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


on tap

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RATINGS: 854   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Derek881 (1187) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brentv (533) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayzz (481) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Calisky (1998) - ALSACE, FRANCE - FEB 13, 2015
courtesy of Jaghana. Couleur brune sombre, reflets ambrés, mousse qui disparait. Nez fort malté, caramel cuit, orge, note reglisse, boisé chêne. Gout caramel un peu grillé, malt d’orge, cassonnade, fruits noirs (figues), petite amertume houblonnée. Corps liquoreux. Fin intense caramel grillé, douce et amère. Superbe!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Franckg (648) - Trois-Rivières, 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 (3190) - 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 (2212) - 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 (148) - 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 (782) - 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.

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