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Corne Du Diable - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
83
good

608 Ratings
THE BROS
47
awful

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Ratings: 608
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.67%
Wants: 8
Gots: 26 | 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:
"American-Style India Pale Ale"

(Beer added by: Rastacouere on 03-07-2004)
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Photo of Travlr
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at C'est What? in Toronto.
A: slightly cloudy amber with a small white head with good lacing.
S: Background of mixed spices, including cinnamon and coriander, plus orange peel.
T: Notes of vanilla and black pepper, dominant malt but very good balance.
M: Nice mouthfeel, great body.
D: Definitely to be sought after, a nice brew.

Travlr, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass dec3 2009

A slightly cloudy copper/ruby red with a thumbs width of beige head that has decent retention and leaves a fair amount of lace even after falling to a thin film

S caramel and biscuit with some pine and mild grapefruit

T a little more malt then on the nose but it works quite well for it creating a nice balance. It has a little sweetness going for it as well pretty tasty really I enjoyed it start to finish

M much thicker then I expected and just enough bite to make me a happy man, sticks to your mouth too lovely feel on this one

D no major complaints with this beer other then the price, a well made IPA and yet another great beer from DDC

one of the better Canadian IPA's I've had and I will be drinking this again despite of the price.

wordemupg, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of Dawkfan
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a murky copperish orange borderlining on a brown color. Some sediment is visible. 1 finger head that leaves some noticeable lace.

S- Lots of citrus hops and some pine as well. Definitely getting some sweet notes as well.

T- Nothing like the smell, it's not terrible but it's definitely a bit of a let down. Really sweet and bready at first and bitter in the finish. I'm not a fan of the balance here.

M- Medium-full body, medium carbonation.

D- Again, the taste just threw me off, it's ok but I had high hopes for this one as I've enjoyed everything from this brewery thus far. There's better offerings for this style in my neck of the woods and that isn't saying much.

Dawkfan, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of TheHammer
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer goes out to the Saskatchewan Rough Riders and the bitter pill they just swallowed after losing the Grey Cup in one of the worse possible ways. A bitter pill to swallow, thus a bitter beer to drink.

Appearnace: A cloudy body of ruby red that boasts a steady carbonation. The color I would expect for something named horn of the devil. The head sustains admirable, however there is only a finger of it and it does not seem to lace.

Smell: Unsurprisingly the scent of citrus hops dominate the nose, but are somewhat reigned in by an underlying malt, pine needle and peach notes. Good stuff, didn't take much warming but the excessive hops are an ill omen for me as far as what is to come next.

Taste: Starts with a meek malt presence, as the taste hop oil dominates the start. It then turns to a kick of drier hop sensation as the bitterness then takes a more herbal hop tone as the pine comes forward. Way too bitter and hoppy for my tastes, but then again that is part of the reason I'm drinking it, this time.

Mouthfeel: Well I have to give it points for transistioning. I may not like the tastes it presents, but it does shift between them well. Carbonation helps out the entire beer. The hop aftertaste is even fairly good as it doesn't linger at the back of the tongue, but it's just not my thing and it has a very dry finish.

Drinkability: Way to dry to be refreshing, and way too bitter to go down easy. Surprisingly the hops aren't making my stomach churn, and the carbonation isn't leaving me belching like crazy.

Final Thoughts: I think I understand why IPAs are so highly rated on BA. People who like them, clearly have a taste for bitterness and hops and the people that don't, avoid buying/drinking them like the plague. I would certainly be in the later category, as my biggest qualm seems to be the fundamental nature of the style. I'm pretty sure, this is about as good as it is going to get for me as far as IPAs are concerned. If you are a hop head, I'm sure you will enjoy it but it isn't my cup of tea.

TheHammer, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of brentk56
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
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

brentk56, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Available at the LCBO - hot dog! - bottled July 2009 and not available until last month, would've been nice to get it a bit fresher. Cloudy, murky copper with an orange glow. One finger tan head left minor lace. Smell was certainly consistent with the style, very hoppy impressions.

