Colonel Cornwallis | Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan

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Brewed by:
Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
Quebec, Canada

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ZorPrime on 12-05-2009

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by ReFill31:
Photo of ReFill31
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

I didn't know this brewery at first. I just chose a random beer in the store and got this one.

A : Copper color, head stays on and leaves a ring on the glass.
S : Some light hops, sweet, fruity. I can smell some grapefruit. The smell is somewhat inviting to taste it.
T : Sweet hops, caramelized malt, citrus flavors. I was surprised this one was considered as an IPA. Not bad though.
M : Really enjoyable, fine bubbles. A little bit watery.
D : Easily drinkable, not too bitter. I will try other products from the Bilboquet.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of talbotjf99
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not yet a general, this English style IPA was most drinkable. It looked like a blonde with a frothing head, and tasted like a hoppy blond. Very drinkable. Bought in Sherbrooke.Mouthfeel was OK, could use less carbonation.Decent bitterness, though nothing I would seek out again.

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Photo of Mattgruv
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and not much lacing. Aroma of fruity ester and lightly bitter hops with some light floral notes also discernible. Taste is not as bitter as most IPA I know and then to be more of a English floral type of IPA with some fruity ester and medium caramel malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. OK but really nothing to write home about.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper looking beer, the beer is cloudy. The color is darker than usual IPA. The head is creamy. The aroma is fruity with some earthy notes. The aroma intensity is light... too light for my likings. The taste is bitter, however I don't get the usual IPA hops profiles... I would say this is more a bitter beer than an IPA.

Not a bad beer... however this is not an out of this world beer too. Ordinary at best, and they should place this one in the bitter category, not the IPA.

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Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Antilochus
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottled November 2013.

A: Pours a cloudy orange, half inch off white head and cap.

S: Overripe fruit.. oranges, raspberries, very sweet honey and floral notes.

T/M: Remarkably flat flavour profile with that very sweet nose. Bitter and astringent -- to the point where it lacks balance. A bit of pine spiciness but not much else. It's light bodied.

Not great against other QC IPAs.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml Bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a murky amber colour with a large soapy and frothy off white head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing, and there is fairly decent lacing. The head stuck around for several minutes before it was gone.

Smell - hops, roasted malts, a grassiness, and a honey sweetness.

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation, it feels smooth and velvety. It has a nice light hop taste mixed in with caramel and malts. It also has some citrus notes and a slight nuttiness. I'll agree with what other reviewers said; this isn't really an IPA, more of an English bitter.

Drink - An above average beer.. Not spectacular, but not bad either.

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Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of nighthawk
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL with possible (confusing) date code on printed on bottle.

Pours a dark caramel, translucent with orange hues that has a half-finger, slightly-off-white head that persists throughout.

Bitter grassy, herbal and mildly peppery aroma with some orange zest notes.

Vague bitter, slightly herbal hop notes prominent, some orange notes, with slight sugary malt in the background.

Sticky, more or less creamy smooth with light, tightly bubbled carbonation.

Not a bad IPA, but nothing impressive. Nice bitterness, but little complexity, and not enough refinement.

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Photo of oldp0rt
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Mack
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Socialiste
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of jrempel
5/5  rDev +43.7%

Photo of biegaman
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Colonel looks flat out unfriendly: its deep tone is spiteful towards light, the burnt umber colour completely chilly and inauspicious to all highlights and clarity, save a dash of dark orange. When bubbles make noise you can expect the head's chance of survival to be unsubstantiated; indeed, this beer was all but completely flat within minutes of the pour.

At their best, IPAs are arguably more aromatic, alluring and ambrosial than any other style; at their worst, like any other style, they're just plain off-putting. And, by the smell of it, things don't get much worse than this. The bouquet is putrid enough to blame infection, but whether it's a case of bad microorganisms or bad microbrewery remains unclear...

I've myself made, and been made to drink by others, enough botched homebrew attempts to recognize some of the symptoms: a vinegary must, a metallic twang, notes of festered fruits, a lack of definitive flavour and a torrid yeast full of (not so desirable) by-products. Whatever the case may be, I'm surprised Le Bilboquet allowed this to hit the shelves.

I know I wouldn't have been happy with it. For one, its taste, almost worse than being unappetizing, is horribly insipid. In all honesty I can't claim to taste even one flavour, apart from damp cardboard and cheap extract malt syrup. The hop presence (in aroma, flavour or mouthfeel) is exactly nil. The beer is drinkable only in that it won't make you ill.

