The Citizen | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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493 Ratings
The CitizenThe Citizen
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
493
Reviews:
90
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
12.43%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
75
For Trade:
1
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drabmuh for sending me this one!

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a 2 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A nice latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, yeast, and some light fruit aromas. Taste is very much the same with a delicate hop bitterness on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing that jumps out at you.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 7/11/2011 on tap at Brasserie Beck. According to the DC Brau website this is also available in cans.

Pours an ugly murky brown/orange with some white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is bread, a little pepper, and some booze. Not as bad as it sounds, basically a pale with a light Belgian influence.

Flavor is slightly sweet, bready, more Belgian than the nose, medium bitterness, and a little boozy. Belgian Pale or Belgian Strong Pale; this could go either way.

Body is light which enhances drinkability.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear goldenstraw with a marshmallow foam head that leaves a few dots behind

Smell: Somewhat phenolic, with band-aids, bread, peppercorn and spice

Taste: Bread and band-aids, with a growing green peppercorn character; there is a build-up of sugary malt in the middle, along with the arrival of bittering hops, but the overall impact is unbalanced

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have been impressed with DC's IPAs but this one is a miss

Thanks, Dave_Treat, for the opportunity

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3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Fred for this one!

Brassy gold coloration, bright clarity, plenty of light passing through and illuminating the trails of rising carbonation. A finger or so of head initially, which fades to a patchy skim halfway through. Some minor broken lacing left behind at the rim of the glass.

Aroma is yeast driven, estery pear/banana and spicy white pepper. Similar flavors, some banana and pear sweetness, dry spice in the middle that lingers long into the aftertaste with some light residual bitterness. Creamy feel with ample carbonation, medium bodied and smooth. Overall a nice BPA, pretty flavorful and drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mothman
3.24/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Elephant & Castle in DC over Fourth of July weekend. Served in a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a fairly-cloudy yellow-gold with a good white head and a good bit of spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings some light bready malt and a bit of grain. Faint spice and a bit of light fruit. The flavor has a moderate amount of yeast, more so than hops. Hops are more there with the bitterness. Faint Belgian spice and some light fruity esters. Medium body and somewhat chewy. Refreshing on a very, very hot day. Good beer, though not as good as the APA or IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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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3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yay craft beer cans. Thanks to kasubot (Reddit) for this one. No date though. Kasubot told me it was canned 12/28/13, and could be a bad batch, so I'll have to come back to this one if possible.

Pours a mild bubbly slight fizzy head that hits almost 1 finger and fades fairly quickly, no lacing though, very hazy carrot orange reddish colored beer.

Nose brings grainy toasty malts, a bit of a toasty wheat like, mild grassy straw like malts, mild citrusy aroma with a little juicy fruit, hint of a pick grapefruit spritz and bitter rind, bit of a candy like malt, mild ester profile with the fruity aromas, bit cracker, bit of hint of eucalyptus like oil.

Taste starts with more cracker malts, a little grainy toasty wheat like, mild sweet caramel and candy like malt, little creamy and bit of a grassy straw character. Then esters, lots of esters, bit fruity, that mild eucalyptus like oil again. A mild bitterness from mild hops, touch minty grassy hop with a little earthy herbal character, nothing too crazy. Finish is dry but sticky, hint of booze warmth, little oily feel, mild earthy herbal like hops, candy malts lingering.

Mouth is med bod, lighter carb, little syrupy.

Overall Meh, syrupy candy malts, hops are not great, ester profile swings too far, just all around not so good.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into my Ithaca glass. It poured a hazy, golden amber color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer. The head was thin, but it had good retention and lacing.

The aroma has a crisp, refreshing quality to it with some notes of lemon and banana mixing with some sweeter, bready malts. The Belgian yeast is pretty apparent as well, adding some earthy spice flavors. Pretty nice flavorful and refreshing aroma to it.

The taste shows a little more of the zesty lemon and banana flavors to it up front. The finish is where a little more of the Belgian yeast spice comes out along with some crisp fruits. It's a little dry in the finish as well. The sweeter, bready malts give it a pretty nice base.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall, I thought it was a pretty solid beer. It was light, crisp, refreshing and easy drinking. It felt pretty well balanced as well. It didn't completely wow me, but it's something I'd be happy to drink a few of on a hot day.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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The Citizen from DC Brau Brewing Co.
3.54 out of 5 based on 493 ratings.
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