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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 884   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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 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.


MullMan's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - DEC 10, 2009
11.5oz bottle. deep, dark orangey-amber colored body, very short, thin foamy light sienna head that goes quickly. aroma is sweet and vinuous malt, toffee, raisins in bourbon, and a little woody. flavor is sweet and strong toffee malt, a little bourbon and sweet vermouth, some light heat and light bitter hop, and dark dried fruits like prunes. a little estery in the finish, and some bitter hop in the aftertaste. nice balance and profile, enjoyable.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (3556) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - APR 25, 2016
bottle @ Vino Bellissimo / Lima OH --- Aroma of malt and dried dark fruit. Opaque brown/black with a frothy light brown head, bands of lace. Taste is caramel malt that adds medium carbonation before turning to dark dried fruit and alcohol in a long boozy finish. Doesn’t work as a Barleywine, more as a Dubbel or Tripel. Surprising, because it is the first Dieu de Ciel that hasn’t impressed me.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (10542) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 31, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at Max’s place. Thanks Tom L. Very deep amber-brown. Aroma of malt, caramel, lots of dark fruits, a bit of alcohol. Sweet flavor, somewhat boozy, with caramel, dark fruits, and a bitter finish. Medium to full-bodied, rounded mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BobyFischer (266) - FRANCE - MAR 8, 2016
Brune rubis et délicats reflets écarlates. Nez bien doux, biscuité, épicé, ample et bien développé. En bouche belle attaque alcoolique, douce, biscuit, caramel puis épices et menus houblons.Finale légèrement amérisante et surtout épicée : cannelle, vanille. Pas mon genre préféré mais dans le genre un must d’une grande réussite. Bravo DDC, une des meilleures brasserie au monde.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wombat23 (329) - Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Shared 11.5 oz. bottle. Amber pour with a small beige head. Aroma is caramel, sweet malt, and alcohol. Taste is similar, with some dark fruit. Strong malt presence. Alcohol warming finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
darbeer75 (261) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Aroma: Fruity and malty with good complexity; Appearance: dark ruby red with thin head that dissipates quickly; Taste: also strongly fruity and malty with some hoppiness underneath; Palate: medium-heavy body with long, sweet finish; Overall: too sweet for me, but decent overall.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
martjoobolut (2517) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 4, 2016
Bottle (from saveur-biere.com). Pours dark ruby copper with beige head. The head doesn’t stay. Aroma is mild fruity, sweet, caramel, marmelade. Flavor is sweet and bitter, fruits, burnt caramel, citrus, marmelade, malt, alcohol. Finish is dry-burnt bitter with more booze. Overall: ok, disappointing by Dieu du Ciel standards.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Abner (306) - Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2016
Bottle. Pours a murky reddish brown color with a small off-white head. Aromas of caramel, sweet malts, a touch of alcohol. Taste is of lightly burnt caramel malt. Starts off medium sweet, but a medium to heavy bitterness takes over midpalate. Medium+ bodied and oily; average carbonation. Bitter, astringent finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
axl (423) - Lund, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2016
341ml bottle. Redish tinted brown with minimal gray-brown head. Aroma of toffee, fudge, caramel, dried fruits, nuts, slight banana and milk chocolate. Taste is dried fruits, nuts, almonds, slightly burnt brown sugar, caramel, toffee, roasted malts and milk chocolate. Medium mouthfeel, medium-strong carbonation and lasting sweet and roasted aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jesperhammer (3918) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2016
27-DEC-2015, bottle @home, from Systembolaget, from Erik:-) Almost clear amber with lasting off-white head. Malty with nuts, dreid fruit but also quite some hops. Sweet, bitter, nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerplace (229) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2016
Bottle bought in Liberty Wine Merchants. Intensive fruit aroma AND taste are similar to Trappist beers (like Rochefort 8 & 10, Chimay Red & Blue, etc): medium sweet, dark fruits, raisins, a little bit buttery and even cheezy on the background. Very good beer and should be even better after aging.


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