Solstice D'hiver Réserve Spéciale (Vieillie En Fût De Chêne) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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Reviews by mtomlins:
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
Bottle Date: 11/2012; Poured: 12/2013.
A: Pours a deep. Dark brown with a maroon hue with a short bubbly head falling fast to a thin collar with a bit of lacing.
S: Big, boozy bourbon; deep, rich dark fruit (prunes and raisins), very jammy. Rich and spicy.
T: The deep, sweet malts and lots of dried fruit (prunes and raisins) as the nose suggested. A big boozy bourbon with some warm alcohol, the bourbon is present but not overpowering. Some candied fruit and brown sugar? The finish dries out a bit with a pleasant spicy hopiness.
M: Medium-high body and low carbonation; smooth and rich.
O: A delicious example of a well-balanced BS barley wine.
12-17-2013 20:18:14 | More by mtomlins
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4.15/5 rDev -1.7%
12oz glass, at the first ever DDC tap takeover in Edmonton - wheee!
This beer appears a hazy, dark ruddy brownish hue, with one finger of bubbly, weakly foamy beige head, which leaves a low-lying band of spectral lace around the glass as it somewhat hastily recedes.
It smells of rye whisky-sodden wood, musty caramel/toffee malt, dark fleshy fruit, a hint of yeast, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more rather musty, dusty caramel, like a Zellers candy aisle blowout, spicy, grainy, pungent, yet neutered rye whisky barrel essence, dusty black fruit, singed brown sugar, vanilla, and a sneaky as shit alcohol warming.
The carbonation is more or less underwhelming, and we're a-ok with that, here, the body a hefty medium weight, and weirdly thin at the same time, though I suspect the woodiness for this perceived defect. It finishes just on the sweet side, the barrel notes lingering, in concert with the fruit, sugar, and booze, in a weirdly satfisfying medley of the seasonally damned.
A more than agreeable application of the wood to an already stellar barleywine - subtle, mostly, and just edgy enough to warn potential imbibers not to exactly overdo it, mais oui?
03-18-2013 01:05:27 | More by biboergosum
3.94/5 rDev -6.6%
Thanks to montrealbcr89 for this trade. Cheers!
A: pours a dark cherry brown with a slight hazy character. forms a lovely two finger off white date brown thick head. good retention and lacing.
S: caramelized sugar and a light plum smell. not getting much barrels but maybe as it warms it will open up. there is a scent of booze on the nose.
T: bourbon soaked caramelized sugarcane. not very sweet though. There is not the amount of dark fruits that I am fond of in my b-wines. There is a nice mild bourbon character that imparts the usual vanilla flavors. This brew is surprisingly drinkable considering the almost 11%
M: medium to heavy bodied with light carbonation on the tongue, very nice.
Overall this is a good beer. not the best of the style but one worth seeking out. Cheers
05-22-2013 06:26:22 | More by Lucho
British Columbia (Canada)
4.45/5 rDev +5.5%
A huge thank thank you to the awesome traders Jayhoop and Montrealbcr for hooking me up. Cheers to you guys!!
Appearance. Pours a murky brown that's a little amber-orange when held to the light. Topped with a thin off-white head.
Smell. Big woody bourbon and vanilla, oranges and caramel, and a little sweet spice, tobacco, and molasses.
Taste. Caramel and oak, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, oranges, and a bit of molasses and spice. Lingering bitter wood and bourbon in the finish. Very tasty.
Mouthfeel. Full bodied. So sweet and thick I'd expect some stickiness, but no, it's amazing. Very smooth low carbonation with some nice warmth in the back of the throat.
Overall. A fantastic barleywine that benefited immensely from its time in the barrel ...not that the base is anything to sneeze at.
03-23-2013 01:52:26 | More by Rutager
3.66/5 rDev -13.3%
Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium size head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of caramelized barley malty with some vanilla and bourbon notes with light acrid finish which is not the most pleasant. Taste is also dominated with big caramelized malt notes with quite a big of residual sugars with some notes of bourbon and vanilla with an acrid finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol notes. Very nice night cap but I could do without some of the acrid notes detected here.
