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La Corriveau - Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan

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BA SCORE
83
good

70 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: francisweizen on 03-01-2005)
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Reviews by SFLpunk:
Photo of SFLpunk
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL brown glass pry-top bottle purchased at Beverage Warehouse Winooski. No date.

First I'd like to say that I really love the label art for this bottling! Killer!

Pours a low viscosity black, opaque, with some very thin bubbly tan head. Nose has some dried leaves, roasted coffee and a whisper of smoke. Subtle. Palate is sharp and biting with some acidity and some hop bitterness. Fairly light body, but nice dark roasted coffee flavors and some creamy, white smoke notes too.

Would like a little more body on the mouthfeel. Good, but not epic. Maybe an Imperial version is in order???

SFLpunk, Aug 10, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Quebec brewery new to the area.Poured deep and dark but not pitch black,brown wood colored hue when held to the light,a one finger tannish color head atop.Big fruity esters in the nose that really jump out at ya,sweet chocolate in there as well,very appetizing.A little thinner and sharp in the mouth, it seems to take away alittle of the beers flavor punch.Somewhat sweet on the palate with molasses and chocolate flavors,the fruitiness is a bit more subdued on the palate but is still there,a bit of drying earthiness and roast comes in the finish.I think this a great oatmeal stout,it has alot of good flavor,the mouthfeel is its only drawback.I would buy again.

oberon, May 29, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):

LOOK: Nearly black w/ ruby highlights; solid tan lacing

SMELL: Burnt pizza crust, licorice root, dried plums, vegetal, nutty yeast, milk chocolate, breakfast blend coffee

TASTE: Charred grain, burnt cherries, faint licorice, cocoa powder, molasses, mild coffee, inner oat sweetness, modest hopping, kiss of yeast, hint of esters; semidry, roasty finish

This one snuck up on us—you really have to let it reach the proper serving temperature to appreciate the brewer’s intention. White it’s not your benchmark silky-smooth, black-colored Stout, it holds true to what it is and gives something more than the usual does. Real beer.

BeerAdvocate, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Jason, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev +9.6%

GreenMountainBoy, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

La Bilboquet Corriveau served in a small snifter.

Clear(?) reddish-brown but dark. Still, perhaps a bit light for style. Decent tan head and lacing.

Medium-light body; medium-low carbonation.

Moderately rich flavor of medium and dark roasted grains with a touch of burnt and smoky aspects.

Aftertaste is relatively bitter, burnt and not so clean compared to earlier on.

chinchill, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. The name refers to a Québécois folklore figure, famous en Province for her early feminist firebrand reputation, and eventual spectral evolution.

This beer pours a solid black, with slight cola edges, and two fingers of thin foamy, chunky beige head, which leaves some very decent hanging lace around the glass as it evenly settles. It smells of bitter coffee, and somewhat less bitter green hops, over a mild roasted chocolate malt. The taste is definitely chocolate and bitter coffee, all the way, dissociated somewhat from the underlying workaday grainy malt, and earthy, stout hops. The carbonation is below average, but noticeably present nonetheless, the body a decently defensible medium weight, and smooth amongst a pesky hop edge. It finishes more zingy than silky smooth, as one would generally expect. After further inspection, that oatmeal goodness was found, intact, but under duress.

An enjoyable enough stout, even though the 'hoppening' seems somewhat extraneous. When the underlying pros have to fight against introduced cons, one wonders at the sanity behind it all. Drink up, but be ready for some quizzical perceptions.

biboergosum, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of Tmappin
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Tmappin, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Darkness! Very active underneath the black veil and thick, smooth, creamy 2" high head that leaves at least 1" of foam throughout the duration.

Wow, creamy, thick and sweet aroma, sweet chocolate, earthy zest, cocoa, dry earthy hops and espresso..in a bold way!

A very creamy espresso malt complexity, huge malt flavor's, chocolate, cocoa, dry earth hops that delivers a decent bite. Light on sweetness, dark berries, wild flavor from earthy hops and light dark wild berries, mild sweet creamy and espresso mixed in. Dark wheat, oats, more coffee ending dry and hoppy.

The feel is really very extraordinary, extra rich, creamy smooth effect, dry bite from the hops but with a clean medium bodied quoff with a multi-layered kick.

High class Stout.

GratefulBeerGuy, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

at Festival Bières et Saveurs 2009. One of the two beers making some noice in Quebec recently. Black body with off white head. Some stout aroma. Stouty, chocolate, acidic taste up front yet still drinkable. Not outstanding as an oatmeal stout but still above average beer.

Sammy, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of MrElPechor
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

English pint type serving, served too cold.

Appearance : Pitch black, completly opaque, thick tan head with medium retention, light lacing.

Aroma : Bitter Chocolate, nut, yeasty, light earthy hop

Taste : Bitter Chocoloate, light to medium torrefaction, lightly alchoolic , good bitterness (for the style)

Mouthfeel : too much carbonation for a britanic style beer. light to medium body, pretty long final

Overall : Good Beer easy to drink

MrElPechor, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of sonofliberty2
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

sonofliberty2, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of eat
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The head isn't as creamy as you would find on some stouts, and it disappears completely by about half way through. No lacing.

There's really not much smell coming off this. It smells mildly stout-like: roasted malt, molasses.

Meh. Not bad, not great. Pretty light on flavour. It tastes like all the flavours are far away; hints of chocolate and espresso. Tastes like a decent stout with water poured in it. Kind of boring.

Way too watery for a stout. I've had pale ales creamier than this. It's neither rich nor unctuous as the label describes. Mild carbonation.

