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Pietra - Brasserie Pietra

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 17.5%
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:
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(Beer added by: ipogios on 11-19-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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 BuckeyeNation
2.63/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Slightly more orange than amber with a sparse cloud of fine particulates. The two finger cap is rich ivory in color and creamy in consistency. It's also gracing the glass with sheer sheets of lace that look like icing. Pietra is the best looking chestnut ale that I've ever seen. And the only one.

I'm not thrilled with the nose. Given the addition of chestnut flour, was it too much to ask for the beer to actually smell like chestnuts? The dominant aroma is an earthy, somewhat vegetal scent whose origins I can only guess at. If the flavor profile doesn't have a lot more going for it, my first foray into Corsican beer might also be my last.

Unfortunately, Pietra tastes exactly like it smells. I guess that oddness must be the chestnut flour, since, as far as I know, there aren't any other unusual ingredients present. Just don't expect it to taste like chestnuts, that's all I can say. Lightly sweet, lightly toasted, lightly nutty malt (think Victory or Munich) is the centerpiece. More hops would have helped.

While the mouthfeel is nothing to write home about, it does its job ably enough. A modest finishing slickness and a lower than usual bubble load are its distinguising characteristics.

I expected something unique, exotic even, when I learned about the use of chestnut flour in Pietra Biera Corsa. The sad truth is, it's just another lackluster Euro beer (that's an ale rather than a lager) that stands out from the crowd because it has a different off-flavor than most. Don't bother.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%
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 NeroFiddled
4.34/5  rDev +35.6%
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 Rifugium
3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Rifugium, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

mendvicdog, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 06/05/13 notes in Nice, France, at a local restaurant. 330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

a - Pours a brown-orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet fruity malts, caramel malts, toasted malts, and light herbal notes. Not strong in any of them; pretty forgetable.

t - Tastes of light caramel malts, sweet fruit, earthy notes.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty average beer. Not strong in any of the flavors, and not a ton going on, though not offensive or bad at all. Easy to drink, but better beers to find in France.

mdfb79, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
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 kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in Belfort, France. Reviewed live. Bottle acquired here in Belfort.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight soft cream, decent thickness, and good retention, though the ABV isn't horribly high. Colour is gold.

Sm: Cream and malt lacing. Not a good aroma, but thankfully only moderate in strength.

T: Badly handled malt alongside slight cream and some surprisingly biscuity barley. It's better than expected. I wouldn't call it refreshing, but the biscuity slight roast finish it resolves to starting with the climax is quite nice. It's well built and balanced, if a bit simple.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours of the body in a general sense. The thickness is about right.

Dr: She drinks easy, helped by the low ABV. The quality is good for an amber (I trust the brewer's definition of style over beeradvocate's). I'm glad they didn't overcaramelize the malt; that flavour wouldn't suit the beer. Give her a spin. The price is fair by French standards, though I got her in a supermarket.

kojevergas, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of wl0307
2.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Having been searching for this beer for quite several months now, finally I tracked it down at the UTOBEER stall, Borough Market, S. London. BBE 06/08, served lightly chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: bright tawny hue, with abundant streams of tiny fizz, and a off-white frothy beer head dissipating a bit too fast.
S: interesting mix of slightly lemony lager malts, lightly roasty, dried-grassy hops and, yes, a ground nuts like chewy nutty sweet texture~~ a sulphury and eggy note stays quietly in the background, not too much to spoil that pleasing fore-note. Overall, quite intriguing, if not a touch too timid for me.
T: weird, clashing and metallic mouthfeel upfront with a touch of fizz too much... fast proceeding to a malt-themed aftertaste, bready in texture and intertwined with a lightly bitter-sweet touch of, exactly "what it says on the tin", chestnuts! A mild touch of grassy hops' bitter edge lingers in the end as well, like chewy hays.
M&D: quite refreshing on the mouthfeel, and the initial clashing feel disappears quickly after the second sip (guess it's because my tongue has got used to it?!). The impression of a lager with a chestnutty character is not that bad after all, yet the overall performance for me is below average, for the body falls thin and the more pleasant flavour comes in at too late a stage. Still I don't regret that I've tried it. By the way, I suspect it goes well with roast chicken (just popping up in my mind)??...

wl0307, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.25/5  rDev -29.7%
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 jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

jdhilt, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -6.3%

wrightst, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pietra Amber

Appearance: Burgandy/dirty copper colored brew with a chill haze and a white collar of head.

Smell: Malty and nutty aromas.

