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

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RATINGS: 384   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.


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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
gilvanblight (821) - Windsor, Ontario, - OCT 27, 2012
Coppery orange pour with a white fizzy head. Spicy cinnamon scent. Like cold pumpkin pie. Taste matches the smell with a distinct malty grassy beerness. The initial mouth is all pumpkin and spice, but it finished malty and ale like. Aftertaste really brings in the cinnamon. This one seems like it could use more alcohol. It needs a bit of a bite that isn’t there. Still a very well balanced and good beer. I definitely become a fan of McAuslan over the last few years.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
guil0000 (384) - New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 29, 2016
Pours a dark brown copper color with a medium tan head. Not much head retention. Aroma is strong spices, mostly nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and a faint caramel malt nose. Taste is medium sweetness. Nice mouth feel for the style. Medium body. Small hops in the end. Not bad actually

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2648) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 28, 2016
A nice pumpkin ale. Pours a good looking orange/brown with persistent head. Aromas of pumpkin, bread, sweet malts. More pumpkin flavours with spice notes and lots of malty goodness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljthiessen (1126) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 22, 2016
Bottle. Clear, deep amber pour with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel and bright pumpkin spice - cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, with a little something else that makes this smell fresh and bright. Taste is easygoing and nicely balanced, some pumpkin spice notes but not overly spiced, some caramel, and a hint of ginger that really makes this stand out. Fairly light but really nice for a pumpkin beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hidden_Pooch (518) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - APR 23, 2016
Much better than expected and I actually went back for more. Pours a beautiful clear red with tiny quickly dissipating head. Aroma was of caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and light soap. Tastes of pumpkin pie, caramel, ginger zing, and toffee. Has a light body with tingly ginger finish.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bierdimpfe (349) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2016
Clear copper reddish color with strong subtle activity. Almost creamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 8 minutes, with average legs. Aromas and flavors of black pepper, fruits, grains, caramel, nuts, herbal spices. More a black pepper taste with faint pumpkin and cinnamon flavors. Well balanced between sweetness and sharpness. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Well intensified but short finish, ending with a slightly bitter spicy herbal saaz feel. Overall an average craft, well balanced and complex flavors but an over buried pumpkin taste with a flat and stale feel.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (4010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2016
This stuff isn’t half bad--esp. impressive in that this bottle is at least two months old, not expired but not exactly fresh either. This is very much focused on the pumpkin and pie spice but not entirely at the expense of the beer as there is a bit of actual malt character poking through and a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.I reckon if you are into this sort of spiced beer, you were rather enjoy this one.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ARH (1117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2015
11.2 oz bottle, poured into a shaker. The aroma is reminiscent of cinnamon apple doughnuts with vanilla beans. It’s a brilliant, oily red-orange with a tan, dense head that has a medium light ring of retention and only a light lace. The taste is high, syrupy sweet with a hint of light, bitter spices. The texture is oily and syrupy with a fuzzy carbonation. The medium body is the same as the aroma with a malty finish that peaks with a crisp, clove spice and leaves a clean, vegetable aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stef73 (555) - Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2015
De couleur orangée cuivre avec avec un peu everfesssance . On sens tout suite là canelle et on le sens très bien. En bouche c est le goût de canelle ensemble goût Malte . C’est très bon comme d automne .

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Karol (827) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2015
Bottled. Aroma of cinamon, clove, ginger, spices, but no clear detection of pumpkin. The pumpkin is hard to find, covered probably by all the spices. Too bad. Taste mirrors the aroma, but again no good portion of pumpkin. Too bad. Overall a good beer, but in a blind test this beer lacks the pumpkin, that should be clear right in the beginning.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lazerlobe (37) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2015
I really don’t expect too much from my pumpkin ales. I’d rather not be beat over the head with spice or alcohol so this beer works for me in a kind way. It’s very repeatable and and easy go to holiday brew.


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