Corne Du Diable | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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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"

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Photo of Crossmd
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 45 degrees into a Sam Adams pint glass. Bottled on 05/05/11

Pours a hazy-translucent red-brown-copper. Tanned white head at 1.5 fingers lingers into a nice cap.

Smells of brown sugar, pine resin, and an odd hint of what can only be described as wet dog. Not well projected, and that's a good thing.

Taste consists of a robustly powerful hop attack initially that doesn't really let up, yielding only slightly every once in a while to a sort of laser beam of orange pith or rind. The name sounds like it knows it.

Mouthfeel is good, slightly over effervescent for my taste, almost like it was overcompensating in trying to add carbonation to the structure that didn't need such support.

Very nicely robust, and interesting herbal/aggressive take on the IPA, not really user friendly though, and not something that is enjoyable more than it's just interesting.


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Photo of LtCracker20
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear mohagony body with a rocky 3-finger khaki head that shows some good retention and lace. A little darker than I would've expected for the style.

S- Very bready/biscuity, caramel malt is very present, just a slight grassiness shows through. There's a graininess and maltiness that reminds me of a dopplebock.

T- A little acrid, very malty and grainy again, more bread and biscuit flavors also. Not what I was expecting. It actually tastes and smells like it's 4 years past its prime.

MF- Good medium body with the right amount of carbonation.

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

Got this one from Raptor2023 this past summer. Thanks for dropping by.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Head fades to a wisp and ring. Hazy burnt orange in color with medium amounts of carbonation evident. A light, splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, toffee notes, with some light melon as well. Touches of floral hops and light citrus aromas. Nice nose, though somewhat on the milder side of things.

TASTE: Pale malts, toffee, with lots of floral hops and bitterness. Light citrus with lemon and pine accompany the bitter, floral hops in the finish. A long, lingering, bitter aftertaste with plenty of pine and some sweet toffee as balance. Very nice indeed.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate.

OVERALL: Good stuff overall. The nose could be a little bolder, but this is a nice, flavorful, and enjoyable IPA from DDC. I could see myself making this a staple while back in Waterloo if it were available. Too bad more of this brewery doesn’t make it to Ontario on a regular basis. One of the best breweries in the country for sure. Thanks again Raptor2023 for including this one in our trade. Recommended.

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Photo of superspak
3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, 08-2011 notched in the side. Pours hazy red color with a gigantic foamy off white head that lasts half a century and reduces to a thick lacing cap. Some decent lacing sticks to the glass as well. Tons of carbonation bubbling from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of big caramel, molasses, pine, floral, bread, and lots of spices. Really odd and unique aromas for an IPA, I’m not liking them too much. Taste of big caramel, pine, spices, and a bit of citrus. Nice amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers with lots of pine and spices. Huge amount of carbonation with a big prickly mouthfeel, but this still drinks very smoothly with a medium body. No alcohol noticed in the taste or finish. Overall, a decent IPA. The aromas were really weird, but the taste was pretty good.

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Photo of socon67
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark amber with a thick foamy head. Solid lacing.

S - Smells of english toffee and malt. Aroma of earthy spice is present as well.

T - There is a spicy flavor that just seems out of place. This is perhaps mischaracterized as an IPA. The malt profile is dominant and has a flavor of fresh apricot. While the overall flavor is pleasant it isn't true to style.

M - A bit out of balance. Full bodied, and robust. Rubs the tongue with a spicy and bitter finish.

O - I don't mind this being an odd take on an IPA. Certianly a quality beer, albeit one that srays from any specific type.

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours with a creamy, heavy head with a dirty beige color. The head slowly settles to a thin layer of fine foam. Good lacing. The beer is dark amber in color, murky beyond transparency.

Aroma is fruity, toffee with a lot of alcohol.

Flavor is malty, with caramel, toffee and raisins. Also a good bit of alcohol and bitters.

Feel - Coats my mouth like campfire coffee. Real gritty with enough oil to slide down. The bitter doesn't leave for a few minutes.

I won't be buying this one again. They missed the mark calling it an American IPA, it's more like a bitter fruit ale. Perhaps they could run it through a filter and label it as such.

