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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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.


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeatty (1199) - New York, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle, tasted 9/14/2011. Thanks to iguenard. Pours muddy brown, nearly still. Really not at all appealing appearance, like someone put chalk dust in my beer. Smell of rich oak, caramel toffee, vanilla, darker fruits, raisins dominant with a hint of cherry, darker bread malts. Taste has dark fruits, caramel, sharp vanilla, molasses with resinous bitter hops, alcoholic heat in the finish. Thick, chewy and smooth, but booze cuts down drinkability. Overall super tasty, complex, and enjoyable once I got past its chalky exterior.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (2192) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2013
Big bourbon nose, maybe even too much. Hot alcohol burns the tongue, but not necessarily in a bad way. Taste might be a little sweet but alcohol covers pretty much everything up, Not sure if I like it as much as I should, it definitely needs some age to smooth out. I’ll be back with a more complete review later.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dandeman (654) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2013
Aroma: Crystallized fruits, Cherry, red licorice, bourbon and caramel. Nose sticking out well. Very candy. typical of style. Appearance: Dark brown with average creamy head going down fast. Not a lot of lacing. Taste: Attack is very sweet, very candy. A lot of fruit, cherry, field berries. Finish is showing fresh and grassy hops. Also found notes of burnt caramel. Bourbon is wrapping all flavors, giving strength and power. A balanced beer, tasting sweet syrup but with a more hoppy finish than regular barley wine.

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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (5723) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2013
pours murky brown with a nice light beige head, some retention and lacing. strong bourbon and toffee notes, vanilla, sweet and almost cloying molassed sugars, chocolate, nice dried and dark fruitiness, some raisins too, almost too much coconut in there. booze. big resinous and grassy have faded a lot (parallel with non-BA version) - for BA treatment i suppose. average carbonation, medium body - sticky, fat and almost cloying. prefered non-BA version even though it is a nice use of barrel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (5312) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Barrel aging doesn’t always improve a beer and I think this is a good example of when it doesn’t happen. Caramelized malt and some hops here. Texture syrupy. Pours dark red with ok head and lacing. Finishes slightly astringent. Very barrel-heavy. Maybe some more time in the bottle would balance this out but seems counter intuitive to age something to take away the excessive barrel-aging. Bottle thanks to Slovaksniper.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (1156) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - AUG 29, 2013
Tried along with the non barrel aged version. Very similar looking beer obviously, slightly darker. Aroma is less on fruit, more on wood, still a bit overpowering with booze. Very sweet caramel and slight spiciness. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, but a great warming beer on a cold night like this. Oh wait, it’s 33 degrees. uhhh delicious?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wolffish (355) - Saint-Donat, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2013
Elle sent tellement bon!! Excellent produit mais je préfère la version non vieillie en fût. Probable qu’un séjour de 4 mois en fût au lieu de 12 serait largement suffisant; le bois et le bourbon sont beaucoup trop présents à mon goût.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (7443) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
[6697-20140823] Tap. Bourbon wood and toasted grainy booze aroma. Murky, dark brown body with a medium-lasting foamy tan head. Sweet toasted caramel grains flavour. Medium-full body. Interesting bourbon infusion but it quite takes over. (7/3/8/4/16) 3.8
(Tap Takeover Event @ Volo, Toronto, ON; Called Bourbon Barrel Aged Solstice D’Hiver 2013)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
Tons of dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla on the nose. Some alcohol heat as well. Sweet, fruity, and alcoholic, oh yeah. Copper pour, creamy head. Nice looking beer. Vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, alcohol. Sweet and boozy. Solid barrel notes, a little.


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