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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 122   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2013
Black and thick looking with a bubbly head. Above average mouthfeel. Bourbon aroma. Boozy. A sipper. Thanks Josh.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (8313) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
Tap at BarHop. Deep brown pour - thin fast-fading head. The aroma is great. Loads of soft bourbon and a lovely cooked fruit character. A touch of caramel and some toasted vanilla as well. Berry and plum with a nice sweetness (but not cloying). Really tasty brew. Loads of soft malt character and a faint touch of vineous character on the back as well. A kiss of blackberry. Insanely good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8184) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
341mL or whatever courtesy of CaptainCougar. Pours a hazy brune with a medium tan head. Aroma of vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon. Taste is sweet, brown sugar abounding, some marshmallow, caramel, spicy alcohol, toffee, prunes, raisins. Excellent creamy, rich palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (7905) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle thanks to Dany. Pours dark brown with off white head. Nose/taste of dark fruits, soft raisins, toffee, oak, grape skin, caramel and vanilla. Hints of oaky alcohol in finish. Medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7822) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
Bottle "Dieu du Ciel Solstice d’Hiver Reserve Speciale, 2009 Vielle en fut de chene" (2009) shared by someone at Oakquinox. Pours with a hazed amber body and an off-white head. Aromas of raisins, dark fruits, esters, oak, caramel and bourbon. Flavors are sweet, raisins, cereal, brown sugar, maple, oak tannins, and brandy. Creamy and warming. Very good!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (7796) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2010
Small yellowish, fine-bubbled head over hazy reddish dark-brown beer. Faraminous nose of wood-lagered spirit, Bourbon and vanilla aromas. Alcohol, and a touch of curry spice. Sweet, liqueurish, liqueurcake with raisins, plums, dried bananas an dried cherries. Again loots of vanilla, crème Anglaise. Too much liquorice, warmin up, however. Quite spritzy, remarkably lively for an oak-lagered beer. Well-bodied, very slick, even alcoholic-viscous, warming. Sweet, strong and rather satisfying. However, if this has a " a subtle touch of vanilla ", then I wonder about the full punch. Sucking vanilla pods? Merci, Fred!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 My Bottom Line:
This luxurious Barrel-Aged Barley Wine lathers licorice, dates and black cherries atop caramelized cereals and vanilla, leading to a warm and classy alcohol finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam floats atop the purple-tinged deep burgundy.
-The lively effervescence and generous residual sugars are perfectly balanced to create a rich but never heavy mouthfeel.
-The alcohol heat is important in the finish, emboldened by the barrel presence, tagging along resinous hops and their aftertaste.
-The barrel character and grain bill flavors are in unison. Tastes like this brew was meant to be aged in these barrels exactly.

Bottles.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6768) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Courtesy of after4ever. Thanks Tom. Pours amber with some haze and thin off white head. The aroma is smooth oak, vanilla, sweet dark fruitiness and mild bourbon boozy heat. The taste is nice and sweet with rich dark fruitiness quickly moving seamlessly into vanilla, oak, bourbon and chocolate. Tasty stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Bottle at Ryan’s hotel room after EBF’s Night of the Barrels. Pours a hazy brown with a thin white head. Boozy right up front with some vanilla and sweet caramel. Malty, more vanilla and chocolate. Finishes with a bit more warming alcohol and some more thick caramel. Pretty tasty now, but I can imagine this one developing a bit more.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6490) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle shared by Kyle, thanks! Pours a hazy caramel amber with an off-white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of bourbon with some backing caramel and sweet cookies. Flavor begins with bread and caramel backed by sweet grains with some backing bourbon.


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