Corne Du Diable | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Corne Du DiableCorne Du Diable
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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 pwoods
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
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 deathdealer666
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A great hazey amber and a thick pillowy head that makes you work to get to the beer.

The aroma is huge citrus and rye bread. TOns of american hop.

That's a shit ton of malt right there. And again a bunch of american hops. It's spicy and lively with some pepper and berry. Then the malt comes back and sweetens it up before what are most likely cascade hops come and clean up.

If this beer were a song, it would be "baby got back". It's huge and nice and juicy.

It's just out of the range of a session beer for me, but I would not pass it up If I saw it on cask.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip....

A: Pours a rich amber with orange and ruby hues throughout, huge creamy head forms, at least three fingers and fades slowly in pillows that leaves sticky webbed lacing all around the glass, very pretty.

S: Pretty impressive aroma, lots of citrus grapefruit, caramel malt, a little breadiness in the background, smells pretty delicious!

T: A little off....big citrus kick up front, malts float over the tongue and leave very quickly and the finish is a little stale, wondering if this has been sitting around somewhere for awhile...bready yeast slowly fades into the finish along with bitter hops that just taste a little too unbalanced for my liking. Kind of perfume-like the longer it sits, especially in the finish.

M: Fairly good mouthfeel, carbonation is pretty solid, would have expected just a little heavier feel from 6.5% but not bad.

D: The finish on this beer really brings down the drinkability. The heavy bitter perfume finish just makes it harder and harder to swallow. Not as good as I hoped, but not terrible.

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Photo of WeedKing4
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber, with the very slightest of a haze to it. Good amount of carbination. Smells very piney like typical ipas of the style. Its balanced pretty good overall, not overly hoppy, and pretty mild. The taste isn't bad, but its not anything special either. Would rank it in with the rest of the east coast american ipa styles. Won't go out of my way to seek this out again. Decent though.

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Photo of JimmyK77
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a little darker than most IPA's - kind of a murky brick red. This foam rises to the top but does not dissapate. Its flavor are strong, making me think that it's stronger than 6.5% ABV. Citrus and pine infusing American hops are evident, coupled with strong malt, caramel, and just a hint of fruitiness. My main regret is that the bottle has no date. This tastes a bit like IPA that's been aging for a year, but I have no way of knowing for sure. The aging has given it a raisin-like sweetness and mellowed the hops a little. Finish is dry, bitter, and leaves me wanting more.

Overall, a good IPA, would probably be better if fresh.

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Photo of speakorspasm
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep, amber red that gives off a bit of a bloody hue. The off-white head doesn't stick around long but the lacing is deliciously sticky.

S - The hop profile slightly citric with a sort of dark grapefruit aroma that is not unwelcome to my senses... it's backed with a slight caramel sweetness. But, I can't help but thinking that it could be so much more. A few sips in I find myself realizing that the "darkness" of the hop aroma is just a missed opportunity for a brassier, cleaner hop aroma.

T - The darkly fruity hops begin but are quickly overshadowed by caramel, light, tangy toffee sweetness.

M - Appropriately large and creamy mouthfeel and piquant carbonation. Doesn't get in the way.

D - I am a fan of DDC's beers, and as such I'm inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt. I like the idea of an English IPA base with an American hop profile.... but the American hops don't live up to their end of the bargain for me here. Stilll, a pleasant and drinkable brew.

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Photo of biegaman
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
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 mintjellie
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a ruby hellfire with hints of brown in colour. Slightly hazy. Hold it to the light if you want to see something pretty. The off-white pillow of head it's topped with has alright retention and leaves a little bit of lace behind. Aroma of grapefruit and pine balanced caramel, oranges, and brown sugar. Grapefruit and pine is there in the flavour as well, balanced by a huge, sweet caramel backbone. Woody, earthy bitterness that lasts long into the aftertaste keeps the rich sweetness from becoming cloying. Man, that bitterness really sticks in your mouth. Medium bodied and smoothly carbonated, with an oily finish. Feels luxurious. A treat to drink.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.32/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a dark to medium brown with a light brown head that doesn't rise much and has little retention or head. Its a very strange and off putting look for a IPA.

The aroma gets us back on track to drinking an ipa, it is light smelling but there are some very nice hops with a touch of citrus and banana.

This beer tastes terrible there is bitter hops start to finish with a weird horrible aftertaste that makes you think you're drinking an imperial stout. Mouthfeel heavy, can't drink it, I tossed it.

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Photo of vikingmike
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this because the LCBO was out of Peche Mortel. I love me a good IPA so thought I'd give it a whirl

A: Very deep for an IPA. Mahogany

S: Grassy, floral

T: For me, a strange combination of maltiness and hoppiness. I'm not knowledgable enough to know what the particular malts and hops are, but it strikes me as a bit unbalanced

M: Thicker than most IPAs I've tried.

