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La Corriveau | Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
Quebec, Canada
lebilboquet.qc.ca

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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#32,453
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
86
pDev:
13.08%
 
 
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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 50
Reviews by ChrisCage:
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4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very dark brown/blackish color, very much like Coca Cola. It appears to be thick, with an oil like consistency and has a beautiful caramel colored head. This itself is dense and whipped like, with excellent retention, such as in an ice cream float! Lacing is decent, as there are several small patches clinging to the side of the glass.

S- This has a very deep aroma overall, with powerful smells of dark chocolate, fresh coffee beans, burnt malts, and a certain dryness to it....contributed by the addition of oats....no hop presence on the finish detected.

T- Very nice flavors overall! This beer follows the aromas well, with perhaps even deeper representation of the aforementioned smells. The dark chocolate becomes very cocoa like with an unsweetened bitterness that lingers, and the coffee beans convert into espresso flavors. There is an underlying dark roast malt/burnt toast quality to the overall flavor that lasts throughout the taste. The finish is slightly of hop cones but it is minor. Very decent indeed!

M/O- Full bodied and velvet like texture best describes this beer. Carbonation is creamy and dense, yet plentiful and helps to disburse the flavors fully and evenly across the palate! The alcohol is well hidden and the grainy oat dryness of the beer keep me wanting more! Definitely a well made brew and I'd most definitely get more down the road.....another winner out of La Belle Province!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):

LOOK: Nearly black w/ ruby highlights; solid tan lacing

SMELL: Burnt pizza crust, licorice root, dried plums, vegetal, nutty yeast, milk chocolate, breakfast blend coffee

TASTE: Charred grain, burnt cherries, faint licorice, cocoa powder, molasses, mild coffee, inner oat sweetness, modest hopping, kiss of yeast, hint of esters; semidry, roasty finish

This one snuck up on us—you really have to let it reach the proper serving temperature to appreciate the brewer’s intention. White it’s not your benchmark silky-smooth, black-colored Stout, it holds true to what it is and gives something more than the usual does. Real beer.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Quebec brewery new to the area.Poured deep and dark but not pitch black,brown wood colored hue when held to the light,a one finger tannish color head atop.Big fruity esters in the nose that really jump out at ya,sweet chocolate in there as well,very appetizing.A little thinner and sharp in the mouth, it seems to take away alittle of the beers flavor punch.Somewhat sweet on the palate with molasses and chocolate flavors,the fruitiness is a bit more subdued on the palate but is still there,a bit of drying earthiness and roast comes in the finish.I think this a great oatmeal stout,it has alot of good flavor,the mouthfeel is its only drawback.I would buy again.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep black glass holds a tight tan head forever.

Smell: Mild earthy hops, burnt grain, slight sour edge, pretty standard stout smell with an odd milky dough note.

Taste: Well balance with coffee like dark grain bitter holding off the brown sugar base. Bitterness lingers with a faintly earthy hop, Kent Golding and Northern (bittering) listed on their webpage.
No alcohol, no off or odd flavors, just a clean Stout.

Mouthfeel: Almost fizzy carbonation helps keep the beer crisp in the glass. Light medium body leaves a surprisingly thick coat, the slick oatmeal aspect is firmly noted.

Overall. Much love for Quebec, this beer represents the area well. A solid tasty stout Full flavored, modest alcohol, modest weight, high quality.

Cheers to Illudium for the sample!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium light brown foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry coffee notes with some traces of black chocolate. Taste is a nice balance mix between some espresso bitter coffee notes with some dry black chocolate. A bit too dry for my taste but still very good with good carbonation and no alcohol showing. More creamy black chocolate notes and less carbonation would have elevated this one to the next level.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

at Festival Bières et Saveurs 2009. One of the two beers making some noice in Quebec recently. Black body with off white head. Some stout aroma. Stouty, chocolate, acidic taste up front yet still drinkable. Not outstanding as an oatmeal stout but still above average beer.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice bubble show produces a three fingered head of beige foam that caps the fudge brown liquid; auburn highlights and plenty of lacing

Smell: Roasted barley, ash, powdered chocolate and ground coffee

Taste: Charred toast, with dark chocolate and coffee tones developing; licorice flavors blossom, in the middle, but the finish is quite dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit thin though the ABV is low

Overall: A pretty decent oatmeal stout, though I miss the creamy texture from the best examples of the style

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

11 ounce pour - $8.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Body has a black appearance underneath an inch of pillowy, beige foam.

