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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 bigfnjoe
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a CCB snifter

A- pours dark brown with a one finger tan head. Huh. That's interesting for a pumpkin ale...

S- there is a very light pumpkin aroma, and I'm getting hints of the fenugreek as well. The smell isn't very pronounced, however

T- the pumpkins and yams create a mild sweetness in the background, and the fenugreek adds some spiciness as well. The flavors are very mild and subtle, which I like...a nice changeup from the usual pumpkin ales that bash your face into the spice as opposed to the pumpkin

M- medium bodied. It's fine.

O- I'm irritated that I only came across this IN MAY as opposed to November. It's an interesting beer, but I can tell the initial flavors have faded from what Stone intended them to be. It's a nice change from the typical pumpkin beers, at the least

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't recall if I have ever been a fan of pumpkin ales. To begin with, they just don't do it for me, but the horrid job too many people have done and the continually earlier release dates every year (pumpkin ales in August? come on people...) just have pushed me to the other side of the fence.

This one is not too bad, though the many ingredients seem to come together a bit muddled. Kind of like a soggy yam a bit. But you do get a lot of flavor overall. Just meshes together a lot, which isn't so bad in the overall scope of things. I have definitely had some lame and crappy pumpkin beers. This is not one of them.

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Photo of Etan
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Brooklyn tulip. It's sort of an old bottle (Fall 2011). Oh well, here goes:

A: Pretty nice looking beer. Dark leather brown with nice reddish hues and a tall, off-white head. Good retention and lacing as well.

S: Earthy honey, fennel, oregano, sweet potato, brown sugar, bready brown malt, herbal spice.

T: Big herbal flavor like fennel (I assume this is the fenugreek), vague pumpkin/yam starchy sweetness, weak brown malt, a bit of roasted grain behind. I can sort of taste the birch as well.

M: Very fine carbonation, but it's there. Watery body.

O: Time obviously hasn't been kind to this beer, but it's not that old, and not that bad. I can taste a lot of the ingredients they used, which is a good thing, but it doesn't exactly taste good, like most herb beers. Meh.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a medium size dark beige color head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of pumpkin and light spices is less powerful then expected. Taste is a mix between light pumpkin notes with light dry spices with light residual sugar finish. Body is a bit thin with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not the most interesting experiment with a lot of components falling into middle of the road category without enough complexity; malt backbone is also a bit too thin.

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Photo of hreb
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cold 12oz single served in pint glass. Beer is way dark in color, like a good brown ale. Lighter head, thin. Aroma is mostly hoppy. No clue of the bizarre ingredients that lie beneath.

Flavor is unmistakably pumpkin ale. Good pumpkin ale, that is, not the kind overloaded with spices. The only other flavor altering ingredient readily present is the lemon verbena, which is subtle and strangely compatible with the brew. Think lemon like lemongrass beer, not lemon like zest in a witbier. Then again I'm not sure I'd know what toasted fenugreek would taste like if it bit me on the tongue. Still not sure what birch bark is supposed to be doing in here.

Carbonation is pleasantly strong. Any lighter and the beer flavors might seem too heavy. Oh, and there's an earthy bitterness throughout this beer that balances out all the non-beer flavors.

Overall this is simply a really good pumpkin ale. The extra twists, and unexpected color, make it an especially interesting pumpkin ale, but don't redefine the brew. And there's a hell of a lot of flavor backed into the low ABV.

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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 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 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 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 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 SBXLII
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had both on tap at CBC's Pumpkinfest and later, after quite a few months fridging, in bottle.

Smells lend more toward the fenugreek and birch than the pumpkin and yam. Subtle, odd and leaving you wondering.

First sip is unlike any pumpkin brew there is. Immediately need another taste to gauge it further, and surprisingly, gets better with each sip. I'm assuming the single bottle is in the mindset of figuring out if there is enough demand to bottle further, to 4s or 6s. It should be, it's worthy of getting used to when all the usual nutmeg-cinnamon-brown sugar-clove pumpkin ales get boring.

Solid 4.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright red-brown color with a short lived light tan head that leaves little lacing.

Malty aroma of brown bread. Taste is a bit astringent and tart with a strong herbal component I suppose from the fennugreek.

Light body with light carbonation and a puckering finish.

Well there sure are a lot of different ingredients and brewers behind this glass of beer. But I am not sure this history is reflected in the complexity or drinkability of the product.

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle: 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 rawfish
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours Dr. Pepper brown with ruby highlights. Topping the body is a smallish half finger head of sand. Average retention leaving spots of lacing on the glass.

Caramel malts mingle with vegetable flesh in the immediate nose, rich and earthy with some noticeable pumpkin and yam sweetness. Notes of all spice, licorice, lemon grass and metal arise. Had to work very hard to get the nose out.

Bready malt with pumpkin flesh, not too much sweetness is contributed from the yams though the smokiness from roasting is there. Hops arrive adding earthy and herbal flavors with a lasting bitterness. Lemon verbena, limes and a peppery all spice finish. Festive.

