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

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RATINGS: 895   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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.


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6532) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Sampled from an 11.5 oz brown bottle this beer poured a murky brown color with orange highlights and a medium sized creamy beige head that left good lacing. The aroma was molasses, toffee, fig, cherry, raisin and had a faint vague presence of herbs and spices. The flavor was sweet cherry and fig followed by a strong medicinal note then molasses, anise and booze. Long medicinal finish that grew with each sip. Moderately full bodied but a tad flat. Quite disappointing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (3269) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Good barleywine with intense aroma of burnt toast, caramel, bread, and fig. Taste is high bitter and medium sweet. The finish is smooth for the abv.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
lemoine (6) - Paris, FRANCE - JAN 12, 2016 does not count
Le nez, superbement complexe et équilibré, laisse présager une très grande bière. Malheureusement, en bouche, l’amertume est beaucoup trop présente, au point de venir masquer les arômes. Manque d’équilibre. Impression de gâchis.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ciocanelu (1053) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - JAN 7, 2016
Clear mahogany color with light brown head. Aroma is very floral, makes me think of white roses. I can’t tell if it’s from the yeast or the hops. Taste is also floral and yeasty at first with some caramel notes but gets bitter and roasty on the finish. Lingers bitter and perfumey in the aftertaste. Body and carbonation are medium. Very fragrant barleywine. Also quite bitter, making it easy to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daniele (7810) - ITALY - JAN 6, 2016
bottle on 2015-09-17 deep amber brown clear good head fruity nose burnt caramel dry fruit good dryness good bitterness Ambrato carico marrone buoba schiuma piuttosto persistente naso fruttato maturo fermentazione caramello quasi bruciato buona secchezza abbastanza amara filo etilico liquorosa

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (2074) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Draught @ Eulogy: This one pours a clear dark brown color. There was a small off white head that left lots of lacing. Good nose. Lots of caramel malts, some earthiness, perhaps some dark fruits and faint spices. The taste is very good. Some sweetness, dark fruits, malts, spices, as well as a touch of roastiness and smoke.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coachd (533) - Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2015
On tap at craft beer cellar Clayton. Smells rich and sweet with hints of black cherry, brown sugar and a bit of booze. Very dark brown with a cap of cream colored foam. Tastes hoppy and oaky with some dark fruit and a slightly sweet aftertaste. Little booze burn to remind you of the ABV. Very good. I would like to try this aged. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFF (112) - - DEC 8, 2015
Arômes de fruits rouges, robe rubis foncée, amertume légère et alcool pas complètement masqué par le corps.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemike (2868) - 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

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kavu (3899) - 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.


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