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

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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Bottle thanks to Glouglouburp. Pours a muddy, rusty brown with a medium sized off white head. Solid lacing. Nose shows some mild oxidation, heavy caramel, subdued vanilla, brown sugar, light barrel-like tartness, dark fruits. Its almost quad-like at times. Seems like the aging and barrel have thinned this beer out a bit and made it more drinkable than I remember the un-barreled version being. Flavor is a bit sweeter than the nose, lots of brown sugar and caramel and less dark fruits. Finishes sweet, and lightly metallic. Not a big barley wine fan these days, but this one stands out more than others.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodenbach99 (3988) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (3884) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2010
Big thanks to Fred for the Bottle!! Pours a hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma smack if caramel, brown sugar and deep dark mollasses with some booze. Flavor is very very sweet with touches if vanilla and oak but it’s dominated by mollasses and almost burnt sugar. Still it was a great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3732) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 7, 2013
Bottle at Tim’s RPJG#2. Sweet with lots of bourbon and coco nut aromas. Also some dried fruits and lots of residual sugars. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Dry and bourbon finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (3608) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3586) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2010
Bottle, 341 ml, gift from Philippe Wouters, savoured on February 7 2010; eye: bronze, clear, no effervescence, no head; nose: oak, vanilla, alcohol, malt, butterscotch, bourbon; mouth: oak, vanilla, alcohol, malt, butterscotch, bourbon, finale in malt-butterscotch with presence of oak, liqueur-like, full-body, below-average carbonation, lightly bitter, mildly sweet; overall: quite good FRANÇAIS Bouteille, 341 ml, cadeau de Philippe Wouters, savourée le 19 janvier 2010; œil : bronze, claire, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse; nez : chêne, vanille, alcool, malt, caramel écossais, bourbon; bouche : chêne, vanille, alcool, malt, caramel écossais, bourbon, finale en malt-caramel écossais avec présence de chêne, liquoreux, corsé, carbonatation sous la moyenne, légèrement amère, moyennement sucrée; en résumé : bien bon

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chibuck (3504) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2011
bottle... dark brown with a light tan head... nice whopperish malt with some smooth oak, smells pretty good... wow this tastes really good, lots of smooth light bourbon with caramel and oak... this is great

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilliGose (3327) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 25, 2015
bottle thank you to glouglouburp for this "complex aroma of fruit, alcohol and hops" beer. 2009 on the ribbon and properly stored in kitchen cupboard till 2015. aroma of big sweet boozy rum cake, figs, dates. bit of dimetap. alcohol soaked date/fig/over ripened plum fruit with a licorice and cough syrup pete. mellowed out. not overly sweet. only big gripe is the cough syrup presence, otherwise warming and somewhat drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoulderbroken (3320) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 3, 2013
RBJG2. Dark amber. Aroma is funky and boozy, bit of caramel, coconut. Taste is boozy, coconut again. Sweet, very nice. I don’t like coconut but have recently had two beers that taste like it and have really liked both. Weird.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, 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.


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