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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rederic (3063) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2012
341ml bottle, dark mahogany color, with a thick beige head, mild barley sugar, soft toasted, caramelized, biscuity malty nose, with some toffee, light oak barrel, vanilla accents, and some dried raisin, english pudding, brandy, french toast, brown sugar notes in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice syrupy warmth, mellow sweet fruitcake, candied dry raisin, fig, date, prune fruitiness, brown chocolate, barley sugar, raisin pie, toffee character with a sponge toffee, graham cracker, caramelized, toasted, biscuity maltiness, oaky backbone, and a faint brandyish liquor, brown sugar, light maple taffy, cream sugar flavors, leading towards a warming, toffee, fruitcake, oaky, barley sugar, sweet maltiness finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
_angst_ (3061) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
341 ml bottle received in trade. Thank you Glouglouburp! Pours hazy deep amber with a creamy goldenish beige head that is rather quick to dissipate while leaving some sticky trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with caramel, roasted coconut, wood, toffee, vanilla fudge, alcohol, honey, sweet bread, butterscotch hard candy and hints of dark grapes. Taste is sweet, tiny bitter and malty with toffee, caramel, butterscotch hard candy, sweet liquorice hard candy, roasted coconut, slightly dry grass, golden syrup, alcohol, dark honey, wood and hints of lemon and orange zest. Mouthfeel is smooth, round, tiny sticky sweet, tiny boozy and full bodied. Finish is sweet and tiny bitter with caramel, toffee, coconut, vanilla fudge, dark honey and charred wood. Very nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3028) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
(Bottle) Pours dark brown with orange highlights. Small head. The aroma holds oak and malt up front with notes of vanilla, coconut, dill, butter, caramel, woodshop, cookies and some bread. Undertones of fruit and alcohol. The flavour is medium to heavily sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic with balanced notes of oak, malt, fruits and hops. The mouthfeel is round, soft and light sticky with a light carbonation. Long woodsy and malty finish. Medium to full bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (2941) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2013
Aroma:coconut,vanilla,oak... Appearance:dark redish-brown,good lacing head.. Flavor:coconut,caramel,oak......good one...

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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (2553) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2011
[bottle] Oaky pumpernickel aroma with some oxidized character (tasted in Jan. 2011). Clear chestnut appearance with a tawny ring. Sweet pumpernickel flavour with nice oak notes. Good balance. Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon (2550) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2010
Drank on tap, at the Microbrasserie Dieu du Ciel in Saint Jérôme, on January 30th 2010, for their second anniversary party of their brewery in St. Jerome. Dark amber, small head. Aroma of malted barley, matured fields fruits well spiced. Taste of caramelized fruits well malted, warming alcohol. As exellente as the original.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2440) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Another great beer courtesy of Tommy. I always tell myself that i dont care for barleywines until i have a great one. This one is toasty rich and loaded with dark fruits and spicy oak and vanilla. Finishes dry enough to make me want more.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - APR 9, 2013
Toffee apples, vanilla, burnt toffee, candi floss. Like being at the local fair really. Very smooth, weighty body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (2343) - Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Alex. Muddy, opaque dark brown body with a bubbly khaki layer of foam on top. Aroma of sweet caramel, dark prune, figs, butterscotch, light toffee, slightly tart currant, & a hint of underlying maple syrup. Maybe some faint tannins? Barrel wasn’t heavy on the nose but WOW, certainly jumps out in the flavor! Huge charred & spicy oak kick up front, strong barrel-induced vanillin, faint coconut, maple syrup, caramel, toffee, a touch of cocoa powder, anise, & a lighter dark fruit essence. Pretty warm & boozy up front, but mellows towards the back-end thanks to the sweet malt finish. Loving the flavor, here. Robust without being too boisterous. Wow, really nice stuff.


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