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

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RATINGS: 915   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Pours a dark reddish-brown, with a healthy if quickly dissipating bone-white head. Nose is prickly malt - dark, toasty bordering on roasty with a solid presence of cool hops that really feel like glacier to me. To be honest, I have a huge soft spot for what I tasted as glacier hops, which is why I was totally drawn in by this. Delicious. Taste backs it up. Malt body is dark, integrated into the cool, minty, prickly hop note. A bit toasty with hints of roasty caramel sweetness, bit of cocoa, but all completely intertwined with the minty, cool, prickly hops. Like a billion microscopic, super-cooled needles covered in a toasty caramel imbedding themselves into your tongue. Interesting, and in my eyes, delicious. I could drink this a lot if fresh. Yum. Fluffy carbonation that sits just on the border of fizzy, and really does a nice job of complementing the hops note. Nicely put together beer.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Malin_aiisa (997) - 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 (62) - 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 (1485) - 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 (805) - 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 (774) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
euniceradio (495) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2016
12oz bottle to tulip. Pours clouded brown, short tan froth head. Aroma of raisin, brown sugar, booze, maple. Taste of same with oak and biting whiskey. Mouthfeel is mod-thick syrupy, norm carb.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jw0406 (1188) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2016
2008 bottle pours a dark brown color with very little head. Aromas of raisins, sweet malt, oak. Full bodied, a little past its prime, but nicely balanced, a tasty beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (4033) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 17, 2016
Bottle deep amber light tan head Carmelized malt fla is some earthy peaty notes and a decent ibu bite Lean and well attenuated

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SinH4 (3729) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 15, 2016
Bottle from a trade with sneakychi, many thanks! Dark reddish-brown color with eggshell head. Aroma is raisins, sirupy-boozy, nectar. Taste is orange nectar, raisins, boozy, a bit phenolic, with quite the warming medicinal booze burn in the finish. Surprisingly light mouthfeel, oily, with quite low carbonation. Good one, but a bit too medicinal.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kepano (267) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 20, 2016
My first Dieu du Ciel! Finally! After all these years, I am catching up to a brewery I’ve always wanted to sample. Pours a dramatic deep walnut brown with a thin tan head that laces in one fine sheet around the glass. The smell is decadent, yet subtle. Reminiscent of a quadrupel ale, it is full of dark fruits that hide the heat of 10.2% alcohol. Figs, prunes, rich chocolate and caramel, softened by a custardy, vanilla base. There is a beautiful balance to the nose. The complex bouquet of spices and herbs marries together into a single sharp note. As it hits the tip of my tongue, I taste the reassuring flavor of a beer that is of a piece. No surprise, the mouthfeel is as unctuous and delicious as the aroma. The bitterness of roasted coffee brings a welcome sharpness to the mid-palate along with plenty of chocolate, molasses, finishing on an oaky bourbony note. A terrific introduction.


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