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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 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 scruffwhor
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty dark copper color greets my eyes with some medium bubbling. Great, symetrical lacing and a stingy film of light beige foam just hanging around. The aroma has some mixed floral andherbal hop notes with just a touch of much hanging out in their, a little ard to pull out. The hop bitterness would make me think this beer was mae in the U.S.. Lots of florl citrus hop notes with a touch of dry gypsum toast mixed with a orange peel finish and a heavy flower garden that lingers for quit awhile. Pretty bitter palate, that has a very long lasting flowery linger long after each sip.

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Photo of Crosling
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark bronze color with a full head. Woodsy hop aroma, with hints of pine and spruce. Flavor is very woodsy, maybe some Centennial or Chinook, some lemon. Good malt character as well, with hints of caramel. Pretty pure & raw and quite nice and impressive.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.5oz bottle into a Maudite snifter. Pours a deep reddish-orange hue, topped by a fat finger's worth of creamy white head that leaves a touch of lacing on the glass. Aroma of sticky, fruity hops, dry yet sweet malt, and notes of grapefruit and praline (?). Palate is well-balanced between sharp, assertive, fruity hops and a sweet, dry malt base. Notes of grapefruit come through, along with a slightly acidic, vinegary note that is a little out of place but not particularly unpleasant. Body is ample and holds the carbonation and flavors lightly, but isn't overly sticky. A different take on American IPA than we usually get here on the west coast, but a welcome change of pace.

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Photo of ccrida
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. screwcap bottle, my first from this well-heralded French Canadian brewery known for their Belgian styles is there American IPA, which I've decided to serve in my new, equally obtuse, large Deschutes flute. Corne Du Diable is a dark, murky bronze with a very large, tight, light tan head that is very long lasting, leaving heavy lace as it settles to a thick, chunky skim.

Smell is bright herbal hops, lots of mint. I was expecting more of classic NW hop profile of citrus and pine, but as alluded to on the label, this one has all the marking of an English style cranked up to 11....really love British hops though, I'm guessing Fuggles and EKG here, which provide a refreshing contrast to snap of the toasted caramel malt. Fantastic

Taste is a bit of a disappointing after the sturdy appearance and deletable aroma. Very spicy, with a distracting watermelon flavor that I've seen once before in the Mad River Jamaican Red (and again am not sure if it's hop flavor, esters, or a combination of the two). The good news is that the unusual (and ultimately disagreeable) taste quickly fades to a smokey, bitter finish that I really like, partially for the smokey curve-ball, but also as a relief from the primary flavor.

Mouthfeel is initially a bit watery, so true to British style, but surprising since this is on the stronger side. Also has a dry sharpness two it, prickly on the tongue. They really must have used a ton of noble hops in this bad boy!

Drinkablity was average to me, but factor in the high cost and it's a tad below. At the end of the day, I didn't really care for the taste. However, this was highly, unusual, in more of an artisan, reinterpreted way rather then just poorly made. My curiously with Dieu Du Ciel is now only further piqued!

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Photo of GJ40
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a tulip glass. It was recommended to me by the owner of Bruisin' Ales in Ashville, NC.

A - An amber color with good clarity and a thick white head.

S - Nice floral, fruity hop flavor. Very good for a bottled beer.

T - A fruity hop flavor with a moderate bitterness and a good malt balance. This beer has a lot of flavor and it all comes together nicely.

M - Good body and carbonation.

D - This was a very drinkable beer. I could enjoy one after another.

A very good IPA for the eastern side of the continent.

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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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Photo of dsa7783
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 11.5 ounce bottle copped from State Line Liquors in Maryland for $4.99...
First-ever beer from this Canadian brewery with a very cool front logo sticker to match...
An aggessive pour yielded a ruby-red, dark-copper colored hue with an enormous head that exhibited some staying power before slowly receding...
Nice aroma full of fresh, wet, exotic hops with a tinge of amber thrown in...
For an IPA, this was top-notch in terms of flavor... Nice, wet citrus hops dominate the taste with a burst of piney citrus, lemon, and herbal spices...
Mouthfeel was creamy and rich, while the drinkability was near-excellent without being cloying or overbearing...
Excellent rendition of the style, and definitely recommended as a great foreign example of an American IPA...

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Photo of ffejherb
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into Troegs Hopback glass

A - Gorgeous copper-colored body with amber and reddish hues and two-finger creamy off-white head and left plenty of decorative lacing around the glass. Plenty of tiny bubbles of carbonation. Excellent head retention.

S - Incredibly aromatic nose with an obvious dry hopped aroma. Extremely hoppy with notes of citrus and pine, but balanced by a sweet caramel malt aspect.

T - Strong earthy hop flavor with hints of juicy citrus fruit and pine needles, but well balanced by a sturdy caramel malt backbone that elicits a bit of sweetness. There is also a mild breadiness in the finish, but ultimately the hops prevail, with lots of grapefruit tang.

