St-Ambroise Citrouille (The Great Pumpkin Ale)

Since I haven’t been reviewing beers as regularly as I would like, I’ve had this beer for awhile. I don’t even remember when I picked it up, but I’m assuming that I picked it up at the end of the fall season at Cranbury Buy-Rite in a mixed six-pack and it has been sitting in the back of the fridge for awhile. Let’s see if this one held up.


ABV: 5%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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.”

Random: This cold is beyond ridic at this point.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a brilliant copper color that was clear with plenty of carbonation present. The nose was really pleasant on this beer. I got notes of cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg and ginger snap. Each note was present and none overpowered the other. The nose was where the good aspects of the brew ended. The sip started with pumpkin flavors and nutmeg and cinnamon, but then quickly went into a bitter hop notes that were a bit medicinal. A touch of a sour, fruity note at the end with some pie crust. What made the latter part of the sip worse is how thin the body was. The only thing that saves that aspect of the beer is that it was generously carbonated. The finish was thankfully short with some spices. This was not a pumpkin beer to write home about. I would give it another shot only for the fact that I had this one so far out of season.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0