The Bruery / Elysian / Stone La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado - Stone Brewing Co.

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614 Ratings
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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 28
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BdubleEdubleRUN on 10-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with Honey malt, Brown malt, and Rye malt, yams, pumpkin, toasted fenugreek, lemon verbena, and birch bark. Warrior hops, and New Zealand Motueka hops. "Citrouille", French for pumpkin, intentionally misspelled in honor of Patrick Rue.
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Photo of oberon
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep orange infused chesnut brown with a nicely formed one finger light brown tinged head atop.Muted aromas of lightly roasted pumpkin and brown sugar,surprised at how light the aromas are.A little watery in the feel,no fullness or richness,lightly roasted with even lighter brown sugar-like sweetness,really very pedestrian.Uh its average outside of a nice pour,I would think these three acclaimed breweries could do better,just my opinion.

Photo of RoyalT
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This is dark brown with a white head that showed a little lacing.

Smell – The only spices in this pumpkin ale are hops. There’s a very sharp resiny aroma that’s almost rude with little malt to back it up.

Taste – This one falls apart at the taste. The lack of a malt structure turns this beer into hoppy water and again the lack of good spicing leaves me confused.

Mouthfeel – This is short of medium-bodied but does have some nice, crisp, carbonation.

Drinkability – This was a huge disappointment. I knew anything by Stone had to be hopped up so was curious how they would approach this style but it just fell flat with me. It was hoppy but not a good hop beer, lacked the malt base that I look for in the style, had no pumpkin flavor whatsoever, and failed to provide any holiday spicing.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nutty brown pour with no real head to speak of.

A very comlex aroma of sweet malt, coffee, brandy, sasparilla, and a distinct woodiness. WOW.

I am not getting any pumpkin or yam. There is also lacking that celery-like flavor that you would expect from fenugreek. There is no after-taste, so no flavor to savor. Milk hop finish without any real distinction. Dissappointingly bland for such a hyped collaboration with such an interesting laundry list of ingredients. Man am I sad.

Fizzy & thin, lacking body and bordering on watery.

Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Clear copperish brown, sudsy topping

SMELL: Birch sap, lemon oil, gourds, caramel

TASTE: Brown bread, birch, vague spice, lemon zest, earthy pumpkin, steely caramel, mild hopping, slightly roasty finish

Great idea for the collab, the birch takes the lead though and leaves most of the yam behind. The pumpkin make its mark more towards the finish. Interesting use of spice, I'd love to see this one brought back yearly.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce, overpriced bottle, (near $4, c'mon man) at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pours a dark shade of amber, pleasingly clear, rich medium tan head, stays and stays at the 1/4 inch level, ever so slowly going to a thick and high collar, blotchy film and respectable strands of lace.

Nose is soft and subtly of pumpkin and equally reserved spicing.

Malt forward, with notes of light pumpkin, roasted squash, mild spice again, delicate flavorful and elegant. I enjoyed it.

Photo of ehammond1
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Sublime Ale House
San Marcos, CA

Dark brown with ruby edges and a thin light brown head. The glass is left with thin lines of lace all the way down.

Very earthy aroma, some squash and pumpkin, and quite a few, bright herb scents: perhaps lemongrass and sage? but it's tough to tell. Interesting, unique, and enjoyable.

Earthy flavors dominate with a low level of bitterness. The herbs are present near the end of the swallow.

Medium to thick mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

An interesting and unique beer I could see pairing well with all kinds of different cuisines, particularly spicy foods.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color of amber/copper, I don't know why, but I just assumed this was a stout, so I got a little surprise when I actually read the descriptors on the bottle. I was just like, Stone/Bruery, yeah I'll buy this. Anyways aroma was largely the smells we've all come to know and hopefully love come holiday time: pumpkin, nutmeg etc. . .

