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Solstice D'hiver - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

Solstice D'hiverSolstice D'hiver

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very good

657 Ratings
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Ratings: 657
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Rastacouere on 12-10-2003)
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Photo of rapidsequence


3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Total Wine in NoVA.

Appearance: Very dark, but clear amber. Very thin, wispy off white head with poor retention and just some spots of lacing.

Smell: Cherry and some raisin. Very earthy hops aromas. Caramel malt aroma is a bit steely and slightly burnt. Not real boozy for a big barleywine, not all that interesting either.

Taste: As with the smell, there is quite a cherry presence, and some more dried fruit flavors as well. Hops impart significant bitterness. The estery flavors are a signature of the English ale yeast used. Again, not very boozy tasting.

Mouthfeel: Lacks the heavy, sticky mouthfeel I expected. Carbonation is appropriate. Finish is drier than I'd like.

Overall: This is a decent beer that is better than the sum of its parts. Its actually very easy drinking for the ABV and has some interesting flavor combinations, but it just isnt as good as a really good big barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 02:30:56 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of biglobo8971


3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into tulip. This beer has regular distro in my area, never tried it before I received it in a trade.
lools solid, seems particular dark, almost porter ish. No head at all, very slim lacing that clings to outer rim, does not follow down the glass. Very faint in the nose, small hints of sweetness, not much else. Taste is solid, slight malt sweetness, very little hop flavor. The mouthfeel is ok, not spectacular, flavors still resonate longer than it should. Overall, solid beer, not outstanding, just solid.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 04:12:40 | More by biglobo8971
Photo of Otterburn

Quebec (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Barley wine 9,8 % 341ml bottle

Appearance is a dark brow color with no head, low carbonation

Smell's kind of caramel and alcool

Taste is caramel and alcool

mouthfeel is similar the a thin syrop with low carbonation

Drinkability is average. because of the taste and the mouthfeel.

It is not bad, maybe its only the style thats not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 16:11:35 | More by Otterburn
Photo of kojevergas


3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
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.


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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 03:45:12 | More by kojevergas
Photo of coldmeat23


3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours a deep, dark, amber color with hints of garnet. A thin, tan, layer of foam sits on top. It lingers for a long time. The lacing is abundant and quite sticky.

Big, sweet, maltiness comes flowing out of the glass, from about 18 inches away. The nose is filled with raisin and fig notes. Light hints of dates and maraschino cherries. Mild touches of spices and nuttiness. Notes of candi sugar sweetness.

Not nearly as sweet as the nose would lead you to believe. This is very earthy. The maltiness is here, but very subdued. A vague sense of dark fruits, but nothing specific. Hints of raw nuts. Mild hops bite in the dry finish.

Medium-to-full bodied, with a mild level of carbonation. Very smooth and slightly creamy.

It's not bad, but I'd rather have John Barleycorn or Arctic Devil or Mirror Mirror etc. Just a touch too dry for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 04:19:45 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of Yesac


3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown color. Off-white/khaki head that fades to a neat ring around the glass. Smooth lacing on the glass.

S- Figs, cherries, bourbony booze, sweet molasses, malt.

T- Not as pleasing as the smell. The alcohol and carbonation are not mixing well. The ABV is simply to overbearing and is like rubbing alcohol. The molassas, figs and caramel are lingering but are hard to enjoy because of the ABV burn.

M/D - Medium bodied and low/medium carbonation. Pretty sticky on the palate. This gets hard to drink after it warms. This went downhill quickly.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 05:34:49 | More by Yesac
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very reluctant 1/8" head which dissipated to a trace. Dark burnt umber color. Almost no smell at all. Not particularly thick bodied for a barleywine, I'd just call it medium. Classic dark beer flavors of chocolate malt, barley, caramel, and coffee. Good but I agree with some other reviewers it's a little harsh, so not great.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 12:36:43 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle label image does a good job of making me feel colder than the climate already does...

