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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (2544) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2011
[bottle] Oaky pumpernickel aroma with some oxidized character (tasted in Jan. 2011). Clear chestnut appearance with a tawny ring. Sweet pumpernickel flavour with nice oak notes. Good balance. Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear ruby brown, thin pale tan head. Nice lacing. Nose is sweet cocoa/coconut/vanilla. Flavours are boozy cask, some solid fruit, rich and barrelly,. Cool.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Bottle generously sent to me by Glouglouburp. Thanks Dany! This pours out as a murky dark brown color with just a thin head on top. The aroma consists of plums, raisins, caramel, toffee, wood, and light hop notes. A little more fruit seems to show in the flavor as well as various subtle nuances adding complexity. Plums, raisins, dates, but also a little cherry as well. Smooth, rich, toffee and caramel malt. Incredible soothing barrel notes with some light alcohol warmth that seems as if it’s bourbon. Is this aged in bourbon? The palate is spot on with some sugary sweeter notes, lots of barrel, and very light bitterness from the hops. Everything just works here. Damn, this is really good stuff. I like the regular version but this is on a whole different level. Thanks again, Dany!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (6702) - 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!

4.2
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4976) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2010
12oz bottle pours a translucent, deep brown with a thin, white head. Nose is sweet, malty, brandy, apples. Flavor is malty, brown sugar, apples, lightly bitter, wine, brandy. Full bodied, smooth finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8509) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
341mL or whatever courtesy of CaptainCougar. Pours a hazy brune with a medium tan head. Aroma of vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon. Taste is sweet, brown sugar abounding, some marshmallow, caramel, spicy alcohol, toffee, prunes, raisins. Excellent creamy, rich palate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2010
12oz bottle, thanks CaptainCougar. Minimal tan head atop dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel/toffee, some vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel/toffee, some vinous, light alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Sweet and oaky nose with vanilla and toffee note with just a touch of dark fruits. The taste is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, with dark fruit, caramel, etc. Nothing special, typical barley wine.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2010
Dark brown, copper colored brew. Aroma has oak, bourbon tones, dark fruits and vanilla, great. Flavor has vanilla, raisins, apricot, plums, some oak, bourbon and hops. Blended together very nice. Very enjoyable.


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