The Bruery / Elysian / Stone La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado | Stone Brewing

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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 rodbeermunch
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber and copper appearance. Aroma was very much fall, had the pumpkin and yam thing going for it.

Relatively light malt body to get the Thanksgiving stuff across without being heavy. Every other fall beer seems to be a stout, so this went a lighter direction and I guess it works if this is what you're into. I can't get too jazzed about a pumpkin beer. The birch bark has a drying effect on the mouthfeel. Better for it.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle from Spirited in Lenox MA Pours a solid dark brown with a smallish tan head that dissipates quickly. It smells like a Bruery pumpkin beer all right. Light pumpkin spice, brown sugar, a hint of caramel with a certain gourdiness to it. The flavor mimics the aroma fairly well and finishes a bit dry. Light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost bubbly mouthfeel. Ok beer, that I wished I’d noticed was 2 years old before I bought it.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, vintage 2011. Not entirely sure at how old this is, but it's approaching it's second birthday, I'm sure. Bottle says to drink fresh; do not age. I just saw this beer for the first time at a local beer shop for 99 cents, so I decided to give it a try. Expectations are still fairly high, based on the breweries involved, and also because I love pumpkin beers.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours one finger of quickly dissipating light brown head on top of a beautiful dark ruby colored body. No lacing.

S - Smell is very unique. Earthy herbal spice rack notes from the fenugreek, sweet malts, tea leaves, lemon peel, and some wood notes from the birch bark. Herbal oregano / thyme / fenugreek spice rack notes are the dominant factor here.

T - Taste follows the nose: dirty earthy herbs, citric lemon peel from the lemon verbena, sweet tea leaf malt presence, and some hop bitterness on the finish. Still not tasting any distinct pumpkin or yam presence in here, though.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, a bit sticky with some dryness lingering on the finish.

Overall, I'd say this is a beer to try once and then not again. Too many strange things happening here, and the herbal notes block out any chance at experiencing any actual pumpkin or yams out of this one. Maybe it was better fresh, but I guess I'll never know.

The Bruery / Elysian / Stone La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado ---3.5/5

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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 Lledd
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Sam Adams ale glass.

A: Deep mahogany brown. Medium carbonation movement. Very little head fading quickly. Honestly, it looks kind of sexy for a beer.<4.25>

S: Lemon is upfront but not overpowering. The yams come through on a sweet note with the malts. There is a very faint aroma of hops, just bitter. <3.75>

T: There's an earthy malt flavor with just enough bitter hops for balance. On the finish there is a brown sugar kind of sweetness. The root vegetables add a depth of sweetness, it's nice actually. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and has a touch of maple syrup to it. This is almost like a "candied beer", but it's not child's candy sweet, it's a deep sweet, probably from the yams. The lemon blends in really well helping out the hops and cutting the sweet flavors. This is surprisingly good. <4.25>

M: Lots of non-aggresive, small-medium bubbled carbonation. The body is a little thin for the flavor profile. But then again that might be a good thing. I could see this beer bogging my palate down if it had the body of a stout or porter. <4>

O: Surprisingly good for all the strange ingredients. Very balanced, a unique depth of sweetness and just enough hops and lemon to make it very drinkable. I will buy this again next time I see it. <4.25>

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Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz from Whole Foods, Snarlington, consumed awhile back and reviewed from notes

a: poured into a tall tulip-ish glass, the beer is a grade-b maple syrup in color with a thin coating of carbonation that disappears with a quickness

s: the nose combines toasty caramelized brown malts supplemented with mild undertones of pumpkin and yam, the deeply spicy fenugreek somewhere between celery and maple evoking curry as it warms, and the robust woody mint notes of birch bark; really dig these spices - giving something of a root soda spice that plays well with the fermentable side of the equation

m: carbonation moderate - lively and a touch prickly, medium in body

t: clean toasted brown malts without the level of sweetness that the nose might lead one to expect, birch bark and fenugreek spice sit around moderate strengths, with toasty, dry notes pulling through after the swallow, a little minty with a woody, almost smoky aftertaste, grassy hop flavors and a mild to moderate bitterness

o: an interesting alt-play on the pumpkin ale style featuring some unusual spices, it’s plenty interesting on the nose, but falls a little short on the palate, without much malt or pumpkin depth for the spices to kick around with

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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 SPThirtyThree
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle, 45°F. It's not as fresh as it should be, but that's my fault.

A: Deep ruby brown with 1-finger tan head. The head collapses to a big splotch of scummy cream with some lacing.

