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Corne Du Diable | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Corne Du DiableCorne Du Diable

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"American-Style India Pale Ale"

Added by Rastacouere on 03-07-2004

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Photo of Act25
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just because the label says "American style IPA" does not mean that's what the Quebequoise bottled! This tastes and feels like a North American Strong Ale ala Stone Arrogant Bastard. As such, it's incredibly good, and the reviews here, particularly from Alstroms (usually right on!) are particularly bad.

Love the Dieu Du Ciel and most Quebec's craft beers.

A: Pours a thunderous, stormy DARK brown body that sports a rising thick creamy 4 finger head. The head slowly fades to a thick puffy rim and film and laces amply. A strange, devilish orange glows from its body.

S: The aroma a abrupt and abundent, pent up raisen, and church wood, with incense and thick hop aromas, lots of pine, citrus, and juicy, chewy hops. Pronounced varnishy, malty sweet aroma, reminiscent of a Arrogant Bastard and certain DIPAs and heavy Imperial IPAs. The bright aromatic hops keep coming.

T: Follows the smell like a buzz saw with chewy, complex hop flavors. Combining with sweet, candied, dark malt flavors, crystal malt, malty sweetness and thickness.Juicy hops with sticky pine. Feels like it's an imperial.

F: Imperial mouth feel, thick, good carbonation in a < 7% body.

O: Brilliant see-saw of sweet candied malt to hoppy, piney, twisty bitters. A great beer - completely misunderstood on BA.
Compare in blind test with Arrogant Bastard.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass. Looks like muddy water, very small head. Aroma is brown bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, slight yeast. Taste is fruity, apricot, date. Also brown sugar and French toast. Yum. Slight vinegar like aftertaste, but not too bad. Carbonation is weak. Don’t know that I would classify this as an American Style IPA; seems closer to a Belgian, but lighter on the strong yeast. Very tasty though."

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.45/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Dark notes abound, this one comes in with orange and brown, making a dullard auburn appearance. Clarity sucks, carbonation does not yield a head deeper than 1/10". Aroma doesn't impart hops.

Taste reveals some red and brown malt type of flavors and roasting. Lacks hops. Seems earthy/dirty. Terribly priced as well. Toffee.

Just a disappointment on every level (except the artwork).

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Photo of tillmac62
2.67/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Notched 3 and 8. Pours a very cloudy brown with a high level of suspended matter. Below normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Nice nose of caramel, toasted malt (somewhat grainy), sweet ripe fruit esters (stone fruit, grape) and very little hop influence.

Heavy light body that is smooth. Normal carbonation with a bit of mid-palate effervescence and a fair burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is less than average for the style - not bad, but note quite good either. It has a slight caramel note throughout and bitterness is rather mild. An English Bitter hop flavor is present, but rather muted. The finish is a lingering English Bitter hop flavor that seems a bit off. I won't buy this again.

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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a murky ruby mahogany with very little head. nose; centennial hops, toffee, & caramel. taste; caramel malt, centennial hops, sugar, fig & light pine resin. very low carbonation & medium mouthfeel. this is not a typical ipa - with the dark fruit and sugar notes here (caramel & fig are prominent), it's more like a hoppy dubbel. this could also definitely use more carbonation. still, very enjoyable.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO as a clear out for $2.15/ea. 341ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that lasts 3-4mins before film out. Super extra dark gold almost brown colour. Filtered clear

S- Lots of malt. Has that sickly sweet IPA feel

T- Yup! That sickly sweet thing. LOL. Has a nice hop presence but the malt just pounds through. It's heavy to say the least but it's not bad by any stretch.

M- Nice and dry. Has that bite that an APA has although this is an IPA!

O- Weird one but good. Nothing to turn down at $12.40 a 6pk. Good all around and well balanced

Food Pairing

This pretty good little brew went well with....... Cinnimon buns very warm with butter on top melting off.

WOW that was a tasty one


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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - This beer pours a deep amber/red with 1 finger heard which receeds fairly quickly leaving a light lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma - The aroma is dominated by a pine resin followed by some orange peel, grape fruit, and lemon.

