Pietra | Brasserie Pietra

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Pietra
France
brasseriepietra.com

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerGlassesCollector on 11-19-2002

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Ratings:
117
Reviews:
70
Avg:
3.2
pDev:
16.25%
 
 
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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 70
Photo of Brawn83
5/5  rDev +56.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +35.3%
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 BeerGlassesCollector
4.17/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pietra is a hand-crafted beer from the Island of Corsica brewed with a blend of selected malts, hops, chestnuts and without any chemical additives or preservatives. This unique blend gives it an exceptional personality with a strong and delicate taste, with a low bitterness.

Cheers

ipogios

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Photo of Ant777uk
4.09/5  rDev +27.8%
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 tbeer40
4/5  rDev +25%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Srecko
4/5  rDev +25%

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +25%

Photo of CharlieC
3.97/5  rDev +24.1%
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 ReFill31
3.89/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first drank this beer when I was in France. When I saw it at a local liquor store I couldn't help myself but to taste it again.

A : Dark golden color, with a half inch of head with medium retention and small lacing.

S : Hidden hops, the aroma probably comes from the chestnut the beer is made of.

M : Almost no bitterness and the taste stays long after the sip.

D : I would buy again of this beer. The chestnut makes it a very different beer of what we are used to.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold with a big head this is a pleasant nutty marzen. Very drinkable and well finished the beer shows the chestnut flavour as it warms up and opens up. A bigger mouthfeel and more complex flavour than expected from a corsican beer . Worth trying

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Photo of ZAP
3.83/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excited to try this one....made with Chestnut Flour (from ground chestnuts)..interesting...

A-Rich gold color...

S-Musty sweetness...earthy....

T-Can't say I can detect the "chestnuts" but it does have a unique earthy/nutty sweetness...I like the flavor..some caramel/nougat....closes with a soft hint of citrus hops..

M-Medium bodied...sweet feel...good carbonation.

D-Unique and glad I tried it...not an all-time great but an enjoyable sweeter style amber ale...reminds me a little of Finnegans Irish Amber which is made with potatoes but this is better.

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Photo of FCox143
3.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of desint
3.76/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Schmoog
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.73/5  rDev +16.6%
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 Viggo
3.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle from the LCBO.

Pours a clear amber orange, nice and bright, very thick white head forms, slightly soapy, slowly settles down to a thin layer and ring, no real lacing to speak of but looks alright. Smell is interesting, quite sweet, some caramel and corn syrup, light toasty malt, brown sugar, toast and flour, maybe a light nuttiness, some fruit, lemons, whole wheat bread, pretty clean, smells okay. Taste is similar, quite sweet at first, some caramel, lightly floral, very sweet in the middle, sugary, nuttiness and wheat flour is there but not as distinct as in the aroma, lightly spicy in the finish, touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, pretty drinkable. Not bad, the chestnut flour is pretty interesting, I kind of like this.

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Photo of JakeScully
3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
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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Photo of janubio
3.63/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper colour with a light head that doesn't hold very long. some lace.
Some strong smell that to me is more walnuts than chesnuts, actually. Some spices too.
Anyway, after a while almost all the aroma is gone and the only smell is a vague spice one.
Taste is rough, with something that now, yes, reminds me vaguely of chesnuts, some bittersweet notes and fruits in the bottom. Dry finish. Again, after a while, everything is almost gone, leaving only some sulphur notes.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.61/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB end 2010. Enjoyed from an Affligem goblet - since I had one on the go at the time. Amber with surprizing one finger off-white head, low carbonation. Some lacing stuck around, as did a a cloudy, wispy centre. Feint smell of mushrooms, not too much happening on the nose. This beer had a rather unique taste that featured a floral hoppiness, bitter middle and malt finish, all of it punctuated by sweetness that was fleeting; bubblegum kept coming to mind. Overall, a tasty brew although chestnuts didn't particularly stand out.

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Photo of pootz
3.57/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle:

pours a shimmering amber-rust color with a 2 finger frothy cap that lasted and laced well.

Luscious Muenchener malts in the aroma mingle with some woody-nutty tones and wisp of herbal hops...very pleasant.

The flavor is just a more intense, complex version of the aroma... rich bready-sweet Munich malts complimented with nutty tones and balanced with some great German noble herbal-woody hopping...clean drying finish.

This one skirts the Vienna lager genre but the color is not right, just the same it is a sturdy flavorful Munchen-style lager that can compete with any commercial Munich amber.

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Photo of MoohMooh
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clean dark amber, with a one finger head that leaves slight lacing.

Smells of chestnut, caramel malts. Slight touch of herbal hops.

Taste is somewhat on the sweet side, with a hint of pepper. Chestnut is less present than in the smell, but still there. Kinda earthy as well. Some fruity hops. It gets nicely nutty as it warms.

Body is light and smooth, mild, prickly carbonation.

Pretty nice -- I'm usually not very fond of lagers, but this one is pretty interesting and well-balanced.

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Photo of bmwats
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a becker.

A: Golden amber color. Pretty substantial carbonation pours into a 3 finger foamy white head. Settles slowly. Eventually settles, but leaves a thin layer of foam (just to keep your brew feeling cozy). Beer ring lacing hangs around as the beer settles. Pretty thick lacing further remains as you drink. Head renews completely with each pour.

S: Nice pale malt, lightly fruity hops, Italian spice, and a little nut.

T: Really distinct flavor. A medium to light malt, fairly sharp and pungent hops. The kicker is the leathery, nutty flavor to follow.

M: Has kind of a musty feel to it, but oddly not really in a bad way. Like the quality a nicely aged cheese has. Light, but hearty.

D: Really solid drinkability. Good flavor, good body.

Really solid atmosphere. Solid appearance, and a really pleasing, interesting, but not in an offensive way (more in an intriguing way) nose. Distinctive flavor, but not in a strange secret ingredient which overwhelms way and seemed like it may have been a good idea but in effect just distracts from the beer way, just in a unique flavor and solid balance way. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of talbotjf99
3.54/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scoobybrew
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, this is not a Euro Dark Lager. It clearly states on the bottle that it is an ale. Now as to what style of ale - don't know exactly, but I would guess it probably best fits Belgian Pale Ale, which is what I reviewed it as.

This was poured from the bottle into a snifter-like glass.

A - Light amber color with a thick head that settles into a thin chunky lace collar

S - noble hop aroma - perhaps a little light struck but might just be the varieties used; some smoky-nutty malt scents

T - sweet malty with a moderately strong smoke-like flavors, minor hop character on finish which is somewhat crisp

M - medium body, moderate to high carbonation

D - This is an interesting beer to be sure. It really defies classification. After one, I can't say that I really know if I like it or not. It has an interesting complexity that is puzzling but might get tiresome after a while.

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Pietra from Brasserie Pietra
3.2 out of 5 based on 117 ratings.
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