This beer is named after a legendary Quebecois serial killer. It isn't evil or bound to be legendary; everything about this stout is mild. Just an average stout. I would not buy this again, there are way too many great stouts to sample out there. The label looks like there would be a seriously flavourful stout inside but I'm left pretty disappointed.

eat, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml. Fairly black pour, brown around edges, finger of light tan head. Receded very quickly to basically a ring.

Aroma has some roast malt, light dark chocolate and that tarty oat twang. It's a little mellow overall.

Flavors are more pronounced. Plenty of roast malt, cocoa. Earthy peat, oat some anise. Finishes a little dry with cocoa and more coffee.

Carbonation seems a little aggressive at first, but it mellows and coats the mouth fairly well. Right on the border of light and mid, it goes down very well without being quite watery, harder to find in a brew this small for me.

Good flavor for a low abv, not as mild as most brews this small. It's hard to find a good flavorful 5.5 or less brew of any style, this fits the bill.

From what I've had, I enjoy me some French Canadian stouts.

Bung, May 11, 2011
Photo of nicpetit
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark black, opaque beer with a tan creamy head. Good looking

S: Usual coffee/chocolate aromas of a stout

T: Roasted coffee, not as good as many stouts I tasted

M: I usually like acidic beers, but this one didn't make it for me, but it got a nice bitterness

D: Easy to drink, yet I wouldn't have more than one in a row

nicpetit, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of bluejacket74
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like roasted/charred malt, dark fruit (blackberries, cherries, plums), coffee, and some chocolate. It tastes like dark fruit (plums, cherries), coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet and milk chocolate, oats/grain and a bit of licorice. Gets sweeter tasting as the beer warms up more. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little slick/coating with a decent amount of carbonation. I think it's a good sweet/oatmeal stout. I'd pick this one up again. $7.99 a bottle.

bluejacket74, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium light brown foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry coffee notes with some traces of black chocolate. Taste is a nice balance mix between some espresso bitter coffee notes with some dry black chocolate. A bit too dry for my taste but still very good with good carbonation and no alcohol showing. More creamy black chocolate notes and less carbonation would have elevated this one to the next level.

Phyl21ca, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of smakawhat
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Out of the bottle she pours chestnut, hitting the glass and giving off a simple dark walnut black/brown body. I think I can just barely see through this thing. Head is very capped and large, and foamy. A nice chocolate light cocoa coffee brown, if a bit soapy.

Nose is a mild coffee, rich grain, creamy and milky. Kind of simple but no major complaints, some huskiness.

On the palate not too much going on. Slight coffee and cream matching the nose, but a faint malt that disappears pretty quickly. Slightly wet, not too bad, very low carbonation on this, kind of quenching which seems odd for a stout. Mild chocolate on the finish to go with it.

This is alright, nothing to get excited about, but certainly not a complete waste. I'd have another possibly.

smakawhat, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of ZorPrime
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is dark, very dark with a nice head. The head is cloudy looking and beige. Aroma is wow... chocolate, roasted malts and some notes of fruits and vanilla. On the taste, it is more roasted malts with some coffee at the end. Not overly intense, I would say the intensity on the smell and taste is average. The carbonation is present in the mouth and the beer doesn't feel creamy enough for me. Stouts are more creamy than that. It is still a good beer that I will buy, however, it is a bit pricy.

ZorPrime, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown (near black) in color and poured with a half finger high dark tan head that quickly died down, but never completely faded away and left a thick ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of coffee beans and chocolate in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of coffee and chocolate, although these are somewhat muted.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink compared to others in the style because it isn’t that heavy bodied and isn’t filling.

metter98, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of mountdew1
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark reddish brown with a 2 finger thick foamy medium brown head. Head clung to the sides nicely. Aroma was earthly, touches of grainy oatmeal, and a small amount of sweetness. Taste was very smooth and clean. Small bit of sweet cookie sweetness flavor, but nothing overwhelming. Flavor grew as the beer progressed. Felt decent in the mouth. A very small amount of oiliness, but otherwise coated well and felt good in the mouth. Very pleasant and easy to drink, a solid beer.

mountdew1, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of biggred1
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark coffee brown with ruby highlights when backlit and a dark tan head with big swiss cheese bubbles that last a while. Cocoa and coffee grounds in the aroma. Dry, slightly bitter semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa powder with a touch of anise and a faint minerality. Creamy mouthfeel from the oats. A trad, old school take on the style that delivers some nice flavors.

biggred1, May 26, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SFLpunk for this awesome extra

Look: Black and totally opaque with red traces on the bottom of the glass. Great 1.5 inch tan head that takes some time to dissipate

Smell: Some faint chocolate and coffee notes. Smell could be better if there was more of it but it was lacking potency

Taste: Quite a bit of roastiness and ash in the foreground. The back end has a bery nice chocolate note. The flavor profile makes a nice transition from ok to pretty good

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with quite a bit of carbonation and just a hair dry

Overall: The beer is pretty good but not great. It has some elements I like and some I dislike but I would recommend this one

DarthKostrizer, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of aasher
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This bottle pours a medium bodied black with a slight khaki colored head which laces the glass. It pours a little lighter than most. The nose probably wasn't as strong as it should of and could have been. It didn't feature much chocolate or bitterness and the coffee was just so so. It didn't necessarily draw you in. The flavors too were pretty bland. The coffee flavor was kind of half assed as well as the chocolate. It didn't feature much of anything to keep you interested. It screams "I am an average beer" through and through. It definitely wasn't helped by the mouthfeel. Stouts shouldn't be light, that's why they're named stouts. This one was a disappointment, especially for the price.

aasher, May 08, 2011
Photo of SebD
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice thick head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, rich coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has alot of roasted malts, bitter coffee, some dark chocolate and a slight earthiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

SebD, Dec 18, 2013
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La Corriveau from Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
83 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.