And, in any event, as if to really pour salt in the wound, this is nothing like an IPA (English or American). There's little to no taste of cereal grain or caramel malt nor for that matter anything remotely floral, fruity or grassy in terms of hops! Neither sweetness nor bitterness is overtly perceptible as the beer is helplessly stuck in some kind of watery limbo.

Brewing makes physical substance from ideas and abstract concepts - the inspiration behind Colonel Cornwallis was an intense, noble, impressionable man. This brewery not only failed to captivate any of those qualities but instead left us with impressions of ineptitude and/or simple incompetence. This Colonel should be stripped of his ranking in the Bilboquet lineup.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a hazy copper with a three finger slightly off white head. Lot's of carbonation up the glass.

S - Juicy hops come through as citrus and some soapiness. Grapefruit and other nice citrus aromas backed up by biscuity malts.

T - Biscuity malts are there again but quickly turn to very strong hops. Overly aggressive grapefruit and mild pine flavours with a mild lingering bitterness. Seems to lack structure.

M - Medium carbonation and a light body. Sort of soapy in the mouth.

D - I could have this one but probably no more. The hop profile on this is a little mixed up and seems to take away from the English IPA balance.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lightly chilled .5L bottle into a shaker pint. No visible bottling date.

Look- Hazy medium amber with three fingers of dense white froth. Good retention, leaves some very nice lacy rings.

Smell- Musky, herbal hops are right at the front, quite spicy.

Taste- Toasty, moderately bitter, not a ton of flavor. Spicy, peppery, dry feel. Shortbread malt takes a back seat, although the overall impression is still fairly sweet. Vaguely fruity, but never really makes a showing.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, soft carbonation, silky. Unfortunately, also super cottony and astringent finish.

Overall- Alright, but a bit heavy-handed on the bittering and far too drying. Worth trying if you're looking to get your taste buds flattened, but I'll pass next time.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy dark orange/amber colour with a very tall creamy foam head. Nice lacing.

S: Bready malts, strong herbal and spice notes, and a lingering sweet citrusy orange smell compliments this nicely.

T: Sweet biscuity malts upfront and subdued pine hops that follow. Spices of clove & pepper, some grapefruit, and a surprising bit of smokiness in the aftertaste. Finishes quite bitter and dry.

M: Quite thick and viscous for the traditional IPA style. Average carbonation.

D: Overall a good beverage that I would purchase again. For me this would be tough to drink on a regular basis considering the thickness, but nonetheless, a good IPA that I would recommend to try.

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Photo of Glory
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought this bottle at the Fromagerie du Marché Atwater, they have pretty much all the Bilboquet beers there except the Affriolante witch you can find at the SAQ for at least 5 bucks.
Incredible, can you actualy believe that the only local product sold at the SAQ is the Affriolante and its one of the most expensive beers on the shelf ?

Poured the Cornwallis in an official Bilboquet Glass witch is pretty much a long shaped tulip glass.
Gives out a cloudy, brownish orangy liquid with a huge 2 finger head that shrink to a more propper size afterwards, nothing impressive here !

The smell is pretty herbal, nice clean hop aromas like leafs, hay and grass with a citrus side to it like grappefruit peals. You can also smell the Caramel Malt under all of the reste.

The first few instance is sweet bitterness on the palate witch turns into Malt and sugar. The Carbonation level is quite present. There's a yeatsy finish and leave your mouth bone dry for another taste. The 5.5% is very mellowed in the beer. The bitter side takes all the place.
Not that bad ! But it doesn't make the top 5 IPAs in Québec
Try it out

Cheers Lads


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Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of TheDoctor
3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden brown with some red hues when in the light. It immediately has a one inch head that quickly dissipates to a thin, creamy coating with nice lacing.

Smells like beer. Sourish alcohol smell overall with some hops odors. Nothing to write home about.

Tastes good and real even and balanced. Some grassy flavors and pine.

Crisp, good carbonation up front with some mellow malt sweetness, warm yeasty underneath and a bitter (almost medicinal--but not bad) finish that fades to sour.

A pretty good beer. Would be good for working or doing something outside. I have definitely had better IPAs. The only real beef I have on that front is that the taste is pretty hollow and almost boring. I wouldn't want it 5x hoppier or anything, it just has a very simple, bitter hop flavor that pervades it all. That said, I'd drink it again.

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Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of f3el
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Niceroad77
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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