Taste: Somewhat nutty, twang of hops and a small caramel note. Earthy nutty flavor from the chestnut flour. Alittle lemony tart flavor that may be imparted by the hops. Small herbal note. Unoffensive, albiet a bit odd mix of flavors. A lager that feels like an ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth chalky, starchy, feel. Finishes clean.

Overall: Interesting enough, glad I got the oppurtunity to try. Has a unique flavor profile, yet is approachable to the average consumer. Decent drinking brew.

Stinkypuss, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

biegaman, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Viggo, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of claspada
2.25/5  rDev -29.7%

claspada, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of stcules
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber/brownish/chestnut color. Decent head, not very longstanding.
The smell is malty. Then the chestnuts are evident. But not too much, delicate and not invading.
In the taste it is more evident; chestnut, chestnut flour, and a light but definite smokiness, that characterized this beer. A good background maltiness.
Good balance, strucutured. Alcol unperceptible. Full round mouthfeel. Good.
In the aftertaste chestnut flour again, floury malt, quite standing.

stcules, Sep 24, 2005
Photo of ZAP
3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

ZAP, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of spinrsx
2.58/5  rDev -19.4%
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 mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +25%

mrfrancis, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The rocky yet fragile mountainous island of Corsica officially forms two Départements and one Region of France, since it was acquired from a bankrupt Genoa under the Treaty of Versailles in 1768. Apart from stunning scenery and some 200 beaches it doesn’t have much to survive on, except a preponderance of Chestnuts. So it is no surprise to see that this Corsican beer (I simply cannot bring myself it call it French) is made with Chestnut Flour (from ground chestnuts) as well as Hallertauer Hops, mixed malts, yeast and Corsican Eau.

Presentation: 750ml brown glass bottle that comes with an unmarked thumbed cork restrained with a silver colored wire cap and cork plate. The main label has a faded pale yellow background with the words “Pietra” emblazoned in white with gold highlights across a black center band. Listed as “Biera Corsa Amber Ambrée” yet rather annoyingly it lists this brew as “Product of France” at the bottom of the label, interestingly I did some research here, and the local variation of the label most certainly does not say this!!! so see it’s not French ;-) A variety of languages describe this as a Chestnut Beer with the strength listed in a tongue everyone understands, Alc. 6,5% by Vol. Bottle Neck has the ink-jet code ‘B3168LB300’. Some residue in the bottom of the bottle is visible.

Appearance: I like to think of this as a fused hazy dark Marmalade rather than the more boring amber shade so often used. Once the decent white foamy head rescinds it imparts the look of a carbonated West Country Scrumpy. Minimal lacing is sticky, the conditioning continues to fuel streamers throughout the drink.

Nose: Mild hints of freshly cracked Walnuts embrace pale malts amidst a light hoppiness. Some breaded dough and grainy whiff mingle at a distance on the horizon.

Taste: This really improved with time and temperature. The flavors really picked up towards the end, but at the beginning they tended to be a tad flaccid, so delicate that the cold seemed to depress them into nothing more than an average Amber. Yet with a few degrees under its belt it develops lots of warming nutty malts and a crushed grain feel. The chestnut flour accentuates the back end and mixes with a fresh bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, yet with a prodding gentle prickly hop character that fizzes and tingles, all this helps to punctuate the nutty chestnut pate feel.

Drinkability: An enjoyable offering that does little to offend, yet at times, especially straight from the fridge, it can feel, well, boring really. Once it warms though, like Corsica itself, it comes into its own but even so, it rarely does anything special.

Overall: A tad bland I guess if I am honest, but really not that bad at all considering its strength. No additives are used, and this is a rather unique beer that is worth picking up off the shelves at least once, if not just for the experience of getting to try a real Chestnut Beer. Oh, and drink this closer to cellar temperature to get the best from it would be my advise, even so, this is no shining star but more like a dull planet.

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
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

canucklehead, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of Suds
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very intrigued by this beer when I came upon the bottle: "Chestnuts in beer? Hmmm...that could be good." Well, the beer pours an appealing color: burnt ambers, copper, and bronze, all of differing tones, capped with a simple (and shallow) white head. It's a decent looking beer. The aroma carries a little malt and sugar, but little else. The taste, is restrained, but there is a notable nut character. I expected the chestnut to stand out more (I was thinking of the sweet meat inside a roasted chestnut, but got chestnut flour). There's a touch of bitterness and rustic qualities that I assume come from the nuts, along with a bit of chestnut flavor that carries on throughout the beer. Medium body, but a nice flavor. The finish is bitter and firm. It could be a little more intense, certainly, but I applaud the effort and enjoyed having something interesting.

Suds, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

dcmchew, Nov 07, 2013
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Pietra from Brasserie Pietra
75 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.