Corne Du Diable - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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3.65/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
07-13-2008 13:07:50 | More by BuckeyeNation
4/5 rDev +8.7%
A - Attractive brew, with a big, lacy tan head, and rich amber body.
S - Very fruity, nice IPA aroma. Lots of grapefruit. Sweet caramel malt under, along with some coriander notes.
T - Very dry, toasty malt, almost a bastard child of a dortmunder and an irish stout with some coffee notes. Lots of hops, that's for sure. Sharp sour and bitter orange, grapefruit seem to dominate. There is a tart fruit quality that seems out of place. Fine IPA.
M - Decent crispness, and nice full bodied. I'm happy.
D - This is a serviceable IPA that does some things interesting, but doesn't really excite me. Dry roasty, and hoppy, but the fruit tartness seems out of place to me, doesn't seem to work with the particular malt. Still, good quality, just overpriced...
07-10-2008 21:14:16 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.43/5 rDev -6.8%
I picked up a 12oz bottle of this from Sam's in Chicago a few weeks ago, about $4.00. It's a very dark color, more red than copper, a hint of haze, with a two finger tan foam. The smell is nice for a hoppy barleywine but maybe a little aggressive for an American IPA. It's maybe closest to Stone 10th or possibly Bigfoot. A lot of malt provides balance for the abundent hops but tilts this away from IPA or DIPA character too much for my tastes. The taste is caramel malt and grapefruit juice, a lot of flavor but sort of undirected. The body is very thick, almost syrupy, meaning the flavor tends to last a long time after every sip due to tongue coat. So far (3 beers) this is my least favorite from the brewery.
07-07-2008 01:27:46 | More by TurdFurgison
4.33/5 rDev +17.7%
On cask at the brewpub.
A-Slightly hazy copper with a medium off-white head. Left nice lace behind.
S-Nice tones of citrus(grapefruit) and floral qualities you can tell it si dry-hopped. A bit of sweet caramel follows in the background.
T-Nice rich caramel flavour backed up quickly by citrusy grapefruit and a bit of pine.
M-Medium bodied with with that telltale smoothness only a cask brew can delivery.
D-This beer on cask is very fine. I would happily sit and session this one.
07-05-2008 08:19:54 | More by Deuane
4.03/5 rDev +9.5%
Poured from an 11.5oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip.
A: Pours a lovely looking rust or tarnished copper color with a significant amount of haze. Creamy light-orange head with ok retention that leaves a mess of lace in the glass.
S: Very malty. Creamy caramel-y malt aroma with some tangy fruit and strong grapefruit in the nose. I liked the balance between the assertive malt and aggressive hops.
T: Toasted bread and sweet melted caramel make up the malt bill. Offsettting this is a huge dose of bitter grapefruit and piney hops that come on strong during the second half of the middle and all the way through the finish.
M: Dry yet sweet in the very beginning. This quickly becomes very bitter and astringent. Oily, sticky, and resinous hops make your mouth forget all about the early sweetness from the malt.
D: Really quite good. Seems like a nice mixture of styles. Sweet & malty English IPA and hoppy and fruity American IPA. I approve!
07-04-2008 21:31:46 | More by GbVDave
2.93/5 rDev -20.4%
11.5 oz bottle from Vidalia in Lansdale (stupid expensive is right) poured into a snifter.
Copper with off-white head, fairly poor retention, little lacing--a pretty boring looking beer. Perhaps the snifter was a bad choice, a squeeky clean pint glass might have made this one.
Smell is pretty boozy, like an american barleywine--not quite as strong as devil dancer or anything but, to me at least, that smell is immediately identifiable. I know its only 6.5%, though, so we will see where this leads.
Taste is pretty disappointing, sort of like a watered down barleywine. Not a ton going on. I'm not getting the fresh piney or citrusy hops that I was expecting. Dry-hopped you say? I don't believe it.
Mouthfeel is fine. No real complaints.
Drinkability is limited by disappointment. I have three more beers from this brewery (Peche Mortel, Route Des Épices and Dernière Volonté) and I hope they are much better than this. Unless you can find it for two or three dollars a bottle (you won't) or love collecting bottles than just admired the cool label and pass on this one for a better, cheaper beer from one of any number of real 'merican breweries.
07-04-2008 03:47:25 | More by wheelinshirt
3.55/5 rDev -3.5%
12oz bottle received as an extra from Viggo at Dark Lord Day. Thanks! Poured into my Stone pint glass. Bottled Nov 2007
A: Deep red with an off white head that recedes very slowly leaving nice lace. Pretty!
S: Fruity hops with little bit of pine, orange, mango and papaya. There's a definite sweetness to it too.
T: Starts off mildly hoppy with a fruity bit and mild sweetness. I'm guessing the hops have faded as this is mostly not very impressive.
