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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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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