Solstice D'hiver
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
Barleywine - American
Ranked #138
Ranked #14,777
3.92 | pDev: 9.95%
May 05, 2022
Dec 10, 2003
Very Good
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Notes: 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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4.06 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on May 05, 2022
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3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Not sure how I don't have a review for this, and after all these years they still use screw tops
Pours a frothy 1/2 finger off-white head with fair retention, lots of messy lacing, mostly clear auburn reddish color

Nose sweet malts, toasted bread, grains, bread crust, caramel, a bit of toffee, biscuity malt, light spicy hops, hint of reddish fruit

Taste brings sweet malt again but not super sweet, toffee, quite biscuity again, a bit candy like, fair caramel and caramelized sugar, a touch nutty, a bit of reddish fruit, fair alcohol that gets a touch hot with some phenol notes, perfumey alcohol, fair spicy hops with med bitterness getting a bit more like a med-high spicy hop bitterness on the finish, actually almost briny level spicy hop,

Mouth is fuller bod, fair hot alcohol warmth and a little tingle, med-light carb

Overall not bad, a bit on the hot alcohol side and too much spicy hop for my personal tastes but up to style

Apr 03, 2022
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4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Gajo74 from New York

On draught at Blind Tiger, NYC.
Pours a murky brown color. A modest head dissipates but leaves a persistent creamy ring of lacing.
The nose is bready and biscuity with some earthy hops spices and surprisingly little booze. Aromas of honey, toasted bread, vanilla, dark fruit, grass, and mint.
Sweet and rich with doughy and biscuity malts leading the way, yet not too boozy. Notes of dark fruit, raisin, fig, honey, toasted grains, and some roasted, nutty and chocolate like flavors. The bitterness is effective, as it nicely balanced the grainy and alcohol sweetness with a resiny bitterness.
Full bodied, smooth and gently carbonated. The finish is smooth with some alcohol warmth and enough dryness.
Very easy to drink as far as Barleywines go. I would have again.

Feb 20, 2022
3.94 by smi69 from New York on Jan 08, 2022
4.05 by mistahmojoryan from Canada (SK) on Oct 23, 2021
4.39 by Simon212 from Canada (ON) on Sep 29, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Bierman9 from New Hampshire

Found a bunch of 11.5oz bottles of this in the beer cave at my workplace. They weren't going anywhere soon so I decided to liberate them.... All bottled 2016-09-08.... Enjoying out in The 'Zebo on a lovely, late summer afternoon....

Poured one into a Tributary sniftah.... it's an opaque, deep brown color. Has light carbo within, and a wispy, off-white rim-clinging head. Lacing is quite sparse, though. The nose suggests an English-style Barleywine, as it has a healthy heaping of caramel and toffee. Mixed in here are lots of rindy, pithy notes, though. The combo is quite enticing. The feel is quite smooth on the tongue, with a decent medium body.

The taste is a lovely mix of myriad flavors. Has more caramel and toffee, then some molasses, black cherry, figs and dates. On top of this malty, fruity sweetness is a load of resinous, piney, pithy hopping. The finish is where those latter qualities linger. This is eminently quaffable, and the 10.5% ABV is hidden well. I'm glad we "found" each other!! Just may have to have another! Prosit!!

4.21/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Sep 07, 2021
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4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by puck1225 from Texas

The ratings for this beer seem to have a wide spread but I must come down on the side of a high score. This is a very nice, full flavored and comforting beer.

Poured from a bottle purchased at the Appalachian Vintners in Asheville into a tulip glass. Nice mahogany color with excellent head an beautiful curtain lacing. Rich aroma and taste of dark fruit and caramel. Some sweet dark cherries but not too sweet and a warming booziness. Maybe this beer would be better for a November evening instead of one in August, but I am really enjoying this beer.

Aug 20, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by trevormajor from Ohio

12. oz bottle, born on 10/19/17, poured into a snifter at 50 degrees F:
L - opaque brown with a hazelnut head that lingered. brown spots on the top, probably due to the fact that this beer is unfiltered
S - caramel, toffee, malt
T - caramel, toffee, malt, wonderful blend
F - medium mouthfeel and carbonation
O - very good, flavors blend together superbly

May 28, 2021
4 by Radcpa from Washington on May 03, 2021
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3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by mntlover from Tennessee

Bottled Nov 2019. Pours a murky brown work very small light tan head that falls slow for a small add it is.

Aroma is lighter then you would think, caramel, toffee, some light molasses with dark fruit hints.

Taste is bigger then the nose luckily but still not BW big. Malt big on caramel sweetness, not really any toffee but some light molasses or atleast brown sugars. Some light herbal bitterness in the finish with warming alcohol. Really expected more sweetness and malt.

