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La Gaspésienne | Microbrasserie Pit Caribou

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Pit Caribou
Quebec, Canada
pitcaribou.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Phyl21ca on 11-25-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
39
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
20.54%
 
 
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1
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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 39
Reviews by ikats:
Photo of ikats
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours extremely dark, very close to black with brown head that disappears fairly quick. At initial pour roasted aroma pleasantly filled the air. Roasted notes mix with a touch of chocolate and coffee. Taste is similar to aroma. A touch of roasted dryness at first sip follows sweet aftertaste. A bit sticky mouthfeel, but overall it's medium body. Very smooth and I find it extremely drinkable.

Honestly, I am not that familiar with porters to debate whether it fits the style. Looking over BJCP guidelines, it seems to certainly fit the description for robust porter. Now perhaps it's the name of the style that misleading because certainly I do not find this beer robust (the term creates an expectation of extreme roasted character for me). However, regardless of style or name, I find it drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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 TheBierdimpfe
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
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 Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

Microbrasserie Pit Caribou "La Gaspésienne"
500 ml brown glass bottle

Notes: Black with a deep mahogany brown edge. Roasty, black coffee aroma. Coffee and caramel in the flavor with soft, berry-like fruit. Moderate bitterness. Dry, ashy finish. No hops. Light/medium body. Overcarbonated - does not appear to have any lees, so it must have been bottled as such. Conclusion: pleasant. Not overly roasty. With the exception of the carbonation level it's quite nice.

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Photo of eat
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of rugene
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a dark black color porter with a large enough dirty brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet malt with notes of light roasted malt. Taste is also a weird mix between some sweet malt with grainy notes and some light dry coffee notes. Body is too thin for my liking with good carbonation. There is something in this brewery malt or yeast profile that doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BloguesDeBieres for this extra.

Pours pretty much black, with a finger of medium brown head. Looked a little fizzy and dissipated to a creamy ring fairly quickly.

The aroma is quite nice. Bits of dark and milk chocolate, tinges of espresso beans and a big roasted malt presence.

Chocolate malts make up the taste, with bits of roasted malts, coffee and a milky quality. Not quite as robust as the nose, but still nice.

Feel was medium, maybe a bit fuller, a little elevated carbonation, some creaminess.

It's a pretty good porter in the end.

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Photo of Urik
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of DaveR514
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of BrunoPettipas
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of liamt07
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gop
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of byronic
2.97/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jotora
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Krakpoff
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of VbolieuV
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of sdm9465
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CanadianBacon
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours black with 2 fingers of beige head, head dies down in a couple mins leaving a thin film over top

Aroma -Coffee, roasted barley, Dark chocolate, some dark fruits.

Taste - Roasted barley followed by strong coffee some light plum and dark chocolate notes.

Mouth feel - Light-medium bodied, carbonation is prickly, but not overwelmingly so. almost feels like pop rocks on the tongue.

Overall - Not a bad beer at all, My first porter so I cant really comment on the style yet. It was lighter than the stouts I tried but im guessing thats how its supposed to be, from what ive heard.

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Photo of Mack
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Samallison
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of prisdefer
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Socialiste
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Marie27
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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