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Solstice D'hiver - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Reviews: 418
Hads: 862
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 37
Gots: 106 | FT: 2
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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada | website

Style | ABV
American Barleywine | 10.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rastacouere on 12-10-2003

This noble winter beer is brown in colour with flaming red highlights. It has a complex aroma of fruits, alcohol and hops. Its taste is delicately sweet and liquor-like with a hint of burnt caramel. It is a very bitter beer with aromas and flavours reminiscent of red fruit. The aftertaste is accentuated by the wonderful flavour of hops.
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Reviews: 418 | Hads: 862
Photo of ISmith87
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 4.0 - The color is a murky dark brown with a nice off white head that leaves good lacing.
s - 4.0 - Really boozy, molasses, caramel, honey, plums, spicy hops.
T - 4.0 - Also really boozy, plums, figs, molasses, caramel, honey, spicy hops. Lots of maltiness.
M - 4.0 - Medium-heavy mouthfeel, tons of alcohol, maybe a little too much. Aftertaste is plums, alcohol, some spiciness from the hops.
O - 4.0 - It's alright, not the best, not the worst. Little too boozy for 10.2 percent. Reminds more of the belgian strong darks than an american barleywine.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a deep amber pour, cloudy, finger of head which quickly dissipated. smells of tons of barley, caramel malt, molasses, honey. the flavor is pretty boozy overall buy you get TONS of plum, raisins, fig, dates, lots of bready caramel malt, barley, honey. a nice warmth grows in the chest from this full bodied beer - slow sipper with low amount of carbonation.

this was a pleasant experience. one of the first beers i threw into my cellar, so this is one is from 2011. i do suggest aging one for yourself.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up about a finger's worth of head which doesn't last long- not surprising for a barleywine. The head is a light, creamy beige while the body is a muddy, almost chocolate brown that shows maroon and garnet when held up to the light. A thin line of sheeting is left above the surface of the beer. Some lacing above that.

Nose- Nice, inviting, fairly typical barleywine nose. Starts off with lots of caramel which gives off hints of coconut but moves quickly to vanilla and toffee. Slight hints of raisins and cherries. Minimal notes of chocolate and cocoa. Very well balanced. Swirling displays a messier quality- replete with oak and alcohol that I didn't get before.

Taste- Starts with caramel and quickly moves into oak and coconut. Heat is noticeable but so far seems to jive with the flavor profile. Brown sugar and molasses are notable. Very oaky with touches of vanilla. The heat is undeniable which is interesting for a beer that seems to have been released at the end of last year. This is definitely a candidate for aging and I might have to grab another one to do just that. Don't mind the heat; it just seems a little too oaky for me. A tiny bit of thinness and maybe a little too hot at the moment. A good beer nonetheless. Perhaps in more in the average range in relation to all the really good barleywines I've had but still enjoyable. It certainly doesn't lack in presence or complexity but could use the balance and integration that aging would bring. Really holds up when I do a deeper tasting of holding it my mouth for an extended period of time as the oak begins to fade and mellow. This is really opening up and developing well. Some of the complexity fades but this beer has become more and more drinkable as I continue. Is that the heat kicking in? Some spice- suggestion of cinnamon perhaps?

Mouthfeel- Between medium to heavy bodied with ample carbonation for a barleywine. Works well. Has a good feel of creaminess as well.

Drinkability- The oak is a little bit of an obstacle. It is my biggest complaint about this beer. The price seems reasonable for an import of this style. There are cheaper and better barleywines but no real complaints.

Overall- Above average to good. Almost solid. Its progression and mouthfeel justify the price for me for the most part. Worth a try. If you don't like it, you might want to try aging it. I think it will benefit. I might try this as well.

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Photo of brewskis
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, murky brown color with no head. Smells of dark fruits, nuttiness, carmel, molasses, brown sugar, some pine and some type of berry from the hops. Taste starts with lots of dark fruit and molasses. The middle brings a note of nuttiness, more molasses, and carmel. Start to get pine from the hops too. The finish gets much hoppier, as I get notes of pine and grass; however, the malt bill stays strong and really goes well with the hops. Lots of molasses, dark fruit such as raisins and figs, carmel, a hint of cocoa, and grapes. Just a tiny hint of alcohol on the finish, but it goes well with the other flavors. It does bring a nice warming sensation. High medium body with a creamy and syrupy feel. A pretty complex brew. My first brew by them, but overall, a really nice American Barley Wine. Looking forward to more beers by them.

