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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: 942   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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3.2
AssKicker (653) - 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 (1242) - 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.

1.2
Faathoven (105) - Barcellona P.G., ITALY - JAN 10, 2017
Pours ruby red, almost brownish, with little tan foam. Aroma is alcohol, phenolic, wood, sort of rancid dark fruits. Flavour is phenolic, alcohol, wood, lot of astringency, spices with a bitter dry finish. Medium body. Oily texture. Really disappointed by this one. Quite undrinkable.

3.3
SG111 (2023) - New York, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Tap at Clubhouse BFD. Pours murky brown, tan head. Aroma is fig, raisin, plum, dark fruit, esters, toffee, sweet. Flavor is plums, figs, raisins, aspirin astringency in the middle of the mouth fades into the finish with a bit more astringency that isn’t good. Slightly oxidized note. Ehh. Not great.

3.9
lello4ever (1191) - ITALY - JAN 7, 2017
Tonaca di frate con schiuma marroncina sottile. Nota legnosa, di malto, liquore. Al palato è amara, con un corpo poco deciso ma alcol ben evidente. Dark fruits, spezie. Carbonazione media. Un pelo deludente.

3.6
Samuel214 (1454) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2017
Flaska från SB. Drygt ett år gammal. Mörk mahogny/rubinröd med försvinnande skum. Doft av russin, torkad frukt, sirap, kandisocker, lite bärigt och nötigt. Något större kropp. Nötig i smaken, lite brända toner. Snäll beska och lite torr avslutningen. Helt ok.

3.3
euniceradio (562) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2016
12oz bottle to tulip. Pours clouded brown, short tan froth head. Aroma of raisin, brown sugar, booze, maple. Taste of same with oak and biting whiskey. Mouthfeel is mod-thick syrupy, norm carb.

3.8
jw0406 (1304) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2016
2008 bottle pours a dark brown color with very little head. Aromas of raisins, sweet malt, oak. Full bodied, a little past its prime, but nicely balanced, a tasty beer.

3.7
IndianaRed (5024) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 17, 2016
Bottle deep amber light tan head Carmelized malt fla is some earthy peaty notes and a decent ibu bite Lean and well attenuated

3.7
SinH4 (6257) - Garching b. M�nchen, GERMANY - DEC 15, 2016
Bottle from a trade with sneakychi, many thanks! Dark reddish-brown color with eggshell head. Aroma is raisins, sirupy-boozy, nectar. Taste is orange nectar, raisins, boozy, a bit phenolic, with quite the warming medicinal booze burn in the finish. Surprisingly light mouthfeel, oily, with quite low carbonation. Good one, but a bit too medicinal.


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