Corne Du Diable | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
dieuduciel.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
670
Reviews:
416
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
14.25%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
46
For Trade:
0
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Photo of eat
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark brown/orange with a decent head to start. The head recedes to almost nothing, though there is some faint lacing.

Smells really earthy: big grassy hops with some grapefruit. Maybe even some fresh marijuana buds in there. A little caramel. Really nice, hoppy IPA smell.

My initial impression is that this is a very well-balanced beer. While hops are definitely featured, they aren't overwhelming in the style of an American IPA; it's not thin tasting and light on hops in the style of a British IPA either. Verdict: Canadian IPA! Floral and grassy hops are balanced out with some light malt in the background. A touch of smokiness. Short bitter finish. It doesn't blow me away but it's an incredibly solid beer. No alcohol to be found.

Nice feel. It's amazing how much of the feel you can see while pouring, this one feels how it looks. Solid medium body with a good medium-light carbonation.

This is extremely drinkable. One of those beers you could easily drink all night long. It's flavorful and goes down smooth. Fits right in with the rest of DDC's amazing brews.

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Photo of seanthornton152
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Belmont Station, 12 oz bottle, Poured into KleinBrouwerij Tulip

Sharp bronze color, slight cloudiness, 1 thumb head.

Sweet smell of floral hops, citrus fruits and malts

Flavors of grapefruit, caramel, toasty malts, all blended perfectly together, ending with a slight spice. As the beer warms, the hop character really stands out.

Medium body with a nice smooth carbonation

Enjoyable, nose and flavors are well balance, nicely crafted American IPA

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy amber, tall sticky spongy head that leaves thick random nicks of lacing.

Rich malt and sweet citrusy hops on the nose.

Grainy, earthy malt up front in the flavour, blended well with herbal, astringent hops, a bit spicy in the aftertaste. The flavour is pretty ramped up, yet not overwhelming.

The mouthfeel is the fuller end of medium-bodied, thick and sticky on the finish, still sticky on the aftertaste.

A solid decent offering for an IPA, it has enough character to stand out on its own, and is far more indicative of an English IPA, or at least leaning farther in that particular direction.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Hogtownharry, thanks a lot Harry! Bottle decants into the glass, a deep hazed amber with orange hues. Head is a creamy froth of beige and leaves nice lace. The nose is dominated by floral hops ,and has solid doses of citrus (mostly grapefruit), dark bread, caramel malts, wet wood and dank forest air. Quite interesting. This IPA shows citric floral hops as the main flavour contender, with bready, malty goodness leading to sweet caramel and toffee. There is a lingering spice that I also quite like. Finish is hoppy, bitter and pleasant. I wish I could get this all the time. Thanks so much for the bottle Harry!

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

This is a fairly dark mahogany color, with a nice head, and excellent lacing. The nose is full of grapefruity, citrusy hops, with light caramel malt. Lots of bitterness backed by substantial grassy, citrusy hops, with a light moderate malt--things I like, but somehow, there's a slightly unpleasant edge to this beer, perhaps a touch of medicinal flavor. It's almost very good, but not quite, and I wouldn't want to seek it out to buy again.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 341ml bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The ale appears a hazed rich copper color with about two fingers of off white foam. Nose and flavor consist of toasted biscuits, sweet caramelized malts, citrus such as orange and lemon, very slight pine notes, earthy yet floral. Medium in both body and carbonation. Certainly worth a try if you see it around.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy, sullen amber with a whispy cream head. It's a bit of a mess visually, but the smell is more of what you would expect from an American-style IPA (albeit by way of Canada): some nice floral hops and restrained toffee malt notes. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light for the style, especially when coupled with some very lively carbonation. The flavor is restrained and well balanced, but lacks some of the complexity and surprising tastes of some of BDDC's other offerings. A simple hop bitterness blends with a one-note carmel flavor at the beginning and then the flavor rapidly falls off. Only at the end does some of the hop complexity make a brief appearance. It's surprisingly light and drinkable, but just not what I normally look for in an IPA.

