McAuslan’s “The Great St. Ambroise Pumpkin Ale”

    Is there a food or beverage that helps you enjoy a season? For some hot chocolate or hearty stew helps people enjoy the cold Winter season. Spring is a time of new life and great vegetables. Iced Tea, grilled meat, and fresh fruit is classic for the Summer. Autumn’s apples help accentuate the season for many people. I like apples just fine, but I really think pumpkin is what defines Fall for me! Or is it? I mean pumpkin is harvested in the Fall, and is used as a decoration, and in a variety of foods during this time. Have you ever tasted pumpkin, I mean fresh un-spiced pumpkin? There is not much flavor there. It’s the spices we add to pumpkin that makes it taste like…the pumpkin we are more familiar with. We all know these spices, most things pumpkin include a mix of most of these spices. Without these spices, the pumpkin is just a large gourde! I guess Fall means pumpkin spice to me!
    Add pumpkin spice to anything and I am usually a fan, but add it to beer and you have a winning combo! Every year Brasserie McAuslan releases The Great St. Ambroise Pumpkin Ale. This beer promises to “captivate aficionados with a savvy blend of pale and caramel malt, hops and spices”, according to commercial description. It pours a deep hazy chestnut, with a short lived one finger thick bubbly off-white head. The aroma was on point with the description, malty, spicy and vegetal. Right at the first sip there were pumpkin spices and a light malt flavor to begin with. Despite not being brewed with pumpkin, the malts reminded me of fresh pumpkin puree (which is kind of sweet and bland). Then the spices kick in and really help this brew out! The strong nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves solidly deliver on what the beer claims to be, a “Spiced Pumpkin” beer! The mouthfeel began thin but seemed to fill out and get better over time as it warmed up. The carbonation is slightly harsh but seems fitting with the strong spices. The 5.0% ABV makes it easy to enjoy a couple of these in a single sitting on a nice crisp fall evening! Just like in pumpkin pie, it is the spices that complete this beer. This is a great beer that I would recommend to those who may be trying pumpkin beer for the first time! Here’s to Good Beers!
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