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


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RATINGS: 493   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.76   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2006
Bottle (Waitrose): Copper with a short white head. Mild stale malts and some metal shavings. Sweetish malty start, slightly smokey notes, but not in a pleasant way. Astringent and thin. Not great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2007 Bottle. A little bit thin, but had some interesting flavours. Surprisingly smoky character, like rauchbier or something. Some sweet brown sugar characters and fizzy carbonation. Could have done with more body and less sweetness.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2008 33 cl bottle. Pours a hazy golden body with some particles and an average head. Aroma is some grassy hops hoppy light roasted malts. Initial taste is nutty and fruity followed by a short finish with medium bitterness. An forgettable seesion beer with not real default. Feels like it could have been better but the taste, unlike the people from the Pietra’s country, is a bit too shy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gnoff (7975) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2007 First rating.
Bottle from the "order one case" section of the Swedish "Systembolaget" in December 2005.
Brownish chestnut beer of Corsica. Nice smell and taste. Very odd, guess that would be the chestnuts. Well worth sampling at the very least.

Second rating.
(33 cl bottle brought home from Paris by my mom)
Clear deep golden to copper color, fluffy white head. Sour malty scent. Buttery malty sweet taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Sweet lasting aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 5, 2006
Pale metallic copper colour; thick & fine off-white head. Bit sulphury nose, touches of soft caramel. And yes, they are there again: as with my first confrontation with Pietra, aromas as from oxydized malts - but the beer is young. Also a little rainwater smell. Very herbal character. The oxydized notes are less notable in the taste (also compared to the former tasting). Green leaves, end bitterness that is both herbal (as chicory) and hoppy (European hops). Maybe some pine or spruce. Light mouthfeel, light to medium body. Some slickness prevents it from becoming empty. I was curious as how it would stand up to my first, very positive memories about this. Less typical nutty & oxydized flavours as remembered, but it is way more drinkable as its rumoured new offspring by De Koninck of Antwerpen.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sigmund (5306) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2006
330 ml bottle, labeled Pietra Bière Ambrée, bought in France. My first Corsican beer. Amber colour, large head. Nutty aroma with toffee and undefined herbal notes. Flavour is moderately malty with not-too-good hops, the chestnuts shine through. Chestnut powder in beer, WTF? Some strange medicinal character and a bitter finish and aftertaste. Not my favourite this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 1, 2006
[bottle from peckhams] Aroma is malty, caramel, nutty. medium bodied, dry spicey finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
skortila (4619) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2006
Aroma of some weird herbal-vegetable smoked something. hay-ish. Clear, brown-red coloured with a thin head. Taste is caramel malty and smoked. Sweet. Bitter finish. Watery body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2006
Smoked aroma. Kinda nice, nutty like. Simple golden coloured brew. Thin flavor, not much special flavors. Not very enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2006
This is a horrible tasting Vienna, hardly worth mentioning. It pours a lifeless, watery bronze with little head. The mouthfeel is thin and what flavor there is brings up images of moldy cheese and pecan shells.

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