Since mega-frankenstein storm Hurricane Sandy is scheduled to leave D.C. and much of the East Coast under water starting today, I did my best Mad Max impression and made a combination food/beer run yesterday.
Thankfully, the shelves weren’t yet cleared out and I was able to grab a sixer of DC Brau’s The Citizen. I’ve also reviewed DC Brau’s The Public and loved it, and have enjoyed The Citizen on tap, so I was psyched to give it a proper review. Combined with the two growlers I grabbed from Port City Brewery, I should be able to weather the storm
Back to the beer. The Citizen is a Belgian-style pale ale, similar to a tripel. It comes in a can, which I love, and they suggest serving in a tulip or goblet – helpful! The brew pours out a cloudy straw-colored light yellow hue with foamy white crown, but the aroma was a bit of a surprise. It reminded me of a German-style pilsner, where I was expecting spiciness.
The divide between Belgian spiciness and German pilsner was even more evident on the taste. It starts out dry and crisp, with lots of wheat flavor through the middle and a sweet maltiness at the end. I picked up some indistinct fruit notes – maybe banana or apricot? There’s not a lot of mouthfeel here, and the end notes don’t stick around long. There’s a glaring lack of spices here, though, and that’s a let down.
Don’t get me wrong, this is still a pretty good beer, but I don’t think it lives up to its billing. The 7% ABV is a pleasant surprise, and definitely packs a bit of a punch after a few cans. If you’ve ever wanted to mix a pilsner and tripel, this is the beer for you.