Veer (362) - Landskrona, - NOV 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: wonderful, hops reminsicent of fresh grapes, grapefruit and green apple. Lovely, fruity malt, liquorice, roasted, sourish. Oh my, those are really lovely. A slight vanilla sweetness merges with the nice deep, fudgy malt. Alcohol and some faint esters. Raisins and brandylike tones. There’s something nutty alongside the alcoholic fumes. Hard to place, but the aftertaste suggests hazelnuts and/or macadamia. A musty tone reminsicent of lingonberries can be sensed.
Flavour: sweetness hits you, but in no way overwhelms, and is backed up by a grown up bitterness provided by acrid and refreshing hops. Slight tartness as of apple peel. Malt provides subtle tones of bitter cocoa and fine coffee beans. The aftertaste is long, extremely balanced and satisfying. This is perfectly balanced. Few beers are so beautifully designed (I come to think of Old Rasputin).
Appearance: A very deep orangey red body covered by a frothy, slightly sticky, yellowish thick foam. Looks invinting.
Palate: Thick, creamy, very full-bodied. Really thick and fluffy on the tongue, slightly hot on the palate. No lack of carbonation; very soft and natural feeling however. Very, very nice and thick.
Even the burps are highly enjoyable.
Turtles (1557) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
341ml bottle from Systembolaget, vintage 2015. Deep mahogany, medium size off-white head, only some lacing. Sweet, malty, spicy aroma, cinnamon, caramel, dark dried fruit and oak barrels. Soft and sweet mouthfeel, mildly carbonated, medium bodied. Sweet malty taste, caramel and toffee, woody notes, sweet dried fruit and spicy, cinnamon and nutmeg. Warming finish with pine bitterness and earthy hops.
Maakun (2923) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at THT. Hazy reddish brown with beige head. Raisins, figs, lots of alcohol, sweet grains and soft chocolate. Medium sweet with strong alcoholic bitter finish. Over medium bodied. Bit too alcoholic.
sjogro (2138) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bottle at THT May. Near clear amber. White head. Sweet caramel malts, boozy. Over medium sweet, medium bitter. Medium body. Low carbonation.
Alengrin (4163) - BELGIUM - MAY 22, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Barley wine from this renowned Canadian brewery, shared by Jan. Thin, egg-white, lightly lacing head over a deep warm amberish copper coloured beer, lightly hazy. Aroma of caramel, honey, cognac, cream, tulips, toffee, marmelade, gingerbread, dried flowers, pear, toasted bread. Candied orange sweetness in the mouth but not cloying, some residual white candi sugar balanced by a soft, basic sourishness, soft carbo, vinous and smooth, thick mouthfeel as befits a barley wine, thick caramelly malt sweetness with a softly bittering toasted edge, bit resinous, spicy hop accent in the finish with warming, brandy-like and slightly wry alcohol. Not the most complex or refined barley wine, but certainly a decent and flawless example of the style; yet, seen other experiences with Dieu du Ciel, I cannot help having expected a bit more from this.
ryecatcher (1269) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep amber pour with a creamy off-white head, very nice retention. Nose is dried fruit (prunes, figs, dates), caramel, vanilla, candy sugar, chewy pumpernickel bread. Mouth is medium-full, creamy, relatively sweet but not cloying, balancing bitterness underpinning the malt, chock full of the dried fruit evident in the nose, vanilla toffee toasty bread finish is accompanied by a pleasant warmth from the ABV. Sacre bleu, tabernac!
Kauge (1325) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 15, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (24.09.2015) at beerbistro in Toronto. Coppery brown/red, translucent, with tiny, scattered off-white head. The nose is candi sugar and toffee, sweet dark fruits. Tastes really full, dark fruit sweet with loads of aniseedy dark toffee (the licorice toffee candies Kalev made when I was a child). The alcohol is not all too well hidden, it’s pretty boozy and harsh even while taking into account it’s 10.2%. Overall... unbalanced, rough, not exactly enjoyable. I imagine it’ll get better as it ages. So far it’s among the most disappointing BW-s I’ve had.
Too fckn bad their (cellar menu listed) 2006 Thomas Hardy was finished and I had to settle with this underachiever...
fantti (889) - FINLAND - MAY 11, 2016
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pullo @ Saveur-Biere. Kaatuu snifteriin syvän tummanruskeana, noin sormen paksuisella, melko pysyvällä vaahdolla. Tuoksussa on runsasta marjaista liköörimäisyyttä, paahdetun pähkinäistä maltaisuutta sekä hieman myös makeaa hedelmäisyyttä ja karamellisuutta. Maku on huomattavan karamellinen sekä pähkinäisen maltainen. Hedelmääkin on hieman joukossa, mutta jälkimaku jää tyhjäksi ja tuntuu pelkkää alkoholin poltetta. Suutuntuma on makeahko ja melko viinainen. Britteihin kallellaan oleva barley wine, jossa on aivan liikaa viinaisuutta, jotta olisi nautittava.
rondphoto (3626) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - APR 25, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle @ Vino Bellissimo / Lima OH --- Aroma of malt and dried dark fruit. Opaque brown/black with a frothy light brown head, bands of lace. Taste is caramel malt that adds medium carbonation before turning to dark dried fruit and alcohol in a long boozy finish. Doesn’t work as a Barleywine, more as a Dubbel or Tripel. Surprising, because it is the first Dieu de Ciel that hasn’t impressed me.
DSG (11117) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 31, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Max’s place. Thanks Tom L. Very deep amber-brown. Aroma of malt, caramel, lots of dark fruits, a bit of alcohol. Sweet flavor, somewhat boozy, with caramel, dark fruits, and a bitter finish. Medium to full-bodied, rounded mouthfeel.
BobyFischer (293) - FRANCE - MAR 8, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brune rubis et délicats reflets écarlates.
Nez bien doux, biscuité, épicé, ample et bien développé.
En bouche belle attaque alcoolique, douce, biscuit, caramel puis épices et menus houblons.Finale légèrement amérisante et surtout épicée : cannelle, vanille.
Pas mon genre préféré mais dans le genre un must d’une grande réussite.
Bravo DDC, une des meilleures brasserie au monde.