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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12072) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4756) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bvc (1178) - Kenmore, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7252) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3175) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (12169) - Orange County, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7890) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sseb69 (1604) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2012
Bouteille 341 ml. Merci Gilles. Couleur brune, opaque, mousse beige, fuyante. Arôme de raisin, prunes noires, bois, porto. En bouche, douce, mielleuse, mûres, raisin, vin fortifié et chocolat...chêne, bien balancée. Finale de bois, avec fruits mûrs et légère astringence de bois. Excellente.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (910) - - FEB 9, 2013
Copper pour with a small white head. Aroma of Oak, booze, candy, raisin. Candied fruit and booze up front, oak, vanilla, very slight bourbom, raisin, Fig, Toffee - lots going on here and age has mallowed the booze out in this one. Lower carbonation, very slight alcohol warming.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MacBoost (1419) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Pouts a cloudy thick amber with a slight head. Strong aromas of bourbon, oak, sticky malts. Taste is a complete bourbon bomb... Over the top bourbon and oak. Low bitterness. No roast, but very malt forward. The alcohol is hidden in every way, yet this still drinks like its way above the listed ABV. Pretty nice beer.


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