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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 Pencible
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This poured a clear dark mahogany, with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like earthy copper and fresh oak, with some roasted barley and light caramel.
T: It tasted like fennel seed and earthy birch wood, with copper and roasted barley, and a little light caramel and other mixed herbs and spices. It had a clean and herbacious aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Light body.
D: This beer didn't really have any noticeable pumpkin. The scent and taste were interesting, but not delicious. The body was pretty weak too. It was easy enough to drink, but ultimately this was just another collaboration that's a whole lot of nothing. It's trying to be too many different things, and ends up with no real identity of its own. Skip this beer.

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Photo of BeerForHokie
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a mason jar mug.

A-Biggest head I've ever seen. About an inch of liquid and the rest of the glass filled with a fluffy white head.

S-Lemon zest coming through the strongest. Although I wouldn't say it's necessarily a pleasant lemon smell,it smells kinda like lysol. Interesting to say the least.

T-The birch really dominates. Zero pumpkin and yams.

M- It's not bad, easy sippin. I liked it better as it warmed up and I continued to get used to it.

O-While this gets a few points for uniqueness and creativity, it gets docked points for not fitting properly into its category. You wouldn't call something an IPA if it lacked all hop bitterness. This "pumpkin beer" completely lacks any pumpkin taste or smell to it.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had to pick this up to try it. An interesting beer. Pours a decent amber brown color. Decent thin tan head with ok lacing. Stayed most of the time.

Aroma is interesting. Kinda sagey and then you can smell the squash type aromas. Kinda citrusy. Very aromatic. Floral.

Taste reminds me of dirty beaver juice from the Bruery. You can tase the yams and pumpkin for sure. Some sage and citrus flavors. Little bit of spices in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit chewey but nice carb.

Overall better than I expected with all the things in this beer but still not easy to drink. Wouldn't drink this regularly.

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Photo of DrJay
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, deep amber/toffee colour with a reddish hue when held up to the light. It had a thin cap of fine, beige bubbles that left quite a bit of spotty, streaky lacing on the glass. Lemony and spicy aroma, floral and perfume character with a bit of dry malt and vanilla. Pretty much the same in the flavour, but with mild bitterness, bread and a hint of caramel sweetness -- thinner on the malt front than I expected. Medium/light bodied with creamy carbonation, slight slickness. An interesting experiment.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Stone pint.

A- pours a dark amber with a 2" light tan head. Lots of lacing remains on the glass.

S- pumpkin, yams, cinnamon, and spices.

T- pilsner malts, some chocolate, slight yam flavors with a nice amount of cinnamon and spices.

M- light body with medium carbonation.

O- average pumpkin ale with nice spice aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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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Photo of JizackFH
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a dark brown ruby color. It has about two fingers of off-white head resting on top. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves some scattered lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a good amount of toasted malt up front. There are some aromas of brown sugar, citrus, yams, and some herbal scents as well. I'm not really getting any pumpkin though.

T - The taste starts off with a good amount of toasted malt. There is some sweetness and flavors of brown sugar. There is sort of an odd herbal flavor here that isn't quite working for me. It isn't bad, it's just a little odd. I am also getting some spices and citrus.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a smooth feel to it. There is some tingling from the spice and a good amount of sweetness. There is some earthiness as well.

O - This has alright drinkability. It goes down smooth and everything, but their is just something odd going on in the flavor. It is definitely and interesting and unique beer. I'm surprised to find out that it's a pumpkin beer because it doesn't seem that way at all. Anyways, i think it is worth trying out, it just really wasn't for me.

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Photo of beesy
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass

A - pours a clear, beautiful deep mahagony with a 2 finger khaki colored head. A fine layer of foam stuck around for the duration of this brew and left some lacing.

S - changed as the brew warmed. Initially some spice and ginger notes that shifted to a ginger forward aroma with hints of brown sugar and vegetal to finishing with a vegetal forward smell.

T - sans the spiceyness and some hop bitter at the end of my palate, it's fairly lifeless. Some hints if some Munich and biscuity/toasty malts. There is a firmer bitterness that resides on the back end of this is a little unbalanced comared to the rest of the beer.