Taste, nice light body that delivers a good amount of thanksgiving flavor without getting all imperialed out. Mild notes of tree bark give it about the driest mouthfeel of any pumpkin ale I've ever had. Some mild dry cocao powder up in the mouthfeel as well, carbonated just right. Decent price. Nice beer. Check it out if its made again around the holidays.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright I know I should have found this back in the Fall, but I didn't. This pours a deep mahogany chestnut ruby brown color with a thicket of tan head almost overflowing the rim of the pint glass. Aroma citric notes with some vegetable/earthiness layers going on, a hints of sweet brown roasted malt notes. The birch bark really comes out in the nose as it warms adding a velvet smooth incense like experience to the beer. What a beautiful well orchestrated beer with flavors coming in multiple levels, as it warms the nose keeps bringing out new ingredients. Flavors bring on complex spice additions, citrus notes with vegetal roasted yam sugars, dark roasted malts bring on another layer of complexity. Hops add enough bitterness to balance it all out, this is excellent stuff unlike any other beer I've ever tasted. The pumpkin never comes out as the pumpkin pie notes, but as the earthy gourd that we all love that fleshy flavor of the pumpkin is melded with herbal spice and other starchy vegetables. Some perfume like bitter notes in the finish that almost seem like cinnamon spices, but it's well blended and forms a nice flavorful new beer experience. Definitely not boring or too over the top. Mouthfeel is dry in the finish between hops, herbs, spice with nice dark roasted malts in the base beer. Carbonation is perfect mellow smooth brings all the flavor out. Keep making this beer it will find an audience.

Photo of OStrungT
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a mohogany color, with a thick, fluffy tan head. The head fades ever so slowly, leaving a nice lace.

This beer has a very mild aroma. I get a slight floral hop arma. Maybe an ever so slight earthy, pumpkin aroma also. A slight lemon zest is also present.

This beer tastes like is smells. Very mild with some lemon flavor. Not much to it. Maybe a slight piney hop flavor too.

This beer leaves a mild lemon zest aftertaste. It is carbonated well for the style.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is mild, and low in alcohol.

Overall: I am fairly unimpressed with this one. I was expection a much more pronounced pumpkin flavor. This is a bit boring. Not bad, but just not as exciting as I usually expect from these breweries.

Photo of jeonseh
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Goose Island snifter

A - Dark, brown with a dark orange hint on the sides. Very clean looking with no noticeable carbonation. Looks to have a light body. Has a one finger, rocky head. The head color reminds me of the top of a mocha

S - Smells of candied raisin and brown sugar with hints of yams and cinnamon. There is a slight hop presence in the nose as well. Very malty.

T - Taste at first is raisins and other dark fruits. I get notes of orange peel at first then the yam starts to come through. In general, there are only hints of the yam and pumpkin. I was a little worried it would be overpowering but it wasn't. There is a light hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue. This hop presence is what seperates this beer from a dark, Belgian style. The hops linger well on the in the aftertaste. Until this came through, it did remind me of those Belgian styles given the malty, dark fruit flavor profile.

MF - Medium body with light carbonation and there is a slight stickiness to it. Leaves a slight hop residue on the tongue that lingers in the aftertaste after the beer fades away.

O - An interesting collaboration beer from these three. It reminds me of a dark Belgian ale with a twist given the strong hop presence and the fall flavors of yam and cinnamon. Worth a try if you come across a bottle just because it is an interesting beer.

Photo of Auraan
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review based on a bottle purchased in March 2013, so a bit of age on it.
Poured a dark brown with no head and no lacing. Scents of roast malt, caramel, slight soy sauce and a bit of brown sugar. Flavor is no where near as sweet as the scent suggested. Lots of roasted malt throughout, with a sort of herbal quality on the finish. I can't say I can detect any of the individual ingredients (toasted fenugreek, yam, pumpkin, lemon verbena, birch bark) but I feel that the herbs and birch bark contribute to the herbal finish. A slight sweetness is present, but not a large part of the beer. Mouthfeel is thin and light with a low level of carbonation. Not a bad beer for something this old. It doesn't seem oxidized, gone to soy sauce or stale.

Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a pretty dark brown with orange reddish-hues deep within. It forms a head about a finger high that's soft and creamy and holds its form well, never really fading all that much and leaving a mix of leggy and patchy lacing to about the bottom of the glass.
The aroma is a little nondescript, though complex and sturdy. It focuses on the gourd flesh, wood and spices with a thoroughly malty backbone.
The flavor brings out a bit more of this beer's character and complexities. Malts form a solid foundation and balance with a sturdy floral and dry, almost leafy hops bitterness. Spicing comes out strongly and, while I couldn't pinpoint pumpkin, I do get gourd, and it's a nice, raw, fleshy addition. Citrus also hovers throughout, lemony in character, and the finish features a touch of roast and some dry woodiness.
The body is medium. Smoothness is there, but there's a bit more crispness to this one. Carbonation is light, at the appropriate level to work here.
One of the most unusual beers I've had to date, it certainly speaks of three of the most envelope-pushing breweries out there.

