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Chaman - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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83 Reviews
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Reviews: 83
Hads: 175
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 21
Gots: 18 | 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

This beer style was created in the late 1990’s by some breweries on the west coast of the United States, and most notably by Rogue. It’s an extreme version of the American IPA. It’s a beer with strong amber hues and dominating hop flavours and tastes. It is however well balanced through the presence of a combination of malts. This beer is usually dry hopped, a tradition that is adhered to by Dieu du Ciel!. The bouquet of the beer consists of floral hops. In the mouth, the bitterness is quite strong, without being extreme, and the alcohol makes its presence known, without being domineering. The aftertaste is dry and less syrupy than a barley wine. Thus, it is a very complex and bitter beer, but always well balanced.
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Photo of rudzud
3.21/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a lightly hazy orange with a thin head that fades to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of sweet malts, caramel, super faded hops with very light tropical and citrus notes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, more sweet malts, caramel, old hops, flashes of something good but it's all gone

M - Mouthfeel is super lightly carbonated, almost thin, light alcohol.

O - Overall this beer was a let down, old stale hops.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of dar482
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy to see this at the store. Hadn't seen anything new and interesing in a while.

A- Clear golden caramel color under a yeloowish and heavy-looking head.

S- Butterscotch and rose water followed by alcohol and a faint vegetable aroma. Not a very strong aroma.

T- Lots of butterscoth malt followed hop spiciness and finally vegetable. Nice alcohol and hop burn in afer-taste.

M- Medium to low carbonation.

O- Pretty good. Fun for a different type of big ale. But every sip kind of gets me looking for a bolder Double IPA taste. Bottle indicates this is an Imperial Pale Ale rather than a IIPA. I guess that's why it's not as hoppy.

Would probably buy more ofit if it was cheaper. I don't feel ripped off though.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of Matt1516
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I first had this at the Mondiale and really enjoyed it but the second time it was at Braise et Houblon and I think it was a little too cold to do it justice.

Pours a cloudy reddish-orange in the tulip with small head but nice lacing throughout. Smelled a bit of hops and banana.

A little spicy, alcohol taste present (not as well hidden as I'd hoped). Nicely hopped (but could use a smidge more) with medium malts present. The finish is dry.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark gold color with strong activity. Weak white half a finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with strong legs.

Faint aromas of sweet tropical fruits and bitter floral hops. Flavors of pineapple, orange, piney, lemon, caramel, floral and herbal spices. Slightly fruity sweet with some citrus sharpness and bitter grassy hoppy feel.

Slick medium body with prickly carbonation. Strong and long finish, ending with an highly spicy astringent orange peels and clove like tongue coat feel.

Overall a good craft with decent flavors and OK freshness. Slightly unbalanced being overly spicy and a little vinous and boozy.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a DIPA with a note spiciness and unique fruit hopping. this is the first i've had that has hints of plantains and its not an infected quality. very much so the look... amber clear with a nice head. nose of gingerbread, mint and cardamon. lots of ginger like qualities in the palate. a bit warmer than expected. peppery. cinnamon apple fruit. dry mineral hints. woody finish of bitter. earthy herb... some resin oil too. i feel this is spiced and has some of those oils in the mix as well.

unique but a bit too thanksgiving for me.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an RR -tion glass. Thanks to Phyl21ca for this bottle!

Appearance - Nice cream colored head atop a very hazy amber body. Dark looking for an IPA. Looks like 90 min. I fear this could be a malt monster. Lots of sediment pouring into the glass. It started halfway through the pour.

Smell - Smells like a malt monster. Good bouquet of hops up front. Not dominating. It's got a strong sweet and caramel smell that really dominates. I smell a bit of booze too.

Taste - So malty IPAs aren't what I like, but hey, they still taste good. Some hops up front, but really it's a malt-forward IPA. Sweet, but not too bad. Strong bitter finish, but it might be more from sediment than from hops.

Mouthfeel - Heavy bodied for an IPA, but not syrupy. The malt leaves its mark. A little sluggish to drink. Strong bitter finish from the sediment.

Overall - Just the positive side of average. Too many good IPAs out there to be drinking this more than a couple times. And what's with the floaties?

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Photo of Dawkfan
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed awhile back.

A- A fine tight off white colored head atop a hazed honey apricot body. Retention and lacing are very good.

S- Lots of sweet caramel biscuity malt, pine and citrus. Fairly strong aroma and the booziness burns the nostrils a bit.

