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The Citizen - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

334 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 8
Gots: 19 | 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 Gatordaddy
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Gatordaddy, May 19, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

ShanePB, May 18, 2012
Photo of Chaney
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
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 -3.7%
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 -2.3%
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
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

2dogbrew, May 04, 2012
Photo of onetodave
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

onetodave, May 03, 2012
Photo of billab914
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into my Ithaca glass. It poured a hazy, golden amber color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer. The head was thin, but it had good retention and lacing.

The aroma has a crisp, refreshing quality to it with some notes of lemon and banana mixing with some sweeter, bready malts. The Belgian yeast is pretty apparent as well, adding some earthy spice flavors. Pretty nice flavorful and refreshing aroma to it.

The taste shows a little more of the zesty lemon and banana flavors to it up front. The finish is where a little more of the Belgian yeast spice comes out along with some crisp fruits. It's a little dry in the finish as well. The sweeter, bready malts give it a pretty nice base.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall, I thought it was a pretty solid beer. It was light, crisp, refreshing and easy drinking. It felt pretty well balanced as well. It didn't completely wow me, but it's something I'd be happy to drink a few of on a hot day.

billab914, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of codynevels
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

codynevels, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of whitecluster69
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

whitecluster69, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of GPHarris
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a snifter that settled into a thin ring with no sheeting. the ring was gone halfway through. body was amber.
s - citrusy and slightly spicy hops.
t - bready and yeasty with a hint of citrus.
m - medium and slightly slick.
o - kind of boring and definitely not memorable.

GPHarris, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of jacewg
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

jacewg, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of ToasterChef
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer has a translucent golden color with a small head of white foam. Lots of carbonation is visible within. Slowly receding walls of foam coat the walls of the glass after I swirl it.

There is some Belgian yeast and candi sugar in the nose, but not any of the peppery spice that one usually finds with this variety of yeast.

The flavor is more complex than the nose. It's a little spicy and a little sweet. A dry mustiness lingers briefly.

The beer is pretty carbonated; all of the bubbles tingle the roof of my mouth. A good amount of coating is left behind. It retains some of the Belgian pepper flavors.

This is an enjoyable beer. It's not going to blow anybody away, but if it were local to me, I could see myself drinking it occasionally.

ToasterChef, Mar 09, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev +2%
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.

mdfb79, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

CB2maltygoodness, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of grahambo
4/5  rDev +14%

grahambo, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of CapitolCrusher
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
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

CapitolCrusher, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev +14%

IrishColonial, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14%

mchodge13, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Oasis
4/5  rDev +14%

Oasis, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rather approachable and easy take on a Belgian Golden Ale.

Presentation: Growler from DC Brau's NE headquarters. Small dry board with general growler offering notes. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy pale amber pour, nice frothy head with fair retention, nice surface memory and some touches of lacing.

S - Soft yeasty nose, caramel, and a touch of fruity spice...

T - Nice yeasty flow, floral and caramel sweetness follows… faint spicy hint, remote punctuation of bubble gum… Maybe it is me, but as I go through a second serving I can see a parallel in the structure of this and their el Heffe, in particular around the malty sweet sense… Pleasing in any case.

M - Medium body soft carbonation with a nice smooth feel.

O - Maybe not as crisp or astringent for some as this should be but it is rather pleasing and quaffable.

Notes: Nothing that remarkable, true. But it has a pretty nice flow and feels like quality. While not something I would eagerly repeat on my own often I´d love to show up socially with a growler of this now and then. I´d say it might be rather engaging for the early curious about craft brews, other styles, without offering a pushy beer.

Daniellobo, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +42.5%

dukebrian, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

yourefragile, Oct 29, 2011
The Citizen from DC Brau Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.