Solstice D'hiver - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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Reviews by teromous:
3.73/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: The beer is a dark shade of brown...it's not quite black. I can see some light through the beer. It has a thin ring of off white head. No real lacing. I'd say it's about average.
S: It is sweet-scented, like caramel, honey, and some clover.
T: I get a lot of malty character and bitterness. It's sweet, but there is light astringency. I pick up very earthy bitter hops. It's biased more towards malt than hops. There's even a light cocoa flavor in the aftertaste.
M: The mouthfeel is big and full; heavy bodied. It doesn't finish quickly. It has a long, bitter end. It's true to the barleywine nature, and is definitely a sipper or slow drinker.
O: Overall I thought it was good...better than the average barleywine, but not the best. It's a sweeter, maltier barleywine, so that is something to consider when deciding to drink this. I would drink it again, and I would recommend it to people who prefer non-super-hopped barleywines.
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2012 20:47:19 | More by teromous
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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
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