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

Thanks for sending me this one, Jeff.

A: The beer pours amber in color with a finger of rocky white head.

S: Smells very sweet and caramelly. There's a bit of fruit to it, almost like white grapes. A decent sweet citrus note as well as a bit of tropical fruits and peaches. More malt sweetness as I smell it more, perhaps brown sugar.

T: Very much like a barleywine. Toasty malts with lots of bread, toffee, and brown sugar. There is a moderate bitterness on the finish, but not a huge hop flavor. A bit of citrus and some sweet fruits.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer, but the flavors were more reminiscent of a barleywine. I would have preferred more hops and less sweet malt.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

served in nonic.

LOOK (3.5/5) Pours a red, rusty colour - about 27*SRM. Clarity is pretty poor for the style. Head was off-white, maybe cream, it is rocky and rises to about a half inch withe decent stand.

SMELL (3.5/5) The malt is a bit strong and has a bit of a mailard flavor to it. A bit of raisin flavor. Hops are obviously pretty strong. The balance is a bit too malty.

TASTE (3/5) The malt has the same character - a bit too caramel and raisin. The hops are strong - again the flavor is resinous, but was not strong enough to balance out the bitterness.

FEEL (3/5) The body and the carbonation were both a bit too light and insubstantial for the flavors. A bit more carbonation would have dried out the finish nicely. It has a bit of an oily feeling that doesn't work with the bitter end all that well.

DRINK (2.5/5) I wasn't hugely impressed, the flavors and the feel are a bit mismatched.

DRINK (3/5)

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dieu de Ciel….Corne du Diable….on tap at the brewpub in Montreal

Appearance-cloudy light red to orange color, two fingered head approaches and leaves quickly, only a puddle of bubbles crackling on top remains.

Smell-the usual IPA aroma of pine tar, alcohol fumes and spice mixed with grass, pungent and aromatic, malt is sort of there but not as much as I thought.

Taste/Mouthfeel-hops lay out a slick piney profile in the beginning along with an almost too rash spiciness, malts do appear to provide some balance on the tail end. A medium mouthfeel that finds the right note between too syrupy and too sludgy. Not all that smooth but the flavors are strong so you won’t really notice. Strong finish of pine and alcohol burn on the tail end, this beer will warm you up on a cold day for sure.

Overall-a fine version of an IPA, not all that “West Coast” as the blackboard indicated but it was more than acceptable to me. Worth a try.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dieu Du Ciel's Corne Du Diable is a dry and very woody IPA. I found it to be a little boring.

A: Amber-brown colour that looks like scotch and a 4 cm head that, after time, fades to excellent lacing. 4.5

S: Floral hops and pine. The pine from the hops is balanced by a strong malt smell. 4

T: Woody pine hops over a mild malty base. It is quite a dry IPA with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Maybe oxidised? Not enough pizazz for an American IPA. 3.5

M: Dry and low gravity but with good carbonation. 4

O: A boring IPA. The more I drink, the more it tastes like bitter cardboard. 3

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Photo of SebD
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried at Gambrinus in London. Bottle was marked October 2010.

Appearance: It has a nice copper/amber colour to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderatly and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of gainy malts, hops and some fruit and citrus.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice hop bitterness up front and at the end with some sweet citrucy and caramely notes in between.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with nice balance.

Drinkability: It's a very drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas but it wasn't quite what I was expecting for an IPA.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle brown that is clear but a little dull. The head was off white and becomes a not very pretty surface layer of suds. This one looks ok but doesn't really have a sparkle to it.

The nose is good here. There is a good balance of roasted grains and a good dose of hops. There is a lean towards a slightly citrus scent that could be more pronounced but what's here is definitely nice.

The taste falters from the nose slightly but not in the grain department. Sweet and toasted the grain is the backbone of this beer. Hops are present but are not a very solid flavor or feel. The beer goes towards a tea flavor that is good but kind of a let down as an IPA.