S: The nose is a surprising blast of rosemary and lemon. I had no idea what to expect, but I never would have guessed these would be the main flavors in the smell. Maple, ginger, and pine. The toasted fenugreek comes through, but the pumpkin and yams are lost in the spice.

It's a pleasant nose, but it walks a fine line between delicious and odd - the birch and lemon verbena aren't the most mellow flavors and it's hard to say if they meld with the malt.

T: Sweet, forest-y. It reminds me of autumn, and I would prefer this to any other pumpkin beer any day of the week, but then again, I wouldn't really consider this a beer of that same class.

The spice lingers through the full drink, earthy and slightly citric. The malts are soft and sweet with some nice toasty notes. It's like a honey-soaked buttermilk buscuit, and the fenugreek lends a maple-syrup flavor reiterating the breakfast theme. The flavor is very unique, but surprisingly delicious. There's a nice rye spiciness, but the aftertaste has an aspartame-like, bitter flavor.

M: Medium-full body, medium carbonation, and little else, but any astringency or effervescence would have ruined the flavor.

Overall, it's an odd but drinkable beer. If you want a maple syrup/rye sandwich, it's a perfect beer, but la citrueille certainly doesn't seem to cater to the masses.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had a bottle of this sitting in my cellar for almost a year and a half now, and I know it says on the bottle to drink fresh and not to age, and since I never got around to drinking a bottle of this fresh (did have it on-tap fresh though) so I figured it was time to crack this sucker open. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my Stone imperial pint glass. This beer pours a clear, deep amber color with some dark ruby highlights when held up to the light. Has an off-white/tan head that is 1/2 inch thick when poured that eventually settles to a nice, very thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with swirls of foam resting on the beer's surface. Decent lacing. Aromas of pumpkin spice, rye, some toasted caramel malt, citrus, lemon grass, and honey are all present. Tastewise the pumpkin spice, rye, honey, and lemongrass flavors come right out. An interesting mix of flavors that I am not used to tasting in combination with each other, and it works pretty well! The yam flavor follows. Just enough to know the yams are there, and not overpowering. Rounded out with hints of the birch sweetness and a slight earthy hop bitterness. Very interesting and unique mix of flavors. Has a crisp, smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy drinkin' here. Wish I had had this out of the bottle when it was fresh. This was quite tasty actually!


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Photo of kemoarps
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

So, this is a 2011 vintage. It says to consume fresh. I just bought it. King's had it on sale. Now I know why it was on sale.

It pours a fairly deep crisp mahogany. Clear and pretty. Little head, fades fairly quickly.

You really catch the spices on the nose. I haven't used fenugreek in forever, so I only have a fleeting memory of how it smells, but I think I pick it up. I could just be saying that though. The yams aren't overwhelming, in fact almost more pumpkiny than yammy, but that would just be silly.

More of the fenugreek, with the squash (yam/pumpkin) coursing through its veins. lemony hop balance makes it kind of fresh. That would be the lemon verbena, as I read the ingredient list. That sweet hint might be the birch bark? That sounds like a plausible thing, so let's run with it.

I think the birch may also be responsible for hte bitter aftertaste. Not a hoppy bitterness (well maybe a little bit).

I mean.... it's a really unique brew. If you are curious or like any of the listed featured ingredients it's well crafted and worth taking a flyer on (it was on sale: that's what inspired me to pick it up in the first place). Just be fully prepared for what you're getting yourself into.

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Photo of papat444
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

***2011 Vintage***

Appearance: Pours the color of dirty fall leaves (in a good way). An easy 3 finger head that coalesces with the glass. Quite nice with many rings.

Smell: Pumpkin spice, very autumn-like, herbs and roots, lemongrass.

Taste: A wood-like flavor, good spices, robust finish, pumpkin seed, grassy, some lemon and overall nice flavors.

Mouthfeel: Strong malt body is king but the tail end has a bitter bite to it.

Overall: A different take on a pumpkin ale that i quite enjoyed.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I haven't had one of these Stone collaborations in a while. It's good to get back on the ticking wagon.

Pouring a clear, dark brown with mahogany highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, beige head with excellent retention and a little lacing. The nose is a riot. It really reminds me of this dessert my grandmom used to make called seviyan. Toasted vermicelli, pistachios, cream, sugar and spices are present, though not the usual suspects. While I do smell cardamom, the label informs me that none is present. The pumpkin character is pretty much washed out here, taken over by the adjuncts. Lemon verbana lends a brightening to the nose as well. This is a mess, but a pretty nice one if you ask me.

