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La Corriveau | Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan

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84
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La CorriveauLa Corriveau
BEER INFO

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

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by francisweizen on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
84
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
17.07%
 
 
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 84
Photo of Moe55
4.92/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark drown, if not an almost black color. Smells of chocolate and malt are fairly strong and making me thirsty. Taste is chocolatey and coffee. Very nice stout. Smooth creamy taste. Not overly carbonated. As it warms up, I get more of the flavor and even more chocolate.

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Photo of Glory
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite local brewery stout on the market ! I'm happy with it every time.

Poured in a Leffe type of Wine glass..don't know why but I wanted to used that glass tonight. It gives out a Dark and opaque brownish color. The light hardly passes through and the beer offers a thin 3-4 mm of brownish foam.

The smell is great as well as everything else, I get dark chocolate to espresso coffee. A bit of star anis and something a bit meaty..a bit like smoked meat. And of course, dark Malt.

The texture of the beer is what makes it so great for me. Very dry, just the right amount of carbonation, a creamy feeling on the palate.
Tastes like sticky toffee, burnt caramel and chocolate truffles
gives me a clean torrified malt finish. leave the palate dry with no bad after taste.
This beer goes very well with blue cheese and braised beef cheek !!
Nice Beer, pretty much every thing at Bilboquet is worth a try.

Cheers Lads

WS

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.44/5  rDev +20.3%
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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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
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 avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pitch black color and a thick, impenetrable consistency. There were two inches of creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A good, solid aroma of malt, chocolate, and some coffee.

T: Tasted of dark chocolate, espresso, malt, and a bit of oatmeal, though this element isn't overwhelming. A much more powerful flavor than you get in the style. Very flavorful.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

D: A well made, extremely drinkable stout.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in color. About a finger of beige looking head. On the nose toasted/ roasted malts and a slight touch of caramel. On the palate I get a straight forward, no bullshit, well done oatmeal stout. Its got a good amount of coffee like roast and maybe a bit of chocolate too. Roasted barley is definitely there. I find far too many breweries make their stouts either far too sweet and syrupy, or acrid and overdo the roasted element; this beer is neither. Its extremely smooth easy drinking and the carbonation is okay.I wasn't expecting much as this beer was purchased from a tiny little gas station in a random little stockpile but it turned out to be awesome.

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
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 Brad007
4.06/5  rDev +10%
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 mountdew1
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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 brentk56
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
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 HardTarget
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Torontoblue
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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 bluejacket74
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
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 ZorPrime
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is dark, very dark with a nice head. The head is cloudy looking and beige. Aroma is wow... chocolate, roasted malts and some notes of fruits and vanilla. On the taste, it is more roasted malts with some coffee at the end. Not overly intense, I would say the intensity on the smell and taste is average. The carbonation is present in the mouth and the beer doesn't feel creamy enough for me. Stouts are more creamy than that. It is still a good beer that I will buy, however, it is a bit pricy.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark brown with a tall mocha-coloured creamy and bubbly head. Recedes slowly to a very thin blanket covered with micro-bubbles.

S: Caramel & molasses, over-ripe dark fruits such as raisins & cherries, faint hints of dark chocolate, and even fainter hints of espresso. Quite a pleasant smell with complimenting aromas.

T: Picking up the earthy oat flavour in the taste, along with syrupy caramel-like roasted malts. Dark chocolate & espresso is stronger in the taste, with some faint hints of those aged dark fruits. Quite well balanced leaving a very nice aftertaste. Rich taste makes this seem higher in ABV than stated.

M: Average viscosity, with above-average carbonation for the style.

D: Very drinkable, and will be picking up another bottle when I see it. Not exactly something I could drink a lot of throughout the night, but definitely one or two would be quite satisfying.

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Photo of biggred1
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark coffee brown with ruby highlights when backlit and a dark tan head with big swiss cheese bubbles that last a while. Cocoa and coffee grounds in the aroma. Dry, slightly bitter semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa powder with a touch of anise and a faint minerality. Creamy mouthfeel from the oats. A trad, old school take on the style that delivers some nice flavors.

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Photo of Bung
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml. Fairly black pour, brown around edges, finger of light tan head. Receded very quickly to basically a ring.