The mouthfeel is ok but still lack luster like the flavor. There is a medium body with an available bitterness and light carbonation. This is a good beer but a poor IPA. The flavors fall short and the feel doesn't quite make it to satisfaction either. Worth trying but for the most part it's a pass if you see it in the store or on the menu.

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Photo of calcio360jrd
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle had at WOB Clematis.

This is the first so-so beer i've had from dieu du ciel. It is an american interpretation of and englsh style ipa. Good color and carbonation for this one, smell was bready and extremely hoppy, smells like most mid level DIPA that i have had in the past. The taste was not the strong point of this one, very bitter and lingering on the tongue, tasted almost like the hops were burned before entering the brewing process, not my fav beer so far, by far not the worst thing i've had, drinkable i guess.

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Photo of Mosley1212
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my DFH Snifter.

A--Poured looking like caramel. The liquid was a dark, murky brown with a thin, off-white head that dissipated quickly. Very little retention throughout.

S--Sweet caramel. Buttery toffee. Malt was pleasant. Honestly, this smelled like a strong ale to me. I got very little hops. This was like a less hoppy Arrogant.

T--Sweet malts. Lot of caramel. Toffee is there, but there's a lot of floral notes as well.

M--Thin-bodied. Watery. Overly sweet. Not very pleasant.

O--This shocked me. I was expecting an IPA-like beer. Instead, I got a strong ale kind of beer. I liked it, but not as an IPA. I think it is mislabeled.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.74/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had some really high hopes for this brew when I bought it. Once I opened it and poured it out I was surprised that the appearance was so muddy and brown looking. The head was decent but the look of the beer wasn't very appealing. The smell had an average hop aroma to it. The taste was more along the lines of an earthy IPA and not much of a citrusy IPA. The mouthfeel was medium and decently carbonated. Overall this beer was a major let down.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, muddied amber color on the pour, solid cream colored finger of head which laces beautifully. Enjoyed the look of this.

Though they claim "American Style", the English form it's based from definitely shows up more. Hops are subtle, with notes of pine, some slight citrus and some floral notes. More though, the sweet caramel and fruity malt aromas come through much more.

Most of the aroma comes through in the taste, though it's a fairly sharp and bitter, with more notes of sweet juicy citrus.

The feel is good and substantial, solid medium, creamy and slick. Feels pretty good on the palate.

Though not as intense as it should be for the style, it's still enjoyable. Drinkability is good and easy. Week AIPA, solid EIPA.

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Photo of
2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - brown with orange tint and a thin tan head.

Smell - molasses malt aromas with a touch of bittersweet hops. For an IPA the hops smell is surprisingly subdued with and there is a hint of a cardboardy off flavour.

Taste - big sweet malt, overripe dark fruit, cardboard, molasses. Plenty of bitterness in the taste, but not much hops flavour.

Overall, this is more like a watered down barley wine than an IPA.

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

A: Pours a pretty dark copper/bronze colour. Head persistent, good lacing. 4.5

S: Wow. Unique nose for an IPA. Caramel malt is pretty prominent but there's a strong spicy floral hoppiness coming through (rather like Murrays Icon, but with some elaborate perfumes in the background). Also some definite citrus hops. It starts to smell like a herbed beer because I get these delicious gingernut cookie/gingerbread flavours breaking through. Like a sweet spiced chocolate biscuit. 4.5

T: Spice persists in the taste, taking on an almost orange blossom or orange semolina cake flavour. Finishes with pronounced bitterness. 4.5

M: The mouthfeel doesn't impress me as much. Could it perhaps use more carbonation? Seems a bit thin I guess. 3.5

O: Good stuff, whatever the combination of malts/hops used, they've created a truly unique flavour. Pricy beer but worth a try for the novelty and elegance, as with most Dieu Du Ciel beers. This is definitely a well balanced but delicious IPA. 3.5

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Photo of OldIronLungs
2.74/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I have a feeling this was an old bottle.

Pours murky amber with about a finger of soft head.

Nose of sweet caramel and esters.

A sip is grassy bitterness, lots of biscuity sweet malts at solid carbonation and buttery/slightly sour bitterness to finish.

