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Solstice D'hiver - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 771
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 26
Gots: 89 | FT: 1
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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 WeedKing4
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a dark slightly clear brown with a decent amount of foam that disappears quickly. The taste is of sweet dark bitter fruits, but the alcohol is a little hot in this one. Doesn't take away from the beer, but its noticable. Not a bad beverage by any means.

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

I've never seen this one around my area so a big THANK YOU to Patrick for generously sending this 2009 bottle to try.

A - Pours an opaque raisin, orange, brown sugar color. Minimal head, and initially has an off white fluffy head.

S - Smells very Belgian in character. Has deep layers of toffee and barley aroma, strong toffee caramel with a balancing of vanilla, brown sugar, figs, prunes, and mild nutmeg. Smells a little estery, nutty, and a little maple syrup buried way down there.

T - Wow! Taste is every bit as complex as the aroma suggests. The taste matches the nose in almost every way with layer after layer of taste hitting the tongue. If I didn't read the label first, I would call this a Belgian/English Strong Ale. It doesn't present itself as a Barley Wine, especially an American style which I beg to differ with its classification, the Belgian yeast is very noticeable. Toffee & caramel immediately emerge before settling in to a maple syrup/brown sugar blend intertwined with plumbs, figs, and mild amounts of prune. (a.k.a. - "dark fruit") The hop bitterness seems to provide added support of the malts. There's also an oakey and and a little smokiness lending itself to the overall flavor.

M - Finishes dry and leaves a bittersweet and crisp coating in the mouth. Is a little medicinal in taste. Medium heavy in body, not syrupy or sticky (like I expected). Early in the bottle there's a noticeable ABV warming but midway through my throat and palette adjusted and it wasn't as noticeable.

D - The alcohol presence drives drinkability down a little bit, however, well brewed and interesting. I would like another one of these because I'm savoring every sip.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blurry black cherry that looks more like dark caramel with tangerine accents when not backlit. One smooth pour enabled the entire bottle to fit into the snifter, with a lovely looking crown of khaki colored foam cresting the rim. The suds last impressively long, leaving quite a bit of lace when they eventually melt.

The aroma is underpowered, at least in the early going. It's brown malty, somewhat earthy, and has just a hint of alcohol, although no more than most beer of this ABV. Hopefully, warming will bring something new and different to the party.

Solstice d'hiver is my type of barleywine (dark malty rather than pale malty), but it isn't knocking my socks off. Once the starting chill is lost, it does open up a bit and begin to complexify. The aroma still isn't impressive, however.

Flavors include dark caramel, ripe figs, blackberries, chocolate shavings, bitter black tea leaves and a wee dram of Absolut Citron. I had originally thought this bottle was from winter '08-'09, but now believe it's from this past winter. There's still quite a bit of hop bitterness goin' on.

The mouthfeel barely squeeks out the score seen above. It could be more full and more creamy, but satisfies well enough in the end. Drinking quickly is no trouble at all. On the other hand, drinking 9.8% ale rapidly might lead to serious trouble, depending on the circumstances.

Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel Solstice d'hiver is a good North American barleywine that doesn't quite come together well enough to be considered a great North American barleywine. It's still an easy recommendation since a 12 ounce single shouldn't break the bank.

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

Pour: 12oz bottle to wide mouth glass. Rich brown body capped by thin light tan head. Lots of carbonation visible in glass. Thin lacing remains and a soft halo around the glass.

Nose: Spicy & malty. Ginger, cookie dough. Not all that strong, unfortunately. I'd love to get more from it... quite nice.

Mouth: Thick, complex, bitter, warm. Nuts & caramel & biscuits. Super hoppy finish, very long lasting. Earthy. Mouthfeel is creamy, fully coating. All taste buds are touched & excited. Niiice.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a deep, dark brown. Almost completely opaque, but with ruby and mahogany highlights around the edges of the glass. Abundant stiff head immediately after the pour, but soon dissipates. Thick lacing.

Smell -- Earthy, vegetal hop aroma mixed with raisins, drupes, caramel, and molasses. Alcohol is present, but not overly abundant for the style.

Taste -- Sweet, alcohol-soaked fruit up front: a lot of cherry, raisin, dates and figs. Bready malt, caramel, some chocolate, and a touch of molasses follow up the fruit before the bitter/vegetal hop flavor arises and cuts the sweetness. Finish is vegetal and a little spicy, with some residual cherry bonbon flavor.

