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

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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   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.

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3.9
MacBoost (1884) - Victor, 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.

4.1
lesifflebiere (1852) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2013
Sans dire qu’elle surpasse la presque parfaite version originale, cette Solstice d’Hiver a des qualités parfois supérieures à celle-ci : extrêmement invitante au nez, bourbon bien balancé avec les céréales, côté résineux et notes de fruits confits et raisins secs tous en harmonie. Si on fait la somme de ses caractéristiques, elle est bonne deuxième derrière la mouture "straight", mais elle est une glorieuse réussite, qui ne peut que faire l’envie de ses concurrentes du même acabit.

4.3
yourilevesque (1829) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
Bouteille issue de la réserve spéciale 2013 (brassin distribué en 2014). Arômes chauds de vanille, alcool, bourbon, bois, sucre et fruits confits. Sans être une bière épicée ou de type ’’brassin des Fêtes’’, elle possède toutes les caractéristiques d’un alcool chaud servi en plein après-midi glacial de carnaval à -30 degrés Celsius. D’une rondeur à nulle autre pareille, cette grande bière de dégustation allie dates, bourbon, céréales grillées, pain d’épices (une touche), et chien Saint Bernard devant un feu de foyer d’une manière si complexe que toutes les déclinaisons de cette infinie palette de saveurs sont aussi difficiles à nommer que chacune des teintes qu’offre le crépuscule au mois d’août. Ah Dieu du Ciel!

4.4
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
Pours a hazy brownish amber with a off white head that dissipates into a ring. Aroma od vanilla, wood, bourbon and sweet pale malts. Taste is sweet malts, wood, bourbon, caramel and toffee with a smooth alcohol warming on the finish. Very smooth barrel aged barley wine.

4.4
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Bottle generously sent to me by Glouglouburp. Thanks Dany! This pours out as a murky dark brown color with just a thin head on top. The aroma consists of plums, raisins, caramel, toffee, wood, and light hop notes. A little more fruit seems to show in the flavor as well as various subtle nuances adding complexity. Plums, raisins, dates, but also a little cherry as well. Smooth, rich, toffee and caramel malt. Incredible soothing barrel notes with some light alcohol warmth that seems as if it’s bourbon. Is this aged in bourbon? The palate is spot on with some sugary sweeter notes, lots of barrel, and very light bitterness from the hops. Everything just works here. Damn, this is really good stuff. I like the regular version but this is on a whole different level. Thanks again, Dany!

3.6
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear ruby brown, thin pale tan head. Nice lacing. Nose is sweet cocoa/coconut/vanilla. Flavours are boozy cask, some solid fruit, rich and barrelly,. Cool.

4
gramity (1638) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
Pours a deep amber-brown with an average size diminishing tan head. Awesome aroma of dark fruit, hops, brown sugar, oak and alcohol. Flavour of dark fruit, brown sugar, chocolate, hops and oak.

3.9
Johnsense (1624) - - 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.

4.3
Franckg (1616) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
Version 2014. Arômes de canne à sucre, dattes, fruits rouges confits et d’alcool. En bouche, on goûte immédiatement les arômes sucrés. Belle présence du fûts de bourbon qui se marie à merveille avec les flaveurs sucrées typique au barleywine anglais. On peut percevoir en finale une pointe de chocolat noir qui vient compléter les arômes sucrées. La texture est ronde, moelleuse et d"une belle complexité. L’équilibre et la transition des saveurs est presque parfaite.

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neongolden (1607) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2014
(On tap at the DDC tap takeover @ barVolo, Aug 23 2014 as Bourbon Barrel-Aged Solstice d’Hiver 2013) Pours murky medium brown with a tan ring of head, no lace. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla (oak), brown sugar, stewed plums, bitter hops. On the palate, toffee and glazed brown sugar, stewed dark fruit, bourbon, pine bittering hops, booze on the finish. Full body, soft carb. Lovely aged barley wine with barrel highlights, rich and smooth. Would love to have it on its own in the winter, rather than at the tail end of a long day of summer beer.


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