Brown Ale Américaine - Microbrasserie Pit Caribou

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Brown Ale AméricaineBrown Ale Américaine

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very good

18 Ratings
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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 5.74%
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: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: polloenfuego on 05-11-2013

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of papat444
4.39/5  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.

Photo of HappyFoam
4.57/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of polloenfuego
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Jerdup
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smooth body. Nutty smell. Light sweetness.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.92/5  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.

Photo of TheDoctor
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Service: Bottle

Pours a dark brown that is impenetrable to light with a huge stiff beige head that takes forever to settle (to a ¼ inch cap), leaving globs of sticky lace in its wake. Great retention, lots of lace. (4.25)

Bright citrus hops with some rich nuts. Nuts, citrus rind, earth, washcloth, hard water, milk chocolate, herbal hop backbone. (4)

Lightly toasty with some bright hops. Light roast, cocoa, lemon peel, dirt, nuts. (4)

Thinnish, bubbly, light-medium body, lingering toasty-nutty finish. (3.75)

Good overall beer.
Tasty and easy drinking. It is not the richest or creamiest, but it is drinkable and is both malty and hoppy without being in any way overpowering. Lovely in the glass, bright smell and an even taste. It is a nice beer and a good representation of the style.
Maybe not the best, but far from the worst. I will have it again if I come across it. (4)

Brown Ale Américaine from Microbrasserie Pit Caribou
88 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.