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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2007
[Snifter(s) @ the brewpub, 9%] Pours a dark copper color with the usual dense, standard DDC head. Surprisingly mellow citrus aroma, with some yeast and subtle fruits. Flavors are citrusy C-hops all the way. Comparable to many American-style IIPAs, Chaman has a more earthy, complex hop profile, with a warming alcohol finish. Overall, I really enjoyed this brew. Excellent.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHunter (675) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2012
Pours a clear amber colour with a slim head which sticks around. Aroma is fruity floral hops normal for western IPA. Flavour starts a little sweet caramel but is over taken by a big hop bitterness. Over all a bit off balanced by not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Deu (668) - Nantes, FRANCE - APR 20, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours a slightly hazy amber-copper colour with a large white head that slowly settles and sticks all up the glass. Medium body and medium carbonation. Aroma is tropical fruits, oranges, you don’t feel the alcohol. Bitter finish. Very light/easy to drink for and Imperial IPA. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maley1 (664) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 23, 2012
Clear golden orange pour with small off white head. Aroma of caramel, pine, floral hops and orange. Taste of caramel, honey, toffee, orange peel, and a hop presence. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Very sweet which masks the bitter hop finish. Very enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thb (662) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 8, 2011
Murky deep amber with centimetre of head that lingers. Aroma suggests tropical fruit and citrus from the hops, with a stiff sweet malt backbone and some funky yeast action. Hop aroma is rather subdued for the style - this does hit the IIPA category on the malty side. Not to say there aren’t hops! There’s some pretty intense hop bitterness going on. There’s definitely a bready/yeasty character going on here too. Perhaps even some bubblegum on the long lingering finish. Bit of vegetables. Sometimes I complain that a beer just doesn’t have enough interest. This one might have too much. I can’t figure it out.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2008
On tap @ DDC

App.: Cloudy orange poor, thick frothy beige head, good thick lacing...

Aromas: Citrus, apricot, spruce, orange/lemon zest, caramel...

Palate: Extremely well balanced mouthfeel, creamy, zesty.

Flavors: Very fruity (citrus) and hoppy overall, caramel, pepper.

Notes: Very good overall IIPA, impressive but i was maybe expecting a little to much for DDC

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2011
Pour slight hazy golden orange beige head. Aroma citrus, orange rind, boozy, caramel, peach. Taste malty not bitter, orange rind, citrus, caramel, not the best. MF medium body mild carb. Not to good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerGolem (620) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2012
Bottle 341 ml. Aroma: floral, fruits (peaches), citrus, malt, caramel, and hops. Taste is bitter, but well balanced with the sweetness. A little spicy on the aftertaste. Creamy texture, well bodied beer. A very good one! Bouteille 341 ml. Arome: fleurs, fruits (pêches), agrumes, malt, caramel, houblon. Goût principalement amer, mais bien équilibré avec du sucré. Arrière-goût épicé. Texture crémeuse, ronde en bouche. Une excellente bière.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Whatup14 (600) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2013
Bouteille 341ml. Couleur orangée transclucide, mousse beige aérienne, légèrement huileuse. Arôme de houblon résineux, pamplemousse, malt, alcool. Goût de houblon résineux, caramel, alcool, longue amertume et sucre en fin de bouche. Carbonation faible, corps moyen. Un peu trop sucré pour moi.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2005
2005 RBSG - 660ml bottle shared with several others. I detect yeastly banana in the nose. Strange for an IIPA. Dry, sticky, sweet - mildly hoppy - unimpressive, run of the mill, maybe a little below average. This just doesn’t stand out as an Imperial India Pale Ale. Very cool that I had the chance to sample, however.


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