Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Corne du Diable

Today I'm drinking Corne du Diable brewed by Microbrasserie Dieu du Ciel in St-Jerome, Quebec, Canada. The illustration of the Devil with horns drinking a beer out of another horn and dressed in a fancy old-time suit was done by yannick.brosseau@sympatico.ca.

I'll tell you what. I'm very confused. The front of the label says this is an American-Style India Pale Ale, but the story on the side says this is their "interpretation of the classic English India Pale Ale [and is] very much in the American style." WTF does that mean? At least we know that the name translates to Horn of the Devil.

Quite the sweet caramel, malty tea aroma. Sweet caramel flavors open things up as well. Soon after, a little astringent lemony bitterness comes next and persists, slowly eating away at that sweetness until it's totally gone. Grassy and a little spicy in the middle. The aftertaste is not that great. Alcoholic dry (6.5% alcohol) with an unappealing medicinal flavor that lingers for a long time. Decent prickly carbonation but the one-dimensional flavors ending with an unwelcome aftertaste leave me to yearn for many other beers. Oh, and this tasted nothing like an American-Style IPA. Maybe a bad British one, but whatever. Pass.

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Nick said...

Perhaps their desired style explanation was lost in translation.

I have never seen one beer from Quebec in my local stores. Do you get these in FL, or were these a delivery from friends?

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Yeah, maybe lost in translation.

Yes, I got it in South Florida. The brewery is new to us, but they are distributed by Shelton Brothers, like Jolly Pumpkin and Mikkeller and a few others. So if you've seen those, ask the store manager about these.