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 Duff27
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red/brown beer on a half inch tall light tan head.
Average head retention and lacing.

"Woody aroma." I know I've smelled this beforde but can't place it. It is nice though.

A lot of flavors coming out in this one. Pumpkin. Lemony citrus on the tailend, perhaps the most prominent taste.

Medium mouthfeel, adequate carbonation.

Points for uniqueness and not sucking. Kind of muddled but a nice effort nonetheless. Would drink again.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of sendbeer
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang flute. Pours a deep red mahogany, half finger fine light brown head with moderate retention and lacing. Aroma of bready and toasted malt, light pumpkin and a hint of lemon. Flavor dominated by toasted malt, with a hint of lemon citrus that gets stronger until the finish with light malt, citrus, other herbal elements and light hops. Interesting and different. No strong pumpkin flavor, although the body is somewhat creamy like a good pumpkin beer. I like this, an interesting unusual flavorful ale.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Not what I expected, served in a snifter at a local beer bar. Beer is dark brown, hazy, lazy head, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, mild, spice, a little earth.

Beer is light in body, spicy, "gourdy" but no real pumpkin flavor sneaks through, the finish is a little dry, the whole thing is confusing and not at all what I was thinking. Three breweries I really love get together to make a stylistic beer that I don't usually enjoy and they come up short in my opinion. I guess it is more about the style than the producer in this case. Still love you guys.

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Photo of liamt07
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from AJ's Fine Foods in on North Central in Phoenix. 12oz bottle into a chalice.

Poured mahogany with purple and violet shades, an almost opaque body. A finger of cream coloured head, with some light retention and lacing. Nose has some subtle candied pumpkin and yam notes, and interesting lemon/lime quality (from the lemon verbena?) and a somewhat pungent spice quality. A mint characteristic is there too, providing a refreshing and herbal quality. Certainly unique and intriguing. Taste has a toasty/roasty seed and herbal characteristic, less pumpkin and more subtle yam notes - but appear more raw in flavour. More lemon and herbal notes, with a substantial bitterness in the finish. Fairly light body that I think could've been bigger (considering some of the breweries involved in the collab.), with a medium light carbonation. Interesting beer, but the size of this beer could've improved the complexity of the body and overall desirability of this beer in my opinion.

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I knew that The Bruery and Stone would eventually brew a beer together, but I wasn't sure who the third party would be. Enter Elysian. Here's pumpkin ale with a few twists. On to the beer:

Dark brown amber with reddish hues. The head forms an inch thick, retains solidly, and laves some creamy lace around the glass. I don't know how to describe the aroma. There must be one or two of those oddball ingredients doing much of the work. Definate tree bark, some lemon peel; it actually seems to take on the hop character of Stone's beers! And that's a good thing. Sweet baked Hawaiian rolls add a pleasing component to an already good smelling beer.

It's a sensory overload with so many things going on. I love the sweet toasted bready base, which acts as a canvas for the spice notes. There seems to be tree bark and lemom pepper, and something else happening I can't exactly figure, it's like some kind of agent that you would find in mouthwash. Toasted bread crust and lemon pepper in the aftertaste. The beer has a medium beer with smooth carbonation.

You always know that you're going to get something different from one of these Stone collaborations. It can get a little unbalanced at times, but there's little question that La Citrueille Celeste de Escondido is damn good.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Bruery / Elysian / Stone La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado
Stone Brewing Co.
Style: Pumpkin Ale
ABV: 5.00 %

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

LOOK: Deep copper color, with a near fine clarity. Soapy slight off white head forms and retains well. Leaves some soapy lace on the glass.

SMELL: Light aroma of caramel, herb and vegetable notes. Mild spice as well as minty notes.

TASTE: Herbal, minty, well made vegetable stew flavors with some malt backing. Hops are there with a citrusy, herbal, bitter touch, possibly with some help from the lemon verbena. Anise/fennel like flavor is big, along with some cocoa, roasted and nutty notes with the malt and roasted fenugreek. Birch notes are laying low in all of the earthiness. The pumpkin flavor is very mild and serves more as a vehicle for the rest of the flavors. The odd list of ingredients works pretty well and this mealy beer would compliment a bountiful fall feast.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, delicate medium carbonation, with a cleaner finish. There is also a soulful, soothing element coming from within, like drinking a fresh herbal tea or healing elixir.

