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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: 27
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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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...

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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.