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Pietra - Brasserie Pietra

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 102
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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France

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ipogios on 11-19-2002

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +37.5%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of ipogios
4.17/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pietra is a hand-crafted beer from the Island of Corsica brewed with a blend of selected malts, hops, chestnuts and without any chemical additives or preservatives. This unique blend gives it an exceptional personality with a strong and delicate taste, with a low bitterness.

Cheers

ipogios (296 characters)

Photo of CharlieC
3.97/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not quite amber, more like deep gold with slight haze.

Smell is very inviting in a biere de garde kind of way. A touch of farmhouse, a touch of smooth malt. Also slight greenish hops. Now I know this beer was brewed with chestnuts and you can certainly pick that up in the nose (not sure if I would get that blind.) Definitely a bready/nutty thing though. Overall a superb aroma.

Taste is very pleasant and balanced, although some astringency in the finish takes away from what I think otherwise is a very nice beer.

I thought this would be interesting, but I'm surprised at how good it is, especially the aroma. Also it's great that the chestnut shows through but blends with the other flavors well.

Also, this beer is obviously in the wrong category. (757 characters)

Photo of ReFill31
3.89/5  rDev +23.5%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold with a big head this is a pleasant nutty marzen. Very drinkable and well finished the beer shows the chestnut flavour as it warms up and opens up. A bigger mouthfeel and more complex flavour than expected from a corsican beer . Worth trying (250 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.83/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excited to try this one....made with Chestnut Flour (from ground chestnuts)..interesting...

A-Rich gold color...

S-Musty sweetness...earthy....

T-Can't say I can detect the "chestnuts" but it does have a unique earthy/nutty sweetness...I like the flavor..some caramel/nougat....closes with a soft hint of citrus hops..

M-Medium bodied...sweet feel...good carbonation.

D-Unique and glad I tried it...not an all-time great but an enjoyable sweeter style amber ale...reminds me a little of Finnegans Irish Amber which is made with potatoes but this is better. (561 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.73/5  rDev +18.4%
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. (945 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle from the LCBO.

Pours a clear amber orange, nice and bright, very thick white head forms, slightly soapy, slowly settles down to a thin layer and ring, no real lacing to speak of but looks alright. Smell is interesting, quite sweet, some caramel and corn syrup, light toasty malt, brown sugar, toast and flour, maybe a light nuttiness, some fruit, lemons, whole wheat bread, pretty clean, smells okay. Taste is similar, quite sweet at first, some caramel, lightly floral, very sweet in the middle, sugary, nuttiness and wheat flour is there but not as distinct as in the aroma, lightly spicy in the finish, touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, pretty drinkable. Not bad, the chestnut flour is pretty interesting, I kind of like this. (782 characters)

Photo of janubio
3.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper colour with a light head that doesn't hold very long. some lace.
Some strong smell that to me is more walnuts than chesnuts, actually. Some spices too.
Anyway, after a while almost all the aroma is gone and the only smell is a vague spice one.
Taste is rough, with something that now, yes, reminds me vaguely of chesnuts, some bittersweet notes and fruits in the bottom. Dry finish. Again, after a while, everything is almost gone, leaving only some sulphur notes. (487 characters)

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.61/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB end 2010. Enjoyed from an Affligem goblet - since I had one on the go at the time. Amber with surprizing one finger off-white head, low carbonation. Some lacing stuck around, as did a a cloudy, wispy centre. Feint smell of mushrooms, not too much happening on the nose. This beer had a rather unique taste that featured a floral hoppiness, bitter middle and malt finish, all of it punctuated by sweetness that was fleeting; bubblegum kept coming to mind. Overall, a tasty brew although chestnuts didn't particularly stand out. (529 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.57/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle:

pours a shimmering amber-rust color with a 2 finger frothy cap that lasted and laced well.

Luscious Muenchener malts in the aroma mingle with some woody-nutty tones and wisp of herbal hops...very pleasant.

The flavor is just a more intense, complex version of the aroma... rich bready-sweet Munich malts complimented with nutty tones and balanced with some great German noble herbal-woody hopping...clean drying finish.

This one skirts the Vienna lager genre but the color is not right, just the same it is a sturdy flavorful Munchen-style lager that can compete with any commercial Munich amber. (612 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.55/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a becker.

