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The Citizen - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

389 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 12
Gots: 35 | 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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Photo of theleechster
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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 Dave1999
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy dark yellow with a white head which died down quickly.

The smell has the usual Belgian aromas cloves and bananas, pretty sweet.

The taste light and yeasty with cloves.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation.

This is an easy drinking beer, light but tastes decent. The abv is hidden very well.

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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 6thstreetbrewpub
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of e30todamax
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Squatchito
3/5  rDev -14.8%

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 Mississippi
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of WillCarrera
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a very murky peach color, produces a thin white head that recedes to a collar.

S- Lots of bready/crackery yeast, some spice and fruit.

T- Lots of yeast, crackers, mild spice and fruitiness and a bit of grassy hops.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel with nice carbonation.

O- Not a bad beer and very easy-drinking, although I definitely prefer the Public and the Corruption.

Photo of olafphysics
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of stortore
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of raznug
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This pale pours a hazy orange color and is topped with a flurry of big white bubbles that leave quicker than they showed up.
Smell: The citizen is a rather clean smelling Belgian a good malt aroma that is backed with just the slightest hints of yeast.
Taste: The flavor is clean like the aroma and has the slightest amount of yeasty flavors like most Belgian do but this is a very easy drinking beer that goes down smooth but leaves a good after taste.
Mouthfeel: It is a bit on the thin side but the after taste hangs around very nicely well into the next drink and beyond.

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

Can courtesy of joshdykema, thanks again!

Pours a cloudy light gold color with a pretty nice white head.

Aromas are lemon zest, sugar, and bread dough.

Taste is simple and straight forward, but pretty nice. Light creamy sweetness up front, slightly bready, with hint of lemon citrus. Finish is dry, crisp, and clean, with just a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full, and soft, with pretty good carbonation.

Overall a pretty mellow but enjoyable little beer. I honestly have no idea what style they were shooting for, maybe some sort of Belgian Wit? Whatever it is, it turned out pretty good.

Photo of BubblesInMyBeer
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of PoolFishGolf
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

The Citizen from DC Brau Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.