Smell: Deadened notes of chocolate, roast clipped by a muffled floral tone, anise, grape hints, and a splash of clove tea.

Taste: Roasted grains with some rather light chocolate and caramel and just a little supporting sweetness. Mild licorice accent, some medicinal phenolic clove hints that feel out of place, and a portion of grape skins. Dusky, dry, fairly bland roasted finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, though not quite watery. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: The most fun I had with this beer was calling out "I'll have the Le Bilbo!"

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Photo of BDTyre
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, almost black body with ruby and chestnut traces. Really big, tan head.

Very light, slightly roast malt scent (disclaimer: I am sick while enjoying this, so my response might be slightly sewed). Oatmeal grainniness and light creaminess to this. A little buttery suggestion - reminiscent of Sam Smith, but much more subtle.

Nice roasty taste initially - oats, coffee, barely. A bit harsh on the finish - the roasty character is somewhat over done. Very little to no hops. I almost detect a trace of alcohol here and in the nose - odd considering the ABV.

Carbonation initially is a bit heavy-handed, but it settles down nicely. Good, but a bit in your face. Needs to be smoother, and more subtle with the roast character.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Torontoblue
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark brown with ruby highlights around the edges. Thin cream coloured head, fading to a blanket covering.

S: Hints of roasted coffee, molasses, dark chocolate, acrid burnt malt (burning rubber), and slight sourness.

T: Roasted malt & oat flavour in the taste, along with dark chocolate & roasted coffee beans. Very dry but balanced leaving a very pleasant aftertaste.

M: Seems a little over carbonated, but leaves a nice oat/roasted malt flavour on the tongue.

D: Drinkable, but would be hard pushed to have more than 3 or 4 during the night.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL brown glass pry-top bottle purchased at Beverage Warehouse Winooski. No date.

First I'd like to say that I really love the label art for this bottling! Killer!

Pours a low viscosity black, opaque, with some very thin bubbly tan head. Nose has some dried leaves, roasted coffee and a whisper of smoke. Subtle. Palate is sharp and biting with some acidity and some hop bitterness. Fairly light body, but nice dark roasted coffee flavors and some creamy, white smoke notes too.

Would like a little more body on the mouthfeel. Good, but not epic. Maybe an Imperial version is in order???

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Photo of philmath
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Took it au Mondial 2006. Dark-Brown body (I can see through the glass) with a thin brown head. A fairly roasted chocolate taste with some vanilla. Not very strong and flavor was mostly weak, watery just a bit. They had some problem with their tap too if I well saw. However it was drinkable and I might try it again in the future.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like roasted/charred malt, dark fruit (blackberries, cherries, plums), coffee, and some chocolate. It tastes like dark fruit (plums, cherries), coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet and milk chocolate, oats/grain and a bit of licorice. Gets sweeter tasting as the beer warms up more. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little slick/coating with a decent amount of carbonation. I think it's a good sweet/oatmeal stout. I'd pick this one up again. $7.99 a bottle.

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Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Marie-Josephte Corriveau was a French 18th century woman who killed her husband in his sleep and was then sentenced by British military authorities to be hung and her body left on display in an iron gibbet. Legends and fantastical accounts of her story and ghost remain popular in Quebec folklore to this day.

La Corriveau, the beer named after her, is an appropriately spooky black colour. It will certainly scare lager drinkers, though the opacity and absence of highlights shouldn't intimidate anyone as these features tend to designate a more substantive, flavourful beer. The solid head is a sign of good quality too.

