La Gaspésienne
Microbrasserie Pit Caribou

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Style:
American Porter
Ranked #365
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,021
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 9.46%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
49
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Microbrasserie Pit Caribou
 
Quebec, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  1
Gots
  16
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 49
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Photo of eat
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up right near the brewery on a trip to Gaspesie. There is a spot on the side of the label for a freshness date but it hasn't been marked, though I'd assume this one is pretty fresh; it's prominently on display at most stores in the area where beer is sold. The Gaspesie region seems to hold a definite appreciation of local products; this porter is also made with Gaspesie barley. Opaque black body topped with a good looking finger of beige head, which recedes a minute later to a faint covering, leaving some lacing.

On the nose: lots of toasty, wheaty cracker, minerals, light molasses, dark malt, mildly lactic, a touch of earthy hops. Smells nice but could be stronger.

All that toasty wheat translates to the flavour as well, though it's more balanced here than in the nose. Nice mineral presence along with light roast malt, a touch of coffee and quite a lot of powdery dark chocolate. Light earthy hops join in on the finish, leaving some drying and lingering cocoa. The extra alcohol isn't perceptible.

Fine medium body though most likely over-carbonated a little.

This beer should have had an especially hard time impressing as I recently reviewed two of the most respected American porters (Edmund Fitzgerald and Black Butte) but it definitely holds its own. I wouldn't put it up there amongst them but it is definitely a well-made and very drinkable porter worth checking out (especially if porter is your thing). If I lived here in the Gaspesie (I wish) I'd definitely be drinking a bunch of this stuff. I had a chance to sample a flight of Pit Caribou's four regulars and this was by far the best one in my opinion; I was also served a pint on nitro-tap (odd for a porter) and didn't think it suited the beer. Bottle was definitely best.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Completely opaque black color. Super thick brown 2 finger head that sparkles in the light, lasting 5 minutes and with powerful legs.

Strong aromas and taste of sweet chocolate and sour roasted coffee. Well balanced flavors with some hints of fruits, nuts, and herbal spices.

Creamy full body with some excessive prickly carbonation. Not too bitter nor sweet, good intensified finish, slightly chalky, ending with a smoky toffee like mouth coating.

Overall : Nicely balanced with some nice freshness, warming and fully flavored. Good craft and a joy to drink!

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad they have switched from Growler to 500 ml bottle. More my size. This one is said to be a robust Porter. Let's see!

Black color beer, darker for a Porter too. Brown head that dissipate quickly. The aroma is chocolate and coffee. Pretty intense on the chocolate side. Still on the taste, it is coffee and chocolate. It is well balanced and very good. I like it very much. Not too intense or sugary. Just plain good. Refreshing. The bitterness is the one from coffee thus you have to like this type of bitterness. It linger in the mouth too. A nicely done beer.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of prisdefer
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sdm9465
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of samEBC
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mack
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheDoctor
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:
Pours a perfect black with a nice tan heady that slowly goes from a couple inches to a quarter-inch and then a bit around the rim with a tad of lacing.

S:
Overall not very in your face smell-wise. Some hints of unripe pear and "earthy" spices (tumeric, cumin).

T:
Tastes nice and balanced; not sweet and doesn't taste like nothing but espresso, so that is a good sign in my book. Taste almost reminds me of jerky or smoked meat.

M:
Nice round mouthfeel. Earthy with almost a citrus feel up front--really fresh tasting for something so black-- then creamy and sweet with a long smooth finish.

O:
Overall this was a very enjoyable beer. It looked nice, smelled good (could have been more fragrant, though), and was really nicely balanced. I felt like the hop flavor was just there enough from making it suffocating. Pretty drinkable for a porter in that respect, actually.

I'd definitely have it again!

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Photo of REVZEB
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very roasted with coffee, smoke, dark chocolate, nuts, and toffee prominent in taste. Smell is a nutty and heavily roasted espresso. Feel is decently carbonated, creamy and all around medium bodied. Solid porter

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Photo of Havasu_Hank
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious and drinkable! This one is a big surprise, but the precise amount of hops to complement the thick malty flavour. Win!

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Photo of Krakpoff
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Whatup14
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveR514
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of byronic
2.97/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Niceroad77
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jotora
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml glass into a Speiglau stout glass.

Pour is a deep dark black with a cafe au lait head.

Aroma is astringent malt with a slight roastiness.

Taste is a lot of roast with a sweet milkiness, body is a little thin.

Very excellent stout.

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Photo of travelguy
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Coronaeus
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

La Gaspésienne from Microbrasserie Pit Caribou
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 49 ratings