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


on tap

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RATINGS: 903   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2009

Name: Solstice díhiver
Date: April 10, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Five Points, Athens
Appearance: clear dark blood red, fine off white head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma, lots of balancing earthyness, light fruityness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, nice fruity character, well balanced earthyness, touch of sharp spicyness, peppery alcohol, long bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (2129) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 17, 2009
Headless, apparently still brown, and mostly opaque. Aroma is sweet with citrus hop notes. Taste is much as it smells, with a high degree of resinous hop character mitigated by substantial residual sweetness. Pithy bitterness lingers on the palate. $4/11.2oz

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2010 Deep woodsy color, rich dark chestnut. Aroma is of old wet malt. Seems mild. Dark caramel up front, quickly replaced by increasing heat. I get a lot of pale malt, but not a lot of other subtleties. Thereís some dry oak surrounding everything. 112510 More of a sweet milk caramel and bubble gum aroma, inviting. Wow. This beer is released in mid december? If itís almost a year old Iím surprised. Lots of nail polish remover remains. Some herbal spruce character. Disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2009
Bottle from Liquid Solutions. Brew pours a Deep brown with a faint red hue. Nose of various fruits (apples, pears, maybe dried peaches?) Light booze and sweet malts as well. Flavor was also sweet malts and a tad boozy. Brew was definitely different, pretty good.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11913) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
juiceisloose (1318) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5535) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5667) - 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.

   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.

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