La Corriveau | Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan

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Brewed by:
Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
Quebec, Canada | website

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
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
82
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
17.07%
 
 
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 82
Photo of Long813
2.76/5  rDev -25.2%
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 -22%
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 -20.9%
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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Photo of aasher
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
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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Photo of Foddz
2.99/5  rDev -19%
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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Photo of eat
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
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 rodenbach99
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
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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Photo of MrElPechor
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
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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Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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 SebD
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice thick head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, rich coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has alot of roasted malts, bitter coffee, some dark chocolate and a slight earthiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Snamnoum
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - deep black with three fingers of frothy tan head like the cream on top of a cafe latte. Head retention is average and lace is abundant.

Smell - roasted malt and toasted grains, bittersweet cocoa, coffee, a hint of oatiness and some tart yeasty notes

Taste - Definitely let this one warm a little before drinking. Taste of chocolate, molasses, some coffee, and some fruitiness. Hops add a touch of bitterness and a dry finish. Beginning and middle are good but the finish is thin and metallic tasting.

Mouthfeel - the brew is heavy bodied and begins with a creamy feel which ends rather thin and tinny. I think this beer is a little over carbonated.

Overall - A good stout but not remarkable and certainly not worth the absurd price for a 500ml bottle. There are better stouts to be had at more reasonable prices.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black color with no visible activity. Creamy brown 3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, making almost no lacing. Flavors of butter, walnuts, cocoa, espresso, burnt roasted grains, molasses, caramel, herbal spices. Earthy and molassy. Thick sweetness but quickly overtaken by roasted bitterness. Slick and smooth medium body with extra prickly carbonation. Strong finish, dry and leathery, with a long tongue coat of earthy spices, and strong smoky roasted grains and nuts. Overall this is a good craft, with decent flavors, slightly too strong mouthfeel, although quite complex and rich. Highly bitter, low freshness, but warming.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours an inky black with a finger and a half of medium tan head. Good head retention with some lacing.

S- smells of roasted malt, cocoa and semi-sweet chocolate. A touch of brewed coffee and a bit of sweetness comes out on the finish.

T- flavors of iced coffee with a touch of cream and sugar jump out at first. Roasty malt and a ceral grain flavor flesh out in the middle with a bit of molasses as well. Finishes with a note of  herbal hop and a slight char character.

MF- slick oily mouthfeel with a decent smoothness. Light body with higher than average carbonation.

D- solid drinkability

Overall a solid oatmeal stout. It's just a bit thin and one 3.5

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to aapp for sending this bottle out my way. Shared at a tasting last Sunday. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours black with a thick tan head. Spotty lace and some nice retention. The nose carries some roast and faint chocolate. The taste and feel are a better combination as a result of the oats, which lend a heft to the body and a nice chewiness. Mild sweetness with chocolate and roast. Medium body and light carbonation. Pretty good.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SFLpunk for this awesome extra

Look: Black and totally opaque with red traces on the bottom of the glass. Great 1.5 inch tan head that takes some time to dissipate

Smell: Some faint chocolate and coffee notes. Smell could be better if there was more of it but it was lacking potency

Taste: Quite a bit of roastiness and ash in the foreground. The back end has a bery nice chocolate note. The flavor profile makes a nice transition from ok to pretty good

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with quite a bit of carbonation and just a hair dry

Overall: The beer is pretty good but not great. It has some elements I like and some I dislike but I would recommend this one

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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 nicpetit
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark black, opaque beer with a tan creamy head. Good looking

S: Usual coffee/chocolate aromas of a stout

T: Roasted coffee, not as good as many stouts I tasted

M: I usually like acidic beers, but this one didn't make it for me, but it got a nice bitterness

D: Easy to drink, yet I wouldn't have more than one in a row

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Photo of sholland119
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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 biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. The name refers to a Québécois folklore figure, famous en Province for her early feminist firebrand reputation, and eventual spectral evolution.

This beer pours a solid black, with slight cola edges, and two fingers of thin foamy, chunky beige head, which leaves some very decent hanging lace around the glass as it evenly settles. It smells of bitter coffee, and somewhat less bitter green hops, over a mild roasted chocolate malt. The taste is definitely chocolate and bitter coffee, all the way, dissociated somewhat from the underlying workaday grainy malt, and earthy, stout hops. The carbonation is below average, but noticeably present nonetheless, the body a decently defensible medium weight, and smooth amongst a pesky hop edge. It finishes more zingy than silky smooth, as one would generally expect. After further inspection, that oatmeal goodness was found, intact, but under duress.

An enjoyable enough stout, even though the 'hoppening' seems somewhat extraneous. When the underlying pros have to fight against introduced cons, one wonders at the sanity behind it all. Drink up, but be ready for some quizzical perceptions.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

La Bilboquet Corriveau served in a small snifter.

Clear(?) reddish-brown but dark. Still, perhaps a bit light for style. Decent tan head and lacing.

Medium-light body; medium-low carbonation.

Moderately rich flavor of medium and dark roasted grains with a touch of burnt and smoky aspects.

Aftertaste is relatively bitter, burnt and not so clean compared to earlier on.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Out of the bottle she pours chestnut, hitting the glass and giving off a simple dark walnut black/brown body. I think I can just barely see through this thing. Head is very capped and large, and foamy. A nice chocolate light cocoa coffee brown, if a bit soapy.

Nose is a mild coffee, rich grain, creamy and milky. Kind of simple but no major complaints, some huskiness.

On the palate not too much going on. Slight coffee and cream matching the nose, but a faint malt that disappears pretty quickly. Slightly wet, not too bad, very low carbonation on this, kind of quenching which seems odd for a stout. Mild chocolate on the finish to go with it.

This is alright, nothing to get excited about, but certainly not a complete waste. I'd have another possibly.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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 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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