Noire A L'Avoine - Microbrasserie La Chouape
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Reviews by Ralphus:
3.03/5 rDev -14.4%
My first La Chouape beer and wow, what an interesting logo.
It pours a jet black color - there isn't evening an any highlighting around the edges. The head is small, dissipates to a ring of foam and leaves a small amount of lacing.
The smell is a sour and smokey mix. It's hard to describe.. other than to say it's not exactly welcoming. Something in there burns the nose!
The taste is lighter than I expected. The oatmeal, chocolate and coffee malts give the beer a simple sweetness with a touch of bitterness throughout. Its only average though..as it lacks any complexity and interest.
Mouthfeel is a tad watery but otherwise good. Drinkability is, despite the beers flaws, not bad. The amplitude of the taste is low enough that it goes down quite easily.. as long as you don't breathe it in of course.
09-19-2010 21:18:05 | More by Ralphus
More User Reviews:
4.2/5 rDev +18.6%
500ml bottle poured into my Okanagan Spring pint.
L- Pitch Black, even by a strong light.
Very thin head especially considering it was a pretty aggressive pour. Interesting thick lacing... that later disappeared...
S- Strong dark cocoa and coffee liqueur.
T- Can't wait to taste this one: Tastes like unsweetened dark cocoa. With a little alcohol tingle in the end. Smells and tastes like a liquor filled chocolate. Smooth bitterness.
M- Good carbonation. I thought it was a little watery but I guess it helps with the great drinkability. Still, I think they could give it a bit more body.
D-Great drinkability. I had a hard time drinking it slowly enough to let it warm up and discover other tastes.
Didn't blow me away but I do want to drink it again. For some reaon I think it's a fun drink.
01-01-2010 02:48:25 | More by Yoonisaykul
3.4/5 rDev -4%
500ml bottle pours dark-brown and slightly translucent with a nice beige covering. Looks like it could be a bit thin. The head completely disappears after a couple minutes to a ring around the glass, leaving spotty lacing.
Bread, minerals, yeast, chocolate, baked beans, molasses. Nice smell, though it almost completely vanishes along with the head after only a minute or two.
The taste is good but there isn't nearly enough of it. Toasted malt, hints of chocolate and molasses, some nice hop bitterness to the finish. No perceivable alcohol. The flavours are much too watery.
For a stout, the feel is much too thin. I don't ever enjoy a thin bodied stout. The beer guy at Peluso told me that this is their second batch of the stuff and that the feel had been improved. I'm glad I didn't try the first batch... At least the carbonation is nice.
Brewing in the same province as McAuslan, I'm not sure why you would want to produce such a mediocre oatmeal stout. Like their 1881, this beer certainly isn't offensive but doesn't posses any qualities that would keep me coming back for more. Both of these beers need to get way more flavour happening.
12-06-2009 03:20:57 | More by eat
3.5/5 rDev -1.1%
Bottle: Poured a deep black color porter with an average size off-white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of aromatic coffee is very well done with some light bitter roasted malt also noticeable. Taste is a good mix between some roasted malt with some coffee with limited astringency and light dark chocolate finish. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Well done.
07-30-2009 02:31:03 | More by Phyl21ca
3.88/5 rDev +9.6%
Tasted on July 9th, 2009. This beer was bottled on January 2009.
A: Dark color and very opaque. The head is lightly dense.
S: Malts, I would say roasted malts. Some hints of coffee behind. Average intensity smell and very nice smell.
T: Strong intensity of roasted malts. Little bitterness right in the mouth, however I get a good bitterness right after it goes down. Nice. Very persistent taste.
M: Full bodied beer.
D: Not overwhelming and could drink more than one in a session. The drinkability is good.
07-13-2009 00:24:44 | More by ZorPrime
3.55/5 rDev +0.3%
*** MY 900TH HAD ON BA!***
Poured from a 500ml bottle, mfg 2013/11/22.