M - a fairly light mouthfeel. Coming in at 5%, it most likely attenuated fairly well. I wish there was a little more residual sweetness that might have improved the mouthfeel.

D - fairly low - the weird combination of spices back of the palate hop bitterness doesnt exactly leave you wanting to get to next sip.

Overall - this brew struck me as weird as it kept changing profile and emmited different aromas as it warmed. It was odd as I served this at an already warmer 50F. The taste was a little disappointing as the hop bitterness at the end of the palate didnt play nicely with the spices.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to try this beer for awhile. The rep. brought a single bottle for tasting at a Stone dinner. There wasn't enough for 40 people (big surprise?). I managed to find a bottle at a wine store in Florida.

I used a pint glass for this beer. The pumpkin beer was deep brown with minimal foam.

Off the top I get a little pumpkin, some caramel, and a tiny bit of smoke. I don't know where the smoke came from.

The pumpkin flavor wasn't very present in the taste. I also had some venous elements, but that may be from aging. You get some pumpkin in the after-taste.

Not a great pumpkin beer. If I had missed it, then I didn't miss much. I would suggest Weyerbacher, Southern Tier, or Schlafley pumpkin beers over this one.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a meager 1/8" flat beige head which vanished almost immediately. Dark tea brown in color. Smell has roasted malt and some citrus but not nearly as much as the name had me expecting. Despite the odd mix of ingredients (pumpkin, yam, fenugreek, verbena, birch bark) I really don't find many of them expressed. Yes I do taste the birch bark but not anything close to a root beer, and the verbena must be in the citrus smell. Otherwise I'm not really getting the magic alchemy of this ingredients combination. At least the mouthfeel is pretty rich. The store attendant highly recommended this and said he bought a case himself for the holiday. To each their own I guess.

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Photo of natemort13
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Drink Fresh, Do Not Age". Fall pumpkin beer in February...close enough.

Beer pours a deep translucent ruby with a tan head that dissipates into a puddly cap.

Nose is rather complex. Starts out medicinal and soapy like a bad homebrew but then the vegetal characteristics of the yams comes through. Very vegetal with some cinnamon. Fades into a light brown sugary sweetness.

Taste is lots of pumpkin, but a very veggie pumpkin, not nice and sweet like most pumpkin beers. The lemony herbal character comes through as medicinal. Nice dry finish with some light cinnamon and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is medium light with weak carbonation.

Overall, it's a nice change in pace for the style, but way too herbal and medicinal for me. I wonder if it was better fresh. Think I'll stick to punkin tho if I really need pumpkin in my beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


On tap at Stone.

A: Dark reddish orange with a finger of tan foam.

S: Pronounced fenugreek with floral notes and baked bread. Pumpkin is light and I get a little yam.

T: Caramel and bread with a lower moderate bitterness and evident fenugreek. I get some biscuit and a little lemon with a whisper of pumpkin and yam.

M: Lower medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: An interesting beer. Decent but not something I would revisit.

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Photo of charlzm
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The label on the bottle says not to age; who am I to argue? the bottle is about 8 to 10 weeks old at this point, so I figure it's time. Consumed on December 31, 2011.

Beer pours a brilliantly clear deep amber/cola brown. A two finger head colored somewhere between light tan and off-white forms and subsides gracefully to a beer-covering skin that leaves might nice sheeting on the glass.

Aroma has very little of the expected pumpkin; it's a subtle note, mixed with cola, pecan and even a touch of coffee. Reminds me of a nut brown ale more than anything else. Ever so slightly soapy as well.

Flavor is likewise more like a light brown ale than a pumpkin patch. In fact, I don't even taste any pumpkin at all. Some notable bitterness at the end along with a slightly dry mouthfeel. Nutty notes. A hit of mint. Pretty restrained, especially considering who the breweries involved are. Hard to rate: as a pumpkin beer, it's a fail. As a brown ale, it's acceptable but not outstanding.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and a bit creamy with that touch of astringency at the end.

Overall, it's certainly drinkable but not notable.

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Photo of rmcnealy
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a traditional pint glass.

