Stone / The Bruery / Elysian - La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
ABV:
5%
Score:
82
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 13.85%
Reviews:
246
Ratings:
615
From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
82
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Stone / The Bruery / Elysian - La Citrueille Celeste De CitracadoStone / The Bruery / Elysian - La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado
Notes: 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.
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Reviews by MaxSpang:
Photo of MaxSpang
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip.

APPEARANCE

The beer pours a fairly dark brownish-red, almost black. It has quite a bit of light coming through, and the head is a good 2-3 fingers when first poured. The head disappeared slowly, and left a moderate amount of lacing. Looks pretty.

SMELL

This beer has a nice spicy potpourri-loke aroma. The yams come through, and it reminds me of yams and marshmellow. Howver, that is not to say that this beer is sweet smelling. It's very earthy, and has some allspice notes. There's a good bit of a molasses smell. It doesn't smell like other beers I have had, but it smells tasty!

TASTE

Does not seem to match the nose very closely. While the nose had a buttered yam-like smell with a subtle earthiness, the taste is more of a woody flavor. Nothing in the taste is very identifiable other than what I am assuming is the bark that is added. There is none of the pumpkin pie spice flavor that other "pumpkin" ales have, which is to be expected since the bottle says they don't use any. The flavor is actually more subtle than I expected, especially after smelling the beer.

MOUTHFEEL

This is pretty easy drinking. It's fairly dry and has minimal carbonation. On mouthfeel alone, it's a beer you could tip back and chug.

OVERALL

Not sure what to make of this, other than "meh". It's not a bad beer, and it tastes well-made, but it falls short of being a particularly memorable beer other than the unfamiliar flavors. Would I drink this again? Yes I would. Will I actively search this beer out? Nah. It's at least worth a taste, though.

Cheers.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Lifesource, Salem. $3.49 Nice chestnut brown body with a nice thick ,creamy light tan head. Attractive Some nice stuff going on in the "nose" : dark chocolate,coffee,lemongrass,resiny hop. Taste is weird it has all sorts of wonderful flavours..all swirled up together as in a tornado..with aspects of each individual flavour popping out from time to time.bitter herbal finish I liked. I especially liked the mouthfeel its pretty nice and smooth yet of course complex . Unusual but i enjoyed this one..though maybe one at a time is fine!

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3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out an interesting orange/red, depends on the angle of the light. It has about an inch of off white head, great lacing stays behind. Lots of carbonation sticks to the glass

The smell is spiced yam, minerals, slight malt note. Mostly minerals.

The malts are right up front. The yams seem to make more of an appearance to me, I taste only a little pumpkin and birch bark. Despite the plethora of bubbles on the glass, this goes down pretty smooth.

Another interesting collab beer. I won't grab another, but was glad to try it.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle: This one pours a fairly clear brown color, with a tinge of buby. Almost non-existent off white head. Nose is lighter, but lots going on there. Some roasted coffee and chocolate are noticeable. Faint citrus and pine hops. Some spices which are faint but reminiscent of pumpkin pie. Faint caramel malts also. Interesting taste. There is an awful lot going on here. Somewhat of a citrus hop bit on top. Some malts, breadiness, spices, hints of the coffee and chocolate. Just a very nice brew.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking amber color with a tan colored head on top. The smell is super spicy with a really nice amount of autumn aromas coming off of this brew. The flavors are much different than a typical pumpkin ale, it was very impressive I thought. The mouthfeel was heavy, kind of on the thicker side with a decent carbonation. Overall this beer was really nice I thought. I would drink it again if I ever came across it.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from Total Wine in late March for $3.49. Call me a sucker for Stone collaborations! My guess is that it was bottle back in the fall.

Beer poured a nice stout off white head that had some good legs.

Nose was strong lemon with hints of pumpkin spice.

Taste was hop forward, strong lemon with a low level pumpkin and yam.

Mouthfeel is medium and decently carbonated but not overly smooth.

Overall i like this brew, it is pretty funky but in a good way. Reminds me a bit of less boozy version of DFH Pumpkin Ale.

