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

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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2013
341ml from Le Monde des Bières.
Appearance : Dark amber with small head. Not much lacing
Aroma : Nice rich raisins and resinous hops. Light herbal notes. Rich vanilla bourbon with caramel. Light oxydation.
Taste : Piny hops qith caramel and raisins. Light vanilla and light wood. Piny and resinous finish with caramel, vanilla, light alcohol and some wood bitters.
Palate : Average carbonation, feels a bit thinner than the regular version maybe because of the woody notes and the spirit-y notes.
Overall : Really nice beer. The bourbon BA is not too powerful. The BA seems to add more persistence to the finish. Nice complex nose and taste. I think this is quite a nice example of good use of barrel aging. Rather elegant and quite tasty. A bit of age could improve it a bit. We’ll see !

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cirrhosis (1262) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 18, 2013
(Bar has this tapped as Burban barrel edition not sure if same)Dark brown body thin film floating on top. Aroma is weird, first thing i want to say is cream cheese, but there is burbon, no alcohol, vanilla, that is all. Taste is plain cheese cake, vanilla, cinnomen (very destinct). Burbon is obviuse, no burn.Very, very distinct brew never really had one like it before. Highly recomend.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (2603) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2013
Bottle 341ml. Pours dark brown with low beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, sugar, malt, alcohol, fruits. Taste is of bourbon (alot), alcohol, malt, sweetness, some wood. Bitter finish. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Overall: Loads of bourbon/alcohol in there. Not hidden at all (wich suits me in that case). Not too cloying sugar-wise. Medium drinkability (wich is good for the style). Very good beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BiereLuc (1145) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
Brune trouble, peu mousseuse. Nez de fruits rouges de sucre cuit et d’alcool. Goût boisé dès l’entrée en bouche avec des notes de fumée. L’alcool, pour sa part, rapplique assez rapidement. Si je devais choisir une bière pour remplacer le vin avant ou pendant un repas, celle-ci ferait certainement partie de mes choix.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (4120) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 30, 2013
Med brown color. Tons of bourbon and oak in the nose, with less notes of raisins, coconut everywhere and brown sugar. Moderately sweet, rounded. Full body. Very nice and the bourbon works well with this.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2013
Aroma of dates, vanilla, pine resin, and bourbon. Pours brown and dusty with good film. Tastes nice and hoppy with a super sweet malty caramel undertone. Great barleywine.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (890) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle 341 ml. Big thanks to Tommy/Pat for sending me some of this. Dark brown pour. Big smell of booze and oak up front. The taste is vanilla, butterscotch, oak, with a smooth boozy finish. Had this on tap once before and recall the taste being different then this but I must say I like what I am tasting here its just not as bold as I remember it being. Great stuff.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (4625) - Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Fantasic barrel aging, sweet and caramelly with a slight bit of chocolate, I really like it

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2833) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Another great beer courtesy of Tommy. I always tell myself that i dont care for barleywines until i have a great one. This one is toasty rich and loaded with dark fruits and spicy oak and vanilla. Finishes dry enough to make me want more.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gethinbeer (2310) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2014
Hazy deep mahogany pour with a thin lace. Fruit berry with a big whisky hit. Rich smooth whisky flavour. Caramel, butterscotch, malty, brown sugar goodness. Syrup finish.


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