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

bottled
available

on tap
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RATINGS: 931   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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4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (3620) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (5535) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2009
Pours a hazy dark orange, with off-white head. Very malty barleywine; caramel, bread, earthiness, slightly roasty, and finishes with some bitter floral hops. Rich flavor and full mouthfeel. honestly I didn’t think it was that tasty though, still good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2009
Bottle @ City Beer San Francisco 2009. Average fizzy white head that mostly lasted. Fair display of lacework. Dark amber cloudy color. Aroma of bread, toasted malt, caramel and quite nice hoppy floral and citrus notes as well. Full bodied with a soft carbonation and light alcoholic thick texture. Moderated sweet and bitter flavor. Light lingering floral hoppy and malty finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (10247) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2009
2009-06-06. Dark brown body with a good sized beige head. (4+) Rich malty aroma, caramel malt. (7+) Flavour has similar rich malt, lightly warming alcohol adds a different note to it. The alcohol is noticeable but not at all rough. Sweet caramel, mild earthy touches. (8+) Medium palate is nice and suits the beer. Really good, very drinkable. I had been looking forward to trying this. A vintage bottle was icing on the cake! Enjoyable beer that I had been looking forward to. July 2007 Vintage. Bottle at the brewpub, Montreal

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
topherh (1927) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Pours amber with an off white head. Lots of sweet malt, hops, and alcohol in the nose. Flavor is rich and malty, ripe fruits, a hint of smoke, and tingling alcohol warmth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (15905) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2009
Bottle. Thank you Andersand. Pours dark amber with a small white head and lacings. Lots of dark matls. Sweet, a bit roast, vinous, fruits, smooth, caramel, toffee and a bit of alcohol. Very fine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Bottle = 9.8%abv. – A crimson amber body, short off white head. The aroma is massively malty, a bit hit with alcohol, plums, dates, bing cherries, blackberry. Flavor accentuates light edges of smoke, molasses, and toffee sweetness. Palate is sticky, and that full-size abv does not try to hide from the senses. Nice Barleywine… I need this just before bed!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Bottled. Poured rich, plummy amber with a short, but well-retained cap of off-white head. The aroma was much brighter than expected with juniper berries, lighter fruit, and definite warmth over aged caramel, biscuits, brown sugar, and burnt molasses.. the hops and spices (?) kept it very interesting. The flavor opened with tangy floral bitterness and a hint of red apple, opening into rich dark fruits (including raisins), blackstrap molasses, and caramel at the core.. finished with more floral and some earthy bitterness and juniper over aged maltage.. alcohol warmed it up nicely. Heavier-bodied with moderate rolling carbonation on the palate, balanced well against the brighter notes.. stuck well on the long, enjoyable finish. Excellent brew!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark cherry color with a some fizzy khaki head. Fruity nose with a bit of biscuit malt nose. There’s some earthy hops there as well. The flavor is warm burnt candy with a lingering bitterness and earthy finish. Warm alcohol. Substantial body. Fair.


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