Dieu du Ciel Solstice d’Hiver Réserve Spéciale (Oak Aged - Bourbon)

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

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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This noble brown winter beer with fiery reflections offers a complex aroma of fruit, alcohol and hops. Once tasted, it is slightly sweet with a hint of burnt caramel. Aged in American oak barrels, the bitterness has eased and it has wooden notes topped with a subtle touch of vanilla. A maderisation occurred after maturation in the barrel (aged one year), and the textures and flavors blend, becoming sweeter.

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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Arcanor (408) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2017
On tap at Bière au Menu. Dark brown with a dence white lasting foam. Aroma of candy sugar, bourbon and wood. Same for the taste. Speechless.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (17158) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2017
Light brown and a bit hazy, has a fairly pronounced bourbon aroma, definitely sweet and a touch of raisin, cherry, soft dark fruits.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frudel (236) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2017
Bouteille de 341ml, datée de décembre 2012. La robe brunâtre avec ses reflets rougeâtre se dresse dans le verre avec splendeur, laissant une mousse beige s’estomper. Au nez, le chêne assez très présent, le bourbon qui ne peut être dissimulé, les effluves trahissent sont long passé, ensuite vient le sucre candi foncé. Au goût, alcool, bourbon, bois, sucre grillé, une amertume s’agençant parfaitement avec ce nectar. Chaleur d’alcool en bouche et dans la gorge. Superbe bière!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerplace (1528) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 10, 2017
341ml bottle (thx, Alex M.!). Bottled on 2015-09-25. Pours an opaque brown with a strong tan head. Aroma is lovely bourbon, dark fruits, chocolate, some very slight booziness. Taste is sweet, bourbon booziness, dark fruits, candies. Very smooth. Bourbon booziness, hoppy bitterness, and slight chocolate butter aftertaste. Finally great bourbon character in the beer from DDC! Great!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (25809) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2017
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel woody aroma with hints of vanilla. Sweetish malty spicy woody vanilla and caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy woody caramel vanilla finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrepintado (3260) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JAN 6, 2017
Bottle from biere-import. Appearance is somewhat murky dark copper to brown. Head is thin persistent and beige to brown. Taste is light to medium sweet, medium bitter. Body is very smooth. Finish is long and tasty. Aroma is vanilla, spices, bourbon, fruity, malt, caramel. Flavour is bourbon, roasted, caramel, fruity, hops, chocolate, chili. Thank you Dieu du ciel for this!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (3374) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2016
This is a great beer. Pours dirty brown with a small top. Aroma is sweet bourbon and malt with light hops with some raisins. Taste is the great base of solstice d’hiver but add a delicate touch of bourbon sweetness. Pairs so well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (3138) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 21, 2016
Pours a nice chestnut brown with slight off-white head. Moderately boozy aroma with roasted notes. Light Bourbon booziness up front, roasted body, not too sweet which is nice, some earthy notes hit the sides of the mouth and linger in the finish. Quite good and warming on the first day of winter. Notes: on tap at the Brew pub during Dec ’16 Montreal visit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (2413) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 21, 2016
Extremely woody but not harsh at all. Not boozy. Brown. Sweet. Super smooth. Thx youri.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (9327) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2016
15/VIII/16 - 341ml bottle from a trade @ home - BB: n/a, bottled: I/2010 (2016-856) Thanks to yourilevesque for the trade!

Clear purple brown beer, small creamy beige head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots and lots of vanilla, sweet, some caramel, pretty oxidized. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: bit sweet and sugary in the start, lots and lots of vanilla, bourbon, pretty oxidized, little sourish. Aftertaste: more oxidation noticeable, sweet, some orange peel, sherry touch, vanilla, very sweet.


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