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"

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Photo of Giggy
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: a cloudy brown with orange edges. Minimal beige head

S: nothing to strong or special. Some caramel,malt, yeast, and piney aroma.

T: very bitter, lemon or grapefruit, caramel, toffee, & malt

M: strong hop bitter and dry. More carbonation than I would like.

O: not the best IPA. If someone likes bitter beers then they may really enjoy it. Wonder what the IBU is on this. It would definately be my limit.

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Photo of Meerkey
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Not really any head. A murky, bubbly muddy brown. Not very attractive, and rather dark for an IPA.

S: Fruity, malty, hoppy. Caramel. Very nice and interesting. I like it.

T: Wow. Not very good. Some roasted notes. Nutty. Some hops. Weird.

M: Ok, but not that great. Some carbonation, but a little thin.

O: Kind of disappointing to be honest. I won't be having another.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.5 ounce bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Notched 3 & 4.

A: The thin head fades fast. Noticeable sediment floats at the edges of this opaque, milk-chocolate-brown beer. Some bubbles. Quite dark for an IPA.

S: Delicious, and reminiscent of something (somebeer?) I can't put my finger on. Fruity. Caramel malt. Some yeast...this is a fascinating smell.

T: Whoah. Uh...What am I drinking? This doesn't taste like an IPA. It's hard to describe. Leafy, earthy, vegetal. Some obvious hops don't quite seem American. Bitter yes, but no pine or grapefruit. A bit spicy. Some of the malt I detected on the nose acts as a fortunate base, keeping the odd, mouldering flavours from getting out of control. I am not at all sure that I like the taste of this beer.

M: No complaints here. Firm, bready, carbonated, spot on. The aftertaste leaves a lingering dryness that is the perfect malt-hop balance. Yum.

O: Easily my least favourite of Brasserie Dieu du Ciel's beers I've tried. This doesn't look or taste like an IPA, and the bizarre notes in the flavour make it unrecommendable, especially considering the price. Still, I would drink it again, but it's not as much bad as it is unusual and confusing.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber color, 2 inches of light tan head, good retention and thick lacing.

Rich caramel malty is dominant early, and joined by earthy and floral hops, and a little boozy heat. At first I was enamored with the caramel but disappointed in the relative lack of hops. But it changed dramatically over the course of the sample, as I sipped it slowly, and the floral and even somewhat fruity hops emerged and the caramel dissipated. It was quite an evolution that demonstrated a unique complexity.

The taste is more noticeably hoppy up front, and without the rich caramel malt that was so prominent in the smell. Mild/medium bitterness increases gradually and is paired with fairly sharp grapefruit hop flavor. The caramel is ever so barely present, and the heavy sweetness in the aroma is nearly completely buried. Pretty well balanced. Not bad if not amazing.

Good carbonation, medium body, vague warming with a bitter finish.

Really interesting beer in that the nose, to me, changed dramatically in character as I sipped the beer, and was largely incongruent with the taste with its initial presentation. This is a good beer, but not an amazing one. But it is unique, and I'd happily have it again. Curious what it would be like super fresh.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.5 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness conical pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, but I always approach IPAs skeptically due to their tendency to be brewed with little regard for balance. Not paired with food or anything.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of good cream, good thickness, and great retention. Colour is an atypical caramel. Nontransparent and not particularly consistent or strong in its colour.

Sm: Very strange for an IPA. Extensive caramelization. Musty hops and dark floral notes. Some nuts. Heavy date fruit esters. Bready and maybe even a bit earthy. One of the most intense, complex, unexpected aromas I've experienced. Overall, I'd say it's date forward. A strong aroma.

T: Dates dominate, with some restrained hoppiness checked by bready and earthy notes alongside light balanced caramelized malts and dark floral notes. A strange taste particularly for an IPA. Grapefruit citrus esters. Maybe some raisin about the climax. Some cream. It's balanced alright, very experimental and strange, and complex but seemingly unlayered. I applaud the bold flavours and unique approach, but the balance is problematic and the flavour is a bit scattershot.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but too thin - especially on the open and throughout the first act. Could use more cream.

Dr: Very strange for the style and quite bold. I applaud the experimentation, but this comes off as too weird and imbalanced to warrant a higher than average rating. Still, I think everyone should try it merely for its unique approach. Enjoyable for its relative obscurity, but the novelty value is never more than that.


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Photo of Immortale25
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Two notches on the label, one at 4 and the other at 2.

A- Pours a somewhat murky dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head that retains before sliding down the glass with sheet-like lacing following. It finally rests at an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and a layer of surface foam.

S- Barnyard-like musty hops. Fresh and pungent but still has a sweetness brought on by the malts.

T- Not as bitter as expected. The malts play a larger role in the overall flavor profile. The hops are there but don't stand out and are more earthy. They certainly are fresh though and eventually pull through with a mild bite after multiple sips. Yum.

M- Clean and soft for such a dark IPA. Medium-high carbonation plays well with the oils from the hops.

O- I paid an outrageous $5.99 for this but it was worth every cent. Love this brewery.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Tulip.

