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The Citizen - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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The CitizenThe Citizen

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352 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 71
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)
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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

nickfl, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of circus_cat
3/5  rDev -14.8%

circus_cat, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Liz8646
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Liz8646, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
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 ...

woodychandler, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of bifrost17
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

bifrost17, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of Ted
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Ted, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: cloudy orange; 1-finger head; good carbonation (little beads)
S: wretched at first--smells of ammonia--but then opens up into an inviting yeast aroma with bits of pear, candy
T: salty, yeasty; low on hops, high on flavor from the malt and yeast; the cherry and pine I detected in the growler version is missing from the canned; and the alcohol blends better with the flavor profile, to create a more subtle, smooth combination

I prefer the canned to the growlered!

Arithmeticus, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of axman
4/5  rDev +13.6%

axman, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Woodychandler continues to come through with canned beers, thanks man. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some fruits and malts. Taste is the same, a bit of fruitiness, some malts and a touch of spice. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and enjoyable beer.

tone77, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of duceswild
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

duceswild, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of tlazaroff
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slight yeast on the nose followed by an even lighter citrus note.

The beer pours a dark haystack opaque color with a white head, and nice lacing. The head doesn't last too long, but it's a good looking beer overall.

Strongest flavor sensation is that of yeast and doughy biscuity bread. There is a slight carbonation bite on the finish, and a balanced bitterness.

Finishes a tad dry with a fuller body than I expected and high carbonation. Overall it's not too bad, but it's not blowing my socks off either.

tlazaroff, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Kmccabe33
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Kmccabe33, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of bigred89
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

bigred89, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

PEIhop, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of n2185
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Belgian spices up front with tons of bubblegum and candy sugar. There are some bready and light fruit notes as well.

T: Spices up front again with slight bubblegum and light fruit notes. Dry, slightly bitter bread and yeast flavors bring up the finish.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is a little on the watery side.

O: Not a bad beer, but a bit bland and watery for my tastes.

n2185, May 29, 2012
Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

rab53, May 27, 2012
Photo of Jimmys
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into tulip. no canned on date.

A: very opaque, very hazed orangey, yellow body. head is white and big. good retention as some thick lacing left behind.

S: eggy, sulfur. a definitive sweet, fruity hop aroma. however, there are more of yeast, sulfur egg aromas than hops.

T: sweet and earthy palate. the bitterness is there, but not enough to compete with the yeasty fruityness. peachy finish. the body is lacking a little in my opinion. wouldnt hate a touch more malty meat.

M: average carbonation on a medium body.

D: definitely more of a sweet belgian blonde than a belgian pale in my opinion. need a greater hop presence to call this a BPA. not a bad beer, but the label is a little deceiving. i say pass and check out some other brews from dc brah.

Jimmys, May 24, 2012
Photo of Hophead717
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Hophead717, May 22, 2012
Photo of Gatordaddy
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Gatordaddy, May 19, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

ShanePB, May 18, 2012
Photo of Chaney
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For review #900, I went local!

Served in a DFH oversized snifter.

A: Poured a very cloudy, peppery orange color, with about 1/4 finger head that stuck around for a while.

S: I'm glad I waited until trying my second can of this stuff in two days before reviewing. Initially, the smell seemed a bit off to me, but then I got used to it an now I actually dig the who butterscotch caramel thing that this one has going for it.

T: Seriously, one would have to have a microscope to detect anything citrusy in this one. I got that same caramel quality that I got on the nose, only more intense. The Belgian funk was especially strong with this one.

M: The sweetness was tempered and I didn't get much booze, but the Belgian yeast is virtually seeping out of my pours! The lacing was moderate and I didn't get much more undesirable... except for maybe a few vials of Belgian White Labs too many.

O: Overall, I agree with what others have said overall and I truly wish this had a bit more citrus. That TOTALLY would have made a difference at least in terms of drinkability. Still, I'll remember the smell of this one for weeks!

Chaney, May 10, 2012
Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a tulip

A-Deep golden hue with very thin head that disappears quickly.

S-Citrus and hops provide a clear smell.

T-Hops taste runs throughout with hints of citrus and a malty finish.

M-Smooth with disappointing lack of carbonation to accent taste.

O-Overall decent Belgian pale ale although slightly pricey.

MeneerBeerSnob, May 09, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a cloudy orange to amber color, with moderate head. Yeast and clove aromas, which carry over to the palate with a mild hop profile. There was limited carbonation combined with a light mouthfeel that created a watery sensation. Pleasant enough to drink but not something I would seek out.

WoodBrew, May 05, 2012
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3.76/5  rDev +6.8%

2dogbrew, May 04, 2012
Photo of onetodave
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

onetodave, May 03, 2012
The Citizen from DC Brau Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.