OVERALL: Truly a compliment to the talent of the three brewers. Unusual ingredients but it seems like this has been a time tested recipe. Who knows, this could be the secret to longevity or at least cleanse my insides. In any case, its a well made beverage, but one is enough.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This beer looks like it should be interesting.

Appearance: rich amber-brown hue with a hazeless body. Head poured a solid finger of frothy tan foam, but it doesn't have great retention. Very autumnal-looking.

Smell: mild malty aroma with a hint of sweet spices and pumpkin. There's a touch of roast to the aroma that makes me think of a porter more than a pumpkin ale. Not bad, but a bit mild.

Taste: the fenugreek makes this tastes like it belongs in an Indian restaurant. The spices used in this beer are much more savory than I normally encounter in pumpkin beers; personally, I like squash better in a savory context than a sweet one. This is easily among my favorite-tasting pumpkin beers.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation. Not exactly creamy, but interesting.

Overall: this beer is a bit experimental but I think the experiment is a success. It has piqued my interest in trying other fenugreek beers -- I may even brew one myself.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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 JohnGalt1
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2x nice pours tonight at Bier Thirty... Pretty cool to get this one in Boise. Nice white head.... the brew was a little darker than I had expected... a fairly clear amber.

Nose shows a decent sweetness that seems to be magnified by some underlying sweet spices... some lemon too... hard to pick apart... Not my cup of tea.. too much spice.

Flavor pretty much mirrors the nose.. not as sweet as the nose would suggest, with an underlying toastiness that helps damper the spices.

Body is much bigger than I would have guessed for a 5% beer... carbonation is about right... I had my share, I don't need to try it again.


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

Clear brown colored ale with a small tan colored head.

Smell is a little sweet and is spicy with mostly vanilla and allspice. Good chocolate scent but I can't really smell any pumpkin.

Starts out semisweet with a stout bitter chocolate flavor. Mostly this is unsweetened chocolate with a little spice to it. Tastes a bit like Mexican Hot chocolate without sugar. Honestly can't taste the pumpkin here. Pretty much this is a Brown Ale with spice.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK beer. I have had better so no real reason to try again.

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Photo of yourefragile
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a deep red brown with a full off-white head, good retention and lace.

S: Lemon and wood, very perfumy. Definite spice notes (fenugreek?).

T: Crystal type malt with a lot of lemon, flowery spice. Nice notes of squash with a light hoppy finish. Citrus throughout.

M: Medium-bodied, long aftertaste. Pretty smooth, prickly carbonation.

O: Certainly an interesting pumpkin beer, I did like what the spices added but wasn't enthralled with it in the end. Worth a try for the adventurous beer geek.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brownish body with a large, frothy head that left lace patches on top of a rather faint aroma - I picked up some sweetness and touches of wood and spice but that's about it. Mediumed bodied beer, slightly chewey/bready (guess that's the rye), even oakey (and guess the birch), and has a light spice touch. Unfortunately, the fruit/pumpkin taste and sweetness are muted so while an enjoyable ale it is kind of on the bland side. Very little pumpkin, cinnamon, pepper which are commonplace in pumpkin ales and even the yam is somewhat lost. An easy drinking beer that is nice to relax with but just kind of got muddled.

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Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of rudzud
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's.

A - Poured into a duvel tulip a crystal clear chestnut hue with a half finger light brown/off white head that fades to leave a a light halo and subtle wisps.

S - Smell is of earthy roasted pumpkins and yams. Super reminiscent of The Bruery's Autumn Maple. Some odd ginger in there, and as it warms alot more "roast vegetable" comes out.

T - Similar to the nose. Lots of those roast pumpkin/yams with some light malty sweetness. Brown sugar, light ginger, with some super light hops (Munich?). Lingering vegetable aftertaste.

M - One minute it has nice higher carbonation, the next it feels a bit thin, back and forth back and forth. Theres some alcohol thrown in there too.

O - Overall, this was an interesting take on the style. I like a good pumpkin beer, and I always complain about beers that don't put real pumpkin in, but this one maybe overdoes it. Interesting and as stated before, very similar to Autumn Maple.

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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 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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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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