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Monday, April 23rd 2012

The Citizen
(DC Brau)

One of three canned beers being distributed by the only commercial brewery in Washington DC, all of which have names that hint at politics and cans that include a short summary of a historical political event.  It has taken us a while to round up the last two cans after sampling The Public in late 2011, but now that we have ‘em we’re diving right in.  Cheers!

From the DC Brau site:

"The Citizen™ Belgian Ale is inspired by the timeless Tripel style ales of Belgium. Using a traditional high gravity "Abbey" yeast strain that encourages the production of highly palatable ethanol notes supported by Aromatic and Carapils malts. "The Citizen" also exhibits the noble hop spiciness that is common to most Belgian Ales. Reigning in at 7.0% ABV this is the Brau's strongest offering in our flagship portfolio."

Here we go...

POUR: hazy pour and a deep gold color.  Moderate head and blotchy but robust lacing.   

AROMA: sweet lemon notes, a little pepper, and some lightly toasted bread in there too.

TASTE: smooth drinking throughout with very reserved Belgian yeast flavors and slightly sweet malt dominating the flavor. The hop flavors are minimal and just barely noticeable only at the clean, watery finish. The mouthfeel, light sweetness, and color are reminiscent of Golden ale, and at one point we double-checked the can to make sure we weren’t drinking a smaller version of that style.  

OVERALL: While it is generally unremarkable, there is nothing at all unpleasant about this beer.  We’re always on the lookout for good crossover beers to offer our friends who are macro-inclined, and this one would be an excellent one to gently introduce them to Belgian styles and good craft beer in general.  


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The Citizen
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Brewery: DC Brau Brewing Company
Washington, District of Columbia  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Aromatic and Carapils malts
Hops: ???
ABV: 7.0%
IBUs: ???
Date: April 23rd, 2012

Posted by Trent

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