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

bottled
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on tap
common

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RATINGS: 804   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2005
Rich maltiness and chocolate aroma, auburn, pours a small toffee head. Big malt taste to start, hops waltz in afterward. Medium bodied, quite bitter, warming. Wonderful!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2218) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2005
draught. 2004. rich ruby brown body with a tan head and sheets of lace. aroma is malty, caramel, raisin, yeast, and alcohol. rich earthy malt body with chocolate appearing in the middle and through to the end. very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - APR 10, 2005
Special thanks to the guy next to me who bought a bottle and gave me a glass: Poured a cloudy brown with a thick beige head. Light brown sugar, grapes, alcohol with a hint of cinnamon. Lacking some malt and hops but still good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1009) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2005
Pours clear thick amber with a little creamy off white head. Boozy butterscotch spiced rum aroma. Lots of alcohol and drying hop heat. Vanilla tobacco, leathery, pepper. Super sticky. Woody malts, there might be a little smoke in there. It was hard to tell with all the cigarettes afire within. Sticky resin sweet citric hoppy finish. Damn tastey.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9214) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2005
UPDATED: APR 7, 2009 Draft... This beer rocks!... Crystal clear, brown ale with a small, creamy, white head and excellent, cumulus lacing. The aroma is very fruity and malty. The flavor is generously hopped, but still extremely malty with vineous notes and lots of caramel. This beer is very "hot," but barley wines are supposed to have a lot of alcohol in them and taste alcoholic, so Iím ejoying the warmth on a cold, Montreal, winter night. Mega full-bodied and oily with medium carbonation. The finish is sweet, then bitter, then sweet and then bitter again. Wow. I love it! World class effort!

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
asheft (2544) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2004
Beautiful blood ruby clear with a quickly diminishing fuzzy head that leaves lace along the sides of the glass. Fruity aroma with cherry, butterscotch, and caramel. Also a little horseblanket and band-aid. Flavour out of this world: woody cherry wine with peach, pear, and grapes. Also a nice bitterness that lingers for a bit, but not too long. I never thought Iíd think of a barleywine as a refreshing beverage, but this one practically was! Medium body and moderate carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PrimeMinister (138) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2004
This beer starts with a delicate presence. The alcohol is very well hidden behind what eventually becomes powerful malty flavors. Caramel, toffee all blend together to form a malt orgy where your tongue is invited. Very sexy beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (3054) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2004
Dark copper body topped with a thick and lasting off-white foamy head. Delightful sweet aroma that hides the alcohol pretty well. Various fruity hints (raisin, dark berries, cherries). Perfectly balanced taste. It is a very nice mix of malty, vineous, dark berries, and brown sugar flavors. Ends with a superb warming effect. Wonderful winter beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (2932) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2004
Aroma:Barley and herbs Appearance:Brown amber.Good white head Flavor:Herbs,alcool and barley Good palate

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2004
Aged for two years, bottle. Light brown color, thin white head. Great aroma of dark fruits, malt and alcohol. Excellent flavor of dark fruits, malt and alcohol. Medium body, medium carbonation. The finish leaves a chalky feeling. Really good.


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