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

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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (10453) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8937) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Pinot Noir fruitiness, molasses-like dextrins, resinous hop bitterness and alcohol heat converge in this Barrel-Aged Strong Ale cask experiment.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the dark brown.
-The very low carbonation of the gravity cask may not have served this beer perfectly, but it sure gave us wonderful insights on its ingredients.
-The resinous hop bitterness was very long, but always accompanied by caramel-like residual sugars.
-Looking forward to trying this in its regularly carbonated keg format.
-I liked that the Pinot Noir personality was stronger than that of the actual wooden barrel.

On gravity cask at the brewpub.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (8060) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (7219) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6769) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (6689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2012
[4221-20111231] Bottle. Sweet roasted nut grain aroma has a bit of chocolate cocoa. Black body with a long-lasting creamy tan head. Cocoa roasted wood nut flavour has a long bitter coffee finish. Full body is bitterly balanced. Delicious, impressive. (8/4/8/4/16) 4.0
(@ Volo, Toronto, ON)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Plovmand (6599) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2012
On tap at CBC. Pours brown with a medium beige head. The aroma is yeast, darl fruit and light spice. The flavour is darl fruits, light chocolate, spices and some yeast. Light vinous.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 21, 2011
On tap at DDC 13th aniv party.
Aroma sweet brown sugars, cola with noticeable alcohol elements. Quiet dry.
Appearance amber brown , clean. Creamy beige off white top.3+
Flavor and Palate : Medium bodied. Frontal was rather sweet with hint of brown sugar balanced by dryness of alcohol. Cask treatment is noticeable. All nicely wrapped as balanced whole package. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (6211) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Draft at the festival, dark pour, red wine, sweet malts, astringent, big dark dried fruits. Great flavor and the Pinot noir adds a great new dimension to the base beer


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