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Pietra - Brasserie Pietra

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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Pietra visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ipogios on 11-19-2002)
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Reviews by ReFill31:
Photo of ReFill31
3.9/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first drank this beer when I was in France. When I saw it at a local liquor store I couldn't help myself but to taste it again.

A : Dark golden color, with a half inch of head with medium retention and small lacing.

S : Hidden hops, the aroma probably comes from the chestnut the beer is made of.

M : Almost no bitterness and the taste stays long after the sip.

D : I would buy again of this beer. The chestnut makes it a very different beer of what we are used to.

ReFill31, Jul 21, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of bsp77
3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received in the March 2009 Beer of the Month shipment.

First off, this is not a lager! The bottle says it is an "Amber Ale Brewed with Chestnut Flour".

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a Flat Earth Pint Glass.

Appearance: Clear brownish-orange (never seen this color before), very thin head that leaves legs on the glass.

Smell: Noble hops, reminds me of a sweeter version of a Pilsner.

Taste: Earthy, grainy, sweet, and some noble hop bitterness. There is something else unique in the taste that I can't identify.

Feel: Medium body, high carbonation, sweet feel. Feels more like a lager than an ale, wouldn't be surprised if this ale was lagered.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but not a fan of the grainy sweetness, making me hesitant to have another.

bsp77, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of jondeelee
3.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells largely of dark, malty sugars--though lightly so--which bring in caramel and brown sugar notes. Lightly toasted grains are also present in the nose, along with a hint of something earthy and nutty, which I'm assuming comes from the chestnuts.

On the tongue, the brew comes across as dark, earthy and nutty, with malts mixed in. The primary flavor seems to come from the chestnuts, and for me resembles what would happen if a few drops of essence of Brazil nuts were added to a lager. (I say "seems" here because I've never had chestnuts, and I'm assuming the dark nuttiness I'm tasting comes from them.) This chestnut flavor lasts throughout the entire mouthful, and actually comes on stronger in the aftertaste. Aside from the chestnuts, there are lovely toasted grain flavors here, bringing in light apricot flavors as well as toasted wheat, and just a hint of hops in the background.

Overall, I think this a nice beer that would have been decent without the chestnuts, but their addition does bring a nice earthiness to the mixture that works quite well.

jondeelee, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.25/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy brownish-orange hue with a thin head that never really forms and is soon gone. There is a sea of bubbles popping to the surface.

S- The soft woody malt aroma finishes with a band-aid quality but is otherwise very clean.

T- The soft brown malt hint fades into a big chlorophenolic band-aid finish with some plastic tastes that linger.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a slightly slippery texture and no real alcohol heat.

O- I couldn't make it through the glass and the plastic band-aid flavor sticks in my mouth even after I'm finished. I couldn't really detect any other flavors hiding out in there.

rhoadsrage, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

LCBO; pours pale yellow, fast disapearing white head. Neutral aroma. Drinkable, though not tasty still not offensive, some malts there. Passable European, but I did not finish it. Average mouthfeel. Not a dark lager at all. A tad sweet.Appropriate carbonation.

Sammy, May 03, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.34/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pietra Biera Corsa
25.4 fl. oz. bottle, corked and caged, no apparent freshness dating.

Brasserie Pietra is a French brewery on the isle of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea. Corsica is known for its production of chestnuts, and the beer is brewed with chestnut flour. Not surprisingly, the clear amber-colored beer actually tastes of chestnuts. It's balanced, fluctuating between a sweet maltiness and a drying bitterness that may be in part due to the chestnuts themselves. The body is medium with a dextrinous edge and a median carbonation. At 6.0 % alcohol by volume it's strong, but not overly so, and the alcohol is well-cloaked. Probably best served well-chilled to begin with, it's a unique and interesting beer that's well worth trying.

NeroFiddled, May 27, 2013
Photo of scottgoblue314
3/5  rDev -6.5%

scottgoblue314, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of ToolHead
3.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl. bottle; served in Nastro Azzurro glass.
Golden color, OK head with decent lastability. Typically bottom-fermented aroma - neither very subtle nor especially inviting. The taste is balanced between malt and hops, but rather than seeming well-balanced, the beer comes across as simply not very interesting. Decent dry finish, though. I didn't detect any chestnut flavors. Soft mouthfeel and OK drinkability.

ToolHead, Apr 22, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured an amber color beer with a medium size foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Taste of light caramel malt with light sweetness. Taste is somewhat bland with some light caramel malt with some light sweet note also noticeable. Body is about average with some good carbonation. Chestnuts are impossible to detect and again not sure what they would have provided.

Phyl21ca, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of dolzan
3.05/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank this while in Corsica.

I'm not sure it's a dark lager, but there is something different with this beer. It boasts that it has the taste of chestnuts, but I'd have to be hard pressed to guess this solely from tasting it. Though it has some sort of interesting earthy flavour, and I kind of like it.

dolzan, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of Brawn83
5/5  rDev +55.8%

Brawn83, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of bloberglawp
2.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark cooper, decent head and traces of lace. Subtle malty aroma, quite clean, hints of german dopplebock caracter.

