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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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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slayer85 (1044) - Firenze, ITALY - OCT 17, 2010
Bottle, courtesy of Dany, thanks! A hazy medium to dark brown beer with ana verage sized, frothy, creamy, mostly lasting beige head. The aroma is moderately malty and very lightly hoppy, with notes of toasted/roasted nuts, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, wood and alcohol with a touch of dried fruits. The flavour is heavily sweet, lightly sour, lightly bitter. Medium to full body, thick/syrupy texture, soft/lively carbonation, very long finish with medium bitterness, moderately to heavily alcoholic, lightly sticky. Surely on the sweet side, but not cloying. The oak character is not overwhelming, and it has enough carbonation to give it a good drinkability. And it looks very nice. I’m glad to have tried this stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (9731) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2010
A reddish dark copper ale with a thin lacing moka head. A superb vinous malt aroma with wooden vanilla notes, bourbon, complex dark fruits, wow. In mouth, a superb smooth dark fruits, treacle, alcohol, just wonderful and well blanded. On tap at DDC 12th Anniversary, Sept. 11 2010.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2011
341ml bottle, 2009 special edition bottled 1/2010, courtesy of Glouglouburp. thanks, dany! pours a hazy, russet brown with a thin, dense white head and sticky lacing. aroma is great with a sweet, smooth barrel presence in the form of raw vanilla, fresh oak, and bourbon backed by dried figs, brown sugar, and piney hops with hints of cherry as it warms. flavor is absolutely wonderful with huge notes of vanilla nougat candy, glaced cherries, oak, and toasted coconut backed by warming, woody bourbon, molasses, and raisin bread with a touch of grassy, bitter hops on the finish. palate is superbly smooth with perfect carbonation and although it’s tilted to the sweet side remains nicely balanced with the bitter hops and warming bourbon on the swallow. overall, an outstanding barley wine that i’m glad to have tried.

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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (2948) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle - 341ml. Hazy dark brown body with a thin off-white creamy head. Rich, complex malty/hoppy aroma with Bourbon, fruity, woody, and some yeasty hints. Alcohol is discreet. Awesome, sharp malty/hoppy taste with porto, oaky, and Bourbon notes. Ends with a neverending, robust, warming bittersweet finish. Fantastic!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
48FanInCali (706) - California, USA - JUL 14, 2013
2009 vintage. Deep caramel pour with razor thin off white head. Nose of burnt toffee, vanilla, oak, dark fruit, and caramel. Taste follows the nose. Oak is more present in taste. Not hot in the least. Almost like a sessionable oak aged English BW which is a very dangerous thing for me. Easily the best thing I have ever had from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTheRick (308) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
Une effervescence moyenne émane du liquide peu mousseux à la pigmentation brune et acajou. Très séduisante au nez, la Solstice d’Hiver Réserve Spéciale dégage des notes boisées, de caramel brûlé, de dattes et d’alcool fort. Ça promet! En bouche, quelle rondeur! Le taux d’alcool élevé enveloppe des traces de chêne et de fruits confits et l’aspect sucré de ce vin d’orge s’étire longuement dans une douce finale amère. Un tourbillon de saveurs wow!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2010
Hazy dark brown pour covered by an impressive, initially large-bubbled beige foam which recedes to a tight, uniform cover with traces remaining all along the sides. Adorable toastiness from the malts remains a standout despite the obvious bourbon notes. Highly cakey nature, a spongey chocolate cake with maple icing. This has kept its rich consistency and more carbonation than most oak-aged offerings. From what I’ve heard, it would be the result of a 3:1 blend with the oaked version: standard version since the oaked alone felt a little too much to the owners. I can certainly see their point in terms of mouthfeel and in terms of keeping the best parts of the standard. The result is that this is just as complex as the regular Solstive d’hiver, but less forward on the beautiful grapey/fruity vinousness, less forward on the serious hop dosage and thus seemingly a bit sweeter, very ripe with an enhanced oak, smoke, butterscotch and vanilla flavour range. Combined with the aging, there is not much hop character left, but its borderline roasty character provides a sense of balance. This is quite the treat and my favourite new sweet beer in a long time.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Multiple 12 oz bottles shared by Glouglouburp! Thanks Dany. Apparently blended 3 Utopias barrels and 1 bourbon barrel then cut/blended with 10% unaged Solstice d’Hiver to cut the bourbon and oakiness. Appearance is dark woody hazelnut amber brown with a nice foamy beige head. Aroma is very big with caramel, big toasted malts, dried shriveled fruits- raisin, dates, etc, moderate oak and wood tones, toast, light bourbon caramel, toasted wood, light sherry oxidation with fruity esters, - barrel aging is noticed but not over-done. Flavor is more fruity and big caramelized malts and oak, big toast, some molasses hints of maple, vanilla, brown sugar, dark crystal malts, sherry hint, soy hint, wood, oak, light bourbon and a very smooth finish- even though there is a lot of sweetness all around- it does not get sugary or cloying- it fades a bit in the end and lingers in the mouth just a bit. Very nice Barleywine.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Bottle. Pours a mahogany body with a white head. Sweet bourbon warming, vanilla and oak accents. A hint of maple and a subtle warming. Vinous with dark fruit tones dates, fig and a warm chewy oak y warming. A nice Barrel aged BW.


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