Mouhfeel is medium which also seems lighter then it should be, atleast carbonation is mellow.

Overall not bad, but not as good as I was hoping. Almost old ale like more then BW.

Apr 16, 2021
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

Pours a dark red/brownish colour. Nice head, looks like a quadrupel.
Smells of sweet floral notes, caramel, maybe some light roasty character, and some ginger maybe.
Taste follows the nose. Quite a sweet beer with lots of caramel, dried fruit, and light herbal notes. The alcohol comes through a little more than I'd like for a 10% beer.
The mouthfeel is a nice medium body with some carbonation.

Overall, I'm probably not going to buy this again but it was cool to try for sure.

Apr 06, 2021
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4.64/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

Bottled on 2016-09-08

Pours a cloudy hazy dark maroon red brown with some sediment that falls to the bottom, and a substantial dense creamy light khaki colored foam head with good lacing and retention. Smells pretty rich and powerful, heavy, dense, malty, thick cut toasted bread, dark toffee, molasses, some dark caramel, roasty dark chocolate, demi sec sherry wine notes, some dried dark fruit, raisin, red grapes, stewed plum, prune, dates, fig, slight red apple, mild oxidation, dusty wood and earthy hops. Tastes really dark, charred, roasty, fruity, malty, thick cut toasted bread, dark toffee, dark caramel, blackstrap molasses, bitter dark chocolate, blueberry, dark berries, dried dark fruit, raisin, grapes, stewed plum, prune, fig, dates, red apple skin, some oxidized medium dry sherry wine notes, with some dusty woody earthy herbal pine. Feels heavy medium plus bodied, thick and dense, slick and smooth with fairly low carbonation. Overall a really nice barleywine.

Jan 30, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Apellonious from North Carolina

2019 version, 11-12-2019, poured into a tulip glass, a dark brown with ruby highlights and a small rim of tan head / lace. Smell of plums, fig, nougat, and maybe cherry? Yep, I said nougat. The taste is.. interesting? Mainly cherry , leather, vanilla. Rounds out some as it warms. Enter the fig/ plum notes. Medium low amount of carbonation, not overly heavy, and just a touch sticky near the end. A winter warmer.

Jan 17, 2021
4.36 by Archfiend from Illinois on Sep 25, 2020
4.18 by cozmo from New York on Jun 21, 2020
3.98 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Jun 12, 2020
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4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by TerryMills from Tennessee

Drinking one thats 3 1/2 years old.. Still has a hint of booze but it's a pretty great beer with a little age.. Pours out like sweet tea and the smell hides alot of what's to come with the flavor .. Will be buying more of these.

Feb 13, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by janubio from Spain

Bottle at Las Buenas Pulgas, served in a balloon glass.
Brown colour, medium head with short retention, good lacing.
Aroma of ginger, caramel, plums, licorice, spices.
Medium body, thick texture, good carbonation. Spicy and dry finish.
Taste of ginger, caramel, chocolate, dried fruits, spices.
Good, but I find the ginger flavour excessive.

Feb 12, 2020
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4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by EmperorBevis from England

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned sent by my good friend Zimbo and it arrived this morning
Very dark brown body with decent enough tan head
Aroma is proper full on liquorice dairy fudge
Flavour is deep crepe caramel

Aug 01, 2019
4 by Griffith from Connecticut on Jul 12, 2019
3.9 by Kolb from Montana on Apr 29, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

Bottled on 10/19/17

Pours an extremely cloudy, nearly opaque burgundy, save for some light breaking through near the surface; slight, off-white head of foam that recedes in favor of some fairly thick, occasionally spotty layers of lacing and thin collar.

Aroma opens on the sweeter side, with floral notes of candy apple, red berry, and stewed fruit; quickly takes a roasty, earthy turn with plenty of toasted wood and caramel, with pointed hops and pine sticking out through the initially dominant sweeter notes.

Taste profile is very roasty, with the sweetness from the aroma more deeply imbued; toasted caramel, deep roasted barley, and stewed fruits making their way in; alcohol and herbal, bittering hops maintain a near-constant presence, adding a certain heft to the profile overall.

Mouthfeel brings a medium-heavy body with carbonation trending toward the lower end; slightly sticky but mostly drying from the mid-palate onward; warming booziness builds quietly, and through gritty malts comes a dense, hoppy bitterness on the finish; almost perfect balance without the slight boozy burn.

Burly booziness holds a really deep profile back quite a bit, even after about a year and a half of aging, but this is otherwise an offering of great all-around balance and strength in flavor; the positives are difficult to ignore, in spite of the still-raw nature of this one.

