Solstice D'hiver | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Solstice D'hiverSolstice D'hiver

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This noble winter beer is brown in colour with flaming red highlights. It has a complex aroma of fruits, alcohol and hops. Its taste is delicately sweet and liquor-like with a hint of burnt caramel. It is a very bitter beer with aromas and flavours reminiscent of red fruit. The aftertaste is accentuated by the wonderful flavour of hops.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle in a snifter. This Beefy little barely wine pours a
dark lightly cloudy mahogany with a modest head of off white foam that
settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and features light lacing. Nose of heavy handed
herbal hops, rich caramel malts, booze, and touches of fruit. Flavors hit the perfect
notes for the style with dried cranberries and touches of vanilla swirled into a bounty
of rich caramel and a touch of butterscotch with dark fruit notes that make themselves more
apparent with warmth such as fig, dates, and raisins with a strong herbal hop note on the rear.
Excellent mouth feel; warming, smooth, light carbonation, and a bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall----a WORTHY brew from a fantastic brewer.


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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! "Solstice d'hiver"
on tap at the brewery on 1 Octobre 2014
$5.75 / verre

Notes: Mostly clear chestnut brown with amber and ruby highlights beneath a short head of white that drops readily (probably from the alcohol). Aroma: caramel and dried dark-skinned fruit. Flavor: more caramel and dark-skinned fruit (both dried and fresh), toasted bready malt, brown sugar, wood. Moderately bitter but it finishes drying with a spritz of alcohol. Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation that leaves it smooth.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a deep amber with a small white head that goes away quickly.
S - Aroma is dark fruits.
T - Burnt caramel is a good description. Quite bitter, did not anticipate this from a barleywine.
M - Carbonation is less than average. Mouth feel is average.
O - Perfectly good barleywine that does nothing to stand out among the crowd. I was hoping for more of a flavor profile. I'm a big fan of Dieu du Ciel, happy to try any of their beers. Probably would not seek this one out unless I find it on tap in Quebec!

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Photo of Poljazz22
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served around 63f paid $4 Canadian for 11.5 onc. from a 4 pack dated 2016-09-08
A lovely dark clear brown.
Toasted malt molasses and coffee dark red fruit and quite dry.
Lots of alcohol heat, some carbonation well balanced with some hops bitterness
Be careful with this and take your time. Nice after dinner finish very port like but still beer. Not a thirst quencher lol.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: deep brown to ruby red thin reddish white head

S: Candide dark fruits dates figs subtle hops a little bit of oak New Age oak actually sweet candied orange brown sugar molasses

T: Brown sugar some oak barrel very raw oak losing this definitely can taste the alcohol get some burnt sugar Caramell fresh molasses little bit of ginger candy stone fruits

F: A little bit watery and a bit of Rall alcohol the kind of coats the pallet also finches crisp

O: overall I'm very happy with this especially for not being barrel age it's a really good quality barley wine that is got some good alcohol I drink as well and is just quite nice

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Muddy waste color, 1 finger head.

Honey sweetness in the nose with stings of bourbon, barley, viney aromas.

Lots of dry barley malt followed by toffee sweetness and tons of hot liqueur. Faint suggestions of banana. Slight honey.

Feel is sticky and hot. Lots of parch on the finish.

Overall, a little intense for me. Especially for a usually enjoyable style. It grows increasingly hard to drink. Nah, not again.

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Photo of g_rat
2.59/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

L: Cloudy opaque brown that fades from a dark chestnut brown up to a lighter amber caramel color. Thin cream head with very little retention & spotty lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malts, bright fruits (grapes, cherries, citrus) toasted bread, new leather, rum, hints of honey & vanilla

T: Starts off with sweet caramel, cream, pecan, honey, and almond, is quickly overwhelmed by strong alcohol taste, the alcohol is quite dry & burns on the way down, floral bitter hops end which mask some of the alcohol, but is not enough & leaves a very dry lingering alcohol taste. Vanilla present throughout. Mellows out as it warms.

F: Medium bodied, lots of alcohol sting, no noticeable carbonation, creamy but no stickiness from the malts

O: This was my 1st barley wine ale so I don't have anything else to compare it to. Overall it looks good & smells delicious, taste is not great because the alcohol overwhelms the entire pallet. Would love to try this with about 8% abv.

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Photo of martinpfal
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really good barley wine ale. The hops ending makes it delicious and the sweetness is just slightly present to make it delicious to hide the 10.2% abv. The price of over 5.00 is what knocks the review down a touch in my opinion, but still a very strong showing from a Canadian brewery!

