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

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RATINGS: 899   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 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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blaketj80 (78) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 15, 2009
Pours deep brown/translucent amber with thin lacing head. Smells of raisins and alcohol with some fruity esters. It has very smooth bottle fermented carb and is very smooth for style and abv. It is dry for a BW and has alcohol notes with hints of cinnamon. An interesting beverage, and I am going to say itís worth a try.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11565) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2009
11.5 ounce bottle from State Line. Pours a clear medium ruby red with a large frothy tan head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is toffee, citrus hops, lots of fruit notes, predominantly pear but with some cherry and banana also. Taste is toffee, brown sugar, bitter citrus hops, boozy alcohol, cherries, berries and spice. Full bodied. Chewy texture. Quite nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
juiceisloose (1302) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2009
Popurs a dark copper brown color with just a purplish tint to it. A small beige head crowns the top and settles to just a few bubbles around the rim of the glass. The aroma shows hints of caramel, dark fruits, cherries, raisins, and some alcohol. The flavor follows suit with the dark fruit and malty characters from the brown and caramel. The alcohol makes itself known along with some hop bitterness and spices on the backend. Medium bodied and touch syrupy from all the malts. The sugar and hop bitterness linger on the finish with a warming sensation from the alcohol. Pretty nice barleywine, but could use some more time to age right now.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5445) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2009
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Beige head with good retention leaves tiger lacing as it recedes to hug rim. Burnt molasses aromas. Thick and spicy. Oranges, kirsch, cloves, tobacco and bitter molasses. Lasting alcohol burn.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5569) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2009
Very dark cherry wood color with a moderate vanilla colored head. Aromas of old wood, spices, caramel, dates, and cocoa. A nice enough sniff, just does not seem like a lot of meat. Quite smooth and medium bodied. Starts with light sweet malt and moved to dark fruit and rich caramel. Finish gets a bit acidic and bitter. Some citric fruit rind and pith take over and disrupt things. Linger sooths thing back out with some dark fruit and a herbal component. Only a hint of warming. A strong ale, with a few rougher edges.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SmallOne (79) - SWEDEN - APR 10, 2009
A warming nice winterbeer, Taste is nutty with lots of hops and a slight hint of alcohol. Smooth and warming with a really good pallate.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2009
Dark, ruby pour with a huge, rocky, off-white head. Dark fruit aroma, with pine, toffee, and damp wood. The flavor is quite spicy and peppery with some notes of wet wood, dark fruit, toffee, and a lasting juniper like bitter finish. The alcohol is not very hidden at all. Oily-medium full body with very soft carbonation. This is much more like a well hopped American barley wine than the sweet English style I was expecting.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2009
bottle poured into a snifter. very nice and complex barley wine... pours a deep red with a touch of an off white head... aromas of sugar, light fruit and a touch of hops. the light fruits really come forward over the front and top of the palate.... lots of apple, plum and banana. it is somewhat light and soft on top while the sides carry a more dense body with a caramel malt character. the hops really shine through the finish... along with a splash of alcohol and more sugar. díHiver is a top notch barley wine that stands out from the ordinary crowd.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3527) - Branson, Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2009
Bottle brought back from Portland. A pretty nice looking dirty brownish/read. A medium sized dark tan head. Aroma was very nice; with some sweet and dark fruit, caramel, toffee and a touch of earth. Flavor wasnít as sweet, and the alcohol was a bit stronger than I expected. Wasnít in love with the palate; in fact it wasnít great. A bit of creaminess with some harshness. Some decent flavor there; caramel, fruit, toffee and earth. Some peppery hopping in the finish. Expected more.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2009
11.5oz bottle served in a snifter. Syrupy, ruddy brown pour with no head. Just a few lingering bubbles. Some oily legs. The aroma included layers of fruit. Dark fruit, honeycrisp apples, fresh orchard fruit, and sweet toffee. Very bright and floral. The flavor was dark fruit, caramel, some underlying chocolate, mild citrus, and some alcohol. The alcohol left a sustained warmth at the finish. The mouthfeel was thick and full-bodied with a slight stickiness. A fantastic aroma followed by a pretty decent flavor. A nice sipper.


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