Pietro Piegari | Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place

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Pietro PiegariPietro Piegari

Brewed by:
Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
20 IBU

Added by timbro81 on 09-22-2008

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Photo of chilidog
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite choc brewes. Got it on vacation, Moore ok.
Pours amber, nice head that disapates quickly, no real lace to be had.
Aroma of malts and bread.
Taste of bread like malts, toast, yet earthy.
Taste of caramel malts, sweetness of raisin bread with a slight hop bitterness at finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth, hop crispness is there
Overall a good malty amber. Would buy again, bring on vacation.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.15/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer gushes out of the bottle upon opening. It pours a cloudy amber color. The head is massive, and recedes slowly into a thich cap of airy foam. The aroma is of light caramel malt, and not much more. The taste is similar to the aroma, but a bit stronger. There is, however, a nasty chalky thing going on in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall, this is a bad beer that I will not be drinking again.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Mom and Dad for picking up this unobtainable brew from OK on your trip to AR.

Copper and bronze color intertwined with great bubbling. That is all underneath a good two fnger head and thick foam that lasts through all twelve ounces.

Spritzy, toasted cracker with mild grass and earthen hopping.

The hops come out pretty well, almost take over the flavor of this beer on the finish. Starts with caramel and cracker and finishes with medium orange bitterness and Earth. Good session ale, underrated

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Old Rasputin nonic pint...

A: a slightly hazy brownish red with a small off white head with good retention

S: a dusty, grapefruit peel and piney hop aroma with a solid caramel malt backdrop that blends with the hops to create an orange liqoure/orange marmalade cake aroma

T: not as hoppy as the aroma led me to expect, however, nicely balance with the malt flavors. that same dusty flavor lingers into the bitter finish but it seems to help give the beer some complexity, as this one seems fairly average

M: light medium body with nice carbonation and a chalky dry finish

Overall, an average amber that is affordable and tasty. worth a shot especially for the price

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Photo of rebel1771
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very pale amber color with an absolutely massive head that fades slowly.

S: Sweet caramel malts dominate the smell with a small citrus hop note near the end.

T: Subdued caramel malt make up the majority of the brew with the flavor of toasted bread showing through. A hint of hops come through as well to balance everything out.

O: Pretty darn good beer. Nothing crazy, just simple and delicious.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz->Pint glass

A ~ Deep Amber with a 1/4" of white, cratered head.

S ~ Sweet malts, toast w/ honey & a touch of floral/citrus hops

T ~ Sweet with a hop background. Notes of caramel, waffle cone, yeast roll...notes of earthy hop oils. Also Choc's brewer's yeast. Simple taste.

M ~ Creamy, semi-thin mouthfeel. Hops are a good backbone for the sweet malt.

D ~ Very enjoyable, but so different from the first time I had it earlier in the year. Doesn't wow the palette but is a good, not-overhopped ale. Worth trying, yet from other reviews it seems like they are having consistency problems.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.39/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle courtesy of a generous trader. Poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Body is a moderate amber with a bit of haze. There is a huge off white head with a strong amount of lacing. The nose is a bit off with some cardboard and odd fruit plus a bit of bread and toast. The flavor goes far downhill with a bitter metallic bite and some cardboard. Weird tannic character as well. Mild bread, but that's about all that is there that should be there. Feel is a bit thin and metallic. Not a fan of this one at all.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep amber, reddish even, with coppery edges. Decent head with okay stick and stay and lacing. Quite hazy even with a careful pour.

S: Sweet caramel malts. Fruity with a sour/tart edge. Faint grassy hops in background. A touch restrained. And while it is interesting enough, it is not what I was expecting.

T: Definite sour/tart note. I get the feeling it wasn't supposed to be there. Underlying the twang are malty caramel notes and a general grainy sweetness - a sort of rounded multi-grain caramel sweetness. There are some fruity esters and a bit of toasty grain in the background. Hops are floral and vaguely citrus. Not bad flavor at all, but not really to style due to what seems like a flaw.

M: Medium light body with medium, yet lively, carbonation. Drying finish is accentuated strongly by the odd tart / sour note.

