La Corriveau | Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan

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84
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84 Ratings
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
Ratings:
84
Reviews:
49
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
13.01%
 
 
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0
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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 49
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 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 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-ass black abyss, with very slight basal cola edges, and three chubby fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and chunky brown head, which leaves some very decent hanging curtain lace around the glass as it evenly settles.

It smells of acrid milky coffee, lightly roasted caramel malt, vanilla beans, and somewhat less astringent generic green hops, over a mild chocoholic fix. The taste is definitely big cocoa and bitter coffee (that damned java shop cabal!), all the way, dissociated somewhat from the underlying workaday grainy pale malt, and earthy, leafy, and somewhat musty hops.

The carbonation is below average, but evident enough in its joyful frothiness, the body a more or less defensible medium weight, and generally smooth amongst a pesky hop edginess. It finishes more zingy than silkily smooth, as one might generally expect. After further inspection, that implied oatmeal goodness was found, intact, but under serious duress.

Overall, this is 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 internal perceptions, as such.

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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 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 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 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 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 dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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 Jason
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of imbibehour
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 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 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 Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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 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 Howlader
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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 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 DanGeo
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WOLFGANG
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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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La Corriveau from Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
3.69 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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