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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Photo of DoubleJ
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I knew that The Bruery and Stone would eventually brew a beer together, but I wasn't sure who the third party would be. Enter Elysian. Here's pumpkin ale with a few twists. On to the beer:

Dark brown amber with reddish hues. The head forms an inch thick, retains solidly, and laves some creamy lace around the glass. I don't know how to describe the aroma. There must be one or two of those oddball ingredients doing much of the work. Definate tree bark, some lemon peel; it actually seems to take on the hop character of Stone's beers! And that's a good thing. Sweet baked Hawaiian rolls add a pleasing component to an already good smelling beer.

It's a sensory overload with so many things going on. I love the sweet toasted bready base, which acts as a canvas for the spice notes. There seems to be tree bark and lemom pepper, and something else happening I can't exactly figure, it's like some kind of agent that you would find in mouthwash. Toasted bread crust and lemon pepper in the aftertaste. The beer has a medium beer with smooth carbonation.

You always know that you're going to get something different from one of these Stone collaborations. It can get a little unbalanced at times, but there's little question that La Citrueille Celeste de Escondido is damn good.

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Photo of TheBronze
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of pzrhsau
2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice foamy white head with a clear amber red color.
S: The beer has a nice piney hop aroma with some crystal ginger and some fleshy pumpkin and yam aroma.
T: Very strong piney hop flavor and some bitter birch flavor and bitter lemon flavor. The pumpkin and yam really gives it a nice full flavor and sweetness to counter the bitterness of the hops.
M/O: Very crisp and drinkable but also has a lot of complicated flavors. It's nice but a little overwhelming with the flavors.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.81/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a Bruery taster glass.

Pours a clear cola color with a nice light tan head and some light lacing. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings forward loads and oodles and other things of spice. So much there that it's hard to differentiate between the individual components. While this works a bit in the nose, the flavor is off the deep end. Maybe it's just the name, but it starts to remind me of Citronella. Far overspiced and dry in the feel. I was really excited to try this one given the breweries involved, but this just really disappoints.

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Photo of bradner
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ahq514
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a brown color with a slight amber hue. Healthy finger and a half head or so. Seems to have moderate carbonation. Beautiful rings of lacing.

Aroma is primarily pumpkin and brown sugar, maybe some pumpkin spices (cinnamon, clove). There is some toasty malt too. There are a few other aromas in there that I just can't identify (looking at the bottle its possiby birch bark, lemon verbena, or fenugreek-not that I know what those are supposed to smell like).

Pretty different beer. As I said with the aroma. I can only detect a few of the tastes. I can taste the pumpkin, along with its spices. There is a toasty quality to it, with a little bit of a brown sugar taste. The other flavors I just can't pin down, but its different for sure. A little bit of bittering hops provides a quick bite. The only thing that comes to mind for the other tastes are a little bit of a citrusy floral quality, thats also a tad sweet. Not really sure how well all the flavors mix, but I sure can appreciate this for being different.

Mouthfeel is medium body with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable, and uniqueness keeps me sipping this beer at a quick rate.

Really appreciate a unique pumpkin beer. The different ingredients they use make it pretty different. Not sure if I'd buy this regularly, but I'm glad I tried it. The more I drink it, the more I like it.

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Photo of jerz
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Gobstopper15
5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a pumkpin beer? i shoudl read labels more, saw a stone collab and pulled the trigger before reading the rest of the bottle, pumpkin ales are typically my least favorite beers, however, here we go...

A - it pours our a dark mahogany reddish brown with a half finger of smooth tan head

S - the rye hits first, roasted malts, yam-esque sweetness, some fainter molasses, a light medicinal note, but not unappetizing, maybe its the fenugreek, whatever that is. (to wiki I go)

T - really weird, super herbal, as wiki has informed me it must be the fenugreek, the rye is also big in the flavor. where's the pumpkin?

M&D - super weird, not sure if I'm really into this one, but its interesting and unique. Where's the pumpkin?

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Photo of nanobrew
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man.

The beer is dark brown / orange with a sparse, beige head that leaves random traces of lacing on the tulip. The aroma brings abundant spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg. Smells like autumn. The aroma offers a lot of sweetness as well. Odd flavor, though not necessarily off or bad. Some Fall spices, light malt body, present sweetness. Thin body with adequate carbonation. Overall, a decent Autumn seasonal, but not something I need to have again.

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Photo of rudzud
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's.

A - Poured into a duvel tulip a crystal clear chestnut hue with a half finger light brown/off white head that fades to leave a a light halo and subtle wisps.

