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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
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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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Ratings: 614 | Reviews: 246
Photo of inandon
2.1/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pour - Dark chestnut with a slight yellow tinted head.

Smell - With a smell of yams (with the marshmallow topping), hints of cinnamon, and birch.

Taste - Going in to it i thought it was going to be heavy and super flavorful beer. I found it to be the opposite. Light mouth feel. Flavors of cinnamon and yams, no big hints of pumpkin in my opinion.

Please note. I DO NOT LIKE PUMPKIN BEER, and did not read the label before buying. Not one i would recommend.

Photo of Auracom
2.11/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled 1.5-2 oz. of my friend's bottle at Poor Phil's on November 22nd, 2011, in a tulip glass.

A - Mahogany brown color, lots of carbonation on the sides of the glass. Fair retention and lacing. Nothing special here.

S - I get more pumpkin than yams here, and this character reminds me a bit of The Bruery's Autumn Maple. Otherwise, it's pretty boring. Lemon zest and and earthy-quality (likely the bark) combine for a pretty strange undertone in the nose.

T - Blah, this kinda sucked. More yams, less pumpkin, very little citrus to cut bland malt grains in the middle and backend of the drink. This is horribly integrated and lacks flavor.

M - Light-medium body, good carbonation. Honestly, this is probably the shortest finish I've ever experienced in a craft brew.

D - Big time disappointment for me. For what went into this batch, I would've expected something far more flavorful and exciting.

Photo of claspada
2.29/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a brownish amber color with a medium size light brown tinged head.

Aromas begin with lightly burnt raisin, deeply toasted brown sugar encrusted caramelized brown bread crust and a citrus note somehow that is a bit like Meyer lemon or not quite floral orange zest. As it warms I get a fair amount of woodiness to it and the spice notes become quite dominant.

The tastes begin with caramelized and toasted malt character up front that quickly yields to an ample spiciness and a woody character to it. As it warms it continues to get quite spicy and seems to be a bit too sharp at times; woody notes also become a bit burdensome on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. The finish also has a brightness to it from a lemon zest like flavor, though the spices seem to slow this down a bit.

Overall this was a huge miss for me. The flavor profile is too spicy and sharp to be enjoyable even if you were going to pair this with food. The spiciness clashes too much with the toasted, slightly roasted malt character as well.

Photo of corby112
2.56/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber/chestnut brown color with golden orange edges and a one finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of lace left behind.

Sweet, slightly spicy aroma with lots of pumpkin, autumnal spice and toasted malt.  Pumpkin purée along with cinnamon, clove and ginger followed by caramel, toast and hazelnut.  

Medium bodied with a dry herbal presence that lingers throughout into a  medicinal finish.  Not really all that sweet with more of a vegetal pumpkin/yam presence with some dry, zesty spice.  Hints of toasted pumpkin seed, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove followed by some caramel, toast, rye and a strange medicinal finish.  Kind of a mess.

Photo of nrbw23
2.69/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a really dark reddish brown color with a nice tan head. Head is like a layer of foam and leaves some nice layered lacing.

S- Smell is quite odd. Picking up quite a bit of spices and an odd herbal smell. A touch of roasted malts, rye and not much else.

T- Taste is different for sure. Quite a bit of rye, spices and medicine like. Nothing really like other pumpkin beers I've had.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- Very different for sure. Not a huge fan of this one.

Photo of billab914
2.69/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into my Terrapin glass. It poured a deep brown color with a frothy tan head filling the top inch of the glass. Nice retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a strong herbal, lemony thing going on that gives it sort of a medicinal quality. I get some toasted qualities to it as well as some sweet, almost candied flavors. It's tough for me to get past that herbal citrus though that I just don't care for at all.

The taste also has an underlying herbal citrus to it, but it's more reserved than the aroma thankfully. Some toasted, malty qualities come out towards the finish and mix with a little bit of a dry, burnt bitterness. A lot going on in it, too much in my opinion.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, I didn't think it was that great of a beer. The herbal, citrus flavor was too dominant for me and tasted a little too much like a lime mixed with a pine tree. The rest of the flavors just either didn't come together or didn't stand out. There was just too much going on in it and things just didn't come together well for me. Glad I didn't buy a second bottle when I saw it today.

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 pzrhsau
2.71/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice foamy white head with a clear amber red color.
S: The beer has a nice piney hop aroma with some crystal ginger and some fleshy pumpkin and yam aroma.
T: Very strong piney hop flavor and some bitter birch flavor and bitter lemon flavor. The pumpkin and yam really gives it a nice full flavor and sweetness to counter the bitterness of the hops.
M/O: Very crisp and drinkable but also has a lot of complicated flavors. It's nice but a little overwhelming with the flavors.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a pumkpin beer? i shoudl read labels more, saw a stone collab and pulled the trigger before reading the rest of the bottle, pumpkin ales are typically my least favorite beers, however, here we go...

