Brewed by Brasserie Sainte Hélène
Style: Stout
Virton, Belgium


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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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English style stout, hopped with Citra and Simcoe. Called Citra Stout before it got the definitive name.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lembeek (143) - ITALY - MAY 6, 2012
Schiuma abbondante, compatta e persistente. Aroma di caffè, cacao, malti torrefatti, con una nota citrica. In bocca inizialmente caffè, poi cacao e note di caramello. Buona acidità.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
greenclansman (779) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - APR 9, 2013
clear black color, with a very very nice head. super strong aromas of coffee and roasted malts. roasted malts on tasty with a hint of choco and a long dry coffee aftertaste. very very nice beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (6624) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2011
UPDATED: APR 2, 2012 Updating the rating 03/04/2012, several draft at Delirium, holy hell they have improved the original batches, huge malt moka/cofee nose with nice US hop bouquet coming through. At 4.3%, this is divine. Rest of rating is similar to my previous statement, amazing brew. Draft @ Moeder Lambic, Fontainas. Cheers to ML for making this ltd beer available, and to Sainte Helene for brewing yet another awesome session beer. I hope they continue brewing these small batches of original beers. After the Simcoe Lager this is just another great treat. This is a nice little stout that should be made more widely available in the Belgian stout wasteland. Bire brune claire, col épais beige. Arôme est en premier celui du citra qui laisse là encore toute ces marques et reste un de mes houblons favoris. Note herbacée, malt grillé/cara allant vers le torréfié. En bouche, on reste bien sur une stout, le tout peu par moment rappeler une black IPA, mais dans ce stout, le profile malt est nettement plus en avant. Très légère avec un beau malt à la fois, grillé, caramélisé, qcq note de chocolat pour un fini sec et poudreux de grains Le tout garde en retrait des notes de levure belge et un bel ajout de houblon citra. Ce dernier laissant des notes de fruits tropicaux et conifères tout en gardant un profile ce côté de Goldings qui l’on retrouve dans pas mal de bières belges. Une très belle bière agréable et qui donne vraiment du bon au paysage brassicole belge.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (1986) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 26, 2011
Draught at Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Called Citra Stout there. Dark red/brown coloured with a small beige head. Aroma is citrus hops, slightly herbal, bit of coffee, bitter chocolate. Taste is very malty, slightly spicy, gingerbread maybe. Nice bitter finish. Not what I would expect from a Belgian beer, but very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (4367) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2013
Bottle: Medium sized vast and slowly changing brown head on top of a pitch black beer colored beer Looks really good! Aromas of coffee, roasted malts, hops, coffee roast, light citrus, bit like a deep roasted black IPA. Smells good! Flavours of coffee, coffee roast, chalk, bitter but smooth, floral and hops, roasted bay leaf, bitters, roasted barley mats and some citrus, some spices, some earth. Very good for such low alcohol. Aftertate is of some bitters, roast and cofee and a light chalky spice tone. Low to lightly more carbo, soft tingly mouthfeel, good medium to lightly fuller body and a creamy texture with a watery sprinkle. Very good beer, balanced, good roast, low abv, could drink this all night!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DutchDrebus (3956) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2013
Bottle @ ansjelah. Today’s reason for a beer is her sister’s birthday. Pitch black with medium brown head. Smells fresh coffee, roasty, dark chocolate, quite lovely. Tastes chocolate, nesquick, roasty, coffee.. Lovely brew. Strong taste even though it has such low abv. Medium body, soft carbo, silky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
erickok (3484) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - SEP 12, 2013
A low-abv citra stout from Belgian? Well that certainly raises the bar. It looks really well, for a start, with black body and voluptuous beige head. Lots of roasted malts, coffee, touch of rye and sweet hops. Drinks smoother and lighter than expected, but with a sharp bitter edge, like cacao. Very full for a 4.5% beer. So yes, a very successful experiment if you ask me. (75cl bottle from Dranken Geers)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (3680) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2011
25 cl. draft @ Chez Moeder Lambic: Honestly to god I had never heard of either this brewery or this beer before seeing it on the guest tap list – It is a interesting one since save for a handful breweries pretty much no one makes stouts in Belgium, a very slight increase has been noticeable lately & one that has a special hop thing going on at that – It is probably far to early to say that the American craft beer culture is beginning to seep deeper into Belgian brewing culture? – It is dark brown, slight black with a tanned/mocha-kind of head – Smell is surprisingly sweet citrus hops followed by roasted coffee, almost a contradictory combination because you are clearly getting to separate parts but a nice on eat that – Taste is first sweet lemon candy, almost lemon meringue, lots of slightly sweet lemon & citrus hops followed by a brief pause & separately freshly roasted coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, very sharp, bitter, freshly grounded coffee, just quite yet not going into ash territory – Medium roasted malt, stout body – Somewhat contradictory beer but in a very lovely way, tastes a bit like very good homebrew which I kind of suspect this basically is

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6834) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Poured up on tap at Delirium Hoppy Loft with dark mahogany body and tan head. The aroma offers up dark roasted malts, chocolate, black licorice, some mango to tangelo and then various sort of Belgian yeasty spicy notes. The taste begins with dark roasted malts, some coffee and chocolate. It then moves into sort of wild yeast sourness and a growing tropical fruit like malt sweetened hoppiness. With the tropical fruit hops I get maybe a bit of floral to go along with grapefruit too. Cool stuff with loads of harmonious flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Xenomorph (56) - Sundgau, FRANCE - FEB 17, 2014
Bière noire. Mousse brune très épaisse et onctueuse. Bonne persistance. Nez fruité, fruits rouges. Entrée de bouche à l’opposée de l’odeur, bien torréfiée et arrière goût de café très agréable. Fin de bouche sèche. Bière surprenante et très bonne.

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