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

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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (16407) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 1, 2013
Bottle at RBJG courtesy of Martin, merci bien! Clear amber color. Aroma of vanilla and Jack Daniels. Taste is sweet whiskey.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (14477) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (14376) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle at Mumsig Miniprovning, Göteborg. Amber/copper beer with ŕ small offwhite head. Oaky aroma, coconut, vanilla, figs, dades, biscuits, toffee, raisins, brown sugar, caramel and syrup. Malty flavor, oak, coconut, vanilla, figs, raisins, some alcohol, dry woody, some hops, dades, butter, some plums. Fruity finish with figs and some hop notes. Great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (13616) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 21, 2011
A: The pour is a dark amber color with a pronounced turbidity and a small and short lived khaki head. S: Big time bourbon and oak aromas. Sweet vanilla, caramel, and toffee all the way through with a little bit of brown sugar and maple syrup. Bread and sweet dark fruits round the bouquet out. T: Tons of sweet maple syrup flavor along with caramel and toffee. Sweet vanilla and bourbon flavor with only a mild oak flavor. Some of the dark fruits are there as well. M: Medium in body with a smooth, medium body. O: I thought the regular version of this was decent, but not great. This however, was outstanding.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2010
(12oz bottle) Pours a cloudy mahogany body with a small cream head. Aroma of wood, caramel, raisins, dates, and vanilla. Flavor of caramel, wood, maple, raisins, brown sugar, figs, chocolate, herbs, and vanilla with a dry finish. Tasty!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12295) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2010
12oz bottle, thanks CaptainCougar. Minimal tan head atop dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel/toffee, some vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel/toffee, some vinous, light alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (12045) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured hazy reddish brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, toasted malt, vanilla alcohol and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, vanilla sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (11232) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2010
A reddish dark copper ale with a thin lacing moka head. A superb vinous malt aroma with wooden vanilla notes, bourbon, complex dark fruits, wow. In mouth, a superb smooth dark fruits, treacle, alcohol, just wonderful and well blanded. On tap at DDC 12th Anniversary, Sept. 11 2010.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (11029) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle thanks to Dany. Pours dark brown with off white head. Nose/taste of dark fruits, soft raisins, toffee, oak, grape skin, caramel and vanilla. Hints of oaky alcohol in finish. Medium body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010

Name: Solstice d’hiver Grand Reserve
Date: March 13, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: clear dark brown, wispy grey head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma, light earthyness, touch of oak
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, lots of earthyness, fruityness, touch of bitterness, hot caramel
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *** /4


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