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

The Bruery / Elysian / Stone La Citrueille Celeste De CitracadoThe Bruery / Elysian / Stone La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado

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602 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 602
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%

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:
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.

(Beer added by: BdubleEdubleRUN on 10-18-2011)
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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.


Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 05:11:40 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 2/22/12-on tap at Blind Tiger in NYC: pours dark brown with a small tan head that left decent lacing.

Mild nose, it was sweet, with caramel, grains, cinnamon toast, light floral hops, herbs, and then what seems like yam or pumpkin; started reading the profile at the bar after a few sips and the ingredient list was quite a combo that worked well together.

Tastes of sweet malt, cinnamon, floral hops, caramel, light syrup, roasted grains, lemon, coriander, light spices like pepper, pumpkin, peat moss, grass and hay; very complex and flavorful, smooth and easy drinking, this is an odd mix in a very good way that was well balanced, yet nothing was overpowering which to me was a good thing.

Mouthfeel is rich, smooth and roasty, with nice citrus flavors, little to no carbonation, and a light body that goes down very easy.

Highly drinkable, this is a unique beer that hides the ABV well and goes down incredibly easy. A high recommendation if you can find this as it was just so damn smooth for s pumpkin beer that it needs to be tried.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 03:45:50 | More by CHickman
Photo of mactrail


3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown in the tall snifter, on tap at Local Habit in San Diego. Modest head.

Really citrusy. "Overly flavorful," according to one expert at the table. Very sharp. Such a remarkable strong flavor of citrus, notably lime. Oh, it's lemon verbena (and now reading the notes, I see I was right about that, if nothing else). Very thin body, accentuated by the acidity. Lots of bitterness creeps up. Kind of a limey sarsaparilla. I totally don't taste anything like pumpkin.

This is not one to drink a lot of. In fact, I don't know what they were thinking, except to be weirder than Dogfish Head. Well made, but obnoxiously dosed up.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2012 00:09:34 | More by mactrail
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; December 2011
One finger thick, dark tan colored head sits on top of a dark, concentrated brown amber that could be mistaken for black in low light. 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. The aroma also has a fair amount of woodiness to it that is quite soft. As the beer warms the spice character becomes quite dominant.

Softly rounded caramelized and toasted malt character up front quickly yields to an ample spiciness that has a sharpness not unlike a turpene laden spice that almost has a woody character to it. The finish is actually quite spicy, it significantly dries out the finish, but seems to be a bit too sharp at times; the spice character reminds me of the sharp, woody notes in cardamom (and it makes me realize that I really don’t know what fenugreek smells / tastes like). The finish also has a brightness to it from a lemon zest like flavor. The body is fairly light, keeping this pretty quaffable, though the spices seem to slow this down a bit.

Especially as the beer warms, it is a bit too dominated by the spiciness here; this clashes a bit with the toasted, slightly roasted malt character as well. Not bad, and if you like spice beers this should be pretty enjoyable, there just isn’t quite enough base beer character here to support the level of spicing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 02:24:36 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of ccrida


3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at The Taphouse Grill, La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado is ruddy chestnut with a small off-white collar leaving very faint foam traces.

Smell is on the sweet side, molasses, sage, the birch bark makes it smell like birch beer (soda).

Taste is pretty interesting, there's a lot of depth, but subtle. I'm still getting that sage flavor, which apparently isn't in there...it must be the fenugreek and/or lemon verbena. Not much from the yams, but that's fine. Not too sweet either, nice balance over all.

Mouthfeel is a touch dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good. There's a lot going on, but it's very well balanced and doesn't fatigue the palate like I though it might reading the ingredients list. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 00:38:57 | More by ccrida
Photo of Knapp85


4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking amber color with a tan colored head on top. The smell is super spicy with a really nice amount of autumn aromas coming off of this brew. The flavors are much different than a typical pumpkin ale, it was very impressive I thought. The mouthfeel was heavy, kind of on the thicker side with a decent carbonation. Overall this beer was really nice I thought. I would drink it again if I ever came across it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 04:56:22 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Chico1985


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

Pours a very dark copper orange, an off-white head starts about a finger and retains pretty well, leaves good lace.

Smell is a bit weak, sweet malts, some toastiness, yams I suppose.

Taste has toasty + caramel malts, big earthiness going on, brown sugar, some squash. Various fall spice and light pumpkin.

Good mouthfeel, smooth and full bodied for 5%. Drinks easy.

Not bad but not great, I do appreciate this easy-drinking pumpkin ale over a super abrasive/overspiced one. But this felt a little bland, all the random ingredients didn't translate to much.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 00:58:52 | More by Chico1985
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 03:23:34 | More by stewart124
Photo of Phelps


3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip at Flanny’s.

Deep burgundy. Honey-amber at edges, deeper maroon as it nears the top. Great clarity, and a beautiful color. The brew’s topped by a half-finger of silky mocha foam that descends to a thick top layer, leaving behind walls of furry lace.

In the nose: nuts, coffee, hops and peanuts. Most noticeable is the aroma of roasted peanuts, followed by bread and medium roast coffee, then backed by hints of pumpkin and juicy citrus hops. Great balance and a very interesting aroma.

