Solstice D'hiver - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.34/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dark, murky brown color with no head. Smells of dark fruits, nuttiness, carmel, molasses, brown sugar, some pine and some type of berry from the hops. Taste starts with lots of dark fruit and molasses. The middle brings a note of nuttiness, more molasses, and carmel. Start to get pine from the hops too. The finish gets much hoppier, as I get notes of pine and grass; however, the malt bill stays strong and really goes well with the hops. Lots of molasses, dark fruit such as raisins and figs, carmel, a hint of cocoa, and grapes. Just a tiny hint of alcohol on the finish, but it goes well with the other flavors. It does bring a nice warming sensation. High medium body with a creamy and syrupy feel. A pretty complex brew. My first brew by them, but overall, a really nice American Barley Wine. Looking forward to more beers by them.
Serving type: bottle
09-08-2013 05:24:18 | More by brewskis
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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.