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RATINGS: 357   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Yams, sugar pumpkins, fenugreek, lemon verbena all made their way into this crazy pumpkin collaboration. There was rye malt (both regular and dark), brown and honey malts, and some C-15 dextrine malt. They also put birch bark in the whirlpool–why not? It’s woodsy and sort of autumnal, after all. La Citrueille was finished with New Zealand Motueka hops. And if you were wondering, the name means the heavenly pumpkin of Citricado, which is the street the Stone digs are on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (9818) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Sample at Bruery Provisions. This beer is a clear chestnut color with a medium thin light beige head that dissipates quickly. Short strings of lace on the glass. Aroma of ginger, citrus and roasted malt. Light body with flavors of herbs, lemon and sweet malt. The finish is mildly spiced with a short citrus aftertaste. More or less average overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (9771) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine Ft Lauderdale. It pours deep brown, with a decent white head. The nose is sweet orange, lemon, pumpkin, spice, earth and caramel. The taste is orange, apricot, pumpkin, pine, leather, earth, spice, roasty notes and resin, with a dry finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation and slightly sticky mouth-feel. Ok, but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 17, 2011
355mL thanks to Travlr. Pours a clear light amber with a decent yellowish off-white head. Nose is wildly herbal heavy with big lavender, candied yams, and other spices that seem familiar but I can’t quite place like powerful lemon herbal tea (I see now lemon verbena and fenugreek which I am not familiar with). Good combo though- no complaints but get ready for herbal overload. Taste is surprisingly neutral with a sessionable, light palate. Not expecting something so balanced and calm given Stone and the Bruery having their hands in this. Full attenuation, long bitter lemon finish. Refreshing herbal tea and fresh garden character. I really enjoyed this but I love herbal beers like Stillwater Cellar Door etc.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2012
Bottle. Pours a deep brown colour with a thick stick tan head. The aroma is really interesting. Sort of an herbal root beer/minty top note along with a bit of soft warming spiciness. Palate definitely shows some cooling character that contrasts nicely with some warming components. There is a mix of citrus and spice that reminds me of sarsparilla. Nicely spiced with a lightness that belies the appearance. Unique and quite tasty - would definitely love to have another few bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (8873) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2011
12oz bottle (500th personal rating milestone). $4 from Dutch’s. Very deep amber-red color. Minimal khaki head, dots of lace. Crisp carbonation, texture is more dry. I can distinctly pick up on the roasted yams in the aroma. It isn’t powerful, but I’m thinking that it must take a whole lot of yams to produce this kind of a discernible note, which I appreciate. Roasty-sweet, good and rich. Definitely a premium beer, just not mind-blowing. It’s probably safe to say that this is indeed the best yam-beer I’ve tried, however.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8752) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2011
On tap at Falling Rock at the Pumpkin event, wow was this an interesting brew. Poured dark orangeish-red with slightly off white head, aroma had some wood, spice, pumpkin, some tart lemon and fruit notes as well in there. Taste was pretty smooth but not as complex as I’d hoped, with notes of the pumpkin, spices, toffee, wood, some nice sweet biscuit, tart notes of lemon as well, finished oaky and tart. Nice brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (8689) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours a great deep ruby shade with 3-finger khaki head. Nose is resiny hops, some earthy and peaty notes, caramelly malt, and mild pumpkin. Tastes malty, sprucey, with multiple spices, hops, and earthy notes. The palate is pretty watery. OK, not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (8665) - Tel Aviv, - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks eyes_wide_shut and YK23. Deep red color. Aroma of a bit of pumpkin, verbena and some more spices, malt and hints of chocolate. Sweetish flavor with malt, some pumpkin, caramel, spices and herbs and a bit of roasty notes. Finishes drier. Medium-bodied. Not bad and pretty interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
My Bottom Line :
Perfumy citrus (the lemon verbena, I presume) trumps toasted almonds before moving into peppery birch and caramel sweetness.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A veil of foam tops the nearly see-through brown gown.
-Light roastiness adds depth.
-The soft carbonation makes the spice mix feel too brash for my tastes. This doesn’t taste like beer much.
-This lemon verbena gets oppressive pretty quickly, if you are not into this type of flavor.
-I really don’t understand how they can make so many spelling mistakes in a beer name with 3 words (one of them being an article, on top of that). This is almost as bad as some t-shirts I saw in Japan which people wear having no idea what is really written on their shirt (like "Chair Army Fun", or "God Bless Meat Loaf")...


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8659) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2012
Draught Coppery clear amber, no head left. Nutty nose, leaves, earthy, Bock-like. Earthy, clay, autumn leaves, good (bark)spicy bitter finish, partly hops, partly hearbal. Medium bodied, very light slickness. Interesting, very difficult to place for me. Small wonder seen the ingredients.

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