Chaman
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,613
ABV:
9%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,762
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 9.27%
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
180
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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
 
Quebec, Canada
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89
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Notes: 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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Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 180
Reviews by Ham-Nord:
Photo of Ham-Nord
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of the42ndtourist
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As Popsinc says, this was brewed for the Mondial de la Biere in Montreal (2003), so if you weren't there, I doubt you'll ever find it. And you're missing something!

An Imperial Pale Ale, this exhibited a great hop presence. Even more to my liking was the predominantly British nature of the hops - earthy, spicy, and devoid of grapefruit or perfume flavours. Amply backed by a solid malt base, there was none of the runaway hopping which could be present in such a beer.

Colour was deep red, head showed up at the pour and faded quickly to a ring around the edge. Nose was peppery, spicy, and sweet.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from a recent trip to the mother land in 2006.

Fresh from the tap.

In my glass is a light orange fluid with a nice off-white cappa cappa of foam. Nice legs/lacing as well. Aromas hit up with Canadian/American hops and a nice Belgian spiciness as well. Taste is a nice melange of american hop varietals, pillsbury doughy malts, and Belgiany yeast characteristics. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, drinkability is nice.

Good stuff for sure

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Photo of Popsinc
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Mondix is also known as the 10th Anniversaire du Mondial, brewed specifically for the 2003 Montreal beer festival.

A nice amber pour with a generous head. I found both the nose and palate to have a good combination of fruitiness and hoppiness giving this beer excellent balance. It did have a nice alcohol kick to it, seeing as how this beer sits at 9.0%

As far as IPA's go, this beer is a pleasure and a fine example.

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Photo of scottum
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Came up to Montréal to see Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Just so happens that my favorite brewpub is a block away, whooohooo!

This Imperial Pale Ale is very tastey. Served amber with a nice white headskie she looks good in the glass. Listed as 8% on the board as opposed to the 8.5% listed on this site. Nice and hoppy. Very nice and hoppy, but not over the top crazyyness as the malt bill balance was nice. Easy to drink and goes down smooth. My half pint disappeared quickly.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 341 ml brown bottle. I've had a nasty habit of gobbling this stuff up faster than I can review one, so I've finally set some boundaries of self-restraint to write this one up finally. Pours out a cloudy amber hue, coppery tones when held to light, frothy cream coloured head with solid retention.

Tropical fruit esters, yeasty spice, leafy and citrus hops, warming alcohol and rich bready malt in the aroma.

Full chewy bready malt up front in the flavour, lemon and tangerine follows, building with some yeasty twang and dry spicy, leafy hops towards the finish, melding with warm alcohol and grapefruit pith that lingers on into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full, with a thick creamy texture and moderate carbonation.

This is a DIPA that not only delivers the goods, but exhibits its own character as well compared to many of the style. Far from being one-dimensional there's a fair amount going on here, yet it's not overwhelming or a Gordian Knot of complexity either. Worth seeking out, and I need to stock up on more.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask-conditioned Clear amber appearance with red suggestions and a yellowish thin head. Aroma is very fresh, mostly from grassy herbal hops. A very "green" aroma with hints at salt and pepper. The mouthfeel is top notch, big and creamy medium body, ultra-smooth and convincing/appealing. Herbal grassy bitterness all the way with earthy peaks. Caramelic malt shines through in the middle while the finish is crisp and leaves a salty aftertaste. A very fresh tasting ale and better than the Rogue I2PA it was inspired from in my opinion.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
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 CAMRAhardliner
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
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 smcolw
4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
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!!

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Photo of Goldorak
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the anniversary party, bottle dated September 2004, so one year old.

Appearance: Opaque, murky peach, with a few flecks of yeast deposits swirling about, topped with a patchy, off-white lace.

Smell: I wasn't expecting much from an aged IPA, but the hops were definately present and pleasant, oily and resinous.

Taste: An exquisite balance of dessicating alcohol, cloying malt and smooth but persistant hop astringency. Not overly hoppy, in fact nothing was out of place. Of all the aged bottles we had that night, it was the one that I had the lowest expectations, and it just might have been the best of the lot.

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Photo of DrJay
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy tangerine colour with yellow highlights and a dense, cream coloured head. Excellent retention and thick clumps of lace were left on the glass. Fresh hop aroma and caramel maltiness dominate, but there's some fruit in there and a bit of alcohol that peeks through. Overall, a good balance of strong flavours. Lots of malty sweetness and bitterness throughout, with moderate floral hops and alcohol. Fruitiness was on the light side and it finishes balanced and warming. Creamy, viscous texture with a full body and some dryness. It seems lighter than it really is, nicely balanced, and easy drinking for the alcohol content.

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Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

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Photo of 3Vandoo
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged 18 months in bottle.

Goldorak shared this beer with me.

Ruby red with a medium head that slowly let herself go. More carbonated than the version in draft.

Smell of hops and alcohol, floral smells, less floral than the one in draft.

Her taste is more alcohol than her draft sister, very carbonated, sweet, hard on the palate, malty. Shy ester of banana and flowers, more a malty beer.

compared to the Chaman in draft, it is a more mellow version in terms of hops, the floral essence hops are less and the malt take it over.

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Photo of BigBry
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think this is more of a hopped-up Belgian strong pale ale.

A: Rosey-copper, white head, very little retention, more of a leg than a lace.

S: Spicy tangerine, slight citrus & pine, light caramel, fruity esters & alcohol.

T: Warming alcohol (hints of phenolic spicyness) & tropical fruit. I think they've used a Belgian yeast. I should've asked the brewer (as I was sitting next to him at the bar). Perhaps the fermentation temperature just got a little warmer with this batch. Bitterness is up front & sharp. The malt plays backstage here, with only a light caramel flavour. Tangerine with hints of citrus, pine and woody spicyness. Very unique.

M: Moderate body and carbonation, well attenuated, slight hint of acidity, dry finish.

D: Great for its weight.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.71/5  rDev -7%
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 philmath
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just drank this one the other night (March 4th, 2006) and God, that was great ! It might be different from the tap version and maybe I would'nt be able to tell which one is better but I greatly recommand this one! I'm not sure but I think that the malt was more stronger (maybe it was just more sirupy?).

Hops, flowers and orange flavor. Very good!

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Delerium
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I've ever had in my life! Hazy, orangey-tangerine, yet hoppy, with very subtle alcohol lingering finish. Ho w does an Imperial IPA be this refreshing? I had this beer at the Mondial, and it was my second favorite only to the Vanilla Creme Ale they had exclusive for the festival. If you don't know yet, this is the greatest brew pub on the face of the Earth. Chris

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Photo of Hornet2003
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Dieu Du Ciel taproom on Laurier, Nov.2007.

Appearance: Cloudy, dark amber. Tiny head.

Smell: Citrusy, peppery hops. Lemon and grapefruit are the main ones. There's also a sweet maltiness in the aroma. Almost candy-like.

Taste: Sweet, nectary. Fruity, for sure and a toffee like malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Slick and smooth. The sweetness is nice on the tongue. It cuts the sharpness of the alcohol and the hops. Mild carbonation and a very slight lingering hop bitterness.

Drinkability: Very smooth drinker for sure. It reminds me of DFH 90 minute DIPA, but it seems to be a little more palatable due to it's smoothness. It isnt quite so bold in the hop department where you feel like your tongue has been assaulted beyond repair.

Overall: Great stuff. The unbelievable smooth and velvety nature make it a very drinkable DIPA.

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Photo of mrskunk
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of wspscott
3.83/5  rDev -4%
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 santa109
4.88/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

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Chaman from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 180 ratings