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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 845   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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 díHiver 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
manuelMTL (233) - Montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
Pours a murky brown with a tiny off-white ring of foam. Nose is malty with dark fruits. Prune aromas and some sugary caramel notes. In the mouth, the prune flavors are accompanied by dark roasted malt notes with a long finishing bitterness and candy sweetness. Perfect beer for a cold winter evening!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikeyo1 (394) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2014
Bottles @ home.
2009 edition, BF 2014-01: Brown clear color with amber notes, with a small tan head. Sweet aroma vinous raisins, dates, deep caramel, vanilla, bread, some citrus, red fruits, oak, hints of roasted malt and cocoa. Big sweet mouth feel, low smooth carbonation. Long lasting taste of raisins, red fruits, bread, well balanced vinous dates (and raisins), vanilla, oak, some leather. hints of milk chocolate. Warming alcohol notes in mid taste followed by a bit drier but still sweet finish with increasing notes of lemon, oranges & herbs. And also chocolate. Balanced and lasting bitterness.

Vertical tasting of edition 2013 (aged one year): Has (as expected) more head than the 2009 edition, which is notably darker.Aroma is clearly herbal. Sweet but clearly drier than 2009. There are some vinous notes of raisins but light in comparison. Also caramel, oranges, spruce needles, dark bread, toffee. Fresh big mouth feel with medium to high carbonation for a BW. Sweet flavor with oranges, lemon, herbs, spruces, red fruits, bread, biscuits, sticky alcohol, caramel, toffee, some milk chocolate. Assertive, zest-like, and lasting bitterness.

Two different beers, i definitely prefer the overall smooth complexity developed in the aged 2009 edition. Score refers to the 2009 edition.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (1769) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Deep murky brown/amber-red. Nose of lightly aged herbal citrus hops, caramel-covered fruit, cherry, raisin, and baked bread. Flavor is herbal citrus bitterness with acidic dark fruit, smooth caramel malt, and mikd sweet biscuit. Slick, but well-attenuated. Lingering fruit and hops. Almost a faint Belgian character.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stoned99 (476) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
UPDATED: APR 30, 2015 Aroma: caramel, dark fruits, raisin, alcohol. App: brown with small beige head. Taste and palate: light body, medium to high carbonation, smooth in mouth with light long bitter and big alcohol finish. Overall: another great product from DDC. This one is definitely a dessert beer, heavy but really good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Bottle. Date unknown. Lots of fruit in the nose - i get peach and apple distinctly. Spicy...even some black pepper notes on the tongue. Warming alcohol presence and some astringency towards the finish. Solid.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8791) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2014
Keg at BD CJ. It pours deep brown with a decent beige head. The nose is sweet, juicy, raisin, date, sultana, mild spice, earth, fruit cake and candy cane. The taste is bitter, spicy, sweet, wood, leather, raisin, date, earth, dirt, booze, toast and burnt cake with a drying finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Decent, if a bit dry for the style.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dougefreezy (45) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Pours dark brown, no head. Strong boozy aroma, caramel, figs. Tastes real boozy, but doesnt last long as the hoppyness takes over. Overall real nice, balanced.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Leini (1267) - SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2014
Sample at a local tasting event. Hazy mahogany body with no head to speak of. Starts of sweet with sugars and figs, finishing off dry, with alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hman43 (561) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2014
It pours a cloud brown with little head. What little head there is does manage to produce a little lacing. It has a strong smell of molasses and malts. There are hints of caramel as well. The taste is sweet with caramel being notice with the alcohol. It does have a pleasant, sharp bitterness to it and the natural warming effect on the way down.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rollerton (147) - SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle from SB. Pours almost no head. Aroma is very malty. Taste is complex, with raisins. A very good barley wine, it is easy to drink despite the ABV.


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