A very creamy head, thick and generous lies atop a brown opaque body. Pock marks on top with decent lacing. Aroma is oatmeal and dry chocolate. Cocoa flavor with a bit of sweetness is the first flavor followed by oatmeal coming midway. Flavor tapers off near the end. Decent feel but would benefit from a bit more presence in the finish. The price on this makes me less likely to buy on a regular basis since is can get St-Ambroise for a fraction and it's better.
02-25-2014 12:56:27 | More by papat444
British Columbia (Canada)
3.93/5 rDev +11%
A: Black with a light tan head; some retention & lacing.
S: Chocolately & bready.
T: Chocolate, bread, coffee, hint of roasted astringency & licorice, balanced bitterness. I expected a little more from the weight, but I did enjoy it more as it warmed.
M: Moderate body is smooth & creamy with the carbonation pleasantly on the light side of moderate.
D: Easy drinker.
06-11-2009 23:08:37 | More by Derek
3.35/5 rDev -5.4%
From a 500 ml bottle to a pint glass.
Noire a L'avoine looks pretty good upon pouring. Its a nice deep brown/black and it let's almost no light through. The head is two to three fingers of off white tight foam that breaks leaving a thin film.
The smell and taste are both unremarkable, roasts and coffee dominated both elements. This beer is thin with fair carbonation. There is little or no finish to this beer, it is all up front and then it disappears.
This was my first beer from this brewer. I wish it were better, but I found it lackluster and dull.
12-26-2013 17:47:41 | More by polloenfuego
4.08/5 rDev +15.3%
Much thanks to Papat444 for sending this my way in CanBif5. Looks like this was bottled in February of this year, nice to be able to find that out. Looks decent enough for an oatmeal stout, is opaque and almost black. Mildly carbonated, didnt get much head, about a half finger of tan head that didnt stick around very long.
Smells like a typical oatmeal stout. Almost nougaty caramel. a hint of oats, and nice roasted notes of coffee. A mild estery quality that hints at dark stone fruit. A deeper hint of char and a whiff of smoke appear before the earthiness of decaying leafy hops.
A pretty good oatmeal stout here. Taste is much like the nose, but it is quite fair to say that this is a solid example of the style.
Almost light bodied. Very smooth, with slight creaminess and a velvety feel. A very well balanced example of the style, the end product is a pretty damn tasty oatmeal stout.
This is also quite drinkable, and is enhanced by the fact that this is slightly light bodied, yet full of balanced oatmeal stout flavour. The roast is there with noticeable hints of char, but doesnt dominate. This would be easy enough to session, and is certainly something i would recommend to fans of the style. Thanks again Patrick!
05-16-2009 22:04:32 | More by demcorhip
3.38/5 rDev -4.5%
Bottle from Marche Omni.
A - Pours black with no visible carbonation. One finger creamy light brown head is very tight. A small spattering of lace, and a film of retention.
S - Roasted malts, strong coffee, chocolate breakfast cereal, cola.
T - Lot's of roasted malt ,a coffee note, some cola, a light chocolate breakfast cereal thing going on with some raw grain as well.
M - Moderate carbonation, medium body. Bitter in the finish.
O/D - A typical stout. Nothing special. I enjoyed it but was happy to move on to something to excite me a little more. At $5 for the bottle, I can't see picking this up again.
11-22-2011 02:01:49 | More by tbeckett
3.53/5 rDev -0.3%
Pours a pretty viscous-looking black with a big creamy tan head that quickly settles to a thin but ample cap that stays like a rock. Good retention; no lacing
Dark and sweet. Leather, dark fruits, roasty nuts, coffee, black pepper.
Roasty. Pretty meh in this department but not offensive in any way either. Nuts, earth, coffee.
Thin body (too thin for my blood) with tons of carbonation and a pretty non-existent finish.
This beer is far from great based on what I tasted but it is by no means bad, per se. It pours lovely and keeps a real nice head. The smell is kind of Belgian almost and is not bad either. The taste and the body are both kind of blah.
Likely won't have again; would be a good beer for someone who doesn't like big bets to get their feet wet on a stout with.
06-22-2014 01:19:48 | More by TheDoctor
Noire A L'Avoine from Microbrasserie La Chouape
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