Mouthfeel -- Slick and full-bodied. Abundant prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- Excellent! It's a difficult thing to make a hop-heavy barleywine that still retains all of the malty nuances that define the style. While there was certainly some bitterness toward the finish, the hop profile was more vegetal and spicy, which really helped to moderate all of the malty sweetness instead of just cover them up with pine resin. Loved it.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.

The beer pours a nice brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the caramel malts. The alcohol is also very present in the aroma. There is no doubt that this beer is nearly 10 percent ABV. The flavor is a great mix of caramel and chocolate malts. Once again the alcohol is present. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of tdawgydog
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is has been sitting in the cellar since the holidays. Time to make some room for the summer seasonals.

A - Poured a beautiful dark brown. Carbonation flowed up from the bottom of the glass to build a really nice head. Almost looked like something out of a Guinness commercial.

S - Sweet yet strong. It's difficult to hide the 9+ ABV and it's clearly visible in the nose of this brew.

T - Started off extremely sweet. Hints of chocolate and caramel, but as I got to the bottom of the glass all I could taste was the alcohol. Almost a scotch taste.

D - First part was really enjoyable. It could be that I left this in the cellar too long but I'm not convinced that is the problem. All Dieu Du Ciel beers that I have enjoyed have been really well done. Not that this one is bad, I just wouldn't seek it out again.

M - Again it started out great but went downhill after that. I only had a single bottle so it's neither here nor there.

Photo of DawnL
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a muddy brown resembling the highlights in Coca-Cola. Little head and no lacing.

Burnt sugar/caramel - but more like the topping on creme brulee. has a strong alcohol presence on the nose and something almost peaty underneath the bruleed sugar.

Bitter upfront with red fruits rounding out the palate and an alcohol finish that really burns! Flavor is balanced, but alcohol is off the charts. Bitter orange comes through in the palate - almost like drinking Cointreau.

It's a good, well-crafted Barleywine. It's heavy and the mouthfeel is semi-cloying and very alcoholic. This is a full-flavored brew that I would have with cheese.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: From the bottle poured a warm chestnut brown, while in the glass appeared an amber-ice tea color. A heavy murky turbidity of macro-sized bran flakes floated within the drink while the glass bottom accumulated the larger chunky pieces which reminded me of hop cone flakes from my old homebrewing days. The head was probably the only disappointing aspect to the visual appeal, never really forming or bothering to leave a calling card (lacing). Really liked the murky reddish tone and chunky sized surprises that I found in this drink. Visible carbonation had a light to medium density with a rapid rate of rise.

S: The nose emitted a boozy sense of scotch and dark fruit (prunes). Some alcohol laced barrel woodiness is present. The aroma starts off moderately strong but fails to keep after a few short minutes making you earn any appreciable scents. Mostly boozy and perhaps a bit limited complexity wise.

T: Sweet caramelized malt that was laced with a dry booziness along with apples are the first to get noticed flavor-wise. The booziness moves in rather quickly adding a spiciness and warming nature of burbon. Scorched malt sweetness, a dry black berry fruiting, and an alcohol spiciness of liquer and oak highlights this drink with a warming finish well suited per style.

M: The mouthful was fairly thick, with a syrupy feel and a good alcohol warming. A bit of scorched malting, both dry and sweet coats the tongue.

D: Boozy with a big warming, best suited and served for the colder winter months. AT 9.8% it seemed to drink a bit bigger then advertised.

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

Served at cellar temp and poured into a tulip glass. Solstice d'hiver carries a dark ruby-red brown body with a frothy white head on top. Patches of lacing are left behind. Holding the glass up to a light reveals some suspended solids.

Caramel and bready malts rise up from the glass, mixed with a hint of alcohol. Further swirling of the glass reveals grapes and traces of other dark, sugary, fruits. The aroma is quite pleasant, but could be a little stronger.

Bready, biscuity, smooth malts, layered with alcohol-laced fruits wash across the tongue. My first impression is that this is more of an English Barleywine, but then some hop bitterness makes its way through towards the finish and brings this beer to some middle ground between the American and English styles. Again, bready malts, bits of grape and cherry and a hint of fig. This barleywine has almost all the right notes, but nothing really stands out or pulls you in. Still quite enjoyable though.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and robust without becoming syrupy. Light carbonation is about perfect for the style. Faint warming alcohol.

