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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 barczar
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber, clear, with a fairly solid one inch tan head that leaves lace as it dissipates.

Pumpkin and caramel malt lead the aroma, with a toasted fenugreek scent comprising the finish. There's a slight citrus scent that is likely more verbena than hop.

Flavor is definitely different. Sweet caramel malt makes up the backbone, with undertones of pumpkin initially present and giving way to toasty fenugreek that lingers into the aftertaste. A hint if lemon cleans up the finish, along with slight bitterness.

Body is moderate with somewhat high carbonation.

An interesting beer. The fenugreek really takes over the flavor, and the pumpkin and caramel malt is a bit cloying. Worth a try for the odd combination factor. Most interesting pumpkin ale I've had.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark brown with a half finger tall light tan head. Head reduces almost immediately to a very thin layer of bubbles concentrated at the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is light, not intense - I detected yams, spices, cinnamon, and brown sugar.

T: The flavors are pumpkin and yams upfront, followed by some lemon and herb, and finishes with a brown sugar and cinnamon/spices. There is a light bitterness in the aftertaste that lingers. I really liked that this beer is not as sweet as expected with this style but still has the pumpkin flavors.

M: Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: More enjoyable than many of the other beers in this style - I enjoy the fact that this beer has taken a savory approach to a pumpkin beer rather than try to produce liquid pumpkin pie. Very intense flavors and nice complexity. Not you typical pumpkin beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright I know I should have found this back in the Fall, but I didn't. This pours a deep mahogany chestnut ruby brown color with a thicket of tan head almost overflowing the rim of the pint glass. Aroma citric notes with some vegetable/earthiness layers going on, a hints of sweet brown roasted malt notes. The birch bark really comes out in the nose as it warms adding a velvet smooth incense like experience to the beer. What a beautiful well orchestrated beer with flavors coming in multiple levels, as it warms the nose keeps bringing out new ingredients. Flavors bring on complex spice additions, citrus notes with vegetal roasted yam sugars, dark roasted malts bring on another layer of complexity. Hops add enough bitterness to balance it all out, this is excellent stuff unlike any other beer I've ever tasted. The pumpkin never comes out as the pumpkin pie notes, but as the earthy gourd that we all love that fleshy flavor of the pumpkin is melded with herbal spice and other starchy vegetables. Some perfume like bitter notes in the finish that almost seem like cinnamon spices, but it's well blended and forms a nice flavorful new beer experience. Definitely not boring or too over the top. Mouthfeel is dry in the finish between hops, herbs, spice with nice dark roasted malts in the base beer. Carbonation is perfect mellow smooth brings all the flavor out. Keep making this beer it will find an audience.

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Photo of natemort13
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Drink Fresh, Do Not Age". Fall pumpkin beer in February...close enough.

Beer pours a deep translucent ruby with a tan head that dissipates into a puddly cap.

Nose is rather complex. Starts out medicinal and soapy like a bad homebrew but then the vegetal characteristics of the yams comes through. Very vegetal with some cinnamon. Fades into a light brown sugary sweetness.

Taste is lots of pumpkin, but a very veggie pumpkin, not nice and sweet like most pumpkin beers. The lemony herbal character comes through as medicinal. Nice dry finish with some light cinnamon and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is medium light with weak carbonation.

Overall, it's a nice change in pace for the style, but way too herbal and medicinal for me. I wonder if it was better fresh. Think I'll stick to punkin tho if I really need pumpkin in my beer.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Stone pint.

A- pours a dark amber with a 2" light tan head. Lots of lacing remains on the glass.

S- pumpkin, yams, cinnamon, and spices.

T- pilsner malts, some chocolate, slight yam flavors with a nice amount of cinnamon and spices.

M- light body with medium carbonation.

O- average pumpkin ale with nice spice aroma and flavor.

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Photo of abgba121
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clearish copper brown color, with a thin head, leaves behind a very thin lace

S: I can smell the yams, some caramel sweetness, pretty malty nose overall, no hop presence

T: tastes sweet, a little yam up front, definitely pumpkin on the finish. A nice use of spices, though I'm not that familiar with fenugreek and a slight hop touch with the finish.

