Corne Du Diable | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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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 BeerAdvocate
1.9/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:

"Horn of the devil" is touted as a contemporary interpretation of an English India Pale Ale and Dieu du Ciel's nod to West Coast IPAs.

Dark, murky brown, with amber edges; crowned with a creamy beige head with nice lacing and stick. Deep fruity esters of overripe stone fruit, some toffee, dark breads, hint of soap, and alcohol in the nose. Wet paper too. Gritty on the palate. Fine and prickly carbonation. Somewhat creamy, but rough around the edges overall. Hop character is quite abrasive, coarse, leafy and resiny, with oils sticking to the palate and drawing the flavors out. Grassy bitterness. Malts seem out of place and one-dimensional. Mostly toasty with some buttery toffee. Notes of oxidation bring with it some cardboard and sherry. Finishes dry with an earthy, papery finish.

This IPA could definitely use some cleaning up, balance, focus and filtering in order to stand up to any other IPA from the West Coast--or from England.

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Photo of rand
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to wine glass

A: Pours a dark apricot with light carbonation and very little head. Almost no lacing.

S: The nose is pine, citrus-orange and honey. The alcohol is quite noticeable for 6.5%.

T: Bitter, citrusy hops up front. And that alcohol that was noted in the nose is right up there. But you'll notice quite a bit more to this flavor profile after a few sips. The citrus bite turns to something akin to orange zest halfway through, and the malts are quite sweet and toffee like, although not bready. It finishes pleasantly bitter with some lingering sweetness.

M: I'm not sure if this was a bad bottle, but there was very little carbonation, and the body was a little thin. Lightly carbonated beers work when they have bigger character, but not here. Leaves the finish a little flat.

D: Aside from the mouthfeel, this beer was quite tasty and balanced. Not overly sweet or bitter, but plenty of flavor for a single IPA.

Notes: There's something about non-American "American-Style" IPA's - a subtle nuance I can't put my finger on. This is the fourth or fifth I've had, and there's a very subtle common flavor. Don't get me wrong, I think they're tasty, but they're not quite as satisfying as some of the W Coast offerings. I'll definitely try this again though.

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Photo of BBP
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- An thick oak brown with good carbonation and a thin filmy head.

S- Pine, grapefruit, hops, and a bit of citrus.

T- Clean and crisp hop notes with a pine grapefruit taste. Does a very good job of maintaining the hop power while also adding malt influence. The malt didn't overpower the hops which I appreciate. They both played strong parts. The aftertaste is good and bitter too, and it doesn't go away too soon.

M- Medium body with it's share of carbonation, and a bit of alcohol heat. Pretty good going down though.

D- All in all it's a pretty good IPA. It really does a good job of balancing malt and hops, and I love the pine flavor of it. It's one of the best readily available IPA's in Ontario. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of uno99
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

July 2010 Bottle, from the good folks at the LCBO.

A: Poured into my Lucifer snifter (recently liberated from the Brussels beer weekend). Lovely 2 fingered head that settles into a nice thin foam, leaving all kinds of lace. dark caramel and slight copper color.

S: Quite Balanced. some pine and grapefruit from the hops. (is this possible with one sort of variety?) also rich malt, and some apple and apricot. Orange zest.

T: The beer introduces an expected wave of sweet malt and follows it up with a decent walloping of hops. Again pine and grapefruit. although the pine is a little more evident.

M: coats the mouth well, although slightly sticky on the lips. I suppose I have that complaint with a lot of IPA's though.

D: I feel there are some more drinkable Canadian IPA's out there, but this one does ok in that regard. Im not sure Id like to have more than 2 however.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 1" head which soon dissipated to 1/8". A hazy almost opaque orange-brown color. Both bouquet and flavor are sweet and malty with some citrus hints as well as caramel and potentially chocolate. Yes it is hoppy and I do understand why for that reason alone they called it an IPA but in reality it looks and feels more like a barleywine. It's more like a dessert than a beverage.

This is an oppulent beer with a lot for all your senses and a very cool label too. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - THICK, fluffy tan head. Hazy, brownish amber colour with medium carbonation. Nice lacing in stages. Bang on.

S - Huge citrusy, grapefruity aromas from the cap alone. Nice citrus from far away but when my nose is right in there it gets piney. Powerful hop aromas.

T - Some sweetness up front then it's all hop that starts out easy but grabs your taste buds and attacks them and finishes nice and bitter. Really piney hops. Bitterness stays at the back of the mouth for quite a while. Dryness in the finish as well.

