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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.


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MJGG (945) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2010
Bouteille de 12 oz, achetée à la brasserie de St-Jérôme. Arômes envoûtants de caramel brûlé, de chocolat, de vanille et de chêne. Robe brune et trouble, effervescence assez faible et peu de mousse. Très complexe en bouche, on retrouve beaucoup de caramel foncé, de chocolat, de fruits mûrs. Le fût de chêne est bien intégré, avec une belle présence de vanille et de tanins boisé. Le houblon est essentiellement disparu. Finale longue et alcoolisée. Une excellente version de ce classique.

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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2010
Dark brown, copper colored brew. Aroma has oak, bourbon tones, dark fruits and vanilla, great. Flavor has vanilla, raisins, apricot, plums, some oak, bourbon and hops. Blended together very nice. Very enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2011
bottle thanks to Glouglouburp. Pours dark brown with a tan head which dissipated. Nose is of oak, toffee, vanilla and raisins. Taste is of caramel, molasses and brown sugar. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is sweet and creamy with some alcohol warmth. This was a very good brew. Much better than the regular version. Glad I got to try this.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rederic (2901) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8026) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle thanks to Dany. Pours dark brown with off white head. Nose/taste of dark fruits, soft raisins, toffee, oak, grape skin, caramel and vanilla. Hints of oaky alcohol in finish. Medium body.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lesifflebiere (1210) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2013
Sans dire qu’elle surpasse la presque parfaite version originale, cette Solstice d’Hiver a des qualités parfois supérieures à celle-ci : extrêmement invitante au nez, bourbon bien balancé avec les céréales, côté résineux et notes de fruits confits et raisins secs tous en harmonie. Si on fait la somme de ses caractéristiques, elle est bonne deuxième derrière la mouture "straight", mais elle est une glorieuse réussite, qui ne peut que faire l’envie de ses concurrentes du même acabit.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewturba (950) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
On tap at underground in edmonton. Pours a very cloudy/muddy brown letting little to no light through and a small creamy off white(from what I can tell in this lighting) around the glass. Aroma is smooth bourbon, some oak, caramelized malt(almost burnt), overall maltiness is rich though slightly masked by the barrel. Flavour is bourbon, alcohol warming, caramelized malts, and oak. Very smooth especially with the bourbon presence.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoulderbroken (1909) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (3144) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2013
Bottle with Tim and Bill pours hazy brown, light head, and lacing. Notes of plum, toffee, peat wood, sweet malts, mineral water, sugar, vanilla and more dark fruits. Medium to full body. Smooth for the alcohol pct.


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