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Photo of templar316
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours the dark amber of liquid gold in my Selins Grove snifter. No head or lacing on this well aged bottle. It's risen to room temp and the aroma has hit it's peak: butterscotch, oak, muscat grapes, there's a lot of depth. And it dives deep as it rolls across the tongue coating it with the soft echoes of forgotten treasure, winter campfires and lost loves. A beer to savor.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a 16 oz snifter. Pours a dark mahogany with a a half inch if off white head that leaves little lace. Smell is brown sugar, molasses, caramel, vanilla, and dark fruit. Taste is all of that with brown sugar and molasses dominating and hint of the rest in the finish, plus some warming alcohol. Body is medium, little carbonation, on the dry side, and a slow sipper for sure. This is an o k Barleywine and they got me into craft beers.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Murky copper with a short tan head that dissipates quickly. Yeast sediment floats to the bottom.

Nose
Caramel, molasses, cocoa, toffee and some kind of berry notes.

Taste
Big caramel and toffee malts with a syrupy sweetness. Notes of cocoa nib, molasses and a big piney hop bitterness. Residual floral notes and sugars linger with a hint of blackberry.

Mouthfeel
Medium plus body, silky and smooth.

Overall
A nicely balanced American Barleywine. The 9.8% abv is well hidden.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark amber nutty color forming a big creamy, fluffy, thin bubbled and soapy beige head. Good retention and tons of lingering and molasses lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains for long time on the top

S: Caramel bomb in the nose. Candy sugar, dark fruits, caramel malts, roasted malts and flowery hops. A bit of alcohol can be felt in the end

T: Sweet upfront. Intense taste of caramel. Strong notes of caramel and roasted malts. Strong notes of dark fruits, mainly raisins and grapes. Quite bitter end. Actually, it's quite hoppy and bitter to a barleywine. Great bittersweet balance

M: Heavy and molasses body. Medium carbonation and a fruity and bittersweet aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Nice American Barleywine. Another good surprise from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blind BIF Beer #6

Not a sour. Hooray. Regular 12 oz bottle.

Dark murky red appearance.

Old ale raisin smell.

Stale old ale taste. Slight battery acid finish.

So far the beers had been from all over the place. I had no idea what this was.

Reveal. Barleywine?

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown with dark caramel hues along the edges. There is very little head, but I do get a thin off-white ring of bubbles along the edges of the glass. Only spotty lacing as it drinks, which is almost non-existent.

S: The nose is caramel, fig, mild toast, bread,some bittering hops, and some booze.

T: It starts out sweet yet biting right up front. I get a good malt base and some caramel, but the hops are also there right away. The sweets and hops stay on the palate through the middle, and as it moves to the finish the alcohol presences take shape. The finish is sweet and coating, but a bit bitter and hot.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet and syrupy up front, but not overly so. It coats the palate but slides off nicely in the finish. The alcohol dries it up as it leaves the palate, and only a wacky mix of sweet, bitter, and alcohol heat remain for a time.

O: Decent beer. I much prefer English Barleywines to American Barleywines, but this one isn't too bad. It has nice balance, but the alcohol percentage isn't well hidden. This beer seems like it would greatly improve with some barrel aging. We shall see.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Murky nut brown ale with a rippled wake and minimal lacing.

S: Fruity syrup laced barley, molasses, fruit cake, natural fruit roll ups, cinnamon, brown sugar, earthy hops and booze. Moldy dank esters once warmed.

T/M: Cherry NyQuil upfront with smoldered barley, caramel and orange oil. Spicy booze, wood and herbs cut through the sugary malts. Syrupy feel in a fully carbonated body and finishes with a juice dose of hops that aren't overly bitter.

