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Chaman - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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89
very good

163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 14
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Rastacouere on 03-15-2004

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Photo of Matt1516
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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?

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some mild lacing. Aroma consists of citrus and earthy hops with some clear bitterness. Taste is also dominated by citrus and earthy hops with light resinous feel and some dry caramel malt notes as well. Body is slightly fuller then average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed with great drinkability factor though lacking some dry-hopping.

Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of ZorPrime, 341ml bottle into a tulip. Bottled May 2011, and listed at 9%ABV. Thanks Eric.

Pours a copper-orange, with a fluffy and dense pearl coloured head. Sheets of lace and good retention. Nose has some orange, citrus, some slight melon notes, and some floral and herbal qualities. A noticable bread component, with some honey, vanilla and bit of alcohol as well. Lots of stuff going on there. Taste is interesting as well, and quite different from most DIPAs I've encountered. A large malt base comes thorugh with some whole wheat/dark bread type flavours, lots of melon/honeydew, a slight sweetness and alcohol again. Light floral and herbal notes strike again. Mouthfeel is medium full, decent bitterness and drinkability is only hindered by the alcohol which impedes at times. Solid and I'm really loving the melon notes I've picked up in a few DIPAs recently.

Photo of papat444
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled May 2011.

Appearance: A frothy off-white head that is easily 4-5 fingers and lasts forever at 3 fingers. Body is orange colored and hazy. Nice looking and good lacing to boot.

Smell: Earthy a bit with spices and pulpy fruit. A bit more sweet than bitter.

Taste: Very strong orange taste with some grapefruit in the aftertaste. Nice earthiness with some spices discreetly thrown in. Really digging the fleshy fruit and the tiny sweet side (burnt sugar) that's hiding in the corners.

Mouthfeel: More balanced than expected. Actually, it's really balanced. No over the top bitterness but it does leave a lasting impression in the mouth. Very smooth feel.

Overall: Not much heat so drinkability is good. I was going to score it a bit lower because i was hoping for a hop bomb but i can't fault a well made beer. Try this for sure.

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

A - Pours a murky caramel colour, two fingers of beige head with solid retention and nice chunky lacing.

S - Pretty mild on the hop front, with caramel and toffee, touch of citrus and some spiciness is also coming through.

T - Earthy hops that come across quite mild on the tongue, with the caramel and toffee malts coming through on the finish. An oily resin lingers on the palette. The ABV is very well hidden.

M - Lighter bodied ale that can come across a tad syropy. A carbonation lift might be useful here.

O - Overall a tasty DIPA, but not my favourite. Certainly more balanced, offering up fewer hops than I would've otherwise liked. Worth picking up, but if you`re expecting a hop bomb you'll be disappointed.

Photo of rtepiak
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of tbeckett
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from Broue HAHA.

A - Poured with a solid, thick and creamy one finger eggshell head. Tons of carbonation. Hazy dark copper. Looks really nice with the carbonation streaming up all the sides. Great retention with the full finger staying around the whole time. Great rings of lacing. Great.

S - Citrus hop, pine, malty balance. Good resinous, hoppy strength. Sticky in the nose almost.

T - Big juicy hop presence. Tropical fruits and thick pine sap sorta taste. Big malt presence too but it takes the appropriate back seat to the hop body. Resinous and juicy.

M - I expected more bitterness. Great carbonation and a medium body. Not the best.

O/D - A good DIPA from DDC. Not bitter enough and the hops don't grab you as much. It's balanced well but more hop aggression would be better. Good but room for improvement.

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

341ml Bottle

Appearance - Hazy orange colour with a fairly large size frothy beige coloured head. The haziness makes it hard to see the carbonation level and there is some excellent lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, pineapples

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also a lot of pineapple flavour mixed with some oranges and I can taste the alcohol. The beer finishes with a boozy pineapple and malt aftertaste with some light lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - This is a very drinkable DIPA. I found the flavour got better as the beer approached room temperature. There is a lot of tropical fruit flavour and and the taste is well balanced.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of flipper2gv
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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

my canadian connections are getting better and better! served into a pint glass and consumed 5.14.11

Rich dark amber color with a ton of orange highlights mixed in throughout. Tond of haze and a nice two inch foam top that never wanted to settle. The bottom of the glass was riddled with sticky foam once i was done. Really very well done here for sure.

The aroma was tons of sticky, resin like hops all the way. Oodles of pine aroma, mixed in with some rich orange and tangerine. Sight hint of a sweet malty base around here as well. The flavor here was much of the same. Rich pine hops, sticky with a resin like flavor and a good bready and biscuit like base to it. Nice balance here, but still way leaning towards the hops in terms of a definte direction. Nice medium feel was morethen adequatly carbonated and the alachol was soo well hidden, I plowed through this one much quicker then I should have,

Overall this was a solid beer.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of peensteen
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orangey-brown colour with a thick white head that settles slowly. This one kind of looks mean...I like that. The nose is piney, citrus and bitter hop is there big time with faint notes of alcohol. The palate is malty up front giving way to a good bitterness, citrus is present here as well, a touch boozy. Medium creamy mouthfeel that is rather enjoyable. Drinks fairly well, although it was boozy at times and the ABV is quite noticeable. Still a solid brew though.

Photo of strangemusic
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this at Dieu Du Ciel feature night at Bar Volo in Toronto! I had no idea that they brewed an IIPA.

It boasts a thick tan cap over a deep orange amber pour with lovely sticky lace in the glass. Very handsome. The nose smells of caramel, grains, honey or fruit syrup, hops, pepper and alcohol. It's not super pungent, though.