S - Smell is of earthy roasted pumpkins and yams. Super reminiscent of The Bruery's Autumn Maple. Some odd ginger in there, and as it warms alot more "roast vegetable" comes out.

T - Similar to the nose. Lots of those roast pumpkin/yams with some light malty sweetness. Brown sugar, light ginger, with some super light hops (Munich?). Lingering vegetable aftertaste.

M - One minute it has nice higher carbonation, the next it feels a bit thin, back and forth back and forth. Theres some alcohol thrown in there too.

O - Overall, this was an interesting take on the style. I like a good pumpkin beer, and I always complain about beers that don't put real pumpkin in, but this one maybe overdoes it. Interesting and as stated before, very similar to Autumn Maple.

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Photo of Skunkdrool
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of RuckusDu
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This one just showed up around here. Didn't even make it to my fringe between shop to glass. No complaints from me about any of the collaborating breweries.

A - A nice one finger head on a dark chocolate body. Some red hints when held up to the light. Head falls to trace amount but has some stickiness.

S - Smells fresh hopped with milk chocolate.

T - More of a porter in flavor than pumpkin. I don't get a lot of spice if any. Dark chocolate and slight bitter on the finish which makes it more like a black IPA.

M - A little light on the mouthfeel. Carbonation is god but doesn't feel full enough for how dark it is.

O - I would call this a black IPA and not pumpkin. Bottle says they didn't use traditional pumpkin ale spices, only real pumpkins and yams. But what defines the category? All those beers before this one, or the name "pumpkin ale"?

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Photo of Ryan24
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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2/5  rDev -44.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of TicoCali
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of beagle75
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, darkest amber color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Earthy and herbaceous, this beer's smell suggests an honest savory quality with a touch of distinct roasted grain. Fenugreek spice stands out more as it warms.

T: Begins dry, freshly herbaceous and slightly astringent that gives way to aromatic wood and faint mint aromatics. Acidity is mild, blooming late but never overstepping. Flavors turn softer and more toward toast in the middle, then give way to substantial roasted brown malt and unspiced pumpkin. It finishes with only mild bitterness, leaving a whiff of savory and exotic spice to linger on the breath.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, smooth and slightly creamy on the palate at first but then developing some acidic bite, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This interesting brown beer has some palate-wearying features when taken on a bare palate, but it shows great potential for food pairings. Lower abv adds appeal, somewhat out of character for the season and the style, but appreciated.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of MrELovesBeer
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm a fan of The Bruery's Autumn Maple and this feels cut from a very similar cloth for obvious reasons. I thought this had the same body from the yam - the pumpkin didn't really come out as much but not in a bad way; I'd say this is more an autumnal beer then a pumpkin beer - and the finishing spices were what separated the two. Here, the birch and the fenugreek (and the lemon verbena which was a pleasant surprise) add a nice savory element which really makes this stand out amongst a very crowded pumpkin beer marketplace. Another highly worth Stone collaboration. Looking forward to the next!

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Photo of beesy
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass

A - pours a clear, beautiful deep mahagony with a 2 finger khaki colored head. A fine layer of foam stuck around for the duration of this brew and left some lacing.

S - changed as the brew warmed. Initially some spice and ginger notes that shifted to a ginger forward aroma with hints of brown sugar and vegetal to finishing with a vegetal forward smell.

T - sans the spiceyness and some hop bitter at the end of my palate, it's fairly lifeless. Some hints if some Munich and biscuity/toasty malts. There is a firmer bitterness that resides on the back end of this is a little unbalanced comared to the rest of the beer.

M - a fairly light mouthfeel. Coming in at 5%, it most likely attenuated fairly well. I wish there was a little more residual sweetness that might have improved the mouthfeel.

D - fairly low - the weird combination of spices back of the palate hop bitterness doesnt exactly leave you wanting to get to next sip.

Overall - this brew struck me as weird as it kept changing profile and emmited different aromas as it warmed. It was odd as I served this at an already warmer 50F. The taste was a little disappointing as the hop bitterness at the end of the palate didnt play nicely with the spices.

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

Poured a deep clear brown/red, almost cola like in color with a thin light tan head.

The smell is very herbal and spicy, even a bit earthy.

The flavor follows the nose closely with a very herbal and spicy flavor only ads a bit of a sweet crystal malt element to it with just a hint of piney hops sneaking through. Still dominated by the strange spices and earthy flavors.

The mouthfeel is light and very dry.

A decent pumpkin style beer, I like that the spices aren't quite of the standard overly cinnamon variety, but its still not something I could drink more than occasionally.

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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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