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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: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by francisweizen on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,813
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
85
pDev:
13.08%
Bros Score:
3.98
 
 
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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 50
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1/5  rDev -72.8%

Photo of Long813
2.76/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark black body with a touch of dark drown along the edges. Head is fluffy dark mocha at three fingers. Retention is decent and without lacing.

S: Notes of roasted coffee beans, chocolate. Very mild and one dimensional.

T: Very weak flavours consisting of mild roasted coffee beans and some chocolate. There flavour fades just as quickly as it enters.

M: Light bodied and low carbonation. Texture is water like and leaves a very off bitter after taste.

O: I was very displeased with this beer, the taste, mouthfeel and aftertaste were very bad.

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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 Jeffo
2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this one from peensteen last summer. This bottle has over a year of age on it then. Cheers, man!

From a bottle into a snifter
Spent 3 months in the barrel

APPEARANCE: A slow foamer on this one. A careful pour comes out clear brown and yields a two finger, medium-looser looking, slightly foam tan head with very good retention. Sits clear bistre brown with medium carbonation in the glass. Head slowly fades to a full foam cap. Touches of wisp and a ring remain leaving touches of lacing down the glass as it empties. A touch foamy and light in color for the style.

SMELL: Definite vanilla, caramel and notes of butterscotch on the nose. Oak and coconut with notes of bourbon as well. Hints of milk chocolate as well. Milder nose, but nice enough.

TASTE: Bourbon, alcohol and caramel notes up front. The bourbon is a bit perfume-like. Butterscotch is in there as well. More booze at the swallow with oak, vanilla, milk chocolate, and lots of butterscotch and toffee lingering on the palate. Alcohol and spirit it there too.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. A little light and foamy on the palate, goes down a bit harsh with a burn and finishes sticky. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Boozy for the ABV, and the bourbon is a little piercing and cheap. The look and feel were definitely lack-luster as well. A half decent barrel aged stout, but with every brewery doing this style now, this one is certainly nothing worth writing home about. Thanks again peensteen!

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2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This bottle pours a medium bodied black with a slight khaki colored head which laces the glass. It pours a little lighter than most. The nose probably wasn't as strong as it should of and could have been. It didn't feature much chocolate or bitterness and the coffee was just so so. It didn't necessarily draw you in. The flavors too were pretty bland. The coffee flavor was kind of half assed as well as the chocolate. It didn't feature much of anything to keep you interested. It screams "I am an average beer" through and through. It definitely wasn't helped by the mouthfeel. Stouts shouldn't be light, that's why they're named stouts. This one was a disappointment, especially for the price.

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2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nearly opaque black with roughly 1 finger of cola coloured foam. Foam is medium density but fades quickly with minimal lacing.

S: Minimal nose. Faint roasted smells and with a hint of smoke.

T: Sour and bitter dominate and balance nicely with dark roasted malt, coffee, and a little bit of smoke. A bolt flavour, but not terribly complex. Aftertaste is a lingering, mild bitterness.

M: Thin, but smooth. A pleasant tingle of carbonation on the tongue.

D: The overall simplicity of all aspects of this beer lends to a fair drinkability.

O: A straightforward stout. It would benefit from a bit more substance in all catagories, but it's worth trying.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of eat
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The head isn't as creamy as you would find on some stouts, and it disappears completely by about half way through. No lacing.

There's really not much smell coming off this. It smells mildly stout-like: roasted malt, molasses.

Meh. Not bad, not great. Pretty light on flavour. It tastes like all the flavours are far away; hints of chocolate and espresso. Tastes like a decent stout with water poured in it. Kind of boring.

Way too watery for a stout. I've had pale ales creamier than this. It's neither rich nor unctuous as the label describes. Mild carbonation.

This beer is named after a legendary Quebecois serial killer. It isn't evil or bound to be legendary; everything about this stout is mild. Just an average stout. I would not buy this again, there are way too many great stouts to sample out there. The label looks like there would be a seriously flavourful stout inside but I'm left pretty disappointed.

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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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3.24/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of SonOfOdin
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodenbach99
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml brown bottle, with a very nice label. this is an oatmeal stout.

A: black very opaque beer, brown head.
S: somewhat medicinal, coffee.
T: little torrefaction, iodin, nice bitterness finale.
M: medium to full bodied beer.
D: easy dinking oatmeal stout.

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3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

English pint type serving, served too cold.

Appearance : Pitch black, completly opaque, thick tan head with medium retention, light lacing.

Aroma : Bitter Chocolate, nut, yeasty, light earthy hop

Taste : Bitter Chocoloate, light to medium torrefaction, lightly alchoolic , good bitterness (for the style)

Mouthfeel : too much carbonation for a britanic style beer. light to medium body, pretty long final

Overall : Good Beer easy to drink

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of MeisterSmudge
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of davejavou
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of SteelSaw
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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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 85 ratings
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