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3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber copper with a quuickly dissipating root beer head. Aromas of caramel malt and Belgian yeast with an underwhelming citrus hop bouquet. Mouth feel is mildly scrubby on the back of the tongue, but a little creamy on the front. No pumpkin, some coffee flavor and acidity. Finishes a bit like a lager. Easy drinking beer, but really not a whole lot going on. You'd think with these three breweries combining efforts it'd be a better product. Pretty disappointed overall.

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3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a medium size dark beige color head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of pumpkin and light spices is less powerful then expected. Taste is a mix between light pumpkin notes with light dry spices with light residual sugar finish. Body is a bit thin with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not the most interesting experiment with a lot of components falling into middle of the road category without enough complexity; malt backbone is also a bit too thin.

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2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
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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3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright red-brown color with a short lived light tan head that leaves little lacing.

Malty aroma of brown bread. Taste is a bit astringent and tart with a strong herbal component I suppose from the fennugreek.

Light body with light carbonation and a puckering finish.

Well there sure are a lot of different ingredients and brewers behind this glass of beer. But I am not sure this history is reflected in the complexity or drinkability of the product.

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3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; December 2011
One finger thick, dark tan colored head sits on top of a dark, concentrated brown amber that could be mistaken for black in low light. Lightly burnt raisin, deeply toasted brown sugar encrusted caramelized brown bread crust and a citrus note somehow that is a bit like Meyer lemon or not quite floral orange zest. The aroma also has a fair amount of woodiness to it that is quite soft. As the beer warms the spice character becomes quite dominant.

Softly rounded caramelized and toasted malt character up front quickly yields to an ample spiciness that has a sharpness not unlike a turpene laden spice that almost has a woody character to it. The finish is actually quite spicy, it significantly dries out the finish, but seems to be a bit too sharp at times; the spice character reminds me of the sharp, woody notes in cardamom (and it makes me realize that I really don’t know what fenugreek smells / tastes like). The finish also has a brightness to it from a lemon zest like flavor. The body is fairly light, keeping this pretty quaffable, though the spices seem to slow this down a bit.

Especially as the beer warms, it is a bit too dominated by the spiciness here; this clashes a bit with the toasted, slightly roasted malt character as well. Not bad, and if you like spice beers this should be pretty enjoyable, there just isn’t quite enough base beer character here to support the level of spicing.

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3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed this beer thinking why not. Its around a year old. I bet some of the flavors are still around. I was not disappointed there. But I was with the smell. It really does not smell like anything. Perhaps that was with the age. I just do not smell what others have stated. The appearance of the beer is fantastic. Its a dark brown with a nice white head. Held up to light you will get hues of red and mahogany. Really interesting looking. Despite the fact that this does contain yams and pumpkins, that earthy gourd smell is not there. Plus there was no bark or wood like scent too. Perhaps this was due to the age. Where this does take a twist is the flavor. I have not really tasted anything like this ever. It does not really have the flavors of a beer this color that I would imagine. There is a toastyness from the fenugreek and there is this lemony zest from the verbena. Perhaps what I get is kind of a lemony roasty oaky brew with a very very hint of earthyness. Really good. Its got a thick creamy mouthfeel to it and its a very nice mouthfeel. However, I had to rate this a little over average because of the age and its effects. I bet fresh this had a very stronger flavor. Its complexity now is a bit tame yet it had a very easy drinking deep flavor for a 5% beer. It was nice to try and wish I grabbed it fresh.

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4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark amber to medium brown in color. Half finger head recedes slowly into a ring with decent lacing.

Smell: Very inviting. Citrus aroma is dominant. Smells fresh.

Taste: The flavor is great. Pumpkin followed by citrus. Very clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium carbonation. Light body. Not bad but could be a little more bold.

Overall: A very enjoyable beer with great taste that I would be happy to buy again.

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3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, deep chestnut-brown with a thin lace of off-white bubbles. Aroma of roasted malts and spices. Taste is subtle and complex; I get a bit of the pumpkin and yams, with a lot of spice and toasty notes. Finish is pretty crisp and clean, with a bit of lingering roasted flavors.

This isn't really at all what I expected, but I like it. This is certainly a unique beer. I find myself wishing I could taste the lemon verbena a bit more, or be able to identify the fenugreek.

Nonetheless, an incredibly interesting brew. Well done.

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