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"

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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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Photo of BigBry
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Originally tried a small sample at 2012 BeerFest in Calgary. First time I've seen it back - Draft pint at National.
Cloudy amber orange in color, with a small head that quickly disappeared leaving thin lace.
There is a nice aroma of piney and citrusy hops, as expected from an A IPA.
Just like the smell, there are lots of hoppy flavors in the taste, bitterness is balanced
by some sweetn of caramel malts. There are some bitter flavors in the finish, but they aren't too strong or overpowering.
It feels medium bodied, moderate carbonation, all works well.
This IPA was very easy to drink, lots of flavors without being overly bitter.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

341mL bottle purchased in Montreal. Pours a medium brown color with almost no head. Some lacing. The aroma is earthy with spicy hops, caramel, malts with floral hints. The taste is earthy with spicy and floral hops. Caramel sweetness with some bread. Floral bitterness at the finish. More malt flavor than most American Ipas. Light mouthfeel. Drinkable with a small alcohol presence. Overall, decent.

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Photo of roundthewaygirls
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

poured into a tumbler

A: hazy, burnt sienna/dark orange when held to the light. no head. moderate lacing. very murky. not the prettiest of beers, but that don't mean a thang.

S: caramel, sticky molasses on the bottom. malty. subdued hop presence. surprising because of the supposed dry-hopping.

T: floral hops right up front. gives the illusion you are drinking tea. the tea feel lingers until after the finish. very effective and intense dry-hopping. after the sharp bitterness, there's notes of caramel. the taste is not as sweet as the smell.

M: light to medium bodied. not particularly carbonated. dry.

O: very unique brew. definitely showcases the dry hopping. the floral hops and the tea qualities are predominant. unassuming yet well-balanced.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a half finger of head on a hazy, deep red colored body.
The aroma is a rich caramel and barnyard smell.
The taste is pretty malty with just a moderate lemon bitterness and finishes with a spicy hot note. Quite interesting and good.
The texture is crisper with moderate carbonation.
I think it drinks like a hoppy red ale.

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

341ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: First of all, perfect beer art. Dieu du Ciel makes, IMHO, the most beautiful beer labels ever! Pours a dark amber clear color forming a medium, creamy and beige head. Medium to low retention and lots of lacings left

S: Very sweet caramel in the nose. Candy sugar and flowery and pine hops. Fruity with notes of pineapple and grapefruit

T: Follows the nose. A slightly sweet upfront with strong notes of caramel malts and toffee. Nice yeasts which are somehow, a bit Belgian. Hoppy bitterness is, however, quite stingy and dry. Good bitterness. Again, an American IPA with a little touch of Belgian IPA

M: Absolutely smooth in the mouth, a strong quality of Dieu du Ciel. Medium body and carbonation with a persistent caramel malts and piny hoppy aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Great American/Belgian/Canadian IPA :)

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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 thagr81us
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a deep red-orange with a three finger off-white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, spice, spicy hop, pine, pine hop, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, spice, earth, earth hop, caramel, dark fruit, and spicy hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. The aroma on this one was one of the more complex and involved ones that I have experienced with brews from this style in all my days. This was definitely a nice feature, however, there was just so much going on that it became just a little overwhelming trying to pick out things that were present in it. The flavor kind of went for the opposite idea as there wasn’t a huge amount going on, but it did manage to be fairly well balanced. It just did not stand out from most brews from the style out there which was rather unfortunate. Worth your time trying if you are a fan of the brew or have not had it before.

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Photo of Muhly
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle poured into some kind of beer type glass

A-pours a murky/cloudy brown honey colour. Didn't pour with any head, but a nice white solid lacing hangs on the glass when I tip it.

S-I found the aromas to be intriguing and complex. Quite hoppy on the nose, but I'm also getting sweet and toasty malt.

T-the taste follows the smell here with an abundance of spicy/floral/citrus and bitter flavours. A bit of round malts follow.

M-very fine carbonation with a light body.

O-a balanced IPA with some subtly interesting flavours. I very much enjoyed this and will likely jump back to it when I'm in the mood for an IPA.

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Photo of Electros
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hops, hops, hops, and caramel. It pours out the colour of bog water, nice head retention, easy in mouth-feel. Low in smell, a hint of citrus, and hops. After taste finishes with this caramel taste. Overall, a nice balance, and interesting French Canadian take on an IPA.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
2.64/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled 341 ml bottle into a shaker pint. Bottling date appears to be July 2012.

Look- Hazy amber with a frothy, crackly head that falls slowly. Nearly opaque. Nice pebbled lacing.

Smell- Not much here, vague... nothing. Something sweet, resinous, acidic, slightly burnt is hiding there somewhere but it's so faint as to be negligible. Weird.

Taste- Plain, fairly balanced for an IPA, clean, biscuit malt, almost wants to be citrus, but like the nose never quite makes it. Sweetness and bitterness balance and give a honeyed tea impression. It's not bad, there's just not much there to taste from what I can tell. Feels like Cali Ale yeast.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, juicy, crisp on the sip. Would go down easily but there's something of a lingering astringency that keeps it from being an easy drinker.

Overall- A pass for me. It's not offensive or bad, but there's not a lot of flavor or much of anything interesting going on here. It seems directed and well-executed, but it's just to... mild... to qualify as an IPA. It might be better than average for a Quebec IPA, but pretty bland compared to what I'm used to. Perhaps a nice intro craft beer?

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Corne Du Diable from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.72 out of 5 based on 667 ratings.
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