Corne Du Diable - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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85
very good

408 Reviews
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Reviews: 408
Hads: 633
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 11
Gots: 34 | 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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured cloudy amber in color with a small head that quickly disappeared into lacey patterns. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a moderate aroma of piney and citrusy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, there are lots of hoppy flavors in the taste, which are balanced to some degree by some sweetness of caramel malts. There are some bitter flavors in the finish, but they aren't too strong.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and a bit sticky.
D: The beer was relatively easy to drink and packed in a lot of flavors without being overly bitter. I would probably have this again, but wouldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting. (665 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's. Served in a chalice.

Pours chestnut brown that is slightly opaque. Not too mug head and slight ring of lacing. Nose brings forward some citrus, floral, and earthy hops. Almost a mild version of an American IPA. Taste backs with a bit of malt...although not half bad. A bit yeasty. Feel is moderate with good carbonation. Drinks alright, but not terribly impressive. (384 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a murky burnt orange color with a firm head that displays excellent retention and sheets the pint glass with lace

Smell: Caramel, overripe stone fruit and a hint of pine

Taste: Opens with a lot of caramel and stone fruit flavors with a resinous pine aspect developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sticky sweetness battles with the bitter flavors and winds up prevailing

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and sticky, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Poorly balanced, with a sticky mouthfeel; perhaps the age of the beer is a factor but there is no way of knowing how long this has been on the shelves (626 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very cool canadian ipa, much different that many of the west coast american ones. pours a redish copper color with bright carbonation and an off white head close to two inches high. smells like caramel malts and piney hops. much more balanced than many of the american versions. the yeast too is also different, maybe not belgian, but similarly effervescent and spicy. flavor is again very well balanced, with a surprisingly bitter hop finish. this beer offeres all kinds of culinary potential, as it has something for everyone. good feel, bigger than medium body. overall a beer i will likely purchase again. its a nice respite from the american hop bombs. (657 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Firmly malted and with a hop presence that certainly balance the ale, yet struggles to gain command- Corne du Diable garners the flavor and balance that relegates it more to an American strong ale but with restrained alcohol flavor and feel.

Pouring a rusty, deep amber color the beer has a significant haze that leaves it somewhat dull in appearance. But the firm sandy head carries a masculine posture that outlasts the session and clings to the glass with very sticky lace.

Sharp and sweet, the aromas of caramel malt and brown sugar and met with the pungent hop character of pine needles, citrus, and leafy hop matter. The balanced aromas prevent dominance from hops, allowing a biscuity aroma to rise similarly to English IPAs.

The embattled balance continues with upfront flavors of rich molasses, biscuit, and fruitcake that latches on to the taste buds until the resiny hop flavor and bitterness of citrus pith, pine sap, and fresh grassy taste slices through the sweet grains and may apply for a slightly hop-forward finish. Complementary ester flavors of apples and marmalade help to bridge the gap between the malty start and resiny finish.

Fully textured from the ample creamy carbonation that embeds itself into the rich malt for a richer effect that allows for a sicky-dry hop resin finish that's accompanied by alcohol warmth in finish. Mild grape skin astringency and hop-derived bite rise as the malts fall and gives the beer a gripping bite to join with piney hops late in the session- the beer just grows methodically and slowly with it's hop bitterness.

For those who prefer a deeply malty IPA with intense hop bitterness and less perfume in the nose can surly get on board with this beer. Where it lacks finesse and brightness, it excels in balance and bite. It reminds me a lot of Mikkeller IPAs. (1,823 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.74/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had some really high hopes for this brew when I bought it. Once I opened it and poured it out I was surprised that the appearance was so muddy and brown looking. The head was decent but the look of the beer wasn't very appealing. The smell had an average hop aroma to it. The taste was more along the lines of an earthy IPA and not much of a citrusy IPA. The mouthfeel was medium and decently carbonated. Overall this beer was a major let down. (444 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a nice thick and quite big foamy head with some good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of resin hops with some nice floral notes. Taste is also dominated by some resin hoppy notes with a subtle caramel malt profile and ends with some bitter notes. Body is quite full with a nice texture and some good carbonation. (361 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sunset orange accented by sunset coral... a truly beautiful shade that one doesn't often see in an IPA. The orangish beige crown is a looker as well. It's firmly creamy, looks like it will last into next week and is beginning to lay down an artistic array of delicate lace. This is first-rate eye candy.

