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


on tap

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RATINGS: 934   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Pours what seems to be deep brown, but held to the light turns beautiful garnet red with a thin film of a cream colored head. The nose is molasses, toffee and caramel. The flavor is that plus some dried fruit and a spicy hop finish and a substantial, lingering bitterness.

notalush (5866) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil - thanks to PilsnerPeter for sharing this one - dark amber beer - the aroma is a little indistinct, just some doughy character, cherries, some herbal hops - inviting enough, though - quite british in flavor at first, with a lot of dark fruit flavors - but it builds up a very strong, very american hop profile after that, remaining quite bitter for the remainder - gets some sticky sweet malt on the back end - an interesting mix of the american and british styles of barleywine, but the hops need some time to mellow out.

shadey (2125) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 18, 2009
12oz bottle from BOTW. Pours a very deep brown. At first look its almost black. The head is just swirls of white cream. Aroma is sweet, rich and just a touch alcoholic. A little chocolate and some fruit. Flavor is much the same. The alcohol becomes more prominent - disappointingly so.

jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2009
11.5oz bottle @Tampa Wkly Gathering–pours a tan head and cloudy orange/brown color. Aroma is somewhat sweet medium malt-caramel, herbal hops. Taste is somewhat sweet medium malt-caramel, alcohol cuts in then herbal hops takes over. Not my taste.

goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Poured a very deep amber-brown color with a small beige head. The aroma is light but has nice notes of sugar and fruit. Fruit malt has a nice taste to it. Cherry and pear. Mildly bitter finish. Full bodied. It isn’t in your face which I usually like best but this is nice. The only complaint I have is that the malt isn’t carrying the hop finish. Maybe a little time on this and...I need to get some to store.

alobar (3756) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Dark brown color with reddish highlights. Aroma of molasses,apples, maple, and caramel. Flavor of molasses, dark fruit, caramel and some alcohol. Very well balanced for the style.

daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Bottle from Knightly Spirits. Brown pour with some red highlights. A very, very small whitish head and for sporatic bubbles. Aroma has notes of brown sugar, honey, apple juice, and the hops are noticeable only slightly. Flavor has more hop bitterness than I would have expected. Some notes of honey, brown sugar, alcohol and caramel. The only thing lacking is the carbontion...it was fairly flat.

HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Deep ruby color with a light white head. Sweet, hoppy aroma with apples, cherries, other fruit, esters,. Flavor is sweet with a bitter hoppy finish. No alcohol detectable. This is a nice, badass barleywine.

markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Pours cola brown with a slight off-white head. Nose is lots of sweet malt, maple, phenol, apple, and lots of caramel sweetness. Flavor is sweet malt, caramel, apple, and a good deal of noticeable sweetness before the hops come in and do the clean-up hitting. Nice, but some difference between nose and flavor. Good beer.

Pompey (42) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Balance and a wonderful hop finish. You’d swear that there were cherries in here at times. One of the best barley wines ever. It’s a dark blackish pour with a moderate head. Lovely carbonation and a fruity, estery aroma, but it’s the mouth feel and finish that grab you. Alcohol is well hidden. wit nice malt-sugar to hop balance. Again, what a finish. I bought all 7 at my local purveyor. Wish he’d get more. Fine effort.

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