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Brown Ale Américaine - Microbrasserie Pit Caribou

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Brown Ale AméricaineBrown Ale Américaine

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very good

13 Ratings
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Ratings: 13
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 6.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Pit Caribou visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: polloenfuego on 05-11-2013)
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Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by wizo:
Photo of wizo
4/5  rDev -0.5%

wizo, Feb 09, 2014
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Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Unique brown ale, fresh bottle from Veux-Tu. Pours mid-brown color with lots of retained head, and leaving a lace sheet.Happy and woody aroma. Lots of roast, tobacco finish, a little cascade hop. Sediment is citrus concentrated hops. This is somewhat of a black IPA reborn in a wood barreled ale.Lots going on.

Sammy, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep opaque brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and excellent lacing. Aroma of light coffee with roasted malt notes, light nuts and some earthy hoppy notes are also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some light nutty flavours, with some dry bitter coffee notes which are well balanced against some earthy hoppy notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed for the style with loads of complexity while retaining some good drinkability level.

Phyl21ca, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of DaveR514
4/5  rDev -0.5%

DaveR514, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of papat444
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, no #freshbeer info (a space for a Lot # but it's blank).

Appearance: Opaque brown (duh) body but in the light, blood red tinges are seen. Huge ecru colored head that has excellent retention while latching firmly to the glass. Thick rings appear as the glass empties itself.

Smell: Nutty & hoppy, dried fruits, wafts of BBQ smoke.

Taste: Caramel, dried fruits then intense hop flavor followed by some hazelnut. Good layer of smoke (not overdone) as well as a tad of hickory. Really digging the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very well balanced with malt keeping up with bitter hops, good stuff.

Overall: Solid brown ale, provides ample proof that the style is viable. Which it was priced a little better but does come from far i guess.

papat444, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of Whatup14
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Whatup14, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of HappyFoam
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer brings it all together. It showcases the best of both worlds with a rich complex nutty malt profile that gives the beer the perfect backbone for the hop intensive rush that comes in as a delightful aroma and a clean but very present bitterness. I had this beer on tap at the microbreweries new pub in the town of Percé this summer so it couldn't have been fresher.

With 7% abv and a rating of 70 IBU, the malt really provides the right amount of sweetness and body to create a perfect balance. So well balanced that even my wife Magali enjoyed this bitter monster. Unfortunately, this is a seasonal beer so get it while its available.

HappyFoam, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of duracell
4/5  rDev -0.5%

duracell, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Krakpoff
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Krakpoff, May 27, 2013
Photo of polloenfuego
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 500 ml bottle.

A: Brown with red tones this beer pours with a three finger head that slowly recedes to a half inch retention.

S: Hops. That comes right to the nose immediately. There is a hint of coffee there too as well, which took me by surprise for a brown ale.

T: The hops flavor really comes through on this one. There are also overtones of coffee.

F: Despite the prominent head, the carbonation on this beer is fairly subtle. It finishes a little sharp and leaves some bitterness on the tongue.

O: Pit Caribou says this beer has a hazelnut taste with hints of coffee and enriched with generous American hops. Well, at 70 IBU it is a little hoppier than some IPA s. I'm not sure it fits into what I generally consider a brown ale, but I certainly enjoyed it. Oddly I just recently had Pit Caribou's IPA and found it less hoppy than this.

I might pick up another bottle if I get a chance, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

polloenfuego, May 11, 2013
Photo of Mack
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Mack, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of AnHeroicHippo
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

AnHeroicHippo, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks seb for this

The beer pours a rich looking dark black-brown topped by a modest, fluffy, off-white head that settles into a thin halo with some lacing. The nose is rich and malty, some caramel sweetness, a hint of bitterness and alcohol. My criticism is that it's lacking in the aromatic hop department. The taste covers up the alcohol with rich chocolatey malts in your face, a bit of toasted marshmallow, modest bitterness, and a noticeable fruitiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, slightly astringent, fruity, has a lingering bitterness and fruity finish, adequate carbonation, and masked alcohol. This drinks more like a porter, borderline baltic with the fruit factor, but overall very enjoyable.

ThePorterSorter, Oct 26, 2013
Brown Ale Américaine from Microbrasserie Pit Caribou
87 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.