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The Citizen - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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The CitizenThe Citizen

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BA SCORE
80
good

319 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 7
Gots: 21 | 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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t0rin0

California

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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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UCLABrewN84

California

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

Thanks to drabmuh for sending me this one!

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a 2 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A nice latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, yeast, and some light fruit aromas. Taste is very much the same with a delicate hop bitterness on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing that jumps out at you.

Serving type: can

04-12-2012 02:20:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14.8%

12-14-2013 04:18:59 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
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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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

01-08-2013 21:45:53 | More by nmann08
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

07-18-2013 23:32:11 | More by ygtbsm94
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emerge077

Illinois

3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: can

06-10-2013 00:09:28 | More by emerge077
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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

07-26-2012 22:20:42 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

08-17-2013 19:24:58 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
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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mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

03-30-2014 21:03:36 | More by smcolw
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

06-24-2013 13:20:38 | More by mendvicdog
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

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

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
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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Billolick

New York

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..

Serving type: can

04-15-2014 04:21:01 | More by Billolick
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

12-29-2013 17:57:21 | More by oriolesfan4
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My cousin, Colby Chandler, specialty brewer at Ballast Point, got this for me while sharing a booth with the brewers during SAVOR 2012. It's nice to have relatives and even nicer when they know my fondness for CANned beers in support of The CANQuest (TM).

From the CAN: "Citizen Facts [:] In 1963, the citizens of Washington DC won th right tovote for the president and vice-president of the United States with the ratification of the 23rd Amendment to the Constitution."; "Please recycle - pack in, pack out". "Serve in a tulip, gobelt or enjoy from the [CAN]".

The Crack revealed another well-filled craft CAN as well as another beer anxious to get out from its surroundings, foaming up as soon as its CAN was cracked open. I allowed things to settle back down before employing a very gentle Glug so as not to disturb any lees. This still resulted in two fingers of foamy French Vanilla-colored head with decent retention. Nose was both fruity and musty, both yeast-driven and I was reminded of Juicyfruit gum along with a mustiness of old newspapers. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy golden yellow with lots of CO2 bubbles in evidence. Mouthfeel was full, kind of spritzy from the massive carbonation and the taste was immediately fruity, followed by a mustiness, and then a twang of grassy hops. The finish was dry, smooth, tasty and before I realized it, I had CANsumed easily half of it! At 7.0% ABV, that is something to bear in mind. This might be a dangerous beer to take to the beach ...

Serving type: can

07-05-2012 17:18:30 | More by woodychandler
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-08-2014 13:53:45 | More by InspectorBob
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DoubleJ

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

01-08-2014 04:08:00 | More by DoubleJ
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duceswild

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

06-18-2012 00:59:27 | More by duceswild
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2014 01:11:06 | More by Stinkypuss
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The Citizen from DC Brau Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.