The Bruery / Elysian / Stone La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.7/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
07-10-2012 03:49:32 | More by Sammy
2.83/5 rDev -21.2%
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.
11-11-2011 23:20:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.78/5 rDev -22.6%
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.
11-19-2011 01:43:36 | More by Thorpe429
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
03-16-2012 01:44:06 | More by metter98
3/5 rDev -16.4%
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.
04-25-2012 13:32:14 | More by Phyl21ca
4/5 rDev +11.4%
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!
12-05-2011 15:27:43 | More by BEERchitect
2.88/5 rDev -19.8%
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.
01-08-2012 08:15:42 | More by womencantsail
4.08/5 rDev +13.6%
Basically, tastes like a lemon/citric coffee/malty light stout/porter. Would never guess blind that it's a "pumpkin beer."
Pours dark brown with a thick, firm and lovely light khaki head.
Nose is cooked stone fruit esters with winter spices. Hints of cinnamon, sweet wood, and sweet smoke. Hints of sweet mapled venison (in a good way). Nose is very malty and appealing. Complex with lots of lemon undertones. Basic nose may be simply chocolatey coffee/roasted grain.
Mouthfeel is rich, thick and creamy; appealing and inviting with nice carbonation.
Flavors are simply complex and layered. Big roasted grain, wood, malt, coffee, creamed bitter chocolate with bright lemon undertones that is all very well balanced. There is a "flash" of pumpkin in the front palate that quickly gives way to the other flavors and characteristics. Complex flavors that marry well with many food profiles.
Finish is creamed bitter coffee, hints of wood and light light bitter espresso. This one has a lot going for it.
I don't know who came up with the recipe, but it "reeks" of Patrick, Tyler and the Bruery for the quality of this crazy blend, more indicative of the Bruery than Stone or Elysian. Either way, nice.
10-27-2011 06:17:47 | More by GRG1313
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
A: thin head without much lacing and no real retention. Nice clear deep amber body.
S: musty pumpkin aroma, aged cheese, smokey and caramel malt.
T: Pumpkin up front but fades to a smokey, burnt flavor, very porter-like.
M: thin, light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: not a bad beer, its drinkable but there are better ones out there.
03-02-2012 05:03:00 | More by kylehay2004
4.05/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
02-07-2012 04:56:22 | More by Knapp85
3.05/5 rDev -15%
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.
12-15-2011 01:09:07 | More by oberon
3.43/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
11-10-2011 04:59:22 | More by TMoney2591
3.88/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
05-09-2012 05:39:27 | More by RblWthACoz
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
A - Pours with half a finger of off-white foam on top of a clear, dark brown body. The head settles rapidly and leaves light lace on the glass.
S - A mild aroma of brown malt, caramel, molasses, and peppery spice notes with an odd, popcorn like note.
T - Thick, brown malt character up front with some dark caramel. A hint of molasses and some cola character in the middle. Finishes with dark malt, molasses, allspice and a lingering toasted corn character.
M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.
D - An interesting take on the style with very little in common with a normal pumpkin beer. The spiciness is pretty nondescript but it adds something and there is a strange, popcorn like character that I sort of assume must be coming from the toasted yams. Interesting, not a daily drinker but that wouldn't be an option even if I wanted it to be.
03-02-2012 05:02:18 | More by nickfl
4.5/5 rDev +25.3%
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.
02-26-2012 20:09:27 | More by WVbeergeek
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
01-24-2012 04:07:36 | More by Jason
The Bruery / Elysian / Stone La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado from Stone Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 612 ratings.