M: thin to medium body

O: This is the best pumpkin ale I have had, it would be great as a year round brew

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Photo of jeonseh
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Goose Island snifter

A - Dark, brown with a dark orange hint on the sides. Very clean looking with no noticeable carbonation. Looks to have a light body. Has a one finger, rocky head. The head color reminds me of the top of a mocha

S - Smells of candied raisin and brown sugar with hints of yams and cinnamon. There is a slight hop presence in the nose as well. Very malty.

T - Taste at first is raisins and other dark fruits. I get notes of orange peel at first then the yam starts to come through. In general, there are only hints of the yam and pumpkin. I was a little worried it would be overpowering but it wasn't. There is a light hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue. This hop presence is what seperates this beer from a dark, Belgian style. The hops linger well on the in the aftertaste. Until this came through, it did remind me of those Belgian styles given the malty, dark fruit flavor profile.

MF - Medium body with light carbonation and there is a slight stickiness to it. Leaves a slight hop residue on the tongue that lingers in the aftertaste after the beer fades away.

O - An interesting collaboration beer from these three. It reminds me of a dark Belgian ale with a twist given the strong hop presence and the fall flavors of yam and cinnamon. Worth a try if you come across a bottle just because it is an interesting beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; December 2011
One finger thick, dark tan colored head sits on top of a dark, concentrated brown amber that could be mistaken for black in low light. Lightly burnt raisin, deeply toasted brown sugar encrusted caramelized brown bread crust and a citrus note somehow that is a bit like Meyer lemon or not quite floral orange zest. The aroma also has a fair amount of woodiness to it that is quite soft. As the beer warms the spice character becomes quite dominant.

Softly rounded caramelized and toasted malt character up front quickly yields to an ample spiciness that has a sharpness not unlike a turpene laden spice that almost has a woody character to it. The finish is actually quite spicy, it significantly dries out the finish, but seems to be a bit too sharp at times; the spice character reminds me of the sharp, woody notes in cardamom (and it makes me realize that I really don’t know what fenugreek smells / tastes like). The finish also has a brightness to it from a lemon zest like flavor. The body is fairly light, keeping this pretty quaffable, though the spices seem to slow this down a bit.

Especially as the beer warms, it is a bit too dominated by the spiciness here; this clashes a bit with the toasted, slightly roasted malt character as well. Not bad, and if you like spice beers this should be pretty enjoyable, there just isn’t quite enough base beer character here to support the level of spicing.

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Photo of ccrida
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at The Taphouse Grill, La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado is ruddy chestnut with a small off-white collar leaving very faint foam traces.

Smell is on the sweet side, molasses, sage, the birch bark makes it smell like birch beer (soda).

Taste is pretty interesting, there's a lot of depth, but subtle. I'm still getting that sage flavor, which apparently isn't in must be the fenugreek and/or lemon verbena. Not much from the yams, but that's fine. Not too sweet either, nice balance over all.

Mouthfeel is a touch dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good. There's a lot going on, but it's very well balanced and doesn't fatigue the palate like I though it might reading the ingredients list. Well done.

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Photo of beertunes
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into bubble pint glass during a Stone event at a local pub. Poured a translucent dark reddish-brown with about 1/4 inch of light tan head that had moderate retention and good lacing.

The aroma was sweet, malty and a little earthy. There wasn't an overpowering hop presence and there wasn't a pumpkin aspect either. The taste also started out earthy, then added some spicy yeast flavors, a bit of underlying fruit and a tingle of hops.

The body was good, full and smooth without being heavy, but did have a slightly sticky finish. The beer was nicely drinkable, I could maybe have a couple. Overall, a pretty good beer and my favorite pumpkin beer, by far. I don't like pumpkin and generally don't expect to care for them. The fact that I liked this beer as much as I did says a lot for it. Worth your time if you see it.

