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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 124   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (6419) - 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 (4869) - 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 (8425) - 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 (11530) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (9999) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slayer85 (1048) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Big vanilla aroma along with dark caramel and woody hops. Rich mouthfeel, but just short of superb. Nice baking spices come through along with the vanilla.


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