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Stone / The Bruery / Elysian - La Citrueille Celeste De CitracadoStone / The Bruery / Elysian - La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Honey malt, Brown malt, and Rye malt, yams, pumpkin, toasted fenugreek, lemon verbena, and birch bark. Warrior hops, and New Zealand Motueka hops. "Citrouille", French for pumpkin, intentionally misspelled in honor of Patrick Rue.

Added by BdubleEdubleRUN on 10-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 615 |  Reviews: 246
Reviews by HopJack:
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep orange infused chesnut brown with a nicely formed one finger light brown tinged head atop.Muted aromas of lightly roasted pumpkin and brown sugar,surprised at how light the aromas are.A little watery in the feel,no fullness or richness,lightly roasted with even lighter brown sugar-like sweetness,really very pedestrian.Uh its average outside of a nice pour,I would think these three acclaimed breweries could do better,just my opinion.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This is dark brown with a white head that showed a little lacing.

Smell – The only spices in this pumpkin ale are hops. There’s a very sharp resiny aroma that’s almost rude with little malt to back it up.

Taste – This one falls apart at the taste. The lack of a malt structure turns this beer into hoppy water and again the lack of good spicing leaves me confused.

Mouthfeel – This is short of medium-bodied but does have some nice, crisp, carbonation.

Drinkability – This was a huge disappointment. I knew anything by Stone had to be hopped up so was curious how they would approach this style but it just fell flat with me. It was hoppy but not a good hop beer, lacked the malt base that I look for in the style, had no pumpkin flavor whatsoever, and failed to provide any holiday spicing.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nutty brown pour with no real head to speak of.

A very comlex aroma of sweet malt, coffee, brandy, sasparilla, and a distinct woodiness. WOW.

I am not getting any pumpkin or yam. There is also lacking that celery-like flavor that you would expect from fenugreek. There is no after-taste, so no flavor to savor. Milk hop finish without any real distinction. Dissappointingly bland for such a hyped collaboration with such an interesting laundry list of ingredients. Man am I sad.

Fizzy & thin, lacking body and bordering on watery.

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Photo of Parke
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of newk340
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Kjanisch7
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Britton
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Clear copperish brown, sudsy topping

SMELL: Birch sap, lemon oil, gourds, caramel

TASTE: Brown bread, birch, vague spice, lemon zest, earthy pumpkin, steely caramel, mild hopping, slightly roasty finish

Great idea for the collab, the birch takes the lead though and leaves most of the yam behind. The pumpkin make its mark more towards the finish. Interesting use of spice, I'd love to see this one brought back yearly.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce, overpriced bottle, (near $4, c'mon man) at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pours a dark shade of amber, pleasingly clear, rich medium tan head, stays and stays at the 1/4 inch level, ever so slowly going to a thick and high collar, blotchy film and respectable strands of lace.

Nose is soft and subtly of pumpkin and equally reserved spicing.

Malt forward, with notes of light pumpkin, roasted squash, mild spice again, delicate flavorful and elegant. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Chris_Panos
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of ehammond1
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Sublime Ale House
San Marcos, CA

Dark brown with ruby edges and a thin light brown head. The glass is left with thin lines of lace all the way down.

Very earthy aroma, some squash and pumpkin, and quite a few, bright herb scents: perhaps lemongrass and sage? but it's tough to tell. Interesting, unique, and enjoyable.

Earthy flavors dominate with a low level of bitterness. The herbs are present near the end of the swallow.

Medium to thick mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

An interesting and unique beer I could see pairing well with all kinds of different cuisines, particularly spicy foods.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color of amber/copper, I don't know why, but I just assumed this was a stout, so I got a little surprise when I actually read the descriptors on the bottle. I was just like, Stone/Bruery, yeah I'll buy this. Anyways aroma was largely the smells we've all come to know and hopefully love come holiday time: pumpkin, nutmeg etc. . .

