La Corriveau | Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan

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Brewed by:
Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
Quebec, Canada

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 86
Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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 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 biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
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 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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Photo of Brad007
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
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 SFLpunk
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Snamnoum
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Torontoblue
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark brown with ruby highlights around the edges. Thin cream coloured head, fading to a blanket covering.

S: Hints of roasted coffee, molasses, dark chocolate, acrid burnt malt (burning rubber), and slight sourness.

T: Roasted malt & oat flavour in the taste, along with dark chocolate & roasted coffee beans. Very dry but balanced leaving a very pleasant aftertaste.

M: Seems a little over carbonated, but leaves a nice oat/roasted malt flavour on the tongue.

D: Drinkable, but would be hard pushed to have more than 3 or 4 during the night.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark brown with a tall mocha-coloured creamy and bubbly head. Recedes slowly to a very thin blanket covered with micro-bubbles.

S: Caramel & molasses, over-ripe dark fruits such as raisins & cherries, faint hints of dark chocolate, and even fainter hints of espresso. Quite a pleasant smell with complimenting aromas.

T: Picking up the earthy oat flavour in the taste, along with syrupy caramel-like roasted malts. Dark chocolate & espresso is stronger in the taste, with some faint hints of those aged dark fruits. Quite well balanced leaving a very nice aftertaste. Rich taste makes this seem higher in ABV than stated.

M: Average viscosity, with above-average carbonation for the style.

D: Very drinkable, and will be picking up another bottle when I see it. Not exactly something I could drink a lot of throughout the night, but definitely one or two would be quite satisfying.

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
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 biggred1
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark coffee brown with ruby highlights when backlit and a dark tan head with big swiss cheese bubbles that last a while. Cocoa and coffee grounds in the aroma. Dry, slightly bitter semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa powder with a touch of anise and a faint minerality. Creamy mouthfeel from the oats. A trad, old school take on the style that delivers some nice flavors.

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Photo of Bung
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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 aasher
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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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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 Moe55
4.92/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark drown, if not an almost black color. Smells of chocolate and malt are fairly strong and making me thirsty. Taste is chocolatey and coffee. Very nice stout. Smooth creamy taste. Not overly carbonated. As it warms up, I get more of the flavor and even more chocolate.

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Photo of Glory
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite local brewery stout on the market ! I'm happy with it every time.

Poured in a Leffe type of Wine glass..don't know why but I wanted to used that glass tonight. It gives out a Dark and opaque brownish color. The light hardly passes through and the beer offers a thin 3-4 mm of brownish foam.

The smell is great as well as everything else, I get dark chocolate to espresso coffee. A bit of star anis and something a bit meaty..a bit like smoked meat. And of course, dark Malt.

The texture of the beer is what makes it so great for me. Very dry, just the right amount of carbonation, a creamy feeling on the palate.
Tastes like sticky toffee, burnt caramel and chocolate truffles
gives me a clean torrified malt finish. leave the palate dry with no bad after taste.
This beer goes very well with blue cheese and braised beef cheek !!
Nice Beer, pretty much every thing at Bilboquet is worth a try.

Cheers Lads


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Photo of mountdew1
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark reddish brown with a 2 finger thick foamy medium brown head. Head clung to the sides nicely. Aroma was earthly, touches of grainy oatmeal, and a small amount of sweetness. Taste was very smooth and clean. Small bit of sweet cookie sweetness flavor, but nothing overwhelming. Flavor grew as the beer progressed. Felt decent in the mouth. A very small amount of oiliness, but otherwise coated well and felt good in the mouth. Very pleasant and easy to drink, a solid beer.

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Photo of bobsy
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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 nicpetit
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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 ZorPrime
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is dark, very dark with a nice head. The head is cloudy looking and beige. Aroma is wow... chocolate, roasted malts and some notes of fruits and vanilla. On the taste, it is more roasted malts with some coffee at the end. Not overly intense, I would say the intensity on the smell and taste is average. The carbonation is present in the mouth and the beer doesn't feel creamy enough for me. Stouts are more creamy than that. It is still a good beer that I will buy, however, it is a bit pricy.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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 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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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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
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 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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La Corriveau from Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 86 ratings