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Solstice D'hiver - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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790 Ratings
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Ratings: 790
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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Photo of cooler4life
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a 1/3 finger off-white head that dissipated to a thin rim around the edges of the glass. Color is a dark bark brown. Lacing is average for the style.

S: Somewhat subdued, molasses, lollipop, toffee, and barnyard funk.

T: Starts with blueberry, cherry, cocoa notes and ends with a hoppy, spicy twang. I enjoyed the twist.

M: Smooth, just enough carbonation to keep you going. Slightly sticky and full bodied.

O: You can watch the clouds roll by with this one in your grasp. The sum of its parts elevates it to something special.

Photo of jrempel
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Meerkey
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, slightly muddy mahogany. About a finger of head.

S: Alcohol, spicy, malts, hops.

T: Some drying hops and malts. Grainy. Caramel. A little alcohol. Really good.

M: Slight carbonation and a little drying, but not much to say beyond.

O: Very tasty barley wine. I'd have another. Recommended.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.5 ounce glass into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Notched 0 & 8.

A: A nice finger of head fades over time. Dark, opaque mahogany. Gorgeous. Nice lace.

S: Ensorcelling. Incredibly balanced. Spicy hops, pungent alcohol, sweet malts. Soft fruit; amazing.

T: I really like this barleywine. A lot a lot. Noticeable yeast is round and semi-sweet, which is offset by an excellent hop presence. Caramel malts find a firm base, but hops are the true artistry of this excellent beer. They are subdued, yet dominant; hidden, yet omnipresent; subtle, yet spicy/flavourful/fun. The aftertaste is very lightly dry with a fruity bitterness. Yum.

M: Nothing to brag about, but still above average. Mediocre carbonation, but good presence.

O: Highly recommended. This meets the incredibly high standards I've set for Dieu due Ciel. Utterly recommended; will seek out to have again. Remarkably good, and an excellent example of the style.

Photo of tripledbrew
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BostonBrewins
3/5  rDev -23.3%

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

Appearance - Pours an opaque dark mahogany brown with a thin, creamy head.

Smell - Dark fruits (plums, cherries), spicy hops, sweet honey aromas.

Taste - The dark fruit flavours make their presence with a molasses kind of sweetness. Slight bitter hops at the finish and aftertaste. Light spiciness from the hops as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with slight carbonation.

Overall - A good barleywine by Brasserie Dieu du Ciel. There are some lovely dark fruit flavours. I really enjoyed the hint of molasses flavour - came up as a surprise. Worthy of trying.

Photo of elricorico
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of Giggy
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with red highlights. Little to no head.

S: Caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, sharpness of alcohol

T: Sweet roasted malts, dark sugars, malty, bitter at the end of the swallow

M: Full, thick, creamy, and tingly

O: Sip slowly! Alcohol is strong on this one. Looking forward to trying others from this brewery. Nice to know Canada Brews more than Molson & Labbats.

Photo of QuadrantThree
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of KevinSP
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4-pack from the LCBO knowing Dieu du Ciel makes quality brews.

A - Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Dark mahogany brown with a quarter inch tan-coloured head quickly appearing and then disappearing. Very little lacing remaining.
S - Sweet (and burnt) caramel. Lots of malt. Somewhat fruity.
T - Initial caramel and maltiness. Hoppy bitterness that lingers but counters the sweetness perfectly. A nice strong, bold beer but very smooth.
M - Carbonation is very light. Very smooth and velvety on the tongue.
O - This is my first barley wine and I was not disappointed. Simply fantastic. I look forward to cellaring a couple of bottles and comparing again in a year or two (if I can be disciplined for that long).

Photo of Groulxsome
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Quite a dark copper colour with a little hint of red. A really pretty tan coloured head which slowly gave way to a little lacing.

S: Sweet, caramel, with a some nice banana-like esters.

T: Good balance of strong hops to rich body. It starts fruity, middles out malty, and ends with a big hit of hops and alcohol warmth. Plus, its got that Quebec-beer taste which is wonderful and very close to my heart. Something in the water in Quebec!

M: Full, smooth, and chewy. Again, it's got a nice warmth from the alcohol and a long bitter finish.

O: I've got a giant soft spot for Quebec beers and this is no exception. I think this bottle is fairly fresh, so I'd love to try an older one soon to compare. It's a really good Barleywine and it shows the Quebec sense of balance perfectly.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of Stocean1
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a two finger head with patchy lacing upon a deep brown body with ruby highlights, decent retention leaving a nice thick collar.

Smell is heavy malt, sweet caramel, earthy hops and booze.

Taste follows the nose with sweet burnt sugar and malt up front with a balanced earthy hops,nutty, the alcohol is pronounced but really pulls it together - ethanol like a fine vodka, warming and adds a nice bitterness, some dark fruit and cocoa notes.

Full bodied with some carbonation, this is a sweet brew, not dry, bitterness throughout but not overpowering.

An excellent barley wine that was a real flavorful sipper.

Photo of Brianito
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of kbuzz
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of jwat
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of jskennedy
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany with a very small and quickly disappearing off-tan head.

Nose combines a ridiculously dense malt, akin to a thick slice of cinnamon raisin french toast, with an intense estery fruitiness- aromas of fig, dried blackberry, caramel, overripe apricot and kirsch with a bit cashew butter adding another layer of savory richness.

Palate is, not surprisingly, thick and full bodied with dark flavors of espresso and burnt caramel. It's intense alcohol hits quickly and helps to accentuate the beer's acridness alongside the moderate hoppy bitterness. Finishes a tad sweet with a lingering melange of caramel, alcohol, coffee, slightly burnt bread and a faint bit of black raspberry sauce.

A boozy one that needs some time, but the alcohol isn't over-the-top enough to stop it from being drunk young. I wish I could give the nose a 6, but I also sort of wish that the palate had more of the nose's fruitiness.

Photo of unibroue4ever
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of teromous
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a dark shade of brown...it's not quite black. I can see some light through the beer. It has a thin ring of off white head. No real lacing. I'd say it's about average.

S: It is sweet-scented, like caramel, honey, and some clover.

T: I get a lot of malty character and bitterness. It's sweet, but there is light astringency. I pick up very earthy bitter hops. It's biased more towards malt than hops. There's even a light cocoa flavor in the aftertaste.

M: The mouthfeel is big and full; heavy bodied. It doesn't finish quickly. It has a long, bitter end. It's true to the barleywine nature, and is definitely a sipper or slow drinker.

O: Overall I thought it was good...better than the average barleywine, but not the best. It's a sweeter, maltier barleywine, so that is something to consider when deciding to drink this. I would drink it again, and I would recommend it to people who prefer non-super-hopped barleywines.

Photo of dprophet
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of jera1350
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2009

An amberish brown body with a slight haze and a thin layer of light tan foam covering it. Some nice lacing left behind.

Huge sweet smelling nose. Burnt caramel, brown sugar and some fruity esters. Big and bold smell.

Tons of sweetness in many forms going on. Getting a little vanilla bean behind all of the malty sweetness. Some burnt sugar lingers well into the aftertaste. Light alcohol presence, but mellow.

The carbonation is a bit low, but nothing too bad. Smooth and lightly sticky, but the body feels a touch light.

A delightful little barleywine right here. Nice drinkability for the style. The heavy price tag will probably stop me from picking this one up again however.

Solstice D'hiver from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.