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

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BA SCORE
82
good

615 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 615
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 29
Gots: 33 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BdubleEdubleRUN on 10-18-2011)
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Photo of IPx
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of grittybrews
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark nut brown with a faint ruby tinge and one finger of off-white head. Aroma of brown sugar, lime, and maybe a touch of pine.

Moderate carbonation and a light, slightly thin mouthfeel. Lots of lime and lemon zest up front with light toast, a hint of molasses, and some mild citrus/pine bitterness on the finish.

Interesting brew but it seemed a little muted overall. The herbs/spices seemed to dominate and I didn't get much yam or pumpkin.

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

A: Very dark with highlights of dark orange. Rather clear in appearance and has a very slight off white head foam head that just barely covers the top.

S: He a nice mellow lemon zest mixed with a low key earthy-woody aroma. A very unique smell that I haven't found in other beers.

T: Fairly low key and mild grain bill that seems to take the backseat. The majority of the taste comes from the healthy amount of bitterness and spice at the end. There is an odd aftertaste that taste like you just chewed on leaves and dirt. It would have been great except for the aftertaste that lingers

M: Medium body with a tad too much carbonation. Sits a little heavy for a low ABV, but still very easy to drink.

O: The aroma and the taste are great and very unique, but the aftertaste and mouthfeel really drops this one down a notch. However, I will still recommend it.

Photo of Gmann
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with some ruby hightlights. The head is short and dense and settles into a light ring with some small lacing.

The aroma is hoppy and spicy. A nice juicy grapefruit hop aroma kicks things off which is quickly offset with an earthy spice note. I want to say it is nutmeg or allspice but it seems to be those and something else. Perhaps it is the birch bark that gives the beer the earthy spice aroma. The beer also does have a pumpkin vegetal aroma. I dig the aroma, smells like a harvest garden.

Man, there is a lot going on with this one. First there is a pleasant grapefruit hop. Then there is a sage/rosemary herb presence, quite strong. There is an undercurrent of pumpkin and yam which gives the brew a squashy vegetal flavor. Some juniper barky bitter spice. I imagine there is some nutmeg/allspice/cinnamon spice blend as well. Very interesting, good turkey day brew, all of the flavors work well.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Some sweetness, but the earthy herby bitterness dominates.

An enjoyable earthy herbal brew. Probably not for everybody but I enjoy these types of beers.

Photo of engagechad
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer westpark in glen allen, VA - tulip

Pours a very nice mahogany brown with good head and good lacing.

Smells faintly pumpkiny with some herbal notes that give a good background.

Tastes nice, pumpkin and spice are there, malt forward but not incredible.

Feels nice, smooth and tingly.

Overall this beer is good, interesting collaboration brew but nothing to really write home about.

Photo of mconz
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Relm
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with ruby hues, thin tan head and a few streaks of lace.

S - Nice aroma. Pumpkin, brown sugar, toasty malt, light ginger, hint of lemon, pine and a few herbs I can't place (maybe the fenugreek and birch bark?).

T - Lightly toasted malt, pumpkin, brown sugar and a complex mix of spices with floral and citrus notes. After looking up fenugreek I am guessing that is the other predominant flavor. Nicely complex.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very easy drinking.

D - I really liked this take on a pumpkin beer. Complex, uncommon flavors that are hard to pin down. Gets better with each sip. Very well done.

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

12 oz bottle poured into duvel glass

A - dark brown with no light getting through. two finger off white head that has ok retention and some lacing.

S - brown sugar pumpkin nutmeg cinnamon and molasses.

T - brown sugar molasses pumpkin and a bit of nutmeg as well. grass hop bite at the back.

M - light to medium bodied. low carbonation.

O - its alright not too thrilled given the price tag though.

Photo of psychotia
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Billolick
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.

Photo of tat2dhllblly
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Beer Army pint glass.

A: Dark mahogany. The color reminds me of a well worn in dark red cigar chair. A 3 finger head that is a mixture of large and small bubbles and is light tan in color. The head settles quickly to a lacing that continues to lace as this beer disappears from my glass.

S: Dark roasted notes with a semi-sweet maple backing. Some coffee notes that play around beautifully with the dominate fenugreek.

T: Up front roasted yam and old coffee. No sweet maple notes which really suprises me comparied to the smell. Some lingering brassy notes with some subdued bitterness.

M: Light and playful. From the smell I expected sticky but not even close.

O: This is a "pumpkin" beer that I could actually enjoy drinking more than one or two then try to pawn off on guests. I am really enjoying this. Not the best Stone Beer but a damn fine collaboration.

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

A big thanks to Chris (Cavery) for this beer. Cheers buddy!