Photo of quirkzoo
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep brown which when held to the light shows off a bright ruby color. Head is minimal and recedes quickly. The smell is not what I was expecting, very starchy, like mashed potatoes. With hints of lemon and a strange vegetal/spiced aroma that reminded me of a soda from my childhood. I reread the bottle and realized it was the birch bark. I definitely got a heavy birch bark/birch beer flavor. On the palate the beer really opens it up. The pumpkins give it a nice soft mouthfeel, almost creamy which accents the spices nicely. Overall this was an interesting brew, worth trying but I probably won't purchase it again.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany color with a solid tan foamy head with excellent retention and lacing.

Pretty nice nose with notes of lemongrass, ginger, fenugreek (I'm a chef) and faint pumpkin.

Flavor a real nice as well. Very cool and different especially for the style. Fresh and earthy. Again notes of lemongrass which is from the combo of lemon verbena and fenugreek, light citrus with a little sweetness like a lemonhead. Just a touch yam and pumpkin.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, fresh with med-high carbonation.

Overall this is a differently cool and good beer. Well balanced with a range of nice flavors. I recommend a try. I'm surprised by the previous low reviews.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, deep chestnut-brown with a thin lace of off-white bubbles. Aroma of roasted malts and spices. Taste is subtle and complex; I get a bit of the pumpkin and yams, with a lot of spice and toasty notes. Finish is pretty crisp and clean, with a bit of lingering roasted flavors.

This isn't really at all what I expected, but I like it. This is certainly a unique beer. I find myself wishing I could taste the lemon verbena a bit more, or be able to identify the fenugreek.

Nonetheless, an incredibly interesting brew. Well done.

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Something different. The pumpkin was well in the secondary of taste to the herbs and slight bitterness and woodiness.Lots of nutmeg and some cinammon. I liked it and could drink this anytime, particular at this level of sessionability. Generous head, smooth drinker.

Photo of augustgarage
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, clear, auburn body with a full fist of isabelline suds. Art-nouveau lacing, good retention.

Lemon-rind, nutmeg, bread crusts, and malt in the nose.

The flavor profile brings to mind a Christmas ale tempered by yams. An odd and surprisingly dull collaboration, though the lemon verbena adds a unique pervasive twist while the rye and birch bark adds some interest or confusion as well depending on your perspective.

Light-bodied, well carbonated, brisk.

Not bad, but disappointing overall, too many cooks, too many ingredients, too little focus.

Photo of hreb
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cold 12oz single served in pint glass. Beer is way dark in color, like a good brown ale. Lighter head, thin. Aroma is mostly hoppy. No clue of the bizarre ingredients that lie beneath.

Flavor is unmistakably pumpkin ale. Good pumpkin ale, that is, not the kind overloaded with spices. The only other flavor altering ingredient readily present is the lemon verbena, which is subtle and strangely compatible with the brew. Think lemon like lemongrass beer, not lemon like zest in a witbier. Then again I'm not sure I'd know what toasted fenugreek would taste like if it bit me on the tongue. Still not sure what birch bark is supposed to be doing in here.

Carbonation is pleasantly strong. Any lighter and the beer flavors might seem too heavy. Oh, and there's an earthy bitterness throughout this beer that balances out all the non-beer flavors.

Overall this is simply a really good pumpkin ale. The extra twists, and unexpected color, make it an especially interesting pumpkin ale, but don't redefine the brew. And there's a hell of a lot of flavor backed into the low ABV.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thin trace of offwhite head. Light brown body. Some lace.

Nose is pungent pumpkin. Not pie, pumpkin.

Taste starts quite dry, ashen. Becomes leafy and herbal and progresses into a dry, nutty finish. Quite a progression. Complex, quite dry, sort of bitter herbs/roots (birch bark?). Interesting. No pumpkin or yams though.

Mouthfeel is alright, but the carbonation may be adding to the bitterness here.

Quite interesting. I doubt that I can pick out the ingredients listed on the bottle, but on the other hand, some of them I would not recognize anyway. Points at the least for effort.

Photo of socon67
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper color with a white foam that settles high. Some lacing and visible carbonation.

S - Very earthy smell. Scents of lemon oil, brown sugar, oak barrels, and sweetpotatoes. Very pleasant.

T - Flavors of an oak aged pumpkin beer come to mind. Actually aged well and the falvors of vanilla, lemon, and pumpkin blend well with the oak notes. Finish has an earthy vibe.

M - Great balance on this guy. Leaves you wanting more. wish I had another bottle.

O - I'd like to see this appear again. This is a very interesting seasonal. I think it is one of my favorite of the Stone collaborations.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a fairly clear brown color, with a tinge of buby. Almost non-existent off white head. Nose is lighter, but lots going on there. Some roasted coffee and chocolate are noticeable. Faint citrus and pine hops. Some spices which are faint but reminiscent of pumpkin pie. Faint caramel malts also. Interesting taste. There is an awful lot going on here. Somewhat of a citrus hop bit on top. Some malts, breadiness, spices, hints of the coffee and chocolate. Just a very nice brew.

