Tonight I had a bottle that I randomly came across at the local beer store – Bruery /Elysian/Stone’s collaboration beer La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado. According to the bottle, it’s a pumpkin, yam, toasted fenugreek, lemon verbena, and birch bark beer. I served it – naturally – with a slice of homemade pumpkin pie. It currently has an 82 on Beer Advocate (which also apparently switched to numerical scores this weekend).
While I love pumpkin beers, or at least the idea of them, this was not something I’ll be having again. I was excited by the prospects of what I read on the label, but it fell well short.
The beer poured a nice dark brown color with maybe just a tinge of red, although that could’ve been the lighting I held it to. Oddly enough, the smell made me think of lighter coffee beers. That was probably my first warning sign. There was definitely some earthy tones to the smell, but nothing that made me think of pumpkin or yam.
The taste reminded me a lot of Brooklyn Brewery’s Post Road pumpkin ale. Which, despite a good rating on Beer Advocate, I hated. The La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado just didn’t have much there, taste-wise, which really surprised me, considering the breweries involved and the list of ingredients. There was very minimal pumpkin taste up front and a very bland, flat and uninteresting “taste” at the end. I say “taste” because there really wasn’t much of one. There wasn’t any discernible aftertaste, either.
I will not be trying this beer again, but will gladly be having more pumpkin pie.