A - it pours our a dark mahogany reddish brown with a half finger of smooth tan head

S - the rye hits first, roasted malts, yam-esque sweetness, some fainter molasses, a light medicinal note, but not unappetizing, maybe its the fenugreek, whatever that is. (to wiki I go)

T - really weird, super herbal, as wiki has informed me it must be the fenugreek, the rye is also big in the flavor. where's the pumpkin?

M&D - super weird, not sure if I'm really into this one, but its interesting and unique. Where's the pumpkin?

Photo of YouSkeete
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark brown amber with a large tan head. Beautiful lacing.

S: Sweet potato, pumpkin pie spices, lemon, caramel malt. Mildly boozy, brown sugar and wood off the nose as well.

T/M: Bitter caramel malt on the first sip, followed by rye and wheat bread, lemon zest and honey. Sweet, sour but mostly flat on the mouthfeel. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice brings the spiciness upfront while the overall body remains flat. Mildly sweet, mildly tangy. Moderately carbed.

D: Very, very average for what i was expecting.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.81/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a Bruery taster glass.

Pours a clear cola color with a nice light tan head and some light lacing. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings forward loads and oodles and other things of spice. So much there that it's hard to differentiate between the individual components. While this works a bit in the nose, the flavor is off the deep end. Maybe it's just the name, but it starts to remind me of Citronella. Far overspiced and dry in the feel. I was really excited to try this one given the breweries involved, but this just really disappoints.

Photo of emcohen
2.81/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark amber color that looks black when it's not held up to the light. My delicious-looking pour included a thick, beige head that dissipated after a few minutes.

Aroma: There's an overwhelming aroma of spicy pine needles with citrus undertones. Pumpkin? Nope. Yams? Again, no.

Taste: Lemon zest with a spicy hop presence hits me right away. The spice follows through on the aftertaste and mixes with a woodsy feel.

Mouthfeel: I could use a bit more carbonation in this one. It might allow some of the other flavors to come through more. The sweetness of this beer become cloying as it warms. I like that the hop spice lingers but it doesn't quite balance out.

Overall: This is not a pumpkin beer in any sense that I've ever seen or tasted. I do wish that the yams and pumpkin would shine more in this one instead of the other spices. I enjoy analyzing it more than I enjoy drinking it. That can't be good, can it? I wouldn't buy this one again.

Photo of womencantsail
2.86/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fairly dark amber/brown color with a small off-white head. An intensely herbal aroma to this, which I would imagine is the fenugreek. There's a bit of a lemon aroma to it, which is actually sort of nice. Not much else to it except for those two dominating smells, though. The flavor has a bit of roasted malt flavor, maybe a hint of coffee, to go along with all of the herbaceousness. There is still a little bit of lemon on the finish. Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Not really my favorite.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a clear dark brown with a 2 inch puffy tan head that settles to a small cap. Thin foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, yams/pumpkin, citrus zest, and spices. The smells are pretty good but no one aroma stands out really. Taste is of roasted malt, wood, spices, plants, and vegetables. No particular flavors stand out, more like everything just melds together in some bizarre concoction. There is a medicinal herbal bitterness that lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a nice carbonation with a medium body and smooth mouthfeel. However, this is just not a very good beer. The random mix of ingredients makes for a fairly good smell but comes out very jarring in the taste. It seems like these brewers just got together and tossed out random ideas for ingredients. Not a very good collaboration beer from this year's series in my opinion.

Photo of Adamostella
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I am normally a fan of the more experimental vegetable beers like this one, so there certainly isn't any bias I have against lighter styles. I even enjoy the occasional Wacko during the late summer months.

Anyway, the issue with this beer for me was that the flavors get kind of muddled up, nothing particularly happens or presents itself, kind of like drinking a weak vegetable soup. The body is also extremely thin, it gives your taste buds nothing to grip on.

I appreciate their efforts here, but it just doesn't do it for me!

Photo of samie85
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear ruby color with two fingers of light tan head.

S- The nose instantly reminds me of Autumn Maple with the notes of yams and maple notes.

T-Peppery and bitter lemon peel notes with some light caramel and sweet yam notes.

M-Smooth and medium bodied with low carbonation with a drying feel.

D-Not really a fan of this one. Most of what I taste is like a bitter lemon peel note and that overwhelms any other aspects of the taste.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a medium size dark beige color head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of pumpkin and light spices is less powerful then expected. Taste is a mix between light pumpkin notes with light dry spices with light residual sugar finish. Body is a bit thin with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not the most interesting experiment with a lot of components falling into middle of the road category without enough complexity; malt backbone is also a bit too thin.

Photo of Spider889
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had heard some negative things about this beer, and kept passing it up at bars where it was available in fear of wasting my money on a glass of not-so-cheap beer. Today I found a single bottle for $2.99 at From the Vine and decided that morbid curiosity would finally win out.

The labeling on this one isn't as bad as some, though busier than many as well. All three brewery names are listed no fewer than 4 times on here. The back is quotes rather than a beer description. What I didn't get was why three breweries collaborated, but both quotes are from The Bruery. Meh, whatever. The Stone labeling system was never really my cup o' tea anyways.

Poured into a snifter. Quite dark, near ebony collected in the bowl of the snifter, though clear and a very deep ruby color held in the light. The head is very short and tight, a shade of gray, but what little foam is produced is retained decently well.

