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The Citizen - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

398 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 11
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co. visit their website
District of Columbia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: t0rin0 on 07-13-2011

The Citizen Belgian Ale is inspired by the timeless Tripel style ales of Belgium. Using a traditional high gravity "Abbey" yeast strain that encourages the production of highly palatable ethanol notes supported by Aromatic and "The Citizen" also exhibits the noble hop spiciness that is common to most Belgian Ales. Reigning in at 7.0% ABV this is the Brau's strongest offering in our flagship portfolio. Become a Citizen of the world, one sip at a time!
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Ratings: 398 | Reviews: 78
Photo of Shade1951
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall, a nice mellow beer. It doesn't hit you over the head with any attribute. The smell is pleasant - I found a bit of soapiness there. No soapiness in the taste however, which is refreshing, ever so slightly sweet and juicy. There is little of the spiciness that one may be used to in a Belgian. The carbonation is fine - maybe a bit less carbonated than some of the Belgians I've had. This is an "OKAY" beer.

Photo of bluehende
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

An average belgian ipa. Not a lot of aroma. Has a nice belgian yeast flavor to it. About average overall.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light amber with not a lot of head. The smell was very subdued but had some nice grapefruit scents to it. The taste was a bit mellow throughout with some hop flavors on the end, but little Belgian wheat or other flavors. Not bad, but I like a lot of their other beers more than this one.

Photo of ordybill
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- slight hop aroma with a sweet finish.
Appearance- a murky golden yellow with a very small white head.
Taste- clean and slightly hoppy, very little bitterness.
Palate- a medium bodied brew eith light carbonation.
Overall- not a bad beer, my first from this brewery.

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

DOB 11/18/14, 12 oz can poured into a pint glass, hints of Belgian flavors, subtle, unique flavors. Very drinkable and enjoyable from DC Brau.

Photo of Act25
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The citizen is a beer I upgraded after sampling it at warmer and warmer temps.

One has no business drinking this beer at anything but cellar temp. It's also good as a lunch beer and with coffee. (almost needs the bitter coffee to pull it away from sugariness.)

a - Hazy bright orange color with one inch of off white head & moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of wheat, citrus hops, spices, and bright yeast. Ripe pear, peppercorns, shortbread biscuit, flowers. Much better at cellar temp.

t - Taste follows smell but gets better yeast, wheat, bready malts, sugar cookies,
grains, and fruit. Starts a bit medicinal, but that fades to a more pleasant flavor as she warms. Pretty delicious.

m - Medium to light body w moderate carbonation. Clean finish, great with lunch. Bright, juicy, gets better as it warms.

o - Wheat and citrus, bright, brassy yeast. Grows on you. Good with food. Good effort.

As A bros wrote " complex, this is not one to just knock back as each sip peels back another layer of flavor." True. Upgrade!

Photo of bowlerhattedman
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Nice aromatics. Malt dominant on palate, which is not what I was expecting from a Belgian pale.

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Surprised to find something this good in a can!

The malt sweetness and yeast hits right away. A little bit of honey and citrus aroma. Heavy but went down easily despite the 7% ABV. Mouthfeel a bit "sticky" for lack of a better word. Could have used a tiny bit more hopping for balance - I expect any Belgian-style to emphasize the malt and yeast more than the hops, but it was almost *too* sweet. I'd still buy it again, though.

Photo of sommersb
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 06-24-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Cloudy, honey colored beer, capped with a finger of offwhite head. Lacing is good and retention is fair.

S: Smells are a pleasing combination of sweet, bready malts, earthy tones, rich fruits and typical Belgian yeast aromatics.

T: The taste starts out with sweetness from the malts and fruits, and then has elements of spices from the hops and some woody qualities. Bitterness is very low.

M: Body is thick, with a finish that has sweetness of ripened fruits and malts.

O: Overall a very good Belgian pale.

Thanks go to Treyliff for this trade!

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty blonde color with little to no sediment. The beer is cloudy and unfiltered. The aroma full of Belgian candi sugar, bubblegum and clean alcohol. In the taste, brown sugar, candi sugar, wild flower honey and a fruity Belgian yeast kick. A little bubblegum is there in the flavor too. Medium bodied, medium high carbonation. Overall, a nice Belgian pale in a can.

Photo of fourstringer
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Base of the can reads, "KISS ME 04/08/2014".

A: Cloudy, honey-colored body. Half a finger of white head that quickly dissipates and leaves little lacing.

S: Fruity yeast. Tropical fruit, apple, peach. Candi sugar. Light spice with some cardamom and coriander. Sweet bread.

T: A vague, rounded spice opens with a subdued sweetness. Mild hop bitterness builds to a semi-dry finish. There is an off-putting corn element and the unshakable essence of garlic. Alcohol consistent with the ABV. A light tartness lingers.

M: Low to moderate carbonation with a moderate body. A bit oily, but smooth.

