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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JulienHuxley (4247) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle at DDC 12th anniversary. Aroma of fermented cherries, wet wood, molasses. Taste is a little bit better. Very woody, caramelized cherries with a subtle hop backbone. Palate is rich and boozy, not too sticky. I couldn’t wait to taste this one and wad very disapointed, especially with the aroma.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4172) - SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle @ MMP. Pours clear deep amber mahogany with a small off white head. Aroma is sweet raisins fidges alcohol malty woody. Flavor is oaky malty sweet pungent fruity some acetone notes great bitterness. Finishes seet bitter and malty, so nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (4124) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Bottle thanks to Glouglouburp. Pours a muddy, rusty brown with a medium sized off white head. Solid lacing. Nose shows some mild oxidation, heavy caramel, subdued vanilla, brown sugar, light barrel-like tartness, dark fruits. Its almost quad-like at times. Seems like the aging and barrel have thinned this beer out a bit and made it more drinkable than I remember the un-barreled version being. Flavor is a bit sweeter than the nose, lots of brown sugar and caramel and less dark fruits. Finishes sweet, and lightly metallic. Not a big barley wine fan these days, but this one stands out more than others.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (3971) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (3909) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle (341 ml) 2012 vintage. Hazy amber/brown with a small beige head and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon (not too harsh), vanilla, caramel/toffee (a lot!), wood and slight peppery notes. Taste is moderately sweet with bourbon, vanilla, caramel/toffee, wood, slight alcohol, light fruity notes and a subtle bitter finish. Medium to heavy body. A bit chewy. Very good bourbon barrel Barley Wine. In my opinion, it’s better than the regular version. Complex and drinkable for the style.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SlovakSniper (3908) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
(Version 2012) Une robe lourdement brune qui fabrique un mince col mousseux. Des arômes confortables de fruits foncés inondés par des malts riches, complexes et ô combien alléchants. Des effluves de barrique qui soulignent le talent formidable de cette grande maison : le bourbon s’installe dans l’atmosphère comme un parfum enivrant et langoureux. Sur les papilles, un liquide qui possède déjà toutes les qualités du monde et qui impressionne par son caractère cohésif. Des malts opulents dans une rafale de mots : du caramel foncé, de la mélasse, de la tire d’érable, du toffee et du miel. Des flaveurs tirées d’un fût dans un générique qui souligne le travail d’un formidable artisan : du bourbon caramélisé, une noix de coco rôtie, un alcool tantôt doux et tantôt poivré, des notes boisées et une touche vanillée. Une représentation fruitée comme une mosaïque florentine : des petits fruits foncés, des dattes iraniennes, des figues Sultane, des raisins et autres merveilles qui, touchées par l’intelligence de l’alcool, s’imbriquent les uns dans les autres pour créer une pièce unique de ce nectar presque divin. En bouche, un liquide qui est en pleine possession de ses moyens. Un corps riche, rendu huileux par ses propres forces et poncé par le fût et ses transpirations américaines. Tout simplement sublime. En finale, des saveurs orgiaques qui subjuguent mes chémorécepteurs et qui me laissent, momentanément, dans un état d’euphorie. Un monstre?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodenbach99 (3584) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2013
Bouteille de 341ml. Version à 10,2%. Bière brune sans mousse. Le nez est fort complexe avec des fruits secs, de la vanille, du bois et du raisin sec. En bouche le liquide est sucré, un peu chaud, l’alcool n’est pas discret. Les saveurs tournent autour du bois, de la vanille et de ces raisins secs. Le bois par exemple est présent mais n’agresse pas. La texture est sublime. Une bière à partager, mais avec qui ? Un produit puissant, unique et sans compromis.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
_angst_ (3567) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
341 ml bottle received in trade. Thank you Glouglouburp! Pours hazy deep amber with a creamy goldenish beige head that is rather quick to dissipate while leaving some sticky trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with caramel, roasted coconut, wood, toffee, vanilla fudge, alcohol, honey, sweet bread, butterscotch hard candy and hints of dark grapes. Taste is sweet, tiny bitter and malty with toffee, caramel, butterscotch hard candy, sweet liquorice hard candy, roasted coconut, slightly dry grass, golden syrup, alcohol, dark honey, wood and hints of lemon and orange zest. Mouthfeel is smooth, round, tiny sticky sweet, tiny boozy and full bodied. Finish is sweet and tiny bitter with caramel, toffee, coconut, vanilla fudge, dark honey and charred wood. Very nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (3532) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2010
Big thanks to Fred for the Bottle!! Pours a hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma smack if caramel, brown sugar and deep dark mollasses with some booze. Flavor is very very sweet with touches if vanilla and oak but it’s dominated by mollasses and almost burnt sugar. Still it was a great beer.


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