Solstice D'hiver Réserve Spéciale (Vieillie En Fût De Chêne) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Solstice D'hiver Réserve Spéciale (Vieillie En Fût De Chêne)Solstice D'hiver Réserve Spéciale (Vieillie En Fût De Chêne)

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 36
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: papat444 on 02-13-2010)
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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.13/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I received the barrel aged version from a generous Canadian Ba, thanks! Murky brown color, scant head. Smell is barrel and BOOZE! Taste us booze, oxidation, booze, alcohol, wood, very little barleywine. Overall I was glad to try this but unimpressed and unlikely to pick up the regular version.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of kjyost
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to papat444 for this trade.

Sadly though, this bottle rolled out of my van and smashed itself on the ground, breaking the neck. I successfully saved about half the bottle.

A: Rich amber and dark with a nice head, especially considering what the beer had been through.

S: Oak comes through above the sweetness and candied fruit.

T: Personally I could taste the oak at a good level, and this was the best thing about the beer. Overall I found the body of the beer to have numerous subtle flavours of fruit and caramel but the body is cloyingly sweet. I know this is a barley wine, but it is too sweet. Perhaps if I had a had a chance to enjoy this on a cool evening it would seem different, but right now it is cloying.

M&D: Low carbonation is good, but the sweetness sticks way too much to the palate which kills its drinkability...

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Lucho
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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3.96/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of after4ever over on the other site, ratebeer. Thanks Tom. Pours amber with some haze and thin off white head. The aroma is smooth oak, vanilla, sweet dark fruitiness and mild bourbon boozy heat. The taste is nice and sweet with rich dark fruitiness quickly moving seamlessly into vanilla, oak, bourbon and chocolate. Tasty stuff.

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'09 bottling care of Kegatron, thanks for sharing Heath! 12oz bottle into a snifter, the brew appears amber with orange clarity around the edges. Some spotty lace sticks to the wall of the glass after the finger of froth dissipates. When held to the light, it shows more ruby through the body and yellowish to orange around the edges.

The aroma containes caramel and toffee. Sticky sweetness smells quite sugary before some bourbon-like booze starts to shine through. There is a mild oakiness present somewhat smelling like cinnamon. As it warms, it becomes increasingly boozy and slightly solvent.

The flavor has caramel, toffee, maple, vanilla and oak all well represented in equal parts. A light amount of cardboard-like oxidation and warming to tangy bourbon accent isnpresent mid-pallet. As it warms up, it gets a bit of fruity alcohol note which is enjoyable.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is boozy, complex and enjoyable. It has been quite awhile since I drank the base version but from what I remember, this is a pleasant upgrade. Worth checking out.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to tom10101 for this bottle...

A: Pours a super deep brown with about a half of a finger of light tan head. The foam fades fairly quickly, leaving a thin layer of bubbles across the top of the beer and along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is sweet of caramel and bourbon, some vanilla, a touch of yeast, and a bit of seaweed.

T: It starts out with sweet caramel malt and seaweed. The are some vanilla/oak notes that begin to shine towards the middle. I get a full on melange of flavors with malt, caramel, vanilla, seaweed, bourbon, char, and hop bitters. As it moves to the back end I get that stinging American Barleywine hop presence, barrel treatment, and alcohol.

M: Full bodied. This version (with the barrel treatment) is syrup and cloying from first sip to the last. It coats the palate and refuses to leave, even after the beer is long gone.

O: Again, this beer is decent but it isn't stellar. The hops are still too bitter, the seaweed notes are off-putting, and it's super sticky this time around. All that being said... the barrel character adds to the beer nicely, the malt base is still delicious, and the caramel and vanilla notes really shine in the middle. I would dink this again, but I doubt I'll ever seek it out in the future.

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Solstice D'hiver Réserve Spéciale (Vieillie En Fût De Chêne) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
93 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.