The Citizen
DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #365
Ranked #46,608
3.56 | pDev: 12.36%
DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States
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Notes: The Citizen Belgian Ale is inspired by the timeless Tripel style ales of Belgium. Using a traditional high gravity "Abbey" yeast strain that encourages the production of highly palatable ethanol notes supported by Aromatic and "The Citizen" also exhibits the noble hop spiciness that is common to most Belgian Ales. Reigning in at 7.0% ABV this is the Brau's strongest offering in our flagship portfolio. Become a Citizen of the world, one sip at a time!
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GarrettB from Colorado

2.54/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

April 9th, 2016 - The parade of DC Brau brews continues with The Citizen, and it's foxy orange color. The aroma is slightly sweet and leads with banana and pear, and follows with some white grape, cinnamon and a little light brown sugar. This appealing aroma is somewhat weakened by the immediate sensation of a flat carbonation on the taste, which is exacerbated by the lighter body. As for the taste, is dry and grainy, a little like a saison, but absolutely nowhere near the fruity esters of a Belgian yeast.

Aug 10, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold appearance with a small white head and light lacing. Yeasty aroma with a touch of soft fruit. Moderately hopped taste, with sweet malts up front, some breadiness, melons, and a bit of pepper in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel leading to a lingering finish.

May 28, 2020
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice Belgian pale ale. Served on tap at Capitol City Brewing. Golden orange with a swirl of foam on top. Very nice, and typical Belgian characteristics: fruity, bubblegum aromas. Sweet flavor, with clove, spice, and a peppery kick.

May 19, 2019
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Horation from Maryland

2.06/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I don't like Belgian beers in general, but since it was advertised as a Belgian IPA, I thought what the heck. Ick. Tastes like stale bread soaked in alcohol. Now the other 5-1/2 beers are in the fridge just staring at me, reminding me of what a terrible mistake I made. Please, God, make it go away. I had to mix the 1/2 beer I did drink with Bing cherry soda just to get it down. OMG. Yuk. Ick.

Aug 18, 2018
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Visited DC Brau at the brewery for growler fills last week and was pretty impressed with their setup. This is one I hadn't tried so it seemed a fitting time. Pours a cider look with a head that doesn't last and notes of grapeskin, pear, and clove.

This starts with the expected crystal malts and light fruits but also has a dry finish with a touch of alcohol and honey. A little graininess in the texture and aftertaste. Not my favorite of their beers but pretty good for what it is.

Dec 03, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a hazy bronzed orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about less than forty seconds. Concave lacing rings around the glass in a mess sort of way. The smell had a spritzy sort of spiced orange juice and orange peel. Slight floral and grassy qualities roam about but mostly in a separated sort of weird way. The taste was moderately sweet with an ample spice and a slight sweet grassy to semi-sweet bubblegum here and there. A semi-dry sweet finish ends the taste. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a good sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed good for the style and for me. Dry fruity notes roll over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a good Belgian pale ale.

Jun 06, 2017
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neenerzig from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since I am here in D.C. for a few days, I had the chance to try this beer at the restaurant I went to for dinner with my dad earlier this evening. Poured out of a 12 oz. can into a standard pint glass, this beer pours a clear, medium golden color. The color reminded me a lot of something like apple juice. The fizzing white head that was only 1/2 of an inch or so thick when first poured settles very quickly to practically nothing. Just about zero surface coating of foam or lacing. Aromas of caramel malt sweetness along with some fruit notes of dates, plums, and perhaps a hint of golden apples along with some yeasty esters, some spice and a bit of hops. The taste is pretty much the same, with a fairly sweet caramel malt flavor that's followed by the fruity notes of dates, plums, and golden apples. The yeasty and spice notes come next, adding just a hint of a peppery bite that rounded out with a slight touch of earthy hops. Has a crisp, yet smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a clean finish. Not bad at all. Drank this with some spicy Portuguese food and it complimented the food nicely.


