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Solstice D'hiver - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 791
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 29
Gots: 91 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Rastacouere on 12-10-2003

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ONUMello
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: A hazy dark brown. Thin head to start and even that disappeared in a heartbeat.
S: Caramel/toffee, cherry, a hint of vanilla ice cream- pleasant and complex.
T: Wow this is nice. Bold flavors of cherry, caramel, raisin, molasses, and cream then a bit of an orange peel kick before turning back to a fruit ester/brown sugar finish. Very complex.
M: Full-bodied, a bit creamy which matches the flavors. Surprisingly the 10.2%abv doesn't show through for me.
O: A complex, enjoyable beer- definitely one to sip slowly.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.5 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. No discernible bottle date.

Appearance - Pours a deep mahogany with a small off-white head. Again, I poured into a CCB snifter, which limits the amount of head I can pour. Settles with some bubbles on the surface and the occasional bit of lace.

Smell - Caramel, toffee, and vanilla, but it's got a huge grapefruit hop aroma infusing all of it. Interesting, but not terribly appealing.

Taste - Way better. The hops are more subdued. Toffee is more pronounced than the hops here. The caramel fades to a wonderful vanilla flavor that makes this a much better beer than I expected. The finish is bitter with that same grapefruit hop flavor. It's a little much for the remainder of the beer, but not unforgivable.

Mouthfeel - That hop bitterness detracts. I'd love this to be more English-style than American, but it is what it is. Not as sweet as the flavors suggest, but a little syrupy.

Overall - That vanilla kick really makes the beer tick. Transcends the Third Coast Old Ale I had yesterday because of it, but the hops are more pungent in this one. Enjoyable, if not a little unbalanced.

Photo of traumaqueen
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Vylo
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark brown with a foamy 1/2 inch khaki head that fades to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark fruit, caramel/toffee, brown sugar, malt, and alcohol. Taste is of sweet malt, burnt caramel, brown sugar, and some fruity flavors. There is also some herbal hop bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a full bodied and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good barleywine but I am enjoying the smell on this one more than the taste.

Photo of RosieLaRoseToronto
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of baybassboy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of SebD
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown/ruby color to it. It has a nice tan head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet malts, some caramel, dark fruit, maybe some raisins and cherries, molasses, some spicy hops and a slight booziness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet malt charcter with some caramelly notes, cherries and raisins, molasses, spices, nice hop bitterness and a nice warming alcohol sensation and the end.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance, feel and complexity.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of Pencible
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like dark fruit and honey wheat, with earthy caramel and fig and copper.
T: It tasted like bitter copper and resin and waxy hops, with sweet sugary caramel and honey wheat and dark fruits. It had a very bitter aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This had a nice scent, but surprisingly sharp taste. The body was good, but it was pretty hot with a harsh finish. So it wasn't the easiest beer to drink. Age would probably help mellow and sweeten. Not recommended fresh.

(Bottle was marked "1,0" whatever that means.)

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of NForr
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color, little to no head.Smells if syrup, banana bread, some english malty aromas. I Smell hops in there too. Root beer, cola, and some alcohol.

Lots of alcohol up front, some sugars, roasted flavors. Caramel candy. Hefty Bitterness, which cuts the sugars nicely.

Definitely a sipper. Medium body with little carbonation. Best to let it warm up a bit before drinking, the flavors come out better and more balanced. Warms you as you drink it, perfect for winter.

Photo of sasky7777
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown beer with a tan head which disparates quickly. Smell has the aroma of toffee and booziness with a hint of dark fruit. Taste follows the aroma, toffee and malt up front with a background of dark fruit and cherries, it finishes off with alcoholic warming on the back of the throat. Great chewy mouthfeel and not overcarbonated. I had this beer with steak and it made a great pairing.

A great barleywine, typical of the style and one to search out and try.

Photo of BarrelSelect
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of caramel and molasse, light hops. Dark brown color, darker than usual for a barley wine. Thin head. Medium-heavy sweet full bodied, soft carbonation, long finish. I’m a fan of Dieu du Ciel since the beginning. As usual for this brewery, this beer is a little different of the usual style caracteristics. I like the little spicy and sweetness taste.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up awhile ago. I have been cellaring it for about a year now. This seems like a good night to finally open the bottle.

D'Hiver pours a deep brown in my pint glass. It had some foam, but that went away as my back was turned. Now all I have is just a couple little bubbles.

You get a lot of venous quality in this beer. There is a presence of sour in each breath in. It has a nice presence.

The flavor is full of barley flavor. I get a ton of woodiness. This is a very strong flavor. It made for a good sipper.

This was an interesting experience. I like this barley wine, just like I enjoy most barley wines. I am happy to have picked up this bottle.

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of cycoduck
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of WankelEngine
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.5oz bottle into a snifter

A: The beer is a a murky medium dark brow. A vigorous pour yields a light tan head of foam that reduces to some bubbles around the edge of the glass with light curtains of lace.

S: Sweet and malty. Brown sugar and burnt caramel are prominent, as is raisin. This is accentuated by some hop bitterness.

T: The taste starts out sweet and malty like the smell. Molasses and prunes. Hop bitterness quickly takes over. Mild alcohol heat and the pine/grass hops lead to a long and bitter aftertaste.

M: Moderate thickness, fairly smooth and slick.

O: A bold, tasty barley wine. More hops than I would have expected.

Photo of jrenihan
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled October 2011

Beer is a dark ruby red colour with a good-sized, thick looking, off-white head. Decent retention, moderate lacing.

Smell is made up predominantly of bready, caramel malt, along with nice fruity scents. Alcohol is noticeable and nice. A really soothing and nice smell.

Taste is very malty, lots of caramel. Some dark fruits and an earthy hop flavour. Alcohol is stronger than in the nose, a little too much. Aftertaste has a bit of oddly-placed bitterness that doesn't work very well with me. Otherwise, quite tasty.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, chewy. Alcohol heat is noticeable.

Overall, quite good. Perhaps better with some more time on it, as it is a bit hot. Really nice smell!

Photo of perclee
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of colforbin73
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this looked flat on the pour but did ale-up with a pinky size tan head. a very satisfying autumnal hue to the liquid though, warm looking, dark whiskey.

taste: maple syrup, whiskey barrell, booze, and hopped to high heaven. this is a sipper, split the small bottle with someone at comfortable room temperature. the crystal bitter-sweet flavor only comes after your palate has been assaulted by the aggressive hopping -- this does make me think it would age well however.

this is an ass kicker of a pintglass'o beer. and i have never used the phrase before, but this is not for the timid. you're gonna KNOW you drank it.

Photo of Jparkanzky
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Solstice D'hiver from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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