Corne Du Diable - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 630
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 10
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rastacouere on 03-07-2004

"American-Style India Pale Ale"
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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

DRINK (3/5)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
1.9/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Swedes21
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BenHesk12
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of chickenm
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.55/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of glid02
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a dense warm brown body with a creamy beige head and a few tiny bubbles at the base of the glass. There are some yeast chunks that are small but stick in the head.
S- The rich caramel malt aroma has some fresh pale malt qualities and a woody green hop finish that is pretty balanced. T- The soft slightly sweet rich caramel malt gives way to a big pungent hop bite in the finish. There is a light fruity quality to the hops but not much other flavor.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture. D- The nice aroma doesn't follow through in the taste. There isn't much depth to the malt or hops in the taste and with no freshness date I can't tell if this is just age or the way it was designed.

Photo of pwoods
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle, purchased at Bruisin' Ales, poured into an imperial pint. Notes.

A: Reddish tinted amber. About a finger worth of head, decent retention and good lacing.

S: Light American hops, citrus, juicy, maybe some pint. Very malty, maybe overbalanced.

T/M: good bitterness level. Hops still seem mostly Euro, though, grassy, and floral notes. Some citrus, miostly lemon. Plenty malty, sweet and actually thick. Malts are spicy. body is above medium and kind of chewy.

D: This just seems out of style for me.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle brown that is clear but a little dull. The head was off white and becomes a not very pretty surface layer of suds. This one looks ok but doesn't really have a sparkle to it.

The nose is good here. There is a good balance of roasted grains and a good dose of hops. There is a lean towards a slightly citrus scent that could be more pronounced but what's here is definitely nice.

The taste falters from the nose slightly but not in the grain department. Sweet and toasted the grain is the backbone of this beer. Hops are present but are not a very solid flavor or feel. The beer goes towards a tea flavor that is good but kind of a let down as an IPA.

The mouthfeel is ok but still lack luster like the flavor. There is a medium body with an available bitterness and light carbonation. This is a good beer but a poor IPA. The flavors fall short and the feel doesn't quite make it to satisfaction either. Worth trying but for the most part it's a pass if you see it in the store or on the menu.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful American IPA.
Pours a slightly cloudy copper orange with a nice full finger white head of tight bubbles that sticks around forever, leaving pretty lacing in it's wake as you drink.

Aromas are fresh citrus...grapefuits and oranges.

Taste is clean and bright. Slightly toasted caramel malt to start with followed quickly with grapefruit peel hops that are as sweet as they are bitter. As you swallow, the hops leave behind a touch of pine oil you can both taste and smell.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with tight carbonation and a drying effect as you swallow.

Love it.

Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of mintjellie
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a ruby hellfire with hints of brown in colour. Slightly hazy. Hold it to the light if you want to see something pretty. The off-white pillow of head it's topped with has alright retention and leaves a little bit of lace behind. Aroma of grapefruit and pine balanced caramel, oranges, and brown sugar. Grapefruit and pine is there in the flavour as well, balanced by a huge, sweet caramel backbone. Woody, earthy bitterness that lasts long into the aftertaste keeps the rich sweetness from becoming cloying. Man, that bitterness really sticks in your mouth. Medium bodied and smoothly carbonated, with an oily finish. Feels luxurious. A treat to drink.

Photo of seanthornton152
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Belmont Station, 12 oz bottle, Poured into KleinBrouwerij Tulip

Sharp bronze color, slight cloudiness, 1 thumb head.

Sweet smell of floral hops, citrus fruits and malts

Flavors of grapefruit, caramel, toasty malts, all blended perfectly together, ending with a slight spice. As the beer warms, the hop character really stands out.

Medium body with a nice smooth carbonation

Enjoyable, nose and flavors are well balance, nicely crafted American IPA

Photo of Metalmonk
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought this stupidly expensive 11.5 oz. bottle at the newer Foodery location in Philly, PA. After having my first Peche Mortel the evening before (an amazing beer), I had to see if this brewery was for real, despite the high price. Could they deliver other beers comparable in quality? I'm gonna find out...

I never give appearance points for a label, but if I did, this would be a 5. Very cool...wish I was pouring into that spiral ram-horn Mr. Diable is drinking from. Instead it goes into the pint glass a rusty sunset copper, sporting a thick fluffy head that leaves gobs of lace as it slowly settles. Looks like quite the IPA, very appetizing.

Aroma is mostly hops, though nothing overpowering or extreme. Has a gentleness to it, pungent but flowery and generously letting some malt in to provide balance. There's a peculiar slant to it that I can't describe, I would say it's alcoholic in nature, though at 6.5% (printed clearly on the label) I'm not sure that's it. Maybe dusty cinnamon?

Hmmm...underwhelming flavor...bitterness seems off, even old...kind of flat on both the hop and malt ends of the spectrum. Something dominates that I'd describe as leafy, as in dry autumn leaves. Terribly astringent and papery finish.

Mouthfeel is soft and subtle, somewhere between watery and creamy--it's thin but not totally without body.

Corne Du Diable is merely decent. Cannot believe this is the same brewer that does Peche Mortel. Would love to give this another chance, especially on tap, or cask, but at $7.99 a freakin' bottle, I'll probably need to travel up to Montreal to do it right.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber red color with a nice fluffy white head. Nose is quite nice with some WC hop flavor and a nice sweetness. Taste follows with good hop flavors, a bit subdued as i have had this bottle for a while, but i am impressed with what remains. The malt backbone is solid. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy, but still quite nice. Exceptionally drinkable, although the sweetness does hamper it a bit. Overall quite a pleasant IPA. I am impressed with this offering, and honestly was not expecting this. Defenitely for those who like a little bit more of a malt body, but fairly good either way.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth grapefruit, hoppy, creamy, good significant carbonation. Lace, thin head. Amber and good hop floral scent. Long citrus grapefruit finish.The juice is loose. Full mouthfeel, a hophead's delight. Modiale 2005. Had again at Cask Day 2006 at Bar Volo and nnoticed better cask appearance, good mouthfeel though not as tasty.
Had four years later on tap at the brewpub and still a standout IPA,
Has a bottle from LCBO shipment 4.5 years later, and it was an infected bottle.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Downright beautiful beer. Lovely orange with a slightly red tinge. Big bold tan head. Lacings completely coat the class. Excellent.

Certainly an AIPA nose. Very fruity hops. The usual suspects, pine and grapefruit. A little bit of a swirl brings up something rather unpleasant, something off with the malt character.

This is where things get funny. Despite the obvious presence of American hops on the nose, a good chunk of the flavour brings to mind a English version of the style, specifically a Kentish ale. It's the strong bitter finish, but without the strong citrus notes that you expect to taste. This is followed up with a very English mineral character. As with many Canadian examples of the style there is a sort of rough character to the malt that I find very appealing, it isn't satisfied to play second-fiddle to the hops. Luckily I don't taste that off aroma I got.

Great mouthfeel. Wonderful carbonation. Nice and creamy in the mouth.

This is a really great, balanced IPA. I don't really know how comfortable I am placing it in the AIPA category though. The brewers suggest it's closer to the west coast interpretation, but the flavour profile suggests otherwise. Overall though, an excellent IPA, but might put off the hardcore American IPA fan.

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Corne Du Diable from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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