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Solstice D'hiver - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 692
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 21
Gots: 81 | 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 Caveworm


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solstice D'hiver was recommended to me at my local craft brew shop for my first barelywine. The employee's advice has been useful to me in the past, so I purchased a single.

I really like the illustration on the bottle, it is very sombre and bleak complimentary to its name. As a fan of extreme music, this is great to enjoy while listening to some atmospheric black metal. It poured a shimmering black body with a very dark amber head. I was surprised to see a head period, as it kind of reminded me of the consistency of a cola of all things. But in a good way.

The few scents I DID notice were anise and dark licorice.

The taste to me was that of Guiness and Yuengling original lager combined in the very best way possible. You get that kind of malt sweetness with the retention of raisins and coffee, as well as smoothness and drinkability that comes with quality lagers.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly crisp for this being my first barelywine. I kind of expecting the lingering fumes that come with "wine" wine. The high ABV is virtually unnoticeable.

All in all, for my first barelywine, I feel that this was a wonderful choice. Based on this experience, I will now also recommend this to fellow "newbies".

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 22:34:36 | More by Caveworm
Photo of Everything_Belgium


4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Most excellent find.

Poured into a tulip glass. Nice pour with about a 1 inch head. Very nice color. Hazy.

Smell is superb. Sweet with floral accents.

The taste is killer. Sweet but not too sweet. Just how I like it. I bit of alcohol taste. Just the right amount.

Overall I would buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 00:46:35 | More by Everything_Belgium
Photo of GRFounder


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

03-03-2014 22:48:59 | More by GRFounder
Photo of Lare453


3/5  rDev -23.5%

03-03-2014 00:27:02 | More by Lare453
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A dark caramel brown murky brew with about two fingers of tan head, poured into a goblet. I like huge beers as much as the next craft nerd but I have to be in a particular mood to really "get" a barleywine, to truly appreciate the experience. The aroma here is great, redolent with toffee and rum notes, orchard fruit, pine-like hop resins and another nonspecific tangy spice note. Smells hot, earthy, and woody but with an overarching malty sweetness. The palate is initially rich and malty, burnt brown sugar and molasses, leather and walnuts. Things then get fruity for a moment, candied cherries, raisins and prunes, almost floral almond extract, something that recalls coconut, only to have these flavors disappear underneath hot spicy alcohols and oak. Reasonably thick and syrupy with a dry bitter finish, all hop resins and nutshells. This one is a tad pungent, rather woody and medicinal, and I think some aging might do it good. I do appreciate the aggressive hopping and roasted flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 22:56:50 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of Exeter

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-01-2014 06:41:00 | More by Exeter
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

02-28-2014 02:56:35 | More by deNerval
Photo of MDDMD


4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-brown color with hints of ruby, smallish tan head with some lacing

F-toasted malt, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit, slight nuttiness

T-dark fruit, toffee, toasted malt, nutty, little spice

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth, some alcohol comes through

O-solid, if not, spectacular Barleywine, nice sipping

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 01:22:27 | More by MDDMD
Photo of CowsandBeer


4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Bling Tiger Brewery snifter. No bottled on date that I could find except for some notches on the side at 01/07. I’m assuming this is a few years old though since Dieu du Ciel hasn’t been around KS for several years.

Appearance: Poured down the middle produces two fingers of light tan head; creamy, thick and solid. Dark brown/walnut body. Lots of thin, webbed lacing stuck around.

Aroma: Lots of boozy, almost vinous dried fruit up front. Peanut brittle and toffee in the middle. Finishes with a leathery oxidized note. Heady booze for sure but loving the nutty malts and leathery notes that older barleywines sometimes get.

Taste: The first thing you notice is more of those booze soaked fruits. Like a rum fruitcake or something. Very sweet treacle like malts with a lingering hop bitterness. A nice nutty toffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Spicy and floral alcohol that warms your face. It’s not hot, but very mellow and works well with the syrupy mouthfeel.

