Corne Du Diable | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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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"

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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 smakawhat
2.82/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tumbler at Church Key.

A simple and nice dark amber body that leads to a more brown color. A tan collar but not much head but the collar stays throughout drinking. Looks good to me I say.

American IPAs. So many so little time, but one thing I have known about every IPA I've had is that it usually has an obvious sometimes strong nose. I whisk my nose to the glass, I smell.. at first... Nothing. That's it bubkis. Seriously this is really closed, clean smelling, trying some big whiff perhaps a faint malt. Really not impressed.

Taste luckily improves marginally. A hop bitter is first, but also kind of sour. No malt backbone to taste at all but at least there is hop but it's kind of ordinary.

Middle of the road IPA and not very dynamic thus reflecting the overall feeling I have for this drink.

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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 KDawg
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper color with a good foamy head

not very aromatic with decent tones of caramel, oranges, copper and some malty tones

fuller bodied mostly malty tones but very hollow on the mid-palate and some straw tones as well

This was an IPA that was lacking. It's decent, but fairly forgettable

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours with a creamy, heavy head with a dirty beige color. The head slowly settles to a thin layer of fine foam. Good lacing. The beer is dark amber in color, murky beyond transparency.

Aroma is fruity, toffee with a lot of alcohol.

Flavor is malty, with caramel, toffee and raisins. Also a good bit of alcohol and bitters.

Feel - Coats my mouth like campfire coffee. Real gritty with enough oil to slide down. The bitter doesn't leave for a few minutes.

I won't be buying this one again. They missed the mark calling it an American IPA, it's more like a bitter fruit ale. Perhaps they could run it through a filter and label it as such.

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Photo of Raebies
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

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Photo of Strix
2.91/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear orange, fluffy head with some lacing.

General piney smell.

Piney hops, grassy hops, and buttery toffee. An earthy note in there as well. Sort of a barleywine feel to it, but very muddled.

Mouthfeel somewhat lackluster.

This one didn't connect with me. Seemed awash with non-complimentary flavors, and buttery notes in an IPA always turn me off.

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Photo of LtCracker20
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear mohagony body with a rocky 3-finger khaki head that shows some good retention and lace. A little darker than I would've expected for the style.

S- Very bready/biscuity, caramel malt is very present, just a slight grassiness shows through. There's a graininess and maltiness that reminds me of a dopplebock.

T- A little acrid, very malty and grainy again, more bread and biscuit flavors also. Not what I was expecting. It actually tastes and smells like it's 4 years past its prime.

MF- Good medium body with the right amount of carbonation.

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Photo of adman08
2.94/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Slightly darker than some IPA's, copper/amber colored. Minimal head.
S-Very little aroma. Slight scent of malt and a very faint citrus aroma.
T-Refreshing and light. Citrus with a hint of vegetables. Good malt body, the hops don't overpower.
M-Nice balance of bitterness to malt but both are fairly light.
Overall, this would be a good beer to sit in a chair on a nice sunny afternoon and have a few. It's light and refreshing. This would probably be a good way to introduce someone to IPA's who normally doesn't drink bitter beers because it is fairly light on the hops. Not a bad beer, I just expected a little more.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
2.99/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of salvo
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured murky from the bottle into a imperial pint; little head faded quickly to traces of lace. Red/brown with gassy carbonation (burpy rather than pleasant fizzy). Nose flat and none of the hops character others report: earthy. Taste muddy and subdued; again, completely different from what others report. Only redeeming characteristic was the mouthfeel, which is retained as rich and full-bodied.

After visiting Dieu Du Ciel and being impressed with the beers at the source, I am sorely disappointed by this bottle of Corne Du Diable. Its color muddy and taste disappointing, I cannot put the beautiful label that so pleasantly reminded me of my Montreal visit together with my experience of the beer. I've got to try to remember Rue Oest Laurier rather than this murky mess. The only redeeming quality was the mouthfeel that indicated the lost richness for which I had hoped. Doubly disappointing is that Corne Du Diable was unavailable during my visit and had so hoped this tasting further cemented my happy memories. Perhaps my expectations were too high! Bottle marked with the year 2 and the month 6, which makes me think it should have been good through June 2012, unless I read it wrong and this was a bottle from 2002 (egads!) or maybe sat on a hot loading dock somewhere on its way to the midwest US.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Purchased From: Heritage Liquor (Maplewood, MN)

Appearance: Poured a dark cloudy amber.

Smell: Very little hop aroma. Mostly sweet caramel malt.