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Photo of Ralphus
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

DDC's Corne Du Diable is a beer that is treated with some reverence in local circles. Our lack of local IPAs and irregular access to excellent american varieties keeps many of us hungry for well brewed IPA's.

This one pours a very cloudy and deep mahogany color. The little head soon recedes to next to nothing unfortunately.

The smell is a perfumy combination of fruit, sweet malts and hops. It's quite well done.

In the taste there is a very nice combination of toffee malts, fruits and bittering hops. There is a light perfumeness that's in the nose found here as well. Balance is good if not a little hop dominated.

Mouthfeel is medium with soft carbonation. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of SingleCell
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug after warming out of the fridge for 20 minutes.

A: Great looking beer. It's slightly more brown then a blood orange and cloudy. The pour produced a nice full two inch rocky cream coloured head. Nice lacing as the head subsides. Good head retention as well.

S: Both piney and citric hops right up front in the nose. Just a hint of caramel in the background. Wow smells delish.

T: Alot more bitter than the nose suggests. A quick blast of citric flavour quickly followed by piney hop resin and caramel and finally that wonderful hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, simple as that. Very bitter finish which can be felt in the mouth for a while after my last sip.

D: Alcohol is nowhere to be found in this one. Also nothing is underwhelming or overpowering about this beer. Very drinkable if you ask me.

My first DDC offering and I was very impressed! My only issue is that all of the labels in my six pack had a "bottled on" section printed but no actual dates marked off. Also one bottle had no label whatsoever. But these are minor bottle issues are overshadowed by the divine liquid held within. Cheers!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this beer was a hazy orange/amber color. It had a thick, tan, clumpy head, and a good deal of lacing. Floral/piney aroma, sweet caramel. The caramel and pine competed well in the taste. I thought this beer was nicely balanced, and look forward to having it again.

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

Very good IPA. This is my 32nd IPA review, and while that's not a lot for some folks, I'm beginning to lose perspective on the style. I need to sit down and do a head-to-head-to-head-to...etc. comparison of some of these beers. I don't mean that to be a slight against Corne du Diable because it's very good. I just wish that I could taste it directly against other great American IPA's. Anyway, this is another very good American IPA from an excellent brewery. It pours a light amber-brown, like a darkly wet brick in the shade. The aroma is nice and thick with hops, a middling citric-pine aroma. I've begun to prefer less rounded out hop flavors and aromas, like the single-hopped IPA's give, but you have to respect quality when you see it. Or smell it, I guess. The flavor is similar but a smidgen less sweet and pure. There's a healthy caramel malt backbone to prop up the hop party. Feel and drinkability are both good. Dieu du Ciel seems like a fabulous brewery, and as much as it pains me to betray La Fin du Monde, I believe that they're my favorite Canuck outfit. So, kudos to them. I'm a fan.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5 oz bottle into nonic.

Hazy copper hue with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing.

Lots of toasty grains, heavy on the caramel. The hops add a light herbal flavor in the background, but not much.

The hops seems to show up a little more in the flavor, but only by a slight amount. A citrusy zip shows up toward the end, mixed with the burnt caramel from the flavor. Full bodied.

Not digging the mix of light bitter hops and light amounts of caramel.

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

burnt orange/bronzeish with an off white head that leaves nice lace. nose is not quite as pronounced as the taste, but a beautiful balance is struck between sweet caramel malt and piney/citrusy/floral hops. i think this beer has a wonderful blend of english, east coast and west coast styles of ipa. i found it to be extremely well balanced and quite delicious. wonderful beer. wonderful brewery.

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

Pours with a beautiful thick fluffy head, though it didn't stick around for too long. Pine seemed to dominate the smell, but there was some citrus and floral notes in there too. The taste is great; piney hoppiness with grapefruit and a nice little but of malt in the background to balance things out. Really impressed how smooth it was for 6.5%, could easily drink several of these in a row.

