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Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada | website

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

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pDev:
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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 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 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 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 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 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 BGDrock
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Appearance: unfiltered and as a result very cloudy; pale amber; decent head with fine suds

Aroma: green, grassy hops jump out; some floral hops too; mild sweetness in background somewhat like apples or grapes; hint of spice

Taste & Mouthfeel: slightly creamy texture, some light, sweet malts at start but quickly turns to hop bitterness that keeps on building; added character from the unfiltered yeast is an interesting dynamic

Overall: great variety and play of flavours, even if it's not much to look at

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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 ZorPrime
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to try this one for quite some time now. Lets do this, I've got high expectation for this one. Tasted June 1st, 2011. Review notes says:

Beer color is copper with some orange notes in there. Nice creamy head on top of it. It sticks quite good on the glass. The aroma is of medium intensity, I would have expected more intensity here. Tropical fruits. citrus, grapefruits. A strong base of caramel malts. Taste, it is more intense. It is however a sweet beer, due to the malt base. The finish is all hops with a strong bitterness. Very balanced. Easy to drink. A nice beer from Dieu du Ciel.

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Photo of Dawkfan
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed awhile back.

A- A fine tight off white colored head atop a hazed honey apricot body. Retention and lacing are very good.

S- Lots of sweet caramel biscuity malt, pine and citrus. Fairly strong aroma and the booziness burns the nostrils a bit.

T- A wierd mix of pine,citrus, herbal and spicy hops with a huge malt backbone to it. Mild bitterness lingering in the finish. Somewhat boozy too.

M- This is a beefy DIPA, but the carbonation really eases this one down without becoming to heavy.

O- It's a bit to sweet for my liking and it's kind of a mix between a west coast DIPA and an English IPA, which was tiresome at the end. "Different" would sum this one up best for me.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled May 2011. Not as fresh as could be hoped.

Beer is light orange in colour, caramelly. Small white head, dissipates quickly. Little lacing.

Granted it is five months old, but the scent is quite unexpected. A grapefruity scent, but not in the way that IPAs typically have that smell. A bit soapy. Kind of floral. There is an additional smell that I cannot quite place. Sort of malty but does not have any of the caramel or biscuit scents that often occur. On reading the ingredients, I see that there is wheat in here as well, which explains a fair bit.

Beer is fairly bitter, even in spite of the five months. Citrusy, some pine, a bit tart. The wheat influence is notieable and works well. An unusual taste for a DIPA, very much following the nose. Pretty good!

High carbonation, full bodied, a bit sticky.

A pretty unusual DIPA, but it works well. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at The Only cafe, bottled on date of 05/11, about 5months old. Pours a hazy orange hue with a finger of tightly packed sticky head.

Really malty in the nose, sticky sweet caramel and biscuit with a hint of honey. Some floral hops with a hint of pine. Flavor is also quite devoid of bitterness and hops for a DIPA, the few months have not been kind to this in the hop department. Some grapefruit and lemon, touch of pine. Really well constructed malt profile though, biscuity with some depth, caramel and toffee, toast, maybe some Munich in there as well. Sweet but not too much so, balanced by a drying finish. Tastes almost like a barleywine at this point and a pretty good one. I have to think that with this lack of bitterness, which normally take much more time to fade, this beer was not overly hopped to begin with - typically how DDC goes with their IPAs.

Amazingly good still, despite the hop attack that characterizes a DIPA. I don't really recommend it for those seeking the aggressive character of an American styled DIPA but this is still a tasty brew if you're willing to toss off style restrictions.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an RR -tion glass. Thanks to Phyl21ca for this bottle!

Appearance - Nice cream colored head atop a very hazy amber body. Dark looking for an IPA. Looks like 90 min. I fear this could be a malt monster. Lots of sediment pouring into the glass. It started halfway through the pour.

Smell - Smells like a malt monster. Good bouquet of hops up front. Not dominating. It's got a strong sweet and caramel smell that really dominates. I smell a bit of booze too.

Taste - So malty IPAs aren't what I like, but hey, they still taste good. Some hops up front, but really it's a malt-forward IPA. Sweet, but not too bad. Strong bitter finish, but it might be more from sediment than from hops.

Mouthfeel - Heavy bodied for an IPA, but not syrupy. The malt leaves its mark. A little sluggish to drink. Strong bitter finish from the sediment.

Overall - Just the positive side of average. Too many good IPAs out there to be drinking this more than a couple times. And what's with the floaties?

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle, shared with a friend of mine as part of a beer tasting session. Can't get enough of DDC's artwork, this bottle looks fantastic.

Poured a hazy amber-copper colour, with a thin but persistent white head.

The nose was surprisingly underwhelming given the nature of the brew and DDC's track record for these things. Biscuit, citrus, a bit of hops, bread, caramel.

One of those rare brews whose personality is almost entirely found in the taste. A boisterously hoppy finish is prefaced with a surprisingly mellow malty entry with notes of bread, caramel and fruit. Neither oppressively hoppy nor boozy, Chaman is a surprisingly balanced brew. Lower carbonation, thicker and slightly syrupy, Chaman reminded me a great deal of a barleywine in terms of its mouthfeel. A bit more carbonation could have perked this brew up.

An enjoyable brew, though not the flavor explosion I was expecting from the same brewery that makes Peche Mortel and Rigor Mortis. Still, the balance to this beer is quite nice, which nicely masks any alcohol content. A dangerous brew indeed.

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Photo of fostachild
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy, awesome sunburst/ amber color. decent head that dissolves into nice even film of lacing.

smell was okay - very hoppy. some bread/grains, malt.

taste has a bit of sweetest with a well balanced bitter aftertaste and some grapefruit perhaps. at first, i didn't find hops to come through in the taste as much as they should have. got a lot better towards the end, could taste the hops a lot more and had a nice malty finish.

overall, slightly different than what you'd expect of iipa - not amazing but still a good beer.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - cloudy burnt orange with a solid off white head that dissipated slowly, leaving respectable lacing
S - herbal and spicy with grassy, nutty, and grainy accents
T - strong floral and herbal hoppiness up front with hints of lemon and pepper, backed up with nutty and light caramel malts
M - medium to full body with a biting bitterness and alcohol kick
O - a unique enough DIPA to be tempting and enjoyable, the alcohol is well hidden in taste but has some teeth in the back of the throat, but once again I love and respect the experimental nature of DDC's brews

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Photo of Matt1516
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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?

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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 liamt07
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of papat444
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Chaman from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
90 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.
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