A: Golden amber color. Pretty substantial carbonation pours into a 3 finger foamy white head. Settles slowly. Eventually settles, but leaves a thin layer of foam (just to keep your brew feeling cozy). Beer ring lacing hangs around as the beer settles. Pretty thick lacing further remains as you drink. Head renews completely with each pour.

S: Nice pale malt, lightly fruity hops, Italian spice, and a little nut.

T: Really distinct flavor. A medium to light malt, fairly sharp and pungent hops. The kicker is the leathery, nutty flavor to follow.

M: Has kind of a musty feel to it, but oddly not really in a bad way. Like the quality a nicely aged cheese has. Light, but hearty.

D: Really solid drinkability. Good flavor, good body.

Really solid atmosphere. Solid appearance, and a really pleasing, interesting, but not in an offensive way (more in an intriguing way) nose. Distinctive flavor, but not in a strange secret ingredient which overwhelms way and seemed like it may have been a good idea but in effect just distracts from the beer way, just in a unique flavor and solid balance way. Overall, this is a good quaff. (1,174 characters)

Photo of scoobybrew
3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, this is not a Euro Dark Lager. It clearly states on the bottle that it is an ale. Now as to what style of ale - don't know exactly, but I would guess it probably best fits Belgian Pale Ale, which is what I reviewed it as.

This was poured from the bottle into a snifter-like glass.

A - Light amber color with a thick head that settles into a thin chunky lace collar

S - noble hop aroma - perhaps a little light struck but might just be the varieties used; some smoky-nutty malt scents

T - sweet malty with a moderately strong smoke-like flavors, minor hop character on finish which is somewhat crisp

M - medium body, moderate to high carbonation

D - This is an interesting beer to be sure. It really defies classification. After one, I can't say that I really know if I like it or not. It has an interesting complexity that is puzzling but might get tiresome after a while. (889 characters)

Photo of niklas0770
3.52/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color is light brown/orange, like maple syrup and the two finger head fades at a steady pace to form a thick lacing.

The smell is very malty with some chestnut and a hint of alcohol. I'd say semi-sweet with the sourness of raw chestnut.

The taste is malty and dry and the sourness of the raw chestnut is more dominant in the taste than in the smell. It ends with some sweetness and a dry feeling.

This beer is very refreshing due to it's dryness a light body.

A hot summer day and a six-pack of Pietra would be a nice combo if you want to try something slightly different. (584 characters)

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a wierd clearbrownish-orange, nice white head, lots of lacing, lots of carbonation.

At first it smelled like a bad home-brewed beer, some toasty/bready malts, a bit sweet smelling.

Surprisingly bitter, not much body, grainy, maybe some nuttiness, the chestnut maybe?

Very carbonated, overall a different, refreshing beer! (330 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A cognac amber that, despite being brewed with chestnut, appears more so infused with the colour of hazelnut. The beer's complexion is so clear that it can actually appear quite pale, even trailing off to near colourless in parts. Holding it up to the light I notice it has a lot of glow. In its entirety, the head is but enough to make for a scraggly outlining.

Don't invest a lot of time in the aroma. I was swirling away for awhile figuring that since chestnut flour is used in the beer surely I would pick up on that at some point; I believe I was mistaken. I do detect grainy malts and buttery, cloying sweetness, even a hint of peat or oak, but not much that resembles chestnuts. Here's hoping there's more to it than this!

If you're an avid lover of chestnuts then be prepared for the possibility of disappointment. Although the brewery claims to use the chestnut flour as a main ingredient rather than flavouring, that statement isn't quite supported by the actual taste of things. There is a discernible 'nutty' character, to be sure, but it isn't enough to constitute a main flavouring.

But it's enough that I'm starting to enjoy it. To the beer's credit, the base malts are clean and seemingly adjunct free, showing a nice toasty -almost peaty- toffee like flavour that compliments the sweetness of the chestnut. I wish the flavour would linger longer, it's quite pleasant on the palate but could stand to be a little more bold to make a real impression.

It's too bad some beers don't turn out as interesting as they sound. The sweetness of the nut is far more noticeable than its flavour. That one lovely, distinct element aside the beer possesses no more texture or character than any other amber beer, mainstream or otherwise. It's curious how Mediterranean beers all seem to pair so poorly with food. (1,822 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.47/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown color with a flash in the pan head that leaves very little lace on the glass. The aroma is grainy with a slightly musty/wet hay character. The taste shows some light toasty malt flavors with grassy hops in toe. The finish is malty with a slightly tart character. The mouthfeel is light and prickly in carbonation.

