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Solstice D'hiver - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 772
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 26
Gots: 89 | FT: 1
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Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
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 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 andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is only my second Barleywine, with the first being rather disappointing.

A - Pours a dark murky swamp water, finger of head with decent retention, settling to islands with no real lacing.

S - Caramel and coffee, leafy hops and dark fruits.

T - Quite complex and difficult to decipher the various flavours. Fruity flavours (plums, cherries and apricots) with caramel and roasted coffee. ABV is easily detectable, but not offensive. A sweeter offering for sure.

M - Medium bodied, but a bit chewy, which goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of alcohol heat.

D - I was pleasantly surprised with this barley wine, and was able to confirm that the my first dabble into barley wines was simply an unfortunate one. I'm looking forward to experimenting with this newly discovered style! Highly recommended to any barley wine fan, and another solid offering from DDC.

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

Appearance - Pours an opaque dark mahogany brown with a thin, creamy head.

Smell - Dark fruits (plums, cherries), spicy hops, sweet honey aromas.

Taste - The dark fruit flavours make their presence with a molasses kind of sweetness. Slight bitter hops at the finish and aftertaste. Light spiciness from the hops as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with slight carbonation.

Overall - A good barleywine by Brasserie Dieu du Ciel. There are some lovely dark fruit flavours. I really enjoyed the hint of molasses flavour - came up as a surprise. Worthy of trying.

Photo of homebrew311
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark mahagoney, some light passes through, no head or lacing

S: dark candi sugar up front along with deep malts and molasses, lots of sweet character in here that seems to be well restrained from becoming overpowering. Notes of dark cherries in there as well.

T: some sweetness up front with a big malty finish, a touch of hop bitterness, nice balance, good barleywine

MF: medium body, low carbonation

D: great example of the style. Nice balance.

Photo of aubuc1
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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
3.97/5  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 Rutager
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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 sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. have to say Ive only got about 10 oz in this bottle, massive shortfill... :(
The beer pours a clear mahogany hue with some ruby highlights when held to the light.
A fluffy beige head foams up and becomes very clingy on the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes. Very tight lattice remains and a thin surface layer floats after several minutes.
The aroma is a little boozy and fruity with berries and plums mixing with some toffee and the booze.
First sip reveals a silky almost creamy textured beer with very fine and tingly carbonation.
The flavor is sweet malt with toffee and dark fruits mixing and rolling to a bit of astringent alcohol bite on the finish. Makes for a bit of a sipper due to the bite, but otherwise a tasty treat that I would recommend to folks who like big beers with no hops.

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

A: Slightly hazy dark caramel with 1/3'' of light tan head which dissipated quickly. Quite a bit of sediment.

S: Malty with dark fruits, spicy. A little weak.

T: More than promised from the smell. Sweet dark fruits, caramel malts, some molasses and spice. Finishes with earthy hops. The alcohol is surprisingly well-hidden for me.

M: Full-bodied with a pleasant amount of carbonation.

D: Subtle but complex, this is something I could drink a couple of in a sitting.

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

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App: Hazy dark reddish-brown with a light creamy brown head that dissipates. Big bubbles predominate.

Smell: The aroma is of heavy malts and a light liquor smell. I pick up hints of cacao, pepper, clove, tart cherry.

Taste: Heavy dark roasted malt flavor with hints of cacao and vanilla. A tart burbon quality and some tight bitterness blend remarkably well together. The finish is quick.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and full bodied. Light enough to quaff down but strong enough in alcohol content to be a sipper. It's drinkable but dangerous. Slightly on the heavy side and not as crisp as the insanely drinkable bigfoot ale. I like this ale on a cold and rainy. fall evening such as this one

Overall: A good effort. Nice flavors. Not expensive but also not cheap. I'll revisit this one and I am definitely interested in this breweries other ales.

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.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Solstice D'hiver from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 772 ratings.