The Citizen | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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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!

Added by t0rin0 on 07-13-2011

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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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2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

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2.41/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ick. Oh no they didn't.

Pours an odd amber hue that is mildly fogged. Soapy nose. Really soapy flavor profile. Candy sweetness which is just not pleasant. I don't like this beer. I don't like it at all.

Too bad I have to end my DC Brau sampling on this one. I'd rather have passed.

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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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2.77/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber color with some notable yeast sediment falling to the bottom of the glass. The white-colored head forms a uniform height of one finger, and fades pretty rapidly to a thin film. Lacing is very sparse.

S: Rather buttery and even a bit corn-like. Maybe I can find a touch of fruity esters with proper concentration, but the Belgian yeast qualities are just too hard to find. There seems to be a bit of hoppiness, though, which is good. Quite the disappointing aroma otherwise.

T: Good news is, there is a touch of Belgian yeast on the finish, giving it a (much needed) crisp touch, and some welcome notes of apple, white grape, and pear - but also gives a faint soapiness. Yikes. All told, this seems rather disjointed, as if the yeast and the bready malts are battling each other, rather then melding like a good BPA should.

M: This is the best part of the brew. It features a creamy texture, and is nicely clean/dry on the back end without over-exposing any of the less-than-great flavors. In spite of its slight syrupiness and medium-heavy body, it's pretty drinkable.

O: Not great, unfortunately. There's little here to make me want to come back for seconds. All this does is confirm my skepticism toward canned Belgian-style ales - without bottle conditioning, what do you have? Not much, really.

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2.84/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ugh, not good. Smells and tastes like pure sweet butts; kind of hot and sweet and one-note. Avoid it.

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The Citizen from DC Brau Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 499 ratings