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


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RATINGS: 847   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (5978) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2008
<i>Bottle (34 cl) from Systembolaget</i>. Hazy copper, creamy beige head. Malty and nutty, with notes of chocolate, and earthy hops. Medium bodied with soft mouthfeel. Quite dry and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhagmar (114) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle, thanks ekstedt. Reddish brown with a tan head. Smells of pears and other sweet fruit. Somewhat sweet with some bitterness. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (23578) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle. Hazy orange red coloured with a huge off white head. Fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of hops and liquorice. Fruity and spicy flavour of hops, grape fruits and caramel with notes of dried fruits. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hirigalzkar (2551) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2009 Bottle. Redbrown. Thick head. Smells citrus hops with sweet malt and barley in the background. Sweet citrusy hops at first. Bitter hops in the aftertaste. Smooth. Is this really a barley wine? Not very vinous or sweet. Tastes more like an american strong ale. A little too one dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (35099) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2008
34.1 cL bottle. Pours cloudy deep amber with a diminished tan head. Smooth malty and light spiced aroma. Light roasted. Flavour starts mild sweet and is followed by a hard roasted malty flavour swept in a delicate spice note. Warming finish with a lingering malty and bitter. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - NOV 21, 2008
UPDATED: APR 5, 2009 First Christmas/winter beer for this season... it’s gonna be interesting! Pours a nice dark red color with a large foamy head. Some lacing on the glass. Really nice. Aroma is pretty malty, caramely with notes of some dried fruits. Some hops there too. There also notes of sweet berries... maybe wild strawberriess. Nice. Flavour is more hoppy than expected after smelling this beer. Lots of citrusy hop-notes with a pretty big bitterness. Maybe not as hoppy as an double ipa, nor as the other american styled-barley wine I’ve had: Bigfoot, but still the hop flavour is dominating. There’s also some malty caramel here too. Very well hidden alcohol, though it’s still warming and nice. Palate is very filling, carbonation is medium and just perfect, fullbodied. A very nice beer from a very interesting brewery. I hope we will get more beers from Dieu Du Ciel in Sweden.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EnSiFeRuM (501) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2008
En fût au 10 eme de Dieu du Ciel. Vieillie 7 ans. La bière est de couleur orange-brunâtre légèrement voilée avec une mousse modeste qui reste tout au long de la dégustation. Au nez on respire des arômes de caramel fondue et crémeux, de fruits rouges, de baies, de sucre d’orge et d’alcool. En bouche le corps est rond avec une effervescence moyenne. On goûte des saveurs de caramel au départ, vient ensuite une amertume d’alcool très puissante et en finale les fruits rouges mûrs. Goût d’alcool très présent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2010 Rerate: 2-16-10.
Pours dark brownish orange; minimal head. Suggestive malty aroma, a little bit of alcohol heat in the back. Flavor - initially malty, but the hops come on very quickly. A lot of coniferous tree bark notes. Long bitter aftertaste. Good.

Orig. rating: 9-25-08.
’01 version on tap at DDC. Dark amber w/ creamy head. Can’t get much of aroma. Nutty, fruity flavor; syrupy. Seems good but my stomach couldn’t really deal with this after Peche Mortel.
7 3 6 4 13 3.3

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2008
2002 bottle at the DDC 10th Anniversary Party. Soupy, hoppy aroma, stale sherry, cookie. Old, foggy flavor, steam, clams, cardboard, sweat. Still some hops, still some head, still some body. Pretty good, but has been become very dull with age. Another I’d like to taste fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6428) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 16, 2008
Brassin 2002. Bouteille 341 ml dégustée lors du party 10e anniversaire du Dieu du Ciel. Arôme: Odeur de caramel foncé et de petits fruits foncés. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel et de petits fruits foncés. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’alcool chaleureux en arrière goût. (Rating #1959)

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