T- A wierd mix of pine,citrus, herbal and spicy hops with a huge malt backbone to it. Mild bitterness lingering in the finish. Somewhat boozy too.

M- This is a beefy DIPA, but the carbonation really eases this one down without becoming to heavy.

O- It's a bit to sweet for my liking and it's kind of a mix between a west coast DIPA and an English IPA, which was tiresome at the end. "Different" would sum this one up best for me.

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Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up in Montreal a little while ago, shared with rudzud as he went with me.

Very little head, but swirling gives a nice head, hazy orange color.

Nose earthy chewy hops, hint pineapple and citrus, apple fruit, caramel thing, very appearance of aged ipa. Little rind and citrus pith.

Taste sweet candy like, little booze, mild citrus and pineapple again, little rind, candy fruit like apricot thing, fair spicy bitterness. Finish is drier, bit more booze, more spicy hops, rind and citrus notes, sweet candy, etc.

Mouth is some booze, decent lighter carb, little sticky.

Overall disappointed, it's a bit older and shows, but the flavours I'm getting seems like fresh it wouldn't be very good either, sweet, candy, bland hops, etc.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber color, fully translucent. Cream white colored head, one finger worth, retention is good and lacing is good too.

S: Much less aggressive than expected. This is quite sweet quite a lot of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla and light honey. The hops are much less present than expected, there are subtle ripe pineapple, sweet red grapefruit juice, green apples. Also, weirdly enough, raisins, cherries and grape juice. Biscuit malts. Definitely an imperial pale ale and not a DIPA.

T: Very very strong biscuit malts are the first thing I noticed. Sweet again with the caramel, brown sugar, vanilla and light honey. Hops are even lighter in taste than they were in the smell. Light tasting ripe pineapple, ever so light red grapefruit, green apples and red apples. Light pine notes. Quite a lot of alcohol.

M: Medium body, stinging carbonation. Quite lively and refreshing.

O: It has NOTHING TO DO with the original recipe they used at the brewpub and which was a very hop forward east coast DIPA (hopslam-like). It was good, but nothing phenomenal and there should be 2 different beers to rate: 1 for the brewpub DIPA and 1 for the bottled Imp PA.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown glass "pry-top" bottle thanks to Dany (glouglouburp on Ratebeer). Bottled 5/2011.

Pours a hazy dark amber with cyclone-like creamy carbonation that leaves tons of lacing and thick head. Nose is somewhat wheat-y (contains wheat malt) with citrus notes as well as some browned banana aroma. Palate tastes like a wheated IPA. Banana bread covered with lime glaze comes to mind. Bitterness is high for a Canadian (Imp) pale ale, for sure. The malt still manages to rule this beer. An odd combination of amber malts and wheat.

Unique, for sure.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at The Only cafe, bottled on date of 05/11, about 5months old. Pours a hazy orange hue with a finger of tightly packed sticky head.

Really malty in the nose, sticky sweet caramel and biscuit with a hint of honey. Some floral hops with a hint of pine. Flavor is also quite devoid of bitterness and hops for a DIPA, the few months have not been kind to this in the hop department. Some grapefruit and lemon, touch of pine. Really well constructed malt profile though, biscuity with some depth, caramel and toffee, toast, maybe some Munich in there as well. Sweet but not too much so, balanced by a drying finish. Tastes almost like a barleywine at this point and a pretty good one. I have to think that with this lack of bitterness, which normally take much more time to fade, this beer was not overly hopped to begin with - typically how DDC goes with their IPAs.

Amazingly good still, despite the hop attack that characterizes a DIPA. I don't really recommend it for those seeking the aggressive character of an American styled DIPA but this is still a tasty brew if you're willing to toss off style restrictions.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle, shared with a friend of mine as part of a beer tasting session. Can't get enough of DDC's artwork, this bottle looks fantastic.

Poured a hazy amber-copper colour, with a thin but persistent white head.

The nose was surprisingly underwhelming given the nature of the brew and DDC's track record for these things. Biscuit, citrus, a bit of hops, bread, caramel.

One of those rare brews whose personality is almost entirely found in the taste. A boisterously hoppy finish is prefaced with a surprisingly mellow malty entry with notes of bread, caramel and fruit. Neither oppressively hoppy nor boozy, Chaman is a surprisingly balanced brew. Lower carbonation, thicker and slightly syrupy, Chaman reminded me a great deal of a barleywine in terms of its mouthfeel. A bit more carbonation could have perked this brew up.

