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 Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Something different. The pumpkin was well in the secondary of taste to the herbs and slight bitterness and woodiness.Lots of nutmeg and some cinammon. I liked it and could drink this anytime, particular at this level of sessionability. Generous head, smooth drinker.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Basically, tastes like a lemon/citric coffee/malty light stout/porter. Would never guess blind that it's a "pumpkin beer."

Pours dark brown with a thick, firm and lovely light khaki head.

Nose is cooked stone fruit esters with winter spices. Hints of cinnamon, sweet wood, and sweet smoke. Hints of sweet mapled venison (in a good way). Nose is very malty and appealing. Complex with lots of lemon undertones. Basic nose may be simply chocolatey coffee/roasted grain.

Mouthfeel is rich, thick and creamy; appealing and inviting with nice carbonation.

Flavors are simply complex and layered. Big roasted grain, wood, malt, coffee, creamed bitter chocolate with bright lemon undertones that is all very well balanced. There is a "flash" of pumpkin in the front palate that quickly gives way to the other flavors and characteristics. Complex flavors that marry well with many food profiles.

Finish is creamed bitter coffee, hints of wood and light light bitter espresso. This one has a lot going for it.

I don't know who came up with the recipe, but it "reeks" of Patrick, Tyler and the Bruery for the quality of this crazy blend, more indicative of the Bruery than Stone or Elysian. Either way, nice.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a clear dark brown with a 2 inch puffy tan head that settles to a small cap. Thin foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, yams/pumpkin, citrus zest, and spices. The smells are pretty good but no one aroma stands out really. Taste is of roasted malt, wood, spices, plants, and vegetables. No particular flavors stand out, more like everything just melds together in some bizarre concoction. There is a medicinal herbal bitterness that lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a nice carbonation with a medium body and smooth mouthfeel. However, this is just not a very good beer. The random mix of ingredients makes for a fairly good smell but comes out very jarring in the taste. It seems like these brewers just got together and tossed out random ideas for ingredients. Not a very good collaboration beer from this year's series in my opinion.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head without much lacing and no real retention. Nice clear deep amber body.

S: musty pumpkin aroma, aged cheese, smokey and caramel malt.

T: Pumpkin up front but fades to a smokey, burnt flavor, very porter-like.

M: thin, light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: not a bad beer, its drinkable but there are better ones out there.

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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 Knapp85
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brownish red in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles covering the surface and a thick dense ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of herbs and lemon in the nose along with some hints of pumpkin.
T: The overall taste is dominated by flavors of herbs, lemons and limes.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather unusual and seems to taste more like a gruit beer compared to a pumpkin beer. The lemon verbena and moteuka hops add some interesting lemony flavors that stand out from the citrusy flavors of grapefruit and oranges found in many other beers.

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

The battle for top knotch Pumpkin Ales leads to this richly malted Brown Ale with American citrusy notes, and with the underpinning of pumpkins and other starchy fruits.

Toffee-rich with brown sugar, barley malt, and an overall starchy flavor and feel that's decidedly pumpkin, yams, and gourd. Creamy sweetness provides a firm base for pumpkin pie spice of cinnamon, nutmeg, almond, allspice, clove, and corriander. The flavor of spice remains vibrant, in balance, and without the astringent bite of over use. Instead an understated bitter balance from citrusy hops carry the notion of lemon drop candies, true citronella candles, and bright orange zest.

A delicious and unfailing choice that doesn't over pursue cloying caramel flavor or over whelming spice. The American Brown Ale anchor is evident from the appearance of the pour to the citrusy balance in finish. Great job to all three breweries involved!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -16.7%
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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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 oline73
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a murky reddish brown color with a finger of fluffy off white head. The head fades to a ring around the pour as the beer settles.

Smell: Lots of spices, reminds me a bit of Christmas. Slightly sweet from the malt. Kind of like gingerbread.

Taste: No real sweetness here, big change from the taste. I'm getting the birch along with some spices. The Christmas theme doesn't really continue here. Rather bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This was a weird one for me. I enjoyed it enough, but there may have been too much going on. Not sure I need another.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.81/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a Bruery taster glass.

Pours a clear cola color with a nice light tan head and some light lacing. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings forward loads and oodles and other things of spice. So much there that it's hard to differentiate between the individual components. While this works a bit in the nose, the flavor is off the deep end. Maybe it's just the name, but it starts to remind me of Citronella. Far overspiced and dry in the feel. I was really excited to try this one given the breweries involved, but this just really disappoints.

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Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with half a finger of off-white foam on top of a clear, dark brown body. The head settles rapidly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - A mild aroma of brown malt, caramel, molasses, and peppery spice notes with an odd, popcorn like note.

T - Thick, brown malt character up front with some dark caramel. A hint of molasses and some cola character in the middle. Finishes with dark malt, molasses, allspice and a lingering toasted corn character.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - An interesting take on the style with very little in common with a normal pumpkin beer. The spiciness is pretty nondescript but it adds something and there is a strange, popcorn like character that I sort of assume must be coming from the toasted yams. Interesting, not a daily drinker but that wouldn't be an option even if I wanted it to be.

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Photo of oberon
3.06/5  rDev -15%
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 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 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 mactrail
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown in the tall snifter, on tap at Local Habit in San Diego. Modest head.

Really citrusy. "Overly flavorful," according to one expert at the table. Very sharp. Such a remarkable strong flavor of citrus, notably lime. Oh, it's lemon verbena (and now reading the notes, I see I was right about that, if nothing else). Very thin body, accentuated by the acidity. Lots of bitterness creeps up. Kind of a limey sarsaparilla. I totally don't taste anything like pumpkin.