This beer pours a dark over-steeped tea colour, with two fingers of puffy beige head, which leaves a consistent pattern of looped lace around the glass as it evenly settles. It smells of big sugary caramel/toffee malt, mild dark complex fruit, and somewhat acrid booze. The taste is quite strongly stewed butterscotch malt, dark fruit liqueur, and further drying edgy, earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, and a bit on the high side for the style, the body pretty hefty, smooth, but noticeable for its lack of stickiness. It finishes mostly in kind - a lingering caramel sweetness, smacked right down by booze and bitter hops.

I sure don't mind the hops and strength in barleywines, but this one is just too astringently boozy for my liking - probably my own fault, as it was bottled less than 3 months ago. It would be interesting to match this against the new release of my local concern's barleywine - Alley Kat's 2010 Old Deuteronomy. Time will tell.

Wow - after reading the product description in French on the side label - looks like I was bang on: alcohol, fruit, and bitter hops - c'est vrai!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 02:24:22 | More by biboergosum
Photo of kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Dark ruby brown with 2 finger tan head and excellent lacing.

S- Tons of malt, dark fruits, leather, tobacco.

T- Sweet amber/roasted malts, get some cocoa near the finish along with a hint of dark fruits. Decent hop finish to balance the malts.

M- Full bodied. Fairly thick and creamy with a semi-dry finish.

O- Taste does not hold up to aroma. It's a good beer but just missing something for me in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 02:10:04 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of mikehblack


3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my snifter a brownish honey color. Some orange on the edges. Very little head and apparent carbonation. Smells of sweet sugars and caramel, bit of alcohol. Taste brings forth some hop bitterness at the front. Continues with those caramel notes. Fairly balanced hop and malt flavors but it's leaving me with desire for more complexity. I can taste the 10.2% but it isn't overwhelming. Medium bodied with pretty good carbonation that wasn't as noticeable on the pour. Overall a decent American barleywine but the depth and balance just isn't quite there for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 07:54:57 | More by mikehblack
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New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a cool looking bottle into a red wine glass. About a seven vertical inch pour into center of glass, producing about a 3/4 inch head. Head settled within two minutes. Bottle had a dating system on it which was not clear to me. Seemed to say '02, but I HIGHLY doubt that is the case.

S: Nice smell of dark fruits and a vague intoxicating liqueur character, also the scent of ripe mangoes. Reminds me of an English Barleywine mixed with a Belgian Quad. Very pleasant and alluring.

T: Chief taste is of burnt sugars. Very English tasting for an American style, but a definite hop presence bridges the Atlantic, stylistically. The drawback is that the alcohol is right in there, and very noticeable. Still tasty, though.

M: Nice enough mouthfeel, although a bit oily with a prickly carbonation.

D: High alcohol dectection hampers drinkability a bit, but overall decent for the style.

Overall a good beer from an intriguing brewery that keeps me trying 'em all.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 03:18:44 | More by GarthTaargus
Photo of BigMcLargeHuge


3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of gunhaver. Pours brown with full tan head lasting a good 60 seconds. The aroma is thick with dark fruity esters that seem a bit musty. They're mixing with roasty malts, some alcohol heat and malt sweetness. The taste is a rich mix of raisins, prunes and cherries. Toward midway mild notes of sweet malts, roasted malts, sweet caramel and mildly herbal spices encroach on the bold fruity esters and move the experience to the finish. Pretty hot and warming overall. It may benefit from additional aging.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 14:07:13 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
Photo of MPLS


3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Gentle pour with an almost black colored body, carbonation noticable but will little attenuation in it's head. Spotty lacing.

S: Fruity, perhaps akin to a little juicy fruit, but also elements of dry fruits, jelly, caramel, hop profile is smaller than the majority of ABs I have tasted.

T: Above average offering but lacks any big or bold flavors to set it apart from other members of its species. The dried fruits are there with a prolonged earthy finish that has a kiss of alcohol.

