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Dieu du Ciel Solstice d’Hiver Réserve Spéciale (Oak Aged - Bourbon)

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

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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LouisP (82) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2016
Couleur : Brun chocolat, trouble, avec un collet de mousse presque inexistant et une faible effervescence. Arôme : Ça sent la vanille, l’alcool, un petit côté boisé, le caramel et les fruits confis. Goût : Ça décape le fond du pallet. C’est amer avec un côté terreuxm liquoreux, caramel. Le goût est également très alcoolisé, peut-être dû au vieillissement en barriques. Appréciation : La bière est très certainement difficile d’approche, mais au fil du temps, on l’apprivoise. C’est sucré et amer à la fois. L’alcool est facilement reconnaissable, ce qui était peut-être à prévoir, mais un peu décevant pour mes goûts personnels.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ametras (1150) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2016
[2013] 341ml bottle. Murky brown with a foamy beige head. Flavors are burnt caramel, chocolate, bourbon, raisins, licorice, alcohol, oak and vanilla with fruity and nutty notes. Full body, moderate carbonation, smooth texture texture.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkska101 (1560) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2016
Bottle bought at the latest ddc release 2015 edition A: bourbon, caramel, licorice, alcohol, light raisins App: brown with reddish highlight smallish white head some lacing. T/p: full body with long bitter finish. Soft carbonation. O: the regular version is already so good the bourbon adds a nice depth of flavour to make it remarkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (3116) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2016
July 20, 2015. Bottle at Dieu du Ciel, 2014 vintage.
Murky brown with a minimal tan head. Aroma is malty with toffee and caramel some dried fruits, raisins, figs and some barrel presence as well with oak, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is medium sweet with caramel, figs, vanilla, bourbon, light roasted bitterness in the finish with some oak and bourbon alcohol notes. Medium bodied, soft to average carbonation.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LouisFelix (16) - Quebec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2016
Dark, opaque colour, with strong aromas of caramel, malts, wood and bourbon. Sweet, malty, bourbony, heavenly taste. An excellent, excellent beer. Too bad it’s not made year round.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinsenn (1880) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2015
Bottle from SlovakSniper. Rich marshmallow bourbon aroma. Rich dark fruit taste with vanilla and oak. Sweet with a boozy dark fruit finish. Not sure whether or not I like the bourbon barrel version better.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JefVerstraete (2712) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2015
Bottle from yourilevesque. Vintage 2014 Many thanks! Dark brown colour, creamy beige foam. Nose of red fruit, plums, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar. Sweet and malty with fruity notes. Very well balanced, not too boozy or alcoholic. Very nice winter sipper.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HippyHop (583) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2015
2014 edition. Pour is deep mahogany with a small but fairly persistent cap. Nose is residual sugar and caramel, oak, vanilla, dark fruit, earth. Taste is sweet and syrupy, moderately spicy. Dry and boozy with a slightly bitter finish. Like a bourbon-y port. Very nice winter sipper. Maybe should've aged it more. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (2376) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 4, 2015
Beautiful. Pours a dark, slightly viscous brown with an opaque body and a thin beige head a few bubbles thick. The nose is rich and literally wafts off the glass with a strong alcohol presence and a ton of roasted caramel and toffee notes, light hints of wood, vanilla and earthen notes. Vanilla is more noticable in the flavour profile with a rich toffee and molasses malt backbone. Bourbon barrels did a wonder here leaving a ton of rich and silky wooden notes to balance the alcohol and heavy malt base. Vanilla comes through more in the aftertaste. A great brew for a cold night.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vadie (1184) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2015
Couleur du caramel brûlée avec presque pas de mousse. L’arôme du sucré brun, du bourbon, caramel, fruits séchées, et un peu d’houblon. Un peu comme un porto. En bouche c’est très similar, et l’alcool n’est pas trop fort. Très buvable pour le style. Très complexe et parfaite pour une soirée d’hiver!


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