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

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RATINGS: 164   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoulderbroken (4027) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
Bottle at RBJG#2 - Grand Tasting Tim’s Place. Clear dark brown - offwhite head. Cococnut, roasted, vanilla, licorice, high perfumed, lots of wood, oakey cococnut, barley, sweetness, emokey notes, soapy. Ok - a bit heavy on the wood/barrel.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xav_lefridge (32) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2013
À l’oeil : C’est ma première bière vieillie, donc j’ai été surpris par la couleur étrange brun-vert, le côté trouble et l’absence de mousse. C’est pas un super visuel mais c’est le style ! Au nez : Nez léger de caramel et de sucre de canne. Au nez, cette bière semble plus avoir été vieillie en fût de rhum que de bourbon. Au goût : Sensation d’amertume et de chaleur de spiritueux ! Raisin, alcool se mélangent puissament. La texture y est presque granuleuse et la finale agréablement alcoolisée. Une bière pour adulte !

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (12176) - The Hague / Amsterdam, 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (14784) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vadie (1253) - 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 (3812) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (2883) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 21, 2016
Pours a nice chestnut brown with slight off-white head. Moderately boozy aroma with roasted notes. Light Bourbon booziness up front, roasted body, not too sweet which is nice, some earthy notes hit the sides of the mouth and linger in the finish. Quite good and warming on the first day of winter. Notes: on tap at the Brew pub during Dec ’16 Montreal visit.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (3282) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2016
This is a great beer. Pours dirty brown with a small top. Aroma is sweet bourbon and malt with light hops with some raisins. Taste is the great base of solstice d’hiver but add a delicate touch of bourbon sweetness. Pairs so well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrepintado (3076) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JAN 6, 2017
Bottle from biere-import. Appearance is somewhat murky dark copper to brown. Head is thin persistent and beige to brown. Taste is light to medium sweet, medium bitter. Body is very smooth. Finish is long and tasty. Aroma is vanilla, spices, bourbon, fruity, malt, caramel. Flavour is bourbon, roasted, caramel, fruity, hops, chocolate, chili. Thank you Dieu du ciel for this!


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