02-03-2014 03:42:36 | More by Phyl21ca
4.3/5 rDev +1.9%
Thanks to David for this bottle! Bottled on 11/12.
Poured in to snifter.
A - Very dark murky brown with a thin layer of tan coloured head.
S - Bourbon, vanilla and toasted oak up front with caramel, toffee and raisin aromas in the background.
T - The barrel characteristics are not nearly as prominent as the nose suggested and a play a secondary role in the palate. Sweet caramel, toffee and brown sugar flavours are dominant in the palate with more subtle vanilla, toasted oak and bourbon in the background. The barrel notes and the base beer flavours integrate very well together.
M - Medium to full body. Chewy. Light carbonation.
04-09-2013 02:26:23 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.43/5 rDev +5%
12oz bottle that bobsy brought over, been wanting to try this one so - thanks! Had side by side with this year's regular Solstice.
Caramel cherrywood color, thin head. Nose is sublime, massive vanilla notes, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits - melds to form almost a maple syrup character. Rich and big.
This is a fantastic barleywine, the barrel did a real number on this one because I don't find their regular offering all that inspiring. Rich toffee and vanilla, toast and caramel malt, a hint of cocoa, rich and sweet, mouthfeel could use a little oomph yet. Hint of earthy wood, molasses, raisins. Wish they would do this one again!
12-05-2010 16:56:31 | More by ritzkiss
4.05/5 rDev -4%
12oz sent by tom10101. Thanks! The label says (translated from French): "Special Reserve - aged 1 year in a bourbon cask".
A: Pours a sediment-filled dark brown body with some maple hues. Small light khaki head.
S: Heavy tannic bourbon, maple, figs, brown sugar, vanilla and caramel, cooked raisins. Very rich aroma.
T: The taste brings more dark fruit, tannic sweetness, plenty of oak, marshamallow, mild caramelized grain, a bit of lingering hoppiness. There's a slightly astringent bitterness here - not sure if it's from the oak or the old hops but the beer would be better off without it.
M: Thick-bodied with light carbonation.
O: This was quite a nice beer (especially the aroma), but the out-of-place bitterness in the taste lowers the score a bit for me.
04-15-2013 02:04:50 | More by Etan
4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
***2009 vintage but bottled January 2010***
Poured from a 341ml. bottle and shared with my wife.
Appearance: Pours a dark brown that looks black but as thin head (only 1 finger!) recedes, i can see reddish hues in the brown body. Alright but leaves me kind of wanting more.
Smell: This is better. Strong aroma of caramel, candied sugar and dried fruits . Has a vinous feel to it with a little oak that lends a little sherry feel to it but not as much as i would have thought.
Taste: Strong sugar, dark fruit (cherries especially) with a sweet side but has some hops bitterness hidden in there also. Getting some oak on the sides and especially in the finish and the lasting aftertaste. Also in the finish, i pick up a distinct taste, like creme caramel or hardened caramel.
Mouthfeel: Glides effortlessly in the palate. A little boozy but otherwise very pleasant. Low carbonation which suits me just fine.
Drinkability: Superior ease of consumption here. Though heavy in taste, it doesn't feel heavy or cumbersome to drink this. Found myself drinking easily rather then just sipping.
Overall: A little disappointed that the oak was not more prominent but i did find this beer to be good and would definitely have it again.
02-13-2010 01:01:41 | More by papat444
4.01/5 rDev -5%
341ml Bottle from Marche Omni QC for $5 - 2012 edition
Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a small size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, caramel/butterscotch, dark fruits, bourbon
Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, sweet butterscotch/caramel, and dark fruits. There is also some woody/bourbon notes and some mild hops.
Overall - There is a warming feeling after the very first sip. A great winter warmer and the perfect beer to sip on for a while. There is quite a bit of bourbon on the nose, but not as much in the flavour. A great beer that I wish I had a case of.
11-24-2013 02:20:25 | More by spinrsx
Solstice D'hiver Réserve Spéciale (Vieillie En Fût De Chêne) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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