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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: 893   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.


3.9
   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 (3512) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2009
Pours a murky darkish brown, with a small off white head. Smells of rich dark sweet malt, toffe, dark fruits, and caramel. The flavor was much of the same. Pretty intense alcool presence most of the way. Bready yeast, dark malt and sweet brown sugar come to mind. Some toffee flavors come through in the finish as well. Pretty standard, but tasty barley wine.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Bottle from Glouglouburp. Thanks Dany! Color of fresh pressed apple cider, little to no head. Taste of tropical fruits, cherries, some earthyness with a slightly bitter hop finish that rounded things out nicely. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3468) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Pours dark caramel color with off white head. Aromas of sweet malt, fruit, caramel and some alcohol. Similar flavors with a slight hoppiness in the finish. Full body with mild carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (4006) - - MAR 26, 2009
bottle. unable to find a date but i bought it today. clear brownish red under a small beige head. sweet candy malt aroma with hops, basement mildew, and the slightest hint of alcohol. flavor is nutty, woody, basement, hops, dry, walnuts. incredibly smooth and slightly warming. the palate is simply amazing. i like this because of the mellowness of the hops. sips easy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4807) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2009 2008 Vintage; tasted March 23, 2009. Canada Rating #50. Dark, murky brown color with no head. Very light aroma of sweet malt and brown sugar. Quite non-aromatic. Plenty of flavor, however. A strong, sweet malt hit up front, turning into a light brown or turbinado sugar taste. Some raisins and a vinous note. Resiny and piney hops with a dry grain finish. Medium body. Solid. Ageing one for the next solstice. 6/4/8/3/16

Re-rating. 2008 Vintage; tasted December 21, 2009. On the Solstice! Dark brown color, though a little dark red on the edges, with a thin head. Strong caramel aroma, some biscuit and lightly toasted grains. Definitely a grainy taste up front. Lots of bread, biscuit and toast. Upon warming, rumminess, prunes and a light pine hop bitterness. Rockin.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (7898) - 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.


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