Solstice D'hiver - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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Reviews by Thur123:
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
bottle into val dieu snifter
This beer looks so good. Pours a dark plum red with a kind of reddish brown head that builds nicely and fading quickly leaving just a bit of head behind. The nose is sweet and sticky with a faint but noticeable booze smell. I also smell dried cherrys and dates, with grapes too.
glug glug glug
Whoa, very complex and ends with a toasty warming feeling from the booze flavor. There is a slightly bitter coffee taste at the front which fades into dried cherries with perhaps some dried peach and dates. It tastes very sweet ,almost fruit cake like, with a boozey kick from the 9.8%. There is also what seems like a brown sugar taste as well.
Mouthfeel is think, warm, and lingering.
Serving type: bottle
08-17-2009 01:14:18 | More by Thur123
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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 692 ratings.