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The Citizen - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good

266 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%


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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WheelsPSU

New York

3.61/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2014 02:54:33 | More by WheelsPSU
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy yellowish gold with two finger head that stuck around a while and left a lace ring. A rather airy, nondescript aroma but I do pick up some spice and grain and touches of bready malt and citric. The yeastiness in this beer helps make it smooth and easy to drink without becoming watery, but I found that the sweet malts are minimal at best (don't expect alot of candi sugar or tropical fruit sweetness or caramel) and that the hops and fruit flavors mostly give off a slightly bitter or acidic crisp bite and offer up some decent citric notes but not too much else. Decent balance so it's not overly sharp or acidic but just one of those beers that seems "watered" down for more mainstream consumption and it was alright but not worth having again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2013 18:24:20 | More by clayrock81
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2012 18:44:53 | More by ShanePB
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mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap tonight at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont DC. Served in a 12 oz. tulip.

a - Pours a hazy bright orange color with one inch of off white head and light to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, citrus hops, light spices, and some yeast. Nice but not too strong.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, wheat, bready malts,
grains, and fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty nice beer. Not one of their best, but some nice wheat and citrus mixing, and easy to drink. Would seek out a few of their other beers before this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2012 01:00:12 | More by mdfb79
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CapitolCrusher

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2012 15:47:06 | More by CapitolCrusher
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on tap at the brewery.

Hazy golden yellow with a nice white head. Sweet, yeasty aroma with a mild grain and hop finish. Flavor is also exceptionally sweet and yeasty with a mild bitter finish. Not much in the way of hops and a relatively thin body. I'll pass on this.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 20:55:52 | More by yourefragile
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tap to snifter at ChurchKey in DC on 10/4/11
*From notes

A: Cloudy off-white yellow. Minimal head and no lacing.

S: It smells like you typical Belgian pale: yeasty, with hints of banana peel and a very faint trace of hops.

T: Quite standard for the style. It's dry up front, and as it moves back, the yeast attacks the tastebuds.

M: A bit undercarbed for my liking. Slightly oily, yet the weight helps to pick up the slack.

O: DC Brau's The Citizen Belgian Pale is pretty much on par for the style, one of which that I'm not a typical fan. Having said that, if I was gonna have a Belgian Pale, I'd most likely reach for this, as it's local and quite nice.

On to the next one, Jeff & Brandon.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 23:48:44 | More by Rhettroactive
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is a hazy, light orange hue with a half inch of white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the snifter. The aroma consists primarily of hops and yeast, with additional notes of grain, citrus, and bread. The flavor is OK. Nothing really stands out and takes charge. The hop character is underwhelming, and the beer is generally unexciting. Yeast and citrus flavors are there, but don't implore me to drink more. I'm hopeful this beer undergoes some improvements in subsequent batches.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 02:06:03 | More by Huhzubendah
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer on tap at Meridian. Served in a shaker pint glass. Beer is yellow to amber and hazy with a soft white head, moderate carbonation, some lacing, looks good.

Aroma is a little grainy, a little sweet, mild yeast character.

Beer is thin with a mild sweetness up front with a little yeast in the middle. The finish is a little acidic from the grain and light on the palate with a mild aftertaste. Not my favorite from them but a solid little ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 12:00:24 | More by drabmuh
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 01:32:15 | More by smakawhat
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Elephant & Castle in DC over Fourth of July weekend. Served in a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a fairly-cloudy yellow-gold with a good white head and a good bit of spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings some light bready malt and a bit of grain. Faint spice and a bit of light fruit. The flavor has a moderate amount of yeast, more so than hops. Hops are more there with the bitterness. Faint Belgian spice and some light fruity esters. Medium body and somewhat chewy. Refreshing on a very, very hot day. Good beer, though not as good as the APA or IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 21:46:15 | More by Thorpe429
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t0rin0

California

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 7/11/2011 on tap at Brasserie Beck. According to the DC Brau website this is also available in cans.

Pours an ugly murky brown/orange with some white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is bread, a little pepper, and some booze. Not as bad as it sounds, basically a pale with a light Belgian influence.

Flavor is slightly sweet, bready, more Belgian than the nose, medium bitterness, and a little boozy. Belgian Pale or Belgian Strong Pale; this could go either way.

Body is light which enhances drinkability.

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Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 17:57:25 | More by t0rin0
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Billolick

New York

3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
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..

Serving type: can

04-15-2014 04:21:01 | More by Billolick
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ksimons

New York

3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: can

03-10-2014 21:53:09 | More by ksimons
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
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

Serving type: can

02-16-2014 00:13:44 | More by brentk56
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: can

02-05-2014 02:23:13 | More by jlindros
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: can

01-13-2014 14:46:02 | More by justintcoons
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

2.38/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

Serving type: can

01-01-2014 06:28:25 | More by RblWthACoz
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.01/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: can

12-17-2013 05:07:28 | More by corby112
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: can

10-15-2013 23:37:52 | More by stephenjmoore
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kevanb

Illinois

2.86/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: can

07-16-2013 03:01:34 | More by kevanb
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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

Serving type: can

07-16-2013 01:52:57 | More by MacQ32
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: can

07-15-2013 21:52:09 | More by GJ40
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

2.96/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Grenade courtesy of Borry....er, Daune. Thanks bud!

Pours a liquid cream corn with a big rollicking winter seas white foam.

Smells of big buttery biscuits, hay, and lemongrass.

Tastes like the Yeaster Bunny ran roughshod on the Banana Hammock District (down on third). Soapy biscuits and light lemon seals the deal.

At yeast we have our health.

Serving type: growler

06-27-2013 00:43:16 | More by BarrytheBear
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GoodOmens

Virginia

3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a tulip glass

Pours a hazy orange with bright white head. Strong smell of alcohol and flowers but a nice creamy almost buttery taste.

Not a game changing by any means and as someone said - the lack of bottle conditioning really harms the impact of this beer but don't let that turn you away. It's a great session beer that's perfect for a hot day or a bbq.

Serving type: can

06-25-2013 03:20:37 | More by GoodOmens
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The Citizen from DC Brau Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.