M: Rather flat with a finish that's a tad sweeter than i'd like
D: Drink it again? Maybe
07-03-2008 23:03:28 | More by DefenCorps
3.1/5 rDev -15.8%
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.
07-03-2008 21:49:06 | More by Metalmonk
3.68/5 rDev 0%
Corne du Diable (The Devil's Horn) pours a shade darker then orange and a shade lighter then amber, where that leaves us I'm not quite sure. When backlit the body sports long orange highlights from top to bottom through the mild haze. Explosions of carbonation rush to the surface and keep the billowy off white head in place for the entirety of the drink. As I drink the head leaves solid patchy lacing behind.
The aroma isn't really what I expected. There is a lot more malt then what I was expecting to the point it smells like this is a malt heavy IPA. This is a caramel heavy brew along with a good handful toasted grains. There is a decent hop presence but it takes the form tea leaves like this IPA has been sitting around awhile. As far as I know these were just recently brought into the states for distribution.
The flavor follows the aroma perfectly unfortunately the aroma was just ok. The caramel plays a big role and lays down the foundation of this beer. Toasted grains join in to add a bit of depth. The hoppiness shows signs of tea leaf and mild candied orange. There is a very mineralish flavor that must come from the water used.
I really enjoy the mouthfeel of this beer. As it hits the tongue it's creamy and medium bodied but the carbonation quickly gets it moving a little quicker and lightens the body slightly. There isn't much bitterness but it does grow as I work my way through the glass.
This beer seems to go down fairly easy. It's a balanced IPA so the hoppiness never takes hold and beats down the tongue like a lot of American versions which make it a little easier to put away.
While this is a decent IPA I have to say I was expecting more from Dieu de Ciel. It's not quite what it's labeled and it seems to be a little on the older side. Either way it's Dieu de Ciels doing since this has just been imported very recently. I will be passing on this from now on; there are much better IPAs out there that are local and much cheaper.
06-29-2008 02:10:34 | More by joe1510
3.78/5 rDev +2.7%
Pours a deep amber with a slight haze. Wonderful creamy off-white head with great retention and lacing on the glass. Smell is deep and lovely but more malt than hops to me. Caramel, honey, light toasted bread. Some sugared grapefruit and orange. Taste brings a little more bitterness to the table but is still focused on balance more than anything. It is pretty impressive to me although I do prefer more bitterness and hop forward type beers of this style. In the mouth it lacked the bitterness and dryness that I'm used to. Somewhat of a creamy texture with light tingle. Overall a good change to the norm. I was surprised by this one and found it enjoyable. A little expensive but worth a try.
06-23-2008 00:32:09 | More by ncvbc
3.98/5 rDev +8.2%
Pours a deep amber/red color. A full off white head - the look of a draft with a firm head. Nice lacing as it goes.
Nose does not foretell a significant dose of hops. A hint of mineral water, and the slightest wiff of pepper. As I worked through it, I started to get some tart citrus fruit on the nose.
Entry is of a burton beer - mineral feel. Somewhat full caramel maltiness builds. Some tropical fruits. The bitterness takes over mid mouth and drives out to the sides of the tongue. Long lush hop flavor and bitterness. This is fine finishing beer. Leaves wanting more, just to get to that finish. Ahhhh, hops.
Interesting and well made beer. The best I've had from Canada outside of some of the Unibroue beers.
The nose is the only detractor - but I drink for the taste. A great IPA finish. Round out the mouthfeel and this would be top notch.
06-21-2008 01:59:13 | More by sweethome
3.53/5 rDev -4.1%
A- Nice pour with nice frothy head that left a great lacing on the beer.
S- Fruity and hoppy flavors seems to pour through the nostrils and makes things to come seem wonderful.
T- Clean taste, the hop character is very crisp and sharp. The hop flavor adds a more bitter flavor then a sweet taste. I've had better American IPAs.
M- Nice feel on the mouth. Good foam, not too much not to little.
D- I've had better~thats what she said!
06-19-2008 05:38:01 | More by Wetpaperbag
3.58/5 rDev -2.7%
Pours a solid 2 finger head over a murky drab orange-rust liquid. Smells potent piney (almost medicinal) and lemon. Brutal hoppy and some fresh hay. Hop edge is cut a bit by a creaminess character.
Tastes wet malt with noticable alcohol amid potent hop flavor and some hop bitter. Carbonation adds an acrid to the hop characer. Hop flavor is pink grapefruit, lemon, and oranges. Md-thick mouthfeel is a bit creamy and works very well. Hops mixed with the carbonation comes across as tropcial fruit...pineapple-dominated. Some kind of red fruit as an ester...not quite berry.
Head hangs around forever and modest lacing on the inside of the glass.
