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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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (3630) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2013
Big bourbon nose, maybe even too much. Hot alcohol burns the tongue, but not necessarily in a bad way. Taste might be a little sweet but alcohol covers pretty much everything up, Not sure if I like it as much as I should, it definitely needs some age to smooth out. I’ll be back with a more complete review later.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chibuck (3511) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2011
bottle... dark brown with a light tan head... nice whopperish malt with some smooth oak, smells pretty good... wow this tastes really good, lots of smooth light bourbon with caramel and oak... this is great

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (3460) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (3387) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
northropfrye (3386) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 4, 2013
Thanks, Tommy. Sweet aroma of malt, dried fruit, vanilla. Dark body with white head. Taste is sweet, very dried fruit and malty, a touch of bourbon. Overall, a great barley wine.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 25, 2015
bottle thank you to glouglouburp for this "complex aroma of fruit, alcohol and hops" beer. 2009 on the ribbon and properly stored in kitchen cupboard till 2015. aroma of big sweet boozy rum cake, figs, dates. bit of dimetap. alcohol soaked date/fig/over ripened plum fruit with a licorice and cough syrup pete. mellowed out. not overly sweet. only big gripe is the cough syrup presence, otherwise warming and somewhat drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rederic (3307) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2012
341ml bottle, dark mahogany color, with a thick beige head, mild barley sugar, soft toasted, caramelized, biscuity malty nose, with some toffee, light oak barrel, vanilla accents, and some dried raisin, english pudding, brandy, french toast, brown sugar notes in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice syrupy warmth, mellow sweet fruitcake, candied dry raisin, fig, date, prune fruitiness, brown chocolate, barley sugar, raisin pie, toffee character with a sponge toffee, graham cracker, caramelized, toasted, biscuity maltiness, oaky backbone, and a faint brandyish liquor, brown sugar, light maple taffy, cream sugar flavors, leading towards a warming, toffee, fruitcake, oaky, barley sugar, sweet maltiness finish.

4.1
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Viper666 (3278) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2013
Bouteille 341ml (version 2012 - viellie 1 an, titrant 10,2 % abv), courtoisie de SlovakSniper. De couleur brune foncée et voilée. Nez de fruits (dattes, moyen de prunes, léger de raisins, traces d’autres petits fruits), de caramel toffee, moyennement boisé (fût de bourbon), léger de mélasse et de vanille avec des notes de malt rôti ainsi que des traces de chocolat et d’alcool. Ronde-moyenne en bouche avec un pétillement doux ainsi qu’une texture riche et moyennement liquoreuse. Goût fruité (dattes, moyen de raisins vineux, notes de cerises, traces de prunes) avec un léger goût de vanille ainsi que des notes épicées (poivre doux) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de caramel toffee légèrement rôti avec un léger goût de mélasse ainsi que des traces de sirop d’érable, de pain grillé et de chocolat. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve un léger goût d’alcool bien boisé (fût de bourbon) et aux notes réchauffantes jusqu’en finale, où l’on y détecte également une légère présence de houblon herbeux. Post-goût long, légèrement amer d’alcool doux avec un moyen goût boisé et de fruits (moût de raisins, notes de pelures de prunes) ainsi qu’avec des notes de houblon herbeux et quelques traces rôties.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Sweet and oaky nose with vanilla and toffee note with just a touch of dark fruits. The taste is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, with dark fruit, caramel, etc. Nothing special, typical barley wine.


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