Jan 28, 2017
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost clear (perhaps chill hazed) pale gold, producing barely1.5 fingers of foamy, brilliant white, short-lived head that leaves only a few wisps & motes lace. Aroma is Belgian yeast fruity ester heavy: pear, peach & candy apple; with pale malt, spice & herbal hops. Taste is a bit of a letdown being a somewhat subdued version of the nose: biscuit malt, Belgian yeast white fruit, spice & peppery with a drying finish that yields a slightly fruity, mildly bitter peppery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied & moderately carbonated, prickly throughout it starts a little juicy but dries in the finish & slightly astringent in the aftertaste.

Oct 02, 2016
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citizencane from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Simple, nothing fancy, And yes, probably heavily Americanized for the style (not that I would know); that said it's tasty, refreshing, a bit different, and solid enough quality. The only other comparison I have for the style is Hoegaarden, and I only vaguely recall the similar bubblegum-like aftertaste.

May 14, 2016
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a lightly hazed golden amber color with a 1/4" head that rapidly fades to a small ring and irregular island of foam. Sipping yields little lacing and by midway through the beer all the foam has gone.

The aromas reveal a touch of yeast, some bready character and orchard fruit, possibly peach or apricot (a match for the color).

The flavors include the spicy yeast, light malt sweetness, the peach (or apricot) and touches of earthy hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has only a touch of crispness from from the faint but persistent carbonation. The finish is medium length as the fruity sweetness leaves the palate and turns slowly dry at the end.

Seems a reasonably beer but doesn't show of anything outstanding. I don't think I'll be having this one again. Nothing particularly wrong, just nothing to write home about either.

Dec 19, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can continuously refrigerated, or nearly so, since the May 2015 canning date, as stamped on the bottom of the can.

The light apricot body is hazy and has lots of suspended particles. Medium+ body with medium carbonation. The aroma is bolder and more funky than the flavor; both are yeasty, a little boozy, and carry hints of lightly roasted nuts and soft fruits. The flavor turns moderately bitter in the finish and, even more so, in the aftertaste.

O: an Americanized Belgian pale ale.

Dec 14, 2015
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid beer that present a slight citrus bent to a dry, lightly spicy profile. Crisp on the lips and malt on the tastebuds with a faint bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little effervescent and a little tepid. Belgian yeast-hangover lingers after each sip.

Dec 13, 2015
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Beejay from Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A muted orange in color, very hazy with a good amount of white head on top.

S: Fruitiness up front, with apricot, and maybe a touch of baking bread. In the finish there is a bit of an earthy hop aroma.

T: Apricot, and peach with some pleasant sweet bread flavor. A touch of banana and spice as I keep going, the finish is clove and fruit preserves.

M: Medium in body, fairly high carbonation.

O: Overall a pretty tasty beer.

Aug 24, 2015
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served from the can into a tumbler glass at Eli's in Branford, never seen this one here before. Pours a murky gold color with some head and lacing. Smell is pretty tame, some sweet malts mostly, bready, some esters, nothing jumps out at you. Flavor is pretty tame, too. Nice light cracker malts across the tongue, some yeastiness and fruity esters in the back, and finishes dry and a bit bitter with the faintest taste of herbal hops. Overall lighter than 7.0% but not a beer to rave about.

Aug 15, 2015
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, tan, with minimal head.. Taste is orange, sweet caramel malt, and light Belgian spice. Not as hoppy as several I have had in this style. Very tasty. I will get this again.

Aug 04, 2015
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sokol_1993 from California

3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not much head.
Not really sweet as in a Tripel. Have quite a taste of hoppiness to it.
An okay brew, but not as good as real European ones, or even Ommegang ones.

Jun 05, 2015
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Emersonio from District of Columbia

3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour: 12 oz can into a nonic pint. Appearance: Light amber and cloudy with a thin white head. Aroma: Light hoppy and spicy sweet. Taste: Mellow malt with a hoppy and spicy kick. Aftertaste: Clean and smooth with wheat and citrus notes. Overall: Easy drinking and crushable. Good: 3 out of 5.

