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

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RATINGS: 145   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pushkinwow (2273) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
341ml bottle from Ian. Light brown with a light tan head. Sweet plum, some booze, wood, raisins, bit of caramel/toffee and smoke. Medium bodied, starts sweet but some bitterness so that its not overwhelming, good carbonation, with a great finish that keeps on giving - plum, raisins, hint of booze that gives everything a bite. Was told this was aged in Utopias but regardless its delicious and if you can get one make sure to try it!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reimer96 (1544) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
Pours a hazy brownish amber with a off white head that dissipates into a ring. Aroma od vanilla, wood, bourbon and sweet pale malts. Taste is sweet malts, wood, bourbon, caramel and toffee with a smooth alcohol warming on the finish. Very smooth barrel aged barley wine.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10320) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2013
Nice brown pour, tan head. Sweet whiskey flavors, nice malty backbone, just enough hops, vanilla, caramel, oak, maple. DAMN GOOD.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon (2674) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2010
Drank on tap, at the Microbrasserie Dieu du Ciel in Saint Jérôme, on January 30th 2010, for their second anniversary party of their brewery in St. Jerome. Dark amber, small head. Aroma of malted barley, matured fields fruits well spiced. Taste of caramelized fruits well malted, warming alcohol. As exellente as the original.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (9752) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2011
341mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp, pours dark dark brown with a reddish hue and small beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, oak, bourbon, and a molasses that lingers. Flavour of molasses, complex dark fruits, oak, vanilla and bourbon, with a smoky sweetness that lingers along with a noticeable alcohol burn. I enjoyed this a lot more than the regular Solstice d’Hiver. Thanks so much for the opportunity to try this, Dany!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pr_montreal (3) - Montréal, CANADA - MAR 15, 2013 does not count
J’adore le parfum de cette bière. On la hume et nous savons aussitôt qu’elle est vieillie. D’une couleur brun foncé, elle laisse un collet gêné à apparaître mais qui reste tout au long de la dégustation. En bouche, elle est sucrée, fruitée. Les céréales et surtout le houblon sont bien présents ce qui laisse une amertume presque immédiate. Une bière équilibrée qui mérite d’être dégusté tranquillement.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Bottle from kbudd19, thanks man!! Aroma has notes of dried dark fruits, vanilla, woods, caramel, toffee, port tones, just phenomenal! Murky muddy brown hue with a small off-white head that left no lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily soft. Overall a true pleasure. A work of art. Simply a wonderful Barley Wine but the appearance is bad. Wonderful in every other way.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Franckg (527) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
Version 2014. Arômes de canne à sucre, dattes, fruits rouges confits et d’alcool. En bouche, on goûte immédiatement les arômes sucrés. Belle présence du fûts de bourbon qui se marie à merveille avec les flaveurs sucrées typique au barleywine anglais. On peut percevoir en finale une pointe de chocolat noir qui vient compléter les arômes sucrées. La texture est ronde, moelleuse et d"une belle complexité. L’équilibre et la transition des saveurs est presque parfaite.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yourilevesque (492) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
Bouteille issue de la réserve spéciale 2013 (brassin distribué en 2014). Arômes chauds de vanille, alcool, bourbon, bois, sucre et fruits confits. Sans être une bière épicée ou de type ’’brassin des Fêtes’’, elle possède toutes les caractéristiques d’un alcool chaud servi en plein après-midi glacial de carnaval à -30 degrés Celsius. D’une rondeur à nulle autre pareille, cette grande bière de dégustation allie dates, bourbon, céréales grillées, pain d’épices (une touche), et chien Saint Bernard devant un feu de foyer d’une manière si complexe que toutes les déclinaisons de cette infinie palette de saveurs sont aussi difficiles à nommer que chacune des teintes qu’offre le crépuscule au mois d’août. Ah Dieu du Ciel!


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