Solstice D'hiver - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
11.5 oz. bottle poured into a Teku. I can't really tell when the beer was bottled.
Pours what seems to be pitch black, but placing it against light I see the light amber and brown hues it has. The head starts about two fingers thick, foamy and light. It persists well and the dissipation leaves lace streaking down the glass. Lots of carbonation is visible, surging vigorously upwards.
Lots of cereal-like grain aromas hit my nose first, almost more like a Marzen or other stiffly malty German beer. Along with this come some hints of caramel, raisin, and mild sherry.
Still heavy on the caramel- and toast-like malts, which again reminds me of the bigger German beers. Mid-palate the raisins and dates make an entrance, followed after by a blast of spicy hops.
The malts provide a thicker mouthfeel and some creaminess, which works to balance the carbonation, slight heat, and aggressive bitterness that come in later. It's the best of both worlds.
A good beer that probably would have benefited from more age.
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2014 03:50:53 | More by ONovoMexicano
4.06/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a copper color with a finger of tan colored head. The head has a light level of retention, fading to leave a light level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a caramel smell mixed with some aromas of caramel molasses and some dark fruits of fig and raisin. Along with these smells are some nice rum like aromas as well as a bit of a spice smell of licorice. Some lighter hop aromas of a pine nature mix with the rest as well as a little bit of a chocolate smell.
Taste – The taste with hints of chocolate mixed with a moderately strong flavor of caramel and brown sugar. Some darker fruits are present right from the start with some cherry, plum and raisin as well as some more brown bread flavors. Some booziness comes to the tongue toward the middle of the taste but remains art a relatively constant level never really overpowering the malt and the sweet taste of the brew like in many barley wines. All the while a nice moderately strong pine and earthy hop flavor come to the tongue balancing the sweet rather nicely. The chocolate flavors fade out from the taste at this point with a light amount of a almost tannin like flavor coming to the tongue at the very end, mixing with the rest of the flavors to leave a nicely blended sweet and malty flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. While not quite as thick and chewy as I would have liked overall the thickness and lower carbonation were rather nice for the flavor and style of the brew making for a rather enjoyable sipper
verall – A rather nice drinking barley wine. It is big in flavor without being both too dry and boozy or too overly sweet. A nice easier drinking one.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2014 01:23:23 | More by Darkmagus82
3.83/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
11.5 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a tulip glass
9.8% abv as opposed to the 10.2% listing
Purchased in August of 2012. Not sure when it was bottled.
A - It is rust colored with burnt orange highlights. A more aggressive than normal pour yielded an inch of tan head. There is some yeast particles and chunks suspended within the beverage.
S - The aroma is full of sweet caramel and dark fruit. I get some figs and dates. Some graham cracker and molasses is in there, as well.
T - It starts out sweet with the taste of caramelized sugar and some dark fruit. I can taste the ghost of a distant hops presence.
M - Medium.
O - It is a sweet barleywine. After reading the bottle it seems that it was meant to be a hoppy barleywine. I wish I would have had a fresh one to compare it to. I think it was already aged when I bought it. This beer is not bad, but towards the bottom of the beers I have tried from this brewery thus far.
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2014 00:11:50 | More by buschbeer
Solstice D'hiver from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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