Corne Du Diable - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
85
very good

408 Reviews
THE BROS
48
awful

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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 Muhly
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle poured into some kind of beer type glass

A-pours a murky/cloudy brown honey colour. Didn't pour with any head, but a nice white solid lacing hangs on the glass when I tip it.

S-I found the aromas to be intriguing and complex. Quite hoppy on the nose, but I'm also getting sweet and toasty malt.

T-the taste follows the smell here with an abundance of spicy/floral/citrus and bitter flavours. A bit of round malts follow.

M-very fine carbonation with a light body.

O-a balanced IPA with some subtly interesting flavours. I very much enjoyed this and will likely jump back to it when I'm in the mood for an IPA. (628 characters)

Photo of Electros
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hops, hops, hops, and caramel. It pours out the colour of bog water, nice head retention, easy in mouth-feel. Low in smell, a hint of citrus, and hops. After taste finishes with this caramel taste. Overall, a nice balance, and interesting French Canadian take on an IPA. (270 characters)

Photo of Lawl3ss
2.64/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled 341 ml bottle into a shaker pint. Bottling date appears to be July 2012.

Look- Hazy amber with a frothy, crackly head that falls slowly. Nearly opaque. Nice pebbled lacing.

Smell- Not much here, vague... nothing. Something sweet, resinous, acidic, slightly burnt is hiding there somewhere but it's so faint as to be negligible. Weird.

Taste- Plain, fairly balanced for an IPA, clean, biscuit malt, almost wants to be citrus, but like the nose never quite makes it. Sweetness and bitterness balance and give a honeyed tea impression. It's not bad, there's just not much there to taste from what I can tell. Feels like Cali Ale yeast.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, juicy, crisp on the sip. Would go down easily but there's something of a lingering astringency that keeps it from being an easy drinker.

Overall- A pass for me. It's not offensive or bad, but there's not a lot of flavor or much of anything interesting going on here. It seems directed and well-executed, but it's just to... mild... to qualify as an IPA. It might be better than average for a Quebec IPA, but pretty bland compared to what I'm used to. Perhaps a nice intro craft beer? (1,154 characters)

Photo of mmapes
3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got a bottle of this in trade. The dates notched on the side indicate it was bottled July 2010. Drinking it in September 2012. I'm pretty sure IPAs don't like to age, but maybe this one would...?

Pours deep orange to brown. It's a little muddy. The head sticks around. Smells fruity/barleywine - maybe not quite that rich. Bready.

Tangy. Hoppy. Doesn't taste like it smells. Started reading the Brothers' negative review, just as I was sipping (sorry - I know that is bad review etiqutte). I had just read their comment about "wet paper" when I thought that I was tasting my paper napkin. Up front, I get mostly hops, but the paper taste on the finish is there.

I actually do like the hop character -- slightly closer to citrus than pine. Stays crisp and hoppy even after 2 years. Toward the bottom I'm not getting the paper, so maybe it was the power of suggestion. For an two-year-old IPA, it's still pretty strong, so that's probably good. (947 characters)

Photo of mattsander
2.62/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (419 characters)

Photo of mscudder
2.69/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Best by 5/12 (darn). Poured into a pint.

A - A deep murky copper/bronze with an off-white frothy head. Good retention. Very unique color for the style but I'll run with it.

S - Caramel malts, toffee and some biscuit notes. Everything here is very subtle. Too much so.

T - Starts with a pinch of hops that recede quickly after being dominated by subsequent flavors. A big malt body hits next; thick caramel, some roasted notes and almost a metallic sense. Awkward for sure, perhaps attributed to it age?

M - One of the most robust, creamy American IPA's I have ever had. Big medium body and soft carbonation. I am fairly certain that is not a good thing. The compositions seem to contrast too much for my liking, as if the goal was to form some sort of hybrid brew that just does not match up.

O - I feel it probably has something to do with this beers age but I cannot get behind it. The big malts are just too much for an "IPA."The note that I describe as metallic continued to become more pronounced as I drank making it almost unpleasant. For me, this is a complete miss. (1,079 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium red amber; light head with lacing.
Aroma dominated by sweet malt with light aromatic hops. Taste has a hoppy start, with hops and light malt middle, hop finish. Citrus and hop forward throughout. A pleasant IPA. Reminiscent of a hop forward barley wine. Nice malty IPA. (345 characters)

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

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 6.5%.

A - Poured a murky bronze with a 3cm beige head. Lots of lacing.

S - Caramel, citrus, pine, herbal notes.

