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Solstice D'hiver - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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745 Ratings
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Ratings: 745
Reviews: 397
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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Photo of seasonsix
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really fun and different barley wine.

A - dark dark brown, nearly black with basically no head.

S - dark malt characters, sweet syrup.

T - very cool taste. almost like a porter with the roasted character dialed all the way back. dark malts shine through here with velvety molasses settling in.

M - well balanced carbonation - subtle, yet present so that the potent flavors dont just sit on your tongue and overstay their welcome.

O - enjoyable and worth your while. This isn't a boozy barley wine which I really appreciate - while sweet, it's also balanced. It's not aggressive and unlike many barley wines enjoyed the full 8oz pour. Would certainly check this one out again.

seasonsix, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Rizalini
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Deschutes tulip glass...

A - Pours a hazy ruby red color with a 1 finger tan head that leaves some slight lacing as it fades.

S - Has a fruity bubblegum aroma, almost like Juicy Fruit.

T/M - Taste matches the smell really well. Slightly sweet fruity, bubblegum flavor. Medium heavy mouthfeel bordering on syrupy.

O - It's a descent barleywine, but nothing extraordinary,

Rizalini, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of jeff1973
5/5  rDev +27.9%

jeff1973, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Viciousknishs
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a murky brown with red highlights. A thin cap of light tan head that quickly recedes into a thin ring of bubbles forms from a moderate pour.

S- starts off with aromas of burnt caramel, toasty malt and dry fruitiness from the yeast. Very leafy hops blend in with notes of sweet herbs and woody roots. Finishes with a liquor like heady alchohol.

T- rich sticky toasty malt and burnt caramel flavors kick things off. A big kick of hop bitterness with notes of wood and leafy herbs balance outhe initial sweetness leaving some dry red fruit on the palate. Finishes with a bit off a alchohol burn and liquor like tones.

MF- sticky slick mouthfeel with a medium body and fine carbonation.

D- a sipper with some heat and a lot of bitterness.

Overall a good beer that needs a bit more time in the cellar to show its true potential.

Viciousknishs, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle says 10.2% ABV

A - dark mahogany with "flaming red" highlights, a half finger of tan head, scant carbonatio and plenty of suspended sediment

S - toffee and caramel dark buttery sweetness hit me first, some dark fruits follow, then a sharp alcohol note at the end

T - hops come out of nowhere to start the taste off, they fade into a superior blend of hops and the toffee/caramel sweetness, the taste finishes with an analagous alcohol twinge

M&D - smooth at first, kind of a sharp finish, but not off putting, a fine barleywine, held up great after a year in the cellar

sinstaineddemon, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of BuffaloBill12
4/5  rDev +2.3%

BuffaloBill12, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

heyta, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of beeragent
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass from an 11.2 oz bottle.

A - Pours a medium redish copper, forming a 1/4" white head. Very light spots of lace on the glass.

S - Big sweet malty aroma, fruity, with a hint of alcohol.

T - Caramel, sugar sweetness, a hint of liqourish, and a bit of alcohol in the finish. Floral hops are very low in the taste and mostly apparent in the finish.

M - Heavy bodied with average carbonation. Very full and smooth.

O - Good flavor, body, and aroma. A good example of a Barley Wine. Tastes more English style than West Coast.

beeragent, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this noble winter beer in a snifter glass. Pours brown in color with flaming red highlights. Its taste is delicately sweet and liquor-like with a hint of burnt caramel coming from the malt and a prolonged boiling time. It is a very bitter beer with aromas of hops and alcohol, and flavors reminiscent of red fruit brought by the English-type yeast the brewery uses to ferment it. The aftertaste is accentuated by the wonderful flavor of hops. Solstice d’Hiver is brewed only once a year, and is then aged for 4 to 5 months before being sold. This aging process is necessary to achieve an ideal equilibrium between the sharp bitterness and the other flavors in the beer. After aging, it is then sold starting mid-December of each year. A very nice barleywine!

CuriousMonk, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Arbitrator
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased at K&L in Redwood City.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy amber / mahogany color with reddish tint when held to the light. Has slow carbonation up the glass, giving it a thick appearance. Develops a half-inch head that lasts throughout the drink and leaves occasional register marks as I sip.

S: Brown sugar, molasses, caramel, raisins, cinnamon, and a little toasted malt.

T: Sweet at first: a cloying blend of brown sugar, molasses, and caramel in the initial taste. The mid-taste rounds out a bit and produces a combination of toasted malt, bread, and cinnamon. Sweetness re-appears in a raisiny finish, but it's much more tolerable due to a contrasting hop bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste.

M: Full-bodied, with low-to-medium carbonation, maybe just slightly high for the style. Well-masked ABV, but a warmth indicates that it's best as a sipper and not a quaffer.

D: Pretty good. It was $6 over here, which isn't too unreasonable for a fantastic barleywine, but this is a good-to-great one. I would pick this up again.

Arbitrator, Dec 01, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Solstice D'hiver from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 745 ratings.