M - Thick feeling. Medium to fully bodied. Carbonation is decent.

D - This is almost too piney for me. I would love lot's of these on a hot day though. Top notch.

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Photo of trbergman
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Deep red-orange with about one finger of pale tan head.

S - Strong caramel character with notes of orange peel and pine.

T - Quite malty, with caramel and toffee, and subtle hints of fruit. Hop flavor is mostly piney, with a bit of orange zest. Pithy bitterness.

M - Seems underattenuated - a bit rich for an American IPA. Medium body.

D - If I consider this something of a small barleywine, it's actually pretty good. Worth a try, I think.

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Photo of kwjd
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad this beer came back to the LCBO. I hope this is a yearly thing (or more often even). Pours a mahogany amber-brown with thick off-white head. Rings of lace after each sip. The colour of this reminds me a lot of some of the Ontario IPA's/APA's that are very malty. Smell quite balanced of citrus hops with toffee sweetness. Flavour has some bitterness, but this is not a hop bomb by any means. A very well made IPA.

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Photo of liamt07
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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 spinrsx
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - the beer pours amber/red color with a huge foamy/fizzy white head. I can't see very much carbonation, and there appears to be a decent amount of lacing. The head stuck around for a little while.

Smell - some nice hops and a some malts and some sweet toffee notes. Also a peppery spice mix and a fresh cut grass smell.

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and the hops hit first. It's not a hop bomb beer and it's not overpowering. It also has a sweet flavor that gives way to a nice dry and bitter aftertaste.

Drink -an excellent pale ale that I will gladly drink again. Lots of nice hop taste without going over the top.

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Photo of salvo
3/5  rDev -18.5%
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 laituegonflable
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orangey-brown colour, head is foamy, off-white and beautiful, leaving some amazing wads of cottony lace around the edge. What a body! Slight haze and light bead through it. Wonderful, wonderful IPA look. A killer!

Nose is tangy and floral. More sweet than bitter hoppy. Huge rosewater hit with light citrus notes, lavender and pineapple. Pleasant but a bit too sweet for me. Vanilla, rose, fruit. Nothing to cleanse with.

Taste is malty, with a fair amount of caramel at first. Lots of cake dough as well with vanilla and pearl barley grain notes as well. Hops come through fairly early, again with floral and sweet flavours - citrus fruit, pineapple and tartaric acid. Bitterness finishes off but doesn't quite flow from the hop flavour, just floats up at the end, acerbic and phenolic in nature but reasonably cleansing. Quite woody as well, with a resinous edge to it. Not bad, but feels unbalanced overall. Could use a bit more late-hopping on the brew to help the mild hop flavours blend better with the hop bitterness.

Good body to this brew, with nice viscosity that coats the mouth as it goes through. Smooth to match the palate well. Very good in fact.

Yeah, it's a pretty good IPA but could be more drinkable. I do, however, feel like the American IPA bar is set very high for me because I've drunk some truly extraordinary examples of late.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
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 illidurit
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods in Santa Cruz. Poured into a pint glass. Dark amber, almost mahogany really, with a fluffy tan head. Aroma is malty and bready with apple-like hop notes and a certain earthiness. Taste is very earthy with a black tea leafiness and grass notes. The appley note is very slight in the flavor. Dark crusty breads play a big part. Not really very hoppy, but I imagine this isn't in peak condition. Very solid bitterness, good lingering character to it. Almost tannic in the finish, and quite dry.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Darkish murky amber, not much head. Some spotty lace.

S - Malty with a kick. Bittering hops way in the back.

T - Deep malt center, a little astringent, hops shore it up.

M - Pretty dry and balances out the same. Nice balance, carb, etc.

D - Not a bad beer. Would have a few.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a dense warm brown body with a creamy beige head and a few tiny bubbles at the base of the glass. There are some yeast chunks that are small but stick in the head.
S- The rich caramel malt aroma has some fresh pale malt qualities and a woody green hop finish that is pretty balanced. T- The soft slightly sweet rich caramel malt gives way to a big pungent hop bite in the finish. There is a light fruity quality to the hops but not much other flavor.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture. D- The nice aroma doesn't follow through in the taste. There isn't much depth to the malt or hops in the taste and with no freshness date I can't tell if this is just age or the way it was designed.

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Photo of Casey10
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I sort of like this one it was somewhat lackluster it poured a dark orange with minimal head. It had some citrus mostly a malt background which is fine.

