Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bruery | Elysian | Stone - La Citrueille Celeste de Citracado

type: seasonal ale
origin: Orange County, Seattle, San Diego
price: $3/12oz
abv: 5%
NSP: 5.9

Yet another collaboration beer from Stone, with The Bruery, and Elysian (who?).   "The celestial pumpkin of Citracado" is the translation.  Cool name, and +1 for the self-reference (since the Stone brewery is off Citracado Pkwy.) making it seem like a mystical place filled with elves and beer fairies magically creating delicious beer.

But this is a delicious beer.  Citrusy, spicy, and earthy flavors dominate - definitely ones you'd expect from a good "pumpkin" ale, but done in a way that's not annoying or kitschy.  The bitterness is spot on, which is probably the reason it's not over-the-top.

The ingredients used were pumpkin, yam, toasted fenugreek, lemon verbena, and birch bark.  Or, in lay-person terms: yum, yum, "what the fuck is fenugreek", "what the fuck is verberna", "uh, ok".  Now at this point I expect Sambo to comment something like "oh yeah I used to cook with fenugreek all the time - it's used in a lot of Arab dishes" followed by "it really highlights the lemon verbena phenol esters.".  I'm sure it does, but GTFO.


  1. Ya just had this shit last night, not bad. Its great having stone in north park even though the tasting room sucks

  2. Fenugreek is arab for "fuckin' tits"