Taste, nice light body that delivers a good amount of thanksgiving flavor without getting all imperialed out. Mild notes of tree bark give it about the driest mouthfeel of any pumpkin ale I've ever had. Some mild dry cocao powder up in the mouthfeel as well, carbonated just right. Decent price. Nice beer. Check it out if its made again around the holidays.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright I know I should have found this back in the Fall, but I didn't. This pours a deep mahogany chestnut ruby brown color with a thicket of tan head almost overflowing the rim of the pint glass. Aroma citric notes with some vegetable/earthiness layers going on, a hints of sweet brown roasted malt notes. The birch bark really comes out in the nose as it warms adding a velvet smooth incense like experience to the beer. What a beautiful well orchestrated beer with flavors coming in multiple levels, as it warms the nose keeps bringing out new ingredients. Flavors bring on complex spice additions, citrus notes with vegetal roasted yam sugars, dark roasted malts bring on another layer of complexity. Hops add enough bitterness to balance it all out, this is excellent stuff unlike any other beer I've ever tasted. The pumpkin never comes out as the pumpkin pie notes, but as the earthy gourd that we all love that fleshy flavor of the pumpkin is melded with herbal spice and other starchy vegetables. Some perfume like bitter notes in the finish that almost seem like cinnamon spices, but it's well blended and forms a nice flavorful new beer experience. Definitely not boring or too over the top. Mouthfeel is dry in the finish between hops, herbs, spice with nice dark roasted malts in the base beer. Carbonation is perfect mellow smooth brings all the flavor out. Keep making this beer it will find an audience.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a mohogany color, with a thick, fluffy tan head. The head fades ever so slowly, leaving a nice lace.

This beer has a very mild aroma. I get a slight floral hop arma. Maybe an ever so slight earthy, pumpkin aroma also. A slight lemon zest is also present.

This beer tastes like is smells. Very mild with some lemon flavor. Not much to it. Maybe a slight piney hop flavor too.

This beer leaves a mild lemon zest aftertaste. It is carbonated well for the style.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is mild, and low in alcohol.

Overall: I am fairly unimpressed with this one. I was expection a much more pronounced pumpkin flavor. This is a bit boring. Not bad, but just not as exciting as I usually expect from these breweries.

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Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of mocktm
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of jeonseh
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Goose Island snifter

A - Dark, brown with a dark orange hint on the sides. Very clean looking with no noticeable carbonation. Looks to have a light body. Has a one finger, rocky head. The head color reminds me of the top of a mocha

S - Smells of candied raisin and brown sugar with hints of yams and cinnamon. There is a slight hop presence in the nose as well. Very malty.

T - Taste at first is raisins and other dark fruits. I get notes of orange peel at first then the yam starts to come through. In general, there are only hints of the yam and pumpkin. I was a little worried it would be overpowering but it wasn't. There is a light hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue. This hop presence is what seperates this beer from a dark, Belgian style. The hops linger well on the in the aftertaste. Until this came through, it did remind me of those Belgian styles given the malty, dark fruit flavor profile.

MF - Medium body with light carbonation and there is a slight stickiness to it. Leaves a slight hop residue on the tongue that lingers in the aftertaste after the beer fades away.

O - An interesting collaboration beer from these three. It reminds me of a dark Belgian ale with a twist given the strong hop presence and the fall flavors of yam and cinnamon. Worth a try if you come across a bottle just because it is an interesting beer.

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Photo of Auraan
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review based on a bottle purchased in March 2013, so a bit of age on it.
Poured a dark brown with no head and no lacing. Scents of roast malt, caramel, slight soy sauce and a bit of brown sugar. Flavor is no where near as sweet as the scent suggested. Lots of roasted malt throughout, with a sort of herbal quality on the finish. I can't say I can detect any of the individual ingredients (toasted fenugreek, yam, pumpkin, lemon verbena, birch bark) but I feel that the herbs and birch bark contribute to the herbal finish. A slight sweetness is present, but not a large part of the beer. Mouthfeel is thin and light with a low level of carbonation. Not a bad beer for something this old. It doesn't seem oxidized, gone to soy sauce or stale.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of ste5venla
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a pretty dark brown with orange reddish-hues deep within. It forms a head about a finger high that's soft and creamy and holds its form well, never really fading all that much and leaving a mix of leggy and patchy lacing to about the bottom of the glass.
The aroma is a little nondescript, though complex and sturdy. It focuses on the gourd flesh, wood and spices with a thoroughly malty backbone.
The flavor brings out a bit more of this beer's character and complexities. Malts form a solid foundation and balance with a sturdy floral and dry, almost leafy hops bitterness. Spicing comes out strongly and, while I couldn't pinpoint pumpkin, I do get gourd, and it's a nice, raw, fleshy addition. Citrus also hovers throughout, lemony in character, and the finish features a touch of roast and some dry woodiness.
The body is medium. Smoothness is there, but there's a bit more crispness to this one. Carbonation is light, at the appropriate level to work here.
One of the most unusual beers I've had to date, it certainly speaks of three of the most envelope-pushing breweries out there.

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