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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 884   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (7775) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle. Pours red brown with a beige head. Sweet aroma of fleshy fruity, caramel, hops, and a hint of booze. The flavor has sweet malts, caramel, and lingering floral hops. Pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle thanks to carythedude. Marked 9.8%. Pours with an off-white, khaki head with a hazed maple colored body. Good lace. Aroma of dark fruits, alcohol, dried cherries, brandy, plums, maple, light menthol, cranberries, and flan. Taste is alcohol, bitter, flan, toffee, currants and dark fruits. Very warming with a water like mouthfeel and light bubbles.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2676) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle thanks to BMan1113VR. Pours a dark layered color that goes from dark brown to light amber. Nose is sour cherries, dried cranberries, and caramel. Taste is sweet brown sugar, caramelized sugar, little bit of citrus and even some chocolate toffee. Medium mouthfeel and carbonated bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2009
Bottle. Dark red-brown with beige head. Raisin, plum, alcohol. Nice but a bit too strong really. On the other hand a winter warmer should be quite strong. Some hop in aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBeer45 (1389) - Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2010 This has a clear ruby pour with darker hues, I see tiny particles slowy shifting around after the pour, looks viscous in the glass, has off-white and light tan bubbled small head and leaves some sticky lacings on the glass, aroma of light and dark fruits (plum, raisin) and caramel, there is some brandy-bourbon alcohol and wine like fragrances on the nose, (this ale is not labeled as a Bourbon aged product), faint hop and chocolate fragrances, candy sweetness mixed in with all of the nose pleasanties, flavor of sweet dark fruits, some hop bitterness, faint roasted malt, alcohol warmth is present (a bit more than I prefer), mouth feel is thick with some stickiness to it, I can see this being a nice warming drink in the Winter but there is a bit too much alcohol, I would have given this a better flavor rating otherwise, an ok Barley Wine.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2009
[Bottle] Pours a hazy caramel with a finger of tan head. Aroma is raisins, caramel, and a touch of dark fruits. The flavor is quite different, though. There are loads of spices in this one. Lots of nutmeg, allspice, and a touch of cinnamon. There is some chalky caramel malt in there as well, and the mouthfeel is really chalky and dry.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Pours a dark reddish-brown, with a healthy if quickly dissipating bone-white head. Nose is prickly malt - dark, toasty bordering on roasty with a solid presence of cool hops that really feel like glacier to me. To be honest, I have a huge soft spot for what I tasted as glacier hops, which is why I was totally drawn in by this. Delicious. Taste backs it up. Malt body is dark, integrated into the cool, minty, prickly hop note. A bit toasty with hints of roasty caramel sweetness, bit of cocoa, but all completely intertwined with the minty, cool, prickly hops. Like a billion microscopic, super-cooled needles covered in a toasty caramel imbedding themselves into your tongue. Interesting, and in my eyes, delicious. I could drink this a lot if fresh. Yum. Fluffy carbonation that sits just on the border of fizzy, and really does a nice job of complementing the hops note. Nicely put together beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2009
(bottle - 11.5 oz) Dark amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma is light with hints of malts, chocolate, and banana. Flavor is sweet and medicinal with a ton of alcohol, candied sugar, some fruits, and a bitter flavor that lingers on the palate. Way too boozy.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Aroma is like a frozen chocolate covered banana. Flavor is lightly sweet and boozy with candied fruits on the entry and a hefty charcoal bitterness to the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Courtesy beernbourbon. Dark amber. Off white head. Rich, malty, and boozy with notes of burnt caramel and toffee, good-n-plenty, cocoa, herbals, and a touch of drying bitterness on the end. Alcohol aids in drying the end to keep it from being too sweet. Full/medium body, smooth. Nice after dinner drink, dig the good-n-plenty and herbal hop combo.


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