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Corne Du Diable - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
84
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620 Ratings
THE BROS
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awful

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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 8
Gots: 28 | 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 ShrLSU
4.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This baby poured a deep amber color with a frothy white head. It had excellent lacing and a slight haze to it.

Smell - A good amount of piny hops. The middle is some caramel malt and some breadiness, then more hop scent on the finish.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Wow! A big mouthful of pine hops. After that passes you get some smooth caramel malt and just a nice smooth bready taste. The end finishes with the piny hop bite. Wow this was not was I was expecting here. The nose had me thinking hop bomb but damn, so much more!

Drinkability - So the guys that make Peche Mortel brew this. I'd trade all my Peche Mortel for all of these. I love this beer. Its one of the best IPA's I have ever had. So much hop flavor but still had the ability to have a complex taste.

Photo of ryrust5301
4.78/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - A deep amber in color with some dark red hues. Head was a frothy off white color of about a half finger. A bit darker than I thought, but it looks to be heavier and deeper than just an ipa.

Smell - Extremely pine scented, but it's cut through by a caramel malt and a bready aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel - This one was like a shotgun blast to the tastebuds. This is so much more than an ipa. It foots the bill with a huge hop flavor, but what makes it a beast is the deep caramel malt flavor that combines with a lasting bready taste. The bready taste flows all the way through the finish and last for a long time after the swallow. Crisp and smooth, creamy and hoppy, this beer is on a whole other level.

Drinkability - I'd buy a keg of this and drink it every night if I could get my grubby little mits on one. As of right now i'll have to settle for buying out all my local stores and hoarding every bottle for myself. Oh and this beer kicks the piss out of peche mortel and thats a phenomenal beer.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

They really do enjoy brewing at Dieu Du Ciel! and it shows in their beers. Corne Du Diable pours a reddish brown color (some haze). Great lacing and good retention.

Smells of caramel malts, piny/spicy hops and fruits (mostly orange and grapefruit).

Lots of hop bitterness (pine, citrus) on the palate, some spiciness and a toasted caramel maltiness. This is the best IPA I found on my trip to Quebec.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber red color with a nice fluffy white head. Nose is quite nice with some WC hop flavor and a nice sweetness. Taste follows with good hop flavors, a bit subdued as i have had this bottle for a while, but i am impressed with what remains. The malt backbone is solid. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy, but still quite nice. Exceptionally drinkable, although the sweetness does hamper it a bit. Overall quite a pleasant IPA. I am impressed with this offering, and honestly was not expecting this. Defenitely for those who like a little bit more of a malt body, but fairly good either way.

Photo of pershan
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a cloudy, dirty-brown with a thick, rocky, white head into a pint glass. The aroma was of sweet malt and earthy, slightly pungent hops. The initial flavor was of sweet malt and hops, transitioning nicely into a pleasantly bitter hop finish. A bit overly sweet for me for an IPA, but not a bad effort. Nice carbonation and lacing. A good IPA, but not great.

Photo of JoeMayo
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although this beer claims to be an IPA, it certainly has a European influence. It's more like an English IPA with a little extra hop-kick. A unique twist on the classic.

A- Pours very dark, almost brown...certainly not the crystal-clear gold IPAs I'm used to. You can't see through this at all.

S- It's everything that an IPA should smell like and then some. Something that a lot of IPAs lack: malt. This beer has a really solid body and flavor base from it. Notes of caramel and a toasty-malty scent really come through. Of course there are hops as well. Very citrusy in terms of the hop aromas with notes of lemon, sweet grapefruit, pineapple, and (the first I've ever smelled in an IPA): lime. Really nice smell.

T- The malt dominates the hops a little too much for an IPA. I really like it, but it's a gigantic divergence from the style. The toasty, caramel flavors come through, but mask the complex hops that were present in the aroma. The only hop notes that come through are lemon and grapefruit.

M- Crisp, yet somewhat rich for an IPA.

D- This was pretty easy to drink because the hops were not overpowering at all. Overall, it smells nearly perfect, yet the taste isn't as balanced as it could be. Either way, I enjoyed it.

Photo of guzzle211
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark glowing orange, small tight bubbles make up the white head that fades quickly. Very little lacing.
Smell is dominated by citrus hops, very fragrant. Slight hint of sweetness prepares the palate for what is to come.
Taste is similar to the smell, with citrus hops taking center stage. There is a strong sweetness, and a notable malt backbone, but hops are definitely the focus here.
Mouthfeel is creamy with a slight bite from the hops and carbonation.
Drinkability is decent, but I found this beer to be too sweet for a session. A valiant representation of the style, but not as crisp and dry as I like.

Photo of johndakar
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice attempt at an American IPA. Wonderful hop aroma. Low head retention. Interesting first taste, nice citrusy hops. Finishes very weak. Not my favorite.
I bought this at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago on a beer trip. I found it in my fridge a few minutes ago.
I should've left it there.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.58/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was a charm. Already an IPA lover, how can I not like this one.

This is truly a good IPA.

Color: Dark amber beer which we can't see through.

Taste is full of hops with a little taste of citrus which is highly appreciated by my tasting buds!

Smell: Hops Hops Hops...

This is one of the good IPA!

Photo of cvstrickland
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5-ounce twist-off bottle with a civilized-looking Satan on the label, having a brew, poured into my DFH pint glass yields a hazy copper body crowned with a thick cap of creamy beige-ivory foam. The head retains at a misshapen wallop of solid foam and sticks 3-D lacing to the glass.

The smell of the drink is powerfully hoppy, with plenty of citrus and sticky green herbs. Zingy lime and lemon zest really shine through in the aroma.

