Solstice D'hiver - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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2.33/5 rDev -40.6%
Poured into a a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.
A - Pours a nice murky light brown color with some slight amber hints. That only show up on on the edges. There is a thin, medium dense, light tan head that recedes quickly.
S - Strong caramel and molasses hints come up strong and linger. The beer is very malty and sweet. Brown sugar notes and some slight pear and apple cider notes in the nose. Not much hops. A bit 1-D.
T & M - Starts off with some nice molasses sweetness and good caramel. Slight burnt caramel notes are present. There is some brown sugar and there is also a slight roast to the beer. There is a slight acrid note to the beer as well. The taste finishes a bit on the burnt side with a slightly overwhelming yeast note that seems to hide the flavors. Not the greatest beer in my opinion. A lighter body for an AB.
O - The beer is underwhelming. The flavors don't seem to blend very well. Not my coup of tee.
10-05-2011 00:14:26 | More by JoEBoBpr
2.38/5 rDev -39.3%
Brand new bottle to the Columbia market, I grabbed this one from the venerable Charleston Beer Exchange. Let's see how Canadians do barleywines...
A. Pretty dirty-orange, smallish 3cm head, dingy and cloudy. Dark beer. Ok.
S. Very fruity, lots of esters and a wallop of hot booze to boot. Sweet and slick toffee notes, prunes, dates, sweet black bread and... bananas. Odd. Very odd.
T. Oh no. I actually cringed as the first sip of this passed my lips. There's a tremendously harsh, medicinal (think gnawing on a handful of aspirin tablets) and violently unpleasent bitterness here that is all over the palate. Front, mid, and finish; it knocks the rest of the beer down and stamps on its jangly bits. Somewhere in there is hid caramel sweetness, warm alcohol, a bit of black pepper and fruit, but I'll be darned if I could taste it past the aspirin-assault. Not enjoyable and frankly bad tasting.
M. Warm, sweet, a little thin, and boasts a very sharp bitter finish - not sure what happened here or if this brew is best 5 years out, but it's practically undrinkable now. I didn't finish the bottle.
D. No. Alas.
Solstice D'hiver is a real disappointment from a usually fun brewery - this and the peppercorn beer the Crazed Canucks create are two beers that I find personally unpalatable. A real shame, but I'd be curious to try an aged bottle and see if this changes much over time.
05-11-2009 17:11:55 | More by kkipple
2.42/5 rDev -38.3%
$4.99 for a 11.5 oz bottle. 10.2% ABV per the bottle. Pours to a clear dark amber, forming a rocky light tan head with excellent retention and a solid sticky sheet of lace. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is clean and subtle, with dark fruit, resinous hops, carob, and alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and syrupy with a dense body. The taste opens with dark and candied fruits, and is followed by oxidation and fusel alcohols. Definite acetone. Moderate wierd chemical bitterness. ot sweet. The fusels overwhelm the finish. Defiinitely hot.
Not digging this one at all. These guys usually make great beers, but this one kinda stinks. I definitely wouldn't buy it again.
12-13-2010 21:11:52 | More by Mitchster
2.48/5 rDev -36.7%
Dark mahogany body with some yeast floaties within, thick dense cap that looks like you could lay on it.
Aroma isn't very outspoken, even after letting this warm it seems muted and gives off some basic malts as it's only aromatics.
It seems this far in this is a tamer barleywine, there is nothing to scare you away but at the same time not alot to keep you enamored. The flavors present a bit of alcohol, and some toffee which is what i would say the biggest malt character is in this BW that provides the backbone. Weirdest thing here, i am getting something that reminds me of mint chocolate, odd with a bright fresh note, maybe that is just the alcohol mixed with malts playing tricks.
An alright BW, if your into BWs get it for the knowledge and experience of the tick, otherwise dont worry about it much.
06-10-2011 03:14:07 | More by ChadQuest
2.51/5 rDev -36%
Appearance: Muddy brown/very dark red color. Light bubbly head on the pour which dissipated quickly and was not present while drinking. Low active carbonation in the glass while drinking.
Smell: The front is a mossy hop profile with plenty of sweet oak. Cherries and fruit sweetness jump out as well. There honestly is not much more after that. A semi bright barley profile is also picked up but is light.
Taste: An overly sweet oak and barley front hits the palate first. That synthetic, crayon like feeling continues to pile on. Mild barley continues to warm up as the beer does as well. Lingering off tastes which just don't seem to belong stick around for a while. Sweet, really way too sweet.
