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


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RATINGS: 474   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.75   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Pietra is a handcrafted beer from the island of Corsica. Itís 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Brought back from France by my parents. Nutty, light malt going on in a very light nose. Reminds me of something from Rogue (why? yeast??) Body is gold, no head and some floaties. Flavor is nutty maple malt, some sulfur, bitter maple finish. A bit of fruit and an underlying taste of the papery material that surrounds nuts. Odd.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2005
Bottle. Clear golden-amber with very small lasting head. Aroma says pasteurized lager - slightly herbal perhaps?, flavor holds a light sweetness, nothing much happening before the metallic-oddly-bitter (perhaps nutty?) and long finish. At first a little too fizzy mouthfeel, improves when left for a while. I can drink this - no problem - but Iím not exactly thrilled...

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 1, 2005
(750 ml corked and caged bottle: $8.25 at Liquid Solutions in Tigard, OR) A chestnut beer thatís unique to Corsica, huh? Well all right, I have no idea what a chestnut beer should taste like, so letís see. After using pliers to get the cork off, it certainly pours with a beautiful, tall, off-white head, and the beer is a fully clear, light amber color. The head quickly settles to a thin, complete layer which remains for the duration of the session. The closest Iíve ever come to sampling chestnuts is smelling the aroma of roasted chestnuts on the streets of NYC, and this beer doesnít smell anything like that, nor does it smell anything like an amber lager. This is pretty funky stuff, like smelly socks after running a marathon, like brown stagnant mosquito-infested water sitting in a small hole, like a bowl of now hairy food thatís been left unrefrigerated for several days. And the flavor isnít like a Vienna either. Frankly, it tastes like someone dumped their smelly sneakers into my beer. Itís nothing more than a premium lager with a huge dose of funk and moderate bitterness in the finish, and that funk is really unpleasant in this beer. About the only thing positive I can say about this beer is the pleasant smokiness of the finish (is THAT the chestnuts?), though this canít even save the finish, let alone save the entire beer. Light bodied, but with a horrible aftertaste. Bletch, this is dreadful stuff. $8.25 for a bottle, and most of it is going down the drain. I hope I donít get sick from this scum-encrusted pond water.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Geiserich (3340) - Linz, AUSTRIA - SEP 22, 2005
Sweetish, malty aroma. Foamy head, nutbrown color. Malty flavor, sweetish and sourly. Light metallic finish. Unpleasant bitter aftertaste. Sweetish, weak beer with no piece of a chestnut.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rickgordon (3843) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2005
Bottled, sampled at Delirium Cafť, GŲteborg. Light amber coloured. Dewy nose and a bit salty. Herbal, bit salty in flavour with a grassy bitterness. Light-medium bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ingevara (794) - SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2005
My first time with a chestnut beer. Looks normal in the glass, and the first sip doesnít reveal anything extra. But there is a bit more flavor to it than the average standard lager, more bitterness for sure - malt in a slightly different way. Try it!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Deep golden, filtered with a fairly tall head. Very pronounced bitterness - and nothing much more really. The chestnut doesnít really add any flavour. Quite a disappointment. 150202

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2005
From the bottle this pours a clear glowing gold with a white head and a few small chunks orbiting around. Light sweetness up front, kinda caramel sweetness with a light hopping in the finish to balance it. Has that clean lager taste right up until the finish where it gets a bit estery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
pivnizub (8764) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - JUL 24, 2005
Bottle: Hazy, light amber coloured; firm, lasting, off-white head, lasting; mainly alcohol in the nose, hints of honey, caramel and malts; creamy texture, light bitter-sweet taste, not very nutty; light bitter, yeasty aftertaste; the bitterness seems to be created by the yeast, a bit similar to the finish of an average Weizen. Not bad, but absolutely no repetition necessary.......

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rederic (2904) - montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2005
500 ml can, amber-gold hue, with no head, caramelized malt, toasty, bready aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with caramelized malt, nutty, chestnut in a malty and soft hoppy finish.

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