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


on tap

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RATINGS: 903   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (12189) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 31, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at Max’s place. Thanks Tom L. Very deep amber-brown. Aroma of malt, caramel, lots of dark fruits, a bit of alcohol. Sweet flavor, somewhat boozy, with caramel, dark fruits, and a bitter finish. Medium to full-bodied, rounded mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BobyFischer (300) - FRANCE - MAR 8, 2016
Brune rubis et délicats reflets écarlates. Nez bien doux, biscuité, épicé, ample et bien développé. En bouche belle attaque alcoolique, douce, biscuit, caramel puis épices et menus houblons.Finale légèrement amérisante et surtout épicée : cannelle, vanille. Pas mon genre préféré mais dans le genre un must d’une grande réussite. Bravo DDC, une des meilleures brasserie au monde.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wombat23 (766) - Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Shared 11.5 oz. bottle. Amber pour with a small beige head. Aroma is caramel, sweet malt, and alcohol. Taste is similar, with some dark fruit. Strong malt presence. Alcohol warming finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
darbeer75 (561) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Aroma: Fruity and malty with good complexity; Appearance: dark ruby red with thin head that dissipates quickly; Taste: also strongly fruity and malty with some hoppiness underneath; Palate: medium-heavy body with long, sweet finish; Overall: too sweet for me, but decent overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
martjoobolut (3188) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Abner (338) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
axl (578) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jesperhammer (4228) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerplace (913) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (2725) - 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.

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