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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 787   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34404) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2009
Bottle 341ml.
Light light unclear medium amber color with a average, frothy - creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, nutty, berry sweet, moderate hoppy, orange, spicy. Flavor is light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, and nice balancede. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20081122]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (30765) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29170) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2007
Draft at Stockholm Beer Festival 2007. An amber beer with a thick tan head. The aroma has notes of spices, caramel, and malt. The flavor is sweet malty iwth strong notes of caramel as well as notes of alcohol and fruit. The body is thick.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2008
Bottle 34,1 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Label claims 9.8% ABV. Slightly hazy reddish brown with a dense off-white head. Spicy aroma with some burned malt. Quite full-bodied with very distinct burned malt, some spices and notes of cough syrup. A distinct, burned malt bitterness with quite some alcohol in the finish. Very unusual for a Barley Wine. 221108

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20580) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20253) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 28, 2007
Draught@SBWF2007. Deep amber colour, not much head. Aroma is fruits, raisins, dark dry fruits and spices. Flavour is is very much the same in a very nice balance. Some spices and caramel too.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19237) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2007
Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival. Clear deep ruby, creamy head. Caramelly nose with some dried fruits. Full bodied. Balanced between grassy hops, caramelly malt and arousing alcohol. Soft and completely without edges. A great winter warmer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16460) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Sweetish malty spicy caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy caramel and dark fruit finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14507) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2011
28th April 2009
Cloudy brown beer. Dry palate. Sweet aromatic malt and a distinct bubblegum note. All this against some fruity and bitter hops. Unusual taste profile, seductive.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2014
2014-04-03, draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver, 7-5-8-5-15=40
10oz

Beautiful mahogany color with creamy head. The aroma is simpler than expected, some caramel and malt, but also some ripe apple, which is not a good sign; nutty too eventually. Full bodied, round mouthfeel; more caramel than malt, with some fudge and light treacle, medium sweet; very strong bitterness, with some bitter oranges and some hop resins.
Midway between English and American Barley Wines. Body and texture are excellent, more depth was expected from the malt.

2013-02-01, bottle, 7-5-8-4-15=39
4 years old, bb 2011-12-31, 9.8% ABV

Dark color, with creamy head. Moderate aroma of caramel and dark malts. The mouthfeel is round and very smooth, the malt flavor is nice, not sticky, with caramel and light fudge and treacle note; it has a hint of spices, and the bitterness level is correct; the liquorice starts to appear, pale sign of age; some nuts play in the final.
Very good, probably still interesting for another 2-3 years.

2008-12-14, bottle, 6-4-8-4-15=37
Cloudy chestnut color; compact head. The aroma is not much expressive, light hop and caramel. It has a good body strength, with strong caramel and chocolate flavor, and a very powerful hopping, very aromatic; the chocolate is rising at the end. Pleasant, but powerful without soul.

2007-09-22, draught at Stockholm Beer Festival 2007, 6-4-7-3-13=33
Very dark color, with bright amber shades; thin head, creamy. Alcoholic aroma, light red berries. Round mouthfeel, very warming, some malt and caramel flavor, sweet; quite high bitterness. Well brewed, but without emotions.


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