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The Bruery / Elysian / Stone La Citrueille Celeste De CitracadoThe Bruery / Elysian / Stone La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

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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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife got this for me for Christmas along with some other beers.

Appearance- dark color like cola, almost no head which dissipated immediately

Smell- herbal smell which I assume is the fennegreek

Taste- herbal flavor which must be fennegreek, no pumpkin flavor at all, a very tiny bit of lemon

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, fair amount of carbonation

Drinkability- very interesting, I would like to drink it again.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured amber into a tulip, finger of foam.

Very strong aroma, cooked pumpkin with spices. Smells like it will be sweet.

Surprised by how smooth the initial palate was compared to how it finished. The backbone is definitely Stone, powerful. Very pleasant. The flavor jumps around a lot, but nothing displeasing.

Very good. Nothing super amazing, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of CHickman
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 2/22/12-on tap at Blind Tiger in NYC: pours dark brown with a small tan head that left decent lacing.

Mild nose, it was sweet, with caramel, grains, cinnamon toast, light floral hops, herbs, and then what seems like yam or pumpkin; started reading the profile at the bar after a few sips and the ingredient list was quite a combo that worked well together.

Tastes of sweet malt, cinnamon, floral hops, caramel, light syrup, roasted grains, lemon, coriander, light spices like pepper, pumpkin, peat moss, grass and hay; very complex and flavorful, smooth and easy drinking, this is an odd mix in a very good way that was well balanced, yet nothing was overpowering which to me was a good thing.

Mouthfeel is rich, smooth and roasty, with nice citrus flavors, little to no carbonation, and a light body that goes down very easy.

Highly drinkable, this is a unique beer that hides the ABV well and goes down incredibly easy. A high recommendation if you can find this as it was just so damn smooth for s pumpkin beer that it needs to be tried.

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Photo of DavidST
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, 2011 edition. This pours a darkish brown with a nice foamy off white head. The smells are of pumpkin, cloves, spices, something sweet (the bottle says yams, can't tell if that's it). The feel is medium. The taste is of pumpkin, spices, maybe yams, the pumpkin or hops have a tad bit of bitterness on the way down.

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Photo of TechTriumph
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: Sept. 2011; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch off-white creamy head with good retention; Very dark tea brown color with a fairly cloudy appearance; Decent lacing left behind

S - Very light, refreshing, and floral-like; Notes of pumpkin, yams, and lemons with a subtle earthy quality

T - Interesting combination of pumpkin, yams, lemon, and spicy/floral flavors up front; These flavors gradually turn into more of a toasty, woody, and earthy taste with lingering yams in the background; Aftertaste is similar to what I taste after finishing a bite of pumpkin pie

M - Good amount of carbonation; Medium bodied or a tad less; Slightly dry finish

O - This is not your typical pumpkin ale. There's a lot of common spices used for pumpkin ales that are not present in this beer. When leaving out these spices, and adding ingredients like lemon, birch bark, and yams, this brew becomes quite unique. Though different, I thought the aroma and taste were pretty enjoyable and still captured the essence of Autumn. Overall, this is a nice pumpkin ale to break the monotony that exists within the style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

incredible idea, unique beer. 3 great breweries combine here in a real interesting effort. pumpkins, yams, fenugreek seeds, herbs. nose smells like an ipa, which is bizzare because its not there at all in the taste. taste is a slightly spiced earthy concoction with a very lemony finish. never had a pumpkin beer like this before. mouthfeel could be improved. needs more carbonation to charge it up a little, and the body is perhaps a touch too thin for whats going on here, but ive got to say i really enjoyed this one. hopefully they get together to do a few more!

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Photo of Auraan
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
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 DonDirkA
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm defiinitely not a proffesional reviewer so I don't have all the lingo down or the extensive food knowledge to give super descriptions but here it goes.

The color is a deep mahogany that lets just a bit of light through.

Smells like pumpkin with a bit of spice like cinnamon. Has a definite warm, alcohol scent to it.

The taste is warm and malty. Nutty with hints of pumpkin. Theres some spice in there but I can't indentify it, I assume its from the fenugreek.

Overall I thought this was pretty damn good. I'd get it again.

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Photo of kevanb
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This ale is brewed with pumpkins, yams, toasted fenugreek, lemon verbena and birch bark. This pours a really nice dark coffee brown with nice hints of beet red. The head isn’t too prominent and it’s more fizzy than anything. It does expose a bitter oily aroma, reminiscent of hops but its likely the fenugreek spices, but the yams and pumpkins aren’t really apparent in the nose. The flavor tells a different story, it’s spiced well, the yams and pumpkins are present but it still retains the more bitter curried spice elements from the fenugreek. The verbena comes in nicely with the curry-like flavors all bound with some grain and biscuit flavors, almost like a pie. The body lends to the pie like aspects as its full bodied and very strong.

