Corne Du Diable - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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Reviews by biboergosum:
4/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
12-28-2008 08:20:26 | More by biboergosum
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3.98/5 rDev +8.2%
Poured into a standard pint glass a hazy copper color with a pillow-like one finger white head that never really completely settles.Deep pine resin in the nose along with some sharp grapefruit rind,a sweetish caramel/biscuit malt base shows thru as well,close to balanced but the intense pine resin wins out.Not a big fruity ipa more of a bitter hop presence,intense pine on the palate with a hint of leather,the caramel malt holds up well to the hop intensity.A nice ipa for sure,if you like resiny hop flavors this is your bag.
05-18-2009 00:20:02 | More by oberon
3.63/5 rDev -1.4%
Appearance - This is brown in color with a nice head. The beer looks OK, but I'm guessing that it's going to be another malty European effort at the AIPA. The head sprung up like a wild man, equally predictable.
Smell - I'm actually getting some pretty decent citrus hopping from the nose and also as expected some big malts. They are heavily-toasted and just do outlast the hops.
Taste - The hops still have some citrus notes but are now dominated with vegetation, but the entire hop profile plays second fiddle to the toasty malts.
Mouthfeel - This is short of medium-bodied with light carbonation and a big bitter finish.
Drinkability - I wouldn't call it a classic AIPA but it was good enough to drink. It's more like a semi-hoppy bitter.
11-26-2010 02:26:18 | More by RoyalT
3.03/5 rDev -17.7%
served in nonic.
LOOK (3.5/5) Pours a red, rusty colour - about 27*SRM. Clarity is pretty poor for the style. Head was off-white, maybe cream, it is rocky and rises to about a half inch withe decent stand.
SMELL (3.5/5) The malt is a bit strong and has a bit of a mailard flavor to it. A bit of raisin flavor. Hops are obviously pretty strong. The balance is a bit too malty.
TASTE (3/5) The malt has the same character - a bit too caramel and raisin. The hops are strong - again the flavor is resinous, but was not strong enough to balance out the bitterness.
FEEL (3/5) The body and the carbonation were both a bit too light and insubstantial for the flavors. A bit more carbonation would have dried out the finish nicely. It has a bit of an oily feeling that doesn't work with the bitter end all that well.
DRINK (2.5/5) I wasn't hugely impressed, the flavors and the feel are a bit mismatched.
07-17-2011 17:20:03 | More by Rijtjeshuis
1.88/5 rDev -48.9%
Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:
"Horn of the devil" is touted as a contemporary interpretation of an English India Pale Ale and Dieu du Ciel's nod to West Coast IPAs.
Dark, murky brown, with amber edges; crowned with a creamy beige head with nice lacing and stick. Deep fruity esters of overripe stone fruit, some toffee, dark breads, hint of soap, and alcohol in the nose. Wet paper too. Gritty on the palate. Fine and prickly carbonation. Somewhat creamy, but rough around the edges overall. Hop character is quite abrasive, coarse, leafy and resiny, with oils sticking to the palate and drawing the flavors out. Grassy bitterness. Malts seem out of place and one-dimensional. Mostly toasty with some buttery toffee. Notes of oxidation bring with it some cardboard and sherry. Finishes dry with an earthy, papery finish.
This IPA could definitely use some cleaning up, balance, focus and filtering in order to stand up to any other IPA from the West Coast--or from England.
09-20-2010 17:35:59 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.33/5 rDev +17.7%
Poured into a pint glass, this beer was a hazy orange/amber color. It had a thick, tan, clumpy head, and a good deal of lacing. Floral/piney aroma, sweet caramel. The caramel and pine competed well in the taste. I thought this beer was nicely balanced, and look forward to having it again.
06-27-2009 13:00:17 | More by lordofthewiens
3.9/5 rDev +6%
11.5 ounce bottle, w/o freshness/vintage info, pours cloudy dark fuzzy copper, creamy medium tan head, then leaving nicely developed fine lace. In the nose I pick up well done toast, smoke and some leafy hops in the rear. Boldly hopped, but not biting, lots of semi burnt malts, earthy, smokey, hops present but subdued. Quite pricey @ $5.50 for this slightly undersized bottle. Doubt I'd go for this one again, nice but not special enough to warrant the cost
10-09-2008 20:29:04 | More by Billolick
3.68/5 rDev 0%
The beer pours a dirty amber color with an off-white, shaving-cream like head. The aroma is heavy on the grass and biscuit malt and smells a little bit like iced tea. The aroma is heavy on the pine and orange citrus hops. I also get some iced tea and grass hops as well as some biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I think the bottle was a little bit older, but the beer tasted a lot like a hoppy amber ale rather than an American IPA.
