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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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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 804   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 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle. Chestnut color with a thin light tan head. Malt and light spice aroma. Malty flavor with piney hops, light grapefruit, spice, and light caramel. Medium bodied. Decent bitterness. Caramel, grapefruit/pine and light spice lingers. Age would do wonders.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Flamojune (113) - Ville de Quebec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 31, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2009 Wow une coche en haut de la competition La meilleur odeur de houblon in a lifetime On dirait une christ de bonne Double IPA Opaque presque comme un vrai jus de pomme non filtre Gout exquis leger carameliser final hoppy Si ten prends plus que 1 tu rotes les fruits Wow again TAKE THE TIME TO FIND OUT

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2008
11.5oz bottle. Fairly muted aroma. Lots of dark fruits: raisins, plums and prunes. some alcohol. Very malt forward with little hop profile. Pours pretty, still, dark amber/violet. Virtually no head and no appearance of carbonation. Bland flavor. Toasted, bready, dark malt. Earthy and grassy hops. Not nearly as much dark fruit as the nose. Astringent and aspirin like bitterness. Slick on the tongue with an alcoholic burn on the finish. This one needs some time.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2010 Pours a very dark, clear, chestnut color with a fairly small, beige, pillowy head which diminishes quickly and leaves minimal tight lace. Nose is boring for the style; caramel, plum, some muscat grapes, light wood, light roast. Flavor is similar with the same muscat grapes, burnt caramel, some cake-like notes, light chocolate, and some bitterness towards the finish. Palate is medium to full, soft, and a smooth mouthfeel but a bit watery. Finishes with some moderate bitterness, tobacco, cake-like notes, and some faint nutty notes. Not my favorite BW but others seem to love it. Not me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Dark rust pour with a beige head. Fruity sweet nose, hints of caramel, licorice, cherry. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming, another month or so of aging would probably do this beer well. The flavors still are a touch sharp, but would mellow nicely and the hops in the finish would settle. Still a pretty nice beer at the moment, but I will save my second bottle for a couple months.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2008
11.5oz bottle. Poured a medium and muddy brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, a little roasty, lightly woody, and some nuttiness. Tastes of dark fruits, caramel, some nuts, and a little earthy. Light to medium alcohol burn in the finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5004) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Cloudy dark brown with a tiny but creamy tan head. Aroma is sticky sweet fruit. First taste is a big alcohol wallop. Also found are fruit, sugar, a big hop bite, and earthy bitterness. This is a beer that is complex in ways that are sometimes delicate and sometimes bold. The fruit effect is amazingly delicious and changes with the temperature. A wonderful beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
martin21 (155) - Quebec city, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2008
Bu le jour de noel, avant de souper. En ordre de dominance, houblon (epicer et terreux), alcool (rechauffante, mais plaisante) et malt (sucrer, caramel et fruits confits/foncer). Visqueux, bon corps. Tres bon. J en fait ager quelques bouteilles. Drank on Christmas day, before eating. In order comes the spicy and earthy hops, pleasant and warming alcohol and the sweet, caramelly and candied/dark fruits from the malt. Visquous, think body. Very good. I have a couple of these aging...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2008
12oz bottle from Capones (Norristown, PA). Pours deep brownish amber, capped with a moderate sized beige head. Aroma of burnt caramel malt, dark fruit, and mild hops. Dark fruits hit the palate initially, which is soon joined by caramel, alcohol, and hops. Hops linger on the palate for a fairly long finish. Full bodied, with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Nice barleywine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2008
Hazy brown with medium biege head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, caramel and spices. Very spicy flavour with hoppy, citric and and alcohol notes. Finished bitter with warming alcohol.


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