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The Citizen - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

348 Ratings
THE BROS
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very good

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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | 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:
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!

(Beer added by: t0rin0 on 07-13-2011)
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Reviews by dvmin98:
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

dvmin98, Feb 20, 2014
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Photo of tectactoe
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I forget who extra'd me this, but thank you to whomever you are. Shame on me for forgetting. This one pours a deep gold, almost-amber color in the center with some bright, banana yellow highlights at the edges. Big, soapy, and frothy is the stark-white cap, settling nicely at just over a half an inch. A decent amount of sediment can be seem floating through the murky, yellow abyss.

The initial whiff instantly reveals what seems like some sort of mixture between a Belgian style triple and and American Pale Lager. Notes like mild clove, fruity esters, and some very light Candi sugar are pushing the tripel front, while some musky, murky hops, heavy grains, and a substantial amount of wheat lean towards a lager. It is evident from the yeast, however (especially upon warming) that this is certainly no lager, though the hops can be deceiving at first. The yeast opens up with some warmth and shows more bubblegum-like notes, though still slightly underpowered, that easily unmask the Belgian nature of this brew.

And as confusing as the nose is, the flavor of this one is even more unexpected. Initially, it hits with a banana-like fruitiness that's accompanied with a mild sugar coating, almost Candi sugar sweet, but not quite there. One good malt charge later and you think this will be like a traditional tripel. But before long, a staunch, hoppy bitterness wafts in and engulfs the palate; musky and dry hops, possibly some sort of Noble variety. Grains come into the scene and play off of the almost astringent bitterness.

Some moderately soft wheat fades in and out, as does a good amount of fusel alcohol notes, somewhat surprising for being only 7% ABV. The finish comes back with another light hint of fruity sweetness - again, mostly banana, possibly joined by a light pear essence this time around. The bold and assertive bitterness of the hops are not to be forgotten, however, as they remain lingering heavily in the background. Some bready malts and grains coat the palate afterwards with a slight touch of yeast, but I keep having the feeling that nothing is really "coming together" for this beer. Thin-medium bodied with high carbonation for a wet, crisp mouth feel.

Not sure if it was the execution or just an odd collection of ingredients, but this one didn't really mesh the flavors well. Too many distinct flavors popping out on their own, seemingly out of place, rather than molding together to form a nice, coherent flavor profile. Far from awful, but probably not something I'd seek out again.

tectactoe, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of woodchipper
2.5/5  rDev -29%

woodchipper, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #62 (Mar 2012):

LOOK: Golden orange

SMELL: Asian pear, taffy, green peppercorn, shortbread biscuits, floral

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, biscuity, peppery, hop bitterness, herbal, faint medicinal phenols, plummy, maraschino cherry, clean alcohol, tangerine pith, bitter semidry finish

A robust “Abbey” ale yeast strain created this brew, so it has the traits of a bigger beer without a massive amount of alcohol. Very complex, this is not one to just knock back as each sip peels back another layer of flavor.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

petewheeler, Yesterday at 04:33 PM
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..

Billolick, Apr 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

IrishGermanAmerican, Nov 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

mrw1zard, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Mantooth, May 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

doremite, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of jtladner
3/5  rDev -14.8%

jtladner, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

stereosforgeeks, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of HopAttack3
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

HopAttack3, May 28, 2014
Photo of Adkins1203
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Adkins1203, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

sgttibbs, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a tulip

A-Deep golden hue with very thin head that disappears quickly.

S-Citrus and hops provide a clear smell.

T-Hops taste runs throughout with hints of citrus and a malty finish.

M-Smooth with disappointing lack of carbonation to accent taste.

O-Overall decent Belgian pale ale although slightly pricey.

MeneerBeerSnob, May 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

MB4slow, Jul 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Loveyourbeer, May 24, 2013
Photo of joeyjoey104
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

joeyjoey104, Friday at 08:14 PM
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler into a Westvleteren Chalice. Reviewed from notes.

Pours .5 finger foamy white head with poor retention. Beer is semi-clear goldenrod. Lacing is spotty and sparse. Oily and thin legs. Average.

Nose is clove, Belgian yeast, candied sugar and tropical fruit. Moderately aromatic. Decent.

Opens sweet and sweet throughout. Notes of clove, coriander and other spices, cane sugar, Belgian yeast, citrus and pineapple sweetness and just a hint of lemon. Sweet and yeasty finish with a touch of yeasty bitterness in the aftertaste. Enjoyable.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth with some bubbles and goes down quenching. Clean finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Real drinkable for a 7% beer.

A decent beer all the way around. That this is a flagship for DC Brau says a lot about the brewery. Worth trying and a real sessionable beer despite the rather high abv.

SpeedwayJim, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a cloudy orange to amber color, with moderate head. Yeast and clove aromas, which carry over to the palate with a mild hop profile. There was limited carbonation combined with a light mouthfeel that created a watery sensation. Pleasant enough to drink but not something I would seek out.

WoodBrew, May 05, 2012
Photo of CapitolCrusher
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i almost wonder if this beer was made for me because "the citizen" would be a great way to describe me considering i am a true citizen of the world traveling and living all over the place slopping up beer every where i go

pours out a nice hazy apricot but the head is a real unexpected cream soda color. not what i was expecting but looks tasty!

and tasty it was, it did also have a cream soda taste. now i don't know if that's because i thought it looked like cream soda, but it had a nice vanilla and spice flavor too

overall i like this beer a lot and i am glad to see DC brau getting more and more distribution here in the capitol area, they deserve it imho

CapitolCrusher, Jan 01, 2012
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3.56/5  rDev +1.1%

let8it8grow, Sep 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

qcbrewer, Dec 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

avisong, Aug 23, 2013
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The Citizen from DC Brau Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.