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


on tap

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RATINGS: 888   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFF (96) - - DEC 8, 2015
Arômes de fruits rouges, robe rubis foncée, amertume légère et alcool pas complètement masqué par le corps.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemike (2832) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - DEC 5, 2015
Dark copper body topped with a thick and lasting off-white foamy head. Delightful sweet aroma that hides the alcohol pretty well. Various fruity hints (raisin, dark berries, cherries). Perfectly balanced taste. It is a very nice mix of malty, vineous, dark berries, and brown sugar flavors. Ends with a superb warming effect. Wonderful winter beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kavu (3727) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2015
A small taste from a friend (bottle) @ One Pint Pub. Pours very dark amber with a low head. Aroma is sweet malts with raisins. Flavor is sweet malts, dark fruits, alcohol and hops. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (5861) - Vantaa, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2015
355ml bottle @ William K, Annankatu. Pours near black with a thin off white head. Raisins, bread, molasses. Flavor has spices, Belgian yeast, bread, molasses. Complex, sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tightslice (773) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 24, 2015
Bottle from K&L in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is raisins, dates, caramel, maybe even some butterscotch. Taste is sweet and smooth fruity pudding caramel stuff with bitter herbal liqueur finish. Gets better as it warms. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Unde (782) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 17, 2015
Murky brown beer with smallish head on top. Aroma has dried fruits, caramel malts sweet brown sugar. Taste is spicy, winter spices and dried fruits and brown sugar. Sweet full barley wine with soft mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
ICEatALAMO (1259) - Troy, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Bottle. The pour is a murky amber color. The aroma is flat oak. The case is that of burnt wood, and harsh booze. Somewhere under all of this is a good barleywine just trying to get out, but too much noise to get through.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peter_L (1226) - SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2015
Sample@SBWF2015. Cigarr, choklad, russin och bär kan urskiljas i doften. Torkad frukt, mörka bär, cigarr och mörk bitter choklad i smaken. Avslutas med en lätt lakritston Lite klen i humlen, om jag skall klaga på något. Lång eftersmak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerdedDave (1184) - - SEP 9, 2015
light brown - ruby red color; really great, malty aroma with oak notes; a great, well balanced, barley wine style ale; not at all sweet (as these high gravity barley wines tend to be); caramel malt with mild burnt sugar notes

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (2271) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 4, 2015
Murky brown with a tan head. Aroma is raisins, dates, chocolate, caramel. Full bodied, slightly sticky mouthfeel, sweet and fruity on the palate with a warming finish. Taste is raisins, chocolate, dates, brown sugar, booze.

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