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

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 940   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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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3.3
Franzen (630) - SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2017
Alcoholic toffe aroma, some bananapeel hints of chocolate.
Powerfull taste with lots of both hops and malt. A bit too bitter unfourtunately.
I remember this as a better beer, maybe it need some aging.

3.6
markextrae (4460) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2017
from bottle, poured a hazy dark red brown color with a off head. nose of sticky buttery notes, caramel notes, orange zest?, bitter notes, light butterscotch sweetness, caramel in taste, sticky, bitter aftertaste. slight alcohol notes.

3.7
OminouSC2 (832) - Mora, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2017
Burgundy color, medium sized beige head. Slight lees. Aromas of dried fruits, dates, figs, bananas, syrup, candy sugar and slight alcohol. Robust malt flavor base with brown sugar, dried figs, syrup, bananas, grapefruit and slight hops leading to a dry and bitter finish.

3.9
buddybutch (122) - Nantes, FRANCE - MAR 7, 2017
From tap (Le Rabelay Nantes). Dark brown, thin brown head. Light Dried fruit, heavy malt, roasted malt, wood. Wood, gives light bitterness. Medium sweet. Would have loved, more fruity, sweetness. Still good American barleywine

4
L_Lovecraft (684) - - FEB 23, 2017
Caramel, grass/flloral from hoppy, copper with a thin ocher head quite persistant, full body, low carbonation, again caramel, dried fruits, bitter and very warming final final...perfect balanced beer.

3.3
ippopotamo36 (2496) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 20, 2017
Bottle at Beer 4 Bunnies in Bologna-Italy. Reddish caramel pour, ivory lacing. Nose: under spirit cherries, alcohol is relevant, hint of chocolate far away. Mouth: brandy, amaro digestive, amaro herbs, menthol.

3.7
MissAnthropic (68) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 9, 2017
Translucent walnut. Deceptively bright nose of cinnamon and slight bitterness. Slightly oily palate with a sharp alcohol bite under charred walnuts. There’s a lingering creaminess that’s unexpected and helps balance subsequent sips. Sweetness reveals itself as you drink. Interesting and grows as you work through the bottle.

4
Turboninja (819) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 29, 2017
[email protected]’Connel’s, Tampere, Finland. Medium/strong, slightly pungent and sour aroma with bourbon, overaged dark fruits and some malts. A hint of lactose. Dark amber color with small light beige head. Strong, averagely balanced taste with bitter/sour notes of overaged dark fruits, plum, raisin and bourbon alcohol and some malty flavors. Medium taste spectrum and medium aftertaste with malty dry fruits. Sourness and sweetness in nice balance. Medium body with light/medium carbonation. Overall, distinctive and rich product with good implementation of malts.

3.2
AssKicker (630) - Strasbourg, FRANCE - JAN 28, 2017
Couleur brune foncée, mousse généreuse mais qui trépasse assez vite. Nez sur les malts spéciaux. En bouche l’alcool tabasse pas mal, c’est un peu liquoreux, c’est très intense, un peu de fruits secs, un peu de café en fin de bouche avec un zeste d’amertume. Alcool trop présent à mon goût au détriment des arômes que l’on trouve habituellement dans des Barley Wine. Un peu déçu.

3.7
Malin_aiisa (1217) - SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2017
Bottle Dark brown/red. Light brown head Aroma of cherry oak, alcoholic, dried fruit Taste of raisin, cherry, oak, alcoholic sweet. Some coffee bitterness.


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