actually really like the one from Southampton, but I found this rather atrocious, completely soulless, just vagabonding spices on a bed of malts that remain as thin as it gets.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2007 The look: Clear amber body with a little beige ring of foam
The style: Spicy Pumpkin beer
The stuff: Lots of pumpkin flavour in there and quite a bit of spices too with the expected assortment of nutmeg, cinnamon and friends. Body is as full as can be expected from the genre and the carbonation is appropriately soft-medium. Doesn’t bring anything new to a generally boring style however it does it more intensely than most of the competition. Funny that I have never eaten a pumpkin or a pumpkin pie but I can now identify pumpkin flavours after drinking so many beers. So that’s at least one thing that beer has taught me, unfortunately is doesn’t quite make-up for all it has made me forget.
The how: Bottle, fresh.
The conclusion: Flavourful and slightly above average for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pootzboy (1590) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2007
Bottle from metro Joanette Poured a gorgeous deep burnished copper color with an excellent creamy tan cap. Aroma is phenomenal....like liquid pumpkin pie...malts, pumpkin, spices and light sweetness...delicious! Tastes pretty much like it smells..malty sweetness with pumpkin flavors and spice/hop astringence to balance, develops some earthy-mustiness in the middle...slightly drying finish with a wonderful pumpkin pie after taste. Of the pumpkin beers I’ve tried this is undoubtedly the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mart (211) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2007
Bouteille. Couleur foncée, brune-cuivrée, claire, mousse mince s’estompant peu à peu. Arôme frais d’épices, cannelle, gingembre et muscade sont présent. Goût doux, mais bien épicé, légèrement malté, légèrement amer. Finale en pain d’épices. Corps un peu mince, effervescence moyenne. Intéressant et pas trop lourd contrairement à plusieurs bières aux épices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2503) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2007
Bu au Festival Bière et Saveur 07 (bouteille). Rousse foncée, peu de collet. Arome de malte d’épice d’automne, un peu de céréal doux fruité. Goût de malte mi-sucré, pain d’épice et des fruits d’automne sûrettes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 3, 2007
Dark copper with a trace of a head. Not much aroma. The spicy pumpkin really starts to come through in the finish. Different, but not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
marcbé (86) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2007
Dark orange color, almost no foam. Smell of cinnamon, bubble gum, nutmeg and coke. Very spicy taste with a shy malt in the end. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Mr.V: Poured a clear light brown color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma of canella and nutmeg and nutmeg is quite intense. Taste is also dominated by some canella and nutmeg as well as some light cloves notes (I could not notice any ginger even thought label mention it as one ingredient). Body is about average with some average carbonation. I don’t remember the previous version that was brewed years ago to contain that much spices but this was quite enjoyable nonetheless.

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