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The Citizen - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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The CitizenThe Citizen

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337 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.64%
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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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Casterbridge, May 14, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Daktah, May 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

mikeburd1128, May 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Lanstrum, May 11, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

tedho21, May 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

TomG2751, May 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Gww1864, May 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

djhowell, May 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

MikeWard, May 01, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

woodchipper, Apr 29, 2014
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

ToddBeans, Apr 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Geech, Apr 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Jose9e, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of BigC88
2.53/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a sweet, cloying flavor with maybe diacetyl (popcorn butter) at the finish; I can also taste the alcohol and it doesn't come through in an inviting way. There's some Belgian fruitiness as well. Overall not a good tasting beer in my opinion. Certainly doesn't fit the flavor profile for a Belgian Pale. The aftertaste gives me a shuddering feeling about halfway through the beer.

I will admit that I tried this beer for the first time a few days ago and drank it straight from the can at about 50 degrees and it was definitely a bad beer for that tasting (the GF, who has an acute sense of smell and a love for Belgian Trippels, said this beer tasted like "bad pennies" in her mouth and could not finish hers warm from the can).

Today, I tried it right from the fridge, pouring into a Chimay goblet. It's better, but still not good.
A creamy beige head poured frothy and subsided fairly quickly. The bouquet isn't bad, but nothing wonderful either - it has a slight metallic quality, maybe some canned corn smell to it.

As some other reviewers have pointed out, the date on the bottom of the can is not helpful. Mine says "Drink Me! 3/18/2014" so does that mean drink by 3/18 or born on 3/18? I don't know. Bottom line, I was not impressed, and did not find this beer enjoyable in the least bit. Come on DC Brau, I know you can do better.

BigC88, Apr 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

craft_shannie, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of Billolick
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..

Billolick, Apr 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

sgttibbs, Apr 14, 2014
The Citizen from DC Brau Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.