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


on tap

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RATINGS: 951   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, - NOV 7, 2009
Aroma: wonderful, hops reminsicent of fresh grapes, grapefruit and green apple. Lovely, fruity malt, liquorice, roasted, sourish. Oh my, those are really lovely. A slight vanilla sweetness merges with the nice deep, fudgy malt. Alcohol and some faint esters. Raisins and brandylike tones. There’s something nutty alongside the alcoholic fumes. Hard to place, but the aftertaste suggests hazelnuts and/or macadamia. A musty tone reminsicent of lingonberries can be sensed.
Flavour: sweetness hits you, but in no way overwhelms, and is backed up by a grown up bitterness provided by acrid and refreshing hops. Slight tartness as of apple peel. Malt provides subtle tones of bitter cocoa and fine coffee beans. The aftertaste is long, extremely balanced and satisfying. This is perfectly balanced. Few beers are so beautifully designed (I come to think of Old Rasputin).
Appearance: A very deep orangey red body covered by a frothy, slightly sticky, yellowish thick foam. Looks invinting.
Palate: Thick, creamy, very full-bodied. Really thick and fluffy on the tongue, slightly hot on the palate. No lack of carbonation; very soft and natural feeling however. Very, very nice and thick. Even the burps are highly enjoyable.

Lowenbrau (4814) - Asturias, SPAIN - JAN 20, 2018
12fl oz bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 20-01-2018.
BBD: 2020-10-19.
In short: bitter barley wine.
Did I enjoy it: why not?.
Pours dark amber with off white head. Roasty, caramel, nuts, wood nose. Medium body, average to soft carboantion, oily texture. Taste is malt forward, some sweet, bitter finish.

MatChar (105) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2018
Bottle (17-10-31). Appearance: very dark reddish brown, thin but lasting laces, low carbonation. Smell: red and black fruits, cherry, roasted caramel, Taste: mouth matches nose, with notes of red confit fruits including dark cherries and red grapes, medium bitterness, awesomely balanced barley wine, definitely not overly heavy (or "round"), high drinkability for style. Overall: highly balanced barley wine, even in its regular non-barrel aged version, Solstice d'hiver has come to be a favorite of mine over the last few years in terms of barley wines and winter beers. Highly recommended.

melush (4970) - SPAIN - JAN 5, 2018
34,1cl Bottle @ LaBIRRAtorium, Madrid, Spain. Hazy dark copper colour with a thin white head. Aroma is malt, sweet, yeast, spices, alcohol. Taste is malt, caramel, yeast, spices, bitter, alcohol. Medium body, average carbonation.

SvanteL (651) - SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2017
Mörkt rödbrun med litet, snabbt försvinnande skum. Doftar torkad frukt, örter och kryddor. I smaken finns torkad-frukt-sötma som balanseras av en rejäl beska och en lite sträv kryddighet. Har lagrats i två år och beskan och strävheten har rundats av lite. En suverän barley wine som inte blir för söt, juligheten kanske inte är så stor däremot.

Kevin (2217) - Montana, USA - DEC 25, 2017
rating from an old notebook. maroon body with a decent egg shell head. there's a lot of fucking alcohol in this. it burns my nose a bit. kind of minty smelling. spicey alcohol flavor dominates everything. light pepper sweetness, hidden berry notes take a while to come out. a bit unbalanced alcohol wise really subtracts from this.

DocJitsu (2060) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2017
Usual barleywine color with a healthy head. Less rich in the mouthfeel and the flavor relatively speaking. A little drier as well.

BrunTremens (61) - Saint-Alban, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2017
Bon, il faut affronter ses préjugés et comme les bières de Dieu du Ciel me décoivent rarement et sont a un prix très abordable, j'ai décidé de goûter a un style de ''bière'' qui habituellement me fait prendre mes jambes a mon cou: la BARLEY WINE. Ce qui m'a intrigué au Dépanneur et convaincu de l'essayer, c'est lorsque j'ai soulevé la bouteille a la lumière elle semblait très translucide pour une Barley Wine, comme si en fait j'observais une bière rousse, ensuite, a la lecture de sa description les termes ''couleur acajou'' et surtout ''pointe de caramel brûlé'' m'ont vraiment déboussolé. Ceci n'était pas une Barley WIne typique, encore une fois Dieu du ciel change les règles du style à coup d'audace! Mais bon, à la première gorgée, malgré une belle robe mousseuse et couleur caramel sensuelle, je lachai un sacre tonitruant: ''Tabarnak, c'est sucré et fruité, ya du raisin encore!'' mais j'ai persisté et une étrange addiction commença à poindre...mais oui, il y a du bon caramel, de la noisette, quelques fruits confits mais pas exactement du raisin, plutot du pruneau, beaucoup de sucre peu être trop mais en fait, c'est de l'alcool, et j'aime l'alcool, cela réchauffe, il fait froid, c'est bon finalement, et le palais est ma foi intéressant, il reste doucereusement sur la langue, ça réconforte, j'en boirais bien une deuxième de cette Barley Wine plus qu'atypique!

kaserov (1109) - Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 7, 2017
Color marrón oscuro, rojizo si le da la luz, turbio, con capa de espuma de un blanco amarronado de dos dedos de grosor y no mucha retención. Carbonatación suave. Textura oleosa. Aroma a caramelo, levadura, recuerdos florales y herbales, así como de especias, licor. Recuerda a algo belga, pero le falta el encanto. En boca hay caramelo, fruta madura y compota de fruta, recuerdos florales y herbales, azúcar moreno, levadura. Entrada dulce. Final amargo, alcohólico y abrupto. Seca.

TEJA (3349) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2017 bottle from Systembolaget sweden. no head. clear dark brown color. low carbonation.sweet fudge aroma. sweet caramell taste with a firm bitterness.

Kittenbieer (280) - LYON, FRANCE - NOV 6, 2017
Partagée avec mon cher Appiantiqua dans nos petits verres "Saveur bière",belle robe cuivrée aux reflets rubis,surmontée d'une fine mousse ivoire peu persistante avec une faible carbonatation.Le nez nous offre des arômes de céréales et fruits rouges avec des notes vineuses.La bouche ajoute une agréable douceur-amertume nous laissant sur un palais finement astringeant.Un Barley Wine bien chaleureux pour la période froide!17,5/20

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