I don't know about this one -- it's just so sweet and even though it was dry hopped, all I'm getting is an odd ester grass flavor.


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Photo of jnn4v
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice rich, amber color with a moderate amount of foamy off-white / cream colored head. No sediment or haze.

S: Smelled sticky sweet, vaguely citrusy (ie. a light amount of lemon/orange zest), and hints of honey wheat bread. Seems like this will be a malt-centric IPA.

T: The scent didn't lie - this is a sweet (although not cloying), slightly lemony, refreshing flavor for a beer. It reminds me of a typical East-Coast IPA style, minus about half of the hop bitterness. The malt flavors were enjoyable and appropriate for the genre.

M: Good texture overall - abundant carbonation, but not too bubbly, and good density / viscosity. Probably slightly thicker than the average IPA - reminded me more of a DIPA texture.

O: I definitely enjoyed the beer overall, but when thinking about what I enjoy most in IPAs (hop flavors) this one falls a bit short. The refreshing character and good malt help keep me from rating it as low as others have here.

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Photo of adman08
2.94/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Slightly darker than some IPA's, copper/amber colored. Minimal head.
S-Very little aroma. Slight scent of malt and a very faint citrus aroma.
T-Refreshing and light. Citrus with a hint of vegetables. Good malt body, the hops don't overpower.
M-Nice balance of bitterness to malt but both are fairly light.
Overall, this would be a good beer to sit in a chair on a nice sunny afternoon and have a few. It's light and refreshing. This would probably be a good way to introduce someone to IPA's who normally doesn't drink bitter beers because it is fairly light on the hops. Not a bad beer, I just expected a little more.

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Photo of LaCoursiere
2.51/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured into my New Belgium snifter w/ laser etching. It formed a thin cream colored head. The laser etching helped it maintain a thin head with minimal lacing. The beer was a dark rusty orange color. Pretty nice.

S - Weak grassy alfalfa aroma with subtle lemon notes.

T - Kind of a sour up front with a little bit of malt. Kind of like slightly stale sourdough. The sourness fades to grassy and piney hops. The bitterness carries and there are some salty metallic flavors in the finish.

M - Light bodied without much carbonation and no alcohol presence.

D - I did not enjoy this much. Its predominant traits were sourness and bitterness. Pretty one dimensional. I don't think I will be drinking this again.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange with an off white head and a little sticky lace.

Interesting aromas. Some pepper, some raisin, some wood, some hop leaf, some caramel, some toasted malt. I like this.

Hops up front, with some hop oil and burnt sugars. Leading to bitterness and some biscuit. Fruit, wood, more bitterness, maybe caramel. I like the mix of flavors.

Medium body, could use a bit more carbonation.

I dug this. Unique spin on the style. This beer is all over the place, which isn't a bad thing. Worth a try.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.82/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tumbler at Church Key.

A simple and nice dark amber body that leads to a more brown color. A tan collar but not much head but the collar stays throughout drinking. Looks good to me I say.

American IPAs. So many so little time, but one thing I have known about every IPA I've had is that it usually has an obvious sometimes strong nose. I whisk my nose to the glass, I smell.. at first... Nothing. That's it bubkis. Seriously this is really closed, clean smelling, trying some big whiff perhaps a faint malt. Really not impressed.

Taste luckily improves marginally. A hop bitter is first, but also kind of sour. No malt backbone to taste at all but at least there is hop but it's kind of ordinary.

Middle of the road IPA and not very dynamic thus reflecting the overall feeling I have for this drink.

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

Had this one on tap at ChurchKey last night after lucking into a bar seat. I enjoyed it, but am pretty surprised now to find it listed as an American IPA. Served in a narrow 12 ounce glass - a murky golden color with two finges of thick white head. Smelled malty, a little hoppy, dominated by sweet, dry fruit.

On tasting, it had a lot more body than I expected. Pretty creamy, not very light. Here you get that malty sweetness again, with a little bit of the bitterness from the hops. Well balanced, but not very attention-grabbing. Would like to see the dark fruit come through a little more clearly. Enjoyed, but was not blown away by this beer.

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Corne Du Diable from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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