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Chaman - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
89
very good

163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 15
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-10-2003

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Ratings: 163 | Reviews: 77
Photo of zhivago373
3.96/5  rDev -1%

served on tap at DDC's brewpub.

pours a lovely deep hazy orange with a lean soapy head.

smells of dank and sweet fruits - pomegranate, citrus, grapefruit; slight grassy-ness and pine.

tastes of the same - hits the front of the tongue with a pungent, very sweet hop bite. the sweet pomegranate and tropical flavors come out next- almost like a fruit juice. some grassy notes follow. coats the tongue and leaves a sugary, slightly astringent aftertaste. full mouthfeel.

overall, this is the sweetest IPA i've ever tastes, double or single. not super bitter, but it's very malty and sugary. i find it to be good, but not as well balanced as some of DDC's other brews (see Immoralité for a great double IPA). still, i recommend trying to those who can appreciate sweet IPAs.

Photo of dar482
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

On tap at DDC.

The beer comes in a clear deep amber orange.

The flavor hits of lots of spicy and piney hops. A bit of resinous character. The beer in general is quite sweet with a touch of spicy character on the back end that almost hits like alcohol. Herbal bitterness hits on the finish, but it is quite light on bitterness.

Just a sweeter maltier DIPA and a slight failure in the style.

Photo of mick303
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Volo, a nice light colour with good lacing. Smell had quite a hoppy kick with lots of florals and pungent citrus. Taste had a big hop character, light citrus, pine and florals, balance was really nice, excellent satisfying drinkability with a predominantly floral character. Long lingering bitter finish, mostly firm pale malt body, a satisfying and balanced DIPA, without much alcohol present, one I would certainly look forward to having again. Well recommended.

Photo of wspscott
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
bottled 4/14
purchased at La Duchesse in Quebec City

A: Very orange with a little bit of haze from a not so careful pour, thin off-white head with very little lace.
S: Not a lot going on, just a hint of hops, very surprised given what seems to be a massive amount of late hops that so little appears in the nose.
T: Orange, tangerine, candied citrus, no bitterness at all, just a lot of hop flavor combined with some caramel sweetness. An odd hint of spice that makes me think Belgian yeast, but it is very subtle, not unpleasant.
M: Crisp, yet mouthfilling/tongue coating. Easy to drink
O: A very dangerous beer, if you told me this was a 6% beer I would try to finish the six-pack, absolutely no sign of the 9% alcohol level. I wish I had bought more, highly recommended.

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An bronze almost orange color. Rather hazy once sediment reaches the glass. Moderate lacing with decent retention.

S: Hoppy but balanced smelling. I get pine. Alcohol is also somewhat noticeable.

T: Hops are the first thing that come through but are equally backed by malt in the finish. Pine, citrus and maybe even a the slightest bit of tropical fruit , think pineapple. Caramel and a little bit biscuity. Maybe a bit estery as well but held back to a minimum. Balanced well like a pale ale would be but just bigger overall. I found the alcohol to be quite noticeable but not overly so.

M: Moderate mouth feel. Bigger but not cloyingly malty or overly sweet/ thick. Carbonation might be a bit lower but is good.

O: It was good no doubt but passable in comparison to some of the other more interesting brews that DDC offers.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Single bottle obtained from Zyn wine merchants here in Calgary. Poured into a standard shaker pint glass. Color is a light orange-yellow amber with a subdued but very lacy off-white head. Aroma is sweet toffee malt along with fragrant medicinal hops and a Belgian-like fruitiness. Tastes rather unique, with some parallels to other DIPAs but also its own character ... I can see why the term "India" is omitted from the label description. Initial effect on the palate recalls a herbal cough drop, with a decent dose of floral alcohol and molasses. Evolves into something rather piney with a co-occurring bitter tangerine peel note and then finally moves into a fermented apple, woodland berry, and withered apricot fruitiness that lingers on the palate along with some earthy dry leaf. Moderately carbonated but still somehow zippier and lighter bodied than many uber-malty DIPAs. Crisp and dry, really, but manages to convey some big malt, herb, and fruit flavors. Stands out from the crowd and another interesting and enjoyable beer from this Quebec brewery.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a fading head.
Nose shows rich sweet malt with a little piny and resinous hops too. Some bready malt and golden syrup.
Similarly sweet flavours, loads of malt. Some booze and mild hops attempt to balance it out. A bit one-dimensional.
Could use more carbonation.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