May 10, 2015
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generallee from Virginia

2.92/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Presentation: It was poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The body has a light orange color and hazy look with a small white head. The head quickly fades out completely leaving a flat lifeless looking liquid.

Smell: It’s aroma is light overall with notes of honey covered cereal and fresh white bread.

Taste / Palate: The flavor is sweet and bready with hints of orange peel. It also has just the slightest hint of grassy/floral hops in the background. The palate feels overly smooth and very lightly carbonated. Overall I don’t get much in the way of a Belgian style ale.

May 04, 2015
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MUTINY from Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Quick review. I really like some of the DC Brau stuff, the Public, the Corruption etc. But this is patently awful. Nothing I expected for a Belgian, moronic flavor profile, grody lingering finish & just an overall lack of drinkability.

Apr 26, 2015
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Echoesofanera from Virginia

2.2/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I usually like Belgian style beers, and Ive tried other DC Brau brews that Ive enjoyed, Sadly this one was a big disappointment, not much flavor at all in fact I tasted nothing but bitter at the end and a smell and feeling that it might have been made with similar ingredients that are used in much less expensive beers. This honestly should not be called a craft beer, the only thing it has going for it is that it is a very light beer at 7% and doesn't fill you up too much, this was my second time trying it and I wont be getting it again.

Apr 23, 2015
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Shade1951 from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall, a nice mellow beer. It doesn't hit you over the head with any attribute. The smell is pleasant - I found a bit of soapiness there. No soapiness in the taste however, which is refreshing, ever so slightly sweet and juicy. There is little of the spiciness that one may be used to in a Belgian. The carbonation is fine - maybe a bit less carbonated than some of the Belgians I've had. This is an "OKAY" beer.

Apr 11, 2015
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WhiteHillsStore from Connecticut

3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light amber with not a lot of head. The smell was very subdued but had some nice grapefruit scents to it. The taste was a bit mellow throughout with some hop flavors on the end, but little Belgian wheat or other flavors. Not bad, but I like a lot of their other beers more than this one.

Feb 18, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- slight hop aroma with a sweet finish.
Appearance- a murky golden yellow with a very small white head.
Taste- clean and slightly hoppy, very little bitterness.
Palate- a medium bodied brew eith light carbonation.
Overall- not a bad beer, my first from this brewery.

Feb 08, 2015
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The citizen is a beer I upgraded after sampling it at warmer and warmer temps.

One has no business drinking this beer at anything but cellar temp. It's also good as a lunch beer and with coffee. (almost needs the bitter coffee to pull it away from sugariness.)

a - Hazy bright orange color with one inch of off white head & moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of wheat, citrus hops, spices, and bright yeast. Ripe pear, peppercorns, shortbread biscuit, flowers. Much better at cellar temp.

t - Taste follows smell but gets better yeast, wheat, bready malts, sugar cookies,
grains, and fruit. Starts a bit medicinal, but that fades to a more pleasant flavor as she warms. Pretty delicious.

m - Medium to light body w moderate carbonation. Clean finish, great with lunch. Bright, juicy, gets better as it warms.

o - Wheat and citrus, bright, brassy yeast. Grows on you. Good with food. Good effort.

As A bros wrote " complex, this is not one to just knock back as each sip peels back another layer of flavor." True. Upgrade!

Dec 01, 2014
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UPMD_Bill from Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Surprised to find something this good in a can!

The malt sweetness and yeast hits right away. A little bit of honey and citrus aroma. Heavy but went down easily despite the 7% ABV. Mouthfeel a bit "sticky" for lack of a better word. Could have used a tiny bit more hopping for balance - I expect any Belgian-style to emphasize the malt and yeast more than the hops, but it was almost *too* sweet. I'd still buy it again, though.

Jul 04, 2014
The Citizen from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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