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The Bruery / Elysian / Stone La Citrueille Celeste De CitracadoThe Bruery / Elysian / Stone La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado
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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: 614 |  Reviews: 246
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of SPThirtyThree
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle, 45°F. It's not as fresh as it should be, but that's my fault.

A: Deep ruby brown with 1-finger tan head. The head collapses to a big splotch of scummy cream with some lacing.

S: The nose is a surprising blast of rosemary and lemon. I had no idea what to expect, but I never would have guessed these would be the main flavors in the smell. Maple, ginger, and pine. The toasted fenugreek comes through, but the pumpkin and yams are lost in the spice.

It's a pleasant nose, but it walks a fine line between delicious and odd - the birch and lemon verbena aren't the most mellow flavors and it's hard to say if they meld with the malt.

T: Sweet, forest-y. It reminds me of autumn, and I would prefer this to any other pumpkin beer any day of the week, but then again, I wouldn't really consider this a beer of that same class.

The spice lingers through the full drink, earthy and slightly citric. The malts are soft and sweet with some nice toasty notes. It's like a honey-soaked buttermilk buscuit, and the fenugreek lends a maple-syrup flavor reiterating the breakfast theme. The flavor is very unique, but surprisingly delicious. There's a nice rye spiciness, but the aftertaste has an aspartame-like, bitter flavor.

M: Medium-full body, medium carbonation, and little else, but any astringency or effervescence would have ruined the flavor.

Overall, it's an odd but drinkable beer. If you want a maple syrup/rye sandwich, it's a perfect beer, but la citrueille certainly doesn't seem to cater to the masses.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had a bottle of this sitting in my cellar for almost a year and a half now, and I know it says on the bottle to drink fresh and not to age, and since I never got around to drinking a bottle of this fresh (did have it on-tap fresh though) so I figured it was time to crack this sucker open. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my Stone imperial pint glass. This beer pours a clear, deep amber color with some dark ruby highlights when held up to the light. Has an off-white/tan head that is 1/2 inch thick when poured that eventually settles to a nice, very thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with swirls of foam resting on the beer's surface. Decent lacing. Aromas of pumpkin spice, rye, some toasted caramel malt, citrus, lemon grass, and honey are all present. Tastewise the pumpkin spice, rye, honey, and lemongrass flavors come right out. An interesting mix of flavors that I am not used to tasting in combination with each other, and it works pretty well! The yam flavor follows. Just enough to know the yams are there, and not overpowering. Rounded out with hints of the birch sweetness and a slight earthy hop bitterness. Very interesting and unique mix of flavors. Has a crisp, smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy drinkin' here. Wish I had had this out of the bottle when it was fresh. This was quite tasty actually!


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Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of kemoarps
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

So, this is a 2011 vintage. It says to consume fresh. I just bought it. King's had it on sale. Now I know why it was on sale.

It pours a fairly deep crisp mahogany. Clear and pretty. Little head, fades fairly quickly.

You really catch the spices on the nose. I haven't used fenugreek in forever, so I only have a fleeting memory of how it smells, but I think I pick it up. I could just be saying that though. The yams aren't overwhelming, in fact almost more pumpkiny than yammy, but that would just be silly.

More of the fenugreek, with the squash (yam/pumpkin) coursing through its veins. lemony hop balance makes it kind of fresh. That would be the lemon verbena, as I read the ingredient list. That sweet hint might be the birch bark? That sounds like a plausible thing, so let's run with it.

I think the birch may also be responsible for hte bitter aftertaste. Not a hoppy bitterness (well maybe a little bit).

I mean.... it's a really unique brew. If you are curious or like any of the listed featured ingredients it's well crafted and worth taking a flyer on (it was on sale: that's what inspired me to pick it up in the first place). Just be fully prepared for what you're getting yourself into.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of papat444
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

***2011 Vintage***

Appearance: Pours the color of dirty fall leaves (in a good way). An easy 3 finger head that coalesces with the glass. Quite nice with many rings.

Smell: Pumpkin spice, very autumn-like, herbs and roots, lemongrass.

Taste: A wood-like flavor, good spices, robust finish, pumpkin seed, grassy, some lemon and overall nice flavors.

Mouthfeel: Strong malt body is king but the tail end has a bitter bite to it.

Overall: A different take on a pumpkin ale that i quite enjoyed.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

The Bruery / Elysian / Stone La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 44.8% out of 100 with 614 ratings
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