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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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 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.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steasy66 (1008) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Deep brown. Tiny tan head. Boozy aroma with dark fruit and honey. Really dry. Hoppy and acidic finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (998) - 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?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BiereLuc (997) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2010
Bouteille de 12 oz, achetée à la brasserie de St-Jérôme. Arômes envoûtants de caramel brûlé, de chocolat, de vanille et de chêne. Robe brune et trouble, effervescence assez faible et peu de mousse. Très complexe en bouche, on retrouve beaucoup de caramel foncé, de chocolat, de fruits mûrs. Le fût de chêne est bien intégré, avec une belle présence de vanille et de tanins boisé. Le houblon est essentiellement disparu. Finale longue et alcoolisée. Une excellente version de ce classique.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (881) - - FEB 9, 2013
Copper pour with a small white head. Aroma of Oak, booze, candy, raisin. Candied fruit and booze up front, oak, vanilla, very slight bourbom, raisin, Fig, Toffee - lots going on here and age has mallowed the booze out in this one. Lower carbonation, very slight alcohol warming.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Whatup14 (829) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
48FanInCali (753) - California, USA - JUL 14, 2013
2009 vintage. Deep caramel pour with razor thin off white head. Nose of burnt toffee, vanilla, oak, dark fruit, and caramel. Taste follows the nose. Oak is more present in taste. Not hot in the least. Almost like a sessionable oak aged English BW which is a very dangerous thing for me. Easily the best thing I have ever had from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (750) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerGolem (716) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2013
Bouteille 341 ml. Arôme de vanille, de bourbon (wow!), de sucre, d’alcool et de fumée. Sucré en bouche (bon équilibre), l’alcool est bien tempéré. Texture ronde et onctueuse. Pas trop lourde pour le style. Du gros stock!


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