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Pietra - Brasserie Pietra

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75
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ipogios on 11-19-2002)
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JellyJacket, Feb 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

BartMcStout, Dec 16, 2012
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
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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Liquoric3, Oct 09, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -29.7%

claspada, Sep 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

capuozzo84, May 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Jhatwig, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of dlello2
1.5/5  rDev -53.1%

dlello2, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

mendvicdog, Feb 24, 2012
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 samEBC
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

samEBC, Jan 22, 2012
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 Cozzatoad
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
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 eduardolinhalis
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a nice orange golden color with a medium white head. Small retention and not much lacings left

S: Caramel malts, a bit of chestnut and flowery hops

T: A slightly sweet upfront. Basically caramel malts and "milky" chestnut. Quite light and watery followed by a modest bitter end

M: Light body. Low carbonation. Mild bitter end

O: ... well, considering that's a French Beer, we can say that It's not that bad...

eduardolinhalis, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
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
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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 fostachild
3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

25 cl. bottle

pours a dark golden yellow color, with a good amount of head that doesn't last long. mostly malt, maybe a bit of a floral aroma in the smell. taste was also very malty, better than your typical lager but still kind of average. decent carbonation and overall was an okay beer.

fostachild, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of Klym
3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Klym, Jul 01, 2011
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 MoreThanWine
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer brewed with chestnut flour. Pours a 2" off-white head which lasts a reasonable time. Body is hazy amber almost apricot in hue. Taste and smell are both fairly standard lager, which surprised me considering the special addition ingredient. I would say it's richer than average with a medium weight body and I think that's where the chestnuts contributed. So just slightly better than BMC beers.

MoreThanWine, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of crnipeter
2.1/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle (BB end:2011) brought from Corsica where the brewery is located. According to the label it's a chestnut-based beer.
Pours clear, light amber body with fleeting white head. The nose is chestnut, dried apple slices and grassy hops. In contrary to the aroma I can't get any chestnut flavor out of this. The taste is caramel malt and grassy hops with bitter finish. Light bodied. Nothing memorable.

crnipeter, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of ReFill31
3.9/5  rDev +21.9%
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
Photo of dolzan
3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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 cyrenaica
3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle
6.0% ABV
I tried this beer on March 27, 2009 after pourchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a translucent reddish gold with a 1" thick white head which quickly dissipated. The aroma was sour grainy malt, and some floral notes. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was grainy malt, some toffee hints, and a bitter finish.

cyrenaica, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of pootz
3.58/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

pootz, Jun 09, 2010
Pietra from Brasserie Pietra
75 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.