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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: 951   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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3.6
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - SEP 9, 2009
Been awhile since I had a nice barleywine, as I tend to stray from the style during the summer months. But Labor day is the end of summer, so I thought lets celebrate that with a barleywine. The beer poured out a dark amber body, hazy with a light beige 1" head. Aromas I got were dark fruits, raisin bread, brown sugar, alcohol and a bit vinous. Flavor was a notch down from the intriguing aroma, but still very nice. Dark fruits, scorched marshmallows, anise, vinous notes, caramel with a very nice bitterness finishing it off.

3.7
BuckeyeBoy (8860) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Bottle Pours out a nice amber with some ruby highs topped with a sand head. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, pit fruit and some hops. Taste more of the sweetness along with some grapefruit peel bitterness. Thanks Sam.

3.8
faroeviking (11343) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 4, 2009
Botella, courtesy of Plovmand. Dark brown colour. Sweet vineous dark fruity hoppy pleasant aroma. The flavor iis sweet and vinious with dark fruits, caramel, bitter hops and a pleasant long lasting dark fruity bitter-sweet finish.

3.8
TheGuy (920) - Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Poured brown and red around the edges thick frothy tan head with aromas from caramel,dark fruits alcohol and hops taste is of burnt caramel’,hops and dark fruits slightly bitter bite with a dry but sweet astringent, finish I wish a had another one for the cellar to see if the hops become less of the focal point

4.2
DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2009
Cherry twiizlers, brandy, whipped cream, anise or fennely, and superbly boozy...an aroma to jerk off to. Sensual beyond belief. Unfortunately the body is much thinner than expected. Not not necessarily thin, but not the thickness I was hoping for. Cherry and anise are still in the flavors and its a boozy one at that, but there’s thickness missing...its just too subtle...its still complex, refined, intriguing...lots of subtle boozy cherry eccentric happenings...but I want it to consume my palate...and yet it makes me work for it...which is fine if I wasn’t so lazy...but the more I drink and the more I get to know what’s going on...the thinness disappears and the effort to analyze decreases cuz I’m starting to get to know this thing. I’m fucking liking this and wish I had about a case to rate from. But I don’t, a bottle at a bar I won’t revisit for at least a year.

3.6
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 17, 2009
2009 Bottle - Thanks Sam! - Pours out dk amber with a medium off white head...aroma is dark fruit and rich malt, with just a touch of spice...flavour is similarly sweet, some candy, burnt sugar and just slight alcohol kick...nice stuff...

3.7
Plovmand (8685) - Grindsted, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2009
Bottle. Dark amber body with a creamy off white head. Very malty aroma with light spices, hops and dark sugar. Sweet malty flavour, light roasty, barley, hops and some alcolhol. Medium bodied.

3.9
mabel (10004) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2009
[2259-20090606] Bottle. Candy cane "cinnamon in coffee" aroma. Hazy, dark red brown body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Roasted coffee malt flavour has tons of candy cane mint. Full body. Lovely, heavy and enjoyable.
(Vintage 2007 @ Diel du Ciel!; Montreal, QC)

4
sayravai (4711) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2009
(Bottled) Slightly hazy dark red-brown with a small, but lasting and lacy. Very strong anise and dried fruit in the aroma, with some alcohol hints. Anise spiciness also in the flavor, with mildly roasted malt and lots of dried fruit. Pretty full-bodied, slicky palate with soft carbonation. A balanced and beautiful winter warmer - maybe a touch alcoholic.

3.9
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2009
Bottle and served in my Corsendonk XMAS ale glass: Murky reddish brown hue a small but lasting frothy head with very good lacework. The nose dictates some toffee and charred malt, juicy plum and fig, grassy hops, hint of anise and grains of paradise, and some leathery and tobacco esters. seems to be towards the classic British style than an hopped up American version. The taste confirms this, sweet malty and dark fruit driven flavor profile with minerally and earthy tones. Slight cardboardy notes which will likely grow with aging. A hint of smoke and licorice spice working with some bitterness upon the finish. The mouth feel is lush and oily yet still quite aggressive and biting, fit the flavor profile well. Well still missing some depth and richness of the classics, this more than holds it own. Aging for 3-5 years would not be a bad idea IMO.


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