The Citizen - Catoctin Barrel #58 | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by raveskdr on 03-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of russwbeck
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm guessing it was this barrel. I can't say that I actually know.

The beer comes out a semi-hazy yellow to orange color. Only a slight ring of bubbly white head rests on top of the beer that doesn't hang around for very long.

The sweet brandy and pear really dominate the aroma, but the sweet Belgian yeasts stick around nicely. The combination makes for a candy-like sweet aroma that I hope isn't over the top on the taste.

The balance on the taste is both well appreciated and delicious. The subtle balance of sugar, Belgian yeasts, and pears from the barrel aging really work. I was admittedly hesitant to get this, but I'm really glad I did. No lingering off-flavors or invasive oakiness, just a sweet refreshing flavor.

This version of The Citizen has a lower than average carbonation and a medium body. I thought it was very drinkable, but that may have something to do with how much I liked the taste. Luckily, the sweetness wasn't an issue at all.

This beer cost $5 for the 4oz glass, which is pretty average for Churchkey. I would definitely pay that price again, but next time I'd buy the full glass.

Overall this beer was outstanding and the surprise of the evening.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Fire Works Pizza in Arlington, VA over the weekend. Served in a tulip. Pours a somewhat-hazy golden-yellow color with a nice white head and a bit of sticky lacing. The nose brings some faint oak and a nice lactic presence along with a nice bouquet of stone fruits. The flavor continues down this path, with a mellow acidity and nice peach and apricot character throughout. Touch of lemon in the background. Body is light-medium with good carbonation and a dry finish. Exceedingly drinkable. No whiskey anywhere. Highly recommended.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The other barrel, this one was also hazy, yellow, no head, no retention, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is a bit more complex here, sweet bourbon, oaky, some funk as well.

Beer is medium in body, sweet up front, a little what I assume to be Brett b in the midpalate and a decent finish, a little dry a little bitter, tannic on the back end. This beer is like two beers where either one would be really good, an oak aged Citizen without any "wild" character or an "Orvalled" Citizen...the combination of the two just doesn't work out for me. The spirit aged Belgiums just don't make as much sense to me as some of the others. I didn't like Allagash Odyssey or whatever the barrel aged one was either. I look forward to more experimentation with Citizen, but this one just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of raveskdr
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Meridian Pint. Served in a taster.

A - Almost no head whatsoever. They had to force carbonate it and it has no head whatsoever.

S - Very little smell. A bit of sweet whiskey along with some Belgian funk.

T - A slight bit of sourness and funkiness accompanies the Belgian funk. A slight amount of hops compliment the flavor.

M - Nice, smooth mouthfeel. The lack of carbonation is troublesome.

O - Not a bad beer, but this needs to be put into wine barrels. The bourbon barrel didn't impart a ton on this beer, but the wine barrels would do it justice.

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The Citizen - Catoctin Barrel #58 from DC Brau Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 6 ratings