The Citizen | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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The CitizenThe Citizen

Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of neenerzig
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.


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Photo of mothmanscott
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.

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Photo of citizencane
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.

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Photo of drtth
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of Beejay
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.99/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Emersonio
3.61/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of generallee
2.92/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of Echoesofanera
2.2/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

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Photo of Shade1951
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of ordybill
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Act25
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
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.

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Photo of sommersb
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 06-24-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Cloudy, honey colored beer, capped with a finger of offwhite head. Lacing is good and retention is fair.

S: Smells are a pleasing combination of sweet, bready malts, earthy tones, rich fruits and typical Belgian yeast aromatics.

T: The taste starts out with sweetness from the malts and fruits, and then has elements of spices from the hops and some woody qualities. Bitterness is very low.

M: Body is thick, with a finish that has sweetness of ripened fruits and malts.

O: Overall a very good Belgian pale.

Thanks go to Treyliff for this trade!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty blonde color with little to no sediment. The beer is cloudy and unfiltered. The aroma full of Belgian candi sugar, bubblegum and clean alcohol. In the taste, brown sugar, candi sugar, wild flower honey and a fruity Belgian yeast kick. A little bubblegum is there in the flavor too. Medium bodied, medium high carbonation. Overall, a nice Belgian pale in a can.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Base of the can reads, "KISS ME 04/08/2014".

A: Cloudy, honey-colored body. Half a finger of white head that quickly dissipates and leaves little lacing.

S: Fruity yeast. Tropical fruit, apple, peach. Candi sugar. Light spice with some cardamom and coriander. Sweet bread.

T: A vague, rounded spice opens with a subdued sweetness. Mild hop bitterness builds to a semi-dry finish. There is an off-putting corn element and the unshakable essence of garlic. Alcohol consistent with the ABV. A light tartness lingers.

M: Low to moderate carbonation with a moderate body. A bit oily, but smooth.

O: I started off really liking the nose on this one, but the off-flavors kinda killed for me in the end. I've given this one multiple spins on multiple days, but I can't get past the garlicky, organophosphate thing happening.


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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy deep orangey-gold. Initially has a creamier white head that reduces down to slight presence around the circumference of the tulip glass. The aroma is mostly yeast with a hint of caramel. The taste has a nice tangy-ness to it, reminiscent of the way sourdough tastes. There are also some subtle fruit notes hiding in the back. There's a nice thickness to it and it's quite smooth. A very good Belgian-style pale ale.

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Photo of BigC88
2.59/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a sweet, cloying flavor with maybe diacetyl (popcorn butter) at the finish; I can also taste the alcohol and it doesn't come through in an inviting way. There's some Belgian fruitiness as well. Overall not a good tasting beer in my opinion. Certainly doesn't fit the flavor profile for a Belgian Pale. The aftertaste gives me a shuddering feeling about halfway through the beer.

I will admit that I tried this beer for the first time a few days ago and drank it straight from the can at about 50 degrees and it was definitely a bad beer for that tasting (the GF, who has an acute sense of smell and a love for Belgian Trippels, said this beer tasted like "bad pennies" in her mouth and could not finish hers warm from the can).

Today, I tried it right from the fridge, pouring into a Chimay goblet. It's better, but still not good.
A creamy beige head poured frothy and subsided fairly quickly. The bouquet isn't bad, but nothing wonderful either - it has a slight metallic quality, maybe some canned corn smell to it.

As some other reviewers have pointed out, the date on the bottom of the can is not helpful. Mine says "Drink Me! 3/18/2014" so does that mean drink by 3/18 or born on 3/18? I don't know. Bottom line, I was not impressed, and did not find this beer enjoyable in the least bit. Come on DC Brau, I know you can do better.

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Photo of Billolick
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce can. On the bottom "Drink Me! 3/19/2014" Best before date? Canned on date? Dont the brewers think this might be kinda confusing and ultimately of no use to the customer??

Pours orange hued and hazed. Out of the can its all fizzy and loud bubbles. Larger head quickly goes to next to nothing. No film, no collar and very minor lace left on the glass. Something about a beer that makes a noticeable sound as the bubbles pop is off putting to me

The nose is of sugary fruit and a hint of yeast.

In the mouth this one is quite thick and viscous. Notes of of sweet fruit and wheat malts.

Too thick, carbonation to low, sweet with some lime and pepper...but complexity and interest here on the low end of the scale...I believe this is my first DC Brau, and I'm not overly impressed..

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