Overall: I was worried this bottle had sat around for too long but it’s doing great. It could probably sit for a few more years and develop more in the bottle. Overall it’s a warming, fruity, very sweet and nutty winter ale for the coldest of nights. I’d love to see some barrel variations of this one, as an oaky vanilla or oaky vinous sweetness could really compliment the beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 02:33:39 | More by CowsandBeer
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4/5  rDev +2%

02-20-2014 01:48:08 | More by Duff27
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4/5  rDev +2%

02-18-2014 22:27:54 | More by ChipMurray
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

341ml brown bottle poured in a pint glass. Purchased from Zyn in Calgary.

Dark brown, kinda cola in colour. Very little head recedes to a very thin ring around the edge.

Aroma reminds me of fruit cake with rum. Light and spicy alcohol notes are in behind a rich and complex melding of perserved fruit or mincemeat and banana bread.

Flavour is largely bowled over by the alcohol. Some fruitiness and yeast spiciness punch through the alcohol. Definitely a sipper.

Full bodied with minimal carbonation. What little carbonation exists is little pin pricks on your tongue. The alcohol side gives a little harsh mouthfeel.

Great winter warmer on a cold day. Alcohol is a little more agressive than I typically like, but it's not bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 00:55:32 | More by Noxious26
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

02-14-2014 15:36:55 | More by QuentinCall
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

02-12-2014 01:25:27 | More by krl2112
Photo of Nunya


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

02-09-2014 13:38:37 | More by Nunya
Photo of SimonTja


3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

02-09-2014 07:18:44 | More by SimonTja
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

02-09-2014 00:29:22 | More by billab914
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Chez Clem's and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : reddish brown color with tan foamy head.
Smell : malty and spicy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : roasted malty flavors, with alcohol presence in the finish.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the style Barley wine.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 19:18:34 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of Jah_Json


3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

02-05-2014 19:47:12 | More by Jah_Json
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

02-03-2014 19:19:27 | More by Stugotzo
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

02-02-2014 06:30:01 | More by chefduff2
Photo of WunderLlama


3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass

Muddy, ruddy brown liquid creates a taupe thin foam layer with decent lacings.

Aroma of Deep rich fruits. Figs and raisins. Sweet caramel malts.

An explosion of deep rich flavor. Biscuity and sweet malts. Alcohol on the finish, slight bitterness on the aftertaste. Full weight on the tongue. Good as a winter warmer for a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 02:15:20 | More by WunderLlama
Photo of mdaschaf


3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

01-30-2014 05:50:39 | More by mdaschaf
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3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This came highly recommended per the woman at the liquor store.
The pour is a little lighter than I expected, but not a whole lot. Almost kind of muddy. Small off-white head dissipates fairly quickly. The lacing is more patchy than lacy.
I'm not getting too much on the nose. A lot of light grains, which is not really what I want to be the overwhelming smell from my barleywines. Raw threshed grains give way to a bready-ness. My excitement level for this beer is dropping. Faint brown sugar, but really really lacking in the olfactory department.
Wow. Umm... while the nose was a huge let down, the taste is at least attempting to make a case for itself. While the nose was all graintower, the taste takes the reigns and directs us in a much more vegetal direction. There is a fairly intense hop bitterness that accompanies the traditional barleywine flavours of boozy soaked raisins and brown sugar. A distinct ribbon of caramel comes through at the end, and that 10.2 makes its presence known as well. There is still a sidetaste of those grains, though they mercifully take a back seat to the more pronounced malts and hops.
Medium sized body, and good carbonation level, the finish is decidedly hoppy (though the fact that this was brewed about two weeks ago probably helps them to be so pronounced).

As it is I'd consider it a middle of the road BW, but I'll probably pick up one more to lay down for a year or two and see how it matures.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 03:25:02 | More by kemoarps
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

01-22-2014 14:44:46 | More by sammy806
Solstice D'hiver from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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