1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

The Citizen - DC Brau Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
The CitizenThe Citizen

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
80
good

364 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 364
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 8
Gots: 25 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of The Citizen Alström Bros
Ratings: 364 | Reviews: 72 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

SonOfKyuss, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Kegatron, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of dharmabum1102
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

dharmabum1102, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of mltobin
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

mltobin, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

drewone, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of bugbear
3/5  rDev -14.8%

bugbear, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of wiltznucs
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

wiltznucs, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Hockey_Fan, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of LarryMyers
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

LarryMyers, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of GoGators
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

GoGators, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of scottDC
2.5/5  rDev -29%

scottDC, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of cp45
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

cp45, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Boone757, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

ygtbsm94, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of ThomasAWilson2
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

ThomasAWilson2, Jul 17, 2013
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.

kevanb, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of MacQ32
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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

MacQ32, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of GJ40
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

GJ40, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

doremite, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of lunarbrew
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

lunarbrew, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of DC_Brah
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

DC_Brah, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of fishguyac
3/5  rDev -14.8%

fishguyac, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of cfinch2
4/5  rDev +13.6%

cfinch2, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of KatyC
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

KatyC, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Dave_Treat
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Dave_Treat, Jul 07, 2013
The Citizen from DC Brau Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.