Chaman | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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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
Ratings:
179
Reviews:
83
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
9.16%
 
 
Wants:
25
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For Trade:
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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 83
Photo of IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Luk13
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: A murky amber with a creamy pale head. A tight micro foam head only lingers for a short while, leaving just a scant island of bubbles.

S: Up front sweet caramel and under tones of floral hops. Not that west cost pine or citrus hops, but a mild herby/green hop, like fresh cut cucumber.

T: Grapefruit hops balanced well with sweet toasty malts - a perfect balance act. Some sophisticated alcohol esters suggestive of brandy. A nice earthiness, grassy and floral, and an after taste that is a pleasant hoppy bitter.

M: A syrup-y viscosity that's medium bodied, medium to low carbonation.

O: The simple way to describe this is a sophisticated IPA. It's a leap above an regular IPA, and takes the drinker to a place that a standard IPA can't reach on account of the malt & hop balance and the alcohol presence.

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Photo of JonnyBeers
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of philmen
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of shagal
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of KalanM
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of leaddog
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy apricot-amber colour with a very thin amount of white head.

Smell - Earthy hops, caramalts, dark fruit, hint of passionfruit.

Taste - Moderate hop flavour with hints of caramel and dark fruit. A little sweet, but not too cloying. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full bodied with light carbonation.

Overall - An enjoyable, drinkable imperial pale ale by Dieu du Ciel. Definitely a hop bomb, frequently reminding you of the hops' presence from start to bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of Edgerrin32
4/5  rDev -1%

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

Thanks to Rutager for this one that was bottled four months ago.

A: Cloudy amber liquid with a very slight cream coloured head.

S: Caramel malt, honey, earthy hops and lemon.

T: Grassy, earthy, and leafy hops up front with a grapefruit and lemon citrus finish. Underlying these hop flavours is a sweet caramel malt base.

M: Somewhat syrupy with a medium to thick viscosity and a low level of carbonation. Some drying from the high ABV.

O: Its nice, but its a bit too syrupy to be considered excellent. Better head retention and more carbonation would knock this one out of the park.

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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 chickenm
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kwjd
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of MasterSki
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from papat444. Dated April 2012, so approximately three months old when consumed. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Transparent golden body topped with an off-white foam that settles to a thin cap and spotty lace.

S - Unfortunately this has faded quite a bit, as you'd expect from a 3-month old IIPA. Toffee and honey-dipped breadymalts, with light notes of pine, lemon citrus, herbs, grassy, and floral hops. I suspect this was a fairly balanced beer to begin with, and the malt character has sufficient depth to keep things interesting.

T - The flavor is heavy on caramel and brown sugar malt sweetness mid-palate before yielding to a piney hop finish and moderately bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is well-disguised.

M - Medium-bodied, with a nice toasty texture and dry finish. Pleasant moderate carbonation, with a hint of alcohol warmth. Pretty easy to drink for 9%.

D - I'd like to re-evaluate this with a fresher sample (ideally on-tap at Dieu Du Ciel), as it seems to be a very unique and unconventional Imperial IPA. I appreciate the opportunity all the same though.

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Photo of duracell
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of Beelzebeer
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle, in DDC tulip

A - mahogany colour with medium density head, about 1", with good lacing. Looks like alot of carbonation

S - good balance of biscuit malt and citrus hops. Grapefruit, with a little pine.

T - biscuit malt off the top, with some bitter coming in afterwards. Surprisingly nice grapefruit/passionfruit after taste. Alcohol is well hidden, and barely noticeable at all. Good balance of malt and body/hop.

M - Perfect. Low-Medium carbonation, dense, creamy feel. Goes down super smooth.

O - Normally I'm not that big on fruity DIPAs but this one was surprising. I also am normally not into this level of carbonation (it was a little more than a cask would be), but it really worked well. Would like to try it on cask, if it exists, some day to compare. Great job, as always.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Rutager
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Hoppypocket for this quebec treat!

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold amber with a finger of creamy white head.

Smell. Toasty and slightly sour light grains. Herby, earthy and citrus hops.

Taste. Lemons and oranges, good bitter hops, well-toasted grains, slightly floral. Pretty nice, lots of flavour.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Really stands out from the crowd as far as hop bombs go. Tons of bitter hops and bright citrus fruits ...with that ddc sophistication.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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 mmurphy525
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of NForr
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dieu Du Ciel - Chaman - Imperial Pale Ale - 9% - Montreal, QC.

Pours out a beautiful golden amber, with a good sized head with tons of lacing.

Aromas of funky hops, peppery, not as much citrus fruit as I would have expected. Some yeast and metallic smells. Sugars.

Sweet malt with very herbal and earthy hops. Much different then I was expecting. Almost like an strong old english pale with a big hop backbone. Good bitterness at the end. Goes down very smooth. I think I could chug this, even at 9%.

I've been wanted to try this one for a really long time now, as it only comes out once a year. I'm Glad I picked up a good amount.

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Photo of oldp0rt
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of CliffBrake
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy orange-amber color with minimal head on a vigorous pour.

Very light aroma with orange rind and a touch of biscuit barely discernible. The flavor doesn't hold back though, with prominent grapefruit and orange rind on a firm malt biscuity malt base. Herbal hop notes poke out toward the dry finish. Bitterness is fairly intense but not harsh and perfectly balanced with the malt.

Very drinkable. The most west coast style of any Canadian DIPA I have tried.

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Photo of mrskunk
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Wordslinger
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Chaman from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
4.04 out of 5 based on 179 ratings.
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