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


on tap

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RATINGS: 928   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ferris (14113) - Burnaby, British Columbia, - NOV 27, 2012
Draft - Nice subtle sweetness, berries. Very dark opaque amber. Bitterness and sour cherry with the typical alcohol finish. Everyone around me says they don’t get the cherry, but I do. To me this tastes similar to cough syrup. Not horrible but not good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cglans (78) - - MAR 19, 2017
34.1cl bottle., dark brown, small white head. caramel, cinnamon, fudge, malt. great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teorn88 (7611) - Rimini, ITALY - MAR 12, 2017
Keg at FOB for Journee Peche. It pours a clean amber brown color with a small off white head. Aroma is sticky malty and seeet with notes of biscuit, dried fruits, light wood and light booze. Taste is also malty and sweet upfront with more notes of caramel, dates, toffee pudding. Closes drier and bitter with a licorice and liqueur note. Medium bodied with ok carbonation. Overall, quite sweet

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rumore (318) - Rimini, ITALY - MAR 11, 2017
From the tap at FOB, Rimini, Italy on Journee Peche. Pours deep brown worth intense red reflections. Aroma is reminiscent of berries, but also nuts, and roasted malt. Body is medium with low carbonation. Taste is intensely bitter (for a barley wine), showing also some sweetness. Finish is long enough, but not extreme.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
circinus (294) - SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2017
Bottle 341ml from Systembolaget. Brown/mahogany with a thin beige head. Red baked apples, red berries, sweetness, banana, fudge, hint of alcohol. Strong bitterness, . Full/medium body, low carbonation, bitter finish. Quite fruity for a barleywine, feels like a mix between a barleywine and something belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Franzen (531) - SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2017
Alcoholic toffe aroma, some bananapeel hints of chocolate.
Powerfull taste with lots of both hops and malt. A bit too bitter unfourtunately.
I remember this as a better beer, maybe it need some aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (4247) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2017
from bottle, poured a hazy dark red brown color with a off head. nose of sticky buttery notes, caramel notes, orange zest?, bitter notes, light butterscotch sweetness, caramel in taste, sticky, bitter aftertaste. slight alcohol notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OminouSC2 (560) - Mora, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2017
Burgundy color, medium sized beige head. Slight lees. Aromas of dried fruits, dates, figs, bananas, syrup, candy sugar and slight alcohol. Robust malt flavor base with brown sugar, dried figs, syrup, bananas, grapefruit and slight hops leading to a dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
buddybutch (91) - Nantes, FRANCE - MAR 7, 2017
From tap (Le Rabelay Nantes). Dark brown, thin brown head. Light Dried fruit, heavy malt, roasted malt, wood. Wood, gives light bitterness. Medium sweet. Would have loved, more fruity, sweetness. Still good American barleywine

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
L_Lovecraft (470) - - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ippopotamo36 (2197) - 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.

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