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Dieu du Ciel Solstice d’Hiver

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

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 773   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This noble winter beer is brown in colour with flaming red highlights. Its taste is delicately sweet and liquor-like with a hint of burnt caramel coming from the malt and a prolonged boiling time. It is a very bitter beer with aromas of hops and alcohol, and flavours reminiscent of red fruit brought by the English-type yeast we use to ferment it. The aftertaste is accentuated by the wonderful flavour of hops. Solstice d’Hiver is brewed only once a year, and is then aged for 4 to 5 months before being sold. This aging process is necessary to achieve an ideal equilibrium between the sharp bitterness and the other flavours in the beer. After aging, it is then sold starting mid-December of each year, until stocks last.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MunBro (132) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - APR 9, 2014
Bought just to try, drinking out of the bottle. Very boozy. Fruity taste. Not sure what I expected from Barley Wine but I don’t think this is for me.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrewFace (467) - Rockledge, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2014
Pours a deep dark brown color, some dark red tint, tan head. Big malty, caramel, sweet, dark fruit aroma. Flavor is sweet, a little roast character, raisin, and finishes with a bitter hop profile. Definitely feel/taste the boost, hot. Kind of meh.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
murran (59) - - MAR 28, 2014
Pours a hazy dark brown body with a medium head. Sweet aroma and a nice complex taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Renobob (450) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAR 25, 2014
Bue en bouteille 33cl. Nez caramel, fruits secs torréfiés. En bouche, un peu de houblon très bien dosé, noisette et fruits des bois en finale. Très beau produit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (5315) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 24, 2014
Orangebraunes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig süß, holzig, alkoholisch. Geschmack angenehm malzig süß, holzig, alkoholisch.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (398) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 21, 2014
Aroma of sweet malts and belgian sugar. Taste is a rich maltiness, dark fruit notes. Finishes with some smooth bitterness and slight alcohol snap. Body is a dark clear amber body with a thin lace head that retains well.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gluepot (42) - CANADA - MAR 20, 2014
Nose is a bit boozy with hops, sweet malt and a hint of bubble gum. Body is rich and substantial. The taste is complex with sweet toffee, a hoppy bite, some spice and dark fruit and roasted malt. The bitterness sustains well. A great winter warming barley wine.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VictorStr (973) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2014
Rostade toner i aromen, likaså i smaken, även en hel del humle. Perfekt koosyrad.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
aenima (208) - Askim, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2014
Aroma of toffee. Taste of toffee and hints of chocolate. A little different barley wine. A little bitter. Maybe it needs aging.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VDuquerroux (104) - Airvault, FRANCE - MAR 12, 2014
Bottle, 341mL.10,2% alc. A dark brown beer with only hues on the top. Medium beige ephemeral head. Winter beer ! Pleasant wink don’t you think ? Fruity aroma (red berries, blueberry), burnt, alcohol, wood, dry herbs. Heavy bitterness combined with a warming heavy sweetness. Changing. A lot of wind ! Full body, oily texture, average carbonation, bitter finish with a sweet comfortable alcoholic mattress. Overall, another delicious seasonal beer from Dieu du Ciel !


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