The palate isn't quite as nice. Too light in body and too carbonated for the flavor profile, this beer has the malt backbone that I swear is toasted vermicelli. This is quickly followed by a blend of lemon verbana and the flavor and mild astringency of fenugreek and the spice of rye. Drying, mildly bitter on the finish with flavors of spice and lemon verbana, there's a little astringency, and maybe, if I look hard enough, some pumpkin. Medium-light in body, this beer is drinking pretty well right now. Color me surprised/impressed.

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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 WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 MasterCraft
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a snifter

Bottle says 2011. Pours a dark ruby red with a creamy off-white head. Smells of ginger, brown sugar, molasses, yams, lemon. Earthy and robust.

Tastes of brown sugar, earthy vegetables, lemon zest, indiscernable spices. First impression is that it has held up rather well, despite warnings on the bottle to drink fresh.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, bordering on thin, with medium carbonatation. Not bad for the style.

Overall: Nice, very interesting beer. Glad I got to try this, I bet it was excellent fresh.

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Photo of Vancoubeer
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of socon67
4.14/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper color with a white foam that settles high. Some lacing and visible carbonation.

S - Very earthy smell. Scents of lemon oil, brown sugar, oak barrels, and sweetpotatoes. Very pleasant.

T - Flavors of an oak aged pumpkin beer come to mind. Actually aged well and the falvors of vanilla, lemon, and pumpkin blend well with the oak notes. Finish has an earthy vibe.

M - Great balance on this guy. Leaves you wanting more. wish I had another bottle.

O - I'd like to see this appear again. This is a very interesting seasonal. I think it is one of my favorite of the Stone collaborations.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

MIld brown and dark ruby color mix. One finger head, but good foam retention and stickage. Like the bubbling too.

I can smell the lemon verbena for sure. Its pretty dominant. Behind that are somewhat muted, heavily roasted malts, caramel, bread, and biscuit. Add in some earthy birch bark and a little sweet honey. Would not think this was a pumpkin beer from the smell. Not a bad aroma though. Herbal aroma overall.

Starts with a toasted biscuit and powdered barley flavor and texture with some more lemon verbena dominating. The middle to finish is more malty, caramel, honey sweet, and earthy. Still can't pick out any pumpkin in the flavor profile. The palate is dry, and a little grainy.

Cool tasting beer, glad I got to try this collaboration brew. Fell short of my expectations though.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn I had no idea this beer was a year old. Picked it up at Vintage Estate for 4 bucks.

A - Damn for a year it held up well. No sediment and a 1/4 inch of foamy white head. Color is a deep amber brown, very dark.

S - Subdued spices and some pumpkin, woody notes from the bark, and maybe some caramel malts. Yeah it smells like a barleywine somewhat except timid.

T - Never had a beer with yams but this one is all right. Like toasted squash and caramel. Spices show their heads mostly some nutmeg. It's tasty balanced and refreshing.

M - Light to medium, quite a treat after a heavy imperial stout.

Overall I would have loved to try this fresh since it's amazing with a year on it. Never tried any offering from "The Bruery" but its proof that they make amazing beer. Recommended.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice dark brown with a reddish tinit. Head was a 1 finger fairly thick dirty white that clung fairly well. Aroma reminded me more of a barleywine, with a bit of sugary alcohol smell present. A bit of squash with nutmeg came through after a while. First take on flavor, a smoked porter. After thinking on it, a bit of brown sugar baked squash came up. Coated fairly well, seemed a tad thin, but not overwhelmingly so. Overall, a good beer. Nuanced flavors that were well balanced and pleasant. However, wasn't what I would expect for a pumpkin ale, which knocked down the overall score a bit.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to a Nonic style taster glass
*brewed 09/11/11

I think some retailers figured they can push out old stock of this one a year later given the season and use of pumpkin here. And yeah in my case it worked.

A: Look is a deep ruddy brown with some clearing around the edges. About a half finger of taupe colored head forms giving a pretty meager posture. Some fast receding sheets of lace leave a few dots splattered upon the glass.

S: Smells of nutty roast grains up front like that of a nice brown ale but with a bit of a citrus twist to it. Leafy earth notes perk with a dash of rum-spiced raisins. Pretty simple and clean aroma given the complexity of ingredients here. No pumpkin to be found in the nose.

T: Tastes of nutty roasted malts with a dash of rye spice and a firm floral/herb perfume character towards the end of the drink. Almost lavender like. Not what I was expecting, although I really did not know what to expect with the verbena and fenugreek. There are subtleties throughout this brew including lemon sprigs, maple/brown sugar, some earthy bark, and faint chocolate notes. There is a nice moderate bitterness mid palate that gives a soft pucker and tends to amplify some of the flavors here. Alcohol is well integrated. I can pick up just a hint of roast yam but would be guessing if I didn’t know all the specialty ingredients in use. Again the pumpkin is lost on me here and was probably more trouble than it’s worth brewing. Interesting brew to say the least.

