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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"

Added by Rastacouere on 03-07-2004

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed reddish orange amber with an off-white head that thins and stays, leaving some rings of lacing.

The smell is of citrus/pine/resin with floral notes and caramel with a touch of brown sugar.

The taste of caramel is forward at first, but a citric, piney, leafy sharp bitterness comes through, especially in the finish. There is a slight metallic touch to it, with a bit of alcohol.

It has a pretty chewy, medium body.

Could do without so much caramel at first, and without the slight metallic sharpness, but overall it has enough hop bitterness and taste, while having some balance, to be a respectable IPA.

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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 feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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

11.5 ounce bottle, w/o freshness/vintage info, pours cloudy dark fuzzy copper, creamy medium tan head, then leaving nicely developed fine lace. In the nose I pick up well done toast, smoke and some leafy hops in the rear. Boldly hopped, but not biting, lots of semi burnt malts, earthy, smokey, hops present but subdued. Quite pricey @ $5.50 for this slightly undersized bottle. Doubt I'd go for this one again, nice but not special enough to warrant the cost

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Photo of drabmuh
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this on draft and hated it, in the bottle however it's better, still not good though. Beer is orange and really hazy with a GIGANTIC head that leaves a lot of lacing and stick around to the end, lots of carbonation, probably over carbonated.

Aroma is sweet and malty with some piny hops and a few esters.

Beer is mild in flavor on the front, some malt sweetness, the back of the palate is mildly bitter, it's not very flavorful in the front. As an APA, this would be a good beer but on the IPA scale of things it falls short in bitterness, complexity and hop flavor.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

09/29/08- Purchased at Downeast Beverage in Portland, ME.

Presentation- 11.5oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep caramel brown in color. About a 1/2 inch creamy head upon pour. Leaves a nice thick rim through consumption. Decent lace streaks and light patches.

Smell- Very nice nose of light caramel malt and fresh sugary fruity hops.

Taste- Quite like the nose. Malt and hops play in almost perfect harmony. Nice roasted caramel sweetness from the malt contrasted by orange and tangerine flavored fresh semi-bitter hops.

Mouthfeel- Spot on carbonation level with a mid-full mouthfeel leaving a light sugary coating.

Drinkability- Damn, I wish I had access to this stuff down here. Wondefull balanced beer with great flavors. Almost want to give it higher marks because it came from somewhere other than the U.S.

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark maize color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight floral hops, slight alcohol, sweet malt, hint of caramel, and a hint of oatmeal-like sweetness. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of dry hop, and slight alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend.

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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 Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: slightly cloudy amber in coor with a 1/2" head that lasts a while.

Smell: grapefruit, pine, and a sharp bitterness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, grapefruits, pine, honey, and a big bitterness provides a nicely balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: crisp to start, mildly crisp and a bit dry towards the finish. Medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is brief but bold on the tongue.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable beer as it is well balanced and bold at the same time. Try this if you can find it.

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Photo of WesWes
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy dark golden/amber color with a 1/4" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a complex and well balanced aroma that boasts of pale, crystal, and bisquit malts along with a piney hop nose that's quite aggressive. The taste is good as well. It has a very bitter hop bite up front that seems to linger throughout and resinate in the finish. The malt bill provides a solid foundation of caramel sweetness and bready/bisquity notes. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a solid IPA. It's malt character is outstanding and the hop bitterness is right in the front row.

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

Chances are this was on-tap when I was at Dieu du Ciel in December 2007. But I savored on the mortal sin that day. Came across this at Top's Liquor in Tempe, AZ to my surprse. This will be my second beer I review of this brewery. On to the beer:

Thick, lusious head on top a body of cloudy, brownish orange color. Fresh hops hit the nose at first. It flames out into a hops and burnt caramel war. The taste...the hops seem to have melted away in this one. There's a faint twang of mango and grapefruit, but it more of a balanced IPA. There's dry crackery malt in the middle. A little resinous as it slides deeper down the palate. Dry powdery malt and an echo of hop juice linger in the aftertaste.

It's drinkable and won't set your senses on fire. A pretty good IPA, but an expensive one 2,500 miles from the soruce.

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Photo of liamt07
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up some of the recently brought in DDC products at the Summerhill LCBO, this bottle dated August 2010. Into a tulip.