O: Super sweet and easy drink barley wine. It's decent but really comes off as lack luster. No real problems but its just not great.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle. Note-bottle says this is 9.8% not 10.2%. Pours a dark, dark brown color with ruby hues and no head. Almost no lacing. The aroma is boozey and sweet with some brown sugar, earth, bread, dark fruits and some spicy hop presence. Hints of orange. The taste is boozey caramel upfront with some spicy hops and dark fruits. Earthy and maybe a bit nutty. Burnt caramel and brown sugar towards the end. Slick mouthfeel. I wish I had a chance to try this on tap at the Brewpub when I was there. Overall, solid barleywine I hope I get to have again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby chestnut body light caramel tan head, nose is filled with equally impressive big fruit and caramel malts...it's a Canadian hop bomb of a barleywine. Sharp acidic notes with leafy herbal hops playing a big role in it, roasted nuts and caramelized sugars collide to equate to the aromatics of the beer. Flavor is harsh bitterness all day, bitingly bitter big and bad with warming alcohol...it's a rough sultry barleywine meant for the cooler months, don't ask me why I chose to crack the bottle in the warm rainy spring weather that we are having today. Big fruit ride the wave of harsh bitterness, yeast nuttiness, plum soaked in brandy, this is a big beer all day with lingering waves of earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a warming alcohol effect taking over in the first few sips, if this is their winter beer it's meant to be this way for a reason to keep you warm when you are walking from pub to pub in the dead of winter up in the Quebec province of Canada. Overall very pleased it's like an exotic version of Bigfoot and I'm sure it's appreciated and held on to every year during it's release to experience something like this so big yet so quaffable.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.5oz bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A - Dark brown with good clarity. Small tan head from a strong pour holds a cap. Little lacing.

S - Rich caramel profile with some sweetness. Strong ripe red fruit mixes with some spicy alcohol. Mild smoky phenolics.

T - Smooth caramel turns to some dark chocolate flavors. Moderate sweetness comes into big red fruit flavors midway. Hops are earthy and give a quick snap of bitterness right at the finish to balance. Some bitterness after the finish along with those nice dark caramel malts.

M - Medium-full bodied, light to medium-light carbonation, semi-sweet.

O - Aroma popped from the glass very well and the flavor was bursting but the red fruit flavors were a little over the top. Not what I would consider to be a traditional American Barleywine as the hops were overshadowed by the big malt emphasis. Again, this beer was complex and shined in many aspects.

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Photo of jmendels
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was my first craft beer from Canada - what an introduction! I've taken a liking to this style of beer and this one is no exception. It's a dark red pour, with a decent amount of head. The taste is worth savoring. There are flavors of toffee, caramel, and a touch of roasted bitterness. Certainly an exemplar of Barleywines and something worth trying and seeking out.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the less than 12oz bottle into a La FinDu Monde oversized snifter. The beer looks beautiful; ruddy brown with purple and amber highlights. Topped with a creamy and dense, light caramel colored head of about one finger in size, and the foam sticks around for quite a while leaving specks of lacing.

Aroma is of pineapple, deep caramel malts, brown sugar, alcohol, and subtle hoppiness.

Very gentle flavor profile that is creamy and soothing. Alcohol, herbal and earthy hops, low-ish bitterness, dried figs and raisins. The earthy hops seem to leave a lingering flavor in the mouth. I once made a tea with some Kent Goldings and this tastes like that, with alcohol and caramel, breadiness mixed in.

A nice beer for sure. The alcohol provides a warming effect and makes this one a sure sipper. Very well balanced, chewy, hot at times, but still a very nice beer. Alcohol is certainly noticeable, which provides about the only drawback. Nowhere near an American Barleywine, but spot on for English version.

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Photo of kevanb
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a deep amber color, burgundy hues, mostly opaque with just a touch of clarity. A soapy, bone colored head sits atop the beer, that has good retention and leaves touches of spotted lacing behind. The aroma is very intense, lots of rich, sweet grain with subtle stone fruit that is countered with piney, spicy hops that really bite hard. Strong, punishing alcohol lingers behind and is quite abrasive. Hops are first on the tongue, very abrasive, piney and sticky and massively bitter that leads to rich dark grain, light stone fruit is detectable at the finish but the rush of sweet burning alcohol mutes any subtlety in this beer. The body is nice and rich, very smooth despite the burning alcohol, coats the mouth well with a warming as it goes down.

Verdict: A harsh barleywine from DDC, and another example of why I'm not a fan of American style Barleywines, just too bitter and abrasive. The grain and fruit really get overshadowed by the hops and alcohol. Hardly enjoyable.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into wine glass.

A - Looks great. Beautiful bronze color. Decent head. Great lacing.

S - Kind oif a weak aroma. Nothing outstanding.