T - Caramel, brown sugar, citrus (mostly grapefruit), lasting bitter finish.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy, dry, lasting aftertaste.

O - Sweeter and not as bitter as your typical IPA but a decent Ale overall. (382 characters)

Photo of Raebies
2.86/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells like a typical stout to my nose, plenty of malt but nothing in the way of hop aroma. Dark brown orange appearance, darker than a typical IPA. Tastes very bitter with lots of dry malt flavour, a hint of something metallic. Mouth feel is thicker than a typical IPA due to strong malt presence, with a 5mm layer of lacy brown foam after gentle pouring. (356 characters)

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

A dark amber beer with a thick, creamy off-white head. Toffee and caramel malt smell; home-baked bread. Earthy spiciness with the hops. Rich, buttery, nicely bittered.

A good, journeyman IPA. It has rich malt flavors and smoothness, some fine hop bitterness, just lacks some strong hop aroma. Still, a good, hardy IPA and worth trying. (336 characters)

Photo of csiewert
2.77/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drinking this by candlelight with the power out... Figured I didn't have much else to do.

A - hard to tell in the dark, but there was a TON of foamy head that would not go away that it took a while to pour. The beer looks very hazy and red-amber in color. The head retains very well and there is a good amount of think lacing.

S - sweet malt and earthy hops mainly, maybe with a touch of citrus. Not much impressive here.

T - caramel malt with a bitter fruity finish... Suggests to me that the hops were old on the one.

M - a little too much mouthfeel for an American IPA style beer... Maybe too cloyingly sweet... Yes definitely too cloying sweet. Sharp bitter finish that lingers on the sides of your tongue.

O - good beer... Not quite meeting an American IPA unless you can get it fresh (794 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Coppery brown in color with a foamy head which pulls back to a collar.

S - Malt forward for an American IPA with toffee and caramel, bitter orange peel hops flow through but dont quite match the malt sweetness.

T - Caramel first but then comes the citrus and pine hop character. Very roasty and even a bit smoky for an IPA, a bit like a black IPA. Some booze is evident.

M - Dry medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - I think this is a reasonably tasting beer, but it's a bit all over the place and far from indicative of the style. (541 characters)

Photo of Johnnyfacelift
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours very cloudy almlost murky but the head is strong with lacing around the glass. You can definitely smell the caramel malts and hop aroma along with the more pronounced English yeast. The beer is a bit busy and seems to have too many cooks in the kitchen, good but not entirely memorable. This is a good beer but I think I would personally go for the real American example. (386 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 barczar
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy deep caramel color with a solid one finger cream head that leaves a bit of lacing and a sheet of foam.

Aroma is heavy caramel malt, hints of toast, and subtle herbal hops.

Flavor is decidedly malty initially, caramel and toffee, bread crust, leading to a bitter, somewhat nondescript finish. There's a hint of tangerine and grapefruit pith.

Body is moderate to syrupy, with moderate carbonation. Alcohol warmth is subtle, but present.

Overall, far sweeter and less hoppy than I thought. Somewhat dissapointing. (537 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 leaddog
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on October 2011.

Appearance - Pours a dark plum-like hue with a 1/4 finger width of bubbles.

Smell - Citrus, piney hops, touch of roasted barley malts.

Taste - Moderate level of hops flavour with a light citrus medley. Touch of roasty malts complements these flavours. Nice bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice dry finish.

Overall - A good easy drinkin' IPA from Dieu du Ciel. I enjoyed the aromas and flavours present in this brew, especially the roasted barley malts. A good representation of one of my favourite styles. (575 characters)

Photo of DaPan
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle dated 11/11. Thanks Michael! From tasting notes on February 25, 2012.

1 and a half finger head forms in my Southern Tier snifter. Slightly hazy,ruby red in color. The head is dense and sticks to the side of the glass.

Aroma is a pleasing grassy with some citrus hoppiness, with a touch of grapefruit. I'm getting a tad metallic stainless steel, though wouldn't describe is off smelling.

Bread and yeast greet the tongue, sugar and figs and metallic notes. Not terribly bitter, more sweet.

Average mouthfeel, a little too carbonated for my taste. There is a pretty sticky film left behind in the glass.

Not my favorite IPA, but tonnes of respect for Dieu du Ciel, consistently my favorite Canadian brewer since my university days in Montreal mid '90s. (776 characters)

Photo of Giggy
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: a cloudy brown with orange edges. Minimal beige head

S: nothing to strong or special. Some caramel,malt, yeast, and piney aroma.

