The Citizen - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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80
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424 Ratings
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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 9
Gots: 50 | 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: 424 | Reviews: 83
Reviews by malloyca:
Photo of malloyca
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | 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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.24/5  rDev -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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of generallee
2.92/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Presentation: It was poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The body has a light orange color and hazy look with a small white head. The head quickly fades out completely leaving a flat lifeless looking liquid.

Smell: It’s aroma is light overall with notes of honey covered cereal and fresh white bread.

Taste / Palate: The flavor is sweet and bready with hints of orange peel. It also has just the slightest hint of grassy/floral hops in the background. The palate feels overly smooth and very lightly carbonated. Overall I don’t get much in the way of a Belgian style ale.

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 MeneerBeerSnob
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of CapitolCrusher
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
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

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 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 Vonerichs
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale and cloudy yellow body with a contrasting stark white head. No lacing.

Banana, clove, and grassy smells. Heavy fruity esters.

Over ripe banana, cloves, herbal and grassy hops, and a peppery spice finish.

Clean mouthfeel, crisp, prickly carbonation.

Overall, I thought it was a very nice beer. Refreshing, nice flavor, and very drinkable.

Photo of nimrod979
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into a Brau tulip glass. Actually my favorite looking can from the Brau lineup.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a thin-ish one finger white head. Low retention and no lacing.

Aroma: Nice, fruity estery aroma. Green apple and pear and a little banana combine with Belgian yeast and hints of floral hops.

Taste: This beer could walk the line of a trippel with it's strong fruity and estery flavors. It's a bit sweeter. Once again, apple banana and pear flavors come to mind. Soft sweet malts and belgian yeast work with a light floral hop bite towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium. It's a little thin but... it kinda should be. The carbonation level is a little high but this is an easy drinker. It's kinda crazy this beer clocks in at 7%. You would never know it.

Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Woodychandler continues to come through with canned beers, thanks man. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some fruits and malts. Taste is the same, a bit of fruitiness, some malts and a touch of spice. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and enjoyable beer.

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Fred for this one!

Brassy gold coloration, bright clarity, plenty of light passing through and illuminating the trails of rising carbonation. A finger or so of head initially, which fades to a patchy skim halfway through. Some minor broken lacing left behind at the rim of the glass.

Aroma is yeast driven, estery pear/banana and spicy white pepper. Similar flavors, some banana and pear sweetness, dry spice in the middle that lingers long into the aftertaste with some light residual bitterness. Creamy feel with ample carbonation, medium bodied and smooth. Overall a nice BPA, pretty flavorful and drinkable.

Photo of n2185
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Belgian spices up front with tons of bubblegum and candy sugar. There are some bready and light fruit notes as well.

T: Spices up front again with slight bubblegum and light fruit notes. Dry, slightly bitter bread and yeast flavors bring up the finish.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is a little on the watery side.

O: Not a bad beer, but a bit bland and watery for my tastes.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a Duvel tulip
7% ABV, Serve in a tulip, goblet, or enjoy from the can.

Thanks for another local Chaney!

A - Graham cracker golden in color, this mostly clear beer has light carbonation streaming from the glass' nucleation point to it's short-lived white head. The thin skim of bubbles and ring of foam rests calmly below few gnarled fingers of lace. A clean glass at the finish results in a rather disappointing presentation from a Belgian-style beer.

S - Perfumy and aromatic, The Citizen has a distinctly Belgian yeast nose that brings fourth lofty banana esters, earthy clay, white pepper, and cracked coriander seed. Honey drizzled warm muffin rests below with a dense sweetness and hint of herbal hops far on the finish. When the head disappears the yeast nuances go away revealing some buttery creamed corn DMS attributes which weaken the beer significantly - before focus centered here I was genuinely impressed.

T - The beer's strong, perfumy yeast components die quickly revealing the true nature of the beer beneath, allowing same light notes of butter and creamed corn DMS find their way in amidst sweet pilsner and dry biscuit malt. On the flip side the hops that were lacking in the aroma begin to emerge nicely in the flavor, adding more floral, herbal qualities to the beer. I find that the majority of the off flavors seem to really be bothersome in aroma, not affecting flavor quite as poorly.

M - Tight carbonation bubbles dance on the tongue with a nice smoothness that aids the beer in it's already nice smooth feel. The Citizen is balanced, neither bitter nor sweet though leaning towards the latter, the dry finish capping the medium bodied, faintly slick beer nicely.