Appearance: It pours a very dark pumpkin color with a slightly off-white head that rises up and sticks around for quite some time. The head leaves huge sticky lacing throughout.

Smell: The aroma was beautiful. The hops are really present but they lean more toward the sticky sweet as opposed to a bright floral which is common with English IPA's. There is also a little caramel sweetness that helps keep the hops grounded.

Taste: The hops really hit you up front but they quickly give way to a very nice maltiness. This is all tied together with just the slightest amount of sweetness that reflects the caramel notes in the aroma. Finally the bitterness hits a bit later than most English IPA's which was very pleasant. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: A light to medium body with very little carbonation that borders on perfection.

Drinkability: This is one of the better IPA's that I have had. Really well put together with a wonderful balance of flavors. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of oline73
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a finger of off white head. There is some decent retention to this one.

Smell: Very sweet from the malt. Some caramel and dates, quite fruity. There is a hop smell, but the malt dominates.

Taste: Follows from the smell. There is a better balance here than in the smell. Caramel malt with some dark fruit up front and a bitter fruity finish. The bottle says it is an English IPA and it definitely is.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish that is a bit gritty.

Overall: This is an average English IPA. The malt and hops fight each other just a bit. Still not bad.

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Photo of theyellowdart
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was is my first beer from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel.

Pours a Deep amber honey color, with a beautiful cream head. The aroma is not typical for a IPA, much more maltyness along with caramel sugar. of course some good hop aroma. -Nothing bad, just different.

Tastes something of a brown ale mixed with a IPA. again, not what I was expecting, but enjoyable. a good malt flavor, but not syrupy. bitter, but not unbalanced.

mild carbonation, which I could have gone for a bit more.

Good, I would get it again, but may not be for everyone.

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Photo of seand
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly translucent brown, with a small amount of dense tan head. A ring retains around the edge of the glass, as well as a few clumps on the surface, leaving some spots of lacing.

S: Very dense, sweet, and floral, bordering on cloying. Lightly bready as well.

T: Initially sweet, leading into a quite bitter finish, with just a hint of the floral tones coming through. A bit muddy through the middle.

M: Medium to full body, lots of prickly carbonation.

Overall, not terrible, but not great. I wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of kjyost
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed Nov. 19, 2011 at Inaugural Bottle Share. From notes. Thanks Nicole!

Pours a clear deep copper with a nice ring and light lacing. Aroma is dominated by sweet caramel malts hand alcohol, where are the hops? The body has flavours of biscuit malt, saltine crackers, some sweetness and an earthy bitterness. No citrusy American hops were noted, which is odd for the style. The beer has a nice sharp bite from the carbonation and the building bitterness.

The beer just isn't doing it for me as an American IPA as it is very bitter, but lacking significant hope character. More of an ESB and quite disappointing considering the other beers DDC puts out.

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

Pours a clear red colour with decent lasting head.

Malty sweetness followed by spicey hop smells. Some citrus odours but def smells more like an English IPA.

Malt at the fore....I'm reminded of some grapefruit hops come through. Still a very sweetish beer IMO compared with some other American IPAs.

Mouthfeel is thicker as you might expect from a 6.5 % beer.

Overall I found it pricey considering how it stacks up against other Canadian IPAs that I feel are better. It was good though so I would def get it again.

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Photo of bryehn
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, rusty amber colour with a thick and frothy tan coloured head that gets retained as a thick collared film and leaves an ample amount of lace behind.

Very sweet, caramel forward aroma with pungent notes of ripe berries, pine needles and a grapefruit-like citrus smell.

Again, sweet caramel malts dominate the taste of this beer. Chocolate, dark fruit and grapefruit all come through on the tongue and the finish is moderately bitter.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a medium carbonation. Bread or biscuit-like sensation on the tongue. Oily feeling with a citrus flavour to the aftertaste.

A bit too sweet and caramel laden for my tastes, but makes a nice sipping beer that goes with light snacks like crackers, sharp cheeses and lunch meats.

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Photo of tsauce2
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 12 fl oz in to an imperial pint glass

A: SRM is deep yellow/rust. Body is cloudy. Head is off white, 1 in., dissipates to rim but quickly reappears with agitation. Medium carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Hoppy with fruit and carmel notes.

T: Hops hit with both bitterness on the initial palate and fruit and carmel notes. Aftertaste is slightly boozy and bitter, but also acidic and fruity.

M: Hops create a sensation that excites the palate. Slight booziness and hop profile give a refreshing/wet sensation that intices another sip. Wet finish.

O: American style IPA is the description; this comes through in the style. Nice hop profile with solid flavor accents. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of WrathsU
1.96/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Earth brown in color which is a bit off putting for an American IPA. Pours a moderate sized white head which stays or a bit. Lacing seems impressive.

S - Large amount of caramel and toffee in the nose. Honey and an intense sweetness towards the end. Out of character for an AIPA.

T - Caramel and sticky sweetness up front. Towards the end a moderate hop flavor comes into play. Not much bitterness, and the hop flavor can be described as slightly soapy. Not very appealing.

M - Heavy bodied and light alcohol burn. Nothing very satisfying about it.

