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


on tap

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RATINGS: 839   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Franckg (315) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2015
Robe d’un brun ambrée presque opaque. On a déjà l’impression que le liquise sera soyeux et liquoreux. Arômes d’anis, caramel et houblon. Une touche de café et chocolat noir se fait auusi sentir. En bouche, les saveurs amères prennent déjà beaucoup de place. Café, mélasse, pamplemousse et anis. Finale qui s’érire longuement sur les effluves amères où les saveurs plus sucrées de chocolat noir tentent de prendre leur place. Le corps est plutôt léger et il y a une belle carbonation. Excellent BW, où l’équilibre entre houblons et sucre est superbe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle. Deep opaque brown body, thin-medium off-white head. Rich nose with lots of fig, raisin, prune and toffee; caramel; hints of alcohol. Sweet with some burnt notes and light oxidation. Body begins with sherry, fig, and prune, starting sweet and chewy, followed by slight oxidation and a big bitter boozy punch. Better balance at warmer temperatures. A rich, tasty, malty barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
boozedude (2166) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 27, 2015
bottle shared with hyvee Jeremy, hakes, chad, lamont, murky brown pour with thin white head, almost had a chocolate hint, good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maximet (119) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2015
2014 : Dark orange with nearly no foam(cold). Caramel, alcohol, dark ripe fruit. A little too bitter, time will help this one. Medium to full body, creamy with a little carbonation. Finish is a little bitter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mstrcrwly (551) - New York, USA - JAN 25, 2015
on tap poured into a tulip glass..reddish/brown with a fluffy white head..aroma of caramel,brown sugar,spices..thin tasting..boozy..nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Flyguytruckguy (52) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
Very complex aroma. Yeasty dough, ginger cookies, maybe allspice and nutmeg. Slightly cloudy appearance. Medium dark reddish brown in color with a frothy off white head. Excellent lacing however the small head was rather not lasting. (Too cold) As it warmed in the glass, it opened up with a nice sweet flavour. Long finish, no burn but the 10.2 percent alcohol is definitely present. Very nice sipping this near the fire on this cold winter night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Abrakarl (377) - SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2015
Rich almost portwine character in the aroma. Also fudge. Sweet and rich taste similar too the aroma but not as much port wine, at least when it warms up. A bit too sweet for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yourilevesque (172) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2015
Bouteille de l’édition 2014. Cette bière présente déjà un caractère explosif malgré son très jeune âge. D’abord, mentionnons qu’elle est superbe! Surmonté d’une belle mousse persistante et généreuse, le liquide est est d’une riche teinte o-burn aux reflets rouges rubis. De toute beauté! Le nez est peu complexe tout et assez discret. Mis à part l’alcool, peu de parfums émanent du verre. En bouche, c’est l’alcool, le malt rôti et l’amertume qui se partagent 95% de tout ce qu’il y a à observer. Bien que je ne trouve rien d’exceptionnel à cette bière, son très (trop?) bas niveau de sucre la rend très originale dans son style et représente à mon humble avis sa principale qualité. Peut-être est-elle beaucoup trop jeune, mais elle manque franchement de rondeur et de souplesse à mon avis.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mortlach (1103) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 31, 2014
On tap @EurHop (Rome). Pours unclear dark brown color, no head. Aroma is malt, caramel, brown sugar, overripe fruits, raisins, alcol. Flavour is sweet, caramel, candy sugar, warming alcol presence. Full body, low carbonation, texture is oily. Hard to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
11.5 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet. A: Pours a dark, murky brown color. There’s about two fingers of mocha-colored head. It features an excellent texture and good retention. A LOT of lacing is left behind on the glass. This is pretty attractive in its own way. S: This seems to have a fairly boozy aroma, primarily. In spite of all the booze, there are other (fairly prevalent) elements - most notably chocolate, raisins, figs, brown sugar, and caramel. I kind of wish it was less boozy and more everything else, to be honest. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad aroma, just that it could have/should have been better. T: Immediately, I notice its subtle stout-y elements: there’s a slight initial flavor of chocolate, and the finish is faintly roasted. They really add to the archetypal (’Murican) barleywine notes of candy-coated hops and booze admirably. There are also some tangy fruit flavors (think cherries, maybe even apricots) popping up in spurts. It’s layered so that the alcoholic flavors die down as more is consumed. Seemingly, it’s replaced with a strong, earthy toffee flavor. It still remains a fairly alcoholic ordeal, typical of the style. M: Rather slender in feel, which doesn’t do this beer many favors in terms of decadence. When combined with the fine carbonation and moderately hidden booze, it means this is pretty easy to drink for the style. Still, I can’t help but wish this was a bit more substantial feeling. O: Nice one. It gets somewhat harsh in places - then again, so do most barleywines. Rather, it’s a bit harsher than some of the really great examples out there. Still, I can’t think of a better aging candidate.

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