Corne Du Diable - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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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
1.95/5 rDev -47%
A - Earth brown in color which is a bit off putting for an American IPA. Pours a moderate sized white head which stays or a bit. Lacing seems impressive.
S - Large amount of caramel and toffee in the nose. Honey and an intense sweetness towards the end. Out of character for an AIPA.
T - Caramel and sticky sweetness up front. Towards the end a moderate hop flavor comes into play. Not much bitterness, and the hop flavor can be described as slightly soapy. Not very appealing.
M - Heavy bodied and light alcohol burn. Nothing very satisfying about it.
O - The soapy taste becomes more predominant as I drink more and I find the beer not very satisfying. I'm glad I bought a single and not a 6 pack.
11-06-2011 21:54:41 | More by WrathsU
2.1/5 rDev -42.9%
Pours a very deep, dark brown garnet with adequate off-white head that laces pretty well. Appearance is very bland in my opinion, as there is no striking color, nor any clarity or really great head.
Smells sickly sweet, with vague tropical scents of way-too-sweet jackfruit. This has the aroma of fruit left out WAY too long, and is way overripe in every way.
Taste starts initially with a bit of faint bitterness, but then reverts to the overripe fruit. I feel like I'm biting into the softest, most nasty mango ever. Its WAY too sweet, and offers NO hop bitterness or anything else to contrast. Finish has a bit of herbal character which is nice, but it is enveloped in sickly sweet tones that make this a strange brew. It's not the WORST beer on earth, but for the style this lags far, far behind its brethren. Little bit of peppermint twang in the taste? Finally a positive note, but not enough to save this one, as it is tough to even get.
Mouthfeel is average, with enough body to carry the flavors, but is approaching watery at times. Drinkability is not great due to the poor balance in this beer. The malt profile is WAY too strong for this style, and it's a very disappointing brew coming from the makers of peche mortel.
02-19-2011 08:08:17 | More by madvermin
2.23/5 rDev -39.4%
A - Nut/rust brown, quite cloudy, not able to actually see through the pint. Head retention 1 min.
S - Serious dried fruit, with a hint of citrus, but barely.
T - A malty and slight fruit start and then I found that the bitter really did not kick in until mid swig and then lingers through for finish and sticks to the middle of the tongue.
M - Lighter on the tongue than I originally thought the beer would be from the initial smell. Probably the most IPA part of this beer for me.
D - Not what I was expecting in this IPA, with such dry fruity notes to the ale that overshadowed the rest of the beer which seems to have an unbalanced finish that contrasts the style. The bitter finish tries to pull the IPA together but did not quite do it for me. I think Dieu du ciel is trying to have their own take on the style, but it was not my favorite beer this week.
03-14-2011 23:06:40 | More by Robhern
2.3/5 rDev -37.5%
I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.
It pours a dark to medium brown with a light brown head that doesn't rise much and has little retention or head. Its a very strange and off putting look for a IPA.
The aroma gets us back on track to drinking an ipa, it is light smelling but there are some very nice hops with a touch of citrus and banana.
This beer tastes terrible there is bitter hops start to finish with a weird horrible aftertaste that makes you think you're drinking an imperial stout. Mouthfeel heavy, can't drink it, I tossed it.
10-22-2009 00:12:51 | More by jrallen34
2.4/5 rDev -34.8%
Wow, gotta say I was thoroughly unimpressed with this beer. Maybe I'm just too hung up on the "American IPA" label. To me this in no way resembles an American IPA, or really any IPA for that matter. Pours and looks fine. Slightly hazy, bronze in color. Good head and retention, nice lacing as well. Smell was very grassy and earthy, some biscuit malt as well. Very little bitterness. Taste was a bland as well, almost tastes like pale ale but not quite. Some caramel malt, very little hops, mainly a grainy, grassy taste. Mouthfeel was fine, little thin though. I dont know, i really feel this should be better but I'm really just not feeling this beer.
02-27-2011 06:01:53 | More by bunnyhustle
2.45/5 rDev -33.4%
A - Poured into my New Belgium snifter w/ laser etching. It formed a thin cream colored head. The laser etching helped it maintain a thin head with minimal lacing. The beer was a dark rusty orange color. Pretty nice.
S - Weak grassy alfalfa aroma with subtle lemon notes.
T - Kind of a sour up front with a little bit of malt. Kind of like slightly stale sourdough. The sourness fades to grassy and piney hops. The bitterness carries and there are some salty metallic flavors in the finish.
M - Light bodied without much carbonation and no alcohol presence.
D - I did not enjoy this much. Its predominant traits were sourness and bitterness. Pretty one dimensional. I don't think I will be drinking this again.
04-20-2011 01:15:26 | More by LaCoursiere
2.45/5 rDev -33.4%
There are definitely off flavors in this beer (I found it to have a earthy, maybe musty taste). It is quite hopped (normal for an IPA) but not the hoppiest beer i have had.
Would not really recommend it, the appearance is really great however, but that does not compensate for the weird taste.
03-02-2011 02:52:18 | More by TomStew
2.5/5 rDev -32.1%
thanx smutty33 for givin me this thing... but that being said i think i'm gonna drain pour it.. on my 4th sip or so.. it's not horrible but just not something i'm really enjoying..
A - This is weird because i'm not expecting it to be so brown/reddish.. actually has a decent head and lacing..
S - This is weird.. i think it's fresh but it has more of like a bready malt smell than a floral/piny/citrus ipa smell.. a weird ipa smell. i didn't really like it.
T - i can't figure it out.. maybe like a sour bitter taste that i guess i kinda like a tiny bit in a weird way.. has a grapefruit taste and i like that but this has that sour bad grapefruit taste i don't like..
M - almost makes me pucker up..
D - i gotta drainpour i had like 5 sips.. so i guess i have to rate it low..
10-22-2010 21:39:47 | More by Tomdee74
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
2.6/5 rDev -29.3%
poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass
A: Merky dirty water with a slight head..
S: nothing much....missing the hoppy smelll I expect form an IPA
T: hard to swallow...very harsh all the way down including the carbonation
M: Thick, too thick...
O: Glad I only purchased one of these...would avoid next time...
09-13-2011 00:56:30 | More by Spcoly
2.63/5 rDev -28.5%
A: Deep brown, extremely hazy. Nice head, but this is a rather unappealing looking beer and it doesn't resemble an IPA at all.
S: A tootsie-roll dusted with minty, coarse hops. It has a 'dull' character, doesn't have the brightness I enjoy in an IPA.
T: Mimics the nose, balancing a dark toffee sweetness and a broad, nondescript hop vibe.
M: Sticky and dense, though I did finish the pint.
Not an IPA, just a mess.
08-23-2012 02:38:01 | More by mattsander
Corne Du Diable from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
83 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.