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Solstice D'hiver - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
88
very good

791 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 791
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 29
Gots: 91 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Murky cherry brown with tiny head. Big aroma of fig, raisins, brown sugar and a hint of hops. Syrupy, creamy mouthfeel. Hops prevalent up front in the taste, then some slight cherry sweetness and pronounced bitterness in the aftertaste. I know this is an American barleywine, but the mix isn't doing it for me.

Photo of Dicers
3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NonicPanic
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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4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jellikit
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle.
Appearance: Amber. Thin head. Clear.
Smell: light caramel. Light cherry. Caramel.
Taste: dates, raisin. Cherry. Light alcohol.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Big body. Sweet.
Overall: Great beer. Well balanced. Was waiting for more hops, but I guess I'm used to NW Barleywine. Tasty. Will buy again.

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3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of justme
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Prefer English style Barleywines, but this was good. Not excessively hoppy with robust flavor

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3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2015-02-15 in Columbia, PA

A - Almost opaque, caramel-brown with a 3/4-finger light-tan head that fades quickly; leaving very mild lace.

S - Primarily caramel and toffee, raisin bread and a bit of hop perfume/floral. Pleasant but not magnificent.

T - Malt forward with plenty of caramel and toffee, toasted raisin bread and candied orange. The orange flavor morphs into orange zest with a goodly amount of medicinal bitterness, which lingers quite awhile but is moderated by some residual sweetness.

M - Thick body and light carbonation. Substantial and syrupy, which is how I like big Barleywines.

O - Definitely an American Barleywine, which fairly far to the bitter side. Not as balanced as their magnificent Péché Mortel but an enjoyable treat on this bitter cold day in Pennsylvania.

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3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of bigred89
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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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3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Solstice D'hiver from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 791 ratings.