Stone/Elysian/The Bruery- La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado
La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado is a collaboration between Stone, Elysian and The Bruery. This Pumpkin Ale is brewed with Honey malt, Brown malt, and Rye malt, yams, pumpkin, toasted fenugreek, lemon verbena, and birch bark. “Citrouille” (French for pumpkin) is intentionally misspelled in honor of Patrick Rue. So this was brewed and released in 2011, and I am drinking it here in late February 2013. Let us call this about a year and a half old. Big thanks to Lee for picking this up for me while traveling recently. I would normally say to stay as far away as possible from a 5% pumpkin ale that old, but given the breweries involved it was worth a shot. The carbonation was over active, but the main flavor has held up so well. Moderately sweet with a little good pumpkin flavor remaining. There is a nice earthy/spicy undertone to this beer. The mouth-feel and carbonation is a lot like a saison. Getting some slight hints of the lemon verbena on the finish. I don’t know what it was like fresh, but I am totally shocked at how good this beer still is. Not something I would have ever thought to age, but it is drinking incredible.