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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Ratings: 614 |  Reviews: 246
Photo of GregoryMo
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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 MarcWP
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Jasonrm72
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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 sneaks2210
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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 dtx00
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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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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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