O - The soapy taste becomes more predominant as I drink more and I find the beer not very satisfying. I'm glad I bought a single and not a 6 pack.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Years ago this was the best American-style pale ale available in Canada, but I think that has now changed to the extent that I would no longer consider this representative of the "American" style!

Dark amber, clear but quite brown, with a decent cappuccino coloured head. Aroma of caramelized malts and hints of west-coast hops, although the roasted & caramelized malts dominate in the taste. None of the tropical fruits or citrus flavours that I'd anticipated.

Not a bad beer by any stretch, but wouldn't be my first APA choice.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The color definitely threw me a bit. It's a murky and slightly reddish brown with a thin cream colored head. Not the kind of color I associate with an IPA at all.

S: I got a lot of floral hops when I first opened the bottle. The more it warms, the more the malt breadiness and some overripe fruit.

T: Starts with some citrus hop flavor, but then fades into some roasted malt, caramel, brown sugar and hop resin flavors. I'm not exactly sure how old this bottle is, and I would love to try this one fresh to see how it compares.

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Photo of Stocean1
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pillowy thick three finger head into a pint glass. Guiness like retention with a one finger head after 10 minutes reminiscent of an ice cream float. Thick creamy lacing. Dark amber with some ruby tones.

The nose is AIPA, with grapefruit, pine resin and some sweet malt.

It gets interesting with the taste. There is the initial citrus forward taste that follows the nose but as this one warms up the EIPA malt presence comes to the forefront. Caramel, molasses and even a chocolate note comes through in the finish yet it remains very well balanced. I get the american hops I love with the malt of an english brew backing it up, superb.

This is a medium bodied syrupy brew with plenty of carbonation. Not overly bitter, sweet, yet relatively smooth. It warms your throat like a DIPA which is nice given it is only 6.5% (would not go so far as to say it is sessionable).

Ecstatic I picked this one up at the LCBO today. Another great brew from the Belle Province.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is dark amber. A small white head on top. Good retention, very good lacing.

Smell is full of nice fresh hops. Mild citrus, earthy grassy notes. Nice sweet malt backbone- mild caramel, a bit bready.

Taste is very good- nicely balanced in all respects. Fairly bitter, with a bit of grapefruit. Some wood flavour, and other earthy flavours reminiscent of an English IPA. Malt is nice and full flavoured, but plays a supporting role to the hops. Bitter aftertaste.

Pretty high carbonation level- a bit irritating. Medium to full bodied with a nice chewy feel. Would like the carbonation toned down a bit, but feels good. Would love to try it on cask!

Overall, a really enjoyable beer. Have had and enjoyed in bottle before, but a fresh pint on tap was better. Very good.

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

Appearance. Pours a clear amber with a few floaties and a half-finger of foamy white head.

Smell. Sweet caramel malt, brown sugar and mixed citrus fruits. Nice.

Taste. Herbs, honey, and bitter-earthy hops. Different, but nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, with medium carbonation.

Overall. Different take on the ipa. Very nice and a welcome change from the usual.

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

Pours a hazy, dark yellow body with two-finger beige colored head. Good retention and very good creamy lacing along the glass.

The aroma impressed me very much at first, being very strong with tropical fruit hops. Upon further sniffage, I get more grapefruit hops and plenty of caramel malt. Very East Coast-like.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma. Solid tropical and citrus hop notes and rich caramel malt. Not terribly complex in flavor, but a solid blend overall.

Medium consistency in the mouthfeel with no notice of alcohol at all. If the East Coast American IPA was the target, they hit it for me. Very good brew overall.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy copper-red color with a bit covering of frothy off-white head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind lots of lace in the process.

S - The aroma is a really mild mix of some floral hops and some sweet bready malts.

T - Starts off also a bit mild with a mix of sweet caramel malts and some piney hops. Through the middle, some stronger citrus hops come through with some more bitterness and the caramel malts get richer. The finish is a mix of floral and citrus hops, with some nice bitterness, and some sweet caramel malts that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a nice dry kick at the finish that is quite refreshing.

D - Very drinkable. Starts off a bit too mild, but when it kicks in it is nice. The hop-malt balance is really nice, especially as the beer finishes.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - reddish brown in color, with about two fingers worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - hoppy, but I can't identify the hops. Maybe cascade. Also a little bit of a fruity touch to it.

Taste and Mouthfeel - very nice musky taste with the bite of the hops hitting in the middle of the taste. There still seems to be a fruity addition that ebbs back the bitterness until later in the taste, but I can't identify what it might be. Texture is pretty well balanced.

Overall - not at all a bad shot at an American IPA, but it also has a little bit of a personal touch, which I appreciate.

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Photo of KDawg
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper color with a good foamy head

not very aromatic with decent tones of caramel, oranges, copper and some malty tones

fuller bodied mostly malty tones but very hollow on the mid-palate and some straw tones as well

This was an IPA that was lacking. It's decent, but fairly forgettable

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Photo of Spcoly
2.62/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Merky dirty water with a slight head..

S: nothing much....missing the hoppy smelll I expect form an IPA

T: hard to swallow...very harsh all the way down including the carbonation

M: Thick, too thick...

O: Glad I only purchased one of these...would avoid next time...

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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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