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Brewed by Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Style: Barley Wine/Wheat Wine
Montréal, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 983   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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3.6
Holmen1 (8416) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 22, 2019
UPDATED: APR 22, 2019 0,33 flaske fra Systembolaget Hansa, Malmø, delt med skibsreden på Holmens aktivitetsdag 2.påskedag 2019: lett uklar kobber med kort skum. Innsmigrende aroma av tørkede frukter (særlig fiken, svisker, rosiner og dadler), sigarboks og jamaicansk brun rom. Smaken følger opp, men skjemmes dessverre av en besk alko-burn bakerst avslutningen. Jeg får assosiasjoner til Tuxi Forte hostesaft..

3.8
Holmen2 (5453) - NORWAY - APR 22, 2019
UPDATED: APR 22, 2019 Bottle shared with JMD at HNB 22.04.19. Clear copper. Fairly persistent beige head. Fine aroma of dried berries, figs, dark caramel and dark rhum. Taste of medium medium dark malt, figs, alcohol and dark rhum. Brittle and alcohol is lingering on.

3.9
Cokemonkey11 (1538) - - APR 9, 2019
UPDATED: APR 9, 2019 Bottle at home. Medium pale Chestnut tan with a thin head. Scent is lovely mild notes of old ale. Taste is velvet caramel ale with some rose syrup properties. Ethanol Tang. Finish is ethanol a bit and warming. Great.

3.5
ERB92 (1127) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 29, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2019 Aroma of fruits, malt, caramel, dried fruits and brown sugar. Brown with a tan head. Medium + sweet and medium + bitter. Medium to full body with average carbonation. Dry, bitter and warming finish. Overall an OK Barley wine, but a bit unbalanced.

3.9
Fules (1738) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - FEB 12, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2019 Semmi hab, sötétbarna szín. Édeskés, karamelles, gabonás illat. Gabonás, karamellás, kissé fűszeres ízek. Testes, enyhén szénsavas, közepesen keserű. Kellemes sör, de kissé keserűbb mint az átlag barley wine-ok.

3.7
JoTheO (448) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2018 Bottle 341ml. Dark copper reddish-brown. Thin offwhite head. Aroma of sweet pears and dries apricots. Taste has somethig that deeply reminds me of vanilla fudge and Ahlgrens bilar sweets... Soft carbonation and sticky liquid. Had this during winter solstice 2018...:-)

3.2
julesxxl (2338) - FRANCE - DEC 6, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2018 (~belge strong, bouche ronde-rude (sucro-fruitée, amère-épicée), approche violente, trop hop-boiled, argh)

3.7
BeerVegard (572) - NORWAY - NOV 20, 2018
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2018 0,33l bottle. Pours cloudy brown/mahogany with off-white head. Aroma is very malt driven, dark fruits, herbal, hint of tobacco. Taste is sweet malt, raisins, general dark fruits, turns a herbal kind of bitter in the finish. Full bodied.

3.5
RickFifty (1878) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2018
Cloudy brown color, beige head. Malty nose, caramel, wood, raisins, hint of marzipan and earthy hops. Malty taste, caramel, alcohol, licorice, moderate bitterness. Full body, soft carbonation, oily texture.
7, 3, 7, 4, 14

3.6
DraftPours23 (1503) - FRANCE - SEP 8, 2018
Robe brune sombre, semble trouble, mousse très faible, éphémère. Nez vineux, fruité, du fruit mûr, du raisin, du cacao non torréfié. En bouche, le cacao est là, avec une certaine amertume qui gagne peu à peu en intensité. Les fruits mûrs sont là en arrière bouche, et l'alcool se sent bien. Très riche et développé ! Pas trop sirupeux, le corps très dense est contrebalancé par l'amertume torréfiée.


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