Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Montreal, Canada


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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (17351) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2016
Bottle massive thanks to MartinT. Black beer massive tan head. Some pinot noir aroma, red wine barrel. Lots of roasty dark malts. Somewhere between an imperial stout and a Belgian quad. Quite a hoppy finish. A bit over carbonated due to the Belgian yeast. A few esters. Good chocolate though. Some plum, some dark cherry. Quite tasty. A bit of tar. Tasty though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (14682) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 16, 2012
On tap at the Dieu du Ciel 14th anniversary party, pours black with a big foamy tan head. Aroma of burnt dark fruits, some red wine notes and slight char. Flavour is very complex, with complex red wine notes and some burnt dark fruits. The barrels make this exquisitely complex waaay better than the regular Isseki Nicho. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (14282) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2015
Bottle [from trade with "Youri" -sorry dude, your last name in French, just too hard for me to look up at the end of the tasting- @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus and Joes. Opaque black color, small brown head. Aroma is malts, heavy alcohol initially, a hint of wood and vanilla and a touch of ash in the distance. After a while the pinot noire really comes through. Taste malts, clearly pinot noir (or at least red wine) in there and a slight touch of alcohol with some dark fruits. Lovely. One of the best, if not the best red wine barrel aged beers Ive ever had. Actually, this is the best red wine BA Ive ever had. Superb!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2010
A dark borwn ale with an inexistent head. In aroma, a muskey and woody aroma, soy sauce, quite nice. In mouth, a smooth and woody chocolate malt with woody oaken barrel, quite good and enticing. On tap at DDC 12th Anniversary, Sept. 11 2010.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (12927) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 21, 2016
Bottle - Vinous notes, dark fruit and some booze. Jet brown with a small beige head. Nice vinous dark notes, dark malts, bitterness and a long finish. Very vinous, some chocolate and a long finish. Glad its a small bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11247) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
Beer of the day, thanks Liam. Thick pour, like an Imperial pouter. Aroma of pepper. chocolate, coffee, roast. hoppy, drinkable. Lace sheet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2012
2012-12-31. Black body with a nice foamy brown head. Fruity with a mild wine influence, modest dark malt character. 7+ Flavour is lovely, rich dark malt, modest fruity character throughout, light wine, very light roast note. Smooth rich palate with light carbonation. More nuanced than I have described here, lovely stuff. Very very good. Bottle at Volo, Toronto

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9565) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Pouring at The Festival in Worcester. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Sweet and fruity, warm wood and grapes. Chocolate, roast, light wood and musk. Roast and cocoa. Medium bodied, sweet wood and grapes. Long musk, chocolate and bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2016 My Bottom Line:
Pinot Noir fruitiness, dark chocolate, resinous hop bitterness, toasted bread and alcohol heat converge over refreshing acidity in this cohesive and creative Barrel-Aged Strong Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam surrounds the darkness.
-Carbonation is fluffy enough to make the residual sugars appear comfortable.
-The finish is a beautiful segue of fruity acidity and specialty malt character.
-I even get some coconut milk and curry paste subtleties underneath it all... Next time Im opening a bottle, Im cooking masaman curry to go with it.
-I liked that the Pinot Noir personality was stronger than that of the actual wooden barrel.

Bottles and on gravity cask at the brewpub.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9404) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 26, 2016
Bottle from KBL. Nose of grapes, cherry, chocolate, raisins. Amazing nose. Sweet fruit flavor, cocoa, berries, grape, some oak and a touch of cardboard. A bit thin and watery in the body which means it doesnt live up to the great nose, but still very nice.

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