Taste -Earthy and Pine flavor dominates this drink then bread, orange peel, lemon and some pepper down the throat. the grapefruit is gone completely but bread and pepper appear, which i did not smell. The smell is much sweeter than the taste

Mouth feel - This is a light-medium bodied beer the carbonation is very prickly and gives it a gritty feel the pepper adds to this "gritty" feel all the way down.

Overall - This is definitely not the worst IPA I've ever had, It is fairly decent and doesn't taste all that bad. The problem I have is its priced right along side some much better IPA's. I would buy a Moralite or Le Castors Yakima IPA ect... long before this one but it was definitely an experience. Try it if you can.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Devil's Horn"

Cloudy dark amber/copper color with powerful subtle activity. Creamy frothy beige 1 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with strong legs.

Aromas of spicy fruity citrus, a little faint. Flavors of fruits like orange, lemon, grapes, berries, ester with some toffee, coriander, and floral/herbal spices. A little grassy, piney, and earthy/woody. Pleasant sugary feel with low sharpness.

Slick light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Medium strength finish, ending with a strong sweetness and minimal sourness, but more of a herbal peppery like spiciness and oaky feel.

Overall this is a good craft offering decent flavors and a really nice look. Although some freshness is perceptible, it feels a little flat. This is DDC's sweet version of an IPA, while I tend to like those more, it does not compete with the sharper ones like Moralité.

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Photo of Sanmaral
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Almost transparent deep amber colour, with beige creamy head, really nice.
Resinous and tropical fruity nose and taste, sweet caramel and toffee, roasted malts.
Very good flavours, medium carbonation, soft mouthfeel.
Fantastically balanced, one of my favourite IPAs.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper in color with a tall off-white head, good retention and decent lacing. The nose is slight for an IPA, a bit of citrus and some floral notes. The taste starts with some caramel and than transitions to a ubiquitous 'bitter' finish; pleasant but unremarkable. There is plenty of carb and the beer drinks light, but not in an unpleasing way. Overall...it's fine.

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Photo of TheDoctor
2.82/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a flat, cloudy brown with an ample tan head that very actively foams and pops till it has settled from a couple fingers to half a one. Pretty good retention; lots of symmetrical lacing spots.

Resinous malt. Citrus zest and rich toffee notes vie for position at the front with some cereals, pine, lime, brown sugar.

Alternately awful and weird. Bitter hop flavors with some stainless steel, leaves, dirt, coffee grounds. Not good.

Good carbonation, thin-ish, lingering aftertaste.

Not a good beer.
At first (until I tasted it) I thought maybe it had gotten flack for being listed as an American IPA and when people tasted it they rated it harshly because of that. It looks nice enough and smells like a very nice take on an English IPA (malty but with a really American hop profile). But, damn, the flavor is all over the place, being earthy, bitter, malty, metallic. Not terribly good. The rest obviously suffers from this.
It definitely has the potential to be a great beer, but it is really not great.
Won't have again; meh, they make and you should drink much better.

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Photo of mick303
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up from the brewery. Pored a dark murky brown cloud, slightly reddish hints, decent initially tan orangey head, leaving good lacing.

S - a dank cedar/pine note initially, ripe grapefruit, wet wood, has some character that reminds me of after a rainstorm, caramel malts are in evidence, and on top of that a decent load of citrusy and dank pine resin hops, a bit much caramel but otherwise interesting.

T - initially there is grapefruit mixed with a meaty maltiness, pine needles, dank oily hops, with a dry caramel undercurrent that has some blackcurrent and woody tones, then getting a bit more biscuity and lemony, caramel recedes a bit, then the finish is a crisp pale malt breadiness mixed with a lingering citrus hop character. Overall a full bodied tangy caramel flavour, but it dries out fairly well on the finish.

M - Initially has a zesty lightness before the heavy caramel comes through, it has just enough carbonation to carry it through but it is a slugger of an IPA, with a big sticky body, manages to remain session able and tasty with the help of a drying balanced finish.