Pours a deep, dark pruny brown/purple with a tinge orange held up to the light, with a couple fingers of off-white almost tan head. Huge sheets of lace line the glass, with some good bubbly retention. Significant toffee malt characteristics here as well. Very light hint of citrus, but also some darker fruits to be found here as well. Intriguing. So far almost looks and smells like a barleywine, akin to their Solstice d'hiver somewhat. Very malt forward in the taste, hops take a backseat 'til all is said and done here to leave a slight lingering bitterness and dryness on the tongue. Malt is more toffee, but the hop profile is quite interesting. Follows the smell, some darker fruits and dark breadiness in here but I get a sense of some citrus hanging out behind the scenes. Can't really put my finger on this one. Interesting for sure. Mouthfeel is medium carbonation, and fairly medium bodied. I enjoyed this one, but I think one is enough for the time being.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium red amber; light head with lacing.
Aroma dominated by sweet malt with light aromatic hops. Taste has a hoppy start, with hops and light malt middle, hop finish. Citrus and hop forward throughout. A pleasant IPA. Reminiscent of a hop forward barley wine. Nice malty IPA.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dirty amber color with an off-white, shaving-cream like head. The aroma is heavy on the grass and biscuit malt and smells a little bit like iced tea. The aroma is heavy on the pine and orange citrus hops. I also get some iced tea and grass hops as well as some biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I think the bottle was a little bit older, but the beer tasted a lot like a hoppy amber ale rather than an American IPA.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Gyle41386 for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a very nice hazy golden amber color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with tons of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some maltys, citrus, and pines. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, nice malt balance, with a nice touch of citrus/pines. Medium body. Very drinkable, this was a surprise to me, very nice IPA, highly recommended.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

November 2007 Bottle Date; Sampled April 2008
Pours with a frothy, initially fat-two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is deep amber color, but shows lightly hazy, orange-tinged, light red color when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of dominant hop aromatics and supporting, but noticeable malt notes. Aromatic notes of grapefruit, pine, then lychee, apricot and candied citrus peel are supported by caramelized malt sugars and drier soda cracker & biscuit-like aromas. The hops provide some spice character too which seems to accent the fruit / citrus components of the aroma. The smell of this beer makes it seem like a rich, full bodied example of the style (the color might influence my expectations that direction too).

Lightly sweet tasting, but only so that it accents the dominant hop character. This is not aggressively hopped by extreme standards, but still is way hop balanced. Caramelized malt flavors play a big role here, and the beer is definitely on the chewy side though it is so thick as to keep this from being reasonably drinkable. The front of each sip is dominated by astringent, herbal, pine & menthol flavors that are sharp and biting. Just underneath these notes is a solid citrus oil component that is reminiscent of the zest from grapefruit, tangelo and some lychee flavors. This beer has a fair amount of bitterness to it & the astringent notes just add to this, having said that the chewy malt does a good job of not letting this combination get overwhelming. As it warms up the malt becomes a bit stickier and is definitely outside my personal preference for an IPA.

An interesting tasty beer, but somehow it just doesn't do it for me. Between the sticky, slightly too heavy malt notes and the aggressive, astringent hop character this just seems a bit chaotic and unbalanced. Might be scored a bit low for me, but for some reason I expect more from this brewery.

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Photo of biegaman
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz picked up at New Vintage in Meridian today for about $4.50.. been looking forward to trying this one for a while.. poured into my shaped SA glass... sharing tonight with Marc.

1" head.. nice lacing.. the brew is deep red ... crystal clear...

Nose is a big mash-up of citric hops combined with some toasty and toffee malts...

more caramel malts than the nose would reveal. but it's still a hoppy brew for sure.. yeasty fruitiness is the biggest thing about this brew that strikes me as "English"... but a more caramel malt than expected ties sorta interestingly into the American hops....

Body seems thick from all the sweet malts... the carbonation is probably about right....

I gotta say it's pretty interesting.. but not $4 interesting.. alot of mish-mash going on here.. and it really doesn't work too well.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very dark for an IPA red with a frothy long-lasting white head, thick lace.

S: Lots of minty hops, white grapefruit, some red apple.

T: Lots of bitter citrus and rind upfront. Full-flavoured for sure. Nice green floral component midway through. The malt is good here (crystal in style), but has a very good mix with the hops.

M: Medium/full-bodied. Slightly viscous, very resiny, thick with hop oils.

D: This is not West Coast by any means, it really is kind of a mini-barleywine. Does remind me a lot of two year old Celebration. The hop flavours are delicious, pure and powerful. Wonderful beer.

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

Pours chestnut with some orange highlights and a medium head that fades to a swirl. On the nose it is very malty, with bready, spicy malt. It's even a bit syrupy. There are also spicy and citrusy hops entwined with the malt. The taste is a nice blend of malt and relatively big citrus and pine flavors. The mouthfeel is rich and slightly thick, but creamy as well. This is a nice IPA for the winter. Rich and satisfying.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours warm amber with a medium tall beige compact and thick head. Nice lacings.

S: Caramell malt, somewhat sweet. Bitter hops but even more floral; grapefruit and pineapple with a twist of lemon sezt. Complex.

T: Follows the smell with a nice balance between sweet malt, bitter hops and fruit from the floral hops. Rich bitterness.

M: Long lovely bitter aftertasete. Body is medium to full, very smooth. Carbonation is well hidden.

O: Nice, not the edgeiest but holds everything it should, and is well balanced.

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Photo of Derek
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask from the brewpub.

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, some retention, no lace.

S: Grapefruit citrus & peaches.

T: Grapefruit citrus, pleasant fruity esters (often lacking in new world versions), modest bitterness (could really use more), light caramel & biscuity flavours.

M: Light to moderate body, slight acidty, modest carbonation from the cask.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Corne Du Diable from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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