06-17-2008 04:57:24 | More by mentor
3.98/5 rDev +8.2%
Pours a deep copper with a thin whitish head that sticks itself to the glass on the way down. Aroma hits you with hops, citrusy and floral hops. Some caramel maltiness and maybe a touch of dms. Taste hits with hoppy bitterness, puts some maltiness in the middle then leaves you with a grapefruity bitter aftertaste. Ample carbonation, medium body. Pretty solid brew, I hope to sample more of their stuff soon.
06-16-2008 23:19:54 | More by johnnnniee
3.43/5 rDev -6.8%
Pretty dark copper color greets my eyes with some medium bubbling. Great, symetrical lacing and a stingy film of light beige foam just hanging around. The aroma has some mixed floral andherbal hop notes with just a touch of much hanging out in their, a little ard to pull out. The hop bitterness would make me think this beer was mae in the U.S.. Lots of florl citrus hop notes with a touch of dry gypsum toast mixed with a orange peel finish and a heavy flower garden that lingers for quit awhile. Pretty bitter palate, that has a very long lasting flowery linger long after each sip.
06-14-2008 06:01:34 | More by scruffwhor
4.18/5 rDev +13.6%
Dark bronze color with a full head. Woodsy hop aroma, with hints of pine and spruce. Flavor is very woodsy, maybe some Centennial or Chinook, some lemon. Good malt character as well, with hints of caramel. Pretty pure & raw and quite nice and impressive.
06-09-2008 02:15:25 | More by Crosling
4.05/5 rDev +10.1%
Poured from the 11.5oz bottle into a Maudite snifter. Pours a deep reddish-orange hue, topped by a fat finger's worth of creamy white head that leaves a touch of lacing on the glass. Aroma of sticky, fruity hops, dry yet sweet malt, and notes of grapefruit and praline (?). Palate is well-balanced between sharp, assertive, fruity hops and a sweet, dry malt base. Notes of grapefruit come through, along with a slightly acidic, vinegary note that is a little out of place but not particularly unpleasant. Body is ample and holds the carbonation and flavors lightly, but isn't overly sticky. A different take on American IPA than we usually get here on the west coast, but a welcome change of pace.
05-20-2008 05:26:47 | More by ElGordo
3.25/5 rDev -11.7%
12 oz. screwcap bottle, my first from this well-heralded French Canadian brewery known for their Belgian styles is there American IPA, which I've decided to serve in my new, equally obtuse, large Deschutes flute. Corne Du Diable is a dark, murky bronze with a very large, tight, light tan head that is very long lasting, leaving heavy lace as it settles to a thick, chunky skim.
Smell is bright herbal hops, lots of mint. I was expecting more of classic NW hop profile of citrus and pine, but as alluded to on the label, this one has all the marking of an English style cranked up to 11....really love British hops though, I'm guessing Fuggles and EKG here, which provide a refreshing contrast to snap of the toasted caramel malt. Fantastic
Taste is a bit of a disappointing after the sturdy appearance and deletable aroma. Very spicy, with a distracting watermelon flavor that I've seen once before in the Mad River Jamaican Red (and again am not sure if it's hop flavor, esters, or a combination of the two). The good news is that the unusual (and ultimately disagreeable) taste quickly fades to a smokey, bitter finish that I really like, partially for the smokey curve-ball, but also as a relief from the primary flavor.
Mouthfeel is initially a bit watery, so true to British style, but surprising since this is on the stronger side. Also has a dry sharpness two it, prickly on the tongue. They really must have used a ton of noble hops in this bad boy!
Drinkablity was average to me, but factor in the high cost and it's a tad below. At the end of the day, I didn't really care for the taste. However, this was highly, unusual, in more of an artisan, reinterpreted way rather then just poorly made. My curiously with Dieu Du Ciel is now only further piqued!
05-16-2008 02:59:07 | More by ccrida
4.1/5 rDev +11.4%
Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a tulip glass. It was recommended to me by the owner of Bruisin' Ales in Ashville, NC.
A - An amber color with good clarity and a thick white head.
S - Nice floral, fruity hop flavor. Very good for a bottled beer.
T - A fruity hop flavor with a moderate bitterness and a good malt balance. This beer has a lot of flavor and it all comes together nicely.
M - Good body and carbonation.
D - This was a very drinkable beer. I could enjoy one after another.
A very good IPA for the eastern side of the continent.
05-13-2008 17:18:47 | More by GJ40
3.88/5 rDev +5.4%
Appears a transparent amber with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild cap and collar. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of orange peel, spicy pepper, pine, floral notes, and dough.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with rye, spice, pine, and grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry, spicy, with spritzy zest and carbonation zipping along the palate.
05-12-2008 01:28:13 | More by weeare138
4.35/5 rDev +18.2%
Single, 11.5 ounce bottle copped from State Line Liquors in Maryland for $4.99...
First-ever beer from this Canadian brewery with a very cool front logo sticker to match...
