Chaman | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 Jibs
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
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 rudzud
3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
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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4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ludachris
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

It pours a very attractive shade of tangerine orange. Hazy and intense. Two inches of frothy white head shows off some good retention. Lace coats the glass in sheets.

Piney and pithy. Lots of grapefruit and plenty of sappiness. I imagine a grapefruit spongecake. Citrus peel adds a lively twang. Its malt backbone is almost equally enticing. Graham cracker, honey, and freshly baked bread gives some extra depth and weight. It's got great balance and no sign of alcohol.

Sweet, pithy grapefruit plants itself right in the middle with layers of citrus peel on top. Green, grassy, piney goodness is all around the edges, imparting a refined and clean bitterness. Graham cracker and toasted bread make for an excellent counterbalance.

It's feel is what makes this IIPA exceptional. It's got the ultra refined and clean characteristics of their Moralite with more fluffiness and chewiness that I'm guessing comes from its wheat content. Its level of bitterness only adds to its drinkability, being refined and refreshingly dry. Its alcohol content is masterfully hidden.

Every time I see a new offering from DDC on the shelves, I won't hesitate to pick it up. This is the reason why. It fits perfectly into the new wave of IPA's and IIPA's that are defined not by their bold and in your face IBU and ABV contents, but instead by how clean, balanced, and refined a 9% IIPA can be packaged up to be. DDC is tough to touch when it comes to their IPA's. Forever I will be a fan.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
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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4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a nice copper hue with 1 finger of creamy, off-white head with OK retention but nice lacing. The nose features bready malt and pine and citrus hops. The taste has a big bready malt backbone, sweet but without the cloying caramel notes, and is balanced nicely with sweet citrus hops and some nice pine tar. The body is a bit heavy due to slighly lower carbonation. Overall, a very pleasing brew!

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4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Loved the taste for the alcohol content.

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3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.2/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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