Things seem less well-put-together in the flavor, where the nuts have been replaced by hops. Citrus leads, with orange peel and a touch of dank. In the background, I get the lightest hints of burnt bread mixed with fruity, tangy pumpkin. Subtle toasted bread rolls in a while after the swallow.

Fairly high, pinching carbonation. The body's a bit thin and breaks into a touch of fizz as it moves. Very clean finish.

La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado is hard to say — I literally ordered it by telling the server “I’ll have the one that’s hard to pronounce,” — but it’s a decent amber. However, I don't get enough from the myriad ingredients used to make it, at least in flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2012 22:59:53 | More by Phelps
Photo of clayrock81


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brownish body with a large, frothy head that left lace patches on top of a rather faint aroma - I picked up some sweetness and touches of wood and spice but that's about it. Mediumed bodied beer, slightly chewey/bready (guess that's the rye), even oakey (and guess the birch), and has a light spice touch. Unfortunately, the fruit/pumpkin taste and sweetness are muted so while an enjoyable ale it is kind of on the bland side. Very little pumpkin, cinnamon, pepper which are commonplace in pumpkin ales and even the yam is somewhat lost. An easy drinking beer that is nice to relax with but just kind of got muddled.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 21:22:52 | More by clayrock81
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3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes... on-tap at SmallBar Division:

A - Super dark. Small bit of red/brown peaking through. Full 2-3 fingers of head hangs on.

S - Floral pumpkin. Weird for a dark looking beer. Tiny bit of an old smell in there.

T - Subtle flowers and pumpkin lend credence to the smell. Fitting. Pretty good if not complex.

M - Good carbonation, good milkiness.

O - I thought this was good... just not blowing me away with flavor. Aftertaste is bitter/not the best.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2011 01:24:22 | More by dlello2
Photo of AgentZero


3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Orange/brown colored beer with a white head that left some nice lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Light on the nose. There's some holiday spice and a bit of pumpkin. Honestly, this reminds me a lot of Pumpkin with some more subtle flavors.

T - Apparently by subtle I meant watered-down. Taste is standard pumpkin ale fare, and also a bit watery. Nothing real distinctive, you get some pumpkin and a touch of spice, but that's about it.

M - Smooth, slightly watery, lighter bodied.

O - A little above an average beer. Drinkable, but not particularly good. I'll pass on this in the future. Also, why would you collaborate on a Pumpkin Ale?

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2011 18:30:27 | More by AgentZero
Photo of drabmuh


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not what I expected, served in a snifter at a local beer bar. Beer is dark brown, hazy, lazy head, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, mild, spice, a little earth.

Beer is light in body, spicy, "gourdy" but no real pumpkin flavor sneaks through, the finish is a little dry, the whole thing is confusing and not at all what I was thinking. Three breweries I really love get together to make a stylistic beer that I don't usually enjoy and they come up short in my opinion. I guess it is more about the style than the producer in this case. Still love you guys.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 01:55:53 | More by drabmuh
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2011 15:32:49 | More by Adamostella
Photo of brew3crew


4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-orange body with a little bit of head that sticks around for awhile.

S-nice pumpkin smell that invites me in and reminds me of a crisp fall day

T-dlight pumkin, cinnamin and nutmeg are all very prevalent. Very good

M-medium body and oh so smooth

O-very nice pumking beer. Quite a treat

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 23:26:17 | More by brew3crew
Photo of cbutova


4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap in the Stone Bistro. Notes from San Diego trip.

A- Dark brown body into a tulip with a small, off-white head. Fine bubbly texture and a ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Earthy, vegetal harvest bomb. Notes of pumpkin, vegetables, spice (woody herbal/cinnamon, unique). Some roast brown sugar and vanilla type hints as well.

T- A harvest/Autumn explosion. A high spice level but just right for the other flavors. Vegetal pumpkin, woody, root flavors, cinnamon, raisin and slight roast nutty malt.

MF- Silky moderately thick body with a somewhat creamy feel. Just a little bitterness.

A new take on fall beers to me. Unique spice flavors and just an earthy harvest bomb.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 23:42:27 | More by cbutova
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 23:26:19 | More by augustgarage
Photo of ehammond1

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 16:12:39 | More by ehammond1
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New Hampshire

3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle from Spirited in Lenox MA Pours a solid dark brown with a smallish tan head that dissipates quickly. It smells like a Bruery pumpkin beer all right. Light pumpkin spice, brown sugar, a hint of caramel with a certain gourdiness to it. The flavor mimics the aroma fairly well and finishes a bit dry. Light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost bubbly mouthfeel. Ok beer, that I wished I’d noticed was 2 years old before I bought it.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 02:37:36 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, vintage 2011. Not entirely sure at how old this is, but it's approaching it's second birthday, I'm sure. Bottle says to drink fresh; do not age. I just saw this beer for the first time at a local beer shop for 99 cents, so I decided to give it a try. Expectations are still fairly high, based on the breweries involved, and also because I love pumpkin beers.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours one finger of quickly dissipating light brown head on top of a beautiful dark ruby colored body. No lacing.