Verdict: A very unique take on pumpkin and spiced beers. It’s more bitter than most and more beer like, less gimicky. It has a very complex flavor profile, reminds me of Arrogant Bastard in many ways. These three breweries really did a great job.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into N'Ice Chouffe 25cl stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Bottle acquired at Wally's Wine a couple days ago. I'm excited to try it. Expectations are high.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream lacing, good thickness, and fair retention. Colour is a very dark amber-black.

Sm: Caramel, pumpkin, spices, and a weird ester. I guess it could be yams, per the label. The birch is heavy and certainly comes through. Interesting. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Birch and pumpkin mix exquisitely well. Wow. Unique, complex, and brilliantly balanced. The caramel is very light and hardly comes through, which I count as a good thing. Built very well for a pumpkin beer; I'm impressed. It's simple but brutally effective.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not too thick or too thin. Suits the flavour very well. The creamy finish is fantastic.

Dr: It's simple, but of exceptional quality. It may be the best pumpkin beer I've yet had - though I've not had many. A very successful collaboration. Go for it if you can find it, but don't rape your wallet doing it.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours dark brown, with a quartering light brown head. Leaves minimal lacing.
S: has a initial herbal aroma, which spreads out to a light lemon and birch beer without the syrupy sweetness. There is a toasted aroma, but whether that is the fenugreek or the rye malt I'm not sure.
T: toasted rye malt, has a toasted nutty flavor. The herbal lemon is noticeable along with a slight peppery spice. I'd say that pumpkins and yams are more in the aftertaste and lingers around awhile.
M: full feeling on the palate, and is also a little bit coating.
O: for some reason stone collaborations are hard to come by in VA, and I try all that I can. I do like this one.

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Photo of Kranders
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours super dark with just a minimal amount of head retention. Nice deep aroma, very earthy. Really interesting flavor that hints back to the smell. A little bit of pumpkin up front, but lacking the spicyness typical in a pumpkin beer, in a good way. A little thicker and longer lasting on the tongue than I'd expect. Pretty good showing overall.

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Photo of ccrida
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at The Taphouse Grill, La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado is ruddy chestnut with a small off-white collar leaving very faint foam traces.

Smell is on the sweet side, molasses, sage, the birch bark makes it smell like birch beer (soda).

Taste is pretty interesting, there's a lot of depth, but subtle. I'm still getting that sage flavor, which apparently isn't in must be the fenugreek and/or lemon verbena. Not much from the yams, but that's fine. Not too sweet either, nice balance over all.

Mouthfeel is a touch dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good. There's a lot going on, but it's very well balanced and doesn't fatigue the palate like I though it might reading the ingredients list. Well done.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug

A Pours a opaque brown color topped with a decent slightly off white head.

S Lots of pumpkin with an earthy note present. Also a slight citrus/lemon note.

T A very odd earthy wood note which I assume is the birch. Some pumpkin and some more lemon citrus.

M medium body with a lot of carbonation.

Overall this is an excellent pumpkin type ale that I would love to see in the fall.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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 Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark clear ruby in the glass, with a finger of light mocha colored head. This maintains some rich sudsy edges, leaving back a robust cascade of sticky lacing. The aroma smells interesting, with a mix of earthy flavors, herbal tones, lemon zest, and green pumpkin. It certainly isn’t unpleasant. Just different.

Yam and pumpkin do stand out in the taste but other flavors do work themselves in as well. This has a touch of sweetness to this but the rye is really sticking out to me the most, finishing this very dry and spicy with some extra light bitterness hanging in there as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a light sharpness on the tongue before segueing into more of a smooth foamy creaminess that spreads out.

I liked this for the most part, as it offered up more of an earthy and rustic mix of flavors to compliment the pumpkin as opposed to the traditional blend of sweetness and spices that you usually find. At least this was more interesting than the same old take that we have become accustomed to with the style.

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Photo of portia99
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours an amber tinted brown with medium clarity and a finger of khacki head that is a bit foamy, dies within 30 seconds down to the surface leaving a residual foamy collar and lacing on the glass.

S - Roasty and earthy on the nose, hints of vanilla and coffee, roastiness. Not really grabbing any pumpkin/yamminess. Mild hoppy bitterness. Not at all what I was expecting out of this beer.

T - Hmm, gonna have to think about this...quite a mix of flavors, some that are going to be tough to identify. At the base, I'm still getting the basics I found in the aroma - roasted malts, bits of coffee, sweet vanilla, and earthy hops. Now for the new stuff - spicy/herbal with citrus, menthol, cloves, lemons, mint and some others I can't place to describe. Spices don't overpower...really complement pretty well and add an extra layer to a good but not mind blowing base beer.

