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The Citizen - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

372 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 8
Gots: 26 | 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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2.38/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

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2.53/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

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2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber color with some notable yeast sediment falling to the bottom of the glass. The white-colored head forms a uniform height of one finger, and fades pretty rapidly to a thin film. Lacing is very sparse.

S: Rather buttery and even a bit corn-like. Maybe I can find a touch of fruity esters with proper concentration, but the Belgian yeast qualities are just too hard to find. There seems to be a bit of hoppiness, though, which is good. Quite the disappointing aroma otherwise.

T: Good news is, there is a touch of Belgian yeast on the finish, giving it a (much needed) crisp touch, and some welcome notes of apple, white grape, and pear - but also gives a faint soapiness. Yikes. All told, this seems rather disjointed, as if the yeast and the bready malts are battling each other, rather then melding like a good BPA should.

M: This is the best part of the brew. It features a creamy texture, and is nicely clean/dry on the back end without over-exposing any of the less-than-great flavors. In spite of its slight syrupiness and medium-heavy body, it's pretty drinkable.

O: Not great, unfortunately. There's little here to make me want to come back for seconds. All this does is confirm my skepticism toward canned Belgian-style ales - without bottle conditioning, what do you have? Not much, really.

Photo of kevanb
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
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 JohnGalt1
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
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 GPHarris
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a snifter that settled into a thin ring with no sheeting. the ring was gone halfway through. body was amber.
s - citrusy and slightly spicy hops.
t - bready and yeasty with a hint of citrus.
m - medium and slightly slick.
o - kind of boring and definitely not memorable.

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The Citizen from DC Brau Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.