Average carbonation and body, rather full over the palate. Very easy to down and enjoy.

Interesting mix of spices and flavors here, very balanced as nothing in the flavor mix really overpowers. I expected a little more pumpkin and yam sweetness but the lemon and citrus finish on this beer made for a refreshing twist. One is enough but an interesting beer from some well established names in craft.

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Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Lifesource, Salem. $3.49 Nice chestnut brown body with a nice thick ,creamy light tan head. Attractive Some nice stuff going on in the "nose" : dark chocolate,coffee,lemongrass,resiny hop. Taste is weird it has all sorts of wonderful flavours..all swirled up together as in a tornado..with aspects of each individual flavour popping out from time to time.bitter herbal finish I liked. I especially liked the mouthfeel its pretty nice and smooth yet of course complex . Unusual but i enjoyed this one..though maybe one at a time is fine!

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber copper with a quuickly dissipating root beer head. Aromas of caramel malt and Belgian yeast with an underwhelming citrus hop bouquet. Mouth feel is mildly scrubby on the back of the tongue, but a little creamy on the front. No pumpkin, some coffee flavor and acidity. Finishes a bit like a lager. Easy drinking beer, but really not a whole lot going on. You'd think with these three breweries combining efforts it'd be a better product. Pretty disappointed overall.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brownish red in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles covering the surface and a thick dense ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of herbs and lemon in the nose along with some hints of pumpkin.
T: The overall taste is dominated by flavors of herbs, lemons and limes.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather unusual and seems to taste more like a gruit beer compared to a pumpkin beer. The lemon verbena and moteuka hops add some interesting lemony flavors that stand out from the citrusy flavors of grapefruit and oranges found in many other beers.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: bottle from Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured into a Klokke Roeland globe, a glassy caramel brown color with a creamy beige head that receded quite a bit, but rejuvenated upon swirling as a wispy cloud of tiny bubbles. Aroma is sweet with malts and ripe vegetable meat, leafy herbs, and I got a distinct and nearly dominant scent of licorice. Taste was definitely "gourd-and-tuber"-forward, with definite flavors of yam and pumpkin flesh (though not at all pumpkin-pie-ish like your typical autumn seasonal), more of the licorice and spice from the aroma, a bit of cinnamon, leafy/earthy/organic, and sweet malts and tree sap as afterthoughts. I didn't really get any of the citrus or "citronella" from this that other people claim, other than maybe a hint of orange peel oils subtly planted in the finish. Medium body, full of flavor, though perhaps not the flavor everyone is looking for in a beer. Still, well-made and generally drinkable overall. I'd like to try it again.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, 2011 edition. This pours a darkish brown with a nice foamy off white head. The smells are of pumpkin, cloves, spices, something sweet (the bottle says yams, can't tell if that's it). The feel is medium. The taste is of pumpkin, spices, maybe yams, the pumpkin or hops have a tad bit of bitterness on the way down.

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

I had this thanks to tenderbranson69 enjoyed with him and carlos.

The color is deep golden brown with good clarity and thick cap of light beige cream the lace sticks well and bead is fine. the smell is lush with herbal and earthy aromas, some lemongrass and light pumpkin spice with a hint of toasted grain and slight floral note from the verbena. the feel is nice with a smooth almost lager like quality with mellow bitterness and carbonation level is right on the money with a very conservative amount of spicing and sweetness.

The flavor is very complex with a lot of fenugreek and yam action yet still has the nice mild maltiness of rye with the yams definitely giving a round effect and smoothing out some spice in the profile. The taste is less like a candle as the smell with the verbena giving a hint of citrus tanginess yet it doesn't go too far. The flavor of the caramel/honey malt is present too but in balance. The finish is smooth and relativly dry for the style. Overall I really dig this a quality pumpkin that is quaffable...I could probably drink this year round and the abv is low which adds to this quality.

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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 kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head without much lacing and no real retention. Nice clear deep amber body.

S: musty pumpkin aroma, aged cheese, smokey and caramel malt.

T: Pumpkin up front but fades to a smokey, burnt flavor, very porter-like.

M: thin, light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: not a bad beer, its drinkable but there are better ones out there.

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

A - Pours with half a finger of off-white foam on top of a clear, dark brown body. The head settles rapidly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - A mild aroma of brown malt, caramel, molasses, and peppery spice notes with an odd, popcorn like note.

T - Thick, brown malt character up front with some dark caramel. A hint of molasses and some cola character in the middle. Finishes with dark malt, molasses, allspice and a lingering toasted corn character.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - An interesting take on the style with very little in common with a normal pumpkin beer. The spiciness is pretty nondescript but it adds something and there is a strange, popcorn like character that I sort of assume must be coming from the toasted yams. Interesting, not a daily drinker but that wouldn't be an option even if I wanted it to be.

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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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