Solstice D'hiver - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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Reviews by duracell:
4.53/5 rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Poored from a 341mL bottle in an oversized wine glass. Bottled in October 2011.
A - Dark brown, cloudy, with a very thin head disappearing almost instantly. The carbonation doesn't seem to be very abundant.
S - Very gentle smell with dark fruits. I can distinguish raisins, notes of caramel and biscuits, with some herbal and spicy aromas.
T - Wow, what a taste! The first notes confirm the smell, adding a strong note of liquorice, very strong one! The caramel is present, the whole thing makes me think about a candy. After a while spicy notes appear, followed by a strong bitterness which reminds you that you're drinking a beer with a generous amount of hop. According to me, the bitterness might be a bit too present, but at the same time it creates a good balance with the other aromas.
M - In my opinion, the mouthfeel is certainly a great success! Very thick body, liquorous, a perfect carbonation.
O - Just excellent! The only downfall I can find is the bitterness, just slightly too present. But this beer is a great experience you will never regret! I would drink it all night long!
Serving type: bottle
12-11-2011 23:49:51 | More by duracell
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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 699 ratings.