O - The Citizen has a great opening aroma, boastfully showcasing it's Belgian yeast intricacies but it can't hold it's air and it's puffy chest deflates to reveal some imperfections which hinder it. Not entirely off-putting but present enough to draw attention away from the other great characteristics going on, The Citizen is a great start to what could become a fantastic brew.

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 vandemonian
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DC Brau The Citizen is a tasty Belgian pale with notes of unripe fruit. It's very tasty and reminds me of white wine in some ways. It is not like your usual Belgian pale.

A: Cloudy yellow colour with an excellent 2 cm head and good carbonation. 4.5

S: Belgian yeast and the strong aroma of banana ester. 4

T: Malty with some slightly-sour flavours of unripe fruit. There is some sweetness there but it's not overdone. Quite nice, reminds me of white wine. Not like the style it claims to be though, really.. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: 3.5

Photo of smakawhat
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Meridian Pint into a shaker pint glass.

A soupy foamy head of off white color, but very uniform in appearance and size. Cloudy, sort of dull lemon gold in color, giving away to nice light clumps of ringing lace while drinking.

Bouquet is small, if not almost non existent. Small sense of yeast and fruit like esters. Just overall very tiny and muted, not too much going on here.

Taste is interesting. Very hop forward and some lemon sharp fruit. Some good feel to for body it feels fairly full for a Belgian Pale, giving way to a sense of Hefe wheat like style density and chewyness. There is no sweetness on this at all, which is not a bad thing but I am use to finding a bit of that on this style. Faint quinine like tonic water finish also.

Overall not bad, kind of distinct but also sort of unusual. Not a bad job I say.

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Kmccabe33 hooked me up with this one... Very cool trade.. thanks Korey!! Poured into my slim tulip decent off white head with okay lacing.. the brew looks like apricot nectar... cloudy hazy golden.

Funny.. because the brew also smells like apricot nectar.. the Belgian esters do a number with the residual maltiness and become a mess... toooo sweet and sorta foul fruitiness erupts from the glass.

Flavor thankfully is a little better, still an abundant overpowering fruity ester profile is too much.

Body is too thick for anything "Belgian".. carbonation is a touch light too...

I just don't like this one... I see the continental influences.. but they are waaay out of balance with the fruitiness... I haven't taken a sip for probably ten minutes and the apricot is still prancing around my palate begging for some Scope.

3.5/2.5/3/3.5/2.5

Photo of blackie
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

growler from the brewery

a: large snifter, yeast-hazed honey amber in color, pours out with a small head that retains lightly

s: nose opens with sweet pale malts carrying aromas of apricot, loads of yeasty phenols - bananas and clove

m: carbonation and body around moderate

t: same structure as the nose - sweet pale malts, big banana flavor and clove phenols, quite grainy with notes of toast on the middle and back end

o: I tend to prefer a drier bpa, a fine beer, but not a favorite from the brau

Photo of WineGuy3000
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Quick review. I really like some of the DC Brau stuff, the Public, the Corruption etc. But this is patently awful. Nothing I expected for a Belgian, moronic flavor profile, grody lingering finish & just an overall lack of drinkability.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into tulip. Purchased at total wine in Richmond, va for $1.99.
Pours a slightly hazy golden with 1 finger of head. Aromas of Belgian yeast ever so slightly with macro notes...corn I guess. Taste is simple Belgian yeast that has been dumbed down...its so subtle. Meh, its ok, easy to drink and normal...meh. There is nothing amazing about this brew, its just a super sessionable BPA.

Photo of ShanePB
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Multiple samples straight from the brewery and from a growler. Served into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy golden yellow/orange colored body with a rich, fluffy and sticky white head. The retention is really nice, leaving a cap behind and some sticky lacing on the walls. Certainly unfiltered in its looks.

S: Belgian yeast, pale malts, mild white pepper, Belgian-like spice, and a quite assertive hop spice with a touch of bitterness. It smells like a cross between a classic Tripel and something more along the lines of a regular Belgian Pale Ale. The classification seems muddled though.

T: Lots of unripe banana, pepper, caramel and pale malts, touch of sweetness and some tamed bitterness midway. The back of the palate brings an evident yeast characteristics along with some classic Belgian spice. It's really a unique and quite tasty beer.

M: Nicely carbonated, not overdone with a great creamy mouth feel to it. There's a bit of stickiness but it's not left lingering long after.

Of all their beers I sampled that day (every single one on tap), this was by far my favorite of them all. Perhaps it's my love for Belgian Tripels which this comes dangerously close to mimicking, but this is a nicely crafted Belgian Ale... in a can!

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The Citizen from DC Brau Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.