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

Poured from a bottle into a mason jar mug.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of 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 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 vfgccp
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Deep mahogany maple syrup.  Off-white head.  Nice retention and lace.

S - A savory mix of allspice, thyme, salt, and a touch of cinnamon.

T -  Similar profile to the nose.  Cinnamon, allspice, and thyme layered with rich pumpkin and light smoke.  Kiss of lemon in the center.  Lightly salty finish.

M - Medium/full body. Low carbonation.

O - A savory take on a pumpkin ale, but not necessarily a successful one.

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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 inandon
2.1/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pour - Dark chestnut with a slight yellow tinted head.

Smell - With a smell of yams (with the marshmallow topping), hints of cinnamon, and birch.

Taste - Going in to it i thought it was going to be heavy and super flavorful beer. I found it to be the opposite. Light mouth feel. Flavors of cinnamon and yams, no big hints of pumpkin in my opinion.

Please note. I DO NOT LIKE PUMPKIN BEER, and did not read the label before buying. Not one i would recommend.

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Photo of beer2day
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown pour with thin sheen of cream head. No retention and no lace.

Nose is quite understated. Light roasted pumpkin seed, toffee, and a bit of citrus. Nice enough.

Understated flavor as well. Flat cola flavor. Get bits of roast pumpkin and a bit of dark coffee.

Feel starts strong, but finishes thin.

Maybe they tried to hard ...

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Photo of CHickman
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 2/22/12-on tap at Blind Tiger in NYC: pours dark brown with a small tan head that left decent lacing.

Mild nose, it was sweet, with caramel, grains, cinnamon toast, light floral hops, herbs, and then what seems like yam or pumpkin; started reading the profile at the bar after a few sips and the ingredient list was quite a combo that worked well together.

Tastes of sweet malt, cinnamon, floral hops, caramel, light syrup, roasted grains, lemon, coriander, light spices like pepper, pumpkin, peat moss, grass and hay; very complex and flavorful, smooth and easy drinking, this is an odd mix in a very good way that was well balanced, yet nothing was overpowering which to me was a good thing.

Mouthfeel is rich, smooth and roasty, with nice citrus flavors, little to no carbonation, and a light body that goes down very easy.

Highly drinkable, this is a unique beer that hides the ABV well and goes down incredibly easy. A high recommendation if you can find this as it was just so damn smooth for s pumpkin beer that it needs to be tried.

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Photo of Trueant1
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First, the Beer Advocate Pumpkin ale STYLE description:

Pumpkin Ale
Often released as a fall seasonal, Pumpkin Ales are quite varied. Some brewers opt to add hand-cut pumpkins and drop them in the mash, while others use puree or pumpkin flavoring. These beers also tend to be spiced with pumpkin pie spices, like: ground ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and allspice. Pumpkin Ales are typically mild, with little to no bitterness, a malty backbone, with some spice often taking the lead. Many will contain a starchy, slightly thick-ish, mouthfeel too. In our opinion, best versions use real pumpkin, while roasting the pumpkin can also add tremendous depth of character for even better results, though both methods are time-consuming and tend to drive brewmasters insan

Ok, This lives up to the style to a T. Pours a dark dark brown with a tan head that goes away fast. Decent lacing.

Smells of distant dank bark and spices I can not decipher. A very nice something sweet in there. Nothing really stands out for me.
Tastes very sweet up front. Bark, sweet raisins, pumpkin, and various gourds flavors.

Best part of this conglomeration is the sweet semi-thick moutfeel that has awesome carbonation!

Nice, thank you for this offering brueries!

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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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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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