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

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49
Ratings:
82
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
17.07%
 
 
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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