This one's kinda special for me because it was one of the beers that first got me interested in the IPA style. The bottle I have now is one of the many Quebec beers I brought back to Waterloo with me after living in Montreal for four months. It's sad to see them slowly disappearing.

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

Pours a clear tea color with a HUGE foamy light tan head the resists fading. Tons of Belgian lacing present. The smell is good, but not to style. Sweet and fruity aroma..like a malty hop laiden melon(?). Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied and creamy. A real fine drinker..I love this beer!! The visuals are totally complementary, the smell is inviting, the texture is smooth and creamy and at 6.5% ABV is is a totall session machine. I've got to make a trip up north before my visa expires. I'm torn...I want to give this bev props, yet i feel the need to make a style judgement. BUMP IT!! This is a mighty fine beverage!!! You put in a F$%^ box.

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Photo of jsh420
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

notes from 5/26 blind ipa tasting

pours cloudy dark amber orange with a 2 finger head that left lacing all over

smell - lots of pine!!

taste was sharp pine pine pine with a sweet malt backbone - beer reminded me a lot of GD Hercules

mouthfeel - a heavy body with good carbonation and nice creamy finish

drinkability - just too heavy but if you like pine this beer is for you

over this beer finished 5th in blind tasting
rankings on tasting 1-8 GFlash-2Hrtd-BigEye=Hop3-CorneDuDiable-60min=AlphaKing-Hdevil

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Photo of techcommdood
2.77/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Trying out a different reviewing style. Let me know how you like it.

I was in the mood for an IPA this evening and my sights landed upon Corne du Diable. I'm a fan of many Dieu du Ciel beers and was ready to rip right into this one.

The beer poured a beautiful clear amber color and produced a solid finger of meringue-like head. Solid lacing on the glass indicated I was in for a bit of a hop-fest of bitterness. One sniff and I was locked in.

There are some wonderful floral and grassy hop notes coming from this beer, balanced well with the aroma of medium-roasted grains. A bit of sweetness is there on the nose as well, inviting you in. Very alluring. Then the devil makes his move.

Upon the first sip, all that was sweet and floral is gone. What you get is a rather mildly malty bitter bomb. Nothing floral about the flavor. This is all bitter, and not in a good way. Imagine the taste and feel you get from a lemon rind, but without the tartness or the sweetness. Just that tack-tack-tacky feel and flavor. That's the best way I can describe it... or perhaps the feel of licking envelopes for a while.

The feel of this beer, aside from the flavor, is somewhat normal if not a little thin. There is ample carbonation to greet you, but there's nothing solid about the feel of this beer. It just "is" on the palette.

Of note, as I drink it more, it's a bit easier to drink, but the flavor remains that stringent lemon rind. While I won't spill this one out, I'm certainly not going to reach for another. I'll stick to their other offerings.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark yellow seethru body with a copper tint. One-finger head that dies slowly and leaves lace pataches. A standard citric fruit and caramel malt smell with a little heavier fruits in there as well; grapefruit/juice in the aroma. The beer is less hop heavy and more attuned to the sweet malts and sweet sensations brought on by heavier fruits such as grape (some other tropical possibly). Medium-bodied and slightly chewey, this IPA stands up on its own w/ a strong taste and good balance.

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Photo of CHickman
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a burnt orange/copper color, very cloudy with a ¼ inch tan head; had a malty orange odor that had hints of spice and hops. Taste starts out very sweet with the citrus and orange taste and smell dominating, followed by a malty spice flavor that trails off with pine, grass and floral hops mixed with a zesty citrus ending.

The beer has medium carbonation with a dry finish. It states IPA as the style on the bottle, but this beer is a hybrid mix of an IPA and Belgian and makes for a very sweet and refreshing drink. Overall a very good beer that's different and enjoyable.

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Photo of colts9016
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from PhylCA21, thank you.