D: It wasn't bad, but this is not an IPA I would go back to very often. For lack of a better word, it's "odd".

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Photo of clockwerk
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz botlle into a Tulip.

A - Deep amber colour with a slightly off white foamy head that recedes to leave a little lacing around the glass. Really, it looks like an IPA.

S - Nice piney/citrusy nose with hints of malty sweetness. I found the aroma very pleasant and very strong compared to many other IPA's.

T - The first sip brings a nice caramel sweetness balanced against strong pine and citrus notes. It was prettyu much exactly what I expected it to taste like from the nose. The fruit and malt then gives way to strong bitterness. At first it was a bit much for me, as I'm not an IPA expert, but by the second bottle it had completely grown on me. Letting it tracel around the mouth and spike all the taste receptors created a real cascade of flavours that made each sip interesting. No real detectable alcohol flavour.

M - Good level of carbonation with a nice slick feel on the palate. It felt like quality.

D - Even at 6.5% I could easily drain 3 or 4 of these in a session.


Like I mentioned above, I'm not an IPA guy, but I really liked this. I found a lot of subtle complexity in the flavours. Maybe that's par for the course on IPA's, but it was much better in my opinion than either Dogfish Head 60, Devils IPA or Greene King which all had that characteristic bitterness in the finish, but lacked the poweful flavours up front by comparison.

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Photo of argock
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.5oz brown bottle into a clear oversized wine glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Stein's Deli (New Orleans, LA) for $4.29. Review from notes.

A: Dusky amber with 1-2 finger light peach sticky head with good retention and crisp lace rings.

S: Equal parts prodigious pale malts and spicy, woody, floral hops that breathe fresh hops.

T: Big flavor for a garden-variety IPA with big pale maltiness with generous hoppiness with spicy, woody, earthy hops bill which leaves a very earthy, slightly nutty, woody flavor.

M: Carbonation is a bit high for the style, but it doesn't detract significantly. Body is medium-full with good coating quality and crisp, spicy, malty aftertaste with moderate bitterness.

D: A very good IPA with big flavor but good balance.

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Photo of Long813
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

G: Pint Glass

A: Thin white head, dissipates into a fine film, leaves no lacing. Body is murky reddish-orange.

S: Pine, grapefruit, hops, malts

T: Pine and grapefruit are dominant with subtle toffee

M: Medium body and carbonation, and a dry-bitter grapefruit finish.

D: Nicely balanced hops for a easy drink. It's hard to justify the price though.

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

A - An off-white head of foam that settles quickly and leaves little lace. The body is reddish-brown with good clarity.

S - Pine and grapefruit hop aromas with toffee and toasted malt notes. A little bit of brown sugar in the background.

T - Sweet toffee and sugary malt up front. Citrus and pine hops with moderate bitterness balance out the middle of the beer but fade into a finish full of sticky sweet malt with sour pine hop flavor.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish with a slightly chalky, astringent feel on the tongue.

D - This is a darker than average IPA with a heavy emphasis on the malt. The sticky sweetness prevails despite the dry finish and the hops just can't seem to cut through. Great aroma but a weak and cloying flavor.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy amber with a massive rocky head, and sheets of sticky lacing.

Aroma is subdued floral hop and a strong caramel malt base.

Taste is initially bready malt. Hops take a back seat to the malt, and are floral in character. Surprisingly earthy and musty, with a dry cedar finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Much more of an English style IPA due to the subdued hops and strong bready malt. However it is still quite flavorful.

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Photo of bashiba
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dirty copper with a light off white head, decent retention.

The smell is very mild with some hints of bready malts and just a touch of juniper.

Very balanced with a big toasted bready malt flavor up front with a light and spicy hop finish. Nice fresh sourdough bread notes give it some depth. Some yeasty funk comes through as well giving it a bit of mustyness.

The mouthfeel has a very creamy texture and a bit of and oily finish.

I like the beer, but doesn't seem to fit the style of American IPA very well, much more balanced like and English Pale Ale. And like all of Dieu Du Ciel's offerings it is very overpriced.

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

Pours a very dark amber for an IPA with a hint of red when held to light. Forms a very nice, large, light tan had with decent retention. Lacing is a little spotty but not bad at all.

Aroma is almost all bitter, pungent, and dry hops followed by a slight underlying citrus. Also some complimentary carmel malt notes. The American IPA designation fits very well, probably as much if not more than any other IPA made outside the US, at least on the aroma.

More of the same on the palate. Still dominated by very bitter, grassy, and even slightly smokey hop notes. Behind that a decent amount of sweet malt, but by no means overly sweet. The combination of hops seems a little odd. Not sure if it suits me.

