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Solstice D'hiver - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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754 Ratings
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Ratings: 754
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 26
Gots: 92 | 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 aubuc1
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle poured in to a snifter.

Pours a pretty dark brown with a thin light tan head.

Smell is a mellow sweet fruity that is very well balanced.

Taste is sort of tart, hoppy, chalky, and a slightly boozy finish.

Mouthfeel is nice. Considering the abv, the drinkability is quite nice. Very well balanced beer.

Photo of nrbw23
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark reddish brown color with pretty much no head at all. Head is pretty much a few bubbles that stay the entire time there's brew in the glass and leaves no lacing at all.

S- Smells of rich malts. A bit of darker fruits and toast.

T- Taste is dominanted by malts. Overall its pretty sweet too and almost sugary. I like this one and its different for sure.

M- Fuller side of medium in body and the carbonation seems to be on the lighter side.

D- I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Thought it was pretty easy to drink and enjoyable.

Photo of tpd975
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Ben aka fishingnet for this one.

A: Pours a brillant deep amber hue. Small fluffy head with no retention or lace.

S: Bold sweet malt aromas with strong notes of toffee, caramel and brown sugar. Hints of earthy green hops, sweet fruit, and a touch of booze.

T: Sweet brown sugar up front, extra sweet summer fruit, nutty toffee, herbal hops and a bit of alcohol burn.

M: Medium to full in body. Fairly rich, with a nice alcohol sting in the finish.

D: Fairly drinkable for a barleywine and pretty damn tasty.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Rutager
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thank you to montrealbcr89 and papat444 for getting me some bottles of this fine Quebec barleywine.

Appearance. Pours a thick looking, deeeep red-orange with a thin off-white head.

Smell. Caramel and oranges with some floral hops, cherries, booze, and maybe a little grapefruit.

Taste. Lots of caramel and cherries, floral/earthy hops and some toasty wood. Some decent bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Finishes pretty clean.

Overall. A fantastic barleywine right now, but with some age will probably be pretty amazing. Makes me anxious to try the vertical that was so generously provided by montrealbcr89.

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.

Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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 olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Pier-luc
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of traumaqueen
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.5oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a light tan colored head that leaves a ring of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma features a lot of malt and dark alcohol soaked fruits.

T- The taste starts out incredibly smooth with a lot of malt and dark fruits. There is a good dose of hops in the finish which balances out the sweetness perfectly! I love a good hoppy barleywine and this is definitely one of them. Good stuff!

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a really tasty barleywine!There is a lot of booze with this one, so I do think it would benefit from a couple years aging but it is still very good fresh. This is really good stuff! Highly Recommended!

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

Pour from a 22oz Bottle. Thanks Clark! Aroma pours forth as a brandied caramel domain, backed up by apple cores and sweet orange juice. Light heat. A nicely nuanced and subtle aroma. Pours in orange and amber, with a thin rim of off-white. Dense caramel sugar flavor, somewhat middle. Good malt character in sweet milk caramel and toasted grains. Sweet and bready. Hop presence alights towards the back end as a leafy hop cone grass. Nice balance and well built. Nice dense cream malt character on the front end, runs nicely with good alcohol and hop levels. Finishes along a wispy of English toffee candies and nip of espresso.

Photo of Jayhoop
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Great colour. Nice dark copper-brown, opaque with a creamy cream-coloured covering of head. Some lacing. The bottle is dated 10-10 but something tells me this is off...since that's in the future. The machine probably meant 09-09, September of last year.

Pretty hoppy smelling for a barley wine. If I had to guess without seeing the label, I would guess this is a double IPA. Lots of hops but too sweet (caramel) and potent smelling (noticeable alcohol) to be an IPA. Real nice smell but a little weak.

This is good stuff! Pretty strong-tasting all around; lots of alcohol, sweetness and a decent hop presence. Dark, caramel malt is in perfect balance with the bitter hops. I'm kind of into the strong ABV, but it's a little much. At about the same ABV as their Peche Mortel, the alcohol is much more noticeable here. It's almost balanced out by the sweetness and bitterness, though not quite. Lingering bitter finish.

Good feel. Slightly viscous medium body and a light carbonation.

This is drinkable as a sipper, which I'm sure is what they intended in brewing this. I wouldn't want to drink more than one of these at a time, but at 9.8% one is enough. Great winter beer, I should have saved this for a colder night.

Photo of JamFuel
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of nyrblue2
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Solstice D'hiver from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 754 ratings.