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

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 962   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
EerieDrinks (378) - Malm�, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2018
1 finger off-white head. Hazy, brown-ish to ruby coloured beer.

Aroma is soaked raisins, caramel, dried figs, overripe, fruity hops, dusty wood, lightly smoked and leather.
Taste is bitter herbs, really burnt sugar, dried dark fruits, plum jam and bready malts.

Mouthfeel is well balanced between bitterness, sweetness and carbonation. Really drinkable for the ABV while somewhat retaining a sipper-like quality. Only missing more stickiness and a fuller body.

Overall: I really wish this beer didn't have that severly burnt, ashy taste to it. It lingers, it's quite dominant and it drags the beer down. Other than that, it's tasty and well-made. Good stuff!

1.4
Lore (3023)
- Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 18, 2018
hazy reddish brown colour, medium sized yellowish-beige-ish head; aroma of licorice, some anise, acetic acidy and woody-tannine notes; taste is dominated by herbal-gall-like bitterness - in a completely undrinkable way...pfffff - huge disappointment! :-(

4
Roby Zu (1) - - FEB 17, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2018 Una birra sorprendente i profumi vanno dal torrefatto al tannino del legno. Molto ben fatta

3.7
Rune (14060) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2018
341ml bottle bought at Vinmonopolet Langnes. Close to clear amber coloured body, lasting beige head, clingy lacing. Dried fruity aroma joined by a touch of liquorice. Blended flavours of almond, raisin, mid-sweet fruit and bread. Warming, bittersweet fruity ending, lingering for quite a while. Fine depth. Well pleased. (Tromsø 10.02.2018).

3.6
GarageBrewer80 (745) - SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2018 Flaska från SB. Rödbrun kulör med liten grå skumkrona. Doft av tall, torkade fikon och karrameliserat socker. Eldig, mediumsöt och lätt pepprig munkänsla. Smak av tall, brännt socker, trä, fikon, enbär, torkade frukter och peppar.

3.7
josanguapo (2105) - SPAIN - FEB 8, 2018
From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Watching Taken 3. Roasted caramel, children sweets, noticeable alcohol warmth yet not much bothering. A bit unidimensional

3.1
Bro_Cube (41) - - FEB 7, 2018
Niezbyt fajna goryczka, zalegająca, przeszkadzająca, niezbalansowane niestety. Goryczka przykrywa całkiem przyjemne nuty słodowe. Do tego nieułożony alkohol. Rozgrzewające. Przeciętne.

3.2
Finn (8556) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2018
Flaske 330ml fra Vinmonopolet Tromsø - Sentrum. Mørk amber. Høyt tett skum som daler veldig sakte. Lett bæaroma. Smaken bær & syrlig frukt på en bakgrunn av malt. Varmende alkoholisk ettersmak. Litt tundrikkelig.

1.6
Inbreak (6829) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2018
30.01.2018, 0,34l bottle @ home:
Nice slightly bubbly-creamy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet and harsh yeasty, weeds, almond essence, harsh yeast, fruit stones, candi sugar, caramel malts, booze, minerals, sour grass, overripe banana. Taste is harsh mineraly, weeds, harsh yeast, candi sugar, booze, almond essence, fruit stones, caramel malts, bark, soil, medicine. Longlasting harsh bitterness, dry medical mouthfeel. Drainpour! Barley wine? No! Bad quad? Definitely...

3.7
KansaiBeerLvrs (5569) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 26, 2018
Bottle picked up by my brother for. An opaque orange-gold with a filmy tan head, typical barleywine really. The nose gave prunes, figs, raisins, bready with some sharpness from the alcohol (but not too much) and a bit of spice. A much maltier and richer body, not overly bitter. Not as complex as the nose but gives you some spice and breadiness. A nice beer. I have a few more cellaring at the folks from that same 2016 batch I believe... ap 4 ar 8 t 7-8 p 4 o 13-4


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