Flavor, quite unimpressive yet nothing wrong about it, a clean malty lager, very much like what is present in germany. A little thinner bodied and a tad more bitter, reminds me of Mexico's Negra Modello.

Easily quaffable, a million times more flavor than those mass produced lager. A good lawnmower beer.

bloberglawp, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of Liquoric3
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

Liquoric3, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 33cl bottle, best before the end of 2010, drank Jan 2009.

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip glass. I poured aggresivley knowing the glass would hold any head that developed. A large white head did in fact arrive, it quickly sank to half size then sat for a while.

The body was clean, clear and bright, light amber in colour and looked good.

The aroma was a little sweet, toffee and molasses, no hint of the Chestnuts mentioned on the label (they didn't turn up in the taste either).

The taste was OK, again fairly sweet but with a drying aftertaste. Reminded me of a Bitter, in the UK Bitter Ale meaning, not a bitter taste. Strange for a french Lager based beer but true in my opinion. If I hadn't started burping half waay through the drink, I would have forgooten it was in fact a lager!

The alcohol isn't hidden too well, but maybe it isn't supposed to be?

Little too much carbonisation, hence the burps, otherwise a pleasant drink.

BlackHaddock, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev +9%

mendvicdog, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of pknyc
3/5  rDev -6.5%

pknyc, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of rec
2.88/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After reading on the label that this was "Chestnut Beer" I thought I had a lot to look forward too... unfortunately that wasn't the case.

The body is a dirty bronze, and the head is a soapy white one that doesn't seem to develop during the pour or lace at all.

The smell is practically non-existant, if anything the only real thing I'm getting out of it is starch vegetables.

I don't know about chestnuts, but I gues if I stretch my imagination I could believe there's some light nuttiness to the taste, but it really would be a stretch.

It really tastes like a typical "beer", almost like a traditional cerveza in fact, but with a little extra sweetness. There's a bready aftertaste, with a little bitterness - none of which I feel particularly good about.

rec, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of claspada
2.25/5  rDev -29.9%

claspada, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
2.58/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear light copper colour with an average size frothy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, breads/grains, chestnuts?

Taste & Mouth - There is a slightly below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and a bit of a roasted/smokiness. There is also a flavour that I couldn't put my finger on, but after reading some reviews on this site I guess it's chestnuts. It definitely has a distinct flavour.. not sure that's a good thing though. The beer finishes with a malty roasted aftertaste.

Overall - The beers taste seemed to improve as it got warmer, but I still wasn't really a big fan. There was just something about the taste that I really didn't enjoy.

spinrsx, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle

A- Pours a transparent dark orange under a one-finger white head that completely disappears in the span of 5 seconds. No carbonation is visible and the beer looks stiff

S- Light aroma of dark malts (without roastiness or any kind of undernotes), with a hint of some kind of nut-like feel from the adding of chestnut flour

T- Pretty much what the smell suggested. Light dark malts with maybe a hint of barley. Creamy on the palate with neat but delicate notes of nut chocolate

M- Very light in both body and carbonation. Fits it's delicate chestnut character but the beer feels really flat, expecially on the tongue

O- Nicely drinkable and decently refreshing. An easy, simple beer, but with a bit of a distinct character. Enjoyable

Cozzatoad, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of mrmanning
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from the LCBO- Deep transparent amber with a fizzy and short lived white fizz. Nose is floral hops, bread crust, some spices, a bit woody. Tastes of spicy floral hops, caramel malts, some semi sweet fruit, vanilla and wood. Nice carbonation was lively throughout. Bitter and sharp finish. Pretty good stuff.

mrmanning, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of Sigmund
2.68/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330 ml bottle, labeled Pietra Bière Ambrée, bought in France. My first Corsican beer. Amber colour, large head. Nutty aroma with toffee and undefined herbal notes. Flavour is moderately malty with not-too-good hops, the chestnuts shine through. Chestnut powder in beer, WTF? Some strange medicinal character and a bitter finish and aftertaste. Not my favourite this one.

Sigmund, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of roblowther
2.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours reddish gold with a thin, quickly dissipating head. Smells of sour cherries. Tastes of caramel but without the sugar if you can say that of something that is burnt sugar. Also has a sight hop note to it that lingers into a slightly bitter aftertaste. No real complexity. Mouthfeel is watery with just a note of silkiness on the back of the tongue. Drinkability is good, as you could down several of these without noticing, really. Probably evidence why the French are known for their wine.

roblowther, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
2.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle given to me by a friend from France...

Poured a coppery orange / amber colour... Slightly off white head poured big and foamy and faded to thin layer...

Aroma - Quite noticable sweetcorn (quite sickly), boiled rice, only the slightest hint of chestnuts, very light toffee malts, hops just about noticable, fruity (oranges, apples, maybe some figs)...

Taste – Spicy sweetcorn, light hops, some toffee malts, nutty sweetness ... overall a bit too sickly sweet...

Feel - Quite smooth.. Light / Medium bodied...

Overall - A pretty poor beer....Not really worth a try...

mdagnew, Apr 24, 2006
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Pietra from Brasserie Pietra
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