02-08-2011 05:37:22 | More by Mora2000
3.63/5 rDev -1.4%
Haven't been able to find DDC brews in Ontario thus far - the LCBO just got this one in and I'm sufficiently stoked. (However, at $3 a bottle, I hope I'm not forced to like it...)
Corne pours an attractive dark amber, and leaves a thin white head that lingers, and produces some great lacing. Solid retention.
The smell is incredibly hoppy and citrusy, but with a curious bit of sweetness, probably caramel as well.
The taste is interesting for an IPA. A very hoppy brew, but something about the hops here are unique. The finish is very bitter and lingering. Notes of citrus and caramel.
Mouthfeel is chewy and juicy, very nice.
Not sure I could dtrink a lot of these, but I will certainly seek this one out on tap. A solid variation of the IPA style.
11-05-2009 19:57:15 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.28/5 rDev -10.9%
Poured in a chilled pint glass...
Appearance - a dark auburn appearance when poured with a little head that tends to disappear quickly. head does appear to be darker than most. not a lot of carbonation present, hard to see due to the darkness.
Smell - ver fragrant beer, offers a to the nose and entices one to drink up! Smell of hops and a citrus based, there is a hint of sweetness.
Taste - very dominant tasting beer, strong citrus base to start then ends with a lingering bitterness. I would actually compare it to a grapefruit slightly.
Mouthfeel - nice mouthfeel, almost brings out the bitterness after tasting. carbonation remains the same and the beer does not dance around your mouth. Strong tasting hope beer.
Drinkability - As i sample my first IPA i am learning that some of these taste are too be expected. The beer itself offers the drinker a strong sense of taste and lets one explorer many different flavours. Overall, would be a nice been on occasion, but not something i would stock.
09-30-2010 00:29:17 | More by Swedes21
3.03/5 rDev -17.7%
Pours a rather unappealing brown with little to no head and sweet malty aroma. The beer is trying to be an english IPA with a west coast style bitterness and failing at it. An unrefined bitterness is paired with an overly sweet malt character and strong fruity overtone of figs or plumb. The mouthfeel is watery with a light but abrasive carbonation. This is a beer that does not become more appreciable as it warms and really tastes like a home brew. The best part about this beer is the awesome artwork of a casual devil drinking a foamy brew out of a horn.
11-16-2013 04:20:24 | More by BenHesk12
British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev +8.7%
Pours deep amber with an off-white head. Strong bittersweet aroma with lots of caramel, bread, and hops. Taste is piney and floral with caramel, nicely balanced. Thick body with medium carbonation, and a little bit sticky. Overall this is a good, decently drinkable IPA.
10-01-2010 05:22:02 | More by chickenm
2.53/5 rDev -31.3%
Pours a murky orange and brown. Definitely not filtered, lacks much of a head or carbonation. Aroma is pretty nonexistant.
Taste, nothing like an American ipa I would say. This is more like a red ale. Barely a hop is noticeable in this, toasted redness from the malt perspective plays dominate on this one. More viscous than most in this style.
The pricing on these are ridiculous, even if it were good. Rather bland for the price, its like a mildly hoppier version of something a little better than Killians.
01-02-2011 04:38:47 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5 rDev +4.6%
bottled served in a weizen glass, got this as an extra. straw amber with one finger eggshell head with good retention and lacing. aroma of grapefruit, malt. Pretty sweet malt forward IPA, not really fitting in the more modern term of american IPA but enjoyable nonetheless.
I wouldn't seek this one out unless I was really in the mood for a sweet ipa.
10-02-2013 18:17:54 | More by williamjbauer
3.88/5 rDev +5.4%
Got this from the very generous ShrLSU. Thank you sir!
Pours a hazy dark copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates pretty quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thin ring around the glass. Not a lot of lacing.
Smells of sweet malts with a bit of a piney hop aroma.
Tastes similar to how it smells. The malt flavors dominate the hop flavors, but the hop flavors are still large enough to come through. Subtle pine flavors stick around throughout the sip, ending with a light bitterness.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and carbonation that's just right.
Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing this one, but I'm not overly excited at the prospect of having another.
Overall this beer seems like a light version of DFH's 120 Minute. It's got the same malty dominance while still having good underlying hop presence. It's not on par with Peche Mortel, but it's still worth a shot. Thanks again to ShrLSU for sending this one over.
12-06-2008 03:33:20 | More by glid02
Corne Du Diable from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
83 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.