O: I started off really liking the nose on this one, but the off-flavors kinda killed for me in the end. I've given this one multiple spins on multiple days, but I can't get past the garlicky, organophosphate thing happening.

Prost!

Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy deep orangey-gold. Initially has a creamier white head that reduces down to slight presence around the circumference of the tulip glass. The aroma is mostly yeast with a hint of caramel. The taste has a nice tangy-ness to it, reminiscent of the way sourdough tastes. There are also some subtle fruit notes hiding in the back. There's a nice thickness to it and it's quite smooth. A very good Belgian-style pale ale.

Photo of BigC88
2.59/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a sweet, cloying flavor with maybe diacetyl (popcorn butter) at the finish; I can also taste the alcohol and it doesn't come through in an inviting way. There's some Belgian fruitiness as well. Overall not a good tasting beer in my opinion. Certainly doesn't fit the flavor profile for a Belgian Pale. The aftertaste gives me a shuddering feeling about halfway through the beer.

I will admit that I tried this beer for the first time a few days ago and drank it straight from the can at about 50 degrees and it was definitely a bad beer for that tasting (the GF, who has an acute sense of smell and a love for Belgian Trippels, said this beer tasted like "bad pennies" in her mouth and could not finish hers warm from the can).

Today, I tried it right from the fridge, pouring into a Chimay goblet. It's better, but still not good.
A creamy beige head poured frothy and subsided fairly quickly. The bouquet isn't bad, but nothing wonderful either - it has a slight metallic quality, maybe some canned corn smell to it.

As some other reviewers have pointed out, the date on the bottom of the can is not helpful. Mine says "Drink Me! 3/18/2014" so does that mean drink by 3/18 or born on 3/18? I don't know. Bottom line, I was not impressed, and did not find this beer enjoyable in the least bit. Come on DC Brau, I know you can do better.

Photo of Billolick
3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce can. On the bottom "Drink Me! 3/19/2014" Best before date? Canned on date? Dont the brewers think this might be kinda confusing and ultimately of no use to the customer??

Pours orange hued and hazed. Out of the can its all fizzy and loud bubbles. Larger head quickly goes to next to nothing. No film, no collar and very minor lace left on the glass. Something about a beer that makes a noticeable sound as the bubbles pop is off putting to me

The nose is of sugary fruit and a hint of yeast.

In the mouth this one is quite thick and viscous. Notes of of sweet fruit and wheat malts.

Too thick, carbonation to low, sweet with some lime and pepper...but complexity and interest here on the low end of the scale...I believe this is my first DC Brau, and I'm not overly impressed..

Photo of ksimons
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a hazy golden amber with two fingers worth of white rocky head

S-pale malt, banana, light citrus, and yeast

T-pale malt backbone, wheat, banana fruity sweetness, light citrus, spices, and Belgian yeast

M-light to medium body, creamy carbonation

Overall a nice American take on the style. Very easy to drink. Would be a very enjoyable beer for the summer.

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I went to the brewery this past weekend and got a sample of The Citizen. I actually liked this a bit more than the rest of the guys I was with.

Poured a hazy and cloudy golden yellowish color with little lacing.

The smell did not really remind me of the typical Belgian yeast. It was more like buttered biscuits mixed with a fruity sweetness enjoyed this as there seem to be a bit of a hop presence in the smell also.

The sugary and sour qualities stood out in this, especially in the finish. A bit of banana and clove and pale malt. Actually it sort of reminded me of a wheat beer.

Slight tart as when the beer started to warm, the fruit came out. Creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear goldenstraw with a marshmallow foam head that leaves a few dots behind

Smell: Somewhat phenolic, with band-aids, bread, peppercorn and spice

Taste: Bread and band-aids, with a growing green peppercorn character; there is a build-up of sugary malt in the middle, along with the arrival of bittering hops, but the overall impact is unbalanced

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have been impressed with DC's IPAs but this one is a miss

Thanks, Dave_Treat, for the opportunity

Photo of jlindros
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yay craft beer cans. Thanks to kasubot (Reddit) for this one. No date though. Kasubot told me it was canned 12/28/13, and could be a bad batch, so I'll have to come back to this one if possible.

Pours a mild bubbly slight fizzy head that hits almost 1 finger and fades fairly quickly, no lacing though, very hazy carrot orange reddish colored beer.

Nose brings grainy toasty malts, a bit of a toasty wheat like, mild grassy straw like malts, mild citrusy aroma with a little juicy fruit, hint of a pick grapefruit spritz and bitter rind, bit of a candy like malt, mild ester profile with the fruity aromas, bit cracker, bit of hint of eucalyptus like oil.

