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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 787   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EtTuCthulhu (991) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2014
The color is an opaque brown with a small light tan head, and the aroma blends fig, slight alcohol, caramel malts, earthy hops, and basement aromas. The taste is mildly bitter, slightly umami, touch sweet, and slightly sour, and the palate fuses a slick texture, medium-full body, sour finish, and a soft carbonation.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fhoublon (312) - Lachine, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
Bouteille de 341 ml (9.8% alc.). Dégustée le 16 mai 2010 (snifter). Bière brune foncée. Mousse peu, col beige-crème mince, assez durable. Peu effervescente, bulles fines. Odeur d’alcool bien présente, de bois (chêne) et de petits fruits (berries) en finale. Assez forte, assez sucrée, très amère. Saveur assez forte (pimentée/poivrée), de bois, de pruneaux, de fruits secs. Alcool ressort un peu trop en finale. Aurait pu être un peu mieux équilibrée, alcool enterre un peu les saveurs.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Deu (679) - Nantes, FRANCE - APR 20, 2014
Bottle, 341mL.10,2% alc. A dark brown beer, medium beige ephemeral head. Heavy bitterness combined with a warming heavy sweetness. Full body, oily texture, average carbonation, bitter finish with a sweet comfortable alcoholic mattress. Overall delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
c0fein (176) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 19, 2014
341ml bottle from Saveur Biere.

Deep dark red colour with thin layer of foam. Strong and sharp aroma. Totally of winter warmer, now at april I don’t get the right mood what this beer deserves. Slowly enjoyable BW.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MunBro (223) - 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 (702) - Melbourne, 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 (99) - - 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 (564) - 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 (6773) - 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 (580) - 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.


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