The taste is sweetly caramelly with a bit of mild juicy fruit. The zippy aromas of citrus were something of a false promise, as the flavors represented are indeed in the taste profile of the drink, but in a manner that I'd characterize as muted, flaccid, and watery. Even a considerable bitterness in the finish seems somewhat diluted, though that and the fruity character seem to firm up a bit as I work through the drink. A bit of pineapple and a touch of pine emerge as the drink warms.

Medium-bodied and juicy, Corne du Diable is nonetheless very drinkable.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of DrDogbeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a sam perfect pint. Pours a beautiful dark auburn with a rocky off white head. Nice clarity and tons of spotty lacing. Aroma of light piney hop with some sweet caramel as well. Taste is interesting- good bite up front but it levels off with a sweet malt finish. Lingering bitterness after. Good IPA- a tad too malty for me. At around $4 for a single 11.2 oz bottle it is a bit much.

Photo of gford217
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a murky orangish amber with a big two-finger head that lingers a while leaving good lacing. Aroma is big on light hops in the form of lemongrass and hints of pine and grapefruit. There is also a bit of bready malts in the background. Taste is big on hops up front, both citrus and floral, but with an interesting spicy kick with caramel malts. The hops come back to give a good hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is excellent, creamy and with strong carbonation. This is an interesting and tasty take on an IPA.

Photo of gkatsoris
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very nice; amber/yellow in color. The head was very crisp, and lasted a little less than a minute.

S: Very nice hop fragrance. Citrus and piney hops.

T: Really hoppy and bitter. No malts at all. Actually quite enjoyable, even though there was a slight lack of balance. The hops tasted like a lemon/orange rind.

M: A little thin and foamy. Very similar to a belgian.

D: Who says Canada can only export Labett's?

Photo of CanuckRover
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Downright beautiful beer. Lovely orange with a slightly red tinge. Big bold tan head. Lacings completely coat the class. Excellent.

Certainly an AIPA nose. Very fruity hops. The usual suspects, pine and grapefruit. A little bit of a swirl brings up something rather unpleasant, something off with the malt character.

This is where things get funny. Despite the obvious presence of American hops on the nose, a good chunk of the flavour brings to mind a English version of the style, specifically a Kentish ale. It's the strong bitter finish, but without the strong citrus notes that you expect to taste. This is followed up with a very English mineral character. As with many Canadian examples of the style there is a sort of rough character to the malt that I find very appealing, it isn't satisfied to play second-fiddle to the hops. Luckily I don't taste that off aroma I got.

Great mouthfeel. Wonderful carbonation. Nice and creamy in the mouth.

This is a really great, balanced IPA. I don't really know how comfortable I am placing it in the AIPA category though. The brewers suggest it's closer to the west coast interpretation, but the flavour profile suggests otherwise. Overall though, an excellent IPA, but might put off the hardcore American IPA fan.

Photo of RixBeer
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super light orange with a nice 2 finger head that is made entirely of huge light suds. Instant sticking as the head shrinks.

Orange peel, spice and a musty hop aroma.

Has a nice smooth start with a huge hop kick in the middle and flattens out to a nice smooth finish.

Smooth front to finish with a nice hop flavor. The hop flavor is very very clean.

This is a very easy drinking beer. Nice! Pick this one up!

Photo of rkcrozier
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap as well as from a 12 oz. bottle - served in a tulip glass,

A - rusty brown, with hints of gold towards the edges; frothy off-white foam which dissipated to a thin layer to the very last sip; plenty of retention along the glass

S - oranges, lemons, hops

T - fruit, hops, hint of sugary sweetness

M - smooth as silk, nice amount of hops

D - excellent; if I could find this beer in New Jersey I would always keep in the fridge, had to purchase a 6-pack in Montreal.

Dieu du Ciel is one of my favorite breweries, I haven't had a beer from them that I did not like. Looking forward to going back to Montreal in 2009 to taste some more!

Photo of KaiMiller
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm extraordinarily excited to be able to get this (or any Dieu-du-Ciel product) in Nova Scotia. It's thanks exclusively to the hard work of the heroes at Premier Wines and Spirits.

This beer pours a red-copper with a beige head. Fruity, grassy aroma. Piney/citrus hops in the aroma. Sweet and sticky; medium bitterness, crystal sweetness, dry bitterness in the finish.

Photo of SMADMS
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notedfrom the VBF

on tap at the VBF booth

A-- copper hues slight off white head
S--powerful hops (dry hopping I suspect) slight malt undertones (caramel)
T-- not as bitter as you would expect based on the nose some slight citrus and earthy
M-- crisp taste but wanting a bit more something out of IPA
D-- solid IPA and could work through a few on a hot day

this brewer was my favorite at the festival and this IPA while soft did not turn me away.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy brown color with a slight ruby tint, one finger foamy off-white head.

Scent of caramel, malts and hops with a dash of cinnamon.

Taste of malts and hop initially with some caramel and a slight creamy sugar flavor; apparent alcohol does not hinder the taste. Reminds me of Founder's Devil Dancer, but not nearly as balanced or delicious.

Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy and fairly smooth.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Photo of stephens101
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A burnt orange brew is topped by a bubbly tan head which fades slowly leaving a thin layer of film behind. Smells earthy up front with the citrusy hops mixed in and floating up to the nose in waves after a few seconds. Caramel, yeasts and malts are layered into the mix. Tastes spicy at first with a good subsequent hit of bitterness before you get some orange peel and a piney essence. Mouth-feel is medium bodied and it goes down fairly smooth with a hint of creaminess to help things along that also adds to the entire experience. Carbonation is fair. There are no complaints here, this is a smooth and highly satisfying IPA.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Corne Du Diable from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
84 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.