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

bottled
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RATINGS: 805   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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.


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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrgratz (113) - New York, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Tap at Mugs alehouse.. The beer is clear dark brown, an off-white head that leaves some lacing The smell is malty , sweet dried fruits, some sour feelings, vinegar and bitter peeling. The taste is very sweet, sugar, dried fruits, some strong wine and bitter seeds. A light carbonation, a complex body, soft initially, then dry. Drinking this after an 08 BCBS may have ruined it for me.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zakoon (62) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2014
33cl bottle @ home. Pours murky dark brown with a tiny beige head. Aroma is caramel malt, dark fruits, alcohol, candy sugar and some oak. Flavour is quite bitter and a little sweet, the alcohol has a bite and there’s a lot of caramel and raisins .Full body, medium carbonation and a boozy and dark fruity finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
jennawood79 (367) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
The beer had ample malt sweetness reminicent of figs or raisins with some breadiness for added palate pleasing character. It had a good stong hop bitterness to balance the sweetness but overall it was lacking in hop flavour and aroma leading me to believe that it may only have a single hop addition at the begining of the boil. Certainly there are no late hoppings in this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (9624) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 16, 2014
from Mise en Bière - murky dark ruby-brown beer with a chaotic foam left; aroma of plums, candied caramel and cherries; full-bodied and solidly sweet, some harsh and earthy bitterness lasting in a long aftertaste of ripe red fruits, burning alcohol and caramel

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eduardovl (871) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
341ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip glass. A: Pours a dark amber nutty color forming a big creamy, fluffy, thin bubbled and soapy beige head. Good retention and tons of lingering and molasses lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains for long time on the top S: Caramel bomb in the nose. Candy sugar, dark fruits, caramel malts, roasted malts and flowery hops. A bit of alcohol can be felt in the end T: Sweet upfront. Intense taste of caramel. Strong notes of caramel and roasted malts. Strong notes of dark fruits, mainly raisins and grapes. Quite bitter end. Actually, it’s quite hoppy and bitter to a barleywine. Great bittersweet balance M: Heavy and molasses body. Medium carbonation and a fruity and bittersweet aftertaste O: Good drinkability. Nice American Barleywine. Another good surprise from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel [ BA Review @ 7/27/2013 ]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1731) - - OCT 14, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-10-14- Poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance – The beer pours a copper color with a finger of tan colored head. The head has a light level of retention, fading to leave a light level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a caramel smell mixed with some aromas of caramel molasses and some dark fruits of fig and raisin. Along with these smells are some nice rum like aromas as well as a bit of a spice smell of licorice. Some lighter hop aromas of a pine nature mix with the rest as well as a little bit of a chocolate smell. Taste – The taste with hints of chocolate mixed with a moderately strong flavor of caramel and brown sugar. Some darker fruits are present right from the start with some cherry, plum and raisin as well as some more brown bread flavors. Some booziness comes to the tongue toward the middle of the taste but remains art a relatively constant level never really overpowering the malt and the sweet taste of the brew like in many barley wines. All the while a nice moderately strong pine and earthy hop flavor come to the tongue balancing the sweet rather nicely. The chocolate flavors fade out from the taste at this point with a light amount of a almost tannin like flavor coming to the tongue at the very end, mixing with the rest of the flavors to leave a nicely blended sweet and malty flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. While not quite as thick and chewy as I would have liked overall the thickness and lower carbonation were rather nice for the flavor and style of the brew making for a rather enjoyable sipper Overall – A rather nice drinking barley wine. It is big in flavor without being both too dry and boozy or too overly sweet. A nice easier drinking one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBaboon (1597) - FINLAND - OCT 10, 2014
Pours dark mahogany with light beige head. Aroma is malty, berries, spicy and fruity. Flavour is medium to heavy sweet, medium bitter, fruity and spicy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukasmh (180) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2014
Tap. Pours dark dark amber with huge everlasting tan head. Beatefull. Aroma is caramel, nutty, some berries, marmalade, slight toast. Yeast. Taste is heavy sweet, but quickly balanced by dry bitter hops. Long slight burnt caramel finish. Some chocolate.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (1077) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 10, 2014
On tap at Biercab. Dark brown colour with off white head. Yeast and caramel aroma, same taste, also sweet with some dark fruits. Medium to full body.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3156) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2014
2012 bottle with a big thanks to Colin. Pours murky amber with a small beige head which quickly disappears. Nose is instantly like a hot chocolate. As it warms, loads of dark fruit come out, massive raisin driven sweetness, sultanas, fig, date, mild tarty currants, loads of silky sweet milk chocolate and toffee. Taste is loaded with dark fruits, slightly stewed raisin, the booze steadily warms and finishes with grass and caramelised fruits. Intense and boozy but the palate holds a nice amount of carbonation and doesn’t have any of that sticky sweetness which I don’t really enjoy. Very solid BW

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiammanghilla (627) - Genova, ITALY - OCT 7, 2014
Spina @ Eurhop 2014. Ambrata senza schiuma Barley importante con note di frutta rossa.


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