S - Smell is very unique. Earthy herbal spice rack notes from the fenugreek, sweet malts, tea leaves, lemon peel, and some wood notes from the birch bark. Herbal oregano / thyme / fenugreek spice rack notes are the dominant factor here.

T - Taste follows the nose: dirty earthy herbs, citric lemon peel from the lemon verbena, sweet tea leaf malt presence, and some hop bitterness on the finish. Still not tasting any distinct pumpkin or yam presence in here, though.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, a bit sticky with some dryness lingering on the finish.

Overall, I'd say this is a beer to try once and then not again. Too many strange things happening here, and the herbal notes block out any chance at experiencing any actual pumpkin or yams out of this one. Maybe it was better fresh, but I guess I'll never know.

The Bruery / Elysian / Stone La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 23:50:20 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of Smurf2055


4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured amber into a tulip, finger of foam.

Very strong aroma, cooked pumpkin with spices. Smells like it will be sweet.

Surprised by how smooth the initial palate was compared to how it finished. The backbone is definitely Stone, powerful. Very pleasant. The flavor jumps around a lot, but nothing displeasing.

Very good. Nothing super amazing, but I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 06:27:48 | More by Smurf2055
Photo of Lledd


4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Sam Adams ale glass.

A: Deep mahogany brown. Medium carbonation movement. Very little head fading quickly. Honestly, it looks kind of sexy for a beer.<4.25>

S: Lemon is upfront but not overpowering. The yams come through on a sweet note with the malts. There is a very faint aroma of hops, just bitter. <3.75>

T: There's an earthy malt flavor with just enough bitter hops for balance. On the finish there is a brown sugar kind of sweetness. The root vegetables add a depth of sweetness, it's nice actually. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and has a touch of maple syrup to it. This is almost like a "candied beer", but it's not child's candy sweet, it's a deep sweet, probably from the yams. The lemon blends in really well helping out the hops and cutting the sweet flavors. This is surprisingly good. <4.25>

M: Lots of non-aggresive, small-medium bubbled carbonation. The body is a little thin for the flavor profile. But then again that might be a good thing. I could see this beer bogging my palate down if it had the body of a stout or porter. <4>

O: Surprisingly good for all the strange ingredients. Very balanced, a unique depth of sweetness and just enough hops and lemon to make it very drinkable. I will buy this again next time I see it. <4.25>

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 21:42:38 | More by Lledd
Photo of blackie


3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz from Whole Foods, Snarlington, consumed awhile back and reviewed from notes

a: poured into a tall tulip-ish glass, the beer is a grade-b maple syrup in color with a thin coating of carbonation that disappears with a quickness

s: the nose combines toasty caramelized brown malts supplemented with mild undertones of pumpkin and yam, the deeply spicy fenugreek somewhere between celery and maple evoking curry as it warms, and the robust woody mint notes of birch bark; really dig these spices - giving something of a root soda spice that plays well with the fermentable side of the equation

m: carbonation moderate - lively and a touch prickly, medium in body

t: clean toasted brown malts without the level of sweetness that the nose might lead one to expect, birch bark and fenugreek spice sit around moderate strengths, with toasty, dry notes pulling through after the swallow, a little minty with a woody, almost smoky aftertaste, grassy hop flavors and a mild to moderate bitterness

o: an interesting alt-play on the pumpkin ale style featuring some unusual spices, it’s plenty interesting on the nose, but falls a little short on the palate, without much malt or pumpkin depth for the spices to kick around with

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 03:12:13 | More by blackie
Photo of Auraan


3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 04:29:11 | More by Auraan
Photo of SPThirtyThree


4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle, 45°F. It's not as fresh as it should be, but that's my fault.

A: Deep ruby brown with 1-finger tan head. The head collapses to a big splotch of scummy cream with some lacing.

S: The nose is a surprising blast of rosemary and lemon. I had no idea what to expect, but I never would have guessed these would be the main flavors in the smell. Maple, ginger, and pine. The toasted fenugreek comes through, but the pumpkin and yams are lost in the spice.

It's a pleasant nose, but it walks a fine line between delicious and odd - the birch and lemon verbena aren't the most mellow flavors and it's hard to say if they meld with the malt.

T: Sweet, forest-y. It reminds me of autumn, and I would prefer this to any other pumpkin beer any day of the week, but then again, I wouldn't really consider this a beer of that same class.

The spice lingers through the full drink, earthy and slightly citric. The malts are soft and sweet with some nice toasty notes. It's like a honey-soaked buttermilk buscuit, and the fenugreek lends a maple-syrup flavor reiterating the breakfast theme. The flavor is very unique, but surprisingly delicious. There's a nice rye spiciness, but the aftertaste has an aspartame-like, bitter flavor.

M: Medium-full body, medium carbonation, and little else, but any astringency or effervescence would have ruined the flavor.

Overall, it's an odd but drinkable beer. If you want a maple syrup/rye sandwich, it's a perfect beer, but la citrueille certainly doesn't seem to cater to the masses.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 23:44:23 | More by SPThirtyThree
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The Bruery / Elysian / Stone La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado from Stone Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 602 ratings.