I'm not sure why the brewery calls Corne Du Diable an English IPA. The nose is standard, caramel malty, citrus zesty, American IPA. Maybe they're referring to the historical roots of the style. Anyway, grapefruit and orange esters suggest at least one of the C-hops.

There's a slight whiff of something 'off' in the aroma, and it's even more apparent on the palate. Hard to say what's causing it. This isn't as exact a description as I'd like, but it's a combination of sour and vegetal. Clay comes to mind, as does moldy leaves. Some of the organic APAs and IPAs have this same characteristic. Thankfully, there are enough hops to keep things from spiraling out of control.

The flavors from the caramel malt probably help too. Having said that, there isn't a ton of malt present and there isn't much sweetness. That's okay, bitterness is what beer of this style is all about. Even though the hops aren't buzzsaw-like, the IBUs are still probably comfortably north of 50. Grapefruit rind soaked in melted caramel is the Cliffs Notes version of the flavor profile. The good part of it anyway.

The mouthfeel falls just short of style average and begins to falter on the finish; not a good characteristic in an IPA. More malt would be good. As would a few more bubbles.

The two Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel offerings that I've had so far, Peche Mortel (Mortal Sin) and Corne Du Diable (Horn of the Devil), are interesting names for a brewery known as 'God of Heaven'. Perhaps Brasseire Du Ironie would be more appropriate. Anyway, this is a moderately flawed, less than devilishly good IPA that has enough hops to stay above average. (1,933 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (1,395 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to go with a nice tasting of four of their offerings this evening and this was the first to go down. Served in a nice foothills glass and consumed on 02/17/2010.

The pour was an nice dark amber color, clear with lots of carbonation visible streaming up toward the surface. Nice rich head of white caps the top gracefully and settles down with a good bit of lacing sticking to the sides and the bottom of the glass. Rich aroma of sweet orange hops, very well balanced with a good earthy feel to it. Buttery and thick the aroma seemed to hang in the air. Warming made this only more apparent. Nice thick feel as it crosses over the palate of the tongue. Rich citrus hops, not biting but more mellow and relaxed come at you with a sweet buttery taste mid palate that really does wonders to balance it out. Light dry finish and a smooth, almost caramel like taste a few moments after the last sip. Very nicely done.

Overall a very solid and very well done IPA. Not your typical west coast monster, this had a nice balance and smooth, even feel to it. I really liked what was done here and it made it very drinkable. Could have had another right away without an issue. (1,173 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sending me this one, Jeff.

A: The beer pours amber in color with a finger of rocky white head.

S: Smells very sweet and caramelly. There's a bit of fruit to it, almost like white grapes. A decent sweet citrus note as well as a bit of tropical fruits and peaches. More malt sweetness as I smell it more, perhaps brown sugar.

T: Very much like a barleywine. Toasty malts with lots of bread, toffee, and brown sugar. There is a moderate bitterness on the finish, but not a huge hop flavor. A bit of citrus and some sweet fruits.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer, but the flavors were more reminiscent of a barleywine. I would have preferred more hops and less sweet malt. (709 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber body topped by a medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Honeyish, hoppy aroma with notes of passion fruit juice, flowers, and grapefruit rind.

Taste: Honey candy, though with a restrained sweetness. Then, jumps to the fruity, resoundingly bitter hops. Continual hints of citrus. Slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: In short: it's good. A nice surprise. (464 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - An off-white head of foam that settles quickly and leaves little lace. The body is reddish-brown with good clarity.

