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.

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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peter_L (1195) - SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2015
Sample@SBWF2015. Cigarr, choklad, russin och bär kan urskiljas i doften. Torkad frukt, mörka bär, cigarr och mörk bitter choklad i smaken. Avslutas med en lätt lakritston Lite klen i humlen, om jag skall klaga på något. Lång eftersmak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerdedDave (971) - - SEP 9, 2015
light brown - ruby red color; really great, malty aroma with oak notes; a great, well balanced, barley wine style ale; not at all sweet (as these high gravity barley wines tend to be); caramel malt with mild burnt sugar notes

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1841) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 4, 2015
Murky brown with a tan head. Aroma is raisins, dates, chocolate, caramel. Full bodied, slightly sticky mouthfeel, sweet and fruity on the palate with a warming finish. Taste is raisins, chocolate, dates, brown sugar, booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopmaestro (723) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2015
Backlog from lost & found notes: Aroma is sweet and malty caramels, toffee and berries. Taste is dried dark fruits, plums, a hint of Slivovitza, moist and sweaty blue grapes. Slight bitterness. Great!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jflopsu (866) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Pours a hazy amber-brown. Has a faint sweet malt and dark fruit aroma. A delayed taste of dark dried fruits, caramel, spices, and malts. Leaves a very dry aftertaste. Flavor was weak as I had it at a Xmas in July event.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmacklin (478) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2015
341 ml bottle. Pours a hazy, brownish red with a creamy, medium, long lived, tan head that laces. Sweet malty aroma of caramel, dark fruit, berries and light spice. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, caramel, dried fruit, light spice with warming alcohol and a dry, bitter hoppy finish. Full body with a thick, oily texture and soft carbonation. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GIJOE (981) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JUN 24, 2015
Pours brown with a creamy off-white head that lingers long. Nose is slighty yeasty with strong tart candy notes. Taste is on the bitter side with a bold malty undercurrent. Full-bodied beast; thick and creamy. Very tasty brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (3090) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 22, 2015
Bottle @ ZEBF 2015. Aroma of raisin, ripe fruit and malt. Taste of the usual: raisin, ripe red fruit and caramelised malt. Good, but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (7832) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle sampled at ZEBF ’15. Pours cloudy brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of overripe dark fruits, raisins, light chlorine, caramel, toffee and a strange herbal touch. Flavour is over moderate sweet and bitter. Over medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeZasada (298) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 14, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin tan head. Some sediment. Aroma is significant; a sweet toasted maltiness. Taste is malty/hoppy - caramel sweetness with a floral earthy bitterness. Thick mouthfeel, very full bodies, but not syrupy at all. Finish is an earthy bitterness with a slight sweetness that changes to a spruce like crispness. Very complex. A fine example of a barleywine!

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