Mar 22, 2019
3.64 by Burghman from Rhode Island on Mar 22, 2019
4.04 by VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky on Feb 13, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

Nov 2016 bottle - a little over 2 years old. Pours a very nice mahogany with reddish undertones - relatively clear - very limited rim of off white head, minimal carbonation on pour.
Aroma is invitingly sweet - bready malt, molasses, a little bit floral with a vinous character - fantastic.
Taste is rich sweet molasses, toffee, caramel malt, hints of cherry that quickly becomes aggressively bitter and boozy.
Full mouthfeel - carbonation not bad considering above on pour - bitterness lingers but aroma keeps pulling me back to that initial sweetness.
A bit aggressive on the bitter, but I really quite liked this - 3 more bottles I will sit on over next year or so.

April 15/22 Good 5 plus years on this Nov 2016 brew. Better than 2019 - bready, caramel, spicy hops, raisin on nose. Sweet caramel and bready malt, dark fruit, raisin and an aggressive bitterness at back on a mildly boozy finish.

Jan 20, 2019
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jkblr from Indiana

11.5oz twist off bottled 9/17/15 (over 3 years ago) poured into a becher glass at fridge temp 10.2% ABV. The beer pours a muddled medium brown with a meager very light brown head from a hard pour. There are some floaties as I just recently bought this from an unrefridgerated shelf. The aroma is light but rich with caramel malt, dark fruit and brown sugar. The taste is dark caramel, faded earthy hops and medium bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with less than medium carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, very good. Not overly complex, but held up well.

Dec 31, 2018
3.88 by stratusjeans from Washington on Dec 25, 2018
4.09 by Thorfinn960 from Ohio on Dec 12, 2018
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4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

12oz bottle with no discernable date, except a 1 and a 5 knicked on the side. Poured into a snifter at about 65f.

Pours a very deep mahogany color, with intense ruby red highlights and sheen. Looks almost black from the right angle, quite clear, but a slight cloud to it. Lively, loud, fizzy tan head dissipates in seconds, leaving a micro collar, and some streaming bubbles.

Nose is deep, deep, lightly toasty malt, evoking a feeling of caramel, toffee, maple syrup, milk chocolate, rich coffee, molasses, ultra light char, and some very light English style hopping. A little booze on the nose.

Palate is rich, sweet, toasted malt that immediately brings to mind maple bourbon barrel age. A big rich syrupy sweetness, with a vanilla, woody, maple character front and center. This honestly reminds me a little of Curmudgeon's Better Half. This has a little more smoky char, and hop influence, but it's big and smooth and sweet. Maple, toffee, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, oak, earth, and a nice backing of dark fruit notes like raisin, cherry, and currant. A smoky, charry, slightly hoppy bitter finish awaits after the initial sweetness, charry being the prevailing characteristic. Finishes mildly bitter, but the lingering sweetness reduces the bitter quite nicely.

Mouthfeel is full, slightly thick, bit not quite viscous - round, soft, and very lightly carbonated. Perfect for a winter sipper, but flavor, nor feel fall so much in any direction that you NEED to sip it. It's smooth and drinkable, but not something you want to gulp down. Savor it.

Overall, I see some negative reviews, and I do not understand them. Maybe I have an old bottle that has aged very nicely? I don't know, but I find this to be a beautiful creation of sweet, rich, smoky, woody, warming and welcoming. A delightful winter treat on this freezing night.

Nov 15, 2018
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3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Suds from Missouri

From a twelve ounce bottle. this brew is a murky brown color. Limited head. The head is slim and clingy. The aroma has more fruit than I would expect from the style....fresh and resiny scents. The taste is dryish and warming. Good beer, but not exceptional.

Aug 17, 2018
3.92 by Jibs from Canada (QC) on Aug 12, 2018
3.72 by generallee from Virginia on Jul 03, 2018
3.96 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on May 05, 2018
4.18 by masondixon from Massachusetts on May 05, 2018
3.92 by Mikexw from New York on Apr 30, 2018
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3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by patre_tim from Thailand

Deep copper brown and slightly hazy, with a little fine bubbled carbonation. Topped with 3 fingers of beige head.

Smells of caramel, toffee, stinky foot, and fresh toasted dark bread.

Tastes of caramel, stinky foot, honey, toasted bread, then a big, dull, bitter finish.

Medium, thick body with little carbonation. Definitely smooth and totally covers the ABV.

Got in Gatineau, QC, drinking in Muskoka, April 22nd, 2018. Well done for the style.

Apr 23, 2018
3 by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands on Mar 18, 2018
4.33 by stephenlee from England on Mar 18, 2018
3.68 by JOhn_Molson from Canada (QC) on Mar 18, 2018
Solstice D'hiver from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 975 ratings