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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 corby112
2.56/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber/chestnut brown color with golden orange edges and a one finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of lace left behind.

Sweet, slightly spicy aroma with lots of pumpkin, autumnal spice and toasted malt.  Pumpkin purée along with cinnamon, clove and ginger followed by caramel, toast and hazelnut.  

Medium bodied with a dry herbal presence that lingers throughout into a  medicinal finish.  Not really all that sweet with more of a vegetal pumpkin/yam presence with some dry, zesty spice.  Hints of toasted pumpkin seed, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove followed by some caramel, toast, rye and a strange medicinal finish.  Kind of a mess.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a deep chestnut brown color that produced some tan bubbles and lace.

(S)- A really nice array of fragrant pumpkin and rustic-like spices. Has an underlying subtle richness to it.

(T)- Not quite as nice as the smell, but still good. Has a potent wood/bark note that carries through the entire sip/swallow. Bits of spice with very very subtle pumpkin.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A decent balance, but a bit too much birch bark in this.

(D)- Overall, an intriguing beer, but a bit one dimensional flavor-wise.

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Photo of beertunes
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into bubble pint glass during a Stone event at a local pub. Poured a translucent dark reddish-brown with about 1/4 inch of light tan head that had moderate retention and good lacing.

The aroma was sweet, malty and a little earthy. There wasn't an overpowering hop presence and there wasn't a pumpkin aspect either. The taste also started out earthy, then added some spicy yeast flavors, a bit of underlying fruit and a tingle of hops.

The body was good, full and smooth without being heavy, but did have a slightly sticky finish. The beer was nicely drinkable, I could maybe have a couple. Overall, a pretty good beer and my favorite pumpkin beer, by far. I don't like pumpkin and generally don't expect to care for them. The fact that I liked this beer as much as I did says a lot for it. Worth your time if you see it.

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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 barczar
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber, clear, with a fairly solid one inch tan head that leaves lace as it dissipates.

Pumpkin and caramel malt lead the aroma, with a toasted fenugreek scent comprising the finish. There's a slight citrus scent that is likely more verbena than hop.

Flavor is definitely different. Sweet caramel malt makes up the backbone, with undertones of pumpkin initially present and giving way to toasty fenugreek that lingers into the aftertaste. A hint if lemon cleans up the finish, along with slight bitterness.

Body is moderate with somewhat high carbonation.

An interesting beer. The fenugreek really takes over the flavor, and the pumpkin and caramel malt is a bit cloying. Worth a try for the odd combination factor. Most interesting pumpkin ale I've had.

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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 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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Photo of ppoitras
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere localish in MA.

Poured into a nonic, formed a 1/4" beige head over the clear orangey brown brew. Head lasts alright, with ample chunky lace. Aroma is rich grains, pungent citrus.

Taste is a mix of pumpkin, citrus, and a light hoppy bitterness at the close. Mouthfeel is thin, and drinkability is ok, but only because the lack of body lets it go down easier. I'd not have this one again.

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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 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 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 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 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 Brad007
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting collaboration between Stone, Elysian and The Bruery. The ingredients list is unorthodox.

Pours a nice burgundy hue with a thin head into my glass. I'm not really sure if it's a pumpkin ale.

Pumpkin, yams, candi sugar and a bit of birch stand out immediately in the nose. I've never had fenugreek so can't comment.

Interesting flavors upfront. How to describe it? Bitter and "rooty" upfront with a good dose of burnt sugar, birch and maybe a touch of the lemon verbena. Unorthodox. Not a pumpkin ale. I like the addition of birch bark.

The birch bark is all that lingers at the back of my throat. Not much else is there.

I'm torn between disdain and praise for this ale. On one hand, it's an excellent attempt at using non-traditional ingredients. On the other hand, it's so "different" that I can see many pouring it down the drain. I love it enough that I'm going to finish it.

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Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap in the Stone Bistro. Notes from San Diego trip.

A- Dark brown body into a tulip with a small, off-white head. Fine bubbly texture and a ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Earthy, vegetal harvest bomb. Notes of pumpkin, vegetables, spice (woody herbal/cinnamon, unique). Some roast brown sugar and vanilla type hints as well.

T- A harvest/Autumn explosion. A high spice level but just right for the other flavors. Vegetal pumpkin, woody, root flavors, cinnamon, raisin and slight roast nutty malt.