Poured into a pint glass at 47 degrees.

Appearance: A medium gold color with a tinge of copper hues. There is a one finger white head that is foamy with some retention. There is also, effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear with some haziness.

Nose: A nice grapefruit, pine and some floral ester. There is the malt with some subtle sweetness.

Taste: A very ripe grapefruit, pine and floral esters. There is a good malty back bone with a touch of sweetness.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated and a little dry. The body of the beer is medium and finish lingers for a few minutes. This IPA is very good, it has a very nice flavor and a good malty backbone. The beer does borders on the edge of harshness. The head of the beer left lacing on the glass.

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

A friend of mine grabbed this for me on a beer run in Montreal. In true French Canadian fashion, the dramatic title translates to "horn of the devil." Poured out of a 341ml bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: glowing and cloudy orange body with a half-inch fluffy white head. Fine, sugary lacing lingers after each sip.

Smell: big piney hops, ripe orange peel, and citrus. Very fresh and flowery. Sweet and fruity as well.

Taste: huge bitter hop flavours upfront. Juicy grapefruit. Some hop oil or extract is apparent. Nice nuttiness that reminds me of Avery India Pale Ale. Big dry bitterness in the aftertaste. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy body with a tangy carbonated bite. Perfectly bitter and dry finish. Crisp and somewhat oily.

Drinkability: this is my understanding of how an IPA is supposed to taste. A nearly flawless beer. Fruity, bitter, and flowery with bold flavours and aromas. Great stuff.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy coppery amber color with 3 fingers of frothy off-white head into a shaker pint glass. Pretty nice retention leaves behind some nice lacing lines and blotches. Smells of floral hops, caramel, sweet malts, grapes, and pine. Tastes of caramel and sweet bread up front followed by some grapefruit, pine, and herbal hops in the finish. Medium in body with fairly low carbonation. Sticky, very malty and sweet with a lingering bitterness. Almost seems more like a barleywine than an IPA. Not sure when it was bottled or best enjoyed by as the label isn't notched anywhere.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a hazy copper color with a pillow-like one finger white head that never really completely settles.Deep pine resin in the nose along with some sharp grapefruit rind,a sweetish caramel/biscuit malt base shows thru as well,close to balanced but the intense pine resin wins out.Not a big fruity ipa more of a bitter hop presence,intense pine on the palate with a hint of leather,the caramel malt holds up well to the hop intensity.A nice ipa for sure,if you like resiny hop flavors this is your bag.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a CanBIF package from notdan. Thanks man!

It pours like art. It has a great frothy head and clingy lacing and is the color of dimly lit copper.

It smells a proper treat. Like grapefruit and sweet malt, like pine and candy, like a perfect American IPA, really.

Wow. I wasn't expecting this. The taste is almost a roasted chocolate malt with a Earthen piney hop bitterness. A floral and spicy bitterness sticks around for a bit afterwards and slowly fades away. Yeah. So this tastes great. As I drink it, whatever I perceived as chocolate is evolving into more of the caramel I was expecting and it's offset nicely by the hops which have a more subtle grapefruit characteristic than I was expecting. There's also a slight gypsum chalkiness playing nicely in the background. Yeah. It all works for me.

It seems to deviate from the style to some degree from its American brewed counterparts in that it smells west coast but tastes of England, but none of this takes anything away from the taste or enjoyability of the beer. It's good. And I like it. And I would drink it again and again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bountiful head, slow to diminish. Lots of lumpy lace on the glass. Amber, on the side of darker, a little bit of cloudiness.

Plenty of floral hop in the nose. Mild, lighter malt is also present.

Tastes like a traditional American IPA. Lots of harsher bitter flavored hops. Initial sip barely shows the neutral malt presence. The rest is bitterness through the long aftertaste. Good body, low carbonation. A very good example of the style.

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Corne Du Diable from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.72 out of 5 based on 670 ratings.
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