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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sseb69 (1776) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2012
Bouteille 341 ml. Merci Gilles. Couleur brune, opaque, mousse beige, fuyante. Arôme de raisin, prunes noires, bois, porto. En bouche, douce, mielleuse, mûres, raisin, vin fortifié et chocolat...chêne, bien balancée. Finale de bois, avec fruits mûrs et légère astringence de bois. Excellente.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reimer96 (1743) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MacBoost (1738) - Penfield, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Pouts a cloudy thick amber with a slight head. Strong aromas of bourbon, oak, sticky malts. Taste is a complete bourbon bomb... Over the top bourbon and oak. Low bitterness. No roast, but very malt forward. The alcohol is hidden in every way, yet this still drinks like its way above the listed ABV. Pretty nice beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
changeup45 (1729) - 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!

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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkska101 (1679) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2016
Bottle bought at the latest ddc release 2015 edition A: bourbon, caramel, licorice, alcohol, light raisins App: brown with reddish highlight smallish white head some lacing. T/p: full body with long bitter finish. Soft carbonation. O: the regular version is already so good the bourbon adds a nice depth of flavour to make it remarkable.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lesifflebiere (1645) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2013
Sans dire qu’elle surpasse la presque parfaite version originale, cette Solstice d’Hiver a des qualités parfois supérieures à celle-ci : extrêmement invitante au nez, bourbon bien balancé avec les céréales, côté résineux et notes de fruits confits et raisins secs tous en harmonie. Si on fait la somme de ses caractéristiques, elle est bonne deuxième derrière la mouture "straight", mais elle est une glorieuse réussite, qui ne peut que faire l’envie de ses concurrentes du même acabit.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1600) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Whatup14 (1580) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2013
Bouteille 341ml. Embouteillée en novembre 2012. Couleur brune foncée, mousse beige foncée disparaissant rapidement en laissant un anneau. Arôme de malt, sucre d’orge, boisé, bourbon, figues séchées, cassonnade, noix? Goût de malt rôti, sucre d’orge, caramel, boisé, bourbon, légère amertume, chaleur d’alcool en fin de bouche. Carbonation faible, corps dense, collante et huileuse. Bière d’une belle complexité et ayant une buvabilité surprenante.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (1434) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - AUG 29, 2013
Tried along with the non barrel aged version. Very similar looking beer obviously, slightly darker. Aroma is less on fruit, more on wood, still a bit overpowering with booze. Very sweet caramel and slight spiciness. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, but a great warming beer on a cold night like this. Oh wait, it’s 33 degrees. uhhh delicious?


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