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

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RATINGS: 775   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pyrmir (2793) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2014
355 ml bottle. Dark copper color with off white head. Aroma perfumy, malt, sweet toffee, alcohol and raisins. Taste is sweet, perfumy, vinous, bitter, prunes, dried fruits. Alcohol well hidden in the flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Melker (187) - Varberg, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2014
aroma of apples, dark fruit, bread. little bit too much yeast in the taste. dry, good bitterness. complex yet underwhelming. probably better with some age on this one.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jookos (1543) - FINLAND - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle from systemet. Brown dark. Dry dark malty nose. Herbs, peppercorns. Full body, good bitters, some roasted caramels. Nice, dark coffinly tasty, balanced. Doesnt get sweet icky, makes me forgive some of the horrors this style of beer has made me experience.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pumpkinhead2 (240) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2014
Bière brune foncée aux reflets rougeâtres, totalement opaque, effervescence plutôt faible, et surmontée d’un col brunâtre, un peu mince, mais dense, collant et persistant. Arômes de malt fumé, de boisé, de vanille et d’alcool. Arômes aussi de malt plus sucré, pâtisserie, réglisse rouge, sucre d’orge, crème brûlée, avec beaucoup d’effluves fruités, petits fruits (baies, bleuet, framboise, mûre…) et fruits foncés (raisin, cerise noire, prune…). Derrière le tout, il semble surgir de subtiles odeurs d’un houblon qui semble plutôt herbacé et de levure à pain. Agréable et plutôt intense, le nez est très complexe. En bouche, c’est moyennement pétillant sur la langue, et d’une onctuosité parfaite. C’est rond, doux et soyeux au palais! Au goût, le boisé et l’alcool, beaucoup d’alcool, dominent. C’est très peu sucrée comme bière, le malt prend davantage des saveurs de pain grillé, céréale rôtie avec des pointes de sucre d’orge et de crème brûlée. Beaucoup plus présent en bouche qu’au nez, un houblon herbacé aux accents résineux domine la finale amenant une amertume élevée. Les saveurs sont intenses, et relativement bien intégrées entre elles. La bière est cependant significativement moins complexe en bouche qu’au nez, notamment, on ne retrouve pas vraiment le fruité en bouche. Il s’agit néanmoins d’un excellent produit! Note : Un vieillissement de près de 18 mois de la bière a significativement atténué les goûts d’alcool et de houblon/amertume, rendant celle-ci plus équilibrée, mais un certain goût plus pâteux de levure est apparu. C’est intéressant, mais je ne saurais dire si c’est mieux…

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimonTja (99) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2014
Pours brown with a slight reddish hue, decent thick head. Smells of spicy nutty toast and dark fruits, taste of caramel and very earthy with a heavy malt backbone. Alcohol is not present at all really, has a very nice creamy medium mouthfeel and perfect carbonation for a barley wine.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamTheBarrel (321) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2014
341ml 2013 years vintage bottle labelled 10.2% ABV, poured into a snifter glass. Appearance is cloudy dark mahogany with a small beige head that quickly dissipated and left some lacing. Aroma of caramel, dried apricots and figs. Flavours of caramel, toffee, dried apricots and figs, maple syrup, spices, a hint of dark muscovado and roasted malts. Taste is light-medium sweet and medium bitter. Palate is medium-full bodied, thick sticky texture and flat carbonation. The first beer from Canada I have tasted, delicious and not quite as sweet as I anticipated from the style.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
wihlan (134) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2014
Mörk och härlig färg med vitt skum som försvinner ganska snabbt. Kryddig smak som ganska snabbt går över i en hemsk stickig bitterhet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomas15 (649) - USA - FEB 6, 2014
Aroma is caramel, toffee, for sure malt driven. Appears coca cola brown with good lac.ing that is somewhat spotty. Slit peanut brittle and salty caramel to the aroma. It’s great that they hold this for a bit, I like that. It seems rightly worn down, with some hop bitterness peeking through that was probably more aggressive fresh. The beer have a balance between hop and malt that is delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (922) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottled. Pours a gorgeous clear ruby-brown with just a hint of carbonation causing light beige swirls on the surface. Very nice color. Aroma of raisins, plum, cinnamon and hops. Flavor highlights the fruit in the aroma but carries a nice peppery hop bite on the back end. Notes of burnt caramel and smoke follow as well. Warming alcohol finish, fairly well balanced. A nice barleywine with a spiced character that reminds me of a Christmas ale.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Howlader (444) - - JAN 30, 2014
12oz bottle. Served in a tulip glass. Damn good barleywine. One of Dieu du Ciel’s best.


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