Taste was again very hoppy, grapefruit, passion fruit, bitterness still quite up there. The finish was long and delightful. Earthy mouthfeel and a bit viscous, I thought warming made it even better.

I love this brewery and have been fortunate to try their products on cask at Volo a few times, just the thought of enjoying their beer excites me. Still, to be perfectly objective, this American style IPA is attractive and enticing although it may not be quite up to matching the Southern Tier or a few others for taste. Still, a great beer and will definately pick up a regular supply of these in the future ... my Canada includes Dieu du Ciel!

ThatWineGuy, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of allergictomacros
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper with an inch of thick, creamy foam. Good lacing and stickiness. Nose is big grapefruit hops, hints of malt and dark sugar, mandarin oranges. Big hoppy flavour with barely a hint of roastedness, good balancing sweetness and slick, oily body. Medium-low carbonation. Hints of raw tobacco aroma sneak in on warming. Excellent brew, with tons of fresh, juicy hoppiness.

allergictomacros, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of GodOfBeer
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brownish-copper with a thin soapy white head, lots of lacing.

The smell of this beer is fantastic, pine needles, apple cider, brown sugar, caramel, fresh cut grass, very hoppy smelling.

Tastes pretty sweet, malty upfront, fruity, apple cider, finishes with a nice pine hoppy bitter finish. A lot hoppier than I was expecting.

This beer reminds me of DFH 120 minute in many ways, although not as strong. Very drinkable smooth IPA, and for Canada this is very hoppy and very well done, underrated IMO.

GodOfBeer, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the two Dieu du Ciel offerings to finally hit LCBO shelves this fall.

It pours a murky opaque reddish brown with affine off white head which holds decent retention.

Big hop notes hit the nose first off, herbal sweetness, resinous pine, peaches, honey and pear. Not too much malt in the profile apart from the slight bready sweetness, it's all hops here.

The taste is of hops right up front again, as to be expected form an IPA. Good balancing malt vies with the hop profile throughout the brew giving near perfect balance. The first aftertaste was mostly astringent hoppiness followed by the malt sweetness. On consecutive sips the malt would take more of a front role only to once again be balanced by the hops. Earthy honey, chestnut, toffee and mild alcohol spiciness all mingled within.
It had a good viscous body that I look for in my IPA's with a bit of a rough edge from the hop astringents, but it was superbly drinkable.

This is a damn fine IPA and I will definitely pick up a few more. It will be interesting to go back to the southern tier and dogfish head IPA's now and compare/contrast.

Reinheitsgebot71, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of JayQue
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a medium size off-white head - good retention and ladder like lacing.

Strong smell of piney hops. Taste is good and bitter, piney and some grapefruit hops and a little balance. Somewhere in there are some grassy and woody overtones. The wood provides an odd off-putting taste at first, but it eventually blends in with the other flavors for an overall good experience.

Mouthfeel is rich like a good IPA. Drinkability is pretty good as well but would be better without the woody taste.

JayQue, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of EatsTacos
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark reddish brown with a beautiful frothy head that laces the glass well

Aroma is spicy and hoppy. Pine needles and citrus grapfruit rind with some sweet orange and lemon aromas.

Again, this is a very hoppy and spicy IPA and the beer shows off the hop character very well. I'd be interested to know the variety of hops being used, my guess would be cascade. I think the intent of the brewer would be to make something in the 'west coast' vein. Not as balanced as I would like.

Full bodied, medium to sharp carbonation. Not extremely drinkable but one of the better canadian IPAs I've had.

EatsTacos, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of eljefe21
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange-copper in color. Soft single finger head slowly shrinks to a thin off-white head. Fuzzy fine lacing coats the sides of the mug.

S: Strong mixture of malt and hop jumps from the mug to the nose. If this tastes anything like this smells this is going to be some beer.

T: A well balanced dance between malts and hops. The flavor settles on the middle of the tongue and lingers. Oh so good.

M: Lowly carbonated with a thick texture. Finish is dry and leave the mouth watering for more.

