The Citizen
DC Brau Brewing Co.

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DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States
Belgian Pale Ale
3.54 | pDev: 12.43%
Aug 10, 2020
Jul 13, 2011
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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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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

2.54/5  rDev -28.2%
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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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
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
Rated: 3.5 by imperialking from Illinois

Apr 17, 2020
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Reviewed by Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4/5  rDev +13%
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
Rated: 3.81 by carrcolind from District of Columbia

Dec 01, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

Sep 28, 2018
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Reviewed by Horation from Maryland

2.06/5  rDev -41.8%
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
Rated: 3.65 by mkholmes25 from Virginia

Jul 09, 2018
Rated: 3.35 by mintzmeet from Washington

Apr 26, 2018
Rated: 3.49 by hairnic from District of Columbia

Apr 07, 2018
Rated: 3.54 by meatyard from Florida

Mar 15, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by ArnoldBlumenthal from Maryland

Jan 17, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by JasonLWest from Georgia

Jan 15, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by Rammed96 from Maryland

Dec 27, 2017
Rated: 3.6 by ryan_sprayberry from Texas

Dec 22, 2017
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
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
Rated: 3.46 by Hopfenpeter from Maryland

Sep 23, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
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
Rated: 3.11 by HyphenatedAmerican from Virginia

Apr 24, 2017
Rated: 3.43 by Timtac from New Jersey

Mar 15, 2017
Rated: 3.6 by Tohibii from Virginia

Feb 26, 2017
Rated: 3 by duvel1979 from District of Columbia

Feb 09, 2017
Rated: 3.99 by AirBob from Massachusetts

Feb 05, 2017
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Reviewed by neenerzig from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
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
Rated: 3.81 by micropale from Pennsylvania

Dec 17, 2016
Rated: 3.86 by Noooddle from Washington

Dec 02, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by kjcass22 from Massachusetts

Nov 18, 2016
Rated: 3.72 by Richter525 from Michigan

Oct 30, 2016
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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
Rated: 3.94 by TripelMark from North Carolina

Sep 03, 2016
Rated: 3.64 by cambabeer from New York

Aug 31, 2016
Rated: 3.85 by Chris_Gannon from Michigan

Aug 25, 2016
Rated: 3.58 by kaunshelly from Maryland

Jul 30, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by MA08 from Massachusetts

Jul 12, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by edthehead from Maryland

Jun 16, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by ClavisAurea from New York

May 22, 2016
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Reviewed by citizencane from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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
Rated: 3.77 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Apr 28, 2016
Rated: 3.82 by mghoward10 from Ohio

Apr 21, 2016
Rated: 3.74 by Skillet from Arkansas

Apr 18, 2016
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