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


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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MacBoost (1587) - Pouring Bus, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1582) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lesifflebiere (1521) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
I received the barrel aged version from a generous Canadian Ba, thanks! Murky brown color, scant head. Smell is barrel and BOOZE! Taste us booze, oxidation, booze, alcohol, wood, very little barleywine. Overall I was glad to try this but unimpressed and unlikely to pick up the regular version. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-08-2011 19:51:04

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Bourbony with a strong hop presence. Clearly an American-style Barleywine. Strong booze presence, plenty of malt but the booze is paramount. 2011 was much better overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Damn I almost feel like I owe Mike my life after tonight. Thanks Mike. Off the top Bourbon oak maple dark fruit burnt caramel. Killer aroma. Definitely whisky forward. A sweet fruity mellowness that is really enjoyable. Strong alcohol notes. A gentleman’s beer. Harsh sharp dry finish. Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cirrhosis (1280) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Thanks to glouglouburp. Pours brown and boozy. Pretty thin, with a slight astringency. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cargo150 (1238) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2015
Couleur brune foncee au reflets rougeatres avec un mince col assez résistant. Aromes assez complexes d’épices de caramel de fruits rouges, d’alcool, de bois et de terre. Complexes mais un vin d’orge un peu irratable au bout du compte. Rspectable tout de meme!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (1235) - 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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