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Photo of TechTriumph
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: Sept. 2011; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch off-white creamy head with good retention; Very dark tea brown color with a fairly cloudy appearance; Decent lacing left behind

S - Very light, refreshing, and floral-like; Notes of pumpkin, yams, and lemons with a subtle earthy quality

T - Interesting combination of pumpkin, yams, lemon, and spicy/floral flavors up front; These flavors gradually turn into more of a toasty, woody, and earthy taste with lingering yams in the background; Aftertaste is similar to what I taste after finishing a bite of pumpkin pie

M - Good amount of carbonation; Medium bodied or a tad less; Slightly dry finish

O - This is not your typical pumpkin ale. There's a lot of common spices used for pumpkin ales that are not present in this beer. When leaving out these spices, and adding ingredients like lemon, birch bark, and yams, this brew becomes quite unique. Though different, I thought the aroma and taste were pretty enjoyable and still captured the essence of Autumn. Overall, this is a nice pumpkin ale to break the monotony that exists within the style.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking amber color with a tan colored head on top. The smell is super spicy with a really nice amount of autumn aromas coming off of this brew. The flavors are much different than a typical pumpkin ale, it was very impressive I thought. The mouthfeel was heavy, kind of on the thicker side with a decent carbonation. Overall this beer was really nice I thought. I would drink it again if I ever came across it.

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Photo of Duff27
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red/brown beer on a half inch tall light tan head.
Average head retention and lacing.

"Woody aroma." I know I've smelled this beforde but can't place it. It is nice though.

A lot of flavors coming out in this one. Pumpkin. Lemony citrus on the tailend, perhaps the most prominent taste.

Medium mouthfeel, adequate carbonation.

Points for uniqueness and not sucking. Kind of muddled but a nice effort nonetheless. Would drink again.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark copper orange, an off-white head starts about a finger and retains pretty well, leaves good lace.

Smell is a bit weak, sweet malts, some toastiness, yams I suppose.

Taste has toasty + caramel malts, big earthiness going on, brown sugar, some squash. Various fall spice and light pumpkin.

Good mouthfeel, smooth and full bodied for 5%. Drinks easy.

Not bad but not great, I do appreciate this easy-drinking pumpkin ale over a super abrasive/overspiced one. But this felt a little bland, all the random ingredients didn't translate to much.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug

A Pours a opaque brown color topped with a decent slightly off white head.

S Lots of pumpkin with an earthy note present. Also a slight citrus/lemon note.

T A very odd earthy wood note which I assume is the birch. Some pumpkin and some more lemon citrus.

M medium body with a lot of carbonation.

Overall this is an excellent pumpkin type ale that I would love to see in the fall.

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Photo of TaySuth
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark amber to medium brown in color. Half finger head recedes slowly into a ring with decent lacing.

Smell: Very inviting. Citrus aroma is dominant. Smells fresh.

Taste: The flavor is great. Pumpkin followed by citrus. Very clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium carbonation. Light body. Not bad but could be a little more bold.

Overall: A very enjoyable beer with great taste that I would be happy to buy again.

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Photo of gpogo
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown almost black body with an off-white cream colored head. Head dissipated almost immediately.

A- Dark roasted malts with some sort of herbal aroma. Very complex. Sweet buttery sweet potato and bread. A slight spiciness.

T- The smell had quite a bit going for it. The flavor fell a bit flat. Initially a sweet but blandish caramel malt flavor with a herbal backing.

M- Very refreshing carbonation up front. Smooth medium bodied, but almost grainy.

D- The aroma is delicious, and the flavor is pretty good. I would say the flavor is a bit more muted than I would have liked. It's worth trying, but not for the price.

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Photo of kevinv
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a fluffy head. Sticky lacing coats the glass.

S: Interesting smell. Very complex with a lot going on. Sweet yams are at the front with some brown sugar and a dark breadiness, almost like a pumpernickel. Lots of earthy spices in the background. It reminds me of Thanksgiving.

T: Birch comes through strongly at first, followed by a light hoppiness and lemon zest taste. It's hard to really pick out the individual flavors in this one, there's just so much happening. The pumpkin actually doesn't come through as much in the taste as it did in the smell. Interesting take on a pumpkin ale.

M: Fairly thin body, but with a creaminess to it. Low carbonation.

O: Not bad overall, but not something I'd buy regularly. Like I said, it was an interesting take on a pumpkin ale and was super complex. Even after reading the description on the brewers website, I couldn't pick out everything in the smell/taste that was used.