This is pretty drinkable, especially for a barleywine. The 9.8% ABV limits you to the 11.5 oz bottle it comes in, but due to the sweetness you probably wouldn't want more anyways. That being said, this barleywine won't put you in a sugar coma like some and feels fairly balanced with the hop addition.

Overall, this a very tasty offering from Dieu Du Ciel. I have yet to come across a beer from this brewery that I haven't liked. Good flavor and well balanced. This is another barleywine that is worth seeking out.

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured mahogany brown with minimal head and delicate lacing on the surface.
S: There's an aroma of alcohol, fruits and hops.
T: The flavor is a well-balanced mix of alcohol, cherries and other dark fruits, sweet caramel malt, and hops, the latter of which also prominently stands out in the finish.
M: The beer feels medium- to heavy bodied on the palate and the carbonation takes away most of the syrupy taste.
D: This is one to sip slowly and end the night with, although it's surprisingly drinkable for a barleywine.

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

Thanks goes out to gford217 for this brew.

Pours a nice brown/amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing and small islands left behind. The nose is malty, with some cherries, plums, figs, raisins. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with a nice touch of dark fruits. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice BW.

Photo of rhinos00
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally decided to open this bad boy up. Thanks Mike for sending me this aged gem. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into Leffe chalice.

2006 vintage

A- Very dark burgundy, with brown hues. Almost looks like a dark liquor. Produced a fingers width of off-white colored head. Reduced to a thin layer sitting on top of the glass.

S- Various dull aromas stemming from toffee and malts. There is an undertone of vibrant dark fruit scents...almost has a tropical/vinous tone to it. Just not potent enough, needs to be amped up a bit.

T- Upfront, leftover hop resin provides a unique bitterness along with candied malts and dark fruits. Midway through more of the fruit flavors really come out and explode on the palate. The dead hops from 4 years ago still linger in the finish ever so slightly. Mix of toffee, dark fruit, and slightly bitter hop oils in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation. Good use a little more viscosity. The leftover hop resin left an oily sensation on the palate. Finished semi-dry.

D- Although the hops have faded considerably, the left over hop oils left a distinct bitterness that I didn't particularly care for.

Overall, I much prefer this to the fresh version seeing as I'm not that big of a fan of American barleywines. That being said, the bitterness left over does it no favors. Not a bad treat!

D-

Photo of ksimons
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet, is a dark brown with a thin layer of head. Smell is very mixed, there are hops, yeast and a bread-like aroma all mixed into one.

Taste-slightly sweet, hints of coffee, a fairly bitter taste finishes it off. Alcohol is not very present considering it is a 9.8 ABV
Mouthfeel-very thick, little to no carbonation, leaves a coffee aftertaste

A little too bitter for my taste to have this be a beer I would drink another of.

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

Reviewed from notes

Pours a caramel brown with a half finger of quickly receding head. The aroma is caramelized sugar, floral hops, citrus, ashtray, and some nuttiness.

The flavor is equally as compelling as the nose. Some nice complexity yet overall remains well integrated and balanced. This seems like a hybrid between the American and English versions of the style. Caramel malts dominate the front palate but in the finish it is all resiny hops.

The mouthfeel is medium with appropriate low carbonation. Drinkability is good when considering the high ABV.

Recommended.

Photo of barleywort
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving: 341mL bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Poured a deep hazelnut brown, gradient from a deep brown at the bottom of the glass to a creamy brown near the top of the glass. Minimal lacing and no lasting head.

Smell: Top marks here. As it warmed, it ran the gamut of aromas from root beer, estery banana, and authentic wet vanilla sticks.

Taste: competing flavours of medium roast coffee, gingerbread, cinnamon, banana, and very light toffee tones all faintly come to the surface and then disappear.

Mouthfeel: Light sparkly carbonation, with initially subdued heat from alcohol...at first sip, I would not guess 9.8%.