D: Not bad and okay drinkable overall, but I have to think the tart / sour thing is a ding on this beer. Or at least the 6-pack of it that I picked got. I would like to sample it as an amber and not some sort of weak & mild Flanders.

(from notes - tasted May 2010)

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Photo of soju6
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy amber color, with a small head and no lacing.

S: Has a citrus and grain aroma with a trace of malt.

T: Light citrus and malt taste with a mild bitter finish. Has a slight metallic aftertaste.

F: Medium body, quite smooth and very little carbonation.

D: Non-offensive amber ale. The label seems to present a depressing image/feeling. Beer came as part of a Choc 6-pack mixer.

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Photo of northaustin
4.23/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a murky amber with a chubby finger of even white head which settles into a pretty even foam that leaves no lacing.

smells very syrupy and strong.

taste: bitter up front then quickly evens out with a heavy dose of amber malts.

mouthfeel: refreshing. leaves a very thin layer of syrup throughout the mouth.

this is so far one of my favorite ambers.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from davey, courtesy of the Local Goods 3 BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front followed by some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The hops presence is mild but is strong enough to bring a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent mild beer that is worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of ZAP
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Muddied orange color..

S-Juicy oranges from the hops are the first impression...then some rustic, musty malt backing..

T-The rustic/musty maltiness is in front...lighter impression of juicy oranges...not a blend I experience too often...

M-Medium bodied...semi-dry finish...

D-An Ok amber ale...nothing spectacular and nothing horrible...probably wouldn't buy it again but if offered wouldn't pas it up.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loud fizzy sound upon pouring, and the sound continued.
Malty, generally one dimensional aroma with a touch of hoppy grassiness in background.
Amber of orange with large off-white tan head. Quite clear.
Mild malt flavors with slight brunt _(or at least excessive toastiness), caramel (but not sweet), with bitterness showing late and lasting through an extended finish. Not a lot of hop flavors beyond the bittereness, but the finish isn't too bad. This warmed up nicely and when I added the yeast from the bottom of the bottle the fruity flavors increased.
Carbonation is soft and fine and mixes with a moderate light body.
All is all this is adequate. Drinks easily and lightly. I would accept this one if offerred.

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Photo of climax
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one poured in the traditional choc fashion of hazy and dull. The color was amber, with some tan floaties in there. The head was mediocre, as was the retention.

The nose was a good balance of leafy greens and sweet caramel malt. Peat moss and some other unrecognizable spices rounded it out.

The same bit of smoked peat and spice were heavy on the pallet. The balance is still there, but distracted by the odd gamut of flavors. Apricot finish.

The body was medium, and the carbonation was very sharp. It had a smooth chalkiness to it that was pleasant and interesting.

Interesting, yet forgettable

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Photo of GeezLynn
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

My first Oklahoma beer after a big trade with coldmeat23. "Chapter 1, A Legacy Begins (off the label)" - seems like a good brew to start my tour with.

A: Cloudy red/orange shade with a large, frothy white head.

S: Mostly medium malts, with a little soggy cut grass smell.

T: Nice maltiness and a little dried fruit followed by an "off" flavor I can best describe as latex-like. More bitterness than typical for the style, which is a positive addition here.

M: Medium-bodied and fully carbonated.

Overall, I think this isn't too far from being a solid amber. Eliminate some of that "off" flavor and you'd have a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of BeerMark
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pietro Piegari from Krebs Brewing Co / Choc Brewing Co. pours a burnt amber color in my glass. Plenty of carbonation and leaves some lacing behind. Smells malty with some spiciness. Taste is quite good mixing the malts with some hops. This beer is a tasty representation of the American Amber style. Will pick some up from time to time.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Served @ approx 40 degrees

it's a hazy, golden amber/brown colored liquid. A thin head of tannish colored foam forms and dissipates rapidly. It leaves some thin and wispy lacing.

Smells of caramel malts. Light toastiness. Mild toffee notes. Light traces of sweet, dark fruits.

Taste follows the nose. Toasted caramel malts. Light fruitiness. Very earthy. Light hop kiss on the finish.

Medium body with a light-to-medium level of carbonation. Smooth and mellow.

