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 Devi0us
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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 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 sullenbee
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of mrelizabeth
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of spouse
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of cantfindme
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Yabev15
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of DanGolfs86
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of macrosmatic
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ambruns1979
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of HattedClassic
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking light tan with one fingered head. The beer is a clear mahogany brown which leaves a little bit of lacing

The herbs come straight out and dominate the smell. I get small hints of yam and pumpkin but the lemon and smoke seem to dominate. The fenugreek and birch also dominate the other smells.

Certainly different from other pumpkin ales. There's not as much pumpkin or cinnamon in the beer as there is as other ones. I get tastes of smoke, roasted malt with a bit of lemon and fenugreek.

Medium light with little carbonation.

A fairly interesting beer that I wasn't particularly fond off but that shouldn't stop you from trying.

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Photo of smi
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of TheBierBoutique
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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 bh123
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ralphw56
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

A: Brown-amber color with very thin head.
S: Malty, spicy aromas with some hints of coffee, ginger and sweet tobacco.
T: Kind of straightforward malted hops with some alcohol on the finish.
M: Very light carbonation, kind of thin and oily for this kind of beer.
O: This is the first pumpkin beer I've tried and to be honest I don't detect that much pumpkin here.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to try this beer for awhile. The rep. brought a single bottle for tasting at a Stone dinner. There wasn't enough for 40 people (big surprise?). I managed to find a bottle at a wine store in Florida.

I used a pint glass for this beer. The pumpkin beer was deep brown with minimal foam.

Off the top I get a little pumpkin, some caramel, and a tiny bit of smoke. I don't know where the smoke came from.

The pumpkin flavor wasn't very present in the taste. I also had some venous elements, but that may be from aging. You get some pumpkin in the after-taste.

Not a great pumpkin beer. If I had missed it, then I didn't miss much. I would suggest Weyerbacher, Southern Tier, or Schlafley pumpkin beers over this one.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Deschutes tulip. Thanks to Scottfrie for sending this one my way.

A - Pours a clear, deep rich mahogany color with a bubbly 1 finger light tan head that fades leaving very little lacing.

S - Smells very herbal, almost medicinal. Definately get the lemon foremost, then a rich pumpkin/yam scent.

T/M - Not as pumpkiney as the smell leads to, but it's definately there. I do get hints of yams and pumpkin but it's mainly bready malt. Almost like a graham cracker. Not bad tho. Has a medium-light mouthfeel.

O - This is unlike a lot of pumpkin beers I've tried before because of the lack of nutmeg and cinnamon. With that not being there, it leaves a lot of room for the other flavors that are in here. A really good brew, but just not what I'm used to.

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Photo of blmar311
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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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