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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xav_lefridge (32) - Quebec, - MAY 6, 2013
À l’oeil : C’est ma première bière vieillie, donc j’ai été surpris par la couleur étrange brun-vert, le côté trouble et l’absence de mousse. C’est pas un super visuel mais c’est le style ! Au nez : Nez léger de caramel et de sucre de canne. Au nez, cette bière semble plus avoir été vieillie en fût de rhum que de bourbon. Au goût : Sensation d’amertume et de chaleur de spiritueux ! Raisin, alcool se mélangent puissament. La texture y est presque granuleuse et la finale agréablement alcoolisée. Une bière pour adulte !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HippyHop (528) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2015
2014 edition. Pour is deep mahogany with a small but fairly persistent cap. Nose is residual sugar and caramel, oak, vanilla, dark fruit, earth. Taste is sweet and syrupy, moderately spicy. Dry and boozy with a slightly bitter finish. Like a bourbon-y port. Very nice winter sipper. Maybe should've aged it more. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (2228) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 4, 2015
Beautiful. Pours a dark, slightly viscous brown with an opaque body and a thin beige head a few bubbles thick. The nose is rich and literally wafts off the glass with a strong alcohol presence and a ton of roasted caramel and toffee notes, light hints of wood, vanilla and earthen notes. Vanilla is more noticable in the flavour profile with a rich toffee and molasses malt backbone. Bourbon barrels did a wonder here leaving a ton of rich and silky wooden notes to balance the alcohol and heavy malt base. Vanilla comes through more in the aftertaste. A great brew for a cold night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vadie (1107) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2015
Couleur du caramel brûlée avec presque pas de mousse. L’arôme du sucré brun, du bourbon, caramel, fruits séchées, et un peu d’houblon. Un peu comme un porto. En bouche c’est très similar, et l’alcool n’est pas trop fort. Très buvable pour le style. Très complexe et parfaite pour une soirée d’hiver!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (11358) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 27, 2015
Bottle (2009 version) [from trade with yourilevesque] shared with kermis @ Night before crazy Danish ticking spree whilst planning to give Dean a wedgie - tasting. Opaque dark red-brown color with medium sized beige head that lasts for quite a while. Aroma is malts, heavy oak, (Dutch) "boomschors", pretty sweet, sticky resinous sweetness. Taste malts, (I’ve got) massive wood, loads of oak flavors, sweet, sticky resin, lightly alcohol though pretty well hidden. Full body, suitable medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (8083) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 27, 2015
Bottle shared thanks to Benzai at night before crazy Danish ticking spree tasting. Pours cloudy brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is oak forward, bourbon, molasses, caramel, fudge, vanilla and booze. Flavour is heavy sweet with and oily light sticky palate. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MasterPintsman (4) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2015 does not count
With livley intensity of empowering flavour and a gentle yet strong smooth lingering after taste. This beer has defined layers consiting of a complexity of mild bourbon followed by its sweet dessert like features coating your tongue leaving a delicate sweet yet intense after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
guil0000 (323) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 23, 2015
Pours a caramel brown color with little to no head. Nose of bourbon, caramel, toffee, dark fruit and vanilla. Somewhat sweet taste at first with a strong alcool finish. Medium to full body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
knickskicks (999) - - JUL 18, 2015
Brown pour. Nose is caramel, booze, wood. Taste is booze, wood, caramel, ash.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
erickok (4464) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 14, 2015
Black body, not typical barley wine. And indeed more roasted, more like an imperial porter. Very nice though. Well aged and lots of bourbon sweetness, but it matches the beer. Excellent brew. Quite classic in appeal (that’s positive here). (Bottle traded with Papou)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilliGose (3326) - 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.

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