D: Tastes bigger than the 6.5% ABV, not that 6.5% is a lightweight. A delicious treat that would be a wondrous cool weather warmer. A tad bit malty for the warmer months, but not so much that I'd ever turn this one down, no matter the weather.

Served: in a faceted mug.

Review from notes taken on: 9/29/09.

eljefe21, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

JohnnyBarman, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of pwoods
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

pwoods, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of deathdealer666
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A great hazey amber and a thick pillowy head that makes you work to get to the beer.

The aroma is huge citrus and rye bread. TOns of american hop.

That's a shit ton of malt right there. And again a bunch of american hops. It's spicy and lively with some pepper and berry. Then the malt comes back and sweetens it up before what are most likely cascade hops come and clean up.

If this beer were a song, it would be "baby got back". It's huge and nice and juicy.

It's just out of the range of a session beer for me, but I would not pass it up If I saw it on cask.

deathdealer666, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of RedBrewer83
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip....

A: Pours a rich amber with orange and ruby hues throughout, huge creamy head forms, at least three fingers and fades slowly in pillows that leaves sticky webbed lacing all around the glass, very pretty.

S: Pretty impressive aroma, lots of citrus grapefruit, caramel malt, a little breadiness in the background, smells pretty delicious!

T: A little off....big citrus kick up front, malts float over the tongue and leave very quickly and the finish is a little stale, wondering if this has been sitting around somewhere for awhile...bready yeast slowly fades into the finish along with bitter hops that just taste a little too unbalanced for my liking. Kind of perfume-like the longer it sits, especially in the finish.

M: Fairly good mouthfeel, carbonation is pretty solid, would have expected just a little heavier feel from 6.5% but not bad.

D: The finish on this beer really brings down the drinkability. The heavy bitter perfume finish just makes it harder and harder to swallow. Not as good as I hoped, but not terrible.

RedBrewer83, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of WeedKing4
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber, with the very slightest of a haze to it. Good amount of carbination. Smells very piney like typical ipas of the style. Its balanced pretty good overall, not overly hoppy, and pretty mild. The taste isn't bad, but its not anything special either. Would rank it in with the rest of the east coast american ipa styles. Won't go out of my way to seek this out again. Decent though.

WeedKing4, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of JimmyK77
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a little darker than most IPA's - kind of a murky brick red. This foam rises to the top but does not dissapate. Its flavor are strong, making me think that it's stronger than 6.5% ABV. Citrus and pine infusing American hops are evident, coupled with strong malt, caramel, and just a hint of fruitiness. My main regret is that the bottle has no date. This tastes a bit like IPA that's been aging for a year, but I have no way of knowing for sure. The aging has given it a raisin-like sweetness and mellowed the hops a little. Finish is dry, bitter, and leaves me wanting more.

Overall, a good IPA, would probably be better if fresh.

JimmyK77, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of speakorspasm
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep, amber red that gives off a bit of a bloody hue. The off-white head doesn't stick around long but the lacing is deliciously sticky.

S - The hop profile slightly citric with a sort of dark grapefruit aroma that is not unwelcome to my senses... it's backed with a slight caramel sweetness. But, I can't help but thinking that it could be so much more. A few sips in I find myself realizing that the "darkness" of the hop aroma is just a missed opportunity for a brassier, cleaner hop aroma.

T - The darkly fruity hops begin but are quickly overshadowed by caramel, light, tangy toffee sweetness.

M - Appropriately large and creamy mouthfeel and piquant carbonation. Doesn't get in the way.

D - I am a fan of DDC's beers, and as such I'm inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt. I like the idea of an English IPA base with an American hop profile.... but the American hops don't live up to their end of the bargain for me here. Stilll, a pleasant and drinkable brew.

speakorspasm, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corne du Diable (translated: "the Devil's Horn") is a hellfire shade of clay red. It is murky and obscured but kindles like hot coals when held into the light. It sucks in those bright rays and emits a bloody beam. Its surface is coated in a cobweb of head that dresses the glass in mummy-like bandaging - it's an appropriately spooky looking beer!