S - Pine and grapefruit hop aromas with toffee and toasted malt notes. A little bit of brown sugar in the background.

T - Sweet toffee and sugary malt up front. Citrus and pine hops with moderate bitterness balance out the middle of the beer but fade into a finish full of sticky sweet malt with sour pine hop flavor.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish with a slightly chalky, astringent feel on the tongue.

D - This is a darker than average IPA with a heavy emphasis on the malt. The sticky sweetness prevails despite the dry finish and the hops just can't seem to cut through. Great aroma but a weak and cloying flavor. (772 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to GoGriz for this bottle!

Review #800...yahoo! Something like that. It pours a partly cloudy dense amber topped by about a finger of light ecru foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuit, caramel, mint, flowers, and lime rind. The taste leans heavily on the hoppy pine, orange peel, and mint, while some meek toffee cowers during the interrogation. The hops are strangely sharp...not just heavy, they actually pierce the 'buds. So to speak. Something like that. The body is a stoic medium, with a light carbonation and a slightly syrupy feel. Overall, a decent IPA, a bit out of balance and flat (in complexity, not carbonation), but really not out-and-out bad. (711 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a finger of off white head. There is some decent retention to this one.

Smell: Very sweet from the malt. Some caramel and dates, quite fruity. There is a hop smell, but the malt dominates.

Taste: Follows from the smell. There is a better balance here than in the smell. Caramel malt with some dark fruit up front and a bitter fruity finish. The bottle says it is an English IPA and it definitely is.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish that is a bit gritty.

Overall: This is an average English IPA. The malt and hops fight each other just a bit. Still not bad. (690 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep murky copper, with 2 big foamy fingers of off-white head. This retains with a relatively thinner level but still stays rich and frothy in the glass, leaving back chunky patches of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is earthy and herbal, with some spice and thick citrus component going on with it. There is some fairly strong pine here as well, as the hops mix with a background of grainy malts to impart a pungent sharpness in the back of the nostrils.

The taste is bitter with spice and a sticky piney edge, which then gives way to some leafier feeling earthiness. There's a deep backing tang to this from citrus character and that same grainy malts flavor from the aroma. Spice and pithy lingering bitterness just dominates the finish and lays heavy on the tongue after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall, with a softer carbonation that then sits on top of a much beefier layer underneath. There is some alcohol heft present but it mostly stays out of the taste, instead helping add some sharpness to those hop accents and extra beef to the feel.

This had an overall English IPA vibe going on with it, but some Amercian hops definitely snuck there way in here, helping give the flavor some force and aggressive. Nice medium ground between the two styles with this, as I ended up enjoying it much more than I originally thought I was going to. (1,420 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, fruity citrus and floral hops.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of caramel & citrus. Then a decent hops bitterness comes in, but it's not as dominant as most IPA's. There's a hearty malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a flavorful IPA for those that don't want as much hops as your typical IPA. Overall it's a good beer that is worth drinking for a while. (785 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loving most of the Dieu Du Ciel beers, and from my memory I really enjoyed this East Coast style IPA.

A: Pours a thick creamy 2 finger head. It's a semi hazy dark orange slightly reddish color with a strange orange glow. The head slowly fades to a nice thick 1 finger head and leaves a slight lacing.

N: The aroma was billowing out as I poured it. A really nice thick hop aroma, with lots of pine, some citrus, and tons of juicy chewy hops. A slight malty sweet aroma, almost reminiscent of a DIPA or really thick heavy Imperial IPA. The bright aromatic hops are really great.

T: Starts with a really chewy hop flavor. Then adds some slight dark malt flavors, crystal malt, a little malty sweetness and thickness. Some juicy hop flavors along with a little pine. Some bitter pale flavors really zing as well. Almost feels like it would have some heavier alcohol to it with the malt, sweetness and body, but it doesn't, it stays light. Some fruit flavors also come through, but not so heavy.

M: Pretty thick, good carbonation.

