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


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RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (2425) - 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 16/20
kevinsenn (2019) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2015
Bottle from SlovakSniper. Rich marshmallow bourbon aroma. Rich dark fruit taste with vanilla and oak. Sweet with a boozy dark fruit finish. Not sure whether or not I like the bourbon barrel version better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9562) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Bottle at Ryan’s hotel room after EBF’s Night of the Barrels. Pours a hazy brown with a thin white head. Boozy right up front with some vanilla and sweet caramel. Malty, more vanilla and chocolate. Finishes with a bit more warming alcohol and some more thick caramel. Pretty tasty now, but I can imagine this one developing a bit more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2010
(12oz bottle) Pours a cloudy mahogany body with a small cream head. Aroma of wood, caramel, raisins, dates, and vanilla. Flavor of caramel, wood, maple, raisins, brown sugar, figs, chocolate, herbs, and vanilla with a dry finish. Tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 1, 2010
Bottle. Dark copper with a fair head for a BW. Appears very viscous as it pours which makes the head surprising. Big boozy brown sugar, rum and molasses aroma. Big sugary boozy body makes me think of caramel or toffee liquere and ice cream. Hints of soy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bvc (1241) - Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
12oz bottle, thanks Tom! Dark caramel, clear with a uniform tight khaki head...perfect. Super rich nose, caramel, raisin, plum, brown sugar, tons of booze...god damn! Medium to medium heavy with very prickly carb. Rich bourbon booze with vanilla, maple, prune, fig...boozy and rich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Courtesy of after4ever. Thanks Tom. Pours amber with some haze and thin off white head. The aroma is smooth oak, vanilla, sweet dark fruitiness and mild bourbon boozy heat. The taste is nice and sweet with rich dark fruitiness quickly moving seamlessly into vanilla, oak, bourbon and chocolate. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3763) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 21, 2011
A: The pour is a dark amber color with a pronounced turbidity and a small and short lived khaki head. S: Big time bourbon and oak aromas. Sweet vanilla, caramel, and toffee all the way through with a little bit of brown sugar and maple syrup. Bread and sweet dark fruits round the bouquet out. T: Tons of sweet maple syrup flavor along with caramel and toffee. Sweet vanilla and bourbon flavor with only a mild oak flavor. Some of the dark fruits are there as well. M: Medium in body with a smooth, medium body. O: I thought the regular version of this was decent, but not great. This however, was outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
Bottle "Dieu du Ciel Solstice d’Hiver Reserve Speciale, 2009 Vielle en fut de chene" (2009) shared by someone at Oakquinox. Pours with a hazed amber body and an off-white head. Aromas of raisins, dark fruits, esters, oak, caramel and bourbon. Flavors are sweet, raisins, cereal, brown sugar, maple, oak tannins, and brandy. Creamy and warming. Very good!

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