The aroma is hoppy - pungently, pungently, pungently hoppy. The malts stand no chance of being noticed amidst this stinky bouquet of ganja-like hydroponics and jalapeno-like spiciness. Grilled pineapple and grapefruit have been noted before but this particular sample is piquant, biting, and zestful - and shares a striking resemblance to jalapenos.

The grassy, uncompromisingly herbal character of the beer persists into the flavour as well. Once again, the sheer pungency of this hop bill obliterates any chance of sweet, toasty malts seeping onto the palate. A few tropical fruits (melon, grapefruit) are reintroduced into the mix and the taste gradually evolves into a more piny, resinous flavour.

The floral, earthy character of the hops is especially noted in the mouthfeel where a smothering, suffocating bitterness takes a hold on your tongue and strangles every bit of moisture and sweetness right out. The aftertaste throttles the throat with a vinous, highly perfumed zest. Something about the beer seems to be working against it...

Because I wouldn't consider this among the most drinkable, quaffable beer of this style. I remember the beer lending itself particularly well to being cask-conditioned (very, very well actually) but every bottle I've had so far has been stained with an odd vegetable, almost sour element.

Although I'm hard pressed to think of a Canadian brewery I like better, I could probably name at least a dozen IPAs I'd rather regularly stock my fridge with than this. It is every bit as aggressive and characterful as its American counterparts? Yes. But is it as flavourful, sessionable and appetizing? Not in this beer advocate's opinion, no.

biegaman, Oct 27, 2009
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.

mintjellie, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
2.3/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

jrallen34, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of vikingmike
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this because the LCBO was out of Peche Mortel. I love me a good IPA so thought I'd give it a whirl

A: Very deep for an IPA. Mahogany

S: Grassy, floral

T: For me, a strange combination of maltiness and hoppiness. I'm not knowledgable enough to know what the particular malts and hops are, but it strikes me as a bit unbalanced

M: Thicker than most IPAs I've tried.

D: It wasn't bad, but this is not an IPA I would go back to very often. For lack of a better word, it's "odd".

vikingmike, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of clockwerk
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz botlle into a Tulip.

A - Deep amber colour with a slightly off white foamy head that recedes to leave a little lacing around the glass. Really, it looks like an IPA.

S - Nice piney/citrusy nose with hints of malty sweetness. I found the aroma very pleasant and very strong compared to many other IPA's.

T - The first sip brings a nice caramel sweetness balanced against strong pine and citrus notes. It was prettyu much exactly what I expected it to taste like from the nose. The fruit and malt then gives way to strong bitterness. At first it was a bit much for me, as I'm not an IPA expert, but by the second bottle it had completely grown on me. Letting it tracel around the mouth and spike all the taste receptors created a real cascade of flavours that made each sip interesting. No real detectable alcohol flavour.

M - Good level of carbonation with a nice slick feel on the palate. It felt like quality.

D - Even at 6.5% I could easily drain 3 or 4 of these in a session.

Notes:

Like I mentioned above, I'm not an IPA guy, but I really liked this. I found a lot of subtle complexity in the flavours. Maybe that's par for the course on IPA's, but it was much better in my opinion than either Dogfish Head 60, Devils IPA or Greene King which all had that characteristic bitterness in the finish, but lacked the poweful flavours up front by comparison.

clockwerk, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of argock
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.5oz brown bottle into a clear oversized wine glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Stein's Deli (New Orleans, LA) for $4.29. Review from notes.

A: Dusky amber with 1-2 finger light peach sticky head with good retention and crisp lace rings.

S: Equal parts prodigious pale malts and spicy, woody, floral hops that breathe fresh hops.

T: Big flavor for a garden-variety IPA with big pale maltiness with generous hoppiness with spicy, woody, earthy hops bill which leaves a very earthy, slightly nutty, woody flavor.

M: Carbonation is a bit high for the style, but it doesn't detract significantly. Body is medium-full with good coating quality and crisp, spicy, malty aftertaste with moderate bitterness.

D: A very good IPA with big flavor but good balance.

argock, Oct 19, 2009
Corne Du Diable from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
83 out of 100 based on 608 ratings.