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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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Alex. Muddy, opaque dark brown body with a bubbly khaki layer of foam on top. Aroma of sweet caramel, dark prune, figs, butterscotch, light toffee, slightly tart currant, & a hint of underlying maple syrup. Maybe some faint tannins? Barrel wasn’t heavy on the nose but WOW, certainly jumps out in the flavor! Huge charred & spicy oak kick up front, strong barrel-induced vanillin, faint coconut, maple syrup, caramel, toffee, a touch of cocoa powder, anise, & a lighter dark fruit essence. Pretty warm & boozy up front, but mellows towards the back-end thanks to the sweet malt finish. Loving the flavor, here. Robust without being too boisterous. Wow, really nice stuff.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JefVerstraete (3102) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2015
Bottle from yourilevesque. Vintage 2014 Many thanks! Dark brown colour, creamy beige foam. Nose of red fruit, plums, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar. Sweet and malty with fruity notes. Very well balanced, not too boozy or alcoholic. Very nice winter sipper.

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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
(Bottle) Pours dark brown with orange highlights. Small head. The aroma holds oak and malt up front with notes of vanilla, coconut, dill, butter, caramel, woodshop, cookies and some bread. Undertones of fruit and alcohol. The flavour is medium to heavily sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic with balanced notes of oak, malt, fruits and hops. The mouthfeel is round, soft and light sticky with a light carbonation. Long woodsy and malty finish. Medium to full bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2013
Aroma:coconut,vanilla,oak... Appearance:dark redish-brown,good lacing head.. Flavor:coconut,caramel,oak......good one...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (3047) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2011
[bottle] Oaky pumpernickel aroma with some oxidized character (tasted in Jan. 2011). Clear chestnut appearance with a tawny ring. Sweet pumpernickel flavour with nice oak notes. Good balance. Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon (2990) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2010
Drank on tap, at the Microbrasserie Dieu du Ciel in Saint Jérôme, on January 30th 2010, for their second anniversary party of their brewery in St. Jerome. Dark amber, small head. Aroma of malted barley, matured fields fruits well spiced. Taste of caramelized fruits well malted, warming alcohol. As exellente as the original.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (2882) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (2729) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 7, 2014
Has anything bad ever come out of a bourbon barrel? Thanks Dominic for this beauty. Pours a rich and full prune color. Aromas of bourbon and vanilla, brown sugar and caramel. Awesome. Sweet vanilla and caramel flavors at first then some dried fruit and a warm boozy finish as it goes down. World class.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pushkinwow (2718) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
341ml bottle from Ian. Light brown with a light tan head. Sweet plum, some booze, wood, raisins, bit of caramel/toffee and smoke. Medium bodied, starts sweet but some bitterness so that its not overwhelming, good carbonation, with a great finish that keeps on giving - plum, raisins, hint of booze that gives everything a bite. Was told this was aged in Utopias but regardless its delicious and if you can get one make sure to try it!


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