A: Pours clear orange color forming a medium bubbled and creamy white head. Medium to low retention forming lots of lingering lacings left in the glass

S: Caramel malts. Flowery hops. Lots of pine, grassy and bit citrus hops. A bit fruity and spicy. A bit of alcohol in the very end

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Caramel malts. Lots of flowery, pine and citrus hops. Good bitterness

M: Heavy body. A bit molasses too. Medium carbonation. Hoppy bitter aftertaste which is mainly pine

O: Good drinkability. Nice Canadian IIPA. It's pretty much what I would expect from an IIPA produced in Belgium, for instance ;)

Photo of SebD
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice deep golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves very nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of floral hops, grass, some pine, light citrus, some spiciness and sweet caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some definite floral hops, some grassiness with piney resins, some citrus and sweet caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a glowing orange color with a wispy, shortlived head. Maltyness and some lemony, piney hops mix with a kick of booze in the nose. The taste moderately hoppy with the same PacNW hop profile in the nose with some pineapple and herbal Euro hop character as well. Stewed fruit, some nuttiness and cookie dough provide solid malt balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a rather light carbonation. Alcohol isn't very well hidden for the ABV, but its not to the point that it's distracting.

A decent DIPA, though a bit too boozy and not hoppy enough imo.

Photo of BigBry
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, as shown.
Pours a deep copper amber color, inch of white head with good retention and some thin lacing.
Aroma blasts you with citrus and earthy hop bitterness.
Taste is also dominated by pure hop flavor. Citrus and leafy hops, pine, resin but still enough caramel malt base to keep it balanced.
Body is a bit fuller then average, good carbonation, smooth and easy drinking despite the hop kick.
Worthy of its Outstanding (BA Score 90) rating.

Note to self: Ranked #55 Top Beer in Canada when I reviewed

Photo of 4ster
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from March, 2013 release. Poured into a large tulip. Labelled as a Imperial Pale Ale....

A: Dark orange, bright but not clear; slightly hazy... Not a strong head as is typical with DIPA's, but is bright white, pretty bubbly that dies to a fine ghostly whisping on top.

S: Herbal, grassy, flowers in a summer field (not overly floral but there), perhaps a hint of pineapple, a bit of lemon and hint of alcohol.

T: Wow.... very different right off the bat. Very fresh up front, grasses, herbs, and RICOLA!! no, seriously, with a hint of lemon and slightly floraly it really tastes like the Swiss cough drop.. but better... I think I will start taking this next time my throat is sore! Finishes more like a strong British Pale Ale, very rich, buttery, peaty malt..and slightly bitter.... my girlfriend describes it as having a similar profile to a light highland scotch perhaps.

M: Refreshing when cold, yet full bodied, medium carbonation, very balanced, nearly no hint of alcohol, and very sticky....

O: While no one else seems to care whether this is a IPA or a Pale Ale, I almost want to say that it actually is closer to a turbo charged Pale Ale, or it might be more similar to a Belgium IPA, either way it is improved over regular pale ales by the addition of more interesting hop profile. With everyone saying it doesn't really taste like a true IPA, perhaps it is because it's not.... Anyway, I digress.... this is a good beer, I'm not a fan traditionally of Pale Ales, but I really like this... it has very unique flavours, is extremely buttery which you don't see in NA beers, extremely earthy and rich (hence the scotch comparison), and easy drinking. And like all DDC, it's unique which is getting harder to find these days as everyone perfects their styles.... Great brew, definitely worth trying once....

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dieu Du Ciel! Chaman isn't your typical sunny, tropical DIPA and it shows in its somewhat gloomy appearance; its dark orange colour is completely overcast and proffers little highlighting and no clarity whatsoever. Tiny bubbles swirl like souls in the inferno and, once surfaced, forgo making any head to just be immortalized right onto the sides of the glass.

One sniff of Chaman will have you seeing green. Mint, flowers, grass clippings, leaves and tree resins - there's such a general 'earthy' profile that it's actually real easy to see the forest for the trees, so to speak. Rounding out the bouquet is dried orange peel and a little bit of onion skin smell that is not unheard of for DIPAs. It wouldn't make the fainthearted, well, faint.

Ample hopping provides a mouthful of savory dried herbs, tangy orange peel as well as a shot of lemon acidity in the finish. There's enough grass and florals to instill a "spring day" feeling. Crisply toasted malts also give way to caramel sweetness and a wholesome breadiness. Does that label read 9% or 6%? Alcohol is blended right into the flavour and is thus much easier to take.

