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

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RATINGS: 792   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9802) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of fruittiness, burnt carmel and a hint of spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a lightly warming finish. Flavors of burnt carmel, toffee, dates, fig and light spice with a smooth lightly warming lingering bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11184) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle, bought at Systembolaget, MalmŲ. Thanks myrup. Pours deep mahogany with ruby-red edges. A big, creamy, off-white head with bigger bubbles nearer the liquid. Sweet malty aroma, lightly roasted, some plums, a little spiciness and red apples. Some vinious character as well. Lowish carbonation, just small bubbles dancing on my tongue. Quite oily as well. Flavour begins sweet, some distinct toffee. It is quite roasted after that with a little coffee and hazel nuts. Very vinious, which is probably just a tad too much. Great, lingering aftertaste with roasted malts and it ends quite dry. There is some spices and fruitiness lingering as well.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours with a dark brown color. Nice aromas of coffee and spices, and a bit of licorice. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, a hint of allspice and a bit of an alcohol burn. Body could be a bit more robust, but a nice winter warmer overall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (1935) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2008
pours mahogany brown with thin tan head. Aroma is raisin, plum, apple, light licorice, molasses. Flavour is again raisin and licorice, sweet nuttiness. some charred wood tones. Quite sweet in the body with a chocolately clean bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2008
12oz bottle. nice color, cloudy tobacco brown, it gets a sort of sunburst look when held to light. little to no head forms, and the carbonation looks low. not sure why they chose to bottle this with a screw cap. may have affected the carbonation level. fruity apricot notes hover over mild raisin and licorice aroma. sweet and potent. lots heavy body with more bitterns than i had anticipated. palate is clean. just a hint of belgian ester. this is a good but stylistically off.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8028) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Happy Solstice. Huge malt-forward black plum, raisin and nut nose. Body is somewhat flat but smoothness and oiliness is appreciated. Rich oak, black plum, lightly charred chocolate, a little bit of nut character and some cream as well. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2008
The aroma seems to blend sweetness, spice and hops in a rather pleasant way. Flavour of burned nougat, warming alcohol and hops. Everything manages to linger at some time or another through the aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2008
Bottle. Pours a hazy red color. Aroma is spicey with lots of bured malt. Taste is boring hops with some caramell and fruits. Some burnt malt in here aswell. To much alcohol in finish, Not near as good as expected.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Burgundy colored ale with a filmy, lasting white head. Aroma is the weak spot, but still shows some malt and hop character. Flavor has some depth to it and is very complex, with a nice balance between bold hop and malt notes. Caramel and toffee with spruce-like hops. Very nice mouth feel to this bad boy. Pretty nice barley wine with some nice short term cellar potential.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2008
Bottle 34,1 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Label claims 9.8% ABV. Slightly hazy reddish brown with a dense off-white head. Spicy aroma with some burned malt. Quite full-bodied with very distinct burned malt, some spices and notes of cough syrup. A distinct, burned malt bitterness with quite some alcohol in the finish. Very unusual for a Barley Wine. 221108


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