This is not one to drink a lot of. In fact, I don't know what they were thinking, except to be weirder than Dogfish Head. Well made, but obnoxiously dosed up.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: bottle from Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured into a Klokke Roeland globe, a glassy caramel brown color with a creamy beige head that receded quite a bit, but rejuvenated upon swirling as a wispy cloud of tiny bubbles. Aroma is sweet with malts and ripe vegetable meat, leafy herbs, and I got a distinct and nearly dominant scent of licorice. Taste was definitely "gourd-and-tuber"-forward, with definite flavors of yam and pumpkin flesh (though not at all pumpkin-pie-ish like your typical autumn seasonal), more of the licorice and spice from the aroma, a bit of cinnamon, leafy/earthy/organic, and sweet malts and tree sap as afterthoughts. I didn't really get any of the citrus or "citronella" from this that other people claim, other than maybe a hint of orange peel oils subtly planted in the finish. Medium body, full of flavor, though perhaps not the flavor everyone is looking for in a beer. Still, well-made and generally drinkable overall. I'd like to try it again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark brown with a half finger tall light tan head. Head reduces almost immediately to a very thin layer of bubbles concentrated at the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is light, not intense - I detected yams, spices, cinnamon, and brown sugar.

T: The flavors are pumpkin and yams upfront, followed by some lemon and herb, and finishes with a brown sugar and cinnamon/spices. There is a light bitterness in the aftertaste that lingers. I really liked that this beer is not as sweet as expected with this style but still has the pumpkin flavors.

M: Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: More enjoyable than many of the other beers in this style - I enjoy the fact that this beer has taken a savory approach to a pumpkin beer rather than try to produce liquid pumpkin pie. Very intense flavors and nice complexity. Not you typical pumpkin beer.

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

I had this thanks to tenderbranson69 enjoyed with him and carlos.

The color is deep golden brown with good clarity and thick cap of light beige cream the lace sticks well and bead is fine. the smell is lush with herbal and earthy aromas, some lemongrass and light pumpkin spice with a hint of toasted grain and slight floral note from the verbena. the feel is nice with a smooth almost lager like quality with mellow bitterness and carbonation level is right on the money with a very conservative amount of spicing and sweetness.

The flavor is very complex with a lot of fenugreek and yam action yet still has the nice mild maltiness of rye with the yams definitely giving a round effect and smoothing out some spice in the profile. The taste is less like a candle as the smell with the verbena giving a hint of citrus tanginess yet it doesn't go too far. The flavor of the caramel/honey malt is present too but in balance. The finish is smooth and relativly dry for the style. Overall I really dig this a quality pumpkin that is quaffable...I could probably drink this year round and the abv is low which adds to this quality.

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Photo of billab914
2.69/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into my Terrapin glass. It poured a deep brown color with a frothy tan head filling the top inch of the glass. Nice retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a strong herbal, lemony thing going on that gives it sort of a medicinal quality. I get some toasted qualities to it as well as some sweet, almost candied flavors. It's tough for me to get past that herbal citrus though that I just don't care for at all.

The taste also has an underlying herbal citrus to it, but it's more reserved than the aroma thankfully. Some toasted, malty qualities come out towards the finish and mix with a little bit of a dry, burnt bitterness. A lot going on in it, too much in my opinion.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, I didn't think it was that great of a beer. The herbal, citrus flavor was too dominant for me and tasted a little too much like a lime mixed with a pine tree. The rest of the flavors just either didn't come together or didn't stand out. There was just too much going on in it and things just didn't come together well for me. Glad I didn't buy a second bottle when I saw it today.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fairly dark amber/brown color with a small off-white head. An intensely herbal aroma to this, which I would imagine is the fenugreek. There's a bit of a lemon aroma to it, which is actually sort of nice. Not much else to it except for those two dominating smells, though. The flavor has a bit of roasted malt flavor, maybe a hint of coffee, to go along with all of the herbaceousness. There is still a little bit of lemon on the finish. Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Not really my favorite.

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Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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 smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thick overall head of a single finger thick, but it lasts. Leaves a ring of lace after each sip. The broth is ruby brown where light will pass through. Appears clear.

Dark, nutty malt with a dash of pumpkin to the nose. Plenty of all spice and cardamom. There's also a peppery smell--not sure if it is from hops or a spice.

Initial impression comes from the spritzy carbonation. It is relatively tasteless for the first second. Then one receives a kick of chocolate malt and pumpkin pie flavors. The swallow brings out some pepper and just enough black patent malt to give the aftertaste a bit of unsweetened coffee.

I'm surprised at some of the reviews as I find this to be a very interesting beer. Pumpkin is not the centerpiece here, although you can detect it. This is more of a peppery dark ale. Overall, I like the combination of flavors.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Ah, "the Heavenly Pumpkin". ...the hell does that mean? Is this God's jack-o-lantern...? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-garnet topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. Honestly, this is the absolute loveliest pumpkin beer I've yet gazed upon. The nose comprises lemon zest, lime zest, sour pineapple, apricot, sweet caramel, cinnamon, and a light undercurrent of rye bread. The taste holds notes of celery, lime zest, rich caramel, brown sugar, pumpkin shell, dry maple syrup (seems like the sugar-free kind here), and light lemongrass. Somehow, these things just don't meld too well together, with the fruits and veggies really taking the fore in a strange way. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, a definitely interesting pumpkin beer, one that seems better than just another spice-bomb, but one that doesn't quite get things together to make a generally enjoyable drink.

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