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

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Reviews: 246
Hads: 614
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 28
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Zorro
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown colored ale with a small tan colored head.

Smell is a little sweet and is spicy with mostly vanilla and allspice. Good chocolate scent but I can't really smell any pumpkin.

Starts out semisweet with a stout bitter chocolate flavor. Mostly this is unsweetened chocolate with a little spice to it. Tastes a bit like Mexican Hot chocolate without sugar. Honestly can't taste the pumpkin here. Pretty much this is a Brown Ale with spice.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK beer. I have had better so no real reason to try again. (538 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.75/5  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. (609 characters)

Photo of BJA
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into perfect pint glass

A: One inch creamy light tan head. When held up to sunlight a deep amber color bordering on brown. Crisp and clear. Small bubbles slowly rise to the top. Head dissipated over 2 minutes and left a good amount of lacing behind. The depth of color and clearness is great.

S: A scent of caramelized something, pumpkin, resinous birch and hops, and an herb I’m not familiar with on a solid underlying malt scent. I’ve never smelled anything like this in a beer before. This was hard for me to describe. I had to get out a scent wheel, which I just got a few weeks ago. Yes, I’m a dork. A lemon herb scent comes out as the beer warms and I drink it down.

T: It reminds me of a mix of an amber and brown ale that went to awesomeness camp. A lot of the taste is the same as the scent, but I get more of a toasted malt base and a bit of lemon on the immediate aftertaste/exhale. That lemon verbena comes out in the taste as the beer warms.

M: Drinks lighter at first and then moves near a medium mouthfeel.

O: I’ve never had a beer like this before. That is awesome. It is awesome. I wish it was cheaper. I’m glad this will be available as a growler fill on Halloween day. I’m interested to see if I am as excited about it after I drink several (not necessarily at the same time). The only downside I can think of is the toasted malt character dominates in the aftertaste after the first half of the beer. (1,457 characters)

Photo of phichifiji00
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep mahogany, pours 1 finger of white head that quickly fades. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Lemon verbena, nutty, woody, hint of pumpkin/yams.

Taste: Nutty, woody, lemon verbena, lemon zest, malty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light carbonation, smooth.

Overall: Very drinkable, very compled. There is a lot going on in this beer. Certainly the most unique pumpkin beer I've ever had, though if you were drinking it blindly, you wouldn't know it was a pumpkin beer. (499 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,210 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a Pilsner glass

A: Finger thick tan head. Some lacing. Ruby-red coloration.

S: Crazy smell. I'm not sure what I'm picking up. Fruity, the pumpkin is evident as well. I didn't notice the yams until I read the label. Is that biased? Probably.

T: What did I just taste? Complex but tasty. Bitterness, but a sort of sweetness in the finish. Very strange brew.

M: Good consistency. I like it.

O: Not at all what I was expecting. Nice beer! (455 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Dark brown with some amber/orange hues. Beige head of about two fingers. Great retention and lacing.

I get orange and lemon zest, some spicy woody scents, a bit earthy, pumpkin, and pumpkin spices.

Spicey and super zesty (lemon/lime), a touch of peppery spice, some toasty and spicey woody notes, then comes this creaminess with more woody and then a woody/zesty finish with pumpkin and pumpkin spice, some lingering creamy chocolate in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Creamy and luscious, yet really light, well carbonated.

An interesting beer for sure. Try it if you see it, but I wouldn't go too far out of my way. (652 characters)

Photo of Cinderbike
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Mahogany brown with a thin tan head. Lots of carbonation.

S - Coffee, biscuit, stone fruit, molasses, cinnamon, clove, ginger, licorice, and spruce.

T - Tastes like a pumpkin beer, but with a hint of licorice / root beer flavor (from the fenugreek and birch).

M - Medium bodied, goes down easy and finishes slightly sweet.

O - A decent seasonal collaboration, but better pumpkin beers exist. (399 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alucard4 for the bottle share

Look: Dark brown in color with 1/4 inch tan head and no real retention

Smell: Coffee notes upfront with some pumpkin and yams and other spices in the background

Taste: Upfront is the pumpkin which fades away pretty quickly and then some strong lemon notes take over and leave the backend with a tart note

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: Very unique and different beer. I think this is one of the better pumpkin beers around. Well done guys (507 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown color with a very thin light brown head that shows good retention.

S: Really spicy with a lot of roasted yam, rye bread and something that smells a bit like curry that I'm guessing to be the fenugreek.

T: A really interesting beer and a totally different take on the pumpkin beer style. I definitely get the yam and fenugreek, but I'm not sure about the pumpkin. Some floral and lemon hints on the finish. This may be my favorite of the Stone Collaborations so far. (482 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


On tap at Stone.

A: Dark reddish orange with a finger of tan foam.

S: Pronounced fenugreek with floral notes and baked bread. Pumpkin is light and I get a little yam.

T: Caramel and bread with a lower moderate bitterness and evident fenugreek. I get some biscuit and a little lemon with a whisper of pumpkin and yam.

M: Lower medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: An interesting beer. Decent but not something I would revisit. (453 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

892nd Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery tulip
12 oz


App- A good mix of amber and brown. Its more crimson than other color. A huge two finger head with a nice mix of cling. Pretty damn good for a pumpkin and spice beer.

Smell- A good dose of the yam and pumpkin. I'm not sure what the other spices and adjunts are but they do add to the aromatics but not much. The prevailing flavors are strickly the beginning two.