M - Medium bodied with a mid-level prickly carbonation. Roasty overall with an herbal/spicy overtone that is just noticeable (in a good way).

O - Better than I expected. I'd say this is a pretty decent brown ale at the base with some nuanced spices to complement the beer. Not a pumpkin beer the way you'd think of it - no pumpkin pie spices. This is a solid beer worth giving a shot.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear, but dark ruby red with a finger and a half of off-white foam. Settles to a creamy ring and a small island. Moderate bits of lacing.

Spices hit you first in the aroma. I don't know my fenugreek from my verbena, but I do know birch and get a healthy bit of that along with peppery notes. Maybe a touch of yam, a hint of malt and a typical stone hop profile.

Flavor is extremely dry with no real sweetness to be found. Quite similar to the nose with a presence of birch and some earthy chewy vegetable. Lemony middle. OK, maybe a hint of sweetness here. Finish has a real herbal bitterness which I assume comes from the fenuverb-whatchamacallit ingredients. I have to say, after several sips, this flavor is really growing on me.

Medium-light bodied with spritzy sharp carbonation. Works well.

While this isn't a beer I would drink a lot of, it's definitely unique and exactly what a collaboration beer should be. Bonus points for a rare "low" ABV as well.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The wifey picked me up a 12OZ bottle at Olive Tree Market here in OB for $2.99. I poured it into a Geuze Boon Lembeek branded pint glass.

A: Pours a clear dark amber hue with a descent off-white head that sticks around for a few sips leaving great amounts of lacing in its tracks.

S: Pretty faint overall, but what does come through is toasted grain, espresso, soy sauce and lemon, finishing with some spice and wood.

T: Unlike the nose, this beer is packed with pronounce flavors of herbal tea, pumpkin spice, sweet malt and a faint hint of lemon zest and piny hops that round this one out nicely. The birch bark escaped me until I picked up a slight lingering flavor of it once the others subsided.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated for the style, that is creamy yet finishes dry.

Overall pretty damn good, and I am not one for this style of ale - in fact I would have let the stock on this one run out before I had an urge to pick one up, but my wife picked it up for me while she was at the market earlier, stating that she saw it was Bruery and Stone so she figured i'd like it. I could definitely post up on a few of these in a single sitting.

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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 DarthKostrizer
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alucard4 for the bottle share

Look: Dark brown in color with 1/4 inch tan head and no real retention

Smell: Coffee notes upfront with some pumpkin and yams and other spices in the background

Taste: Upfront is the pumpkin which fades away pretty quickly and then some strong lemon notes take over and leave the backend with a tart note

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: Very unique and different beer. I think this is one of the better pumpkin beers around. Well done guys

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Photo of abgba121
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clearish copper brown color, with a thin head, leaves behind a very thin lace

S: I can smell the yams, some caramel sweetness, pretty malty nose overall, no hop presence

T: tastes sweet, a little yam up front, definitely pumpkin on the finish. A nice use of spices, though I'm not that familiar with fenugreek and a slight hop touch with the finish.

M: thin to medium body

O: This is the best pumpkin ale I have had, it would be great as a year round brew

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado pours a clear mahogany with a moderate, fizzy off white head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving behind some spots and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma is spicy with notes of ginger and nutmeg. Also present is brown sugar, molasses, caramel and toffee.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is watery on the palate with moderate carbonation. The flavor has a lot of ginger and nutmeg along with pumpkin, brown sugar, and molasses. It finishes mildly bitter with a touch of lemon citrus. Once gone some tea like flavors linger on the palate.

Lots of interesting flavors in this beer. However, I'm not convinced they all work together harmoniously.

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Photo of Morey
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no freshness date. Limited beer brewed once.

Poured brownish-red in color. The red comes through when you hold it up to the light. One finger of cream colored head has settled to thin and spotty lace after a few minutes or so. Decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Nose consist of brown sugar, chocolate malts, nutmeg, maple syrup, and wood. For as much as I'm able to pick out in the aroma, it's actually pretty clean and subtle.

Taste: Toasted malts up front, and the birch bark (at least I think that's what I'm tasting) seems to be coming through nicely as well. There's a certain sensation that this rare combination of ingredients creates on the palate. It's almost like a spicy feel similar to horseradish or wasabi, but it doesn't taste like that, just the burning sensation is similar, but far less intense. Flavors linger a bit, but the finish is actually rather clean.

Thin to medium bodied with low level of carbonation.

A unique and tasty pumpkin ale, although it really taste more like a souped-up brown ale.

Morey's Bottom Line: A tasty fall beer that I'm enjoying quite a bit as a switch up from all the IS and DIPA's that I've been drinking lately. Glad that I got to try it.

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The Bruery / Elysian / Stone La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado from Stone Brewing
3.6 out of 5 based on 614 ratings.
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