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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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
Tap at BarHop. Deep brown pour - thin fast-fading head. The aroma is great. Loads of soft bourbon and a lovely cooked fruit character. A touch of caramel and some toasted vanilla as well. Berry and plum with a nice sweetness (but not cloying). Really tasty brew. Loads of soft malt character and a faint touch of vineous character on the back as well. A kiss of blackberry. Insanely good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (3838) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Barrel aging doesn’t always improve a beer and I think this is a good example of when it doesn’t happen. Caramelized malt and some hops here. Texture syrupy. Pours dark red with ok head and lacing. Finishes slightly astringent. Very barrel-heavy. Maybe some more time in the bottle would balance this out but seems counter intuitive to age something to take away the excessive barrel-aging. Bottle thanks to Slovaksniper.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8523) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2013
Black and thick looking with a bubbly head. Above average mouthfeel. Bourbon aroma. Boozy. A sipper. Thanks Josh.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnmike (1030) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Dark reddish brown color - no head or lacing. Strong aromas of fruity bourbon. Tastes somewhat like a quad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlainG (1170) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2013
Brun opaque, coiffée d’une fine et dense mousse beige, qui se dissipe en un mince voile et revient en force après une petite secouée. Arômes de sucre chauffé, ou encore cuit. Des vapeurs de bourbon en émanent, accompagné de son côté boisé. Au fil des reniflées, les fruits secs sont perçus; les figues séchées et les dattes séchées. Par moment, une senteur de cerises séduit les narines. Son goût est très réussi. Le whiskey n’efface pas tout. Certes, il amoindri son côté sucré, ce qui n’est pas une mauvaise chose. L’alcool est quand à lui inégal. Parfois il s’affirme fortement, et ailleurs, il est discret. C’est quelque peu acidulé et des traces vanilles se faufilent. Bien ronde en bouche. Embouteillée en nov. ’12) (645-210513)

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (570) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle 341 ml. Big thanks to Tommy/Pat for sending me some of this. Dark brown pour. Big smell of booze and oak up front. The taste is vanilla, butterscotch, oak, with a smooth boozy finish. Had this on tap once before and recall the taste being different then this but I must say I like what I am tasting here its just not as bold as I remember it being. Great stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (2981) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4259) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2013
pours murky brown with a nice light beige head, some retention and lacing. strong bourbon and toffee notes, vanilla, sweet and almost cloying molassed sugars, chocolate, nice dried and dark fruitiness, some raisins too, almost too much coconut in there. booze. big resinous and grassy have faded a lot (parallel with non-BA version) - for BA treatment i suppose. average carbonation, medium body - sticky, fat and almost cloying. prefered non-BA version even though it is a nice use of barrel.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xav_lefridge (32) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2013
À l’oeil : C’est ma première bière vieillie, donc j’ai été surpris par la couleur étrange brun-vert, le côté trouble et l’absence de mousse. C’est pas un super visuel mais c’est le style ! Au nez : Nez léger de caramel et de sucre de canne. Au nez, cette bière semble plus avoir été vieillie en fût de rhum que de bourbon. Au goût : Sensation d’amertume et de chaleur de spiritueux ! Raisin, alcool se mélangent puissament. La texture y est presque granuleuse et la finale agréablement alcoolisée. Une bière pour adulte !

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
northropfrye (2194) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 4, 2013
Thanks, Tommy. Sweet aroma of malt, dried fruit, vanilla. Dark body with white head. Taste is sweet, very dried fruit and malty, a touch of bourbon. Overall, a great barley wine.


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