Brown Ale Américaine
Microbrasserie Pit Caribou

Brown Ale AméricaineBrown Ale Américaine
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Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #116
ABV:
7%
Score:
87
Ranked #13,787
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 5.72%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
28
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Microbrasserie Pit Caribou
 
Quebec, Canada
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Wants
  2
Gots
  5
SCORE
87
Very Good
Brown Ale AméricaineBrown Ale Américaine
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 28
Reviews by polloenfuego:
Photo of polloenfuego
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 500 ml bottle.

A: Brown with red tones this beer pours with a three finger head that slowly recedes to a half inch retention.

S: Hops. That comes right to the nose immediately. There is a hint of coffee there too as well, which took me by surprise for a brown ale.

T: The hops flavor really comes through on this one. There are also overtones of coffee.

F: Despite the prominent head, the carbonation on this beer is fairly subtle. It finishes a little sharp and leaves some bitterness on the tongue.

O: Pit Caribou says this beer has a hazelnut taste with hints of coffee and enriched with generous American hops. Well, at 70 IBU it is a little hoppier than some IPA s. I'm not sure it fits into what I generally consider a brown ale, but I certainly enjoyed it. Oddly I just recently had Pit Caribou's IPA and found it less hoppy than this.

I might pick up another bottle if I get a chance, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep opaque brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and excellent lacing. Aroma of light coffee with roasted malt notes, light nuts and some earthy hoppy notes are also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some light nutty flavours, with some dry bitter coffee notes which are well balanced against some earthy hoppy notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed for the style with loads of complexity while retaining some good drinkability level.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Unique brown ale, fresh bottle from Veux-Tu. Pours mid-brown color with lots of retained head, and leaving a lace sheet.Happy and woody aroma. Lots of roast, tobacco finish, a little cascade hop. Sediment is citrus concentrated hops. This is somewhat of a black IPA reborn in a wood barreled ale.Lots going on.

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Photo of papat444
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, no #freshbeer info (a space for a Lot # but it's blank).

Appearance: Opaque brown (duh) body but in the light, blood red tinges are seen. Huge ecru colored head that has excellent retention while latching firmly to the glass. Thick rings appear as the glass empties itself.

Smell: Nutty & hoppy, dried fruits, wafts of BBQ smoke.

Taste: Caramel, dried fruits then intense hop flavor followed by some hazelnut. Good layer of smoke (not overdone) as well as a tad of hickory. Really digging the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very well balanced with malt keeping up with bitter hops, good stuff.

Overall: Solid brown ale, provides ample proof that the style is viable. Which it was priced a little better but does come from far i guess.

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Photo of wizo
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of VbolieuV
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I think I've already tasted it but never reviewed. I decided to buy it mostly because it says on the bottle "even more hops" so lets see.

Dark brown with red hues under light with a nice creamy head. Smell of roasted malts, hazelnuts, also some espresso and dark chocolate aromas are perceivable, you can also smell some hops. Nice coffee taste with hazelnuts overtones. Also really bitter from the hops used, I feel like there's too much carbonation though, but that would be my only complain about the beer.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks seb for this

The beer pours a rich looking dark black-brown topped by a modest, fluffy, off-white head that settles into a thin halo with some lacing. The nose is rich and malty, some caramel sweetness, a hint of bitterness and alcohol. My criticism is that it's lacking in the aromatic hop department. The taste covers up the alcohol with rich chocolatey malts in your face, a bit of toasted marshmallow, modest bitterness, and a noticeable fruitiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, slightly astringent, fruity, has a lingering bitterness and fruity finish, adequate carbonation, and masked alcohol. This drinks more like a porter, borderline baltic with the fruit factor, but overall very enjoyable.

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Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is burnt caramel, bread and some citrus fruits. Hops more upfront in the taste, citrus fruits, with a big malt backing. The beer is a bit sweet overall, though there is a bitter aspect. Quite nice.

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Photo of AnHeroicHippo
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of duracell
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of HappyFoam
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer brings it all together. It showcases the best of both worlds with a rich complex nutty malt profile that gives the beer the perfect backbone for the hop intensive rush that comes in as a delightful aroma and a clean but very present bitterness. I had this beer on tap at the microbreweries new pub in the town of Percé this summer so it couldn't have been fresher.

With 7% abv and a rating of 70 IBU, the malt really provides the right amount of sweetness and body to create a perfect balance. So well balanced that even my wife Magali enjoyed this bitter monster. Unfortunately, this is a seasonal beer so get it while its available.

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Photo of sdm9465
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of groleau
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Mack
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of TheDoctor
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Service: Bottle


A:
Pours a dark brown that is impenetrable to light with a huge stiff beige head that takes forever to settle (to a ¼ inch cap), leaving globs of sticky lace in its wake. Great retention, lots of lace. (4.25)

S:
Bright citrus hops with some rich nuts. Nuts, citrus rind, earth, washcloth, hard water, milk chocolate, herbal hop backbone. (4)

T:
Lightly toasty with some bright hops. Light roast, cocoa, lemon peel, dirt, nuts. (4)

M:
Thinnish, bubbly, light-medium body, lingering toasty-nutty finish. (3.75)

O:
Good overall beer.
Tasty and easy drinking. It is not the richest or creamiest, but it is drinkable and is both malty and hoppy without being in any way overpowering. Lovely in the glass, bright smell and an even taste. It is a nice beer and a good representation of the style.
Maybe not the best, but far from the worst. I will have it again if I come across it. (4)

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Photo of Krakpoff
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Whatup14
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of DaveR514
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of byronic
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MatChar
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of papposilenus
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 500ml bottle. Undated; there's a space for lot# but it is blank. Served in a nonic.

Pours chestnut-to-black with ruby and cola highlights and a vast fluffy beige cap that makes it look more like an ice cream soda than beer. Exceptional retention - in fact, after the last sip there was still foam in the glass - and epic gobs of sticky lace.

The smell is malt and more malt. It smells the way I remember my uncle's homemade beer smelling when I was a little kid and my mother got mad at him for sneaking me a sip, smells like brown sugar on oatmeal, wet campfires, mushrooms, and leaves in the fall.

Tastes of toasted grain, dark roast coffee and burnt sugar, oak leaves and tobacco with a slightly nutty, floral aftertaste and a long lingering pleasantly charred bitterness.

The feel is clean and sharp, medium-light bodied and quite heavily carbonated.

Overall, a highly satisfactory beverage. I was initially a little put off by the brisk carbonation but it develops into a big part of the beer's drinkability and, by the bottom of the glass, I was thinking I could drink en tabernak more of these bébés.

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Photo of TimWakimika
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rugene
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brown Ale Américaine from Microbrasserie Pit Caribou
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 28 ratings