Corne Du Diable - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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Reviews by biboergosum:
4/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
341ml bottle, picked up in Vancouver a few weeks ago. The description on the label concerning the nature of new-age IPAs, en francais, seems bang-on, presuming my long-dormant French language education isn't failing me. Now, about the Euro-trash demon that also adorns the label.
This beer pours a hazy dark copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and slightly rocky off-white head, which leaves some splattered storm cloud lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.
It smells quite amazing - grapefruit, orange, and tangerine citrus rind, dank pine resin, toasted caramel malt, a soft wet breadiness, and further floral, weedy hops. The taste - the first thing to hit me is an indeterminate citrus astringency, followed by a wet pine needle acridity, some restrained caramel, molasses, and toffee sweetness slowly coming to bear, while a moderate lingering floral and weedy hoppiness aids in drying things out a tad.
The carbonation is on the low side, hardly noticeable at times, the heavy (ok, Rubenesque) body also displaying a pleasant smoothness. It finishes somewhat sweet, the hops turning out more fruity than bitter, rendering this perhaps a bit unbalanced.
A decent enough American style IPA, but it kind of lags towards the end, the lack of peppy bitterness not making me want to immediately reach for another, should I ever be afforded that opportunity.
Serving type: bottle
12-28-2008 08:20:26 | More by biboergosum
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2.8/5 rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
bottled on 1/14
purchased at La Duchesse D'Aiguillon in Quebec City
A: Much darker than I associate with the style, looks more like an amber ale vs. IPA. Dark copper color with hints of red when held up to a light. The off-white head was about 1 finger tall when poured but quickly dropped to a light film leaving a small amount of lace.
S: A very muted nose, mostly a hint of malty sweetness, no sign of hops.
T: There is a bitterness in the background along with a slight hint of citrus, but overall this is not an IPA (either English or American). There is a malty graininess and a definite dose of caramel sweetness. The malts are very prominent, not in a bad way, but they interfere with the small amount of hops.
M: A slight carbonation tingle on the tongue combined with a medium body, definitely not a west coast IPA.
O: My first thought was Alexander Keith's IPA (which is not even close to an IPA in America), this beer is much better than my memory of that horror, but it should not be labeled an IPA. I actually checked the website to see if it had been misclassified here, but they call it an American IPA, that just sets the drinker up for disappointment. Not a terrible beer, but a mediocre IPA at best. Very glad I only got one of these.
Serving type: bottle
06-08-2014 23:43:42 | More by wspscott
Corne Du Diable from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
83 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.