The taste is saturated with caramel malt and sweetly floral/some grapefruit hop flavours with a bitter zing to them. Fresh bread, hoppy tang and peppery alcohol finish the sip. Really well done!

The mouthfeel was not bad, a bit on the lighter side and not oily at all. The sweetness and peppery kick help the drinkability, but there's no denying the alcohol presence!

Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into abbey glass july18 2010

A hazy golden orange with a few bubbles popping up to feed a thumbs width of head that falls to a film leaving a few patches of lace along the way

S caramel is hard to miss along with some floral and citric hops

T a little sweetness with some tangerine to go along with what I smell, some malt comes out to but still pretty hoppy and when you consider this bottle is almost a year old it's quite impressive

M thicker then expected with a slightly syrupy feel and just enough carbonation to give it some life

D this is a pretty sexy dipa when all's said and done, I'm impressed how well the hops stand up to time. I will drink this again

A big thank you to hoser for a chance to try this one at his British Open Sunday tasting. I can't wait to get to the brew pub to try this fresh it must be amazing

Photo of eat
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Dieu du Ciel in Montreal. Listed on the menu as 8% ABV and as an Imperial Pale Ale (no India).

Translucent and glowing reddish-copper in colour with a complete but thin cover of cream coloured head. Awesome lacing.

Smells of caramel malt, grapefruit, floral and piny hops and candy. Good smell; not enough presence.

This is an intense brew. The first thing that hit me was whole wheat bread. It seems to be a touch too sweet and almost too bitter as well. Very sweet and bitter. The hop profile is somewhat hidden under the above-average malt presence (for a pale ale) and is almost soley obvious in the form of a general bitterness. A touch of slightly floral grapefruit shines through. The ABV shows itself fairly strongly for 8%, although it's not unpleasant, matching the intensity of everything else.

Sticky medium body with medium carbonation.

I like this but couldn't see myself drinking more than a pint of it; it's too intensely bitter and sweet. This is a big, flavourful beer.

Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a very lightly hazed yellow gold, very thick and tight white head forms, drops down to a solid layer and ring, lots of lace sticks to the glass.

Smell is nice, very hoppy, tons of citrus, grapefruit and orange, some lemony zing, floral, a bit of pineapple, some caramel and malt sweetness, alcohol, hops really run the show.

Taste is similar, alcohol kick, quite boozy, grapefruit, caramel, some biscuit, sweet through the middle, some floral, more citrusy hops, lightly peppery in the finish, solid bitterness but not overdone.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, some warmth but goes down pretty easy. Real nice!

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of 01121987
4.61/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

darkish not so pale hazy appearance. looks fresh. and smells it too!
intense american hop aroma
refreshing and explosive bitterness is restrained by a strong malt backbone...excellent balance. incredibly perfect hop flavor and aroma.
full bodied and slightly sweet but bitterness balances nicely and prevents from being cloying.
an exceptional beer that is very drinkable for its strength!

Photo of tittymcj
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a medium semi-hazy brownish red with light head and light lacing.

Smell is a lot of watermelon and sweet fruit, with some citrus tanginess backing it up.

Taste is very similar to the smell, lots of watermelon sweetness and light malts.

Mouthfeel is a bit bitter, pretty light and carbonated.

Very drinkable beer. Nice and light and sweet.

Photo of Otterburn
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dieu du Ciel is one of my favorite place to chill out with probably the best beer in Montreal

Last time I went there, I went for Chaman in cask

Serving temperature is a bit warm

Appearance is great, served in a nice little glass, who shows very well the luminosity of the beer and the amber color. as well as the (off)white head that stay and laced the glass sip after sip.

Smell's good IPA

Taste is rich and bitter and the taste last forever,almost.

Drinkability is ok, I would prefer a little bit colder, but this way you can really feel the bitter in your mouth.

Nice beer here!

Photo of irishkyle21
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Every beer I had at DDC were great and I barely put a dent in the lineup (but I did put a big dent in the keg of Peche Mortel). Chaman has a good looking amber color, lacing and retention is on par with what I like to see. I like the glasses they use for this beer (and most of their stronger beers).

Smells of caramel malts, piny/citric hops and spices (from the yeast?).

Tastes like it smells, caramel malts, bitter hops, spices and a warming alcohol.

Photo of santa109
4.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at the brewpub in Montréal.

A: Cloudy orangey-amber with 1 finger of faithful head that sticks around. Picture worthy lacing is left on the tulip glass. Has the thick syrupy texture of strong liquor when swirled (seems to cling to the glass for an instant).

S: Impressive blast of pineapple, fruit salad, ''cup-a-fruit'' mixed with alcohol type of smell. Very enticing.

T: Quite like the smell, cup-a-fruit salad, alcohol with fitting bitter presence from the hops. Absolutely amazing richness of taste. Pineapple, apricot, starfruit. Has a very boozy feel. This is one extraordinary beer.

M: Med-thick body, nice carbonation, feels very ''round'' and long in mouth.

D: Dangerous! If it wasn't for an apparent alcohol presence (which fits perfectly), this beer would lead anyone into the joys and pain of excess. The alcohol is there to remind you to be careful but really accentuates the taste.

Overall, simply the best beer I've had to date. I had it on a few occasions and it leaves this impression on me consistently. No matter how hard I try to find issues with it, it blowed my mind every time I've had the chance to have it. You have to try this one if you hit the brewpub.

Photo of smcolw
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold and clear; modest head which dies; no lace. This is the weakest part of the beer.

First thought is of how fresh this beer smells; lots aromatic floral hop. Enough malt to provide the base.

Rich body without the oiliness; great malt start and then the hop. Oh, the glorious hops which stick to the tongue without being overpowering. Unbelievably balanced for the style. One of the best!

This is simply a superior beer!!

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