M - Medium body with smooth, creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Warm, tingly mouthfeel with a bit of heat from the alcohol and some residual hop stickiness. Moderately bitter finish that lingers for quite a while on the palate.

D - Extremely tasty dry hopped IPA with well balanced flavors and aromas. This is very true to style, and the dry hopping definitely enhances the enjoyment of this brew. Very nice!

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Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange/amber colour with a slight haze and a gigantic beige head off the pour. Lots of chunky lacing clung to the glass as the foam slowly settled. Grapefruit aroma, a little spicy with a hint of alcohol and significant caramel character. Hops were a little powdery and became grassier after a couple of minutes in the glass. Solid, clean bitterness throughout with a malty, caramel backbone. Grassy and grapefruit hops fill out the flavour and there's a slight herbal quality near the end. Balanced finish with malt, bitterness and hop character lingering. Medium bodied, texture was a bit creamy. Carbonation was average and fairly soft. I really liked the balance and flavour profile on this one. It's super easy to drink and I could imagine enjoying this on a regular basis if it was easier to get in my area. I have to agree with others though that it seems to be slanted more towards an English IPA profile with the strong malt character.

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Photo of tpd975
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dieu Du Ciel has landed in Florida, Holy Shit, Happy Happy Joy Joy!!!

A: Pours a wonderful bright amber hue with a huge foamy off white head. The head dies down but wondeful lacing is left behind.

S: Lots of balance in the nose. You are greeted by a perfect marriage of hops and malt. The malt is very biscuity, and the hops are mostly citrus with a tinge of pine sweetness.

T: Nice brew. I taste the malt right up front. Big bold bready biscuity malt. Never fear though. The hops come powering thru. Tons of citrus blast the mouth and tinges of sweet pine tar linger in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable.

Overall: Who said the US is the only one who can make a wonderful IPA, oh wait, that was me. Anyway this is proof once again that that statement is not true. This one has wonderful flavor and nice balance. To get superior marks with me they would need a bit more hops though. Overall nice beer that is very drinkable. I would buy more, but the importer jacked the price thru the roof on these. I will stick the american counterparts that taste as good or better for half the cost.

Great Job Dieu Du Ciel! You continue to impress.

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Photo of santa109
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice amber color with about a finger of foamy tan colored head into a pint. Nice lacing that clings to the glass all the way till the end.

S: Very enticing aromas that remind me of cedar/pine wood and a hint of citrus.

T: Grapefruit bitterness is what strikes me first and then a balancing caramelized taste that lingers on long after you swallow it. This is not as bitter as I would of expected it from the smell but it does pack a good kick. Yet I find myself wanting more after every sip, that caramely taste is addictive! The grapefruit seems to shy away as the beer warms, it definately mellows out into a very well balanced beer.

M: Oily mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation which accentuates the grapefruit taste nicely. I could see the oily feel bothering some people but I enjoyed it.

D: Easy to drink, even with the quite assertive taste. I can easily have a few of these.

Overall a very good beer by DDC. Last night I enjoyed a Péché Mortel and this holds up to their quality standard. I could see myself enjoying this while watching a playoff game after supper.

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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 ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber body topped by a medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Honeyish, hoppy aroma with notes of passion fruit juice, flowers, and grapefruit rind.

Taste: Honey candy, though with a restrained sweetness. Then, jumps to the fruity, resoundingly bitter hops. Continual hints of citrus. Slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: In short: it's good. A nice surprise.

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Photo of bobsy
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another stunning beer from Dieu du Ciel. This really cements my plan to head to Montreal for a long weekend this Summer.

Pours a deep copper (or rousse as they say in those parts), with a nice tight white head. Fingers of lace are left behind as the head drops to a film. Aromas remind me of a west coast IPA, full of citrus, and grapefruit in particular. Caramel in the back end. Huge hop flavour, manifested in grapefruit and pine, tailing off into a really nice bitterness. This is all balanced by a sweet caramel body and a slight 'woodsy' feel. Nice medium body and lively carbonation. Great drinkability.

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Photo of Tim2000
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 mL brown bottle, brewed 5 months ago.

Dark orange brew with some small particles in suspension and a fairly thin white head.

Big citrus aroma with black tea and pine notes.

Starts off with sweet caramel but is quickly overpowered by a grassy bitterness with black tea and grapefruit flavours. Some dried fruit notes are present as well. Finish is bready with a lingering dry bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick with fairly low carbonation. Alcohol has a slight warming effect.

While this one would probably be better fresher, it's still a pleasant, hoppy pale ale.