Taste: Has a strong caramel malt flavor. Bitter, with a very light citrus grapefruit aftertaste. This isn't very hoppy. Something about this aftertaste is just a bit off.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation seems alright. Medium body. If the taste was a bit more pleasant I'd say it goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Wouldn't pick this up again. Could have gotten another bomber of Hop Stoopid for less than this. ):

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Photo of superspak
3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, 08-2011 notched in the side. Pours hazy red color with a gigantic foamy off white head that lasts half a century and reduces to a thick lacing cap. Some decent lacing sticks to the glass as well. Tons of carbonation bubbling from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of big caramel, molasses, pine, floral, bread, and lots of spices. Really odd and unique aromas for an IPA, I’m not liking them too much. Taste of big caramel, pine, spices, and a bit of citrus. Nice amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers with lots of pine and spices. Huge amount of carbonation with a big prickly mouthfeel, but this still drinks very smoothly with a medium body. No alcohol noticed in the taste or finish. Overall, a decent IPA. The aromas were really weird, but the taste was pretty good.

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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 oline73
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a finger of off white head. There is some decent retention to this one.

Smell: Very sweet from the malt. Some caramel and dates, quite fruity. There is a hop smell, but the malt dominates.

Taste: Follows from the smell. There is a better balance here than in the smell. Caramel malt with some dark fruit up front and a bitter fruity finish. The bottle says it is an English IPA and it definitely is.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish that is a bit gritty.

Overall: This is an average English IPA. The malt and hops fight each other just a bit. Still not bad.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours an amber color with little foam that left a layer of fine bubbles

S - Sweet caramel malt, citrus and piney hops

T - I picked up a caramel and woody taste, with a bit of pine with a nice hop bite in the finish

M/D - I really wanted to like this one but just didn't find it that drinkable in terms of wanting to find it again.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

served in nonic.

LOOK (3.5/5) Pours a red, rusty colour - about 27*SRM. Clarity is pretty poor for the style. Head was off-white, maybe cream, it is rocky and rises to about a half inch withe decent stand.

SMELL (3.5/5) The malt is a bit strong and has a bit of a mailard flavor to it. A bit of raisin flavor. Hops are obviously pretty strong. The balance is a bit too malty.

TASTE (3/5) The malt has the same character - a bit too caramel and raisin. The hops are strong - again the flavor is resinous, but was not strong enough to balance out the bitterness.

FEEL (3/5) The body and the carbonation were both a bit too light and insubstantial for the flavors. A bit more carbonation would have dried out the finish nicely. It has a bit of an oily feeling that doesn't work with the bitter end all that well.

DRINK (2.5/5) I wasn't hugely impressed, the flavors and the feel are a bit mismatched.

DRINK (3/5)

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Dark amber/brown colour with small amount of bubly cream coloured head. Very dark for an IPA.

S - Good balance of bitter hops and sweet caramel malts. The hops have some citrus and floral notes. The sweetness of the malts is the more predominant smell here.

T - A very sweet IPA. The sticky caramel malts really come through initially along with the bitterness from the hops. Some light floral notes come through from the hops but they are not overly pronounced. Overall the sweetness of the malts is a little bit too overpowering for me and it seems to drown out the hops leaving only the bitterness without much flavour coming through from the hops at all.

M - Light bodt with a very slight chew and lightly carbonated.

D - Too sweet/malty for me. I likely won't buy this one again unless there aren't any alternatives.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy 'beer bottle' brown with an off-white foamy 1 finger head with some nice lacing.

The smell is like a barleywine, kind of odd. Sweet caramel for the most part. I thought I got a good hop whiff when I first opened the bottle but it seems to have dissipated.

Strangely the taste is more like a barleywine too sweet and malty but with a citrus bite. There is carbonation coming off the nucleation sights in the glass a little more than should be normal. I may have a bad one here. There is a freshness scale on the side of the label where a notch should be but I don't see one. It's a mystery.

Large bubbles in the mouth with a dry bite at the end.

Drinkability is not so good with this one. I'm having a hard time finishing this 11oz serving.

I really think this is not supposed to be this way. If I see this one again I will try it after checking the date.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.07/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
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 EgadBananas
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, muddied amber color on the pour, solid cream colored finger of head which laces beautifully. Enjoyed the look of this.

Though they claim "American Style", the English form it's based from definitely shows up more. Hops are subtle, with notes of pine, some slight citrus and some floral notes. More though, the sweet caramel and fruity malt aromas come through much more.

Most of the aroma comes through in the taste, though it's a fairly sharp and bitter, with more notes of sweet juicy citrus.

The feel is good and substantial, solid medium, creamy and slick. Feels pretty good on the palate.

Though not as intense as it should be for the style, it's still enjoyable. Drinkability is good and easy. Week AIPA, solid EIPA.

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Photo of drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This isn't bad but not what I expected from the other beers that I've had from this brewery. With aggresive pouring I got a smallish off white head and some lace. Color is a hazy brownish medium amber. Aroma is malty, hoppy, and a little caramel/toffee. Flavor is similar but with some heavy yeast. Decent body and great carbonation. Finish is ok, a little bittersweet, not to special. Guess it could be a session, but it's not a first or second choice for me.

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Photo of pwoods
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of mmapes
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Corne Du Diable from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.72 out of 5 based on 668 ratings.
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