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

bottled
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RATINGS: 920   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mathieuc (3632) - Québec, Quebec, - DEC 26, 2012
A winter classic here, please keep that in mind while reading this rating. Slightly acidic nose full of sugar, molasses and faint hops. It is (as per brewer’s notes) dark brown, caramel-like with no head sticking out. Taste is sweet with a balancing bitterness. It is never harsh, just really intense. Not much hop aromas but they are definitely present on the bittering side. Overall a really solid offering by DDC, let’s hope I don’t miss out on their next barrel-aged release of this one!


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
L_Lovecraft (440) - - FEB 23, 2017
Caramel, grass/flloral from hoppy, copper with a thin ocher head quite persistant, full body, low carbonation, again caramel, dried fruits, bitter and very warming final final...perfect balanced beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ippopotamo36 (2123) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 20, 2017
Bottle at Beer 4 Bunnies in Bologna-Italy. Reddish caramel pour, ivory lacing. Nose: under spirit cherries, alcohol is relevant, hint of chocolate far away. Mouth: brandy, amaro digestive, amaro herbs, menthol.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MissAnthropic (59) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 9, 2017
Translucent walnut. Deceptively bright nose of cinnamon and slight bitterness. Slightly oily palate with a sharp alcohol bite under charred walnuts. There’s a lingering creaminess that’s unexpected and helps balance subsequent sips. Sweetness reveals itself as you drink. Interesting and grows as you work through the bottle.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Turboninja (659) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 29, 2017
[email protected]’Connel’s, Tampere, Finland. Medium/strong, slightly pungent and sour aroma with bourbon, overaged dark fruits and some malts. A hint of lactose. Dark amber color with small light beige head. Strong, averagely balanced taste with bitter/sour notes of overaged dark fruits, plum, raisin and bourbon alcohol and some malty flavors. Medium taste spectrum and medium aftertaste with malty dry fruits. Sourness and sweetness in nice balance. Medium body with light/medium carbonation. Overall, distinctive and rich product with good implementation of malts.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AssKicker (338) - Strasbourg, FRANCE - JAN 28, 2017
Couleur brune foncée, mousse généreuse mais qui trépasse assez vite. Nez sur les malts spéciaux. En bouche l’alcool tabasse pas mal, c’est un peu liquoreux, c’est très intense, un peu de fruits secs, un peu de café en fin de bouche avec un zeste d’amertume. Alcool trop présent à mon goût au détriment des arômes que l’on trouve habituellement dans des Barley Wine. Un peu déçu.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Malin_aiisa (1015) - SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2017
Bottle Dark brown/red. Light brown head Aroma of cherry oak, alcoholic, dried fruit Taste of raisin, cherry, oak, alcoholic sweet. Some coffee bitterness.

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Faathoven (83) - Barcellona P.G., ITALY - JAN 10, 2017
Pours ruby red, almost brownish, with little tan foam. Aroma is alcohol, phenolic, wood, sort of rancid dark fruits. Flavour is phenolic, alcohol, wood, lot of astringency, spices with a bitter dry finish. Medium body. Oily texture. Really disappointed by this one. Quite undrinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SG111 (1528) - New York, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Tap at Clubhouse BFD. Pours murky brown, tan head. Aroma is fig, raisin, plum, dark fruit, esters, toffee, sweet. Flavor is plums, figs, raisins, aspirin astringency in the middle of the mouth fades into the finish with a bit more astringency that isn’t good. Slightly oxidized note. Ehh. Not great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lello4ever (845) - ITALY - JAN 7, 2017
Tonaca di frate con schiuma marroncina sottile. Nota legnosa, di malto, liquore. Al palato è amara, con un corpo poco deciso ma alcol ben evidente. Dark fruits, spezie. Carbonazione media. Un pelo deludente.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Samuel214 (820) - SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2017
Flaska från SB. Drygt ett år gammal. Mörk mahogny/rubinröd med försvinnande skum. Doft av russin, torkad frukt, sirap, kandisocker, lite bärigt och nötigt. Något större kropp. Nötig i smaken, lite brända toner. Snäll beska och lite torr avslutningen. Helt ok.


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