Aroma has some roast malt, light dark chocolate and that tarty oat twang. It's a little mellow overall.

Flavors are more pronounced. Plenty of roast malt, cocoa. Earthy peat, oat some anise. Finishes a little dry with cocoa and more coffee.

Carbonation seems a little aggressive at first, but it mellows and coats the mouth fairly well. Right on the border of light and mid, it goes down very well without being quite watery, harder to find in a brew this small for me.

Good flavor for a low abv, not as mild as most brews this small. It's hard to find a good flavorful 5.5 or less brew of any style, this fits the bill.

From what I've had, I enjoy me some French Canadian stouts.

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Photo of VbolieuV
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black in color with a nice foamy head. Nice roasted malt with some smoked malts smell. Nice roasted taste too, with a good chocolate sweetness to it, really smooth. A pleasant bitterness is there to round it up.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours deep black, nearly opaque. Very thick, creamy tan head won't budge. Rings of lacing stripe the glass on the way down.

S: Tight blackberry darkfruit, cocoa and milk chocolate, ash and charcoal, roasted coffee beans, earthy and starchy oats, faint acidity.

T: Char and roast up front. Tight berry-like darkfruit pops up from time to time. Bitter dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Faint burnt malt acidity. Roasted grain. Starchy oat tastes build toward the end. Hints of green hop tastes. Roasted grain and oats on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Sits in the mouth with a bit of weight. Silky and creamy. Lightly astringent. Low carbonation.

O: A nice oatmeal stout. Could do with a bit more carbonation to lift the body.

Notes: The going rate for a 500ml bottle of this is about $8-9, depending on where you go. A bit pricey in my opinion. It seems to sit on the shelves, and bottle shops in VT have been marking these down. They're going to need to lower prices if they want to compete. Not sure how these guys do in the Canadian beer market, but there's some stiff competition up there.

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Photo of leaddog
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark brown almost black in colour. Thick and frothy beige head. Zero transparency. Tiny trace of bubbles near bottom of glass.

Smell- Light coffee/espresso aroma. Chocolate syrup aroma comes in as well.

Taste- Dark chocolate is immediately noticeable. It is slightly bitter perhaps from the roasted coffee flavour.

Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy bodied. It has a surprising amount of effervescence for a stout.

Overall- A good stout. I was hoping for more depth of flavours but overall it was an enjoyable stout.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A:
Pours pitch black with a deliciously creamy brownish tan head. Excellent retention and lovely lacing.

S:
Smells like an oatmeal stout should. Creamy chocolate and coffee notes with some nutty undertones, burnt malt and booze.

T:
Unoffensive. Smooth at first and increasingly bitter. The burnt pizza crust in the "Bros'" review is spot on! Dirt, coffee grounds and chocolate.

M:
Round and full bodied. A tinge of astringency but overall really warm and creamy. Good carbonation and a nice mellow finish.

O:
Overall this is a really solid beer. I have had better oatmeal stouts, but I have had far, far worse. It would be a good session beer and would be a good one to try; it has a lot of the good things about other oatmeal stouts and very few of the bad things (it isn't overly 'oaty' and the malt isn't very sweet on the whole). Would drink again.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Phyl21ca
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
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 bobsy
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

First off, this is a wonderfully illustrated bottle, and hats off to the designer for this beer that references Canada's most famous husband killer. Pours a very dark brown with a finger of tan head that quickly drops to a collar, and leaves no indication that it ever existed. Pleasing aroma of chocolate, raisin and dark roasted malts is on the button.

Large black chocolate flavours rip through the palate and combine with rich dark fruit and espresso for a sumptuous creation. In rems of its taste, comparisons to a young Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout would be well warranted. However, much of this bounty is wasted due to an overly aggressive, soda-like carbonation. Oatmeal stouts are supposed to have a certain weight and smoothness to them, but this drinks like a coke, and sorely lets down what is otherwise an excellent beer. A few swirls of the glass mitigate the problem somewhat, but we're still left with a thin and over-carbonated stout.

Shitty body, but otherwise a very pleasurable experience. Big thanks to zorprime for another great pick. Cheers, Eric!

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