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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 Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 03:49:32 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84


2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 23:20:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of womencantsail


2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 08:15:42 | More by womencantsail
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Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 13:32:14 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect


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

The battle for top knotch Pumpkin Ales leads to this richly malted Brown Ale with American citrusy notes, and with the underpinning of pumpkins and other starchy fruits.

Toffee-rich with brown sugar, barley malt, and an overall starchy flavor and feel that's decidedly pumpkin, yams, and gourd. Creamy sweetness provides a firm base for pumpkin pie spice of cinnamon, nutmeg, almond, allspice, clove, and corriander. The flavor of spice remains vibrant, in balance, and without the astringent bite of over use. Instead an understated bitter balance from citrusy hops carry the notion of lemon drop candies, true citronella candles, and bright orange zest.

A delicious and unfailing choice that doesn't over pursue cloying caramel flavor or over whelming spice. The American Brown Ale anchor is evident from the appearance of the pour to the citrusy balance in finish. Great job to all three breweries involved!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 15:27:43 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Thorpe429


2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 01:43:36 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brownish red in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles covering the surface and a thick dense ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of herbs and lemon in the nose along with some hints of pumpkin.
T: The overall taste is dominated by flavors of herbs, lemons and limes.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather unusual and seems to taste more like a gruit beer compared to a pumpkin beer. The lemon verbena and moteuka hops add some interesting lemony flavors that stand out from the citrusy flavors of grapefruit and oranges found in many other beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 01:44:06 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 01:09:07 | More by oberon
Photo of TMoney2591


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Ah, "the Heavenly Pumpkin". ...the hell does that mean? Is this God's jack-o-lantern...? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-garnet topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. Honestly, this is the absolute loveliest pumpkin beer I've yet gazed upon. The nose comprises lemon zest, lime zest, sour pineapple, apricot, sweet caramel, cinnamon, and a light undercurrent of rye bread. The taste holds notes of celery, lime zest, rich caramel, brown sugar, pumpkin shell, dry maple syrup (seems like the sugar-free kind here), and light lemongrass. Somehow, these things just don't meld too well together, with the fruits and veggies really taking the fore in a strange way. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, a definitely interesting pumpkin beer, one that seems better than just another spice-bomb, but one that doesn't quite get things together to make a generally enjoyable drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 04:59:22 | More by TMoney2591
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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 jlindros


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a smaller fizzy of about 1/4 finger that fades semi quick as well, over dark molasses brown color with hints of ruby light coming through all over when put to direct light.

Nose has quite a bit going on, some light birch aromas, light nutty like malts, light holiday spices, some canned pumpkin pie filling but also fairly light, molasses, I think I get some yam but that might be my brain playing tricks, a light herbal spice that's earthy and kinda weird. The spices/herbs really start to dominate.

Taste is also weird, the yams come out this time, like candied mashed yams, with a light pumpkin. then spices, more holiday like spices, allspice, clove, nutmeg, etc, and some nutty malts. A bit of molasses and sweet crystal malts, a little bready too but not much. More herbal like flavors, earthy spices, and a definite like fresh herb I don't know what it is (must be the fenugreek) it reminds me of another herb plant that I get in many sah-ti like beers or herb spiced beers. I also get a bit of birch, like a birch beer kinda taste. It's kinda creamy and a little bitterness. It finishes semi sweet still with more sticky syrupy feel, light bitterness, tons more herb flavors and light birch, as well as hints of yam lingering.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, slightly creamy, good carb.

Overall interesting, but not something I would seek out. not sure why they even made this beer, just lots of weird flavors thrown together for the hell of it is what it seems like. What's with all these weird collabs these days? I don't really see any point. it does have interesting flavors, spices, herbs, etc, but nothing really worth seeking and probably the time they spent coming up with the recipe.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 21:04:04 | More by jlindros
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 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 RblWthACoz


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

I can't recall if I have ever been a fan of pumpkin ales. To begin with, they just don't do it for me, but the horrid job too many people have done and the continually earlier release dates every year (pumpkin ales in August? come on people...) just have pushed me to the other side of the fence.

This one is not too bad, though the many ingredients seem to come together a bit muddled. Kind of like a soggy yam a bit. But you do get a lot of flavor overall. Just meshes together a lot, which isn't so bad in the overall scope of things. I have definitely had some lame and crappy pumpkin beers. This is not one of them.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 05:39:27 | More by RblWthACoz
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 20:09:27 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of smcolw


3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thick overall head of a single finger thick, but it lasts. Leaves a ring of lace after each sip. The broth is ruby brown where light will pass through. Appears clear.

Dark, nutty malt with a dash of pumpkin to the nose. Plenty of all spice and cardamom. There's also a peppery smell--not sure if it is from hops or a spice.

Initial impression comes from the spritzy carbonation. It is relatively tasteless for the first second. Then one receives a kick of chocolate malt and pumpkin pie flavors. The swallow brings out some pepper and just enough black patent malt to give the aftertaste a bit of unsweetened coffee.