F: Again pretty bitter, but doesn't go over the top. The hop bitterness actually fades slowly instead of intensify on the finish. It also dries off quite a bit at the end. The malty heavy taste seems to all but fade as well, but leaves the slightest hint. The hop bitterness may fade but the delicious hop flavor doesn't quite do so. It even leaves a slight grassy hop flavor with the earthy, chewy, piny flavors. Pretty much as good as I remembered this one, really enjoy it. (1,508 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Eh? The devil's corn? What?

Pours a slightly fogged darker brown with a thick tannish head. Nose is malty more than hops it seems. The funny thing about the flavor here is that after a little bit something hit me that was odd. This strikes me as a rye almost. At least that's the thought that came into my head. Flavor is earthy and robust. Definitely is more mineral than fruit or floral. Feel has a nice silken carbonation to it and the liquid is good. Very nice. Very nice indeed. A nice earthy and robust IPA. (515 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.5 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness conical pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, but I always approach IPAs skeptically due to their tendency to be brewed with little regard for balance. Not paired with food or anything.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of good cream, good thickness, and great retention. Colour is an atypical caramel. Nontransparent and not particularly consistent or strong in its colour.

Sm: Very strange for an IPA. Extensive caramelization. Musty hops and dark floral notes. Some nuts. Heavy date fruit esters. Bready and maybe even a bit earthy. One of the most intense, complex, unexpected aromas I've experienced. Overall, I'd say it's date forward. A strong aroma.

T: Dates dominate, with some restrained hoppiness checked by bready and earthy notes alongside light balanced caramelized malts and dark floral notes. A strange taste particularly for an IPA. Grapefruit citrus esters. Maybe some raisin about the climax. Some cream. It's balanced alright, very experimental and strange, and complex but seemingly unlayered. I applaud the bold flavours and unique approach, but the balance is problematic and the flavour is a bit scattershot.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but too thin - especially on the open and throughout the first act. Could use more cream.

Dr: Very strange for the style and quite bold. I applaud the experimentation, but this comes off as too weird and imbalanced to warrant a higher than average rating. Still, I think everyone should try it merely for its unique approach. Enjoyable for its relative obscurity, but the novelty value is never more than that.

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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bountiful head, slow to diminish. Lots of lumpy lace on the glass. Amber, on the side of darker, a little bit of cloudiness.

Plenty of floral hop in the nose. Mild, lighter malt is also present.

Tastes like a traditional American IPA. Lots of harsher bitter flavored hops. Initial sip barely shows the neutral malt presence. The rest is bitterness through the long aftertaste. Good body, low carbonation. A very good example of the style. (440 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Horn of the Devil", their interpretation of the English IPA, but in the American style. From the label description, it sounds like more a hybrid of both...English malt, American hops, plus dry hopping? Let's open and see...

Hazy, crimson color, plump, fuzzy, off-white head.

Citrus and pine in the nose, with caramel notes as well. Bright grapefruit and tangerine.

Brisk, spikey bitter hop attack greets the tongue. Sweet, juicy malt lies just below. Feels like an English IPA, with a bit more bitterness, and a higher hop quotient. Do the Brits dry hop? I'm not sure. What other malts are here? I can taste more than caramel, but can't tell you which ones. Also taste a bit ringwood-y...The best, or worst, of both worlds.

Medium light body. Consistent flavor. Moderate finish.
Not bad at all.
Most definitely the best Canadian IPA I've yet had...That I can remember...I'll get back to you. (897 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.5 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a reddish brown color with two finger of off white head. Light carbonation and lacing.

s - Smells of bready malts, wheat, and a little bit of citrus hops. Not at all what I was expecting.

t - A combination of bready and caramel malts, as well as citru hops that are creating a hint of bitterness. Interesting and not bad, but again, not really what I was expecting.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - A decent beer, but I was surprised how much of a malt backbone this one had. I thought the hops were mroe prominent than the hops which was surprising. Worth a try but wouldn't really look to have it again. (698 characters)

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Corne Du Diable from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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