Drinkability: Oddly enough for a barleywine, I found this much more pleasing at lower temperatures. It starts off offering complex flavours and aromas, but the alcohol comes through more as it warms up, and the nuances become more muted. The bitterness (not entirely pleasant) comes out, and it gets more yeasty, acidic, and acridic. As it warms, the maltiness also comes out, but it is overpowering and there is mediciney alcohol taste (even sulphurous in the taste, but not the nose).

Overall: Not a session beer, this one is a sipper, but don't sip too slowly. I actually found my tongue completely assaulted by this beer near the end. I much preferred the subtle and complex flavours when it was cold versus the overwhelming alcohol, bitterness and maltiness as it warmed.

Photo of northaustin
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a very hazy dark copper/purple. slight white head which has little retention and leaves no lacing.

smell is very fruity/tart with alchohol present.

taste: i am getting alot of green apple, some sweet malts, very earthy hops and alchohol. good, but this one needs some age.

mouthfeel: left with a slight alchohol dryness.

drinkability: a tad harsh when fresh, this is not a session beer by any means. interesting barley wine for sure though. thanks to JDV for this one.

Photo of flexabull
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky and cloudy brown color with a decent tan head that faded quickly.

Aromas are faint. Light stewed fruits, some booze, and a hint of oak.

Taste is pretty simple and kind of pedestrian but it seems to work pretty well. Some caramel and brown sugar like sweetness up front. Beer then finishes with a hint of mineral hops and a pleasant alcohol warmth that balances the sweetness quite well.

Mouthfeel is good. Soft and full.

Drinkability is good. This barleywine seems to fit more in the English style rather than American. I wasn't really digging it at first, but then I started to enjoy the soft subtle flavors of this one. Not a bad approachable barleywine.

Photo of pattermj
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased 3 months ago and have had it stored at 55-60 since.

A- Very dark, amber with no light getting through. No head at all, very few bubbles. Nice dark barleywine.

S- Slight fruity smell, overall though I can't pick up too much other then that

T- In order I would go dark cherry, caramel, alcohol, and slight bitterness. The cherry and alcohol are definitely the strongest although the hops meet well at the end

M- Thick, it holds on the tongue well. Not as much as others but definitely more then other barleywines I have had. Not complaining.

D- A little strong on the alcohol but otherwise I feel its a fairly nice mixture. Others mentioned slight chocolate which I couldnt pick up but feel if it were slightly stronger would definitely make this better

O- very happy I picked up 4 of these, got 1 more in the cellar gonig to give another 6 months to.

Photo of NightINgale
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a small snifter...

A - The body is quite opaque, of a dark ruby colour. Very nice thick caramel head, with good lacing and retention. Looks like a proper barleywine.

S - Dark fruits, caramel, a bit of citrusy hops, and a touch of alcohol. One could say this beer has a port-like quality to the aroma.

T - This beer bring a complexly-layered flavour. First I tasted caramel, then some dark fruits (cherries, dates), then some almost chocolate-like notes. There was a fair amount of juicy hoppiness, which lingered into the finish, leaving some bitterness

M - Medium-to-full body to it, a little syrupy. The alcohol taste is there, but it isn't too overwhelming. Gives out a nice warming sensation, perfect for cold weather.

D - Pretty decent, but you will feel the booziness in the taste. Good to have one of this every once in a while to keep the winter chill out.

All in all, another great beer from Dieu du Ciel. Not exactly my cup of tea, but I still enjoyed it!

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia. Let's D'hive right in, shall we?

Appearance: Pours out an opaque, murky-looking, dark brick-colored body with a whipped, frothy, light beige head.

Smell: Malty nose smelling of toasted bread crusts and sweet-scented notes of toffee and caramel accented by some wafting alcoholic aromatics. Additional whiffs of wood chips, juicy cherries, light spice, and a nearby snifter of room-temp brandy.

Taste: Begins with a bold maltiness that has a chewy breadiness about it with a rich toffee taste and lighter hints of semi-sweet chocolate and brown sugar. It's sweet, but not overly sweet. There's a pervasive earthiness to it and a snap of seasoned wood and spice. It's bitter, but not overly bitter. Fair amount of fruitiness present, but sweet cherries, for me, are the most prominent. Splash of brandy. Light, lingering bitterness and some warming alcoholic heat on the otherwise smooth malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Tasty, enjoyable barleywine with a nice, inviting warmth to it that suits me just fine as I watch the recent snow melt away. It's not nearly as sweet as many English version and it's not nearly as bitter as many American iterations of the style, though, admittedly, I'm not entirely sure as to the age of this particular bottle I purchased last night. Why not just pick a bottle and find out for yourself.

