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

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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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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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4.3
mcberko (18583) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2011
341mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp, pours dark dark brown with a reddish hue and small beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, oak, bourbon, and a molasses that lingers. Flavour of molasses, complex dark fruits, oak, vanilla and bourbon, with a smoky sweetness that lingers along with a noticeable alcohol burn. I enjoyed this a lot more than the regular Solstice d’Hiver. Thanks so much for the opportunity to try this, Dany!

4.3
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2011
In short: A rich, complex a fruity big beer with a restrained bourbon barrel presence. Similar to AleSmith Barrel Aged Old Numbskull and almost as good.
How: Many times, from fresh on tap the day of release and bottles at various age until now 1.5 year after the beer release
The look: Opaque brown body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention leaving lots of lacings on the glass
In long: Nose is toasted sweet malts, lots of raisins and moderate bourbon notes. Because of its strong fruity character this is a bourbon barrel aged barley wine that smells a bit like an Abt aged for a short period of time in bourbon barrels, and as such it very much reminds me of AleSmith Barrel Aged Old Numbskull. Taste is rich caramelized malts, wood chips sensation, raisins, some other dark fruits, cherry pit, vanilla, raisin bread. Some hops resin remains despite the barrel aging. A bit of alcohol in the finish. I could go on and on listing flavour elements in this beer, this is one hell of a complex beer. Again, I cannot help but to compare this 1.5 year old bottle to the Barrel Aged Old Numbskull that I had a few days before. A lot more similarities than differences between the two. I slightly preferred the Alesmith but not by much. This Solstice d’Hiver Réserve Spéciale is truly an underrated beer, probably because it comes in a 12oz bottles and it is not from an American brewery. Call me a Quebec homer if you want but I really believe this beer is one of the best barrel aged Barley Wine ever made. That’s my opinion and I don’t care what the rest of the world says, anyway I lost respect for the world ever since I heard world music.

4.3
rlgk (18852) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle at Mumsig Miniprovning, Göteborg. Amber/copper beer with à small offwhite head. Oaky aroma, coconut, vanilla, figs, dades, biscuits, toffee, raisins, brown sugar, caramel and syrup. Malty flavor, oak, coconut, vanilla, figs, raisins, some alcohol, dry woody, some hops, dades, butter, some plums. Fruity finish with figs and some hop notes. Great beer.

4.3
_angst_ (4810) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
341 ml bottle received in trade. Thank you Glouglouburp! Pours hazy deep amber with a creamy goldenish beige head that is rather quick to dissipate while leaving some sticky trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with caramel, roasted coconut, wood, toffee, vanilla fudge, alcohol, honey, sweet bread, butterscotch hard candy and hints of dark grapes. Taste is sweet, tiny bitter and malty with toffee, caramel, butterscotch hard candy, sweet liquorice hard candy, roasted coconut, slightly dry grass, golden syrup, alcohol, dark honey, wood and hints of lemon and orange zest. Mouthfeel is smooth, round, tiny sticky sweet, tiny boozy and full bodied. Finish is sweet and tiny bitter with caramel, toffee, coconut, vanilla fudge, dark honey and charred wood. Very nice!

4.3
pr_montreal (3) - Montréal, CANADA - MAR 15, 2013 does not count
J’adore le parfum de cette bière. On la hume et nous savons aussitôt qu’elle est vieillie. D’une couleur brun foncé, elle laisse un collet gêné à apparaître mais qui reste tout au long de la dégustation. En bouche, elle est sucrée, fruitée. Les céréales et surtout le houblon sont bien présents ce qui laisse une amertume presque immédiate. Une bière équilibrée qui mérite d’être dégusté tranquillement.

4.3
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Bottle from kbudd19, thanks man!! Aroma has notes of dried dark fruits, vanilla, woods, caramel, toffee, port tones, just phenomenal! Murky muddy brown hue with a small off-white head that left no lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily soft. Overall a true pleasure. A work of art. Simply a wonderful Barley Wine but the appearance is bad. Wonderful in every other way.

4.3
Franckg (1816) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
Version 2014. Arômes de canne à sucre, dattes, fruits rouges confits et d’alcool. En bouche, on goûte immédiatement les arômes sucrés. Belle présence du fûts de bourbon qui se marie à merveille avec les flaveurs sucrées typique au barleywine anglais. On peut percevoir en finale une pointe de chocolat noir qui vient compléter les arômes sucrées. La texture est ronde, moelleuse et d"une belle complexité. L’équilibre et la transition des saveurs est presque parfaite.

4.3
yourilevesque (1829) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
Bouteille issue de la réserve spéciale 2013 (brassin distribué en 2014). Arômes chauds de vanille, alcool, bourbon, bois, sucre et fruits confits. Sans être une bière épicée ou de type ’’brassin des Fêtes’’, elle possède toutes les caractéristiques d’un alcool chaud servi en plein après-midi glacial de carnaval à -30 degrés Celsius. D’une rondeur à nulle autre pareille, cette grande bière de dégustation allie dates, bourbon, céréales grillées, pain d’épices (une touche), et chien Saint Bernard devant un feu de foyer d’une manière si complexe que toutes les déclinaisons de cette infinie palette de saveurs sont aussi difficiles à nommer que chacune des teintes qu’offre le crépuscule au mois d’août. Ah Dieu du Ciel!

4.3
punkska101 (2136) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2016 Bottle bought at the latest ddc release 2015 edition A: bourbon, caramel, licorice, alcohol, light raisins, light coconut App: brown with reddish highlight smallish white head some lacing. T/p: full body with long bitter finish. Soft carbonation. O: the regular version is already so good the bourbon adds a nice depth of flavour to make it remarkable. Ok, no need for sex tonite this was enough.

4.3
beerplace (1958) - 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!


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