Poured a dark, non-translucent brown that proudeced a very small, inconsistent head and fleeted to a thin layer and a small ring around the glass. First smells are somewhat indistinguishable with a definant saltiness in the aroma. I've had a ton of pumpkin ales (it's not a popular variety, but I highly enjoy them) and this is very abstract from the others. Nothing tastes/smells pumpkin. I can honestly smell the yam-i-ness in this brew. There is a certain freshness to it. A slight maltiness at the end. It's somewhat syrupy, especially for a low alcohol content beer. To put this beer in the pumpkin ale style is very misleading as it has very little qualities of pumpkin ales in the traditional sense when you consider the spices and even the pumpkin pie taste qualities. Not a bad beer, very enjoyable. Don't expect a typical pumpkin brew with this one.


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Photo of Rizalini
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Deschutes tulip. Thanks to Scottfrie for sending this one my way.

A - Pours a clear, deep rich mahogany color with a bubbly 1 finger light tan head that fades leaving very little lacing.

S - Smells very herbal, almost medicinal. Definately get the lemon foremost, then a rich pumpkin/yam scent.

T/M - Not as pumpkiney as the smell leads to, but it's definately there. I do get hints of yams and pumpkin but it's mainly bready malt. Almost like a graham cracker. Not bad tho. Has a medium-light mouthfeel.

O - This is unlike a lot of pumpkin beers I've tried before because of the lack of nutmeg and cinnamon. With that not being there, it leaves a lot of room for the other flavors that are in here. A really good brew, but just not what I'm used to.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep mohagany color with little light passing through. Light head with little retention.

There's not much to the smell. A little gingerbread and a little wood. It's very faint.

The taste is only slightly more pronounced, with a little pumpkin in the mix.

Mouthfeel is crisp and slightly dry.

There isn't much to this beer. The smell is faint and the taste is bland. It's not something I'd suggest or seek out again.

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Photo of mastodonj
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not what I'd think of as a pumpkin ale but ...looks like other reviewers said the same thing.

An interesting dark brown, like a real dark tea. A small beige head. Very clear color.

Smell is complex...the verbena and fenugreek and birch bark must be adding to this nasal circus. At times, I think I can detect the yams.

The taste is interesting. all these herbs etc combining to give a unique brew. Frankly, one of these herbs is too dominant; it reminds me of rosemary, I think, which is not one of my favorites.

The mouthfeel is one of the best things about the brew. Clean finish.

Could be sessionable if you like the fenugreek etc.

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Photo of DCon
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12 Fl. Oz. bottle of this from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC for $4.00. Poured from the branded bottle w/ "Collaboration" & the three brewers on the front into a 16oz Au Naturale Organic Blonde Pint Glass. Has "Stone Collaborations 2011" & "Drink Fresh, Do Not Age" on the back, but no date! How should I figure this?

This is Review #600 for me and I picked this beer because after wanting this "Pumpkin" ale all season and being a huge fan of this style, I found this in one of my favorite towns now, Asheville, NC, and decided to pop it in Alta, ID on a ski trip with friends. Excited to enjoy!

Aroma- Very sweet, malty, and a very light pumpkin aroma. Some yams come up also. Lets see what happens with the taste now...

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that dies fairly quickly. Has a darkest amber colored body with a clear background. Leaves light lacing behind but doesn't stick.

Flavor- Strong malt and light caramel flavor from the beginning. Pumpkin then picks up and yams as well. A light-medium hop flavor hits at the end with the same amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and leaves good pumpkin and spice on the palate.

Overall Impression- For this type of collaboration, I wasn't too impressed... Expected MUCH more but still was a good example of the style. Wouldn't have again but suggest you try if available.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This one just showed up around here. Didn't even make it to my fringe between shop to glass. No complaints from me about any of the collaborating breweries.

A - A nice one finger head on a dark chocolate body. Some red hints when held up to the light. Head falls to trace amount but has some stickiness.

S - Smells fresh hopped with milk chocolate.

T - More of a porter in flavor than pumpkin. I don't get a lot of spice if any. Dark chocolate and slight bitter on the finish which makes it more like a black IPA.

M - A little light on the mouthfeel. Carbonation is god but doesn't feel full enough for how dark it is.

O - I would call this a black IPA and not pumpkin. Bottle says they didn't use traditional pumpkin ale spices, only real pumpkins and yams. But what defines the category? All those beers before this one, or the name "pumpkin ale"?

