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

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 915   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 díHiver 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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Pours brownish red with lighter red highlights and a light tan head that shrinks to a small lacing. Aroma of spicy hops, cinnemon, gingerbread, caramel, raspberries and alcohol. Tastes of brown sugar, caramel, raspberries, toast, cinnemon, spicy-ish hops, and alcohol. Finishes like pleasantly burned gingerbread, wood, leaves and the bitterness sticks around. Big flavors for sure, but the beer is too slick and not that creamy, so itís only moderately heavy in body. Good blend of hops and sweet malt, and the fruit characteristics add rather than detract. Lots of alcohol heat throughout, but the label says so, so there. Pretty good.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Bottle from Sun Devil. This beer is clutch. Pours a clear dark brown with a frothy gray-brown head, quickly gone. Smells very darkly fruity with alcohol. Flavor begins as a very dark, raisin skin beer that is almost explicitly chocolatey: very roasted malts. Evolves through its fairly present alcohol to a pretty good quad resemblance. All the while, that Canadian yeast so familiar from Unibroue beers is faint but lurking. A great beer now, could get stellar with age. This little piggy is stocking up.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1651) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Pours a deep, dark red with a dense head. Very, very malty - caramel and dark fruits abound. Malty sweet up front, with a sharply bitter, hoppy finish. Hot! This one doesnít do much to mask its 10%. Itís good, but it needs work - maybe a few years of age.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DalzAle (2029) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Bottle. Pours a rich amber brown, with very little carbonation. Rich smells of strong malts, alcohol and spice. Flavor was a boozy mess of sugar and alcohol. Not worth the price of admission.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 1, 2009
pours a deep brown with beige head. caramel, dates, some booze. sweet malts. slight sticky mouthfeel. tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark warm brown, scant beige head. Splotchy lacing. Bit sweet malty aroma, dark caramel, date sugar. Thick, silky palate with low level of carbonation and good body. Complex sugary malts followed by a very rich hoppy finish. Seemed too bitter at first but mellowed out nicely and is a great barleywine.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
nick76 (4387) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2009
The aroma is boozy with caramel, fruit, and dust. The appearance is deep amber with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall this is not that good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Palidor19 (3171) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2009
has all the right aspect, but lacks what it needs. the taste is good but the is a funky astringent that goes through the entire beer that makes it lack luster. worth a try.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (3034) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 28, 2009
Poured a deep copper-brown color, thin off-white colored head that receeded to about nothing, splotchy lacing on the way down, though. The aroma was caramel, dark vinous fruits, some sticky candy elements. The flavor was caramel, dark fruits, vinous notes, peaches, along with an almost roasty, bitter hoppy bite in the finish, maybe a touch of resinous pine. The mouthfeel was a bit sticky, with the bitterness adding a touch of dryness, but not enough to over-run the malts and some alcohol burn in the finish. Meh, not my favorite type of brew for sure.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2009

Source: 12 oz bottle purchased from Friar Tuckís in Bloomington.
Appearance: Poured a cloudy amber/red color with a paper thin tan head.
Aroma: Sweet malt, brown sugar, raisins, alcohol and plums.
Flavor: Very fruity. Dark fruits dominate, with brown sugar and sweet malt present. Very biting alcohol finish.
Palate: Medium/full body with soft carbonation and a heavy mouthfeel.
Overall: This was ok. Nothing seemed to go well together and just didnít mesh in my mouth at all.


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