M: More carbonation than most barleywines, middle weight class body, alcohol warmth.

D: Average offering IMO, best thing about it were it's appearance and hints of elements on the nose that didn't quite have the depth I was looking for.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 11:05:01 | More by MPLS
Photo of jegross2


3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Solstice D'hiver from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel out of Montreal in Canada.
Score: 83

Unknown vintage bottle with the 1 and 0 ticked on the side of the label. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 10/16/12.

Appearance: Pours two fingers of beige foamy head that slowly recedes to a thick layer atop the glass. Crazy lacing and retention. The beer is a deep mahogany color with a blood-red halo around the glass. Not quite opaque. 4.5/5

Smell: Vanilla, toffee and malty caramel. Faint, musty hops. Light plum, raisin and pine. Yum! 4/5

Taste: Sadly, the taste does not live up to the inviting appeal of the nose. Malty caramel, faint dark fruit and ample stale hops. There is a hint of vanilla upfront, but it is very very faint. There is a slight nuttiness too. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-light carbonation. Super malty, slightly creamy. 3.5/5

Overall: Taste is a mediocre, unincorporated mess of flavors and stale hops, but the aroma was nice.

Recommendation: Definitely not worth the price tag.

Pairings: Spicy Pad Thai.

Cost: $5 for a 12 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 01:02:03 | More by jegross2
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an amber brown colour with thin white head. Not too much lacing. Smells quite boozy, some hops and brown sugar with caramel malt. The flavour is sweet and boozy. I don't remember it quite tasting like this when I had it on tap a year ago, I thought it was much more balanced. I didn't review my first bottle of it, but the 2nd bottle was the same. Maybe I'm just not a fan of this, but way too much booze and the flavour doesn't quite hold up enough. Good carbonation level.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 18:02:17 | More by kwjd
Photo of Rizalini


3.45/5  rDev -12%
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,

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 07:08:01 | More by Rizalini
Photo of MasterSki


3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared a bottle of this with my wife, who's a big barleywine fan. Served in my FOBAB mini-pint glass.

A - A half-finger of quick-dissipating light tan foam with excellent lacing. Hazy light brown raisin-y color - I can almost see the logo on the other side of the glass. Pretty much spot-on for a high-gravity barleywine.

S - This is seriously boozy smelling - reminds me a little of brandy, but with a healthy does of burnt caramel, apple, berries. There is just too much alcohol coming out to let the other smells emerge - perhaps this needs another 6 months?

T - The apple flavor is really present - it's almost as if I bit into a caramel-covered gala apple doused in alcohol. There's also a little bit of citrus hoppiness still present. The aftertaste is kind of unpleasant with some sourness to it.

M - Full-bodied, light carbonation, very smooth and creamy, with some alcohol warmth. It's definitely appropriate to the style but nothing out of the ordinary.

D - I've had a few drinks tonight which might have compounded matters a bit, but it's going to be a struggle to get through my 6oz pour. Just way too boozy and sour for me to do anything more than occasionally sip.

Dieu du Ciel is a funny brewery - I love Péché Mortel, but have been somewhat disappointed with their other bottled offerings. I'm hoping their other big guns (Chaman, l'Aphrodisiaque, Déesse Nocturne) that are only on=tap live up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 03:04:28 | More by MasterSki
Photo of Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.49/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 00:00:55 | More by Hopswagger
Photo of techcommdood

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into a snifter, this beer poured thick and heavy. A deep earthy brown with some faint crimson highlights when held up to the light, this is quite a menacing looking beer. Not much head to speak of, though some visible carbonation, which I thought odd for a barleywine. Decent lacing for the style as well, which means there are hops to counter the excessive malt.

Very thick whiff of malted grain and caramel. Spicy hops dance on the nose as hints of plum and dried apricot poke in here and there.

Cane sugar sweetness with a mouthful of bittering hops. Strong alcohol presence as well as some charcoal coming in. Not what I was expecting at all, but a welcome change to the style!