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Photo of kculrich
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 341ml bottle, dated 2015-17-09, served in my Dieu du Ciel! Tulip... proper glassware!

A close-to-opaque pour the colour of cherry cola with a scant half-finger of creamy head. Retention is under a minute, leaving some spotty lacing.

The nose and taste are inseparable, cherries, vanilla and Grand Marnier, damp wood, pipe tobacco, molasses, leather, carnations and talcum powder. A solid, warm, toasty maltiness with a quick, dry, softly bitter finish. No syrupy-ness, little detectable alcohol.

Feel is clean, medium bodied, probably less thick than a typical barleywine?, with little discernible carbonation.

Overall, a nicely balanced but still fruity take on an American barley wine. Recommended for a closer/nightcap.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a tan head.

Smells of dark fruits, molasses, and malts and the taste follows closely.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Overall a pretty good barleywine.

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Photo of LAp
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5oz bottle poured into a tulip. Nosing from the bottle presents toffee, caramel, toasted malt, alongside chocolate, and subdued red-fruit with an almost wine-like quality. Pours a murky ruby-amber with an almost-half-finger tan head. Nosing from the glass presents much the same notes as before, with an added sugary, almost candied quality. The palate is dominated by boozy, sugary notes - molasses and brown sugar, reduced dark red fruits (grape and dark cherries with an almost syrupy quality). The mouthfeel is medium-thick, and the truly full body solidifies the force of this big beer's strong palate. Not much carbonation here, which is a good thing, as it would feel out of place in conjunction with the beer's thick quality. Overall, a truly outstanding beer - robust yet nuanced, well-rounded notes with no unfinished edges - a beautiful take on the style.

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Photo of JakeScully
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good product from the Brasserie Don du ciel here, their ''Barley wine'' solstice d'hiver is worth a try. Caramel and various fruits flavors. Careful it's strong though, 10,2%abv. Only before sleep. Cheers

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Photo of LampertLand
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel 'Solstice D'hiver @ 10.2% , served from a 341 ml bottle purchased for $4.50
A-pour is amber from the bottle to a dark amber in the glass with a small beige head leaving a fine streaky lace film along the snifter after every sip
S-complex fruit aromas
T-sweet & boozy with a hoppy finish
MF-ok carbonation , big full body
Ov-big beer from initial por to the last swallow , should be cellared
prost LampertLand

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a light tan head. Initial impression is a little bitterness, almost immediately replaced by an understated malty caramel sweetness, followed by booze, finishing bitter. (Nice and symmetrical, eh?) Mouthfeel is slightly on the chewy side; carbonation is light. This is a very sippable Barleywine - a real pleasure to drink. Not quite my favorite for the style (that honor falls to Old Guardian as of now), but Solstice D'Hiver is excellent.
Really cool name, too.

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

A lovely brew, it's like Peche Mortel's weaker sister. Less body, less flavour, less of everything but still a nice option to have. I would highly recommend it.

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Photo of mobrado
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this with some age on it. (I think... It was a dusty one from the bottle shop.) It's not a pretty sight, but I thought it tasted glorious. Not as sweet as Old Ruffian or Old Guardian and somehow bigger and even more robust than Bigfoot. My favorite barleywine so far.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in QC for $3.00. 341ml bottle served at 9deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours next to no head at all. Very dark brown colour and filtered clear.

S- Good malt here. Spicey and rich. Cinnamon hints with caramel

T- Roasted malty good. Nice hop base too. It's there and done well. Bittering hops a plenty. Touch of a smoke there but very barely. Touch boozy. Well blended as nothing comes out of place. Tried and true brew

M- Dry and tart

O- I like this one. Will buy again for sure.

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went well with........ Roast pork and root veggies. Season how you like but I like heavy pepper crust then low and slow.


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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Big yellow pour and white head 1" on the top. Aroma didn't reveal this to be bretty. Almost more like a pale ale.

Taste seemed over carbonated and plain. A little bit of flowery-ness to it, and the mouthfeel was amazing for being 8%. Yeast flavors weren't pungent, more clean, earthy. I wouldn't recommend someone spending $15 on a bottle of this, no way. No off flavors, but nothing special. Good not great.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3oz pour at Hard Liver Fest 2016

Pours a ruby amber with a medium head. Aroma is woody, musty, and boozy.

Taste is dominated by hoppy bitterness, but shows a little of the aroma's characteristics underneath.

Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, very tasty beer. One of the ones that I liked during the festival.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours a dark reddish-brown with a almost tan colored head, some slight lacing, no head retention, not too many bubbles streaming from the bottom, looks hazy.

A: Burnt brown sugar, caramel, sweet dark fruits like raisins, malty sweetness, overall smells really sweet, picking some up alcohol on the nose.

T: Like the nose, burnt and sweet characteristics, bitterness, it tastes great up until the finish where there is a medicinal like flavor that just doesn't fit, alcohol does come through pretty strong.

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation, smooth, dry finish.

O: I was hoping for more because most of their beers are really good but this does come off a little messy and out of place. It has a strange medicinal taste at the end.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My last of Nouvelle Bière d'Hiver Dimanche aka New Beer Sunday (Week 574) & none too soon! It has been a real roller coaster of a day between spiced & non-spiced, big & smaller, et al. This bottle came from Hunger 'n' Thirst and while I have others from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!, they are just going to have to wait.

From the bottle: "This noble winter beer is brown in colour with flaming red highlights. It has a complex aroma of fruits, alcohol and hops. Its taste is delicately sweet and liquor-like with a hint of burnt caramel coming from the malt and a prolonged boiling time. It is a very bitter beer with aromas of hops and alcohol, and flavours reminiscent of red fruit brought by the English-type yeast we use to ferment it. The aftertaste is accentuated by the wonderful flavour of hops."; "Illustration: [email protected]"; "Unfiltered".

I have grown to realize that as soon as I see "Unfiltered" anywhere on the label of the bottle or CAN, a gentle pour/Glug is on order. I Pop!ped the cap & did exactly that, resulting in a brief finger of foamy, light-tan head with extremely limited retention. Even a swirl in the glass failed to raise anything more than that. It should also be noted that this came in a screw-top bottle for some inexplicable reason. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a brandy-like quality, very much of dried, dark fruits like cherries, raisins and prunes, but with a strong fusel alcohol heat. My sinuses opened right up! Mouthfeel was big, thick, viscous & solid and laid on my tongue like a blanket. It had a pronounced heat, followed by a rich, dark fruitiness. I really tasted cherries, like Kirsch, in my mouth. Warming, it had an earthiness that reminded me more of an English Barleywine than an American one. I want to research this one a bit further when I finish. Speaking of the finish, it was dry, very hot, like it could have spent even longer in the bottle, cooling to leave a dark fruitiness in its wake. This was a great beer to have as a nightcap. I would cellar one if I see it again. There is no doubt in mind that aging will improve its sharp edges.

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Photo of rypkr
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

What a mess. Arguably the ugliest beer I've ever poured. Smells fair, tastes less than stellar (for $5/11oz), and then great dry mouthfeel.

Granted I'm no barleywine expert but this is just a hapharzardous mess imo.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a opaque, muddled, toffee brown coloring with no head. Aromas of booze first and foremost, with a rich, solid follow of toffee, caramel, molasses, vanilla, apple, date, raisins, brown sugar,and earthy notes. Very rich, but balanced. Flavors are rich and creamy smooth forward, heavy on apple, caramel, toffee, date, raisins, and woody and earthy highlights. Very layered and dynamic palate, with lots of earthy characteristics providing depth to the flavor profiles. Smooth, rich, creamy body, with a slow building warmth as you drink. The aftertaste is more of the old world fruit characteristics, with a boozy component, and subtle vanilla highlights. Smooth, rich, slow finish, with a solid boozy and richly sweet linger. Very solid representation of the style.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a very murky dark Amber color. It had a tan color head that disappeared almost instantly. The nose is sweet, caramel and alcohol, with a bit of floral from the hops. The flavor is very malt forward with a caramel taste giving it sweetness but you do get a slight bitter bite before it finishes boozy. The feel is medium with decent carbonation and a little thickness to it. This is an easier drinking barley wine. I was expecting more alcohol flavor but glad I was wrong.

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Photo of stortore
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a fairly dark amber, cloudy, with a small head. A thin foamy ring rode down the glass. Smell brings malt, purple grapes, plums, figs, dates, a little caramel and molasses. Slight smoky aroma. Taste gives up malt, plums, figs, less grapes and more caramel than the nose. Some bitterness throughout, light alcohol. Smooth, good level of carbonation. Lighty body than most in style, but more than substantial enough to support the ABV.

Grape aroma and taste give this a different twist for a barleywine. Lots of flavors, hops are well integrated and complimentary. Well worth a purchase.

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