Solstice D'hiver - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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Reviews by kemoarps:
3.7/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
This came highly recommended per the woman at the liquor store.
The pour is a little lighter than I expected, but not a whole lot. Almost kind of muddy. Small off-white head dissipates fairly quickly. The lacing is more patchy than lacy.
I'm not getting too much on the nose. A lot of light grains, which is not really what I want to be the overwhelming smell from my barleywines. Raw threshed grains give way to a bready-ness. My excitement level for this beer is dropping. Faint brown sugar, but really really lacking in the olfactory department.
Wow. Umm... while the nose was a huge let down, the taste is at least attempting to make a case for itself. While the nose was all graintower, the taste takes the reigns and directs us in a much more vegetal direction. There is a fairly intense hop bitterness that accompanies the traditional barleywine flavours of boozy soaked raisins and brown sugar. A distinct ribbon of caramel comes through at the end, and that 10.2 makes its presence known as well. There is still a sidetaste of those grains, though they mercifully take a back seat to the more pronounced malts and hops.
Medium sized body, and good carbonation level, the finish is decidedly hoppy (though the fact that this was brewed about two weeks ago probably helps them to be so pronounced).
As it is I'd consider it a middle of the road BW, but I'll probably pick up one more to lay down for a year or two and see how it matures.
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2014 03:25:02 | More by kemoarps
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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 694 ratings.