Not as thick feeling as the pour led me to believe, though this is quite a carbonated barleywine. Very dry finishing due to the prominent alcohol vapors.

This is definitely a sipping beer (he says as he notices his snifter is half empty). This is not what I would consider a session barleywine (yes, I've done that many a time). There is just too much of an alcohol presence, almost like vodka, in this beer. The bubbles don't help that burn, either.

Well, despite the burning bubbles, I'm impressed. This is definitely unique for the style, from the color to the charcoal flavors. Though I was hoping for more of a sticky sweetness to mask the ABV, I'm still enjoying this one, though not enough to make me run out and buy a case (even at the low low price of $5.50/bottle).

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 02:11:59 | More by techcommdood
Photo of taez555


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a ruby body with a decent white head.

Nose is very subtle, with an almost cleaning fluid type smell at first. Very odd.

Taste is full bodied with at first a subtle malt taste that is immediately overtaken with a huge hop bitterness. Very interesting. Medicinal, detergent, cleaning fluid, but with loads of big malt flavors. Loads of citrus, grapefruit peel and some astringent flavors. What an interesting beer. It's a combination of American Barleywine and Belgian dark ale. Cool beer. It ends with a lingering hop bitterness.

What an interesting beer. It sort of has an identity crisis, it's not sure if it wants to be a barleywine or a belgian. I dig it none the less.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 11:33:29 | More by taez555
Photo of DawnL

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 18:24:06 | More by DawnL
Photo of NEhophead


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5 fl oz brown bottle, served in a snifter.

Alcohol by volume is labeled 10.2%.

Pours a muddy, deep caramel in color beneath a creamy, off-white head that lingers as a thin, intact sheet. Thin lacing with decent strength.

Sweet molasses with notes of brown sugar. Muted, red apple and grape. The sweet malt and aged fruit aromas are both quite reserved. The scotch-tinged alcohol presence is the most noticeable aromatic with touches of peat and vanilla.

Initially, somewhat bland, stiff caramel and molasses flavors that are quickly sweetened by notes of vanilla and nutmeg spices creating a mellow richness. The alcohol presence is young, intense, one-dimensional, and lasting. The middle is earthen and filled with floral hops.

Full in body; slick on the palate on account of the alcohol profile.

A bit disappointing considering my previous experiences with Dieu Du Ciel. Not a bad Barleywine, but nothing to really write home about.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 00:48:35 | More by NEhophead
Photo of bluejacket74


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5 ounce bottle, 10.2% ABV. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy reddish/brown color with about a half inch light tan head. The head went away quickly, but there's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is molasses, brown sugar, yeast, bready malt and caramel. It tastes like caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar, bready malt and some plums. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's somewhat coating and creamy with moderate carbonation. I think it's a decent beer overall, but there's nothing really impressive about this. Maybe it would be better if I had aged it longer, so I might buy another bottle to do just that.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 23:10:20 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of mendvicdog


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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?

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 14:13:11 | More by mendvicdog
Photo of Chico1985


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pour into a snifter is dark reddish brown and just barely translucent. A beige head retains at about a half-finger most of the time eventually reducing to a thick ring.

Very strong earthy and grassy scent with some toffee, grains, bread and alcohol there as well.

Taste brings on earthy and grapefruit hops though the earthiness is toned down from the scent. Malts also come through a bit more - caramel, dark fruits, and some chocolate noticeable, though they seem to lack the potency for a barleywine. Quite a bit of alcohol warmth as well.

Mouthfeel has a somewhat hefty and malty feel to it with low-ish carbonation. Decent balance of hops+malts but the alcohol deters for sure.

Not bad, the scent kinda throws me off/doesn't really resemble a barleywine, the taste is an improvement but is kinda bland and boozy. It's decent for a winter warmer-type beer though, it will be nice to be able to pull these out of the cellar for the next few winters at least.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 00:58:23 | More by Chico1985
Solstice D'hiver from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 657 ratings.