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Stone / The Bruery / Elysian  La Citrueille Celeste De CitracadoStone / The Bruery / Elysian  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 beesy
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
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 -2.5%
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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Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of khumbard
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a clear dark brown with a 2 inch puffy tan head that settles to a small cap. Thin foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, yams/pumpkin, citrus zest, and spices. The smells are pretty good but no one aroma stands out really. Taste is of roasted malt, wood, spices, plants, and vegetables. No particular flavors stand out, more like everything just melds together in some bizarre concoction. There is a medicinal herbal bitterness that lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a nice carbonation with a medium body and smooth mouthfeel. However, this is just not a very good beer. The random mix of ingredients makes for a fairly good smell but comes out very jarring in the taste. It seems like these brewers just got together and tossed out random ideas for ingredients. Not a very good collaboration beer from this year's series in my opinion.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty dark reddish/brown color that has a little more than a fingers worth of off-white head. Nice retention with little lacing.

Then nose is full of a veggie scent with sweet potatoes, some pumpkin rind, and ginger. There is a strange spice thrown in the mix that is sweet smelling.

the taste is very malt forward and has notes of yam, a bit of brown sugar and some nutty flavors. Underlining this is a bit of citrus notes and some ginger-like flavors.

The mouthfeel is crisp and light-medium bodied with a suiting amount of light carbonation. Semi-dry in the finish.

Overall, very interesting brew here that has some unusual but pleasant flavors involved. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Ah, "the Heavenly Pumpkin". ...the hell does that mean? Is this God's jack-o-lantern...? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-garnet topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. Honestly, this is the absolute loveliest pumpkin beer I've yet gazed upon. The nose comprises lemon zest, lime zest, sour pineapple, apricot, sweet caramel, cinnamon, and a light undercurrent of rye bread. The taste holds notes of celery, lime zest, rich caramel, brown sugar, pumpkin shell, dry maple syrup (seems like the sugar-free kind here), and light lemongrass. Somehow, these things just don't meld too well together, with the fruits and veggies really taking the fore in a strange way. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, a definitely interesting pumpkin beer, one that seems better than just another spice-bomb, but one that doesn't quite get things together to make a generally enjoyable drink.

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Photo of iadler
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. A two finger off white head slowly dissipates into a thin cap that leaves some lines of lacing.

S- Whoa, lot's of things going on. First thing that comes to mind is lemon soap, vinegar, coffee grounds, floral hops, a variety of herbs, roasted pumpkin seeds and some caramel malt. An odd smelling beer for sure and the flavors seem all over the place. Despite the smell being pretty off-putting for me, I couldn't stop smelling because it was so damn bizarre.

T- Luckily, there isn't as much going on as the aroma suggested. Some dark chocolate, grassy hops, freshly squeezed lemon juice, herbal tea, roasted pumpkin seeds and some peppery spice.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Has a dry and bitter finish.

O- This was just a really weird beer. Not a lot of pumpkin or yams, with more herbal, citrus and earthy notes. It was worth trying, but not something I really could drink a lot of as 6 oz. was plenty for me.

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Pours a deep ruby color. Dark burnt orange hues if you look close enough. About a quarter inch off-white head appears and then diminishes to a thin layer atop the brew.

(S) Some pumpkin and yams with a bit of spices and roasted malts. Some bread/biscuit. Some hops. Nothing is really dominating in the aroma.

(T) There is a slight sweetness from the yams and the pumpkin mixed with the medium roasted malts. Tastes like a solid amber beer. Some hops enter into the middle to and of the taste. There is a bit of dry, baked spice that lingers throughout the taste. Nothing really stands out all that much. It's pretty well blended.

(M) Medium body and pretty well balanced. A slight bigger on the carbonation, but overly well put together.

(O) Definitely a different take on a pumpkin beer. Not a big pumpkin flavor that has a spice rack full of cinnamon, clove and other spices tossed in. Pretty well balanced through the aroma and the taste. Like a good amber beer with a bit more complexity to the flavor. For a pumpkin ale, I like the thought of it being a bit of a different approach, but I really think that the normal idea of a pumpkin ale has set a certain thought to the style. I think it's a decent brew, but maybe a little bit more flavor could have helped...a little.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours saucer dark rich brown with a njce finger of vanilla colored head. Great retention and nice lacing in my Brooklyn shifter.

S - Pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, slightly woody.

T - pumpkin, yams, cinnamon, spice, some lemony zest, some lactose too. Aftertaste more pronouncedl than the initial taste.

M - Pretty light bodied, appropriate carbonation. Very drinkable

O - I don't think I've ever had a beer where all the sweet flavors re near non existent but so good in the back end and aftertaste. Very drinkable, almost too light but it's a nice change. Flavor relative to body js pretty nice

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Photo of drpimento
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, way better than I anticipated! I let it warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a nice sized, foamy, frothy, thick, tan head that soon settles to a thin cover and some lace. Color is a clear deep dark, brown red with lots of tiny bubble trails. Aroma is malt, roast, spice, toffee, caramel. Flavor is like nose but all those characteristics stand out more plus a perfect amount of carbonic tang. Don't pick up any pumpkin though. Body and carbonation are excellent. Finish is like flavor, of average duration, and leaving me with the desire for another sip. Very good drinking beer; maybe the best vegetable/spice beer I've ever had.

