La Gaspésienne - Microbrasserie Pit Caribou

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85
very good

21 Ratings
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Pit Caribou visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 11-25-2010)
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Microbrasserie Pit Caribou "La Gaspésienne"
500 ml brown glass bottle

Notes: Black with a deep mahogany brown edge. Roasty, black coffee aroma. Coffee and caramel in the flavor with soft, berry-like fruit. Moderate bitterness. Dry, ashy finish. No hops. Light/medium body. Overcarbonated - does not appear to have any lees, so it must have been bottled as such. Conclusion: pleasant. Not overly roasty. With the exception of the carbonation level it's quite nice.

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3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up right near the brewery on a trip to Gaspesie. There is a spot on the side of the label for a freshness date but it hasn't been marked, though I'd assume this one is pretty fresh; it's prominently on display at most stores in the area where beer is sold. The Gaspesie region seems to hold a definite appreciation of local products; this porter is also made with Gaspesie barley. Opaque black body topped with a good looking finger of beige head, which recedes a minute later to a faint covering, leaving some lacing.

On the nose: lots of toasty, wheaty cracker, minerals, light molasses, dark malt, mildly lactic, a touch of earthy hops. Smells nice but could be stronger.

All that toasty wheat translates to the flavour as well, though it's more balanced here than in the nose. Nice mineral presence along with light roast malt, a touch of coffee and quite a lot of powdery dark chocolate. Light earthy hops join in on the finish, leaving some drying and lingering cocoa. The extra alcohol isn't perceptible.

Fine medium body though most likely over-carbonated a little.

This beer should have had an especially hard time impressing as I recently reviewed two of the most respected American porters (Edmund Fitzgerald and Black Butte) but it definitely holds its own. I wouldn't put it up there amongst them but it is definitely a well-made and very drinkable porter worth checking out (especially if porter is your thing). If I lived here in the Gaspesie (I wish) I'd definitely be drinking a bunch of this stuff. I had a chance to sample a flight of Pit Caribou's four regulars and this was by far the best one in my opinion; I was also served a pint on nitro-tap (odd for a porter) and didn't think it suited the beer. Bottle was definitely best.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a dark black color porter with a large enough dirty brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet malt with notes of light roasted malt. Taste is also a weird mix between some sweet malt with grainy notes and some light dry coffee notes. Body is too thin for my liking with good carbonation. There is something in this brewery malt or yeast profile that doesn't do it for me.

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3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BloguesDeBieres for this extra.

Pours pretty much black, with a finger of medium brown head. Looked a little fizzy and dissipated to a creamy ring fairly quickly.

The aroma is quite nice. Bits of dark and milk chocolate, tinges of espresso beans and a big roasted malt presence.

Chocolate malts make up the taste, with bits of roasted malts, coffee and a milky quality. Not quite as robust as the nose, but still nice.

Feel was medium, maybe a bit fuller, a little elevated carbonation, some creaminess.

It's a pretty good porter in the end.

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3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad they have switched from Growler to 500 ml bottle. More my size. This one is said to be a robust Porter. Let's see!

Black color beer, darker for a Porter too. Brown head that dissipate quickly. The aroma is chocolate and coffee. Pretty intense on the chocolate side. Still on the taste, it is coffee and chocolate. It is well balanced and very good. I like it very much. Not too intense or sugary. Just plain good. Refreshing. The bitterness is the one from coffee thus you have to like this type of bitterness. It linger in the mouth too. A nicely done beer.

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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to BlogueDeBieres for this bottle as an extra in a recent trade

A - A rather dark pour, body, and head. Nice looking beer, perhaps a bit more stout-like, but still attractive

S - Sweet roasted malts. Caramel is a big player

T - Some coffee notes, and a moderately complex malt profile. Nice roastiness. light chocolate notes.

M - thin and light, very smooth. Not bad for a porter.

O - not quite the traditional porter that i love, but a nice interpretation of the style. Thanks a lot!

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3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle served into a Guinness pint glass.

A- Dark, dark brown almost black color with a mocha colored head of bubbly foam. Lively carbonation.

S- roasty, with aromas of coffee beans and dark chocolate, a touch of dark fruit ( plums/raisins ) also.

T- roasted malt/nuts, touch of coffee, dark chocolate notes, brown sugar, also quite fruity with flavors of dried dark fruits. Nice caramel sweetness. Finish is drying with more flavors of burnt caramel and roasted malts. Hops are have a slight presence and do add a touch of bitterness ( Fuggles maybe? ).

M- the carbonation works well in this beer. The body is a tad on the lighter side of medium.

D- drink-ability is high in this brew. I tend to not drink many porters/stouts in the warmer months but this brew goes quite well with a cool breeze and color-full sunset or even better, a campfire.

Overall the body of this beer was the only turn off. Just to far on the lighter side of things. other than that i enjoyed the flavors that this brew brought to the table.

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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours extremely dark, very close to black with brown head that disappears fairly quick. At initial pour roasted aroma pleasantly filled the air. Roasted notes mix with a touch of chocolate and coffee. Taste is similar to aroma. A touch of roasted dryness at first sip follows sweet aftertaste. A bit sticky mouthfeel, but overall it's medium body. Very smooth and I find it extremely drinkable.

Honestly, I am not that familiar with porters to debate whether it fits the style. Looking over BJCP guidelines, it seems to certainly fit the description for robust porter. Now perhaps it's the name of the style that misleading because certainly I do not find this beer robust (the term creates an expectation of extreme roasted character for me). However, regardless of style or name, I find it drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of TheDoctor
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:
Pours a perfect black with a nice tan heady that slowly goes from a couple inches to a quarter-inch and then a bit around the rim with a tad of lacing.

S:
Overall not very in your face smell-wise. Some hints of unripe pear and "earthy" spices (tumeric, cumin).

T:
Tastes nice and balanced; not sweet and doesn't taste like nothing but espresso, so that is a good sign in my book. Taste almost reminds me of jerky or smoked meat.

M:
Nice round mouthfeel. Earthy with almost a citrus feel up front--really fresh tasting for something so black-- then creamy and sweet with a long smooth finish.

O:
Overall this was a very enjoyable beer. It looked nice, smelled good (could have been more fragrant, though), and was really nicely balanced. I felt like the hop flavor was just there enough from making it suffocating. Pretty drinkable for a porter in that respect, actually.

I'd definitely have it again!

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2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is nowhere near being an American Porter but for some reason is classified with them. Label clearly states Robust Porter...? Rated to style, this isn't much of a Robust Porter either.

Very dark pour with a generous and structured tan head of decent tenacity. Some cola highlights near the stem of the glass but overall too dark to see anything through. Aromas are subdued but inviting with a saltwater taffy characteristic beneath roasted notes and hints of cocoa. Wish there was a little more to the olfactory experience. Flavours are somewhat reminiscent of the aromas but with more malt and a rather timid roastiness that barely leaves an aftertaste. A drinkable beer but not blown away by this example. I was expecting a little more headiness with amped up flavours and aromas. Not bad but by no means great.

Santé

SMD

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

La Gaspésienne from Microbrasserie Pit Caribou
85 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.