The Bruery / Elysian / Stone La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle to a Nonic style taster glass
I think some retailers figured they can push out old stock of this one a year later given the season and use of pumpkin here. And yeah in my case it worked.
A: Look is a deep ruddy brown with some clearing around the edges. About a half finger of taupe colored head forms giving a pretty meager posture. Some fast receding sheets of lace leave a few dots splattered upon the glass.
S: Smells of nutty roast grains up front like that of a nice brown ale but with a bit of a citrus twist to it. Leafy earth notes perk with a dash of rum-spiced raisins. Pretty simple and clean aroma given the complexity of ingredients here. No pumpkin to be found in the nose.
T: Tastes of nutty roasted malts with a dash of rye spice and a firm floral/herb perfume character towards the end of the drink. Almost lavender like. Not what I was expecting, although I really did not know what to expect with the verbena and fenugreek. There are subtleties throughout this brew including lemon sprigs, maple/brown sugar, some earthy bark, and faint chocolate notes. There is a nice moderate bitterness mid palate that gives a soft pucker and tends to amplify some of the flavors here. Alcohol is well integrated. I can pick up just a hint of roast yam but would be guessing if I didn’t know all the specialty ingredients in use. Again the pumpkin is lost on me here and was probably more trouble than it’s worth brewing. Interesting brew to say the least.
M: A lighter mouth feel and seemingly lower carbonation give a soft smooth consistency. Gives this brew a real nice creamy texture overall that exhibits some drying in the finish.
D: Actually not bad given the age. Definitely a lot going on here but I do think this is done well for the overkill of ingredients utilized. This could have been an utter train wreck and maybe that’s where the brew masters should be praised. I would have embraced something a little bolder and stand-out in the flavor category given this is Stone. All in all a nice balance but the perfume character really throws it off for me. Not what you think of when it comes to pumpkin beers. This is more in lines of something I would expect DFH to pump out.
Serving type: bottle
11-01-2012 18:53:17 | More by Nugganooch
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