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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
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 840   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FunkyF (311) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2015
Mörkt brunröd med vitt skum. Doft av kola och torkad frukt. Lite stickig alkohol med mycket torkad frukt i smaken.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (2551) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2015
Bottle thanks to slovaksniper. Pours nearly flat with just a few bubbles. somewhat hazy deep reddish color. Nose is full of caramel malts and starting to turn to dried fruits. Taste is moderately sweet, but at the same time well balanced. Light grassy flavors, with some alcohol becoming obvious in the chest after a couple sips. Remains bitter in every sip, and starts to become a booze bomb after many more sips. overall, very nice, but could use some rounding out to become more palatable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (1441) - Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2015
Old rating. Pretty mahogany color. Rich, sweet barley wine with oak characteristics, caramel, and dark fruits. Slight hop bitterness. Full bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maley1 (872) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 16, 2015
Dark copper red pour with small off white head. Aroma of caramel, malt, hops and fruit. Taste of burnt caramel, hops, brown sugar, apricot, lychee and yeast. Full bodied, medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. A touch too sweet but delicious nonetheless.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jannick13 (139) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2015
2013 bottle. Pours dark brown with ruby translucency and small tan head. Aroma of roasted caramel and hops. Taste is similar; rich caramel, hoppy bitterness but also some cereal poking through. As the brew warms I can taste an almost doughy aspect. Really nice.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fatbarbu (41) - sherbrooke, CANADA - FEB 24, 2015
A louverture de la bouteille sa.sens le houblon resineu, lalcool et le metal. Une belle biere nuageuse foncée rougeatre. Un tres beau col qui senfui et laisse une fine dentelle qui reste. Aspect assez liquoreux. Arome sucré de sucre dorge. Coulis de fraise. En bouche , lamertume du houblon et du malt est dominante. Cette chaleur dalcool se lrolonge longtemps.en finale et est portée par une effervescence assez elevée.Le corps est onctueux et tres plaisant au palais. Une amertume puissante transforme cette riche barleywine en quelquechose de bien original. Jai vraiment apprécié

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Derek881 (1044) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 18, 2015
A slightly thick pour with light sediment from the bottle to a pint glass. The beer had a deep mahogany-brown color blend with a small foamy off-white head that had short retention and lighter cling and lacing. The aroma featured a blend of roasty caramel, sugar, and dark fruit tones mixed with some earthy and grainy hops with a bit of bourbon and some yeast. The taste had a deep powerful taste of sweet dark fruits and sugar, that quickly gave way to a super strong bitter character with a hefty presence of alcohol. It was a well-carbonated beer with a very filling, thick mouthfeel and quite dry. Seems to be a well brewed beer, but somewhat intense for my taste.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brentv (464) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2015
From bottle. Pours dark with a small off-white head and a slight lacing. Aroma and taste of dark fruits. Taste is nicely sweet for a barleywine, rich and delicious. No obvious hops. Full and creamy mouithfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gde (16) - FRANCE - FEB 15, 2015
Odeur orge, bois. Couleur brune clair mousse qui disparait. Amertume en bouche, l’alcool present. Tres long gout en bouche

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayzz (482) - Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Delicious. The barrel is definitely the star of the show here, but the base barelywine is strong enough to push its way through and play a role as well. Though it might be a touch light in the body, it is definitely creamy and smooth enough, with lots of character and complexity worth pondering. Thanks again peensteen. Highly recommended.


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