T: very bitter, lemon or grapefruit, caramel, toffee, & malt

M: strong hop bitter and dry. More carbonation than I would like.

O: not the best IPA. If someone likes bitter beers then they may really enjoy it. Wonder what the IBU is on this. It would definately be my limit. (410 characters)

Photo of Meerkey
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Not really any head. A murky, bubbly muddy brown. Not very attractive, and rather dark for an IPA.

S: Fruity, malty, hoppy. Caramel. Very nice and interesting. I like it.

T: Wow. Not very good. Some roasted notes. Nutty. Some hops. Weird.

M: Ok, but not that great. Some carbonation, but a little thin.

O: Kind of disappointing to be honest. I won't be having another. (376 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.5 ounce bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Notched 3 & 4.

A: The thin head fades fast. Noticeable sediment floats at the edges of this opaque, milk-chocolate-brown beer. Some bubbles. Quite dark for an IPA.

S: Delicious, and reminiscent of something (somebeer?) I can't put my finger on. Fruity. Caramel malt. Some yeast...this is a fascinating smell.

T: Whoah. Uh...What am I drinking? This doesn't taste like an IPA. It's hard to describe. Leafy, earthy, vegetal. Some obvious hops don't quite seem American. Bitter yes, but no pine or grapefruit. A bit spicy. Some of the malt I detected on the nose acts as a fortunate base, keeping the odd, mouldering flavours from getting out of control. I am not at all sure that I like the taste of this beer.

M: No complaints here. Firm, bready, carbonated, spot on. The aftertaste leaves a lingering dryness that is the perfect malt-hop balance. Yum.

O: Easily my least favourite of Brasserie Dieu du Ciel's beers I've tried. This doesn't look or taste like an IPA, and the bizarre notes in the flavour make it unrecommendable, especially considering the price. Still, I would drink it again, but it's not as much bad as it is unusual and confusing. (1,225 characters)

Photo of sprucetip
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber color, 2 inches of light tan head, good retention and thick lacing.

Rich caramel malty is dominant early, and joined by earthy and floral hops, and a little boozy heat. At first I was enamored with the caramel but disappointed in the relative lack of hops. But it changed dramatically over the course of the sample, as I sipped it slowly, and the floral and even somewhat fruity hops emerged and the caramel dissipated. It was quite an evolution that demonstrated a unique complexity.

The taste is more noticeably hoppy up front, and without the rich caramel malt that was so prominent in the smell. Mild/medium bitterness increases gradually and is paired with fairly sharp grapefruit hop flavor. The caramel is ever so barely present, and the heavy sweetness in the aroma is nearly completely buried. Pretty well balanced. Not bad if not amazing.

Good carbonation, medium body, vague warming with a bitter finish.

Really interesting beer in that the nose, to me, changed dramatically in character as I sipped the beer, and was largely incongruent with the taste with its initial presentation. This is a good beer, but not an amazing one. But it is unique, and I'd happily have it again. Curious what it would be like super fresh. (1,247 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 Immortale25
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Two notches on the label, one at 4 and the other at 2.

A- Pours a somewhat murky dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head that retains before sliding down the glass with sheet-like lacing following. It finally rests at an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and a layer of surface foam.

S- Barnyard-like musty hops. Fresh and pungent but still has a sweetness brought on by the malts.

T- Not as bitter as expected. The malts play a larger role in the overall flavor profile. The hops are there but don't stand out and are more earthy. They certainly are fresh though and eventually pull through with a mild bite after multiple sips. Yum.

M- Clean and soft for such a dark IPA. Medium-high carbonation plays well with the oils from the hops.

O- I paid an outrageous $5.99 for this but it was worth every cent. Love this brewery. (860 characters)

Photo of PatDreadful
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Tulip.

Appearance: It pours a very dark pumpkin color with a slightly off-white head that rises up and sticks around for quite some time. The head leaves huge sticky lacing throughout.

Smell: The aroma was beautiful. The hops are really present but they lean more toward the sticky sweet as opposed to a bright floral which is common with English IPA's. There is also a little caramel sweetness that helps keep the hops grounded.

Taste: The hops really hit you up front but they quickly give way to a very nice maltiness. This is all tied together with just the slightest amount of sweetness that reflects the caramel notes in the aroma. Finally the bitterness hits a bit later than most English IPA's which was very pleasant. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: A light to medium body with very little carbonation that borders on perfection.

Drinkability: This is one of the better IPA's that I have had. Really well put together with a wonderful balance of flavors. I could drink this all night. (1,023 characters)

Corne Du Diable from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
85 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.