I had expected the amount of caramel to be overpowering, but this was a tasty and decently sessionable IPA. I can see the English roots but the hopping and bitterness was decidedly american and West Coast, considerable dank grapefruit and cedar sappy and dank notes made it quite a flavourful offering, and one I might seek on occasion. Hit the mark, despite some balance tweaks that might elevate it.

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Photo of wspscott
2.82/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
bottled on 1/14
purchased at La Duchesse D'Aiguillon in Quebec City

A: Much darker than I associate with the style, looks more like an amber ale vs. IPA. Dark copper color with hints of red when held up to a light. The off-white head was about 1 finger tall when poured but quickly dropped to a light film leaving a small amount of lace.
S: A very muted nose, mostly a hint of malty sweetness, no sign of hops.
T: There is a bitterness in the background along with a slight hint of citrus, but overall this is not an IPA (either English or American). There is a malty graininess and a definite dose of caramel sweetness. The malts are very prominent, not in a bad way, but they interfere with the small amount of hops.
M: A slight carbonation tingle on the tongue combined with a medium body, definitely not a west coast IPA.
O: My first thought was Alexander Keith's IPA (which is not even close to an IPA in America), this beer is much better than my memory of that horror, but it should not be labeled an IPA. I actually checked the website to see if it had been misclassified here, but they call it an American IPA, that just sets the drinker up for disappointment. Not a terrible beer, but a mediocre IPA at best. Very glad I only got one of these.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one garners some pretty mixed reviews apparently, based on the huge discrepancy between Beer Advocate magazine's review and the overall rating. To me, that's a statistical anomaly that could suggest the Bros. got a bad bottle. Time to weigh in. I have been getting into Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel of late, snagging some singles, including this one featuring some pretty wicked artwork on the bottle. Poured into an American pint glass, this is an orange-amber brew with some brown tint like dark cloudy honey, no red to speak of, with around four inches of beige foam on top. Aroma is dank, weedy, fruity, toasty but in a mellow sense, and piney. Smells like an American IPA all right, a pleasing caramel malt sweetness coupled with a coarse green medicinal bitterness like rank pine sap and old citrus rinds. The taste hits these elements as well although the smell was much more sweet. The palate is weighted towards the bitter and spicy elements, with considerable gooseberry or "gamey" tomato leaf character from aggressive hopping, lemon/lime and orange rinds, pine sap and twigs, and a tea bag tannic astringency that I generally find pleasant but rather too dominant here. The malts are rich as well, adding some honey, toasted grain, and plum notes that manage to compete successfully with the hop onslaught. Persistent bitter finish includes an earthy spice like dry autumn leaves and white pepper. The hops are bitter and spicy, the malts are toasty, and the body is semi-chewy with the beer going down reasonably smooth. This one has some English IPA features, to be sure, but the hops taste like a hybrid. There's certainly some classic American hop character to go along with the earthy and spicy tastes. The final verdict? It is indeed rather coarse and aggressive, with hops and malts doing battle at times rather than playing nice to yield an integrated taste. I enjoyed the spicy bitterness and catty flavors to a point. Weaker than this brewery's other offerings.

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Photo of patpbr
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured brown with a small off-white head.
S - Faint malts and hops
T - little bitterness and carmel malts,
M - Medium body and moderate carbonation.
O - I think its confused. It says its a classic English IPA and then states that its very much in the style of the American IPA. Judging it against the style it is not well done.

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Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a hazy amber color. It has a modest white head. The aroma is clean and fresh, with lots of floral hops and pale malt scents. Soft, sweet, and just a little bitter. The hop taste is very well balanced. Both flavors have a commendable strength. Full in body. A solid beer.

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Photo of FLima
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber copper color with a one finger head with low retention, but leaving laces.
Nice aroma of grapefruits and pine with sweet toasted malt notes.
Bitter and fruity flavor with notes of grapefruits, tangerines, tea bags and pine. Toasted and caramel malts are very much present, as well. Finishes with spices. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation, slightly effervescent and sticky. Wheat gave it some roundness to it.
An IPA bold in malt and hops, but not over exaggerating it, maybe a bit too sweet, more at a DIPA level.

