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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (1469) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle says bourbon aged, but can’t find any entry for that. 2014 version. Pours murky brown with limited head and lacing. Nose is sweet syrups and cereal. Flavours dark fruit, syrup, leather. Taste med/big sweet m d/big bitter.noily and sticky mouth with lively biddy and big alcohol burn.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11234) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured hazy reddish brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, toasted malt, vanilla alcohol and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, vanilla sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (7229) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2015
341ml bottle, thanks to alexsdad06 for sharing. Has a gold sticker on the neck reading "Reserve Speciale 2009 Vielle en fut de chene". Hazy brown color. Thin bubbly khaki head, a few bits of lace. A touch of bourbon in the nose, chocolate, tasty caramel. Vanilla and big oak in the flavor. Moderate to bigger sweet taste, light to moderate bitter. Doesn’t taste very oxidized for a 2009 beer, that’s impressive... If it is, the flavors of age work well with this beer. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation, good full feel. Kind of slick in the mouthfeel then drying a bit in the finish. Good long oaky and malty aftertaste. Impressive how this manages to be not too sweet, with a nice complex nutty chocolatey rich malt still. A great oak-aged barleywine. Would be very interested to try this fresh..

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (6108) - Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2015
11.2 oz bottle shared with the group. Pours a clear dark caramel brown color with a small off white head/film. The aroma has sweet caramel malts, oak, bourbon notes whether it was there or not, dark fruits, prunes, oxidation. The flavor is very smooth, sweet caramel, maple syrup, oak, bourbon, dark fruits, some alcohol, good sipper.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stoned99 (228) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle from local IGA. Thanks Jo. Aroma: caramel, bourbon, sugar. App: dark brown with small tan head. Smooth, medium sweetness, finish is alcohol. Overall: wow. What a nice finish on the bourbon! Really enjoyed it. The bourbon barrel aged really adds a lot to this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1510) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
Pours a deep amber-brown with an average size diminishing tan head. Awesome aroma of dark fruit, hops, brown sugar, oak and alcohol. Flavour of dark fruit, brown sugar, chocolate, hops and oak.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (2519) - Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Alex. Muddy, opaque dark brown body with a bubbly khaki layer of foam on top. Aroma of sweet caramel, dark prune, figs, butterscotch, light toffee, slightly tart currant, & a hint of underlying maple syrup. Maybe some faint tannins? Barrel wasn’t heavy on the nose but WOW, certainly jumps out in the flavor! Huge charred & spicy oak kick up front, strong barrel-induced vanillin, faint coconut, maple syrup, caramel, toffee, a touch of cocoa powder, anise, & a lighter dark fruit essence. Pretty warm & boozy up front, but mellows towards the back-end thanks to the sweet malt finish. Loving the flavor, here. Robust without being too boisterous. Wow, really nice stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
[6697-20140823] Tap. Bourbon wood and toasted grainy booze aroma. Murky, dark brown body with a medium-lasting foamy tan head. Sweet toasted caramel grains flavour. Medium-full body. Interesting bourbon infusion but it quite takes over. (7/3/8/4/16) 3.8
(Tap Takeover Event @ Volo, Toronto, ON; Called Bourbon Barrel Aged Solstice D’Hiver 2013)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yourilevesque (67) - 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!

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Franckg (136) - 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.


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