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
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83
Ratings:
179
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
13.61%
 
 
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Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 179
Photo of philmath
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
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 3Vandoo
4/5  rDev -1%
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 scottum
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
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 Goldorak
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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 -0.2%
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 Rastacouere
4/5  rDev -1%
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 the42ndtourist
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Popsinc
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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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