Brewed by Pietra
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
Furiani, Corsica, France


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RATINGS: 539   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Pietra is a handcrafted beer from the island of Corsica. It’s brewed with a blend of selected malts and chestnut flour. Chestnuts are a traditional fruits in Corsica, handpicked in the Castagniccia mountain. This unique blend in the world gives Pietra an exceptional personality.
Note: Alc. from 6.5% to 6% at a point.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Embrouille (2831) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 28, 2007
Bottled 33cl. It pours an amber beer with a white head. The aroma is grainy. Notes of chestnut, cereals, corn, caramel, hay and ripe apples. The taste is of chestnuts and grain with a hint of metal. Ripe apples. Some earthy elements. Full bodied. Lovely woody, smoky notes. A dry nutty finish with a hint of butter and herbs. Quite good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (36972) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2007
33 cL bottle (as Pietra Ambré, same ABV). Pours golden orange to light brown with a small white head. Grainy and malty aroma, slight metallic. Sweet fruity flavour with a nice caramel maltbase. The fruityness blends nicely into the bitterness in the finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - SEP 25, 2007
33cl all’Ipercoop di Bolzaneto; versata nel bicchiere è di un colore ambrato chiaro luminoso trasparente, con buona resa di schiuma ma niente perlage. Nonostante ciò la frizzantezza c’è eccome; aroma è flebile e poco promettente: cartone bagnato, forse un poco di legna. Sapore decisamente migliore, con una buona presenza di castagna dolce e malto abbrustolito che si scontra con un finale amaro e un po’ metallico. Niente di troppo speciale, una bevanda dignitosa e a suo modo un ’classico’, ma c’è di meglio.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2007
Bottle. Amber colored with white head. Sweet and low carbonation. Some roasted malt but otherwise quite thin body. Where were the chestnuts?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2007
Light amber coloured beer with some very light carbonation and an average white head. Malty roasted sweet aroma. Full palate. Finish is bitter, slightly alcoholic roasted touch.Nice

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 15, 2007
ADHD rating: amber colour, light yuck in aroma, little flavour, bad carbonation.

The head is generous; white and frothy with a scattering of large bubbles, not unlike pancake batter. It recedes at a moderate pace above a crystal clear gold to copper hued body, leaving behind virtually no lacing. The head is easily restored with a quick swirl and sounds like Rice Krispies in milk. It’s quite obvious that this one has been filtered and force-carbonated

The aroma is quite scarce straight from the refrigerator, with a hint of the chestnut powder barely standing out against a faint bready maltiness. There’s also something of a light huskiness that’s very subtle. Hm, and that seems to grow into a medicinal aroma as this beer warms. It’s quite odd in total, one moment the chestnuts will be obvious, the next I’m smelling a pillbox. Even warmer yet, both the pillbox and grains are both detectable, though the aroma is still very light overall. Maybe chestnuts just don’t smell good?

The flavour is fortunately free of any distinctly noticeable defects, though rather underwhelming in intensity. Moderately sweet with elements of caramel, toast, grain and light brown sugar. Chestnuts are barely distinguishable, if I’m not simply imagining their flavour. The finish offers a touch of bitterness, floral and woodsy in its presentation. With warmth comes a slight sourness to the finish, but never to the point of suspecting infection. Some wildflower honey flavours being to emerge with significant warmth as well.

There’s a medium fullness to the body, and a velvety, near creamy texture, but both are ruined by prickling carbonation. Just like taking a perfectly nice cut of velvety and painting a picture of Elvis on it. Fat Elvis, even. Seriously. Why are you still reading this? Isn’t it obvious I’m only going this long to obtain a sense of self-worth?

Overall this one is just south of average on account of some slightly odd but non-persistent aromas, lack of any power or true subtlety in the flavour and hideous, near burning carbonation. Oh right, and it uses sulphur dioxide as a preservative, for what it’s worth. Oh hey, there are actually detectable chestnuts in the flavour once it hits room temperature, but that’s kind of not how you should drink a Vienna, non? A pauper’s Rogue Nut Brown at the very best.

Purchased from a Cora hypermarché, in a 50cl can, labelled best before February of 2009, consumed from a Duvel tulip glass that was cleaned by hand under very hot and soft water. I also sacrificed three lambs prior to drinking this beer. It didn’t help if you couldn’t tell already. But hey, lamb for dinner.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quack-Duck (8921) - Down South, GERMANY - JUL 28, 2007
bottle. Golden yelow colour, slightly orange, small head. Malty and slightly sweet, a bit hoppy as well. I could’nt taste the chestnuts, but the beer was nice anyway.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Very strange meaty broth flavor in this one. What to make of this? It didn’t really work for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ekstedt (6157) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. Clear amber with a fluffy medium off-white head. Nutty, fruity, and slightly roasted malt aroma, with earthy hops and some alcohol warmth. Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Good balance with a long and bitter finish. Quite nice, but I can’t really pick out any chestnus aromas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
downender (7253) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2007
Bottle. Copper coloured with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of nuts and sweet malt. Flavour was fruity with a lot more nuts and a bitter finish. Unusual.

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