Carbonation and ABV are just right for
the style but for some reason this beer didn't hold my attention very well. Can't think of wanting another bottle. Still, a well executed brew. I'm sure to give other offerings from this brewer a shot, I just wish I knew if this were fresh or not.

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

This poured a nearly clear copper color with some light tan head. It smelled like oranges and sweet caramel, with some grapefruit and lemon hops. It tasted like oranges and rich caramel, with some copper and a bit of lemon and yeast. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a decent IPA with an enjoyable flavor, although it became surprisingly malty as it warmed. It had decent body and was easy enough to drink, but the hops weren't as clean or prominent as I prefer. There was nothing wrong with this beer, but it wasn't terribly great either. It was just basic and mundane, and probably not worth trying again. Hmm, I've said that about most Dieu Du Ciel beers, now.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very dark amber pour with about a finger and a half of head when poured directly into the center of the glass.

Very potent nose with caramel/biscuit maltiness and a large amount of floral and pine hops. A bit musty/waxy though.

Taste is largely malt based, with a very earthy flavor profile overall. The mustiness I picked up in the nose carries over a little bit. Not bad, but not really great either.

Medium bodied and very sharp. Normal carbonation levels.

This one is a bit too bitter without the nice hop flavor to make it worthwhile. Not terrible, but not hugely drinkable and not one that I will be seeking out again.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pouring into a glass results in a color that is similar in hue to a cut open grapefruit. Head is almost non-existent - barely more than a film that also quickly evaporates. Lacing is obviously non-existent as well.

Scent is a nice crisp hop scent, with citrus tones.

Taste starts out with hoppiness, but quickly transforms into an almost buttery malt flavor with maybe a touch of coffee flavoring. A very smooth transition between those two. Hop flavor is a bit more muted than more traditional AIPAs I have tried.

As previously mentioned, flavoring is a bit muted. This aids in drinkability to a degree, but doesn't really win any points for mouthfeel. Overall, still a very interesting foray into the American IPA style.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange-amber with a thin head that dissipates to just a layer of film on the top. Lots of carbonation. Lacing on the glass is minimal.

S: Fruity, citrus aromas dominate the nose, also with notes of pine. On the backburner, sweet malty notes are present with a nutty, caramel character.

T: A very good balance of hops and malt. Almost reversed from the nose of the beer. Notes of caramel and bread are present up front, while the citrus and pine notes from the hops come as a potent aftershock.

M: One of the most full-bodied IPAs I have had in some time. Thick and viscous, thhe beer coats the palate and leaves a long finish.

D: Overall pretty darn good. Not my favorite brew from Dieu Du Ciel, but a solid effort nonetheless.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours a nice dark golden hue with a finger of light khaki head that sticks around and leaves lacing down the glass.

Nose is balanced. Caramel malt coming through along side grassy, floral, pine, citrus hops.

This is a well balanced, well put together IPA with a couple of quibbles that leave me walking away slightly disappointed. It has a nice sweet caramel base with some decent bittering hops, some grassy floral notes with a dash of pine. But the hops are mild and timid, afraid to wow me. The body is quite light for an IPA, almost turns watery in the middle. Would love to see it beefed up a bit with some hop presence.

It's a quaffable beer and certainly a solid Canadian craft IPA example but, with my expectations for DDC and seeing this in the top 25 Canadian beers list, I am left thinking this is not as good as it should or could be.

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Photo of WesWes
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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 Rayek
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy apricot with a dense amber tinged cap. Head retention is excellent and substantial lace is left behind.

S: A generous dose of pepper and anise hit this nose. The grapefruit scent I associate with this style is present, but subdued. Toasted bread aromas round out the experience.

T: Hops dominate, yet don't blow me away with their bitterness. Flavors of pepper, black tea, lemon and grapefruit all blend nicely. Malts are there with a bittersweet toffee flavor. Finishes with a long lasting pepper bite.

M: The dry body feels soft. The carbonation level could stand to be a touch lower.

D: This is a nice IPA that strays from the mold a bit. I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of ludachris
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up from Premier Wine and Spirits down here in Halifax. Thank you so much to BBrianBoogie and everyone else that recommended this place to visit. Really happy I could get a hold of this gem.

Pours a rich slightly cloudy burnt caramel with a one finger off white head that leaves random patches of sticky lacing.

Sweet smell of bready malts, biscuit, juicy citrus, a touch of pine, spice and a bit of caramel.

Buttery malt and biscuit upfront that is quickly followed up by a burst of jiucy grapefruit pine and a hint of spice to finish it off.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, rich and creamy; just like an IPA should be.

Overall, an excellent American IPA. I'd put this right next to the Dogfish Head 60 Minute that made me fall in love with the style. Recommend it to anyone that enjoys IPA's and can get there hands on it. This brew's got me looking forward to trying more from Dieu du Ciel.

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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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