bedainedebiere (538) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2009 A personnal favorite, my favorite beer from Quebec (with Dieu Du Ciel’s ABT Rigor Mortis; I think God is helping this brewer because He likes the monotheistic reference). Aged a year, the one I had last week seemed slightly thicker than the 2009 brew I’m having while re-writing these lines. The very intense citrusy/spicy hopping seems to be striking even more aggressively when fresh but, in both, the caramelized heavily malted base confronts the bitterness to create a perfect divinely balanced harmony, like Ying and Yang. Many subtilties also shine out, some spices and fruits, traces of alchool, and the aftertaste is amazingly long. I remember having stomach aches or acid burns after drinking that but now that I’m doped up on Nexxium, it is much easier to drink... Really, a masterpiece of a beer... 574deadzone (1419) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Bottle from HopCat. Pours a deep dark ruby brown with a slight toffee head that settles to a ring. When held to the light, some deep orange highlights and a fair amount of floating sediment are revealed. Very complex nose includes brown sugar, toasted cinnamon raisin bread, sweet rum and alcohol vapors, dates, fruitcake, cherries and other dark pit fruit, molasses, along with some faint earthy and piney notes and undercurrents of sandalwood and incense. Taste is wonderfully sweet but with plenty of hop bitterness to help balance and just a dash of tartness in there. Palate is warm with alcohol, tingly with hop bitterness, full and round without being heavy or syrupy. A sustaining brew that would be well suited to the depths of winter, but would work well for me anytime. A sight to behold in the glass, amazing aromatics, full flavor, and lots of complexity and warmth on the palate. World class for me. An excellent beer that I will find again. Quevillon (3089) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2007 Au maître-brasseur de Dieu du Ciel, tu es un DIEU! Un bon goût de fruit et de caramel brulé. Je jouissais à chaque gorgé! godofsky (274) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2010 bottle. drank out of snifter. pours a murky, opaque dark brown with a nice foamy head that gets thin pretty quickly but stays throughtout the beer and leaves lots of sticky lacing. aroma is of sweet malts and nuts, raisins and caramel. starts off sweet, and finishes off with a perfect hops bitternesss. definately a bigger hops presence than most barley wines. a complex, and great beer. dieu du ciel never seems to fail. mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Viscous looking pour from the bottle. Nice woody aroma with a tinge of sour notes. Thin body and big wood flavors with a dry chalky mouth feel. Excellent red copper color. Complex flavors weave in and out. Perfect bitterness and not overly sweet like a lot of barley wines Very dry from beginning to end.
BLAP (73) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2011
Hazy brown color with medium head. Strong hoppy, medium raosty and caramel aromas. Medium bitterness and sweetness. Strong presence of alcohol. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2003
(bottle dated 7/00) Hazy red with beige head (plenty of head despite age). Aroma is sweet, caramel, rich and sticky, vanilla, raisin, light chocolate. Taste is rich, malty, moderately sweet, caramel, raisin, some chocolate, light roasty. Full bodied. Fantastic beer, definitely more along the lines on an English-style barleywine. Pompey (42) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Balance and a wonderful hop finish. You’d swear that there were cherries in here at times. One of the best barley wines ever. It’s a dark blackish pour with a moderate head. Lovely carbonation and a fruity, estery aroma, but it’s the mouth feel and finish that grab you. Alcohol is well hidden. wit nice malt-sugar to hop balance. Again, what a finish.
I bought all 7 at my local purveyor. Wish he’d get more. Fine effort. damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2009
When I think about a barley wine, this is what it looks like, even though most do not. Murky brown with a slight red shade and a tan head. Demure nose reminiscent of an abbey quadrupel, plum, apricot, fresh hops. Broad and sticky on the palate, decent acidity, very light carbonation. Massive flavors with lots of depth. Burnt orange peel, toffee, fennel, eucalyptus, clove, on and on. Very biting hops at the end balance the nearly sticky sweetness. This gentlemen, is bad-ass. Greatly underrated in it’s category. contagion (9) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2010 does not count
Thick pour with little head, aroma was of hops, faint caramel, and alcohol. Taste is mostly hops, coffee, and malty sweetness...tastes how it looks. Definitely has a ’wintery’ feel. Goes down smoothly with a soft texture. A great beer.