T - Tastes nothing like it looks. Not enough fruit for me. Seems almost flat. Could use more sugar, fruit, heat, something. Hope it was just a bad batch.

M - Not bad. Decent body.

O - A bit of a disappointment. Does this need to age more?

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz served in a snifter

A - Pours a dark brandy color with a small khaki head.

S - Roasted/charred barley, toffee, caramelized brown sugar, dried fruit, cherries, plums, over ripe apples, fruity ethanol, old wood, vanilla. Of course the longer it sits the better it gets.

T - Rich roasted barley, charred caramel/toffee, sweet vanilla and fruit, apples, plums, the bitterness doesn't hit until mid palate but comes on strong in the form of roast bitterness and grows stronger through the finish.

M - Smooth body, low creamy carbonation,

Very deep and robust nose. Agressive barley flavors with a sweet and fruity background. The hops come on strong on the finish balancing out the rich sweetness.
Excellent!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

10.2% ABV confirmed. Acquired for $1.00 in SoCal - probably the best deal I've ever gotten on a beer. 11.5 fl oz brown glass with branded standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, which makes some beers I'm a big fan of. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. There are notches in the "1" and "0" slots, but I don't know what date that indicates.

Served after a brief period of rest following its removal from the fridge and allowed to warm further over the course of consumption; I prefer my barleywines just slightly chilled. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and average (~2 minute) retention - which isn't actually bad for the high ABV. Body colour is a hazy caramel-amber brown; very typical of a refined barleywine. Nontranslucent. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible, if only because it's opaque. This is definitely unfiltered. No bubble show. It's what I'd expect from a good barleywine; I'm not blown away but I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Rich caramel, toffee, malty sweetness, light toasted malt, grains and sugars, burnt bread crust. Redolent of old brown leather. Some fig fruit and other stonefruit. Raisin. A touch of earthiness - in a good sense. Light vanilla. Candied fruit. A light dark spice. A bit of fennel. Candied green apple. A complex aroma of moderate to fairly high strength. Alcohol's there, but it's well concealed. An evocative aroma that affirms complexity to come, but doesn't come off horribly balanced. I can't wait to find out.

T: Dominant caramel. A bit of toffee. The sweetness is certainly there, but it's well balanced by more refined notes. I'm sure it'd be better with more age, all the same. The sweetness would fade a bit. Light fig and mild candied apple fruit come through, adding pleasant dimensions. Biscuit malt and brown malts aid the body. Some raisin. A bit of lurking alcohol, but I wouldn't call it hot or boozy. Little yeast comes through, if any. Hopping is generic and floral - and certainly minimal. Malts are the star of this show, and as well they should be. The dominant note is redolent of those caramel-apple sticks you'd get at a fair. Light burnt bread crust isn't as deep here as I'd like; it's there in traces but that flavour is the highlight for me. I could do without the fennel/light licorice, but that's just personal taste. A nicely balanced little barleywine, but one that seems like it'd be a lot better with 2-3 years of age on it. Pretty good balance, for the most part.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Thick - like it needs to be for the style. It's got definite presence on the palate, but I wouldn't say it's too heavy. Firm and punchy. Good carbonation. Complements the flavour profile pretty well, and in some ways it seems like it's tailored to it - but the execution doesn't come off incredibly. Solidly done, but not great.

Dr*: It's not a great barleywine, but it's rather solid. I wouldn't pay the full $6.00 import price for it, but I love the $1.00 price tag I paid. I'm glad I picked up 5 others; this is far better stuff than Bigfoot (at least fresh Bigfoot). Another solid brew from Dieu du Ciel, but I did expect a little more given their usual quality. Worth picking up at the right price, but otherwise I wouldn't recommend it to friends. Like it, don't love it. It is quite drinkable for the ABV though. I could have more than one of these in the same night and I wouldn't mind.

B-

Definitely a beer that'd be better with age. 2-5 years for this one methinks.

I regret I was forced to drink this one from a pint glass. By all means, use a snifter or tulip if you've got one. Hell, even a wine glass would be better than a conical pint glass.

*I had to play with the overall score to get the letter grade that was appropriate. This keeps my reviews fair and consistent. Please see my profile for more information.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Dark ruby color with brown hues. Head sputters out very quickly. Small spots of lacing.

