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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This noble brown winter beer with fiery reflections offers a complex aroma of fruit, alcohol and hops. Once tasted, it is slightly sweet with a hint of burnt caramel. Aged in American oak barrels, the bitterness has eased and it has wooden notes topped with a subtle touch of vanilla. A maderisation occurred after maturation in the barrel (aged one year), and the textures and flavors blend, becoming sweeter.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1659) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2013
Aroma of dates, vanilla, pine resin, and bourbon. Pours brown and dusty with good film. Tastes nice and hoppy with a super sweet malty caramel undertone. Great barleywine.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2146) - JAPAN - APR 9, 2013
Toffee apples, vanilla, burnt toffee, candi floss. Like being at the local fair really. Very smooth, weighty body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3090) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 7, 2013
Bottle at Tim’s RPJG#2. Sweet with lots of bourbon and coco nut aromas. Also some dried fruits and lots of residual sugars. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Dry and bourbon finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (2854) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2013
Bottle with Tim and Bill pours hazy brown, light head, and lacing. Notes of plum, toffee, peat wood, sweet malts, mineral water, sugar, vanilla and more dark fruits. Medium to full body. Smooth for the alcohol pct.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoulderbroken (1724) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 3, 2013
RBJG2. Dark amber. Aroma is funky and boozy, bit of caramel, coconut. Taste is boozy, coconut again. Sweet, very nice. I don’t like coconut but have recently had two beers that taste like it and have really liked both. Weird.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 1, 2013
Bottle at RBJG courtesy of Martin, merci bien! Clear amber color. Aroma of vanilla and Jack Daniels. Taste is sweet whiskey.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (5914) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 1, 2013
Bottled. Huge barrel in the nose, vanilla, wood, lovely clear amber color with lace. Big vanilla flavor, yogurt, creamy, fruity, very deep malts. Great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (2978) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 30, 2013
Med brown color. Tons of bourbon and oak in the nose, with less notes of raisins, coconut everywhere and brown sugar. Moderately sweet, rounded. Full body. Very nice and the bourbon works well with this.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2013
Bouteille 341ml (version 2012 - viellie 1 an, titrant 10,2 % abv), courtoisie de SlovakSniper. De couleur brune foncée et voilée. Nez de fruits (dattes, moyen de prunes, léger de raisins, traces d’autres petits fruits), de caramel toffee, moyennement boisé (fût de bourbon), léger de mélasse et de vanille avec des notes de malt rôti ainsi que des traces de chocolat et d’alcool. Ronde-moyenne en bouche avec un pétillement doux ainsi qu’une texture riche et moyennement liquoreuse. Goût fruité (dattes, moyen de raisins vineux, notes de cerises, traces de prunes) avec un léger goût de vanille ainsi que des notes épicées (poivre doux) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de caramel toffee légèrement rôti avec un léger goût de mélasse ainsi que des traces de sirop d’érable, de pain grillé et de chocolat. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve un léger goût d’alcool bien boisé (fût de bourbon) et aux notes réchauffantes jusqu’en finale, où l’on y détecte également une légère présence de houblon herbeux. Post-goût long, légèrement amer d’alcool doux avec un moyen goût boisé et de fruits (moût de raisins, notes de pelures de prunes) ainsi qu’avec des notes de houblon herbeux et quelques traces rôties.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dandeman (452) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2013
Aroma: Crystallized fruits, Cherry, red licorice, bourbon and caramel. Nose sticking out well. Very candy. typical of style. Appearance: Dark brown with average creamy head going down fast. Not a lot of lacing. Taste: Attack is very sweet, very candy. A lot of fruit, cherry, field berries. Finish is showing fresh and grassy hops. Also found notes of burnt caramel. Bourbon is wrapping all flavors, giving strength and power. A balanced beer, tasting sweet syrup but with a more hoppy finish than regular barley wine.


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