Mouthfeel: Sweet, synthetic, strange oak, and nothing worth wanting this again.
Overall: Disappointed with this one no doubt. Besides Peche, I haven't had another brew from Dieu du Ciel that is really worth continually buying.
12-02-2013 07:25:41 | More by KFBR392
2.65/5 rDev -32.4%
11.5oz bottle poured into my duvel tulip
A- this one pours a very murky dark brown colored body with a finger of creamy looking khaki colored head. the head becomes no more than a crown after a minute or two and leaves solid rings of lacing behind.
S- the malts are much stronger than the hops in the nose of this american barleywine. lots of caramel and toffee. somewhat fruity as well. plums, figs, and cherries. a strong alcohol presence.
T- the first sip brings a massive amount of medicine and alcohol. like a pill that wont go down after a few sips of water. ouch. after i manage to get over that, the dark fruits come through faintly. cherries, figs, and plums. theres a slight herbal hop bitterness at the end, but nothing like a traditional american barleywine.
M- medium to full bodied with a low level of carbonation. very strong warming from the alcohol in this one.
D- the medicinal taste is way too strong and nothing i ever want to taste again. needless to say, i dont think ill be buying this again. different in a bad way. i say avoid.
05-31-2009 01:14:54 | More by jwinship83
2.8/5 rDev -28.6%
Poured into a snifter.
Pours a dirty deep ruby with no head to speak of. There was a brief flash of carbonation on the pour that created a little wisp, but it was gone in a flash. Very hazy beer, even with a careful pour.
Aromas of .... soap? I know the glass was beer clean. I get a faint malt aroma, but not much else. As it warms, the soapy aroma turns to more of a caramelly malt. Not sure what is going on here.
First sip is of a mild bitterness, which is interesting, because the label warns of a very bitter beer with aromas of hops. Which hops? Perhaps this is where the soapy aroma comes from, floral hops. Some tobacco, caramel. Perception is a good balance between hop bitterness and malt sweetness, but the overall flavors are not pairing well for me. Not much of an alcohol burn for a 9.8%abv beer.
Mouthfeel is a little thin for a barley wine. Expected more of a big, chewy, malty beer. This is kind of unexciting.
Overall drinkability is not there. I wouldn't seek this out. It is not an exceptional example of a barley wine. Balance is good, but flavors and mouthfeel are off.
11-27-2010 03:13:39 | More by JamnesCameron
2.93/5 rDev -25.3%
A - Two finger, pillowy sort of head, tan colour. Dark amber type colour with good carbonation going on. As far as I can tell it's bright but it's almost too dark to tell. Great lacing all around the glass, the stuff doesn't wanna let go.
S - Good sweet malty character with some booziness. Great candy sweet aromas. Reminds of toffee, butterscotch, and caramel. Some dark fruits also.
T - Boozy. Tons of dark fruits. Lot's of alcohol. Alcohol seems really harsh. I honestly can't get anything much beyond the alcohol. Maybe this needs time to mellow.
M - Lot's of carbonation, sort of harsh going down b/c of the alochol. Full bodied.
D - Hard to drink to be honest. I like barleywines but this is boozy, but not warming, just rough. Considering this was bottled 3 months ago I'll try to give this another chance when it's got some more age on it.
Had with 3 years on it, it's lovely. Too bad it took so long to shine.
01-22-2011 01:28:38 | More by tbeckett
2.95/5 rDev -24.7%
Fairly subdued as a barelywine goes - not nearly as kickass and biting as some others I've had.
Pours a moderate head that settles to a heavy film, but boy, does it ever leave a lot of lace. Red-hued walnut in colour.
Nose is very boozy and sharp edged. Under the alcohol is sweet dark fruit. Tough to pick out what else is in there for the amount of alcohol present. After it has had a chance to breathe out it settle into a fruity, burned caramel and malt aroma that is fairly subdued. Overall profile is sweet.
This is one of those beers that betters as it warms. Initially just booze and sugar. Mellows out into sweet fruit and malts, some dark chocolate. Mouth feel is moderate, just a slight sparkle of carbonation, some stickiness. Lingering bitterness, sticky sweetness.
I'm not a big barleywine fan. The style is probably pretty out there for most folks, but as barleywines go, this is less aggressive than many I've had. Requires the big comfy chair and a period of immobility.
01-16-2011 23:06:43 | More by TerryW
Solstice D'hiver from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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