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Solstice D'hiver - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
88
very good

743 Ratings
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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 24
Gots: 91 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rastacouere on 12-10-2003)
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3.92/5  rDev +0.3%

Sweet caramel malt aroma, lots of melanoidins, flavor is similar, with raisins and dates, and the finish is excessively bitter. Good malt depth, but not quite to barleywine level.

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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into Dogfish Head snifter. Very dark reddish brown. A decent sized tan ring stays around for the whole ride

Aroma - Smells like a typical English barley. Dark fruits, sugar, caramel/toffee. Also fair amount of alcohol. Almost sweet rum like

Taste - Hidden surprise here. Some hops that I did not notice in the smell. Everything else followed suit to the nose. Carmalized sugar, and lots of deep malt flavor stand out along with the alcohol burn that stings the nostrils a bit.

Feel - Very smooth. Despite some hoppyness, it feels much like an English style. I would say medium bodied with a little bite in the follow through.

Overall - Excellent beer. I wasnt expecting it to be an American style, but it is more of a hybrid. I would say it actually may lean toward English. The flavors could be a little more pronounced. I would probably score it a little better as and English version. I think this would age really well though.

WesMantooth, Oct 26, 2014
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

huge barleywine here, right between the english and american styles, how canadian! its copper to honey colored and thick. the head holds on a little while before fading to ring lacing in my globe. the nose is pretty hoppy, but more bitterness than flavor. the grain is big and flavorful, but not particularly layered or dynamic or nuanced, its pretty one dimensional, despite its size, it doesnt seem real diverse to me. thats fine because the hop finish is insanely big, its super bitter and punchy and long lasting. when it warms, it clashes just a bit with the booze, which until now was more mellow. im floored by its effect on me, from relatively sober to relatively blasted in twelve ounces. not easy to do! a well made brew, but less enthralling than most of their others. i might like it more in the dead of winter than i do now.

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Pours a very dark brown, almost opaque. Forms a nice off white head leaving a ring on the glass. Very sweet and somewhat complex nose, caramel balanced with dark fruits with alcohol presence similar to sherry. Rich in flavor. Predominately caramel, prune, toffee and a touch of oak. Heavy, thick body with average carbonation, fantastic sipping beer! Very warming in it's finish.

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Solstice D'hiver from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.