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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2013
Bouteille 341ml (version 2012 - viellie 1 an, titrant 10,2 % abv), courtoisie de SlovakSniper. De couleur brune foncée et voilée. Nez de fruits (dattes, moyen de prunes, léger de raisins, traces d’autres petits fruits), de caramel toffee, moyennement boisé (fût de bourbon), léger de mélasse et de vanille avec des notes de malt rôti ainsi que des traces de chocolat et d’alcool. Ronde-moyenne en bouche avec un pétillement doux ainsi qu’une texture riche et moyennement liquoreuse. Goût fruité (dattes, moyen de raisins vineux, notes de cerises, traces de prunes) avec un léger goût de vanille ainsi que des notes épicées (poivre doux) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de caramel toffee légèrement rôti avec un léger goût de mélasse ainsi que des traces de sirop d’érable, de pain grillé et de chocolat. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve un léger goût d’alcool bien boisé (fût de bourbon) et aux notes réchauffantes jusqu’en finale, où l’on y détecte également une légère présence de houblon herbeux. Post-goût long, légèrement amer d’alcool doux avec un moyen goût boisé et de fruits (moût de raisins, notes de pelures de prunes) ainsi qu’avec des notes de houblon herbeux et quelques traces rôties.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dandeman (505) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2013
Aroma: Crystallized fruits, Cherry, red licorice, bourbon and caramel. Nose sticking out well. Very candy. typical of style. Appearance: Dark brown with average creamy head going down fast. Not a lot of lacing. Taste: Attack is very sweet, very candy. A lot of fruit, cherry, field berries. Finish is showing fresh and grassy hops. Also found notes of burnt caramel. Bourbon is wrapping all flavors, giving strength and power. A balanced beer, tasting sweet syrup but with a more hoppy finish than regular barley wine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodenbach99 (3127) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2013
Bouteille de 341ml. Version à 10,2%. Bière brune sans mousse. Le nez est fort complexe avec des fruits secs, de la vanille, du bois et du raisin sec. En bouche le liquide est sucré, un peu chaud, l’alcool n’est pas discret. Les saveurs tournent autour du bois, de la vanille et de ces raisins secs. Le bois par exemple est présent mais n’agresse pas. La texture est sublime. Une bière à partager, mais avec qui ? Un produit puissant, unique et sans compromis.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BiereLuc (882) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
Brune trouble, peu mousseuse. Nez de fruits rouges de sucre cuit et d’alcool. Goût boisé dès l’entrée en bouche avec des notes de fumée. L’alcool, pour sa part, rapplique assez rapidement. Si je devais choisir une bière pour remplacer le vin avant ou pendant un repas, celle-ci ferait certainement partie de mes choix.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (1740) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2013
Bottle 341ml. Pours dark brown with low beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, sugar, malt, alcohol, fruits. Taste is of bourbon (alot), alcohol, malt, sweetness, some wood. Bitter finish. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Overall: Loads of bourbon/alcohol in there. Not hidden at all (wich suits me in that case). Not too cloying sugar-wise. Medium drinkability (wich is good for the style). Very good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VertBaconStrips (2069) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 18, 2013
On tap at Underground. Murky thing. Fluffy head. Milky chocolate lemon merengue oddity nose, soft caramel, it’s all soft. Vanilla, bourbon stuff. Excellent. Taste quickly. Smooth bourbon, vanilla, caramel, light heat, yes. Great. Mild bitterness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cirrhosis (1200) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 18, 2013
(Bar has this tapped as Burban barrel edition not sure if same)Dark brown body thin film floating on top. Aroma is weird, first thing i want to say is cream cheese, but there is burbon, no alcohol, vanilla, that is all. Taste is plain cheese cake, vanilla, cinnomen (very destinct). Burbon is obviuse, no burn.Very, very distinct brew never really had one like it before. Highly recomend.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewturba (961) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
On tap at underground in edmonton. Pours a very cloudy/muddy brown letting little to no light through and a small creamy off white(from what I can tell in this lighting) around the glass. Aroma is smooth bourbon, some oak, caramelized malt(almost burnt), overall maltiness is rich though slightly masked by the barrel. Flavour is bourbon, alcohol warming, caramelized malts, and oak. Very smooth especially with the bourbon presence.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reimer96 (1192) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
Pours a hazy brownish amber with a off white head that dissipates into a ring. Aroma od vanilla, wood, bourbon and sweet pale malts. Taste is sweet malts, wood, bourbon, caramel and toffee with a smooth alcohol warming on the finish. Very smooth barrel aged barley wine.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (3785) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
Draft - Bourbon barrelled - Bourbon oak and vanilla as expected. Cloudy mahogany with a thick small brown head. Boozy as all hell and a bit of acidity. Just order a bourbon, nothing beyond the barrel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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