It was definately leaning towards a east coast style IPA which is fine the beer just really didn't do it for me.

I would have again but not going to search it out either.

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Photo of Xul
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper with some amber highlights, capped by a thin layer of off-white hed. Retention is poor as it dissipates quickly into a moderate layer of lacing.

S: Strong citrus notes dominate with orange, tangerine, and a good deal of lemon zest. Some light floral notes lurk around in the backgorund. Light bread base is evident along with a moderate honey character.

T: Citrus hops are still strong with a lot of orange but they're joined by a big piney quality along with some herbal and floral tones on the backend. Light green apple and lemon zest combine with honey near the finish to create a semi-sweet, tea-like aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth with enough bubbles to avoid feeling syrupy.

D: Refreshing and easy to drink, nothing particularly notable but I'd definitely drink it again if I could get it closer to the source.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A bit dark copper colored beer, half transluscent. Off white head, half good retention and medium lacing.

S: Citrus (orangerine and lime) and pine hops dominate. Very juicy. Also a bit of light honey. What you'd expect from an IPA, very nice.

T: Lots of orange like zest is present here. A good level of piny hops are in this too. Unsweetened lime juice is present. Sweet grapefruit juice, thanks to the caramel malts bringing in honey. Floral hops are also in this. Interesting and balanced IPA.

M: Medium body, creamy and medium carbonation. Great feel for an IPA.

D: very high. By far my favorite summer ale. Very refreshing and nothing overpowers the rest. Great brew.

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Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle of this at the House of Brews in Manhtattan's midtown location. It was one of the most interesting beers I've had. Very extreme in the bitter flavor. My tongue was literally dried on each sip. No sweetness at all. Bone dry. Very fresh, although subtle aroma, which is especially surprising considering the flavor. Darkish color, orange-copper. An extreme beer but worth trying and I'm glad to see non American breweries making "American Style" beers.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep murky copper, with 2 big foamy fingers of off-white head. This retains with a relatively thinner level but still stays rich and frothy in the glass, leaving back chunky patches of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is earthy and herbal, with some spice and thick citrus component going on with it. There is some fairly strong pine here as well, as the hops mix with a background of grainy malts to impart a pungent sharpness in the back of the nostrils.

The taste is bitter with spice and a sticky piney edge, which then gives way to some leafier feeling earthiness. There's a deep backing tang to this from citrus character and that same grainy malts flavor from the aroma. Spice and pithy lingering bitterness just dominates the finish and lays heavy on the tongue after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall, with a softer carbonation that then sits on top of a much beefier layer underneath. There is some alcohol heft present but it mostly stays out of the taste, instead helping add some sharpness to those hop accents and extra beef to the feel.

This had an overall English IPA vibe going on with it, but some Amercian hops definitely snuck there way in here, helping give the flavor some force and aggressive. Nice medium ground between the two styles with this, as I ended up enjoying it much more than I originally thought I was going to.

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Photo of dgilks
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very piney aroma with some light citrus touches. Toffee.

Moderately clear, amber colour with a big, fluffy, light tan head. Poor head retention but lots of lace.

Very resinous hop character with pine notes and a herbaceous roughness. Robust, sweet malt profile which finishes dry.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Suitable.

A decent IPA. It has probably suffered from transportation but it appears to be inside its best before date.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice ruby/orange color with mild carbonation when poured aggressively. The smell is very sweet. Lots of floral notes with a hint of citrus fruits. Tastes of sweet orange candy with hints of caramel. A bit piney as well. Somewhat of a chewy mouthfeel with great drinkability. Very refreshing with a sweeter aftertaste than expected.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy nose. Pine and citrus. Pours a nice amber color. some head, and a descent amount of lacing

Wow, smack of pine and hops upfront. maybe some grapefruit. Sharp fall off, then a nice return at the end. No real malt presence IMO. This is not a typical hop -explosion American IPA, but deinfately stronger the the british version.

Refreshing, drinkable session IPA (not that is sin't strong, but most IPAs anymore top it

Thanks SliverX and the Flyers for this beer (from the Stanley Cup BIF)

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Photo of Eastman2009
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Bottled 4/2010 so it's still quite young.

An excellent session IPA, this was my first beer from Dieu Du Ciel.

Sharp in the nose, lots of pine. Very low carbonation and a soft small head. Excellent hop profile with more of a malt presence as the beer warmed closer to room temp. Very quaffable.

My only thought is it seems like more of an English IPA than an American, they must be using a West Coast hop?

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Corne Du Diable from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 670 ratings
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