S: Rich malty aroma redolent of caramel and brown bread. Toasted crust. Very subtle vanilla. Slight brown cocoa. Bruised apple and fig. Faint whiff of alcohol spice. Suggestion of earthy hops.

T: Rich caramel and lots of toasted crust. A little nutty, hints of brown cocoa and leather. Spicy alcohol butts in on the mid palate with a stiff jab that wakes the palate. A whisper of chocolate covered raspberry. Fig. Very mild pine and earthy hops. Drying bready finish, alcohol rides it out as well.

M: Big and thick-bodied. Very chewy, slightly syrupy. Mouth coating with some silky creaminess. Little to n o carbonation. Hot in the alcohol department.

O: This is fairly boozy. Time in the cellar will iron that out, but even then there's nothing that really makes this beer stand out from the pack. The price point won't help it either. I can see this being a perennial slow seller.

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Photo of silverking
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- It pours a dark brown with a definite red tinge. It sports a tan head with excellent lacing.

S- Malty and toasty. Cherry and candied fruits. Alcohol is detectable.

T- Sweet malt, caramel, and cherry. Taste transitions into dark cocoa and eventually leads into a hoppy bitter finish. Alcohol is less detectable in the flavor

M- Thick, rich, and oily. gentle carbonation. Nice warming sensation.

O- Very nice beer. well rounded and complex.

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Photo of 4ster
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled November 2011. Poured into a large wine glass.

A: Dark burnt amber, lots of bubbles, light head, quick die off to a wispy lacing.

S: Sweet fruits, cherry bubblegum, light citrus/spice/caramel, and bit medicinal alcohol..

T: Fruit forward like the aroma, cherry, grape, sour apple, nice sweet malts, finishes with a nice oily hop bitterness and slight alcohol flavour.

M: Good carbonation, fizzy but not overpowering, very smooth, well balanced, with the alcohol providing a great warming sensation. Very sticky/oily and slightly dry.

O: Don't have a huge experience with Barley Wines, but this one is quite nice. Hits a sweet spot about not being too sweet, with a nice balance between the fruits and hops, and keeps it warm without being over powering. As I said, not an expert, but no complaints and worth trying for sure...Good after dinner beer during the cold months, and will be interesting to see how it tastes with age. (also, if you're getting this beer in Florida, you shouldn't complaint too much about the cost, as it's reasonably priced where it's brewed @ 3$/bottle)

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Photo of Muhly
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a brandy snifter at cellar temps. Bottled in October 2012 according to the label.

A-dark brown. Ruby and amber highlights. Required a pretty vigorous pour to generate two fingers of tan head. Low head retention and some strands of lacing here and there as head drops. Has some legs.

S-caramel and some fruitiness. Slightly toasted or burnt notes. A bit of hops.

T-dark malts, hints of caramel and fruit. Hop bitterness finishes it off.

M-pretty round and soft mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Definite touch of warmth from the alcohol. Moderate hop driven astringency.

O-very nice. Complex and well rounded. My first barley wine so I don't have a great frame of reference, but this is great on a cool winter's eve and seems to fit the style description. Will throw a couple in the cellar for next year.

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Photo of zac16125
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.5oz bottle into a snifter
2012 vintage (punched out between the 0-1 and 7-8)

A: Pours hazy to the degree of being opaque. Dark mahogany in color with some sedimentation particles suspended in the glass. A sliver of light mocha colored head comes and goes quickly. Leaves no lacing.

S: Lots of apple. Some caramel sweetness, Booze, a medicinal astringency. Aromas are very strong, but not as appealing as many barleywines out there. However, it does significantly improve as it warms, with nutty aromas and cinnamon.

T: Sweeter than the nose implies, with more traditional barleywine flavors. Caramel and toffee, bakers chocolate, with a bitterness on the back end. There are hints of the apple character that was on the nose. Fair amount of booze.

M/D: Medium bodied, but not thick or syrupy, maybe a touch thin. Fairly smooth, with a moderately low carbonation. Drinkability is good. Alcohol is noticeable,and it gives a whole body warming sensation, without producing a burn in the throat.

O: Overall, good but not great. It did the trick on this (relatively) cold Feb night. Overpriced at almost $6 a bottle, which seems to be the MO for this brewery. Worth a try, but I dont think Id purchase this again unless there was a significant decrease in price.

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Solstice D'hiver from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
88 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.