Unlike other Canadian examples this doesn't allow the malt to interfere too much with the hops. At the same time, however, its earthy and herbal profile is a far cry from the lip-splittingly citric fruitiness that is most often associated with the style. All in all, it provides enough hoppiness to scratch a hop-head's itch but it won't render them weak in the knees or anything.

The double-IPA originated on the American West Coast but has found true admirers and raison d'être amongst brewers and consumers all over the world. This French-Canadian rendition is a bit different - apparently Quebecers like even their beers to be distinctive - but still provides a satisfying amount of big, green, pungent hoppiness. Like anything by DDC, it's worth trying.

Photo of decimator
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a goblet. ABV 9%.

A - Poured a clear copper with a thin white head. No lacing.

S - Biscuit, caramel, herbs, grass, hint of tropical fruit, hint of pine, hint of alcohol.

T - Mildly sweet, some caramel, some biscuit, orange peel, hint of cloves, some bitterness, and a bit of booze. The alcohol is certainly noticeable but not overpowering. It's not a hop bomb but the bitterness has a lasting aftertaste. The flavour is well balanced between the upfront maltiness and bitter aftertaste.

M -Medium-low carbonation, medium-heavy body, a bit syrupy, sticky, some dryness in the finish.

O - Good stuff.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled in February 2013.

(4.25) A: Clear copper with a tall and creamy foam head. Long lasting retention and very good retention.

(4.0) S: Grains, herbal, pine, sourdough, spices, and nuts. The herbal quality is coming across like mustard seed. Hearty and robust. Nice diversity and definitely does not smell like your average Imperial IPA.

(4.0) T: Juicy tropical fruits, a smoother herbal element, fair amount of spices, and a rich buttered bread backbone. Incredibly mellow and smooth. A fair amount of bitterness with a sweeter malt forward taste. Full flavoured (meal-like) without a doubt.

(3.75) M: Medium-full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Very thick and chewy textured which I find works here.

(4.0) D: A nice DDC offering however this isn’t something that I can drink on a regular basis. Every once in a while it’s very nice.

Photo of Cadbury
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a tulip.

Appearance: A hazy orange with no head. There is a very small amount of foam that forms around the class - perhaps 1mm. 4.5.

Smell: I would say it has a very lively smell. I most notably get a scent of floral hops. 4/5.

Taste: Very nice caramel notes at the start and finishes with a fantastic hops driven bitterness that's not overwhelming, but certainly notable. 4.5/5.

Mouthfeel: Although other reviewers suggest medium bodied, I feel it's a little bit more thin than I was expecting. I certainly enjoy the level of carbonation, however. 3.5/5.

Overall: I am pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this beer. I am typically not a fan DIPAs but I thought that I needed to try this. I would definitely seek out and drink this again. 4.25/5.

Photo of Ham-Nord
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale with amber tones. A good inch of head on the glass, dissipates relatively quickly. Great clarity. Beautiful lacing around the glass.

S: Caramel and maltiness. Nice and sweet. Very little hops.

T: Tropical hops up front, with a slight sharpness. Sweet malty with a medium bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Nicely carbonated, medium body.

Overall: Delicious beer. Does not taste like 9% abv. Very well balanced.

Photo of hopsolutely
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

New (to me) via the LCBO, but an excellent DIPA that compares well against both Michigan and Californian releases.

Bottle pours a bright and clear copper with a limited white head that disappears quickly. Refreshingly light, not as oily or viscous as I'd expected for the high ABV, and an artistic label make it an attractive package. Powerful aroma of caramelized malts with a funky bitter backbone. That bitterness is surprisingly prevalent and pleasant in the taste, which has an initial brief sweetness before the hops kick in. And linger in the finish. Caramel in the start with grapefruit and biting "west coast" tropical fruit - it's a complex and impressive flavour profile that I can't describe with the justice it deserves.

Well done DdC, wish we had better access to more of your beers without crossing the provincial border!

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: A murky amber with a creamy pale head. A tight micro foam head only lingers for a short while, leaving just a scant island of bubbles.

S: Up front sweet caramel and under tones of floral hops. Not that west cost pine or citrus hops, but a mild herby/green hop, like fresh cut cucumber.

