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: 616 |  Reviews: 246
Photo of Murrhey
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a Pilsner glass

A: Finger thick tan head. Some lacing. Ruby-red coloration.

S: Crazy smell. I'm not sure what I'm picking up. Fruity, the pumpkin is evident as well. I didn't notice the yams until I read the label. Is that biased? Probably.

T: What did I just taste? Complex but tasty. Bitterness, but a sort of sweetness in the finish. Very strange brew.

M: Good consistency. I like it.

O: Not at all what I was expecting. Nice beer!

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Dark brown with some amber/orange hues. Beige head of about two fingers. Great retention and lacing.

I get orange and lemon zest, some spicy woody scents, a bit earthy, pumpkin, and pumpkin spices.

Spicey and super zesty (lemon/lime), a touch of peppery spice, some toasty and spicey woody notes, then comes this creaminess with more woody and then a woody/zesty finish with pumpkin and pumpkin spice, some lingering creamy chocolate in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Creamy and luscious, yet really light, well carbonated.

An interesting beer for sure. Try it if you see it, but I wouldn't go too far out of my way.

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Photo of Cinderbike
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Mahogany brown with a thin tan head. Lots of carbonation.

S - Coffee, biscuit, stone fruit, molasses, cinnamon, clove, ginger, licorice, and spruce.

T - Tastes like a pumpkin beer, but with a hint of licorice / root beer flavor (from the fenugreek and birch).

M - Medium bodied, goes down easy and finishes slightly sweet.

O - A decent seasonal collaboration, but better pumpkin beers exist.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alucard4 for the bottle share

Look: Dark brown in color with 1/4 inch tan head and no real retention

Smell: Coffee notes upfront with some pumpkin and yams and other spices in the background

Taste: Upfront is the pumpkin which fades away pretty quickly and then some strong lemon notes take over and leave the backend with a tart note

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: Very unique and different beer. I think this is one of the better pumpkin beers around. Well done guys

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown color with a very thin light brown head that shows good retention.

S: Really spicy with a lot of roasted yam, rye bread and something that smells a bit like curry that I'm guessing to be the fenugreek.

T: A really interesting beer and a totally different take on the pumpkin beer style. I definitely get the yam and fenugreek, but I'm not sure about the pumpkin. Some floral and lemon hints on the finish. This may be my favorite of the Stone Collaborations so far.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


On tap at Stone.

A: Dark reddish orange with a finger of tan foam.

S: Pronounced fenugreek with floral notes and baked bread. Pumpkin is light and I get a little yam.

T: Caramel and bread with a lower moderate bitterness and evident fenugreek. I get some biscuit and a little lemon with a whisper of pumpkin and yam.

M: Lower medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: An interesting beer. Decent but not something I would revisit.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

892nd Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery tulip
12 oz


App- A good mix of amber and brown. Its more crimson than other color. A huge two finger head with a nice mix of cling. Pretty damn good for a pumpkin and spice beer.

Smell- A good dose of the yam and pumpkin. I'm not sure what the other spices and adjunts are but they do add to the aromatics but not much. The prevailing flavors are strickly the beginning two.

Taste- It's a good mix of the two flavors. It's not unlike autumn maple with the yams but mixed a bit with pumpkin. A nice add with the other spices and additional flavors. A little spicy with some bark.

Mouth- A good dose of bubbles and a nice spice note. Light-medium bodied with a light-medium carbonation.

Drink- Well, its a good collaboration. Could've been a touch better. Well done though with a clean flavor and nice blend.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into N'Ice Chouffe 25cl stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Bottle acquired at Wally's Wine a couple days ago. I'm excited to try it. Expectations are high.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream lacing, good thickness, and fair retention. Colour is a very dark amber-black.

Sm: Caramel, pumpkin, spices, and a weird ester. I guess it could be yams, per the label. The birch is heavy and certainly comes through. Interesting. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Birch and pumpkin mix exquisitely well. Wow. Unique, complex, and brilliantly balanced. The caramel is very light and hardly comes through, which I count as a good thing. Built very well for a pumpkin beer; I'm impressed. It's simple but brutally effective.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not too thick or too thin. Suits the flavour very well. The creamy finish is fantastic.

Dr: It's simple, but of exceptional quality. It may be the best pumpkin beer I've yet had - though I've not had many. A very successful collaboration. Go for it if you can find it, but don't rape your wallet doing it.

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Photo of JosiahS
4.84/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

glass: Tulip

Upon poring, it's much darker than i expected. More of a mahogany color with a white, clean ring atop. This beer has a really unique aroma. At first i got the caramel, sort of buttery notes but once swirled, it opens up beautifully into an intense and peppery tree bark-like aroma with undertones of yams and pumpkin.

The taste brings back memories of when i first started my craft beer drinking, it's new, exciting and incredibly flavorful. The Birch bark and lemon verbena lends an odd yet intriguing contrast to the underlying pumpkin. It's chocolatey, not overly sweet, citric, peppery and bitter throughout.