The aroma isn't bad at all. Nice and toasty, I think that's the pumpkin seeds. Also smelling some spices - maybe cinnamon and cumin - I must assume this is the fenugreek. A little bit of light research reveals that fenugreek is typically used as a spice in curry when it is not used as an herbal medicinal remedy (one use claims to increase milk production in lactating women - nursing mothers take heed!).

The spicy aroma does lend itself more towards a food aroma than that of a beverage, and so this alone may be enough to turn some people off of this beer. But I have a personal affinity for pumpkin beers so let's press on...

Hmmm... wow, that is different. At the onset of my first sip I was immediately reminded of the 10 different Elysian pumpkin beers I got to try during GABF week, but then comes the spices. There's a rush of powdery spice-rack wonkiness happening. Dry, tongue coating flavors of ginger, pith, chalk, and earth quickly become distracting. Subsequent sips are occasionally clean, but mostly the beer becomes overly dry. Rye type flavors come into play, and then I am taken back to one of the earlier Jackie O's releases this year in which Brad offered a beer called "spice bush." Spice Bush is a local Ohio plant that offers a spicy ginger/rye/peppercorn flavor. The random ingredients in La Citrueille Celeste de Citracado combine to produce this "spice bush" flavor profile. Interesting, yes, but also odd as well.

I feel like the birch bark isn't providing much real flavor, rather it is only aiding in the dry mouthfeel. And boy is this beer dry. Dry, dry, dry, dry, dry.

Sadly there's no real pumpkin or yam flavor going on here, which would have really improved this beer. I feel like despite the horrid way the ingredients sound on paper there was some thought placed on what to use. In food, the fenugreek seems like it might pair very well with pumpkin. But take away the pumpkin flavor, and the spice becomes overwhelmingly annoying.

Overall not nearly as bad as I had feared. But it'll take a while to finish this bottle. One more miss for Stone this year. But Elysian - the pumpkin kings of the craft world? You can do so much better than this guys...

Photo of stewart124
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Dutch's in East Hyde Park

Dark amber in color with maybe a centimeter in white head.

Some toffee and dark bready characteristics in the nose.

Less body than I anticipated. Decent dark bread notes with some darker caramel bits coming through. More spice than I was expecting that finished with lemon and maybe a hint of the yams mentioned. Still searching for the pumpkin.

I really wasn't sure what to make of this but thought on tap that it was worth a shot. This beer really left me questioning what it was going for. Brown ale? Pumpkin ale? Spiced ale? I am still not sure. Nothing wrong with it but really nothing spot on.

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 DocJitsu
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber copper with a quuickly dissipating root beer head. Aromas of caramel malt and Belgian yeast with an underwhelming citrus hop bouquet. Mouth feel is mildly scrubby on the back of the tongue, but a little creamy on the front. No pumpkin, some coffee flavor and acidity. Finishes a bit like a lager. Easy drinking beer, but really not a whole lot going on. You'd think with these three breweries combining efforts it'd be a better product. Pretty disappointed overall.

Photo of auroracrisis
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz into a Boulevard tulip.

Murky burgundy with a tiny head that turns into a ring of foam around the edges of the glass. Thin lacing as it is drank down.

Holiday spices and candied yams on the nose. Allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove all present. Some malty sweetness similar to caramel and toffee poking their head through as well, with a minimal hop presence.

Moderate spice up front with some lightly roasted and caramel flavors in the background. Spices similar to the ones in the nose, and has a little bit of a stale adjunct taste to it.

Thin medium with a hint at drying, and a tickle of carbonation

Good nose, with a lacking flavor. An okay beer, not the worst thing that has ever graced my palate. But I wouldn't recommend it.

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 scruffwhor
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

MIld brown and dark ruby color mix. One finger head, but good foam retention and stickage. Like the bubbling too.

I can smell the lemon verbena for sure. Its pretty dominant. Behind that are somewhat muted, heavily roasted malts, caramel, bread, and biscuit. Add in some earthy birch bark and a little sweet honey. Would not think this was a pumpkin beer from the smell. Not a bad aroma though. Herbal aroma overall.

Starts with a toasted biscuit and powdered barley flavor and texture with some more lemon verbena dominating. The middle to finish is more malty, caramel, honey sweet, and earthy. Still can't pick out any pumpkin in the flavor profile. The palate is dry, and a little grainy.

Cool tasting beer, glad I got to try this collaboration brew. Fell short of my expectations though.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2x nice pours tonight at Bier Thirty... Pretty cool to get this one in Boise. Nice white head.... the brew was a little darker than I had expected... a fairly clear amber.

Nose shows a decent sweetness that seems to be magnified by some underlying sweet spices... some lemon too... hard to pick apart... Not my cup of tea.. too much spice.

Flavor pretty much mirrors the nose.. not as sweet as the nose would suggest, with an underlying toastiness that helps damper the spices.

Body is much bigger than I would have guessed for a 5% beer... carbonation is about right... I had my share, I don't need to try it again.

3.5/3/3/3.5/3

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