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

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RATINGS: 899   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drfabulous (6427) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Very nice. Great brandy aroma. Great malts. Spot on. Iím rating a lot of barley wines right now and Iím losing the vocabulary, but this was near the top of the list we drank.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12697) - 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.

3.9
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6502) - 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

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2800) - FinspŚng, 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (9552) - MŲlndal, 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.
8/4/8/4/16=4.0

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Bottle at S÷ 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.
7/4/4/3/9=2.7

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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.
6/4/6/4/13=3.3

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.
6/4/6/3/12=3.1

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3379) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 16, 2009
12oz bonus from my main man Todd, thanks hannont, you rock. Poured the whole bottle into my DFH Snifter. It pours a thick rich reddish copper with a nice tan head. The nose is very nice, with rich fruit and sweet crisp caramel and toffee. Taste is sweet rich and incredibly hoppy, way more hoppy than I expected. There is a huge disparity between the nose and the body. This is a beer where the barleywine imperial IPA thing come together. I like the look and the nose more than the taste, strange contradictions exist in this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5240) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. deep brown pour with a thin cream head. nose of alcohol, molasses, sweet malts and caramel. nice flavor of hops and caramel. bitter finish thatís actually quite smooth but, this beer could use some time cellared.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Bottle. Pours a lightly hazy brown color with a brief thin light tan head. Sweet earthy aromas of raisin, dried fig, royal jelly. Taste has an initial blast of alcohol and earthy hops, surprisingly strong on both accounts. The hops take over the finish. A bit brash, will probably buy another to lay down for a year and see what happens.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2009
11.5 oz bottle. Pours mostly clear, dark copper brown in color. A foamy, beige colored head leaves wispy, sticky swaths of lacing on the glass. Aromas include brown sugar, caramel, dry cocoa, stewed figs and raisins, and notes of vanilla vodka. Hints of molasses shows on a deep inhalation. Flavors show the same malty elements, sweet brown sugar and molasses showing strongest, with a boozy vodka note and a surprising dose of citrus hops. Some sharp, earthen spices come through on the finish. Most of the body comes from the syrupy, sugary sweetness, it seems, while the staunch hops and the warm alcohol make their presence felt on the lingering finish. This one is pretty nice, but perhaps a bit young. It reminds me of Bigfoot with about 2 years on it.


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