I'm surprised at some of the reviews as I find this to be a very interesting beer. Pumpkin is not the centerpiece here, although you can detect it. This is more of a peppery dark ale. Overall, I like the combination of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 22:00:19 | More by smcolw
Photo of Halcyondays


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

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a deep red brown with a full off-white head, good retention and lace.

S: Lemon and wood, very perfumy. Definite spice notes (fenugreek?).

T: Crystal type malt with a lot of lemon, flowery spice. Nice notes of squash with a light hoppy finish. Citrus throughout.

M: Medium-bodied, long aftertaste. Pretty smooth, prickly carbonation.

O: Certainly an interesting pumpkin beer, I did like what the spices added but wasn't enthralled with it in the end. Worth a try for the adventurous beer geek.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 03:31:18 | More by Halcyondays
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 StonedTrippin


4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

incredible idea, unique beer. 3 great breweries combine here in a real interesting effort. pumpkins, yams, fenugreek seeds, herbs. nose smells like an ipa, which is bizzare because its not there at all in the taste. taste is a slightly spiced earthy concoction with a very lemony finish. never had a pumpkin beer like this before. mouthfeel could be improved. needs more carbonation to charge it up a little, and the body is perhaps a touch too thin for whats going on here, but ive got to say i really enjoyed this one. hopefully they get together to do a few more!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 17:38:31 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 11/24/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip on Thanksgiving.

a - Pours a dark brown with a reddish tint, two inches of tan head, and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of toasted malts, roasted malts, light burnt malts. A bit bland, and not really getting any pumpkin or spice. Not bad, but pretty average.

t - Tastes of toasted malts, roasted malts, yams, spices, cinnamon, bready malts, and some nutmeg. Pretty nice, and a definite step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent pumpkin beer. Nose was pretty bland and weak, but I enjoyed the taste. Would give it another shot next year.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 16:55:56 | More by mdfb79
Photo of kojevergas


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into N'Ice Chouffe 25cl stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Bottle acquired at Wally's Wine a couple days ago. I'm excited to try it. Expectations are high.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream lacing, good thickness, and fair retention. Colour is a very dark amber-black.

Sm: Caramel, pumpkin, spices, and a weird ester. I guess it could be yams, per the label. The birch is heavy and certainly comes through. Interesting. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Birch and pumpkin mix exquisitely well. Wow. Unique, complex, and brilliantly balanced. The caramel is very light and hardly comes through, which I count as a good thing. Built very well for a pumpkin beer; I'm impressed. It's simple but brutally effective.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not too thick or too thin. Suits the flavour very well. The creamy finish is fantastic.

Dr: It's simple, but of exceptional quality. It may be the best pumpkin beer I've yet had - though I've not had many. A very successful collaboration. Go for it if you can find it, but don't rape your wallet doing it.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 01:45:57 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Rifugium


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: bottle from Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured into a Klokke Roeland globe, a glassy caramel brown color with a creamy beige head that receded quite a bit, but rejuvenated upon swirling as a wispy cloud of tiny bubbles. Aroma is sweet with malts and ripe vegetable meat, leafy herbs, and I got a distinct and nearly dominant scent of licorice. Taste was definitely "gourd-and-tuber"-forward, with definite flavors of yam and pumpkin flesh (though not at all pumpkin-pie-ish like your typical autumn seasonal), more of the licorice and spice from the aroma, a bit of cinnamon, leafy/earthy/organic, and sweet malts and tree sap as afterthoughts. I didn't really get any of the citrus or "citronella" from this that other people claim, other than maybe a hint of orange peel oils subtly planted in the finish. Medium body, full of flavor, though perhaps not the flavor everyone is looking for in a beer. Still, well-made and generally drinkable overall. I'd like to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 13:02:29 | More by Rifugium
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 02:56:07 | More by Billolick
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a deep, dark brown colour, immaculately clear, with a big, frothy head of orange-white, pocked foam. Lacing is sticky and excellent. Decent body. Overall, it's a damn good-looking beer.

Nose is spicy and strong, with a peppery bite coming through and mingling with a hoppy note that could well be the Motueka. Underneath, there's certainly a pumpkin pie sweetness, giving a roasted, starchy pumpkin note along with smoother vanilla and cinnamon. It's a really lovely-smelling Pumpkin ale. I hope it tastes as good.

It's close, but as I feared, only brewing this to 5% ABV means it lacks much sweetness and body. But still, there are nice things about it. The pumpkin still gets a dominant part to play, leaving a pleasant vegetative note on the mid to back palate, and the spices are nicely integrated, leaving some vanilla sugar and a bite slightly like aniseed swinging around the place.

Feel is weak, in fact, depressingly so given the other characters of the beer.

Not a bad drop all up, and in fact, there are some lovely points to it. Unfortunately, it fails to deliver on its promise, and while it's certainly an above average Pumpkin Beer, it doesn't really cut it put up against some of the great other beers from these collaborators.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 01:42:44 | More by lacqueredmouse
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3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 04:07:36 | More by Jason
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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.