Taste starts with more cracker malts, a little grainy toasty wheat like, mild sweet caramel and candy like malt, little creamy and bit of a grassy straw character. Then esters, lots of esters, bit fruity, that mild eucalyptus like oil again. A mild bitterness from mild hops, touch minty grassy hop with a little earthy herbal character, nothing too crazy. Finish is dry but sticky, hint of booze warmth, little oily feel, mild earthy herbal like hops, candy malts lingering.

Mouth is med bod, lighter carb, little syrupy.

Overall Meh, syrupy candy malts, hops are not great, ester profile swings too far, just all around not so good.

Photo of justintcoons
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a stemmed pokal glass.

Appearance
Golden orange with 2 fingers of light tan head. Slightly hazy with decent head retention and low carbonation.

Nose
Banana bread, orange juicy, caramel and touches of cherry.

Taste
Banana bread smothered in caramel. Nuances of orange juice and strawberries. Notes of biscuit with hints of cherry.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth and silky.

Overall
A very smooth BPA with tons of banana action.

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.41/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ick. Oh no they didn't.

Pours an odd amber hue that is mildly fogged. Soapy nose. Really soapy flavor profile. Candy sweetness which is just not pleasant. I don't like this beer. I don't like it at all.

Too bad I have to end my DC Brau sampling on this one. I'd rather have passed.

Photo of corby112
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a very hazy, dark golden orange with banana yellow edges and a half finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Decent retention with sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Floral, slightly earthy aroma with subtle grassy hops, bready yeast, pale malt and faint light fruit notes. Pretty bland with some piney hops, bread, biscuit, peppery spice, apple and pear.

On the fuller end of medium body with tight carbonation, earthy hops and a prominent peppery spice presence that lingers over the bready yeast, pale malt and light fruit notes into a dry finish. Thankfully this beer tastes more interesting than it smells but the yeast presence is a bit too strong for my preference and it feels more like a wheat/witbier than anything else. Some zesty coriander and grassy, piney hops followed by sourdough bread, bubblegum and lemon zest. Slightly tart and somewhat refreshing but a bit watered down and pedestrian. As it warms, the ester-y light fruit notes start to show with hints of apple, pear and raisin. Still, this beer isn't very complex or interesting. Not bad by any means, but it just doesn't stand out. I'm glad that I only bought a single can.

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Orange body with some amber highlights. A slight haze to the body that prevents crystal-clear transparency, but enough for light to come through. Head is thin and frothy, with a cream color to it.

S- Banana, clove, herbal hops, toast, bready malt.

T- Taste has a pretty diverse mix of flavors to it. The yeast comes in first with some peppery notes, the big toasted malt bill provides lots of breadiness, with banana flavors sneaking in towards the end. Slight mix of herbal hops in the, with a hint of citrus as well.

M- Crisp, medium-full bodied, sticky lingering aftertaste. Finishes dry.

O- The yeast and the malt dominate this one. It's very different than almost all of the BPAs I have had, but not necessarily in a bad way. It's just different. I probably would not get it again, but I didn't hate it.

Photo of kevanb
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz can poured into a DC Brau Can Glass.

The beer pours a golden corn color, very hazy with lots of bubbles rising to the top of the glass. Atop the beer rests a lovely, soapy, white head, about 2 fingers high that has fantastic retention and leaves some spotted lacing behind. The aroma is heavy on banana, more banana, and some more after that. Yeasty clove and spicey hop are noticeable with lots of pale grain sweetness. The amount of banana is a bit off putting and really masks the rest of the aromas. The flavors aren't much different, lots of banana, clove, belgian yeast, a bit of an unpleasant saltiness, alcohol, pale grain, earthy hop spice, sugary sweetness at the finish. The nose was a mess and the flavors are just as messy and poorly put together. The body is thin, a bit watery, lacking lively carbonation, coats the mouth moderately well and has a soft, creamy finish.

Verdict: A pretty poor attempt at a Belgian Pale Ale from DC Brau. It has bad balance, lots of unpleasantries, and has few redeeming qualities. While I enjoy their hoppy beers, I might be staying away from their Belgian beers until further notice.

Photo of MacQ32
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a golden yellow with nearly 2 fingers of white head. Solid retention and very strong lacing. 4.25

S - lots of sweet belgian yeasty candy.  Slightly funky tartness

T - semi sour, a bit of a weak hop character but the sugaryness and sour qualities as very pleasant.

M - Lightish bodied, fatigues the back of my jaw a bit.

O - Taste is not at all what I expected but I dig the sourness

Photo of GJ40
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a can purchased at Chevy Chase Beer & Wine.

Light golden with a hazy finish and a mass exodus of large bubbles that never really create a sustainable head. Aroma is lemon, black pepper and fruits. Flavor is big on fruity esters with some spicy notes and a moderate sweetness. A moderate consistency but a low carbonation after that initial rush out the door.

This is a tough style to do well; especially given the availability of so many Belgian masters. Drinkable and refreshing but this one needs more work.

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The Citizen from DC Brau Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.