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Photo of avalon07
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a somewhat hazy texture. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of pumpkin, spices, and some other vegetables.

T: Tasted of pumpkin, a little cinnamon, yams, and some malt. This flavor is much thinner and less dynamic than it sounds. Could have been more interesting.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This isn't a terrible beer - it has some good qualities - but it is wildly uneven.

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Photo of vande
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - funny. darker than I had expected.. Reminded me of a nice beligan pour with a darker brown and dirty colored head, much like the St Bernardus I drank a bit earlier..Not quite what I expected, pleasant surprise.

s - holy vegatable garden...very vegative on the nose ~ fresh salad..interestingly enough, not one smell sticks out and overpowers the rest... very greenhousey...

t - an interesting blend of many vegetable flavors, all mixed to together, much like the smell so that not one stands out and takes control.. IMO.. somewhat of a refreshing change to the palate, unique.

m - medium bodied, simple enough to sip

o - not bad....i guess i think of the true stand outedness of yam in Bruery's autumn maple, the pumpkin in Pumking or some of the other beers and this one doesn't quite jump into the same realm as quality.. still, it is unique and worth a shot for the 3 and change that they charge..

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Photo of brew3crew
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-orange body with a little bit of head that sticks around for awhile.

S-nice pumpkin smell that invites me in and reminds me of a crisp fall day

T-dlight pumkin, cinnamin and nutmeg are all very prevalent. Very good

M-medium body and oh so smooth

O-very nice pumking beer. Quite a treat

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Photo of HalfFull
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single of this latest collaboration last week. Guess I've been out of touch as I was completely unaware. But then, maybe that's not such a bad thing. And it's a pumpkin ale of all things, something that completely escapes you whey you look at the bottle, yet oddly expected given the Bruery influence.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a wine glass, I wonder what to expect. Pours a dark brown with some mahogany highlights and sports a half inch of foamy cap. Offers decent retention and some requesite lacing.

Nose is quite subtle. Bit of crushed fall fruit yet a bit indecisive. Touch of roast and a light watered down cherry chocolate finish. Tastes like a light brown ale. No hops in the house though with a touch of roast/smoke. Hint of bitterness on the finish and some earthy hops after a robust swirl.

In the end this is surely not a pumpkin beer per se, though it is what it is. Offers a touch of spice and comes across as a light bodied brown ale. Regardless pretty average in the end for whatever they were shooting for....

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Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark, amber-brownish color with a medium, off-white head. Scent is very earthy with a lot of vegetable aroma. Scents of squash, zucchini, pumpkin, and just a bit of lemon. Some spice as well. Taste is initially vegetable flavors...squash and zucchini. A bit of persimmon and some very nutty flavors. Roasted malt with a bit of chocolate and some lemon. Pumpkin and more squash come through in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light bodied with some nice carbonation for this style. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a great beer...but not necessarily what I would label as a "pumpkin beer". It's more like a "vegetable beer" imo. Very drinkable and could see people overlooking some of the complex flavors if they were not paying attention. Subtle notes making for a very different and unique brew.

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Photo of kevanb
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This ale is brewed with pumpkins, yams, toasted fenugreek, lemon verbena and birch bark. This pours a really nice dark coffee brown with nice hints of beet red. The head isn’t too prominent and it’s more fizzy than anything. It does expose a bitter oily aroma, reminiscent of hops but its likely the fenugreek spices, but the yams and pumpkins aren’t really apparent in the nose. The flavor tells a different story, it’s spiced well, the yams and pumpkins are present but it still retains the more bitter curried spice elements from the fenugreek. The verbena comes in nicely with the curry-like flavors all bound with some grain and biscuit flavors, almost like a pie. The body lends to the pie like aspects as its full bodied and very strong.

Verdict: A very unique take on pumpkin and spiced beers. It’s more bitter than most and more beer like, less gimicky. It has a very complex flavor profile, reminds me of Arrogant Bastard in many ways. These three breweries really did a great job.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The wifey picked me up a 12OZ bottle at Olive Tree Market here in OB for $2.99. I poured it into a Geuze Boon Lembeek branded pint glass.

A: Pours a clear dark amber hue with a descent off-white head that sticks around for a few sips leaving great amounts of lacing in its tracks.

S: Pretty faint overall, but what does come through is toasted grain, espresso, soy sauce and lemon, finishing with some spice and wood.

T: Unlike the nose, this beer is packed with pronounce flavors of herbal tea, pumpkin spice, sweet malt and a faint hint of lemon zest and piny hops that round this one out nicely. The birch bark escaped me until I picked up a slight lingering flavor of it once the others subsided.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated for the style, that is creamy yet finishes dry.

Overall pretty damn good, and I am not one for this style of ale - in fact I would have let the stock on this one run out before I had an urge to pick one up, but my wife picked it up for me while she was at the market earlier, stating that she saw it was Bruery and Stone so she figured i'd like it. I could definitely post up on a few of these in a single sitting.