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Photo of mastodonj
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not what I'd think of as a pumpkin ale but ...looks like other reviewers said the same thing.

An interesting dark brown, like a real dark tea. A small beige head. Very clear color.

Smell is complex...the verbena and fenugreek and birch bark must be adding to this nasal circus. At times, I think I can detect the yams.

The taste is interesting. all these herbs etc combining to give a unique brew. Frankly, one of these herbs is too dominant; it reminds me of rosemary, I think, which is not one of my favorites.

The mouthfeel is one of the best things about the brew. Clean finish.

Could be sessionable if you like the fenugreek etc.

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Photo of dumptruck81
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is not the traditional pumpkin beer. It's a nice respectable appearance. Dark center with red brown shades in edges. Solid head and lacing. Smell starts with lemon and a spice that I can't quite place. Then finishes with traditional pumpkin. Tastes like the nice dark pumpkin beer. Enough medium creamy body to keep me interested.

Overall-It's a bold take on the ole pumpkin beer. They went out of the box yet made it work. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It's not the best but it's a respectable effort.

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

Poured into an Ommegang flute. Pours a deep red mahogany, half finger fine light brown head with moderate retention and lacing. Aroma of bready and toasted malt, light pumpkin and a hint of lemon. Flavor dominated by toasted malt, with a hint of lemon citrus that gets stronger until the finish with light malt, citrus, other herbal elements and light hops. Interesting and different. No strong pumpkin flavor, although the body is somewhat creamy like a good pumpkin beer. I like this, an interesting unusual flavorful ale.

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Photo of YouSkeete
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark brown amber with a large tan head. Beautiful lacing.

S: Sweet potato, pumpkin pie spices, lemon, caramel malt. Mildly boozy, brown sugar and wood off the nose as well.

T/M: Bitter caramel malt on the first sip, followed by rye and wheat bread, lemon zest and honey. Sweet, sour but mostly flat on the mouthfeel. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice brings the spiciness upfront while the overall body remains flat. Mildly sweet, mildly tangy. Moderately carbed.

D: Very, very average for what i was expecting.

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Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Clear copperish brown, sudsy topping

SMELL: Birch sap, lemon oil, gourds, caramel

TASTE: Brown bread, birch, vague spice, lemon zest, earthy pumpkin, steely caramel, mild hopping, slightly roasty finish

Great idea for the collab, the birch takes the lead though and leaves most of the yam behind. The pumpkin make its mark more towards the finish. Interesting use of spice, I'd love to see this one brought back yearly.

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Photo of Morey
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no freshness date. Limited beer brewed once.

Poured brownish-red in color. The red comes through when you hold it up to the light. One finger of cream colored head has settled to thin and spotty lace after a few minutes or so. Decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Nose consist of brown sugar, chocolate malts, nutmeg, maple syrup, and wood. For as much as I'm able to pick out in the aroma, it's actually pretty clean and subtle.

Taste: Toasted malts up front, and the birch bark (at least I think that's what I'm tasting) seems to be coming through nicely as well. There's a certain sensation that this rare combination of ingredients creates on the palate. It's almost like a spicy feel similar to horseradish or wasabi, but it doesn't taste like that, just the burning sensation is similar, but far less intense. Flavors linger a bit, but the finish is actually rather clean.

Thin to medium bodied with low level of carbonation.

A unique and tasty pumpkin ale, although it really taste more like a souped-up brown ale.

Morey's Bottom Line: A tasty fall beer that I'm enjoying quite a bit as a switch up from all the IS and DIPA's that I've been drinking lately. Glad that I got to try it.

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Photo of quirkzoo
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep brown which when held to the light shows off a bright ruby color. Head is minimal and recedes quickly. The smell is not what I was expecting, very starchy, like mashed potatoes. With hints of lemon and a strange vegetal/spiced aroma that reminded me of a soda from my childhood. I reread the bottle and realized it was the birch bark. I definitely got a heavy birch bark/birch beer flavor. On the palate the beer really opens it up. The pumpkins give it a nice soft mouthfeel, almost creamy which accents the spices nicely. Overall this was an interesting brew, worth trying but I probably won't purchase it again.

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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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