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

Bottledate 11/07

Pours dark amber and hazy, with a one-inch head of off-white.
Decent lacing for the first few sips of the glass.
Aromatics are citrus-laden, malty, and oxodized.
Grapefruit, dry malt, wet cardboard, and a hint of juniper round out the nose.
The mouthfeel is medium and slightly chewy. Decently creamy but fairly crisp.
The pallet has plenty of grapefruit as promised, with chewy malt to balance.
Bitterness is firm and drying, but not overpowering.
Alcohol is warming and works well with the beer.
Finishes with drying grapefruit pith, dusty malt, and wet paper.

Aside from the fact that this beer is way past-prime, it's a fairly good representation of the style.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Dieu du Ciel! finaly available around here in bottles.

Pours a hazy medium light brown, a shade more like a english mild. Beautiful white head that dissipates slowly and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

HUGE hoppy aroma, lots of american hops in the nose, beautiful, reminds me alot of DFH 60 min. Big hop flavor and solid malt backbone. Bitterness in the finish kinda reminds me of a cross between Arogant Bastard and a APA I homebrewed with far to much centenial.

I love this beer, gimme more!

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful American IPA.
Pours a slightly cloudy copper orange with a nice full finger white head of tight bubbles that sticks around forever, leaving pretty lacing in it's wake as you drink.

Aromas are fresh citrus...grapefuits and oranges.

Taste is clean and bright. Slightly toasted caramel malt to start with followed quickly with grapefruit peel hops that are as sweet as they are bitter. As you swallow, the hops leave behind a touch of pine oil you can both taste and smell.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with tight carbonation and a drying effect as you swallow.

Love it.

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Photo of rodenbach99
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bouteille brune de 341 ml.

belle couleur rousse-cuivre digne du style, odeur d'houblon frais particulier, du fait de l'utilisation de la technique de houblonage à froid, goût puissant agréable.équilibre parfait, belle longueur, c'est une bière qui peut accompagner des plats costauds.

digne représentante du style IPA

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Photo of elricorico
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with a slight haze to it. Started with two fingers of foamy head, fell to a thick cap and left some lacing. Spotty lacing as I drink.

Smells like grapefruit. Very citric hop aroma. Straightforward, but it is a pleasant smell.

Toasted white bread is first on the front of the tongue, then malt steps aside and the hops take over. Strongly citric with a touch of pine at the very finish. Grapefruit and lemon drops. Good taste.

There is a fair bit of body to this beer and the carbonation is lively. Feels fresh and alive.

Quite a nice IPA, I could see this one working as a session beer despite having a slightly higher abv. I can see why this one is so popular in the forum lately.

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

Graciously brought down from Montreal by SimTimard.

Pours a deep orange with a two-finger cream colored bubbly head that fades slowly leaving a ring around the edges. Leaves sticky lacing/sheets down the entire glass.

Strong floral hop aroma jumps right out at you, followed by some grapefruit and other citrusy notes in the background. Nice malt presence keeps things in balance.

Bitter floral hops immediately attack the tongue, followed by some bready, earthy caramel malts. It's real dry up front, but finishes nice and smoothly with only a hint of any bittering hops at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. There is a bit of a bite on the tongue, though not totally bad, that detracts a little bit. Overall, though, nicely balanced.

Aside from the price, it is quite drinkable. It's a pretty decent offering for the style, and I could easily knock back a few of these at a time.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle purchase from a grocery store down the street from the brewpub. Excellent looking beer- great clarity, proper amber hue, and frothy three finger head when poured into my imperial nonic glass. Smell- creamy pine and pineapple. Taste- very different. Odd malt taste that I can't place that melds into very grassy hops. Not what I expected from the intial nose of the beer. Every sip is that same odd initial taste that disappears into hop bitterness. After a few more sips I pick the pale malts in the finish, but something is off here. Not sure if infected or what? Medium body, with relatively low carbonation. I had high hopes for this beer, and it started out great, but crapped out where it counts. Would like to try again to see if truly a one off or not.

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Photo of pootz
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Metro Joanette date coded as bottled Sept...3 weeks from bottling.

Poured an intoxicating hazed deep amber-orange with a sticky rocky 2 finger cap that laced the glass well.

Aroma: Piney, Grapefruit rinds, apricots musty sweet malty tones...perfect!

Profile: WoW! Malty but not sweet...hop complexity drives this flavor...pine, grass, citus, cedar, woody tones...all in a musty-earthy malt vehicle...dry, slightly bitter finish with metallic after taste.

Surprisingly light body and mouth feel...yet satisfying...very unique flavour and interpretation on this style.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a nice thick and quite big foamy head with some good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of resin hops with some nice floral notes. Taste is also dominated by some resin hoppy notes with a subtle caramel malt profile and ends with some bitter notes. Body is quite full with a nice texture and some good carbonation.

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Corne Du Diable from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.72 out of 5 based on 665 ratings.
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