Appearance – Pours a dark brown color and when held up to the light there is a reddish hue.

Smell – Somewhat muted. Chocolate, slight pumpkin/yam, and a hint of spice.

Taste – An interesting herb profile up front. Spicy, hoppy, and slight chocolate. Very little pumpkin or yam. Roasted malts and oak, and more odd herb.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall – Just an odd beer. Nothing else can really be said about it. Not very pumpkin at all.

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

poured into my stone snifter

a - pours a dark brown with no light penetrance and about a centimeter surprisingly white head and some nice lacing.

s - i'm picking up some maple-y yams in there, some citrus (lemon?), slight hops, molasses, and yes, pumpkin spices.

t - surprisingly not as much as the aroma would suggest, but still pleasant. some nutmeg and allspice, definitely more malty than bitter, but still a slight hoppy pine kick. definitely one of the better fall beers i've had.

m - medium bodied that's nice for a change in this pumpkin category. medium carbonation that goes down smooth.

o - i like it. none of the flavors are overpowering so there is good balance, but i would have liked a flavor to dominate a little more than it did. nevertheless, easy drinking and enjoyable.

Photo of UnknownKoger
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of bob727
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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

Had to pick this up to try it. An interesting beer. Pours a decent amber brown color. Decent thin tan head with ok lacing. Stayed most of the time.

Aroma is interesting. Kinda sagey and then you can smell the squash type aromas. Kinda citrusy. Very aromatic. Floral.

Taste reminds me of dirty beaver juice from the Bruery. You can tase the yams and pumpkin for sure. Some sage and citrus flavors. Little bit of spices in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit chewey but nice carb.

Overall better than I expected with all the things in this beer but still not easy to drink. Wouldn't drink this regularly.

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

Served chilled in a traditional pint glass.

Poured a dark, non-translucent brown that proudeced a very small, inconsistent head and fleeted to a thin layer and a small ring around the glass. First smells are somewhat indistinguishable with a definant saltiness in the aroma. I've had a ton of pumpkin ales (it's not a popular variety, but I highly enjoy them) and this is very abstract from the others. Nothing tastes/smells pumpkin. I can honestly smell the yam-i-ness in this brew. There is a certain freshness to it. A slight maltiness at the end. It's somewhat syrupy, especially for a low alcohol content beer. To put this beer in the pumpkin ale style is very misleading as it has very little qualities of pumpkin ales in the traditional sense when you consider the spices and even the pumpkin pie taste qualities. Not a bad beer, very enjoyable. Don't expect a typical pumpkin brew with this one.

Enjoy!

Photo of projectflam86
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear deep mahogany color with a thick white foam head that leaves nice lacing. Looks really appealing.

S- Most of the typical pumpkin ale aromas are there: cinnamon, nutmeg, yams, and pumpkin pie spices. There is also a deeper malt character sweetness with some earthy scents. I'm guessing that may be the birch bark?

T- Ok, a clash of aromas in the nose can sometimes be acceptable but not so much in the taste. Earthy and astringent initially with a lemon pine-sol kind of flavor. Its weird to say that the pumpkin and yams take a back seat in the flavor of a pumpkin ale but this is clearly the case here. I love what the birch bark did to the coloring of this beer but I think it may have left a harsh wood taste in the finish. Too many flavors competing instead of meshing.

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation.

O- I really wanted to like this one but you can't brew a pumpkin ale that doesn't showcase the pumpkins. I'd scale back on some of those extra ingredients and fine tune the recipe from there.

Photo of chugalug06
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice head and lacing, head is white and foamy. Brew is light with great bubbles.

S - Some very nice hops... Not over spiced or pumpkin.

T - Not too much other then bittering hops and slight spice. It's nice and enjoyable, but it could use a little more, bam...

M - Good. No bitterness, slight over-carbonation.

O - Not the best pumpkin ale, but good nonetheless. Recommended.

Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of hpthebull
5/5  rDev +39.3%

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!

Photo of auroracrisis
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz into a Boulevard tulip.

Murky burgundy with a tiny head that turns into a ring of foam around the edges of the glass. Thin lacing as it is drank down.

Holiday spices and candied yams on the nose. Allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove all present. Some malty sweetness similar to caramel and toffee poking their head through as well, with a minimal hop presence.

Moderate spice up front with some lightly roasted and caramel flavors in the background. Spices similar to the ones in the nose, and has a little bit of a stale adjunct taste to it.

Thin medium with a hint at drying, and a tickle of carbonation

Good nose, with a lacking flavor. An okay beer, not the worst thing that has ever graced my palate. But I wouldn't recommend it.

The Bruery / Elysian / Stone La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado from Stone Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.