Taste- It's a good mix of the two flavors. It's not unlike autumn maple with the yams but mixed a bit with pumpkin. A nice add with the other spices and additional flavors. A little spicy with some bark.

Mouth- A good dose of bubbles and a nice spice note. Light-medium bodied with a light-medium carbonation.

Drink- Well, its a good collaboration. Could've been a touch better. Well done though with a clean flavor and nice blend. (854 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (1,141 characters)

Photo of JosiahS
4.84/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

glass: Tulip

Upon poring, it's much darker than i expected. More of a mahogany color with a white, clean ring atop. This beer has a really unique aroma. At first i got the caramel, sort of buttery notes but once swirled, it opens up beautifully into an intense and peppery tree bark-like aroma with undertones of yams and pumpkin.

The taste brings back memories of when i first started my craft beer drinking, it's new, exciting and incredibly flavorful. The Birch bark and lemon verbena lends an odd yet intriguing contrast to the underlying pumpkin. It's chocolatey, not overly sweet, citric, peppery and bitter throughout.

The body is light-medium with medium carbonation. I think any thicker and it might grow tiring. It's quaff-able yet unique so i resist quaffing. Labeled a "pumpkin ale" but may stand taller in the "winter ale" category. What a refreshing and re-energizing change to the mundane winter seasonals. (925 characters)

Photo of PintOHops
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Tulip

A - A surprisingly dark mohagany brew. It produced a 2-finger slightly off white head that held okay. I can see through the beer decently, it's not too hazy. A few spots where left on my glass.

S - Wow, the first thing I get is this deep woody aroma. Charcoal, brown sugar, lots of roasted coffee. There's a nice grassy/citrus hop characteristic that smells fresh and inviting. As it warmed I got toffee and mild pumpkin and yam.

T - The first thing I notice is is deep roasted coffee with brown sugar and woodiness. I also get this soft sweetness that reminds me of yams big time. It finishes with herbal qualities, brown sugar, toffee, woody flavors, citrus/pine like hop flavors and moderate bitterness that lingers just a bit. I gotta say this is balanced very very well.

M - Soft crispness, smooth and creamy with a medium body. The feel is great to me.

O - Wow, this brew makes for a great Winter Warmer I think. I love the freshness of the flavor profile, the balance, and the fact that it's not overly sweet, even with the yams and pumpkin. The aroma is just amazing to me as well. If you can get your hands on this one, do it! A great beer I'd love to buy again. Cheers! (1,198 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.7/5  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. (521 characters)

Photo of BrewtifulMind
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass

This poured a nice dark amber red color, a half inch of off-white head, not much retention, and minimal spotty lacing. The smell is just lemon up front. I'm not really detecting any yams or pumpkin. Mainly lemon and herbs. Taste follows the scent, a lot of lemon and herbs, with the slightest sweet pumpkin taste. I was really expecting a whole lot more from this beer, given The Bruery and Elysian were involved. Mouthfeel is ok, it has a really soft carbonation, and feels really thin. Overall, I was really unimpressed by this brew. I was excited to try it, but might have expected too much from this. (646 characters)

Photo of MEsoJD
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[Poured into generic tulip glass]

A: A dark ruby caramel/amber body with a fluffy head(slow dissipation) and some good lacing.

S: Smells of pumpkin spice and figs.

T: The pumpkin spice and figs follow from the nose, but the herbal presence is most apparent. Ends with a lemon citrus zest after taste.

M: No alcohol presence, medium bodied, low carbonation, and crisp.

O: More enjoyable and impressive than stones previous collaborations. Interesting and worth a try. Great value at around $3 a bottle. (509 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours very dark copper with a couple fingers of off cream colored foam. Some lacing and pretty good retention.

S: Pumpkin, spice (cinnamon, allspice), faint touch of caramel, anise (or fenugreek, I guess?), something like ginger. The spice comes out a lot more once it warms.

T: Again, pumpkin and spice melding well together, finishing mildly bitter. The taste is a little less complex than you might guess from the smell.

M: Lightly carbed, medium body. Pretty smooth.

O: Nice spice-forward pumpkin ale. Dry and pretty easy drinking. (556 characters)

Photo of grilledsquid
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I haven't tasted a pumpkin beer quite like it. Pours a beautiful clear brown/amber color with dense tan head. The aroma is full of herb like rosemary & sage with a touch of pine needles. Taste is very similar to nose with notes of lemon peel, fragrant green herbs, juniper berries, light spice kick, and faint traces of pumpkin & yams. It ends with a slightly dry hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is smooth with very light carbonation making it fairly easy to drink, especially at 5%.

All in all, it was an interesting beer to drink. Pumpkin ales are usually spice-forward but these guys decided to take a different approach with an herb-forward pumpkin ale. I would have appreciated a touch less herb in order to bring out the pumpkin & yams more. (740 characters)

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bottle of the new collaboration beer with The Bruery and Elysian. "Ale brewed with pumpkin, yams, toasted fenugreek, lemon verbena, & birch bark."
Served in a tulip this beer pours a very dark clear amber color with a dirty white head that lasts quite awhile and leaves some good lacing on the glass.
Smells of baked yams and caramel. There are toasted malt notes and brown sugar. Smells pretty promising.
The taste is not quite as powerful as I had hoped from the nose. There is a lemon peel in the taste that wasn't available on the nose, the yams and pumpkin are present along with a burnt sugar and caramel.
It has a medium body to it that coats the mouth with fairly light carbonation.
This is a good pumpkin beer that I wouldn't mind drinking again however I did honestly expect a little more from these 3 breweries getting together. (854 characters)

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