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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 774   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pictoman (368) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2014
Poured from 341mL bottle. Mahogany with minimal beige head. Aroma of dark red fruits, subtle caramel malt. Flavour of dark red fruits, some chocolate and leather, subtle hops, some alcohol shows through. Medium body, dry-ish finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VincentDamon (271) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2014
Bière brune, très foncée, avec une belle mousse crémeuse quelque peu fugace. Nez plutôt fruité de raisins secs, de cassis peut-être, avec des effluves de houblons. En bouche, c’est une explosion de saveurs : d’abord des fruits rouges et de la réglisse, puis beaucoup d’amertume. Pointes de pamplemousse en finale. Amertume qui se colle à la langue d’ailleurs. D’ordinaire, je préfère mes vins d’orge un peu moins houblonné, mais c’est un excellent produit, comme d’habitude avec Dieu du Ciel! Cheers!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
NatKadaw (93) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 23, 2014
Smells warm, Bready, red licorice and sweet dark fruits and caramelized sugars. Flavor is similar, very balanced, nothing really sticks out. A good winter barley wine

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1225) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle. Pours an amber red with a nice soft head. Nose is fruity and sweet. Taste is fruity with a predominance of cherries, a yeasty taste as well with some alcohol break through. Finish is fruity and sweet. A nice barley wine. quaff score 8 / 10

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zgaier (1182) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Pours a muddy brown with a tan head and aroma of dark fruits and roasted malt. Taste is delicious, nice dark fruit overtones with hops, roasted malt, caramel and liquorice with a fruity, warming finish. Great barleywine

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stantheman (566) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2014
A 341 ml bottle from a sealed 4-pack purchased at Legacy Liquor in Vancouver. A very dark brown beer with moderate beige head. Very malty and somewhat sweet and fruity. A bit of hop sharpness in the background. Hints of coffee, licorice and cocoa, similar to an impy stout. Mouth feel is thick and oily. Nice!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
berntholer (670) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2014
beige head that disappears with structured lacing. darkbrown colour. aroma sweet, grassy, boozy, lemongrass. taste like aroma, also vanilla aftertaste bitter from roasted malts. medium body and carbonation. nice, a bit of an atypical barley wine. bottle 341ml / bd oct-2012

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lefossoyeur (430) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Pours murky brown with minimal head quickly fading into a very thin veil. Intense fruity aromas of plum, raisins, butterscotch and a touch of candy sugar. Full body, low carbonation, very smooth, dark fruits, plummy, sweet, low bitterness, with a long caramel finale and a burnt touch. very british in style, good!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TipsyMcStager (1128) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
(2012 bottle). Pours a cloudy amber with thick head. Nice aroma: maltiness, some choco, port/fruit. Sweet dark fruit, some chocolate, light hoppiness. Chewy palate. Very smooth for a b-wine. Thumbs up.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4131) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Draft at the Alexandria Rustico location. Poured a dark amber color with not much of a head in my glass, but in my friend’s glass, there was a medium sized off-white head. Aroma was sweet malts, some light sugary rum notes, some light fruit notes. Flavor was sweet malts, fruits, some light booze notes. Pretty enjoyable.


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