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96
88
style
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: 939   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
Sammy (12204) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2009
Pours an attractive medium brown, with a lasting whitish middle. Barleywine aroma. The mouthfeel is above average, a smooth barleywine with a lovely drinkable caramel. Nice balance, satisfying, although boozy. Thanks for bringing me back a bottle, Derk.

3.2
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Dark brown pour with a thin off-white head. Earthy malt nose, a touch of yeast. Flavor is dark fruit and malt sweetness. Medium bodied. Pretty tasty.

4.1
glennmastrange (2869) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of nutty, caramel and milk chocolate, orange for the hops, leather for the yeast, with raisin, brown sugar and alcohol in the background. Head is creamy/frothy, off-white, with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is murky brown with a red tint. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and lightly to moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, syrupy, with a soft carbonation and a lightly astringent and alcoholic finish. A superb Barley Wine. Complete, satisfying and fairly easy to drink due to the 9.8%.

3.5
nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Bottle. Pours brown with a reddish tint around the edges. A thin off-white head with medium lacing. Aroma of dark fruits(plums) and alcohol. More dark fruits in the flavor with caramel, spice, warm alcohol and some hop on the back end. Medium-full body. Overall a well balanced barleywine.

3.7
Enniskillen (2054) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is prunes, light alcohol, caramel, light toffee, yeast. Taste is lightly warming, toffee, alcohol, light hoppiness, caramel, spice.

4
IrishBoy (4199) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 23, 2009
11.5 oz bottle from John’s Market Place shared by Enniskillen. Nose of prunes, golden raisins, and caramelized brown sugar. Hazy rusty brown with a medium, glass lacing, beige head. Flavor is lightly sweet toffee, mixed with light bitterness, molasses, and a touch of pine. Finish is light bitterness and a hint of more molasses.

3.7
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Perhaps the darkest barleywine I’ve quaffed to date. Slight white veneer of a head. Aroma is loaded with citrus, an excellent grapefruit hop character. Roasty chocolate malt is also prevalent. Flavor is primarily dark fruit and caramel, as the malt character comes out primarily with residual sugars. Molasses and citrus hop are also quite noticeable. Palate is thick and syrupy with mild carbonation. Unique and well balanced.

4.1
heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Bottle. Ruddy brown with garnet showing when held to light. There is a light yellowish khaki colored head. Sweet nose of canned peaches and glazed donuts. There is also some booze and intense toffee. The taste has some strong, lightly toasted caramel as well as cinnamon spiced peaches. The body is thick and viscous, but this works for a big brew like this. There was also some tobacco and a little bit of cocoa, especially in the finish. Sweet and pleasurable.

4.1
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2009
11.5oz bottle. Pours a deep brown with orange and brilliant amber highlights. It is lightly cloudy with a thin, almost non-existent head light tan head that leaves small spots of lace on the glass. The aroma is complex and malty with notes of caramel, dates, subtle spice, light earthy hops, and light alcohol. Toffee, chocolate, and tangy malt aromas grow the more you sniff. The flavor is mesmerizing - caramel malts, sweet toffee with awesome sugary complexity like chocolate cake and donuts. It also has very interesting cakey and subtly fruity esters. There is a pleasant balancing fruity bitterness at mid-palate with pleasant chocolate-covered-toffee malt flavors. The finish is rich and spicy with delectable malts, dark fruit esters, and a subtle hop bitterness. The mouthfeel starts crisp but mellow with soft, creamy suds and a full, slippery body. Overall - awesome! I usually prefer the more hop-centric barleywines (like American hop-bombs), but this malt-centric take is fantastic.

3.4
jrob21 (3688) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2009
Pours a translucent brown with a bit of a blood red hue if you hold it up to the light. Molasses, plum and roasted malt in the aroma. The flavor has that off putting jet fuel sort of feel to it but it is just slight enough to make this one still drinkable. Much more on the roasted malt side of the equation here than on the hopped up sweet barleywine sort of experience. A bit of a cocoa kind of flavor hiding in the background which is pretty unique.


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