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

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RATINGS: 899   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
martjoobolut (2891) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 4, 2016
Bottle (from saveur-biere.com). Pours dark ruby copper with beige head. The head doesn’t stay. Aroma is mild fruity, sweet, caramel, marmelade. Flavor is sweet and bitter, fruits, burnt caramel, citrus, marmelade, malt, alcohol. Finish is dry-burnt bitter with more booze. Overall: ok, disappointing by Dieu du Ciel standards.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Abner (328) - Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2016
Bottle. Pours a murky reddish brown color with a small off-white head. Aromas of caramel, sweet malts, a touch of alcohol. Taste is of lightly burnt caramel malt. Starts off medium sweet, but a medium to heavy bitterness takes over midpalate. Medium+ bodied and oily; average carbonation. Bitter, astringent finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
axl (531) - Lund, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2016
341ml bottle. Redish tinted brown with minimal gray-brown head. Aroma of toffee, fudge, caramel, dried fruits, nuts, slight banana and milk chocolate. Taste is dried fruits, nuts, almonds, slightly burnt brown sugar, caramel, toffee, roasted malts and milk chocolate. Medium mouthfeel, medium-strong carbonation and lasting sweet and roasted aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jesperhammer (4150) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2016
27-DEC-2015, bottle @home, from Systembolaget, from Erik:-) Almost clear amber with lasting off-white head. Malty with nuts, dreid fruit but also quite some hops. Sweet, bitter, nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerplace (699) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2016
Bottle bought in Liberty Wine Merchants. Intensive fruit aroma AND taste are similar to Trappist beers (like Rochefort 8 & 10, Chimay Red & Blue, etc): medium sweet, dark fruits, raisins, a little bit buttery and even cheezy on the background. Very good beer and should be even better after aging.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (2623) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2016
@ Havregatan 20160225. Bottle (341 ml) from Systembolaget. Malty and caramely with spicy notes, dried fruits, sweet, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry, sweet and malty with alcoholic notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gaultier (1458) - SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2016
@ Kristoffers väg 23/2-16. Bottle from Systembolaget. Dried fruity with banana, caramel and notes of spices, also sweetness. Body is full, the finish is bitter and dried fruity with notes of spices and some caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TychoJames (1030) - Örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2016
Flaska systembolaget. Rödbrun kulör med liten liten beige skumkrona. Fyllig doft av rostad malt, frukt, mörk sirap och russin. Krafull maltig smak med säd, knäck och bitter choklad. Rejäl beska och väl dold alkohol. Fin smocka i truten

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (2674) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - FEB 17, 2016
Bottle from saveur-biere.com. ark copper color. Thin beige head. Body is quite smooth. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter. Aroma is malty, hoppy, alcohol, vanilla. It’s so smooth. It’s amazing how a beer style that I’m not very fond off, turns out to be amazing when it’s done by a brewery that I love.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1735) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2016
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a dark garnet with a thin light tan head. Mild, ill-defined aroma. Taste is rich roasted malt, sweet caramel, buttered biscuits and an assertive bitterness.


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