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


on tap

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RATINGS: 820   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBaboon (1615) - FINLAND - OCT 10, 2014
Pours dark mahogany with light beige head. Aroma is malty, berries, spicy and fruity. Flavour is medium to heavy sweet, medium bitter, fruity and spicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukasmh (249) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2014
Tap. Pours dark dark amber with huge everlasting tan head. Beatefull. Aroma is caramel, nutty, some berries, marmalade, slight toast. Yeast. Taste is heavy sweet, but quickly balanced by dry bitter hops. Long slight burnt caramel finish. Some chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (1144) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 10, 2014
On tap at Biercab. Dark brown colour with off white head. Yeast and caramel aroma, same taste, also sweet with some dark fruits. Medium to full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3283) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2014
2012 bottle with a big thanks to Colin. Pours murky amber with a small beige head which quickly disappears. Nose is instantly like a hot chocolate. As it warms, loads of dark fruit come out, massive raisin driven sweetness, sultanas, fig, date, mild tarty currants, loads of silky sweet milk chocolate and toffee. Taste is loaded with dark fruits, slightly stewed raisin, the booze steadily warms and finishes with grass and caramelised fruits. Intense and boozy but the palate holds a nice amount of carbonation and doesn’t have any of that sticky sweetness which I don’t really enjoy. Very solid BW

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiammanghilla (651) - Genova, ITALY - OCT 7, 2014
Spina @ Eurhop 2014. Ambrata senza schiuma Barley importante con note di frutta rossa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2014
"copper/brown pour, little head. aroma is initially pretty boring (poured at 52 degrees) then came out a little (caramel malt & alcohol, raisins). body is a touch thin, and the alcohol is a little too prevelant for a BW under 10% (this site says 8.5, the bottle says 9.8%). Taste is decent but not great. only a little bitterness from the hops, lots of sugary sweetness (not totally unpleasant, but not as complex as i want from the style). Warm going down. A decent sipper that got better as I went, but there are better and more complex BWs available for less. This is my first dissapointment from this brewer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11877) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle shared with Bruce and Colin in the car while driving through Belgium and France back in March 2013. Pours clear, ruby-brown with a fine, creamy beige head. Rich bread and cake in the aroma, some toast, caramelised sugars. Big sweet flavor with notes of toffee, brown sugar, more toasty bread. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with mild earthy bitterness, some leaves, bread, moderate alcohol, dried fruits, burnt brown sugar. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Osprey87 (2049) - WALES - SEP 23, 2014
Keg at Brewdog. Dark brown, slight haze, still, small white head. Aroma has plenty of alcohol, over-ripe fruit, liquorice, slight marmitey yeast. Body is medium, low carbonation, smooth. Taste is heavy malt, molasses, alcohol with some tangy lemon freshening it up. Unashamedly alcoholic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (1847) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 6, 2014
Thanks Dominic for this one. A wonderful barley wine. Pours a muddy brown with no head. Aromas are milk chocolate and dried fruit. Really nice chocolate and fruity flavors. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (1747) - Varberg, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2014
Flaska. Konjaksfärgad öl, lätt grumlig, med ett smutsvitt lågt skum. Dofter av torkad frukt, karamell, läder, trä och brunt socker. Smakinslag av plommon, torkad frukt, karamell, söt lakrits och brunt socker. Alkoholen är lite mer närvarande än önskvärt. Rund och mjuk munkänsla. Medel mot stor kropp.

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