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


on tap

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RATINGS: 901   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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.

JohnQPublic's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Pours a dark reddish-brown, with a healthy if quickly dissipating bone-white head. Nose is prickly malt - dark, toasty bordering on roasty with a solid presence of cool hops that really feel like glacier to me. To be honest, I have a huge soft spot for what I tasted as glacier hops, which is why I was totally drawn in by this. Delicious. Taste backs it up. Malt body is dark, integrated into the cool, minty, prickly hop note. A bit toasty with hints of roasty caramel sweetness, bit of cocoa, but all completely intertwined with the minty, cool, prickly hops. Like a billion microscopic, super-cooled needles covered in a toasty caramel imbedding themselves into your tongue. Interesting, and in my eyes, delicious. I could drink this a lot if fresh. Yum. Fluffy carbonation that sits just on the border of fizzy, and really does a nice job of complementing the hops note. Nicely put together beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MetalNHopHead (1427) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 24, 2016
This is only my second brush with Dieu du Ciel so far, but it’s pretty clear they make a tasty malt bomb. Solstice D’Hiver pours a clear red-brown. Its nose is boozy and fruity with some notes of wood and char. Flavor is nicely balanced. There’s caramel, fruit, and some hops. It’s syrupy and full-bodied but not as heavy as some Barleywines. As the name suggests, this brew would fit right into the colder months of the year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HuskerTan (1700) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - SEP 23, 2016
Bottle. A- Subtle cherry, oak, booze, brown sugars. A- Dark mahogany color, clear liquid, light brown head. T- Oak, cherry, medium bitterness, maple, brown sugars. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, complex finish. O- Not as bitter as I expected and only 6 months of age. Overall a nice not overly aggressive representation of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
knasputte78 (560) - SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2016
Mörk bärnsten. Spritighet och konjaksfeeling. Inte helt min grej men funkar ändå okej ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (8127) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2016
15/VIII/16 - 341ml bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: 30/IX/15 (2016-855)

Clear purple brown beer, creamy irregular beige head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: malty, caramel, dried fruits, bit metallic. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet start, some ripe banana, bitter hops, chocolate, alcohol, malty, banana peel. Aftertaste: dried fruits, bit oxidized, metallic touch, very bitter and unpleasant finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Adamsville (213) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2016 Apparence : Brune foncée, presque opaque, carbonatation moyenne, léger col beige foncé, tout de même une bonne rétention.
Nez : Caramel, malt grillé, légers vanille et dattes.
Goût : Entrée de caramel sucré, touches grillée, de raisins secs, de dattes et d’amertume en finale. Une amertume brûlée et légèrement terreuse.
Sensation : Effervescence moyenne, picotement éthylique sur la langue, corps moyen-plus, chaleur moyenne, finale de durée moyenne.
Bref : J’avais toujours bu cette bière jeune et ce, sans prendre de notes. J’avais en tête une bière sucrée, mais surtout très amère. Trop. Débalancée. À la limite d’être agressante. Était-ce une mauvaise perception? Peut-être, mais une année de repos en bouteille lui a fait un grand bien : très bel équilibre entre le malt caramélisé et les houblons, notes grillées, fruitées, terreuses. Un très bon Barleywine. Simple, mais très efficace. Critique? Bizarrement, il manque un peu d’intensité, de corps et de longueur. Comme quoi il faut sacrifier quelque chose en quelque part.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LouisP (215) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2016
D’une couleur brune, sans effervescence, trouble, peu carbonaté. Arômes de figues, mélasse, canelle, raisins rouges. En bouche c’est liquoreux, l’alcool est présent en bouche, avec une touche sucrée, herbacée qui est intéressante. Au final, la solstice d’hiver est pas mal autant buvable qu’un barleywine peut l’être. Agréable, elle réchauffera les soirées froides du mois de janvier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2016
Bottle drunk at home a present from MartinT, thanks a lot. Very dark brown black beer with lasting tan head. Sweetish aroma, malty. Sweetish malt in mouth, some spice. some dryness on the finish. I rather like it. Good condition, in fact I really do quite like it. A bit spicy but apart from that it really is very drinkable. Hides ABV well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainTilven (161) - Nancy, FRANCE - JUL 9, 2016
Dégustée à température de 14,2°C à 17,3°C. Corps acajou sombre, opaque, couronné d’une mousse beige doré fine qui fond très vite pour laisser une écume permanente. Arômes de pruneau à l’eau de vie, fruits secs, fruits noirs, tourbe; alcool très présent; capiteux, épicé, une pointe d’acidité. Saveurs similaires avec en plus le café et le malt. L’amertume soutient bien le tout et donne beaucoup de longueur. Très bon équilibre, finesse extraordinaire pour une bière aussi capiteuse et riche. Très bien avec du chocolat noir aux amandes et airelles ou fourré à la pâte d’amandes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
linusb (848) - SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2016
A: Deep brown with a hint of red. One finger white head. N: Apricot, caramel, cherry, hint of marzipan. T: Zest, caramel, bitter hoppiness. O: Heavy bitterness and a bit boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (3725) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JUN 22, 2016
Might be a little aged, but this was poured into a mini-snifter, here are my thoughts: The appearance had a light brown color with a decent transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace. A filmy white head started and dissipated at a nice pace. Filmy lacing winds around the glass nicely. The smell starts off with sweet toffee, light breadiness, subtle toast, caramel malts. The flavor takes previously mentioned aromas and adds a subtle "dry" tobacco edge trying to slide into the aftertaste. Quick semi-sweet/dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body, yeah, just a tad lighter on the body than what I expected for a barleywine (could be a bit "aged" that could be doing it). Overall, for a barleywine, I’d say it works for the most part, yes, I did have this a little bit later than I probably should have, but in my opinion, I believe I did it’s due respect. I’d have again.

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