Photo of prototypic
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado pours a dark copper color. It looks mostly clear. Backlighting reveals some really nice burgundy highlights. A vanilla colored head tops it off and rises to about a finger in height. It falls to a surface covering quickly Lacing was sticky and quite thick.

The nose is below average. It’s not very strong at all. Needs more muscle. Brown malts are noted. Perhaps a little cocoa-esque chocolate as well. There is a light pumpkin scent. It’s straight pumpkin though, no pumpkin spices. There are some earthy and herbal notes that I can’t quite put my finger on. Alcohol is blended well. I’m not getting any. Eh. Not very good.

The flavor is average at best. It does have a malt base that consists of brown and chocolate varieties. Cocoa is definitely noted. There is a bit of pumpkin in the flavor. It’s definitely not pumpkin spices, just pumpkin. It’s not sweet at all either. A little sweetness would probably help here. It’s a tad herbal and earthy. I’m not sure of the exact flavors, but they’re interesting. There’s a light lemon flavor on the tail. Interesting. Some grassy hops also seem to be present. It’s a tad bitter and dry. Alcohol is not noticeable. Finishes dry and herbal, with a bit of cocoa.

The body is medium and feels nice and smooth. Carbonation is light. The feel is its strongest asset. It goes down smooth and easy. The flavor is a bit bland and tiresome, which limits its drinkability. I’ll finish off the bottle, but I’m not pining for another.

La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado is an interesting collaborative effort from Stone, Elysian, and The Bruery. Frankly, it’s very average in most respects. It just doesn’t have any characteristics that stand out. I believe some pumpkin spices or something to add a touch of sweetness might bring it to life a little. It’s just a little too bland.

Photo of cjacobsen
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Pours a deep ruby color. Dark burnt orange hues if you look close enough. About a quarter inch off-white head appears and then diminishes to a thin layer atop the brew.

(S) Some pumpkin and yams with a bit of spices and roasted malts. Some bread/biscuit. Some hops. Nothing is really dominating in the aroma.

(T) There is a slight sweetness from the yams and the pumpkin mixed with the medium roasted malts. Tastes like a solid amber beer. Some hops enter into the middle to and of the taste. There is a bit of dry, baked spice that lingers throughout the taste. Nothing really stands out all that much. It's pretty well blended.

(M) Medium body and pretty well balanced. A slight bigger on the carbonation, but overly well put together.

(O) Definitely a different take on a pumpkin beer. Not a big pumpkin flavor that has a spice rack full of cinnamon, clove and other spices tossed in. Pretty well balanced through the aroma and the taste. Like a good amber beer with a bit more complexity to the flavor. For a pumpkin ale, I like the thought of it being a bit of a different approach, but I really think that the normal idea of a pumpkin ale has set a certain thought to the style. I think it's a decent brew, but maybe a little bit more flavor could have helped...a little.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had to pick this up to try it. An interesting beer. Pours a decent amber brown color. Decent thin tan head with ok lacing. Stayed most of the time.

Aroma is interesting. Kinda sagey and then you can smell the squash type aromas. Kinda citrusy. Very aromatic. Floral.

Taste reminds me of dirty beaver juice from the Bruery. You can tase the yams and pumpkin for sure. Some sage and citrus flavors. Little bit of spices in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit chewey but nice carb.

Overall better than I expected with all the things in this beer but still not easy to drink. Wouldn't drink this regularly.

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark clear ruby in the glass, with a finger of light mocha colored head. This maintains some rich sudsy edges, leaving back a robust cascade of sticky lacing. The aroma smells interesting, with a mix of earthy flavors, herbal tones, lemon zest, and green pumpkin. It certainly isn’t unpleasant. Just different.

Yam and pumpkin do stand out in the taste but other flavors do work themselves in as well. This has a touch of sweetness to this but the rye is really sticking out to me the most, finishing this very dry and spicy with some extra light bitterness hanging in there as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a light sharpness on the tongue before segueing into more of a smooth foamy creaminess that spreads out.

I liked this for the most part, as it offered up more of an earthy and rustic mix of flavors to compliment the pumpkin as opposed to the traditional blend of sweetness and spices that you usually find. At least this was more interesting than the same old take that we have become accustomed to with the style.

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The Bruery / Elysian / Stone La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado from Stone Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.