An enjoyable brew, though not the flavor explosion I was expecting from the same brewery that makes Peche Mortel and Rigor Mortis. Still, the balance to this beer is quite nice, which nicely masks any alcohol content. A dangerous brew indeed.

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Photo of wspscott
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle at 9% ABV. My favourite Quebecois brewer plus my favourite beer style - c'est tres bien, I'm hoping.

This beer pours a hazy, frosted medium copper amber hue, with two fat fingers of puffy and tightly foamy beige head, which leaves some grotto-esque lace around the glass as it recedes, all slow and steady like.

It smells of bready, biscuity, and doughy malt, a middling American citrus and pine hop bitterness, a hint of the medicinal essences of the titular wise man, and further boozy perfumed florals and spiked tropical fruit punch notes. The taste is a huge comparative broadside switcheroo - puckering bitter pine and anonymous citrus hops up front, and floral at the same time, amongst a seemingly dry honeyed biscuity bready malt, ethereal and wan caramel sweetness tics, and nary a scant warning/warming from the 18-proof alcohol.

The carbonation is on the low side, barely a tickle to indicate otherwise, the body medium-heavy in weight, smooth enough, and a little creamy, in a hollow, airy sense. It finishes more sweet than dry, the besotted breadiness and slowly evolving caramel character washing over the now sadly waning hops.

At times, a confusing rendition of the Imperial IPA style (but then, they do omit the 'I' in IPA, so what's that all about?), but everything eventually comes up balanced, enjoyable, and scarily drinkable. Maybe the booze exists in the intermediary world of the eponymous entity?

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of fostachild
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy, awesome sunburst/ amber color. decent head that dissolves into nice even film of lacing.

smell was okay - very hoppy. some bread/grains, malt.

taste has a bit of sweetest with a well balanced bitter aftertaste and some grapefruit perhaps. at first, i didn't find hops to come through in the taste as much as they should have. got a lot better towards the end, could taste the hops a lot more and had a nice malty finish.

overall, slightly different than what you'd expect of iipa - not amazing but still a good beer.

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Photo of decimator
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Cloudy orange and white head. A very good bitterness, a double pale. Well malted, just in case. Nice citrus flavour comes through just fine, there is a good mouthfeel. Foamy mouthfeel, carbonation and temperature just right.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled May 2011. Not as fresh as could be hoped.

Beer is light orange in colour, caramelly. Small white head, dissipates quickly. Little lacing.

Granted it is five months old, but the scent is quite unexpected. A grapefruity scent, but not in the way that IPAs typically have that smell. A bit soapy. Kind of floral. There is an additional smell that I cannot quite place. Sort of malty but does not have any of the caramel or biscuit scents that often occur. On reading the ingredients, I see that there is wheat in here as well, which explains a fair bit.

Beer is fairly bitter, even in spite of the five months. Citrusy, some pine, a bit tart. The wheat influence is notieable and works well. An unusual taste for a DIPA, very much following the nose. Pretty good!

High carbonation, full bodied, a bit sticky.

A pretty unusual DIPA, but it works well. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Apr-9-2015

Slightly hazy gold with a finger and a half or so of beige heady that airily dissipates to a fat, but scummy ring with a decent film easily roused. Good retention; little to no lacing. (4)

Resinous pines. Pine sap, citrus rind, some warm bready alcohol underneath with spicy yeast and spice hop character. (4)

Big, bitter hop syrup. Piney and herbal green bitterness up front (basil, mint, sage, sap) with a rising dusty, flat bitterness that dries it out, some syrupy citrus underneath with spicy yeast. Kind of follows the nose. (4)

Thick, sticky, low carbonation, medium + body, some alcohol. (3.75)

Pretty good IIPA.
This is not my favorite by any means, but it is not bad, either. Admittedly, it took a while to get to my store. I imagine that a little fresher the aroma might be a little brighter, but maybe not (maybe I am just brainwashed by freshness hype, since it is actually not that awful old hahaha).
Pours pretty nice and is basically resinous and sticky throughout. It could be a little less boozy to my taste and maybe a tad less herbal, but that is just me. It is a big, thick, bitter beer and is pretty good. It is very sweet. It is a good beer, but definitely ever part that I didn't like about it got back to is being a little cloying.
I would probably have Moralité over this one in the future, but that is mainly cause it is a little less of a beast to drink. It would be great if this one were a little more bright and grapefruity like Moralité and Morilté had a little more body and dark, earthy hop backbone, like this one. Oh well, you can't win 'em all. (3.75)

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Chaman from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
90 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.