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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gluepot (53) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2014
Nose is a bit boozy with hops, sweet malt and a hint of bubble gum. Body is rich and substantial. The taste is complex with sweet toffee, a hoppy bite, some spice and dark fruit and roasted malt. The bitterness sustains well. A great winter warming barley wine.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VictorStr (1201) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2014
Rostade toner i aromen, likaså i smaken, även en hel del humle. Perfekt koosyrad.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
aenima (237) - Askim, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2014
Aroma of toffee. Taste of toffee and hints of chocolate. A little different barley wine. A little bitter. Maybe it needs aging.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VDuquerroux (208) - Airvault, FRANCE - MAR 12, 2014
Bottle, 341mL.10,2% alc. A dark brown beer with only hues on the top. Medium beige ephemeral head. Winter beer ! Pleasant wink don’t you think ? Fruity aroma (red berries, blueberry), burnt, alcohol, wood, dry herbs. Heavy bitterness combined with a warming heavy sweetness. Changing. A lot of wind ! Full body, oily texture, average carbonation, bitter finish with a sweet comfortable alcoholic mattress. Overall, another delicious seasonal beer from Dieu du Ciel !

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2014
11.5 oz bottle for 4 bucks. Pours deep brown with a reddish hue to it. Small white head, not much to speak of and disappears quickly. Huge, sweet aroma of fruit and malts. Taste is quite smooth with caramel malts and a slightly fruity hop taste leading to a lasting bittersweet finish. Body is average yet has a creamy texture to it. Overall this is a fairly solid barleywine. It’s almost a bit too sweet for my liking but it still manages to find a balance in there.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (494) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2014
On tap at Bellwoods. Pours a dark ruby red with a one finger, off-white head. Aroma had big notes of caramel, dark and pitted fruits, and mild alcohol. Taste is a balanced sweet with huge notes of caramel, raisins and other fruits. Medium to full body with a medium carbonation. Syrupy texture with a mild alcohol warmth but nearly no alcohol taste. Overall a big winter beer. Lots of malty caramel and raisin flavours. Cheers!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
exeter (245) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
Taste is more hoppy than expected after smelling this beer. Lots of citrusy hop-notes with a pretty big bitterness. Maybe not as hoppy as an double IPA, nor as the other american styled-barley wines I’ve had: Bigfoot, but still the hop flavour is dominating. There’s also some malty caramel here too. Very well hidden alcohol, though it’s still warming and nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
milara (36) - Ste-Thérèse, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2014
Oh que c’est bon. Je dirais que c’est mon genre, même si je n’ai jamais bu ce genre de bière! Une attaque fumée soutenu par l’alcool. La suite est plus douce avec des arômes de fruits rouges et dates. La texture est examplaire, grâce à des bulles dignes d’un champagne, et c’est une bière à plus que 10% d’alcool. La finale a un équilibre parfait. Est-ce que j’ai dit que c’est bon?

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiffNilsson (178) - Perstorp, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2014
Mörkbrun vätska med obefintlig krona. Söt doft med mycket maltkaraktär. Söt maltig smak med bra beska. Känns något tunn trots sina dryga 10%. En god öl men långt ifrån fantastisk.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fritz123 (907) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine in Boca Raton. 12oz pour into a snifter. Fairly typical color for the style of muddy brown with a thin white head. Some sporadic lacing. Aroma of sweet dark fruits, dark bread, cereal, and heavy malts. The taste was surprisingly mild compared to the aroma. It wasn’t as smooth as a barleywine as I like. More bitter and less sweet on the finish. Rather dry and papery also on the finish. Medium body, light in complexity. I was expecting a little more from this amazing brewery.


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