The body is light-medium with medium carbonation. I think any thicker and it might grow tiring. It's quaff-able yet unique so i resist quaffing. Labeled a "pumpkin ale" but may stand taller in the "winter ale" category. What a refreshing and re-energizing change to the mundane winter seasonals.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Tulip

A - A surprisingly dark mohagany brew. It produced a 2-finger slightly off white head that held okay. I can see through the beer decently, it's not too hazy. A few spots where left on my glass.

S - Wow, the first thing I get is this deep woody aroma. Charcoal, brown sugar, lots of roasted coffee. There's a nice grassy/citrus hop characteristic that smells fresh and inviting. As it warmed I got toffee and mild pumpkin and yam.

T - The first thing I notice is is deep roasted coffee with brown sugar and woodiness. I also get this soft sweetness that reminds me of yams big time. It finishes with herbal qualities, brown sugar, toffee, woody flavors, citrus/pine like hop flavors and moderate bitterness that lingers just a bit. I gotta say this is balanced very very well.

M - Soft crispness, smooth and creamy with a medium body. The feel is great to me.

O - Wow, this brew makes for a great Winter Warmer I think. I love the freshness of the flavor profile, the balance, and the fact that it's not overly sweet, even with the yams and pumpkin. The aroma is just amazing to me as well. If you can get your hands on this one, do it! A great beer I'd love to buy again. Cheers!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a deep red brown with a full off-white head, good retention and lace.

S: Lemon and wood, very perfumy. Definite spice notes (fenugreek?).

T: Crystal type malt with a lot of lemon, flowery spice. Nice notes of squash with a light hoppy finish. Citrus throughout.

M: Medium-bodied, long aftertaste. Pretty smooth, prickly carbonation.

O: Certainly an interesting pumpkin beer, I did like what the spices added but wasn't enthralled with it in the end. Worth a try for the adventurous beer geek.

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Photo of BrewtifulMind
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass

This poured a nice dark amber red color, a half inch of off-white head, not much retention, and minimal spotty lacing. The smell is just lemon up front. I'm not really detecting any yams or pumpkin. Mainly lemon and herbs. Taste follows the scent, a lot of lemon and herbs, with the slightest sweet pumpkin taste. I was really expecting a whole lot more from this beer, given The Bruery and Elysian were involved. Mouthfeel is ok, it has a really soft carbonation, and feels really thin. Overall, I was really unimpressed by this brew. I was excited to try it, but might have expected too much from this.

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

[Poured into generic tulip glass]

A: A dark ruby caramel/amber body with a fluffy head(slow dissipation) and some good lacing.

S: Smells of pumpkin spice and figs.

T: The pumpkin spice and figs follow from the nose, but the herbal presence is most apparent. Ends with a lemon citrus zest after taste.

M: No alcohol presence, medium bodied, low carbonation, and crisp.

O: More enjoyable and impressive than stones previous collaborations. Interesting and worth a try. Great value at around $3 a bottle.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours very dark copper with a couple fingers of off cream colored foam. Some lacing and pretty good retention.

S: Pumpkin, spice (cinnamon, allspice), faint touch of caramel, anise (or fenugreek, I guess?), something like ginger. The spice comes out a lot more once it warms.

T: Again, pumpkin and spice melding well together, finishing mildly bitter. The taste is a little less complex than you might guess from the smell.

M: Lightly carbed, medium body. Pretty smooth.

O: Nice spice-forward pumpkin ale. Dry and pretty easy drinking.

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Photo of grilledsquid
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I haven't tasted a pumpkin beer quite like it. Pours a beautiful clear brown/amber color with dense tan head. The aroma is full of herb like rosemary & sage with a touch of pine needles. Taste is very similar to nose with notes of lemon peel, fragrant green herbs, juniper berries, light spice kick, and faint traces of pumpkin & yams. It ends with a slightly dry hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is smooth with very light carbonation making it fairly easy to drink, especially at 5%.

All in all, it was an interesting beer to drink. Pumpkin ales are usually spice-forward but these guys decided to take a different approach with an herb-forward pumpkin ale. I would have appreciated a touch less herb in order to bring out the pumpkin & yams more.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bottle of the new collaboration beer with The Bruery and Elysian. "Ale brewed with pumpkin, yams, toasted fenugreek, lemon verbena, & birch bark."
Served in a tulip this beer pours a very dark clear amber color with a dirty white head that lasts quite awhile and leaves some good lacing on the glass.
Smells of baked yams and caramel. There are toasted malt notes and brown sugar. Smells pretty promising.
The taste is not quite as powerful as I had hoped from the nose. There is a lemon peel in the taste that wasn't available on the nose, the yams and pumpkin are present along with a burnt sugar and caramel.
It has a medium body to it that coats the mouth with fairly light carbonation.
This is a good pumpkin beer that I wouldn't mind drinking again however I did honestly expect a little more from these 3 breweries getting together.

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