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Solstice D'hiver - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

Solstice D'hiverSolstice D'hiver

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very good

658 Ratings
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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Rastacouere on 12-10-2003)
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Reviews by daledeee:
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Canadian brewery making American barleywine?

This beer pours a dark clear brown with small head. Nose is malty and spicy.

Taste is quite enjoyable with lots of malt and some hops. Overall, a sweeter drink. Mouthfeel is medium carbonation. Pretty easy to drink and I found this a good winter warming barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 17:53:01 | More by daledeee
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New Mexico

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz. bottle poured into a Teku. I can't really tell when the beer was bottled.

Pours what seems to be pitch black, but placing it against light I see the light amber and brown hues it has. The head starts about two fingers thick, foamy and light. It persists well and the dissipation leaves lace streaking down the glass. Lots of carbonation is visible, surging vigorously upwards.

Lots of cereal-like grain aromas hit my nose first, almost more like a Marzen or other stiffly malty German beer. Along with this come some hints of caramel, raisin, and mild sherry.

Still heavy on the caramel- and toast-like malts, which again reminds me of the bigger German beers. Mid-palate the raisins and dates make an entrance, followed after by a blast of spicy hops.

The malts provide a thicker mouthfeel and some creaminess, which works to balance the carbonation, slight heat, and aggressive bitterness that come in later. It's the best of both worlds.

A good beer that probably would have benefited from more age.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 03:50:53 | More by ONovoMexicano
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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-19-2014 00:50:34 | More by gobrewsome
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4/5  rDev +2%

04-17-2014 03:11:35 | More by DrunkinYogi
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

04-14-2014 00:03:51 | More by KoG
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4/5  rDev +2%

04-11-2014 19:07:13 | More by SkinniePost
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4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a copper color with a finger of tan colored head. The head has a light level of retention, fading to leave a light level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a caramel smell mixed with some aromas of caramel molasses and some dark fruits of fig and raisin. Along with these smells are some nice rum like aromas as well as a bit of a spice smell of licorice. Some lighter hop aromas of a pine nature mix with the rest as well as a little bit of a chocolate smell.

Taste – The taste with hints of chocolate mixed with a moderately strong flavor of caramel and brown sugar. Some darker fruits are present right from the start with some cherry, plum and raisin as well as some more brown bread flavors. Some booziness comes to the tongue toward the middle of the taste but remains art a relatively constant level never really overpowering the malt and the sweet taste of the brew like in many barley wines. All the while a nice moderately strong pine and earthy hop flavor come to the tongue balancing the sweet rather nicely. The chocolate flavors fade out from the taste at this point with a light amount of a almost tannin like flavor coming to the tongue at the very end, mixing with the rest of the flavors to leave a nicely blended sweet and malty flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. While not quite as thick and chewy as I would have liked overall the thickness and lower carbonation were rather nice for the flavor and style of the brew making for a rather enjoyable sipper

verall – A rather nice drinking barley wine. It is big in flavor without being both too dry and boozy or too overly sweet. A nice easier drinking one.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 01:23:23 | More by Darkmagus82
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-05-2014 16:49:39 | More by Caleb
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-05-2014 01:05:29 | More by lostandwandering
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3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.5 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a tulip glass
9.8% abv as opposed to the 10.2% listing
Purchased in August of 2012. Not sure when it was bottled.

A - It is rust colored with burnt orange highlights. A more aggressive than normal pour yielded an inch of tan head. There is some yeast particles and chunks suspended within the beverage.

S - The aroma is full of sweet caramel and dark fruit. I get some figs and dates. Some graham cracker and molasses is in there, as well.

T - It starts out sweet with the taste of caramelized sugar and some dark fruit. I can taste the ghost of a distant hops presence.

M - Medium.

O - It is a sweet barleywine. After reading the bottle it seems that it was meant to be a hoppy barleywine. I wish I would have had a fresh one to compare it to. I think it was already aged when I bought it. This beer is not bad, but towards the bottom of the beers I have tried from this brewery thus far.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 00:11:50 | More by buschbeer
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

04-03-2014 01:20:55 | More by Sludgeman
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-28-2014 16:42:15 | More by beerhast
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New York

4/5  rDev +2%

03-26-2014 04:12:19 | More by westyrun
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-22-2014 03:45:03 | More by scottbrew4u
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-16-2014 02:33:57 | More by Tivlavrie
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-14-2014 04:04:53 | More by DamageCase76
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solstice D'hiver was recommended to me at my local craft brew shop for my first barelywine. The employee's advice has been useful to me in the past, so I purchased a single.

I really like the illustration on the bottle, it is very sombre and bleak complimentary to its name. As a fan of extreme music, this is great to enjoy while listening to some atmospheric black metal. It poured a shimmering black body with a very dark amber head. I was surprised to see a head period, as it kind of reminded me of the consistency of a cola of all things. But in a good way.

The few scents I DID notice were anise and dark licorice.

The taste to me was that of Guiness and Yuengling original lager combined in the very best way possible. You get that kind of malt sweetness with the retention of raisins and coffee, as well as smoothness and drinkability that comes with quality lagers.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly crisp for this being my first barelywine. I kind of expecting the lingering fumes that come with "wine" wine. The high ABV is virtually unnoticeable.

All in all, for my first barelywine, I feel that this was a wonderful choice. Based on this experience, I will now also recommend this to fellow "newbies".

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 22:34:36 | More by Caveworm
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4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Most excellent find.

Poured into a tulip glass. Nice pour with about a 1 inch head. Very nice color. Hazy.

Smell is superb. Sweet with floral accents.

The taste is killer. Sweet but not too sweet. Just how I like it. I bit of alcohol taste. Just the right amount.

Overall I would buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 00:46:35 | More by Everything_Belgium
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A dark caramel brown murky brew with about two fingers of tan head, poured into a goblet. I like huge beers as much as the next craft nerd but I have to be in a particular mood to really "get" a barleywine, to truly appreciate the experience. The aroma here is great, redolent with toffee and rum notes, orchard fruit, pine-like hop resins and another nonspecific tangy spice note. Smells hot, earthy, and woody but with an overarching malty sweetness. The palate is initially rich and malty, burnt brown sugar and molasses, leather and walnuts. Things then get fruity for a moment, candied cherries, raisins and prunes, almost floral almond extract, something that recalls coconut, only to have these flavors disappear underneath hot spicy alcohols and oak. Reasonably thick and syrupy with a dry bitter finish, all hop resins and nutshells. This one is a tad pungent, rather woody and medicinal, and I think some aging might do it good. I do appreciate the aggressive hopping and roasted flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 22:56:50 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

02-28-2014 02:56:35 | More by deNerval
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-brown color with hints of ruby, smallish tan head with some lacing

F-toasted malt, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit, slight nuttiness

T-dark fruit, toffee, toasted malt, nutty, little spice

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth, some alcohol comes through

O-solid, if not, spectacular Barleywine, nice sipping

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 01:22:27 | More by MDDMD
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Solstice D'hiver from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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