Solstice D'hiver - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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Reviews by CAMRAhardliner:
3.6/5 rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Pours pours reddish brown with a creamy off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin cap. Plenty of lace clings to the glass. Lots of malt sweetness in the nose. Prunes, caramel, sherbet, toast and herbal, green tea notes in the back. Peaty whiskey notes in the taste. Dried apricots and cranberries mix with fruit compote, banana and stern, warming alcohol. Hops provide the requisite bitter ballast to the malt assault, but not much more. The mouthfeel is full bodied and sparsely carbonated with a numbing feeling from the booze. The finish is long and sweet with an accompanying alcohol burn.
This is a decent malt-centric barley wine. Tons of malt complexity going on, just a bit too much alcohol flavor, even for the immense ABV.
Serving type: bottle
10-24-2012 03:34:14 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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4.25/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
one of my favorite barleywines.
A: very dark brown, but when held to light it has a dark ruby red color. not much head, about one finger of tan head, but great retention and lacing.
S: this is the one area where the beer lacked. a little bit of burnt sugar and raisin/fig covering up the slight smell of booze.
T: in my opinion the balance between malts and hops is near perfect. it definitely has a bitter finish, but not overbearing at all. Up front is a good bit of malts, almost no alcohol and some bready notes. next comes a little bit of cherry and caramel, and its finished by a slightest taste of spice and a mild bitter taste that lingers for a good bit. almost no alcohol in the taste, you only recognize it by the heat in the gut and the buzz in the mind!
M: the mouthfeel is also exceptional, i'd say medium, but close to the medium-heavy side. imo, it's a little less heavy than a lot of barleywines. great carbonation for a barleywine as well. it's fairly dry, but not too much.
overall: wow, grab this beer! i'm not sure when this was bottled, but i was told it "had some age to it". the bottle has 1 and 0 marked out of 0-9, 0-9) i've been told in Canada thats a date, but in the US (where i am) it's just a batch number. So i don't know if this is batch 10 or if this is from the first batch. I know they only brew it once a year, so i don't think they are up to batch 10, but who knows? ( can someone clarify?) i recently spent a good bit of time drinking belgian ales, and have been branching out to barleywines lately. So far, this is by far my favorite. The mouthfeel almost reminded me of a belgium, but with a little less carbination. the hops in the finish rounded out the fairly strong malts up front. A+ beer in my book!
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2014 01:43:18 | More by chuckbeaster
Solstice D'hiver from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.