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


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RATINGS: 840   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2009
12oz pours a murky dark brown with a small off white head. Aromas of caramel, hops, fruity notes and some spice. Flavors the same, semi sweet up front with a decent hop bite in the finish. Medium to full bodied and rather complex. I enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gr0ve (2173) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 31, 2009
341 ml bottle. Brown colour. Hazy appearance. Medium-sized off-white fine-laced head. Fruity nose with hints of banana, but is black pepper that dominates. Hints of dark chocolate. Sharp roasted acidic malt flavours. A lot of dark roasted malts have been used, but there is still quite a lot of residual sugars. The roasted malts and the black pepper play the main role. Soft carbonation. The high alcohol content seem to balance out all the rough edges. Overall a demanding beer that in the end come out complex and quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOLTZ7555 (2939) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Perhaps my palate is still stained from the Old Sahuaro Barleywine I tried, but this wasn’t much better. I’ll bump it because of an added level of complexity but the alcohol is still way too overbearing. Arizona sunset pour with a solid vanilla colored head. Aroma is of dark fruit, caramel malt, and spice. Smoky malt, molasses, and maple on the palate. Also a little syrupy. Eh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (7430) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 29, 2009
courtesy of gunhaver. Pour dark brown with white head. Aroma of light vanilla and oak, fruity (banana) Taste malty / caramel with again hints of sweet vanilla. Brown sugar and fruit, similar to aroma. This is some tasty beer and another hit by Dieu du Ciel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark ruddy brown, with a creamy tan head and very wet sticky lacing. Nose is hot caramel, some oak, roasted notes, fruity esters. Hot body, caramel, banana, molasses, brown sugar, and a big roasted finish. Smooth, somewhat thin-bodied, but balanced and very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2009 Oily mahogany, a slight beige head that lasts momentarily. Sweet nose of maple syrup, earth and wood, alcohol, a little like Immort Ale without the touch or complexity. Flavor is similarly sweet with notes of maple and pepper, but more traditional elements clash here, and the alcohol gives it a medicinal note. Moderate-Full body with a burnt finish and alcohol. Acceptable and rather complicated, but DdC does better stuff that still remains cohesive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Furseth (2014) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2012 Bottle: Clear dark red colour, with a nice big creamy head. Aroma of flowers, fruits, chcolate,cocoa. Flavor is lots of fruitynes, citrus, caramelly, som alcnes too, nice mixy mouthfeeling. Medium to ful body, a bit short finish, with this type of beer. Nice enyway. New rating: Bottle from 2009: 26/12-2012; Clear red colour, with a big head! Aroma of viny, raiains,portviny. flavor had a fantastic raisins/portviny mouth feeling, caramelly,vanilla and aacly mouth feeling. Big body, long nice fruity/alcy finish: 9/5 9/5 - 18= 4,6!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Bottle courtesy of BOLT7555. Pours a murky brown with some floaters and a one finger beige head. The nose is sweet malt, plums and dried fruit. Taste is roasted malt, burnt chocolate, dark fruit and some bitter hops in the finish. Slick oily mouth feel. Very good. Thanks Jason!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2009 Tasted on tap @ Dieu du Ciel and in 12 oz bottle. Pours nice red/dark-orange color. Big white fluffy head. Aroma was caramel, red fruits and some orange or citrus alcohol also (not too much). Flavor was light sweet and light bitter. Very long finish. Awesome drink, one of my bests !
Re-rated 080209, added details to description.
Re-rate winter 2009 bottle. Deep amber with a white head that is short lived. Nose is sweet and hoppy. Some red fruits. Feels wet and grassy, Taste is hoppy and sweet. Hops are grassy. Alcohol is quite present. Finish is hoppy, bitter and alcoholic. Quite bitter actually. Enjoyable but less than what I remembered. Maybe this year’s batch if not as good as last year’s... or more probably, my palate is now more experienced than it was last year. Nose from 8 to 7, App 4 to 3, Taste 7 to 8, Pal 4 to 3 Over 18 to 17, was 4.1 now 3.8. Still a nice winter warmer, very well made.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Defreni (2775) - Husum, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2009
Flaske: Fantastisk duft af slik, søde frugter. Dejlig farve og rigtig god mundfylde. Smagen er igen flydende slik med et godt afbalanceret alkoholburn og en lille snert af humle. Perfekt Barley WIne.

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