I’m typing this review as part of my pre-game before heading over to a Medieval Madness show tonight with wifey and a few friends. I’ll spare you the beer wench jokes, but will definitely admit that I’m looking forward to eating some game meat, watching a sword fight or two, and drinking the three “tankards” of beer I get with my ticket. If that doesn’t sound like a good time, I don’t know what is!
This week I’ve decided to review Stone Brewing Company’s La Citrueille Celeste de Citracado, a collaboration with Seattle’s Elysian Brewery and Orange County’s Bruery. I loved Stone’s Green Tea IPA collaboration, and Elysian may be one of my favorite breweries in the country, so picking up a few of these was a no-brainer.
I clearly don’t speak French, but La Citrueille translates to pumpkin, the base of this beer. It’s also got original ingredients like yams, birch bark, toasted fenugreek, and lemon verbena. As you would expect, they combine to make one unique beer.
The pour is great – a deep dark mahogany color, but very clear, with a nice cream-colored foam dusting on top. The aroma is interesting, very earthy from the pumpkin and yam, but with hints of spiciness in the background.
La Citrueille really gets interesting on the taste. It’s a bit like pumpkin pie up front, but without the nutmeg kick. The birch really kicks in through the middle, with a smoky spiciness, and it fades into a sweet earthy aftertaste. While this brew has a very light mouthfeel, it really coats your tongue with flavor.
Overall, I like this brew. It’s not the best pumpkin beer I’ve ever had, but it’s pretty darn good. I like the drinkability and birch notes, and the 5% ABV won’t really do too much damage. I’d also recommend checking out this cool video Stone Brewing Company put out on the background of this collaboration.