More indicative, however, is aroma. And with this beer an 'aroma' as such doesn't really exist. Any whiffs of roasted barley or bittersweet chocolate too faint to claim. It persuades nothing, except maybe to dip your nose further into the glass in the hopes of discovering more. It's as bland as stouts come.

And indeed the flavour profile is correspondingly lackluster. Hopes of truffles, espresso, or anything you'd serve on a dessert platter are dashed within the first couple sips. Instead, we get the sad, crusty chocolate cake found in the discount section of a low-end grocer (or the packaged mix found in Aisle 7).

The mouthfeel is especially unfortunate. Oatmeal Stouts feature a full-body defined by smooth, silky and often creamy textures. This one has the taste of oatmeal that got dried out and burnt to the bottom of the pot; the finish is highly astringent and reminiscent of stale office place instant coffee.

OK, I'm being overly critical because I'm disappointed this oatmeal stout didn't stand-up to those of its neighbours (i.e., Pit Caribou, St. Ambroise). In fairness, it's a passable offering that, while it doesn't go above the mainstream, comes in on par with it; broadly speaking, it's serviceable.

Le Bilboquet definitely have a few nice offerings in their portfolio but, it's fair to say, they are far from the pinnacle of Quebec craft beer. Offerings like La Corriveau are absolutely fine for most consumers but anyone reading on this site probably expects a lot more from their ales, and certainly their stouts.

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Photo of sholland119
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up in Halifax.

A-Pour is a deep dark brown with a foamy tan head and some spotty lacing.

S-Roasty with some underlying sweetness.

T-Good roast in the flavor but lacking the oatmeal character that I expect in this style. Good, not great.

M-Medium bodied, again lacking in the characteristic oatmeal stout mouthfeel.

O-Nice beer, I would have liked this one better if described as a straight up stout.

HV

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Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mountdew1
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark reddish brown with a 2 finger thick foamy medium brown head. Head clung to the sides nicely. Aroma was earthly, touches of grainy oatmeal, and a small amount of sweetness. Taste was very smooth and clean. Small bit of sweet cookie sweetness flavor, but nothing overwhelming. Flavor grew as the beer progressed. Felt decent in the mouth. A very small amount of oiliness, but otherwise coated well and felt good in the mouth. Very pleasant and easy to drink, a solid beer.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Darkness! Very active underneath the black veil and thick, smooth, creamy 2" high head that leaves at least 1" of foam throughout the duration.

Wow, creamy, thick and sweet aroma, sweet chocolate, earthy zest, cocoa, dry earthy hops and espresso..in a bold way!

A very creamy espresso malt complexity, huge malt flavor's, chocolate, cocoa, dry earth hops that delivers a decent bite. Light on sweetness, dark berries, wild flavor from earthy hops and light dark wild berries, mild sweet creamy and espresso mixed in. Dark wheat, oats, more coffee ending dry and hoppy.

The feel is really very extraordinary, extra rich, creamy smooth effect, dry bite from the hops but with a clean medium bodied quoff with a multi-layered kick.

High class Stout.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown (near black) in color and poured with a half finger high dark tan head that quickly died down, but never completely faded away and left a thick ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of coffee beans and chocolate in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of coffee and chocolate, although these are somewhat muted.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink compared to others in the style because it isn’t that heavy bodied and isn’t filling.

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Photo of Brad007
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a thin brown head into my glass. Very good for the style. Nice to see another Quebec brewery do an oatmeal stout.

Coffee bitterness greets the nose with a dollop of cream. Doesn't really "pop" with the nose.

It's not a bitter as I thought, which is a good thing. The coffee notes work well with the cream and perhaps a touch of cocoa.

Mouthfeel is slick, which allows the flavors to leave a firm imprint upon the palate. Lots of coffee and cream.

A decent example here. I would say it's on par with McAuslan's example, if not better. I like it.

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Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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La Corriveau from Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 86 ratings