Very easy drinking. A good representation of the style from the boys down at Choc.

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Photo of CPeterson
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A -- A good pour yield a solid head that disappears rapidly and leaves light lacing. Copper / dirty blonde in color and a bit murky.

S -- Toasty caramel malts and slight toffee and fruits.

T -- Lightly toasted malt, nuts, light sweet tart fruit that fades into the background. Not mindblowing but pleasant.

M -- A little thin, consistent with many brewery's take on the style. A faint twinge of hop and a slight residual sweet.

D -- Very easy to drink, I could plow my way through quite a few of these. And as far as amber, I would say easily competitive if not more worth the money spent than other very popular ambers that some other breweries have built their reputation on. I'll pick it up again, although I wouldn't make it necessity.

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Photo of armock
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured an amber color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet caramel malt

T - Follows the nose with sweet caramel malt up front then some bitter hops come through

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - I like this beer quite a bit theres nothing super special about it but it has a good taste I think I could drink a few of these in a sitting worth checking out sometime

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear copper amber color. Poured <half finger white head that dissipated to a thin skim. Lacing washed down the side fo the glass.

S: Light caramel malt aroma with some light citrus

T: Slightly sweet roasted malts. Citrusy hops and a light bitterness to balance.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Dry feel in the finish.

D: OK and goes down easy enough just not anything special.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

Just pulled out of the box, what, 15 minutes ago?

It pours a cloudy brownish orange colour with a 1 finger, 1/2 finger, small head of foam. It shrunk really fast but there's some decent lacing.

The smell has kind of a sweet bitter thing going on between the malt and hops with a bit of roastiness thrown in.

The taste has a light roasted malt to it but that's quickly overcome by some caramel malt sweetness and, oddly enough, a bit of a tartness that I wasn't expecting. It isn't overpowering by any means but I'm getting it and it's mostly in the finish and kind of ruins it for me. It has to be the character of the hops used(looking at their websire...Centennial) and I'd say the brewers should, perhaps, try others to get the brew closer in line with the style. Of course, that's my humble opinion.

Light bodied with a medium level of carbonation. No probs there.

Drinkability? Sadly, not very good. This just doesn't have the taste I expect from an Amber Ale and I'm pretty fussy when it comes to the style.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Liquor World for a buck and change. The beer poured a slightly hazy red with a tall off-white head. This is a basic, but tasty and drinkable beer. It's clean and has a pleasant toffee and light chocolate orange. Oddly enough, the aroma reminds me of pizza crust. Still, this is a nice, basic lager. Worth a try if you're looking for a decent session beer.

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Photo of Docer
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle acquired from a trade.... nice to have something different over here in OR.

- Ever so slightly cloudy dark copper.. bit murky.. little to no head whatsoever... very light dusting of lacing in the glass.

- Sweet caramel malt, little bit of spice, pumpkin... overall kind of a malt and syrup..

- A smooth caramel malt, little bit of a zippy fresh zing.. slight zest... light carbonation makes it kind of a watery one..

- Little zingy and sour... ads to it's character which is lacking just a bit. Slight chewiness.... but not much.

- Super drinkable and light... hardly any carbonation makes it go down easy... but it is a basic amber, nothing really stands out.. and it isn't very complex overall. No hard feelings Choc!

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Photo of champ103
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy copper/orange color. A two finger white head forms. Spotty lace is left behind.
S: Grainy sweet malt. Lightly toasted. Not much else though.
T: Toasted caramel malt. Not overly sweet. Just enough floral hops for balance as the taste lingers. Very simple, but hits the spot.
M/D: A medium body that is well carbonated. Smooth and easy to drink. Something I can session.

This is a good beer. A no frills type that I really enjoy. Recommend.

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Photo of russpowell
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours caramel with a pinky of sand colored head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Toasty malt & not much else

T: Toasty malt, dryness & a touch of grainyness as this warms. Grainyness & dryness are the main features as this warms. Finishes dry & toasty, plus a touch watery

MF: Light/medium bodied, low carbonation

This drinks more like a mediocre American Brown, sorry Pete's Place, y'all missed the mark on this one. Either jack up the hops or malt or both!

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