T: Grapefruit hops balanced well with sweet toasty malts - a perfect balance act. Some sophisticated alcohol esters suggestive of brandy. A nice earthiness, grassy and floral, and an after taste that is a pleasant hoppy bitter.

M: A syrup-y viscosity that's medium bodied, medium to low carbonation.

O: The simple way to describe this is a sophisticated IPA. It's a leap above an regular IPA, and takes the drinker to a place that a standard IPA can't reach on account of the malt & hop balance and the alcohol presence.

Photo of leaddog
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy apricot-amber colour with a very thin amount of white head.

Smell - Earthy hops, caramalts, dark fruit, hint of passionfruit.

Taste - Moderate hop flavour with hints of caramel and dark fruit. A little sweet, but not too cloying. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full bodied with light carbonation.

Overall - An enjoyable, drinkable imperial pale ale by Dieu du Ciel. Definitely a hop bomb, frequently reminding you of the hops' presence from start to bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

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

Thanks to Rutager for this one that was bottled four months ago.

A: Cloudy amber liquid with a very slight cream coloured head.

S: Caramel malt, honey, earthy hops and lemon.

T: Grassy, earthy, and leafy hops up front with a grapefruit and lemon citrus finish. Underlying these hop flavours is a sweet caramel malt base.

M: Somewhat syrupy with a medium to thick viscosity and a low level of carbonation. Some drying from the high ABV.

O: Its nice, but its a bit too syrupy to be considered excellent. Better head retention and more carbonation would knock this one out of the park.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 05/12. So about 3 months on this one. Poured int o tulip.

A - Medium orange with a golden glow along the bottom. One finger of cream coloured head.

S - Sweet caramel up front with floral and piney hop aromas and a touch of spice in the background.

T - A big bitterness up front that immediately gives way to a big sweet malt profile. The hops return in the finish adding some lemon, pine, herbal and grassy flavours that are somewhat muted.

M - Medium body with a lot of sticky hop oils and a good chew. Light carbonation.

O - A very good balanced DIPA. The ABV is well hidden. Would love to try this fresh and/or on tap.

Photo of MasterSki
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from papat444. Dated April 2012, so approximately three months old when consumed. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Transparent golden body topped with an off-white foam that settles to a thin cap and spotty lace.

S - Unfortunately this has faded quite a bit, as you'd expect from a 3-month old IIPA. Toffee and honey-dipped breadymalts, with light notes of pine, lemon citrus, herbs, grassy, and floral hops. I suspect this was a fairly balanced beer to begin with, and the malt character has sufficient depth to keep things interesting.

T - The flavor is heavy on caramel and brown sugar malt sweetness mid-palate before yielding to a piney hop finish and moderately bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is well-disguised.

M - Medium-bodied, with a nice toasty texture and dry finish. Pleasant moderate carbonation, with a hint of alcohol warmth. Pretty easy to drink for 9%.

D - I'd like to re-evaluate this with a fresher sample (ideally on-tap at Dieu Du Ciel), as it seems to be a very unique and unconventional Imperial IPA. I appreciate the opportunity all the same though.

Photo of duracell
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours an gold, amber color with a moderate white, creamy head which leaves a beautiful lacing on the glass. The retention is good for an 9.0% ABV.

S - Very hoppy smell : citrusy, grassy, floral, perfumy! The malt is also well present, remembering candid fruit.

T - The hop adds a lots of grapefruit flavors and also some notes of pine, citrus and grass. Excellent balance hop/malt.

M - Morderately alchoolic, featuring a medium-full body, this beer is very smooth, keeping the bitterness reasonable.

O - An outstanding Imperial IPA, very complex and perfectly to style! Just seek it out!

Photo of Beelzebeer
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle, in DDC tulip

A - mahogany colour with medium density head, about 1", with good lacing. Looks like alot of carbonation

S - good balance of biscuit malt and citrus hops. Grapefruit, with a little pine.

T - biscuit malt off the top, with some bitter coming in afterwards. Surprisingly nice grapefruit/passionfruit after taste. Alcohol is well hidden, and barely noticeable at all. Good balance of malt and body/hop.

M - Perfect. Low-Medium carbonation, dense, creamy feel. Goes down super smooth.

O - Normally I'm not that big on fruity DIPAs but this one was surprising. I also am normally not into this level of carbonation (it was a little more than a cask would be), but it really worked well. Would like to try it on cask, if it exists, some day to compare. Great job, as always.

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Chaman from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.