An aggessive pour yielded a ruby-red, dark-copper colored hue with an enormous head that exhibited some staying power before slowly receding...
Nice aroma full of fresh, wet, exotic hops with a tinge of amber thrown in...
For an IPA, this was top-notch in terms of flavor... Nice, wet citrus hops dominate the taste with a burst of piney citrus, lemon, and herbal spices...
Mouthfeel was creamy and rich, while the drinkability was near-excellent without being cloying or overbearing...
Excellent rendition of the style, and definitely recommended as a great foreign example of an American IPA...
05-11-2008 16:40:03 | More by dsa7783
4.38/5 rDev +19%
12oz. bottle into Troegs Hopback glass
A - Gorgeous copper-colored body with amber and reddish hues and two-finger creamy off-white head and left plenty of decorative lacing around the glass. Plenty of tiny bubbles of carbonation. Excellent head retention.
S - Incredibly aromatic nose with an obvious dry hopped aroma. Extremely hoppy with notes of citrus and pine, but balanced by a sweet caramel malt aspect.
T - Strong earthy hop flavor with hints of juicy citrus fruit and pine needles, but well balanced by a sturdy caramel malt backbone that elicits a bit of sweetness. There is also a mild breadiness in the finish, but ultimately the hops prevail, with lots of grapefruit tang.
M - Medium body with smooth, creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Warm, tingly mouthfeel with a bit of heat from the alcohol and some residual hop stickiness. Moderately bitter finish that lingers for quite a while on the palate.
D - Extremely tasty dry hopped IPA with well balanced flavors and aromas. This is very true to style, and the dry hopping definitely enhances the enjoyment of this brew. Very nice!
05-11-2008 02:09:59 | More by ffejherb
4.1/5 rDev +11.4%
Dark orange/amber colour with a slight haze and a gigantic beige head off the pour. Lots of chunky lacing clung to the glass as the foam slowly settled. Grapefruit aroma, a little spicy with a hint of alcohol and significant caramel character. Hops were a little powdery and became grassier after a couple of minutes in the glass. Solid, clean bitterness throughout with a malty, caramel backbone. Grassy and grapefruit hops fill out the flavour and there's a slight herbal quality near the end. Balanced finish with malt, bitterness and hop character lingering. Medium bodied, texture was a bit creamy. Carbonation was average and fairly soft. I really liked the balance and flavour profile on this one. It's super easy to drink and I could imagine enjoying this on a regular basis if it was easier to get in my area. I have to agree with others though that it seems to be slanted more towards an English IPA profile with the strong malt character.
04-26-2008 19:26:39 | More by DrJay
3.75/5 rDev +1.9%
Dieu Du Ciel has landed in Florida, Holy Shit, Happy Happy Joy Joy!!!
A: Pours a wonderful bright amber hue with a huge foamy off white head. The head dies down but wondeful lacing is left behind.
S: Lots of balance in the nose. You are greeted by a perfect marriage of hops and malt. The malt is very biscuity, and the hops are mostly citrus with a tinge of pine sweetness.
T: Nice brew. I taste the malt right up front. Big bold bready biscuity malt. Never fear though. The hops come powering thru. Tons of citrus blast the mouth and tinges of sweet pine tar linger in the finish.
M: Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable.
Overall: Who said the US is the only one who can make a wonderful IPA, oh wait, that was me. Anyway this is proof once again that that statement is not true. This one has wonderful flavor and nice balance. To get superior marks with me they would need a bit more hops though. Overall nice beer that is very drinkable. I would buy more, but the importer jacked the price thru the roof on these. I will stick the american counterparts that taste as good or better for half the cost.
Great Job Dieu Du Ciel! You continue to impress.
04-18-2008 19:14:30 | More by tpd975
4.45/5 rDev +20.9%
A: Poured a nice amber color with about a finger of foamy tan colored head into a pint. Nice lacing that clings to the glass all the way till the end.
S: Very enticing aromas that remind me of cedar/pine wood and a hint of citrus.
T: Grapefruit bitterness is what strikes me first and then a balancing caramelized taste that lingers on long after you swallow it. This is not as bitter as I would of expected it from the smell but it does pack a good kick. Yet I find myself wanting more after every sip, that caramely taste is addictive! The grapefruit seems to shy away as the beer warms, it definately mellows out into a very well balanced beer.
M: Oily mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation which accentuates the grapefruit taste nicely. I could see the oily feel bothering some people but I enjoyed it.
D: Easy to drink, even with the quite assertive taste. I can easily have a few of these.
Overall a very good beer by DDC. Last night I enjoyed a Péché Mortel and this holds up to their quality standard. I could see myself enjoying this while watching a playoff game after supper.
04-15-2008 23:38:16 | More by santa109
Corne Du Diable from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
83 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.