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Brewed by:
Brasserie Pietra
France | website

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ipogios on 11-19-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
113
Avg:
3.19
pDev:
21%
 
 
Wants:
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Reviews by Monsteruss:
Photo of Monsteruss
2.06/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

When poured into glass, the foam was almost white in color with a somwhat yellow haze and smooth. The color was a beautiful amber. The smell was woody, wheat and earthy with a small hint of flowers. Taste had a large overtone of earth (almost dirt), small hints of wheat and flowers and a small citrus undertone. The earthy tone was very overpowering. Mouthfeel - lightbodied. Drinkability - After tasting the earthy/dirt tones of the beer, it stops with an almost nasty taste. No wonder it was on sale. One of the worst sessions I've had.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Ant777uk
4.09/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can, from shop in Paris.

Nice head level, deep reddish amber colour.

Contains chesnut flour, apparently.

Aroma is nice, sophisticated, different, yet still quite subtle and balanced.

Taste is also quite unique. Lots of different elements. Definitely can taste the chesnut, which works really well. Crisp initially, then the complex hoppy chesnuttiness slowly takes over.

I will give it a good score because it's unique and different. And very well balanced. And the different taste elements really give it identity. Personally I prefer stronger beers, though as a complex light and crisp offering, this is great.

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Photo of CharlieC
3.97/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not quite amber, more like deep gold with slight haze.

Smell is very inviting in a biere de garde kind of way. A touch of farmhouse, a touch of smooth malt. Also slight greenish hops. Now I know this beer was brewed with chestnuts and you can certainly pick that up in the nose (not sure if I would get that blind.) Definitely a bready/nutty thing though. Overall a superb aroma.

Taste is very pleasant and balanced, although some astringency in the finish takes away from what I think otherwise is a very nice beer.

I thought this would be interesting, but I'm surprised at how good it is, especially the aroma. Also it's great that the chestnut shows through but blends with the other flavors well.

Also, this beer is obviously in the wrong category.

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Photo of talbotjf99
3.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bsp77
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received in the March 2009 Beer of the Month shipment.

First off, this is not a lager! The bottle says it is an "Amber Ale Brewed with Chestnut Flour".

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a Flat Earth Pint Glass.

Appearance: Clear brownish-orange (never seen this color before), very thin head that leaves legs on the glass.

Smell: Noble hops, reminds me of a sweeter version of a Pilsner.

Taste: Earthy, grainy, sweet, and some noble hop bitterness. There is something else unique in the taste that I can't identify.

Feel: Medium body, high carbonation, sweet feel. Feels more like a lager than an ale, wouldn't be surprised if this ale was lagered.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but not a fan of the grainy sweetness, making me hesitant to have another.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.26/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

LCBO; pours pale yellow, fast disapearing white head. Neutral aroma. Drinkable, though not tasty still not offensive, some malts there. Passable European, but I did not finish it. Average mouthfeel. Not a dark lager at all. A tad sweet.Appropriate carbonation.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pietra Biera Corsa
25.4 fl. oz. bottle, corked and caged, no apparent freshness dating.

Brasserie Pietra is a French brewery on the isle of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea. Corsica is known for its production of chestnuts, and the beer is brewed with chestnut flour. Not surprisingly, the clear amber-colored beer actually tastes of chestnuts. It's balanced, fluctuating between a sweet maltiness and a drying bitterness that may be in part due to the chestnuts themselves. The body is medium with a dextrinous edge and a median carbonation. At 6.0 % alcohol by volume it's strong, but not overly so, and the alcohol is well-cloaked. Probably best served well-chilled to begin with, it's a unique and interesting beer that's well worth trying.

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Photo of ToolHead
3.06/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl. bottle; served in Nastro Azzurro glass.
Golden color, OK head with decent lastability. Typically bottom-fermented aroma - neither very subtle nor especially inviting. The taste is balanced between malt and hops, but rather than seeming well-balanced, the beer comes across as simply not very interesting. Decent dry finish, though. I didn't detect any chestnut flavors. Soft mouthfeel and OK drinkability.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured an amber color beer with a medium size foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Taste of light caramel malt with light sweetness. Taste is somewhat bland with some light caramel malt with some light sweet note also noticeable. Body is about average with some good carbonation. Chestnuts are impossible to detect and again not sure what they would have provided.

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Photo of dolzan
3/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of Brawn83
5/5  rDev +56.7%

Photo of bloberglawp
2.94/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark cooper, decent head and traces of lace. Subtle malty aroma, quite clean, hints of german dopplebock caracter.

Flavor, quite unimpressive yet nothing wrong about it, a clean malty lager, very much like what is present in germany. A little thinner bodied and a tad more bitter, reminds me of Mexico's Negra Modello.

Easily quaffable, a million times more flavor than those mass produced lager. A good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Liquoric3
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 33cl bottle, best before the end of 2010, drank Jan 2009.

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip glass. I poured aggresivley knowing the glass would hold any head that developed. A large white head did in fact arrive, it quickly sank to half size then sat for a while.

The body was clean, clear and bright, light amber in colour and looked good.

The aroma was a little sweet, toffee and molasses, no hint of the Chestnuts mentioned on the label (they didn't turn up in the taste either).

The taste was OK, again fairly sweet but with a drying aftertaste. Reminded me of a Bitter, in the UK Bitter Ale meaning, not a bitter taste. Strange for a french Lager based beer but true in my opinion. If I hadn't started burping half waay through the drink, I would have forgooten it was in fact a lager!

The alcohol isn't hidden too well, but maybe it isn't supposed to be?

Little too much carbonisation, hence the burps, otherwise a pleasant drink.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of pknyc
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of rec
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After reading on the label that this was "Chestnut Beer" I thought I had a lot to look forward too... unfortunately that wasn't the case.

The body is a dirty bronze, and the head is a soapy white one that doesn't seem to develop during the pour or lace at all.

The smell is practically non-existant, if anything the only real thing I'm getting out of it is starch vegetables.

I don't know about chestnuts, but I gues if I stretch my imagination I could believe there's some light nuttiness to the taste, but it really would be a stretch.

It really tastes like a typical "beer", almost like a traditional cerveza in fact, but with a little extra sweetness. There's a bready aftertaste, with a little bitterness - none of which I feel particularly good about.

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Photo of claspada
2.25/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of papat444
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Flashback #337

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Photo of spinrsx
2.58/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of Shanex
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm giving this one a good rating, it's French (Corsican actually!) And for a Euro lager pretty damn good. I'd rather have this than Heineken or Kronenbourg, this beer deserve more recognition. On a side note: do visit the beautiful island that is Corsica, cheers!

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Pietra from Brasserie Pietra
3.19 out of 5 based on 113 ratings.
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