Bruery / Elysian / Stone La Citrueille Cèleste de Citracado

 
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RATINGS: 358   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (9790) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear brown with a thin to medium sized beige head. Spicy on the nose, lemon and citrus, bright pith, caramel. Malty, bitter, a rather weird bitterness. Toast and a bit of chocolate, herbal bitterness and a touch of quinine.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9746) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 8, 2012
Bottle. Deep amber with orange highlights and a thick light golden head. Aroma is fantastically complex-- rye bread, pumpkin, crushed nettles, verbena, and black pepper. Sweet entry, again suggesting light rye bread, pumpkin, caramel, perfumey spice, with a surprisingly assertive hop bitterness finishing it all off. A really interesting beer that does not get lost in the creative process. It is not only interesting and complex, but is surprisingly drinkable, even sessionable for me.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (9724) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2011
on tap at the Pony Bar, New York. Thin white head. Clear amber pour. Interesting flavour. Hard to describe.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9706) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2012
12 oz. bottle from alexsdad06- thanks again, Brad! Pours a hazy, deep brownish amber with a small off-white head that settles into a ring with some filmy swirls. Aroma of ginger, birch, yams, pumpkin, herbs and spices (must be the fenugreek and lemon verbena), and toasted nuts. Flavor of toasted nuts, earth, pumpkin, yams, birch, and the same spices and herbs but to a lesser degree. Light-bodied, with an earthy, toasty, herbal mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Hard to explain. Interesting beer; lot going on and some new ingredients to me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9672) - Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear amber brown color with a medium sized yellowish off white head. The aroma has pumpkin, but it is mostly hidden by the spices, citrus, grass, herbal and floral notes. Caramel malt adds some sweetness. The flavor has the caramel malt, lightly toasted notes, pumpkin with the usual spices with a strong herbal grassy presence. Medium bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9668) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9552) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Pours dark brown with a thick tan head and a pumpkin aroma. There is a very unusual complex flavor that includes pumpkin, sweet potato, lemon and unidentifiable spice tastes. It’s Thanksgiving dinner in a glass. An odd yet drinkable brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9535) - 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")...

Bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9423) - 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!


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