The Bruery / Elysian / Stone La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado | Stone Brewing

614 Ratings
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.

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 614 |  Reviews: 246
Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 11/24/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip on Thanksgiving.

a - Pours a dark brown with a reddish tint, two inches of tan head, and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of toasted malts, roasted malts, light burnt malts. A bit bland, and not really getting any pumpkin or spice. Not bad, but pretty average.

t - Tastes of toasted malts, roasted malts, yams, spices, cinnamon, bready malts, and some nutmeg. Pretty nice, and a definite step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent pumpkin beer. Nose was pretty bland and weak, but I enjoyed the taste. Would give it another shot next year.

 679 characters

Photo of adrian21
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Rhynes2
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice creamy head. Notches at every sip down the side of the glass. It has a nice ruby red clear color to it. Really a beautiful beer. The taste is very well balanced. Dry with pumpkin spice notes and ending with more emphasis on clove. The flavor is also not very overpowering and I gotta say that its a great brew all together. Nice collaboration

 359 characters

Photo of OStrungT
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a mohogany color, with a thick, fluffy tan head. The head fades ever so slowly, leaving a nice lace.

This beer has a very mild aroma. I get a slight floral hop arma. Maybe an ever so slight earthy, pumpkin aroma also. A slight lemon zest is also present.

This beer tastes like is smells. Very mild with some lemon flavor. Not much to it. Maybe a slight piney hop flavor too.

This beer leaves a mild lemon zest aftertaste. It is carbonated well for the style.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is mild, and low in alcohol.

Overall: I am fairly unimpressed with this one. I was expection a much more pronounced pumpkin flavor. This is a bit boring. Not bad, but just not as exciting as I usually expect from these breweries.

 763 characters

Photo of davey101
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

A: A massive, thick cappuccino head builds out of the body of this brew. In the glass it is a deep brown with red highlights when held up to the light.

S: The first whiff is definitely herbal, with notes of mint, clove and coriander, although I don't think any of those are in there. There is an earthy note coming form the pumpkin, and I assume form the yams. There is a very strong rye bread smell to this as well. Almost too spicy and herbal to pick up a lot of other scents.

T: The roasted gourd notes, and rye certainly come through right away. This is followed by some of the spice notes, and a touch of sweetness. The finish is cloves and some mild pumpkin flavors.

M: Fairly thin on the mouthfeel, and the carbonation feels a bit low. A lingering spicy note plays in your mouth after you sip.

O: Certainly an interesting beer. I think it does a good job of showcasing a mild pumpkin and spice flavor, but doesn't keep the drinker interested enough. The herbal notes are a touch too much in the finish, and make the rest of it seem tame in flavor. It seems like they made an extremely complex beer taste a bit simple.

 1,132 characters

Photo of Auracom
2.11/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled 1.5-2 oz. of my friend's bottle at Poor Phil's on November 22nd, 2011, in a tulip glass.

A - Mahogany brown color, lots of carbonation on the sides of the glass. Fair retention and lacing. Nothing special here.

S - I get more pumpkin than yams here, and this character reminds me a bit of The Bruery's Autumn Maple. Otherwise, it's pretty boring. Lemon zest and and earthy-quality (likely the bark) combine for a pretty strange undertone in the nose.

T - Blah, this kinda sucked. More yams, less pumpkin, very little citrus to cut bland malt grains in the middle and backend of the drink. This is horribly integrated and lacks flavor.

M - Light-medium body, good carbonation. Honestly, this is probably the shortest finish I've ever experienced in a craft brew.

D - Big time disappointment for me. For what went into this batch, I would've expected something far more flavorful and exciting.

 908 characters

Photo of rhino54
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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

Mahogany color with a solid tan foamy head with excellent retention and lacing.

Pretty nice nose with notes of lemongrass, ginger, fenugreek (I'm a chef) and faint pumpkin.

Flavor a real nice as well. Very cool and different especially for the style. Fresh and earthy. Again notes of lemongrass which is from the combo of lemon verbena and fenugreek, light citrus with a little sweetness like a lemonhead. Just a touch yam and pumpkin.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, fresh with med-high carbonation.

Overall this is a differently cool and good beer. Well balanced with a range of nice flavors. I recommend a try. I'm surprised by the previous low reviews.

 659 characters

Photo of CypherEnigma
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of leschkie
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a deep garnet color with two fingers of light tan head. Superb head retention with glass coating lacing.

S- slight malty toasted aromas hit the nose at first. Lemon verbena and the fenugreek lend some herbal and citrus notes in the middle. Finishes with an assertive woody character that seems to tie the initial aromas together nicely. Pumpkin and yams take the backseat in this brew.

T- slight malty sweetness at first with birch bark that continues throughout the flavor. A zesty herbalness in the middle blends with a touch of hops with a lot of root beer/birch beer flavors. Very weak finish with the quietest wisper of pumpkin and yam. Actually I think they forgot to put them in.

MF- watery thin mouthfeel with a light body and soda like carbonation.

D- ok drinkability

overall a decent brew with unique flavors. However it comes of a little weak and bumbling.

 882 characters

Photo of JMBSH
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jm1229
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of DrinkingDrake
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ScrimshawFan
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of snpub540
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a look very much like root beer with some copper highlights coming up from the bottom. Leaves some scattered lacing down the entire glass.

Smell is lemony, herbal, and woody. Some roast notes in there as well.

Taste is a balance of sweet and toasty roasted flavors. Herbal and pine flavors also come through in the finish.

Mouthfeel was thin and at sometimes watery. Just disappeared and didn't leave a lot of aftertaste. Not a lot of pumpkin flavor but a good fall beer. I enjoyed it but probably won't seek it out again.

 536 characters

Photo of TheBishopco
2/5  rDev -44.4%

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.

 569 characters

Photo of Miamilice
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Parke
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Kopfschuss
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Adamostella
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I am normally a fan of the more experimental vegetable beers like this one, so there certainly isn't any bias I have against lighter styles. I even enjoy the occasional Wacko during the late summer months.

Anyway, the issue with this beer for me was that the flavors get kind of muddled up, nothing particularly happens or presents itself, kind of like drinking a weak vegetable soup. The body is also extremely thin, it gives your taste buds nothing to grip on.

I appreciate their efforts here, but it just doesn't do it for me!

 531 characters

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a rather dark brown/red color. Nice, creamy off-white head has decent retention, and leaves nice lacing as it becomes a thick film.

Smell: Great toasted malt aroma; hints of yams and pumpkins are in there too. Not much spice-wise, but I suppose the fenugreek is contributing to those toasted smells.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma, with a bold (yet not overpowering) toasted/roasted malt flavor, with some underlying pumpkins and yams. I think I can catch a hint of the fenugreek and lemon towards the finish, and there's a bit of roasted bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Probably rather dense, but since it is so smooth is comes across almost airy. Just a bit of tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, with a moderate IPA.

Not your typical pumpkin ale, as it lacks the usual clove, nutmeg, and similar spices. I suppose if anything this is closer to a porter, especially with all the roasted flavors going on, but with the pumpkin and yam to make it something a bit different.

 1,062 characters

Photo of IPx
4/5  rDev +11.1%

The Bruery / Elysian / Stone La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado from Stone Brewing
3.6 out of 5 based on 614 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.