Chaman | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

ChamanChaman
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81%
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ChamanChaman
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
dieuduciel.com

Style: American Double / 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.

Added by Popsinc on 06-10-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,753
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
179
Liked:
145
Avg:
4/5
pDev:
9.25%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
18
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 83
Photo of rogerdandy
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Delerium
5/5  rDev +25%
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 Agent1
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of rjacobs6
5/5  rDev +25%

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.

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Photo of Wordslinger
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of bobsy
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Climbing up Mont Royal has its rewards: a fantastic view of the city below, the pleasure of lying on grass in the middle of the city and soaking up the sun, and the feeling that maybe if we did this more often then maybe it would help us appreciate life's simpler pleasures. Descending Mont Royal also calls for a reward... the climb can be very tiring. Fortunately, Dieu du Ciel is only a 15 minute stroll from the mountain, and to my absolute delight their IIPA is on tap.

It's excellent reputation helped me pick it as my first beer, and very little disappointed. Fantastic orange/amber pour with a more than adequate white cap that laced well. Nose of tangerine, caramel and pine needles. Brilliant hoppy taste well balanced by caramel, and a warming alcohol finish. Fruity notes include tangerine, grapefruit and kiwi. Smooth medium mouthfeel. Excellent, and it seems a lot lighter in terms of alcohol than it is. Definitely worth every cent.

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Photo of scottum
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
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 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!!

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Photo of philmath
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
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 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!

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Photo of Hornet2003
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
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 ShawneeIrish
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of jmdr
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of ArrogantPrick
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of KalanM
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of the42ndtourist
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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 mademers
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ginoj
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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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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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 NightINgale
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into a tulip glass...

A - Pours a hazy dark orange body, with a 1-finger white head. The head sticks around for quite a while.

S - Lots of citrus on the nose, with strong hints of grapefruit and orange. There's also some toffee, bread, apple and a touch of passion fruit.

T - Wow! At first you get slammed in the face with a strong citrus hop kick, with lots of bitterness and a bit of sweetness. Then, the beer opens up with more fruity notes (apples, mangoes, passion fruit) and more sweetness. There is also a very solid malt backbone (despite the beer being more hop-forward), with its toffee, biscuit and bread notes. The finish is a little dry, bready, and very bitter, with hints of grapefruit.

M - Medium to full body to it. Moderate carbonation. The alcohol shows just a little but all in all is well-masked. This beer has got an almost creamy texture, although the strong bitterness might reduce the drinkability a little bit.

O - This certainly is a treat for all the hop-heads out there. This is one of the fruitiest DIPAs and the best Quebec DIPA I've had to date. A beautiful beer. It's a pity it's such a limited release, but that only makes it more special and desirable. Highly recommended!

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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.

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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!

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Chaman from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 81% out of 100 with 179 ratings
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