Saturday, 21 September 2013


Montreal, Quebec's Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! can take credit for Chaman Imperial Pale Ale, a fiesty, potent, and delicious brew. Chaman is a clear, copper coloured strong pale ale. I found it to be relatively highly carbonated for the style. It features a deep, bitter aroma with a fair degree of malt, alongside citrus notes. Additionally, there is an unexpected sweetness in the scent.

The flavour moves sweet to bitter and features notes of satsuma, caramel, and honey, before giving way to a musty (in a pleasant way) bitterness. Chaman has a full, thick mouthfeel. There is ample alcoholic warmth, but it's not overwhelmingly boozy.

This beer proved way sweeter than I anticipated, with a lot more focus on the malt side of the equation than many other big pale ales. Citrus is a big part of this beer, but sweetly so. Hops are a driver, but they aren't the be all and end all of this brew. While I enjoyed Chaman, I found it too sweet for me to consume regularly. It's more of an interesting treat.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10.

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