M: A lighter mouth feel and seemingly lower carbonation give a soft smooth consistency. Gives this brew a real nice creamy texture overall that exhibits some drying in the finish.

D: Actually not bad given the age. Definitely a lot going on here but I do think this is done well for the overkill of ingredients utilized. This could have been an utter train wreck and maybe that’s where the brew masters should be praised. I would have embraced something a little bolder and stand-out in the flavor category given this is Stone. All in all a nice balance but the perfume character really throws it off for me. Not what you think of when it comes to pumpkin beers. This is more in lines of something I would expect DFH to pump out.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Elysian Brewing pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a translucent light brown color with a 1/4 inch head that immediately vanishes leaving a thin ring around the edge of the glass and light surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Smells sweet and lemony with some mild spice in the background. I think I can see where this is going. Light notes of nutmeg, allspice and a big heavy note of lemon-scented cleaner.

T- Flavor is a bit maltier than expected considering the perfume-like nose. It's actually quite roasty for the not-so-heavy body. Got some nutty notes with the lemon turned down a bit from the aroma. Not much pumpkin though, just things that hint at pumpkin like nutmeg and allspice (although the label claims none was used). The lemon is still the overriding aspect but the rye malt and spice lend a complexity that makes things enjoyable as I look forward to each sip.

M- Semi-thin considering the color. Low carbonation's a bit of a bummer though.

O- At first, when I smelled the lemon, I thought "Oh no, is lemon verbena Stone's new ingredient to put in every beer they're involved in making?" since the 16th Anniversary IPA they made was overrun by the stuff. While the verbena is certainly a main ingredient, it's not so overbearing that the rye malt (which I feel is the saving grace of this beer) and spice can't do their job. However, the pumpkin aspect is certainly lacking and this ends up just tasting like an herbed/spiced beer.

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Photo of Brouwerij
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Bottled in September 2011, this beer probably should have been enjoyed sooner. I was able to find it again and couldn't resist giving it a shot.

Appearance: Dark, clear amber pour with a finger of head. Head dissipated relatively quickly leaving a thin layer that hung around. Moderate to minimal lacing.

Smell: An earthy, malty, slightly spicy smell.

Taste: The flavor is dominated by hops and spice up front. The pumpkin and yam flavors are not very apparent to me, however there is a bit of a sweetness in the middle.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body and carbonation. I can't help but wonder what this beer would have been like fresh off the line. Clean finish and overall pleasant feel.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. It was unique, flavorful and drinkable.

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Photo of MudDrinker
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Had some great color to it. Dark and rich reddish brown, very autumnal.

Smell: A pretty balanced smell, not too spicy or sweet with definite floral notes from the hops.

Taste: A really well balanced flavor, but I could really do without the verbena, and the fenugreek seems to accentuate the bitterness in a less than flattering manner. Pretty serviceable, and very drinkable considering the upfront hoppiness. It's ultimately not bad, a little too hoppy and earthy for my taste.

Mouthfeel: A nice full body. Lacks any kind of stickiness despite the body. A real plus in this department. I have no complaints about this and they did a great job.

Overall: I had some higher expectation from the yam and pumpkin, but the yam and earthy notes from the fenugreek definitely come through in the forefront. To be honest, though I didn't really love this beer, it's pretty unique amongst autumn offerings. Most of which opt for the cloyingly sweet, nutty, or spicy. It can't be said to be any of that, and its definitely got a harmony to its structure. You should give it a shot if you're looking for a unique experience from the norm.

Honestly, I think expectation really screws the pooch on this whole thing. There was a lot put into this but really what comes out is a excellently balanced and easily drinkable hoppy ale.

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Photo of circus_cat
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A bit dark for the style, not really sure what to think about it--the color looks somewhere between barleywine and porter.

S: Malty on the nose, joined by all the Thanksgiving spices, gingerbread, with some yams and pumpkin spice in the background. Definitely get some lemon which gives it a Christmasy, fruit cake aroma.

T: Wow, bigtime lemongrass throughout--maybe a bit pithy. Bitter on the end, but fades away to gingerbread spice and fruitcake. I'm getting very little, but still ever so slightly noticeable pumpkin and yam through the middle.

M: Pretty light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. No real warmth as the ABV is pretty low.

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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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