Dordogne Valley | Brasserie Corrézienne

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Dordogne ValleyDordogne Valley

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Brasserie Corrézienne

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Duesler on 08-21-2013

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by Brandegee:
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3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought from La Cave a Bouilles on Quincampoix in the Marais district of Paris.

Poured into Paper City Brewery mini IPA glass (other half went to my wife).

Appearance: A rich orange cloudy presentation, lightening dramatically toward the narrow stem of the glass. Lots of sediment at the bottom. Pours into a large frothy head that fades and lingers at about ¼-finger depth throughout the tasting.

Smell: Floral, herbaceous. The fruit fragrances of an IPA is there, but also a strong herbal scent, perhaps lavender, is definitely detectable on the nose, and holds up well against the hops. The smell is amazing and definitely new to me. I’ve had lavender beers before and this one has something else going on as well.

Taste: A slight richness of flavor in the middle is the only evidence this is a double-grade IPA; the alcohol is hidden well. Otherwise it presents as a nicely balanced IPA with a balance of malt and multiple hop varieties that trends more toward an unfiltered cask style (like Arbor Brewing’s Sacred Cow) than it does a highly filtered crisp example. The bitterness of the hops comes through, but it doesn’t overwhelm the herbal flavors and grapefruit that still find their way through. A strong essence of grapes comes through as well.

Mouthfeel: I have to agree with Duesler’s comments about the syrupy feel of this beer, but it doesn’t detract from its drinkability.

Overall: This is a treat for the nose as well as the tastebuds. Malt, bitterness, herbal/fruit flavors, and scent help this one succeed.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jonbonfondle
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barryjg
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Duesler
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought from 'La Cave a Bulles' in Paris
Poured into a DFH IPA Glass

Appearance: Beautiful dark-orange hazy color, unfiltered with large tan head that holds well, eventually settles down to a lumpy mess, with a discolored spot where the beer poured its last drops.

Smell: The smell is intensely evident from the moment that you open the bottle, smells delightfully fruity, the alcohol scent is faintly evident, and it smells like mango, grapefruit, grapes

Taste: I can't believe that this is 8.5, the alcohol is hidden extraordinarily well, you only become aware of it after the warming takes place in your chest, the beer is not very bitter, and has a stronger malt profile than i was expecting, the hops (Chinook, Centennial, and Nelson Sauvin) flavor it well, and it is very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Dordogne Valley has the consistency that you would expect from a DIPA, a mild 'syrupiness' with average carbonation, it sits in the mouth comfortably with mild alcohol burn.

Overall: This is a very American-tasting beer from France, it was very enjoyable, and is worth it from the scent explosion that occurs when you open the bottle.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml brown bottle purchased from Cave à Bulles in Paris, on the recommendation of Simon, the beer guy.

Pours a musty, reddish amber with a little haze. Body is extremely effervescent, leading to a massive mess of tight foamy head despite a careful pour. Lacing is excellent. Carbonation is fine, but streams very swiftly through the beer. Looks pretty good.

Nose is great: big biting hop fragrance perhaps tending to the more herbal European style but still with plenty of classic US IPA notes of citrus and pine. Solid caramel characters come through as well, giving it something of a base. Aromas of menthol come through as it gets a bit warmer. It's nice stuff.

Taste is also very good. Solid, but restrained bitterness, balanced well with a firm and commanding malt sweetness. More of those slightly herbal hop characters pepper the mid palate, while some nuttiness from the malt comes through towards the end. Relatively long finish, with a continuation of some resiny bitterness in the aftertaste.

Feel is very smooth, aided by the cushion of very fine carbonation.

Overall, this is a very tasty French IPA. Simon said this was "the best IPA brewed in France", which I can believe—it's certainly a very solid example of the American style.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Very dark amber with a big white head

S - Pine, grapefruit and biscuit

T - Piney, citrusy, herbal and earthy hops, good malt balance and great bitterness

F - Smooth and fine carbonation

O - A good dipa. West-coast inspired but brewed in the middle of France

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Photo of Jeffo
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at La Cave of Bottles in Paris, France.

From a bottle into a snifter
Best Before November 2014
IBU: 85

APPEARANCE: A slow foamer upon opening. Pours a three finger, foamy, slightly looser head with very good retention. Head slowly fades to a chunky, foamy cap with lots of foamy lacing on the glass. Clear burnt orange with almost no carbonation evident. A fuller foamy wisp and ring remain leaving some good lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, some melon with lots of citrus aromas. Grapefruit and light pineapple on the nose. Bold and enticing.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel with lots of hops at the finish. Citrus, grapefruit, bitter pine and grassy hops linger on the palate. Bold and well put together. Closer to the authentic American style DIPA.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Light on the palate but still rather creamy, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: This is quite good. Still a touch too light and foamy for top marks perhaps, but this is definitely one of the better continental attempts and an American style DIPA. Good hop choice and lots of bold aromas and flavors. Well worth the effort. Recommended.

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Photo of brandon911
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Farnswurth
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Dordogne Valley from Brasserie Corrézienne
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 9 ratings