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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VertBaconStrips (2069) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 18, 2013
On tap at Underground. Murky thing. Fluffy head. Milky chocolate lemon merengue oddity nose, soft caramel, it’s all soft. Vanilla, bourbon stuff. Excellent. Taste quickly. Smooth bourbon, vanilla, caramel, light heat, yes. Great. Mild bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Big vanilla aroma along with dark caramel and woody hops. Rich mouthfeel, but just short of superb. Nice baking spices come through along with the vanilla.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (2018) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2014 (Embouteillé nov 2012): Je vais commencer par dire que je suis abasourdi par cette cuvée. La buvabilité est formidable, j’avais absolument aucune attente mais je me prosterne devant la divinité de ce nectar. Caramel profond, bourbon, poivre noir, dattes fraîches, amertume parfaitement liée à la sécheresse en fin de bouche. Un des meilleurs barleywine que j’ai croisé sans aucun doute.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pushkinwow (1997) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
341ml bottle from Ian. Light brown with a light tan head. Sweet plum, some booze, wood, raisins, bit of caramel/toffee and smoke. Medium bodied, starts sweet but some bitterness so that its not overwhelming, good carbonation, with a great finish that keeps on giving - plum, raisins, hint of booze that gives everything a bite. Was told this was aged in Utopias but regardless its delicious and if you can get one make sure to try it!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoulderbroken (1990) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1842) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2013
Aroma of dates, vanilla, pine resin, and bourbon. Pours brown and dusty with good film. Tastes nice and hoppy with a super sweet malty caramel undertone. Great barleywine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (1748) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2013
Bottle 341ml. Pours dark brown with low beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, sugar, malt, alcohol, fruits. Taste is of bourbon (alot), alcohol, malt, sweetness, some wood. Bitter finish. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Overall: Loads of bourbon/alcohol in there. Not hidden at all (wich suits me in that case). Not too cloying sugar-wise. Medium drinkability (wich is good for the style). Very good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (1724) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 7, 2014
Has anything bad ever come out of a bourbon barrel? Thanks Dominic for this beauty. Pours a rich and full prune color. Aromas of bourbon and vanilla, brown sugar and caramel. Awesome. Sweet vanilla and caramel flavors at first then some dried fruit and a warm boozy finish as it goes down. World class.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
changeup45 (1716) - 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.


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