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


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RATINGS: 787   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fritz123 (939) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine in Boca Raton. 12oz pour into a snifter. Fairly typical color for the style of muddy brown with a thin white head. Some sporadic lacing. Aroma of sweet dark fruits, dark bread, cereal, and heavy malts. The taste was surprisingly mild compared to the aroma. It wasn’t as smooth as a barleywine as I like. More bitter and less sweet on the finish. Rather dry and papery also on the finish. Medium body, light in complexity. I was expecting a little more from this amazing brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nicke80 (94) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2014
341ml bottle from systembolaget bs. Pours copper with sweet and fruity aroma. Sweet taste with caramell notes. Nice barley.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (1938) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2014
11.5 oz bottle pours hazy amber with a off white head. Aroma of malts, dried fruit and pine. Taste is sweet malts and a resin finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pyrmir (3271) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Melker (202) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jookos (2003) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pumpkinhead2 (309) - 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…

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimonTja (241) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamTheBarrel (385) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
wihlan (227) - 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

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