Photo of Bubba83
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter at 50 degrees. Appears a dark brown with a one finger width off white head. Good retention here and some nice spiderweb lacing sticking to the sides of the glass.

I get a lot of raisins and caramel in the aroma. Cherry alcohol is apparent too, along with some figs and burnt sugar. Somewhat of a smokiness that I can't quite fathom.

Starts off tasting a lot like I would expect from a barleywine, with lots of caramel up front. Just when I'd expect it to go towards the raisin/fruity/vinous flavors, it doesn't, and instead gets kind of smoky and bitter with some burnt sugar playing around here too. Finishes up with a quick kick of cherry alcohol heat.

Feel is pretty good, medium thick with the right amount of carbonation and an oilyness. It could feel a bit smoother on the tongue though.

Drinkability is impacted negatively by some of the harsh tones I get in the mid-range flavors, as well as finishing a little too warm. Not the most approachable barleywine, but it was certainly decent overall.

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

Into my imperial pint, pour a dark murky brown, lots of junk floating about, a nice but small and short lived head. Aroma is nice, lots of dark fruits, sweet, some brandy-ish alcohol. Same with the taste, also nice, lots of taste, lots of sweet, some nice fruits here too, alcohol is well tempered, the mouth is nice and warm. In all, a good beer for a dark winter night.

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

Nice barleywine, a bit on the hoppy and biting side but pleasantly integrated.

Presentation: 11.5 oz bottle. Blue and cold design, and illustration, around the image of a tree where a person is taking refuge inside the trunk. Short front description and brief side narrative generally noting main ingredients and intent. Does shows date of bottling (there seems to be a side numbered calendar with the faintest of scratches on 1 and 4 but it is not clear), and shows Alc. by Vol. (9.5%) Poured into a snifter.

A - Amber brown pour with dark red highlights. 1/4" head fading quickly and leaving a short memory surface with little lacing.

S - Fruity nose, over a deep hoppy profile and notes of malt sweetness.

T - Softer malt character supporting a bitter finish. Rather hoppy but not with a dissonant sense and a nice boozy note. Very distant sweet hints that punctuate the experience.

M -Medium body with adequate carbonation, Smooth feel and biting finish.

D - Goes down well as a sipper, and works fine as a barleywine.

Notes: It´s nice, but short of extraordinary or particularly memorable. However it not that far from it. This might benefit from some aging that helps to integrate-subdue the hoppy notes better and give a bit of a more enticing brew. Might be an English barleywine given the yeast but the way they are used this feels right at home with some US versions in terms of how hoppy its get going during the initial impression.

Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very deep mahogany if not entirely black with hints to a black cherry-like liquidity. Soft tan capping of firmly fluffed foam laps up to about a finger high. The foam sifts away to dusty film and lots of thin webby lacing.

Aroma is a bit muted but has lots of complexity of deep dark rummy fruityness. Has a tender and soft roasty chocolate waft with nice confectionary hints of powered sugar french toast, cinnamon, maple syrup, and a side of mango/green raisin jam. Subdued undertow of rum/brandy-like warming.

Taste is a firm standing amount of big roasty malt twisted in with much more of that rummy/brandy hinted warmth and tone to its middle area with some dark grapefruit and orange oil. Holds a cindering finish of burnt raisin toast and earthy dark citric tinted hop oilyness and feathery lasting dryness of twisted piney hops, black licorice, black tea, and the darkest of dark vanilla. Quite firm and complex, just not big nor beefy enough to really make it stand out more then I would like to see out of an American styled BW. Still solid though. Solid.

Body is warmingly slick with a warmth that sinks in right away and lets the subtleties of the roasty malt sift across with a medium ease while laying the ground work for all the fun little hoppy nuances and other spices found later in its smooth delightful finish to gather up and peak the palate with a soft supple tone and easy going character.

Its complexity supersedes its overall length and semi lessened beefier tone, but it sure sits well with its crafty warming texture and drinks down with very little effort. A pretty solid offering by the Dieu Du Ciel crew.

Solstice D'hiver from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 771 ratings.