This is an interesting beer. Its not very hoppy or sumptuosly malty, but it does have its own appeal. The weird musty flavor is not unpleasant and adds a unique character to the beer. Its not oxidization, but somewhat similar. Maybe it has something to do with the chestnut flour used. (621 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.47/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer brewed with chestnut flour? Sounds interesting enough.

A: Orange tinged amber with a fizzy white head. Retention is just OK and little lace is left behind.

S: Smells mostly of straw like malt with a tough of grass. There seems to be a faint nutty aroma, but I wonder if it's a figment of my imagination.

T: There is a nice nuttiness to the flavor. It's backed up by husky malt and a mild pepper bitterness that grows through the beer's finish.

M: The body is quite grainy and has a bit too much fizz going on.

D: The chestnut flour gives this beer a complexity that takes it a step above other beers of this type. Not bad overall, but not something I'd put on a must try list. (688 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (1,068 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with a decent head of loose white foam. Spicy, with grassy hops, light orange and apricot fruitiness in the nose. Light, but well balanced flavours - light malt, slightly mineral body is interesting, and a mildly bitter finish. Fairly clean flavour and a bit of astringency. Not bad, but nothing to write home about. Can't say I detect any chestnut tones. (367 characters)

Photo of Klym
3.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was in France at a restaurant that of course had hardly any other options. Review from notes.

Appearance was a dark orange, like a couple of drops of grenadine in your typical lager. Smell was pretty normal but more aromatic and less flimsy than many of its counterparts, typical malty scents with a little bit of fruit. Taste was surprisingly thick, with some deeper fruit flavor like dried strawberries and juicy citrus-- this is all on a relative basis though, don't expect a smoothie when you drink this. Body was pretty average and light-medium, with some strange randomness in the carbonation.

Overall, while I have a hard time enjoying lagers much any more, this one really did much better by me than most. If you're staring at a menu full of coors and buds and this one happens to be on there, go for it. (815 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my notes 6/12/07 pours a two-finger white head that quickly goes to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Medicinal nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is malty almost sweet, hints of alcohol, finish is clean and slightly drying. S.Fr. 3.60 ($2.93) for a 330ml bottle from Drinks of the World Lucerne, Switzerland. (369 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Alla Spina, Philly, PA

My first (I think) Corsican beer! This was actually not bad at all for a lager, and glancing over many negative reviews, I'm guessing this beer was much more pleasant on tap than in a bottle that was sitting on the shelf for God knows how long.

Clearish mahogany pour into a teku glass, a 1/4" cap of sea foam on top that sank to a ringlet leaving dots of lacing behind. Caramel malts on the nose, wood and nutshells. Had a nutty taste somewhat reminiscent of a nut brown ale, but nothing really distinctively "chestnut" about it, caramel malt sweetness, mild leafy hops, and a bit of earth and cardboard. There was nothing amazing going on here, but I still quite enjoyed this one, and these days, for me to enjoy a lager is saying a lot. Light-medium body, smooth, clean, basic, easily drinkable. Not bad. (853 characters)

Photo of atis
3.36/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of all - an excellent head with good lacing afterwards. Colour is not very attractive, kind of dirty brown.

Not sure about aroma, it is strange - earthy like with some fruit. Taste is a wild mix, slightly malty, hints of toffee, some smoke - overall sweet with mild hops aftertaste. Could not understand where did these chestnuts go...did not feel them at all.

I would not say it is bad, better than average supermarket beers. Maybe I will drink it again, it is strange, but drinkable. (493 characters)

Photo of diablo14
3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

why is this classified as a pils when it clearly states on the label its a nut brown ale? id have newky brown over this any day, but pietra was still a nice tasty brew. alas it let the ABV take over a little in the end which has caused me to mark it down.

lovely deeper brown color than i expected, with a thin head typical of the style. good level of carbonation that went some way to compensating for the alcohol presence. firm nutty caramel nose, the taste was along the same lines but added a touch of spice to the equation. crisp and clean with a fair level of hops showing itself, but had too much alcohol bite on the back palate for my liking. i would suggest the flavor needs to be more robust if its going to be this strong. not disagreeable, but distracting nonetheless.

i wouldnt refuse one of these if offered, but there are several brown ales ive tasted that are ahead of it in my queue. if pietra slashed a percent off the ABV would be a much better beer. (977 characters)

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Pietra from Brasserie Pietra
74 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.