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

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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (2319) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 25, 2013
Dark brown with a good sized off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is palm sugar, dates, butterscotch, honey, raisins, hint of bourbon. Slick mouthfeel, smooth on the palate, sweet sticky finish. Taste is brown sugar, butterscotch, dates, raisins, shortbread, bourbon. Like a butter tart beer, love it!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Damn I almost feel like I owe Mike my life after tonight. Thanks Mike. Off the top Bourbon oak maple dark fruit burnt caramel. Killer aroma. Definitely whisky forward. A sweet fruity mellowness that is really enjoyable. Strong alcohol notes. A gentleman’s beer. Harsh sharp dry finish. Great beer!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (2630) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TaktikMTL (7034) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
En fût. Verre de dégustation chez EtOH (Montréal, QC) au coût de 2,50$. Arôme: Odeur de vanille avec une pointe de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est brune-noirâtre. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de vanille et d’alcool avec une pointe de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen. Aucune effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’alcool en a arrière goût. (Rating #5761)

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stoned99 (1163) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle from local IGA. Thanks Jo. Aroma: caramel, bourbon, sugar. App: dark brown with small tan head. Smooth, medium sweetness, finish is alcohol. Overall: wow. What a nice finish on the bourbon! Really enjoyed it. The bourbon barrel aged really adds a lot to this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (9995) - Zeeman, 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (13677) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vadie (1230) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (3427) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2016
July 20, 2015. Bottle at Dieu du Ciel, 2014 vintage.
Murky brown with a minimal tan head. Aroma is malty with toffee and caramel some dried fruits, raisins, figs and some barrel presence as well with oak, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is medium sweet with caramel, figs, vanilla, bourbon, light roasted bitterness in the finish with some oak and bourbon alcohol notes. Medium bodied, soft to average carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkska101 (1682) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2016
Bottle bought at the latest ddc release 2015 edition A: bourbon, caramel, licorice, alcohol, light raisins App: brown with reddish highlight smallish white head some lacing. T/p: full body with long bitter finish. Soft carbonation. O: the regular version is already so good the bourbon adds a nice depth of flavour to make it remarkable.


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