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Photo of BenHesk12
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a rather unappealing brown with little to no head and sweet malty aroma. The beer is trying to be an english IPA with a west coast style bitterness and failing at it. An unrefined bitterness is paired with an overly sweet malt character and strong fruity overtone of figs or plumb. The mouthfeel is watery with a light but abrasive carbonation. This is a beer that does not become more appreciable as it warms and really tastes like a home brew. The best part about this beer is the awesome artwork of a casual devil drinking a foamy brew out of a horn.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled served in a weizen glass, got this as an extra. straw amber with one finger eggshell head with good retention and lacing. aroma of grapefruit, malt. Pretty sweet malt forward IPA, not really fitting in the more modern term of american IPA but enjoyable nonetheless.

I wouldn't seek this one out unless I was really in the mood for a sweet ipa.

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Photo of DavidBart
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap. FIrst and lightest in a series of an IPA flight.

A: Looks inviting. Rich copper with fair amount of carbonation. Nice head leaving a good layer of lacing behind.
S: Mostly caramel, malty, boozy.
T: Predominantely malty caramel. Not very complex.
M: Decent, just enough carbonation.
O: I'm not overly impressed. Too one dimensional, and uninteresting. It doesn't taste much like an American IPA. As another reviewer mentioned, probably more like an English IPA.

I was looking really forward to trying a beer from this brewery, but I must say I was disappointed by this one... Rest of the flight.... here we go.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Copper appearance. One finger of head with decent retention and lacing as well.

S: Definitely picking up hops on the smell.

T: Nice caramel malts come through followed by a decent hop bitterness. Balanced very well and both flavors play an equal part in the enjoyment of the beer. Really the beer seems reminiscent of an English IPA. There was a slight metallic aftertaste that I really didn't care for and found rather displeasing.

M: Carbonation is moderately low and body is medium in character.

O: Really nothing I was astounded by but it was a good beer and I'm always happy to drink something for dieu du ciel.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very hazy deep amber in color with some moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation and some mahogany highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of medium patches that are slightly thicker and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith and pine hops with a lighter amount of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of sweetness that is then followed by the flavors of the hops - it starts with moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith and is followed by lighter flavors of pine. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: Pretty well balanced between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops. Enjoyable but I wish the citrus hop flavors were a little brighter and less pithy.

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Photo of shand
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Corne Du Diable is an interesting beer. It kinda tastes like a lot of IPAs did while I was getting into the style. Big, spicy, and very flavorful on both the hops and malts. The hops are, as said, of a spicier variety which is irregular for an American-style IPA, but it works here. And there's a lot of them - they aren't the bitterest, but you can tell with the very drying mouthfeel that there's a ton of hops in here. This one reminds me a bit more of some imperial reds that have been trendy recently.

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Photo of bmwats
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.5 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Medium brown. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly brown-white head. Settles fairly quickly, leaving a large smattering of bubbles, and a ring of foam around the rim. Plenty of spider web lacing.

S: Malt, pine resin, and almond. A little butterscotch and licorice.

T: Earthy grain. Medium hop. Bitter pecan shells and a touch of dark unsweetened chocolate.

M: Medium body. Bitter finish, that lingers on the palate.

D: Can be downed session style.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Fair head, and some really nice lacing. Nose is piney and earthy. Grainy malt, medium hop, and a little bittersweet-ness. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from 330 mL bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a dark, murky golden-brown hue with 1/4 inch white head. Decent retention.
S: Pine resin and caramel malt (fairly strong especially for style).
T: Caramel malt dominates again here...pine and citrus notes in the background. Definitely atypical for style.
M: Light-medium body. Mildly bitter. A bit chewy feel. Dry finish.
D: Could be this one had been sitting too long on the store shelf, but the malt character definitely overpowered the hop notes which is just not right for an IPA.

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