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The Bruery, Elysian, and Stone La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado

Saying either the breweries or the name of this beer is kind of a mouthful, let alone the two together. For this collaboration, Tyler King and Patrick Rue represented the Bruery, Dick Cantwell for Elysian, and Mitch Steele from Stone. As this was brewed on September 7th, 2011 and released outside the breweries on October 31, I’m not really on top of the “Drink this Fresh” commandment on the bottle. In my defense, I bought it up in March… but then you could also argue that i’m still at fault because I picked up a beer that may be beyond its prime. We’ll find out.  Each brewery wrote their own back label; their musings range from thoughtful reflection back on September 11th, happiness over a pumpkin beer without nutmeg and allspice, and a general confusion of what exactly fenugreek is. (Don’t ask me, I have no idea; this is what Wikipedia says). The different labels for The Bruery, Elysian and Stone are here.

All of the pumpkins for this beer were grown at the stone farms, chopped up by the brewers, and roasted and pureed by the staff of the Stone Bistro. On top of the pumpkins and yams, there is toasted fenugreek, lemon verbena, and birch bark. To me it seems like the beer that’s a mouthful to say will also be a mouthful to drink.  The translation of the beer is “The Heavenly Pumpkin of Citracado,” though citRUEille is purposefully misspelled for Patrick Rue. As I learned from the video discussing the creation of the beer, none of the brewers can pronounce the name either, though I thought Dick Cantwell had the best attempt. This definitely doesn’t sound like your typical pumpkin beer!

La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado
This beer poured a deep brown color; there was about half a finger of taupe colored head, though that dissipated pretty quickly. There was some lacing and bubble maintenance, but it was minimal.
A dark sweetness, like a roasted sugar, is the most pervading aroma. Fenugreek is supposed to smell like maple syrup, and while that has a roasty sugary smell, that's not what I'm getting here. There are slight undertones of pumpkin/yam. To me it smells like a 'typical pumpkin beer' that is low on spices.
This isn't really what I was expecting; the warrior and Matueka hops assert their presence, almost overwhelming the beer initially. Once they subside, the lemon verbena comes through. The dark sugar is really apparent in the back, with that being the flavor that is lingering on my tongue. I don't get any flavor of yams or pumpkins. As it warms up, the hops and lemon verbena are less prominent, and some of the birch flavor comes through.
This is pretty light in body with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. It's easy drinking in terms of mouthfeel, but I would like a bit heavier body and a tad more carbonation.
This one was $3.49 for a 12oz bottle. Not great, but I've also seen limited releases costing a bit more than that.
I watch a lot of Top Chef, and one common criticism for contestants is while all the elements of their dish worked, they didn't work together. I felt like the different layers in this brew were competing with each other, rather than producing a balanced and cohesive flavor. That being said, I am drinking it about 5 months after it was released, so there could be complications in terms of freshness.

Beer Stats
Style: Pumpkin Ale
Serving: Bottle
Size: 12oz
ABV: 5.00%
BA Score: 82 (87 Bros)
RB Score: 85

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Written by Paige Deckert

Paige is a fifth year graduate student at Penn State; she received her craft beer education while bartending during undergrad at the University of Illinois. Over several months, Rogue’s Dead Guy served as her gateway beer, because it was $2/pint on Thursdays, and thus offered the highest ABV/$. This eventually turned into enjoyment, and everything is history from there. Her first legal beer was Robert the Bruce on cask at the Blind Pig in Champaign, followed by the Duchess de Bourgogne. Paige has visited over 15 breweries, including Great Divide, Bells, Jolly Pumpkin, Three Floyds and Dogfish Head, with plans to add more in 2012 via trips to San Diego, Phoenix, and Austin. Paige became friends with Russ (and subsequently Garrett) when they became friends on untappd. She clearly remembers seeing a check-in of his and thinking, “Who is this clown checking into Miller Light at the Shandygaff?” Soon thereafter he introduced himself at a Zeno’s beerfest, and they bonded over their beer geekery (sans adjuct lagers). Find Paige Deckert on Google Plus

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