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Solstice D'hiver - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
88
very good

771 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 771
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 26
Gots: 89 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rastacouere on 12-10-2003

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3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 11.5oz bottle into a small snifter. 9.8 ABV $5 and some change for the bottle.

A - Pours transparent leather brown in color. Almost like a tootsie roll in color but a little lighter. Slightly hazy. A disappointing 1/4in mocha colored head appears that was prominent around the edges and more of a thick skin in the middle where the beer was still visible The head did not last long at all. Almost all disappears within a few seconds leaving the tiniest speckle of a ring around the edge. Supremely sparce lacing but a little bit of legs from the alcohol.

S - Starts off with your typical American barleywine citrus(pineapple,grapefruit skin, sugared grapefruit), then the malt starts to come in and caramel, and dark fruits. Lots of raisins and a fig element in there as well.

T - Taste follows the smell. Nice alcohol warmth at the end and bitter finish. Really nicely put together in the taste category. The bitterness stays and lingers but it's such a malty, dark fruit tasting beer that they are both fighting for dominance.

M/F - Another shining moment for this beer. Creamy, medium with light characteristics, heavy. Low carbonation. A touch dry.

O - One hard beer to score. I've had plenty a better Barleywine but I tend to lean towards the English style. This is a great example of an American Barleywine but shows some glimmers of the English style. Matter of fact, strong glimmers... The appearance was really lackluster to me and definitely stopped this one from being outstanding. The smell was par for the course so really it's only half great. If this was blind it would way up there.

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3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011

A - poured a one finger thick tan head into a snifter that left good lacing and sheeting throughout. The body was a dark, ruddy brown.
S - cinnamon, chocolate, toffee, booze, raisins.
T - same as above with the booze and raisins dominating.
M - creamy and slick.
O - nice and complex, very drinkable.

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4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Solstice D'hiver from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 771 ratings.