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 d’Hiver 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Bottle courtesy of BOLT7555. Pours a murky brown with some floaters and a one finger beige head. The nose is sweet malt, plums and dried fruit. Taste is roasted malt, burnt chocolate, dark fruit and some bitter hops in the finish. Slick oily mouth feel. Very good. Thanks Jason!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2143) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2009 Tasted on tap @ Dieu du Ciel and in 12 oz bottle. Pours nice red/dark-orange color. Big white fluffy head. Aroma was caramel, red fruits and some orange or citrus alcohol also (not too much). Flavor was light sweet and light bitter. Very long finish. Awesome drink, one of my bests !
Re-rated 080209, added details to description.
Re-rate winter 2009 bottle. Deep amber with a white head that is short lived. Nose is sweet and hoppy. Some red fruits. Feels wet and grassy, Taste is hoppy and sweet. Hops are grassy. Alcohol is quite present. Finish is hoppy, bitter and alcoholic. Quite bitter actually. Enjoyable but less than what I remembered. Maybe this year’s batch if not as good as last year’s... or more probably, my palate is now more experienced than it was last year. Nose from 8 to 7, App 4 to 3, Taste 7 to 8, Pal 4 to 3 Over 18 to 17, was 4.1 now 3.8. Still a nice winter warmer, very well made.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Defreni (3006) - Husum, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2009
Flaske: Fantastisk duft af slik, søde frugter. Dejlig farve og rigtig god mundfylde. Smagen er igen flydende slik med et godt afbalanceret alkoholburn og en lille snert af humle. Perfekt Barley WIne.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcbé (86) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2009
Murky brown color with almost no head. Strong hop aroma followed by fruit, alcohol and malt. Explosive taste, really bitter and delicious. Great barley wine

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drfabulous (6665) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Very nice. Great brandy aroma. Great malts. Spot on. I’m rating a lot of barley wines right now and I’m losing the vocabulary, but this was near the top of the list we drank.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2009
(12oz. bottle) Pours an deep amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, raisins, and light herbs. Flavor of roasted malt, hops (earthy, grass, light citrus),caramel, and some spices with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2009
This was an incredibly easy drinking Barley Wine. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, a little hops, and a lot of malt. It was actually very sweet with a lot of malt. It almost had a little bit of a smoke flavor to it as well. Good beer. I have yet to be disappointed by Dieu du Ciel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6511) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2009
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye.. dark brown pour with no head, spicy nose with a sweet caramel and fruit flavor, finish is bitter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2829) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2009
[Bottle, 9.8 % alc.] Pours dark copper brown with a large head. Hoppy aroma with notes of liquorice and dried fruits. Rich mouth feel. Dry, hoppy, piney, long and very bittter flavour. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (9593) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2011 First rating
341 ml bottle from Systembolaget. Labelled 9.8% ABV. On January 16, 2009.
Hazy dark copper to red color, medium tan ehad. Milky, fresh, alcohol, spicy scent. Also dried fruits. Hoppy, bitter, spicy, alcohol, dry taste. Full mouthfeel. Lasting spicy aftertaste. High bitterness.

Bottle at SÖ meeting in Gothenburg January 15, 2011
Clear dark copper color, red hints. Tan head. SWeet, malty, marzipan, alcohol scent. Malty, bitter, raissin taste. Huge lingering hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel.

Bottle from Systembolaget, kept in the fridge a while. Marked 9.8% ABV.
Sampled on February 26, 2011
Clear copper color, off-white head. Sweet, bitter, harsh scent. Bitter, also alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.

Bottle from Systembolaget, kept in the fridge a while. Marked 10.2% ABV.
Sampled on February 26, 2011
Clear dark copper color, small white head. Bitter, alcohol scent. Alcohol, sweet taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

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