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


on tap

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RATINGS: 851   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (39783) - 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]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (36243) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (30973) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25072) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (23987) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (23228) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (21767) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (20000) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (18996) - , 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (18091) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2007
Draft Stockholm Beer Festival ... nice red colour ... sweetie malts very nice some pear drops and touch of cola cubes ... sweet fruit malt but again sweeties all over

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