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Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap in the Stone Bistro. Notes from San Diego trip.

A- Dark brown body into a tulip with a small, off-white head. Fine bubbly texture and a ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Earthy, vegetal harvest bomb. Notes of pumpkin, vegetables, spice (woody herbal/cinnamon, unique). Some roast brown sugar and vanilla type hints as well.

T- A harvest/Autumn explosion. A high spice level but just right for the other flavors. Vegetal pumpkin, woody, root flavors, cinnamon, raisin and slight roast nutty malt.

MF- Silky moderately thick body with a somewhat creamy feel. Just a little bitterness.

A new take on fall beers to me. Unique spice flavors and just an earthy harvest bomb.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, clear, auburn body with a full fist of isabelline suds. Art-nouveau lacing, good retention.

Lemon-rind, nutmeg, bread crusts, and malt in the nose.

The flavor profile brings to mind a Christmas ale tempered by yams. An odd and surprisingly dull collaboration, though the lemon verbena adds a unique pervasive twist while the rye and birch bark adds some interest or confusion as well depending on your perspective.

Light-bodied, well carbonated, brisk.

Not bad, but disappointing overall, too many cooks, too many ingredients, too little focus.

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Photo of Zorro
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown colored ale with a small tan colored head.

Smell is a little sweet and is spicy with mostly vanilla and allspice. Good chocolate scent but I can't really smell any pumpkin.

Starts out semisweet with a stout bitter chocolate flavor. Mostly this is unsweetened chocolate with a little spice to it. Tastes a bit like Mexican Hot chocolate without sugar. Honestly can't taste the pumpkin here. Pretty much this is a Brown Ale with spice.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK beer. I have had better so no real reason to try again.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Sublime Ale House
San Marcos, CA

Dark brown with ruby edges and a thin light brown head. The glass is left with thin lines of lace all the way down.

Very earthy aroma, some squash and pumpkin, and quite a few, bright herb scents: perhaps lemongrass and sage? but it's tough to tell. Interesting, unique, and enjoyable.

Earthy flavors dominate with a low level of bitterness. The herbs are present near the end of the swallow.

Medium to thick mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

An interesting and unique beer I could see pairing well with all kinds of different cuisines, particularly spicy foods.

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Photo of BJA
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into perfect pint glass

A: One inch creamy light tan head. When held up to sunlight a deep amber color bordering on brown. Crisp and clear. Small bubbles slowly rise to the top. Head dissipated over 2 minutes and left a good amount of lacing behind. The depth of color and clearness is great.

S: A scent of caramelized something, pumpkin, resinous birch and hops, and an herb I’m not familiar with on a solid underlying malt scent. I’ve never smelled anything like this in a beer before. This was hard for me to describe. I had to get out a scent wheel, which I just got a few weeks ago. Yes, I’m a dork. A lemon herb scent comes out as the beer warms and I drink it down.

T: It reminds me of a mix of an amber and brown ale that went to awesomeness camp. A lot of the taste is the same as the scent, but I get more of a toasted malt base and a bit of lemon on the immediate aftertaste/exhale. That lemon verbena comes out in the taste as the beer warms.

M: Drinks lighter at first and then moves near a medium mouthfeel.

O: I’ve never had a beer like this before. That is awesome. It is awesome. I wish it was cheaper. I’m glad this will be available as a growler fill on Halloween day. I’m interested to see if I am as excited about it after I drink several (not necessarily at the same time). The only downside I can think of is the toasted malt character dominates in the aftertaste after the first half of the beer.

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Photo of phichifiji00
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep mahogany, pours 1 finger of white head that quickly fades. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Lemon verbena, nutty, woody, hint of pumpkin/yams.

Taste: Nutty, woody, lemon verbena, lemon zest, malty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light carbonation, smooth.

Overall: Very drinkable, very compled. There is a lot going on in this beer. Certainly the most unique pumpkin beer I've ever had, though if you were drinking it blindly, you wouldn't know it was a pumpkin beer.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Basically, tastes like a lemon/citric coffee/malty light stout/porter. Would never guess blind that it's a "pumpkin beer."

Pours dark brown with a thick, firm and lovely light khaki head.

Nose is cooked stone fruit esters with winter spices. Hints of cinnamon, sweet wood, and sweet smoke. Hints of sweet mapled venison (in a good way). Nose is very malty and appealing. Complex with lots of lemon undertones. Basic nose may be simply chocolatey coffee/roasted grain.

Mouthfeel is rich, thick and creamy; appealing and inviting with nice carbonation.

Flavors are simply complex and layered. Big roasted grain, wood, malt, coffee, creamed bitter chocolate with bright lemon undertones that is all very well balanced. There is a "flash" of pumpkin in the front palate that quickly gives way to the other flavors and characteristics. Complex flavors that marry well with many food profiles.

Finish is creamed bitter coffee, hints of wood and light light bitter espresso. This one has a lot going for it.

I don't know who came up with the recipe, but it "reeks" of Patrick, Tyler and the Bruery for the quality of this crazy blend, more indicative of the Bruery than Stone or Elysian. Either way, nice.

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Stone / The Bruery / Elysian La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 616 ratings