MF- Silky moderately thick body with a somewhat creamy feel. Just a little bitterness.

A new take on fall beers to me. Unique spice flavors and just an earthy harvest bomb.

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

Color of amber/copper, I don't know why, but I just assumed this was a stout, so I got a little surprise when I actually read the descriptors on the bottle. I was just like, Stone/Bruery, yeah I'll buy this. Anyways aroma was largely the smells we've all come to know and hopefully love come holiday time: pumpkin, nutmeg etc. . .

Taste, nice light body that delivers a good amount of thanksgiving flavor without getting all imperialed out. Mild notes of tree bark give it about the driest mouthfeel of any pumpkin ale I've ever had. Some mild dry cocao powder up in the mouthfeel as well, carbonated just right. Decent price. Nice beer. Check it out if its made again around the holidays.

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Photo of drpimento
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, way better than I anticipated! I let it warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a nice sized, foamy, frothy, thick, tan head that soon settles to a thin cover and some lace. Color is a clear deep dark, brown red with lots of tiny bubble trails. Aroma is malt, roast, spice, toffee, caramel. Flavor is like nose but all those characteristics stand out more plus a perfect amount of carbonic tang. Don't pick up any pumpkin though. Body and carbonation are excellent. Finish is like flavor, of average duration, and leaving me with the desire for another sip. Very good drinking beer; maybe the best vegetable/spice beer I've ever had.

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Photo of claspada
2.29/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a brownish amber color with a medium size light brown tinged head.

Aromas begin with 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. As it warms I get a fair amount of woodiness to it and the spice notes become quite dominant.

The tastes begin with caramelized and toasted malt character up front that quickly yields to an ample spiciness and a woody character to it. As it warms it continues to get quite spicy and seems to be a bit too sharp at times; woody notes also become a bit burdensome on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. The finish also has a brightness to it from a lemon zest like flavor, though the spices seem to slow this down a bit.

Overall this was a huge miss for me. The flavor profile is too spicy and sharp to be enjoyable even if you were going to pair this with food. The spiciness clashes too much with the toasted, slightly roasted malt character as well.

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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 n2185
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a finger of khaki head that fades into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Loads of brown sugar, pumpkin, and yam aromas in this with some pumpkin spices. Caramelized vanilla also are very present along with a faint cocoa aroma. Smells great.

T: Some light roasted malt and pumpkin spice flavors at first. There are some vanilla, nut, and pumpkin notes with a lightly bitter note.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a little watery.

O: An alright beer. It smells great, but the flavor is a relative letdown.

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

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a very dark mahogany red with a thick but short lived light tan head that faded into a thick and bubbly film. Great lace.
S: The yams and lemon come through in a very earthy and herbal way. I have no clue what the heck fenugreek is (despite Googling it), but I do get a bit of the birch.
T: I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin beers although they can be good every now and again (which is why I bought this one), but I must say the yams in this compliment the normally sweet pumpkin. The lemon verbena gives a fantastic herbal lemon flavor, and the birch and pumpkin add just a touch of sweetness to the finish. There is a great spice quality as well. Delicious and crisp all around.
M: Medium body with crisp carbonation and a dry mouthfeel. Very refreshing.
O: Thankfully not overly sweet. The yams and earthy lemon add much needed complexity to a normal pumpkin beer. Well done.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fair collaboration, a bit generic but quaffable.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Screen-printed label in bronze and white where the typography takes the identity, noting collaboration, year 2011, and offers an elaborate narrative on the back about collaboration, intent, ingredients. Shows 5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear deep amber brown pour with a rich creamy head, good retention and surface memory with rich lacing.

S - Rather shy nose initially… Faint grassy sweetness with a soft spiced hint. A bit more pronounced, on the fruity medicine side, as it settles...

T - Lightly spiced sense… Noticeable touch of birch as it folds over a fruity sense… Very little pumpkin with a hint of the yam as it leans to a slight medicinal sense as the brew progresses… The spicy touch, a bit unusual and light lingers in the finish.

M - Medium-light to light body with softly tuned small carbonation and a nice small creamy sense.

O - Maybe a slight concern initially, but without much fanfare it progresses to a good experience.

Notes: Nothing too memorable to be frank… And it feels that while this is a good brew there is nothing provocative, innovative, or that enticing to make a collaboration around. I sure hope they had a good time brewing it, glad to try it, but I´d certainly rather see something else coming from this group.

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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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