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Brown/tan, soda like color. Nice 1 inch creamy head, some lacing.

Smell - malts, sweet dark fruits like plum and rasin. Some caramel, brown sugars, but didnt get any pumpkin?

Taste - Plent yof spices, yams and pumpkin are mixed in there. I get a lemon flavor along with some smoked malts. Sugars add some sweetness along with the fruity flavors from the hops. Theres a strong caramel/buttery taste left in the finish.

Mouthfeel - MEdium thickness, tounge gets most of the malt/spice flavors. Palette gets coated with some hops, some malts, and spices. Aftertaste is thin and caramel/buttery.

Overall - This is a pumpkin beer? Its very citrus and malty, i can get some yam flavor but no pumpkin. For the style it is, not that good. For a spiced brown ale its pretty tasty. It needs more pumpkin and yam, that simple. Overall its very easy to drink espically with low alcohol %. For the price and lack of flavors its features, not worth it.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into duvel glass

A - dark brown with no light getting through. two finger off white head that has ok retention and some lacing.

S - brown sugar pumpkin nutmeg cinnamon and molasses.

T - brown sugar molasses pumpkin and a bit of nutmeg as well. grass hop bite at the back.

M - light to medium bodied. low carbonation.

O - its alright not too thrilled given the price tag though.

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Photo of DividedAvery
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a New Belgium Globe

A: Pours a dark redish brown. Light tan head lingers with some lacing

S: Citrus, sweetness from the birch, spices and brown sugar

T: This is where the yams and pumpkin come through. Nice spice note on the finish. Lots of sweetness with the birch. Lingering bitterness

M: Medium. Carbonation is good

O: A good pumpkin beer. Has a significant bite. I am more of a fan of the pumpkin forward beers (pumking) or BA Pumpkin beers (oak jacked, rumpkin) but I did enjoy this one. I think one bottle of this guy was enough for me. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a moderately clear cola brown, thin spots of khaki lace. Scent brings a vegetable roasted squash and sweet potato topped with brown sugar aroma, lightly herbal and medicinal before a faint hint of lemon dish soap comes into play. First flavor notes taste like a seasonal brew with strong squash and brown sugar notes, licorice like flavor and other herbal qualities, finishes with a quick hit of lemon dish soap and mellows back into a muted squash flavor. Medium bodied, lightly creamy. Flavor notes don't meld well and the lemon just seems to pungent in scent and taste to add anything positive.

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Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a smaller fizzy of about 1/4 finger that fades semi quick as well, over dark molasses brown color with hints of ruby light coming through all over when put to direct light.

Nose has quite a bit going on, some light birch aromas, light nutty like malts, light holiday spices, some canned pumpkin pie filling but also fairly light, molasses, I think I get some yam but that might be my brain playing tricks, a light herbal spice that's earthy and kinda weird. The spices/herbs really start to dominate.

Taste is also weird, the yams come out this time, like candied mashed yams, with a light pumpkin. then spices, more holiday like spices, allspice, clove, nutmeg, etc, and some nutty malts. A bit of molasses and sweet crystal malts, a little bready too but not much. More herbal like flavors, earthy spices, and a definite like fresh herb I don't know what it is (must be the fenugreek) it reminds me of another herb plant that I get in many sah-ti like beers or herb spiced beers. I also get a bit of birch, like a birch beer kinda taste. It's kinda creamy and a little bitterness. It finishes semi sweet still with more sticky syrupy feel, light bitterness, tons more herb flavors and light birch, as well as hints of yam lingering.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, slightly creamy, good carb.

Overall interesting, but not something I would seek out. not sure why they even made this beer, just lots of weird flavors thrown together for the hell of it is what it seems like. What's with all these weird collabs these days? I don't really see any point. it does have interesting flavors, spices, herbs, etc, but nothing really worth seeking and probably the time they spent coming up with the recipe.

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Photo of avalon07
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a somewhat hazy texture. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of pumpkin, spices, and some other vegetables.

T: Tasted of pumpkin, a little cinnamon, yams, and some malt. This flavor is much thinner and less dynamic than it sounds. Could have been more interesting.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This isn't a terrible beer - it has some good qualities - but it is wildly uneven.

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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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