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Solstice D'hiver | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
dieuduciel.com

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.

Added by Rastacouere on 12-10-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,318
Reviews:
445
Ratings:
931
pDev:
10.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
115
Trade:
2
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Photo of redbarnbikes
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of snowmageddon
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aged around 6 months : Deep murky dark brown color with a copper hue and lots of activity. Light creamy and bubbly beige 1-2 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with poor legs but strong lacing yet wild swirl effect. Flavors of walnuts, dark berries, prunes, liquorice, vanilla, toffee, cinnamon, dark grains dominant barley, and herbal hops. Slick and oily medium body with a light crisp. Strong strength finish, quite alcoholic and whiskey like with a slightly leathery feel. Thick ester fruits, leafy and earthy. Very lightly sour from the aging, so it did age well, it's not really vinous but more boozy and less fruity. Rich and powerful, yet the balance is good, ending with a nice barrel feel. It's the bold type of barleywine for real cold times. Could easy fit as an appetizer but would really appreciate a big portion for warming sessions. Easy to down and still highly enjoyable. Overall high quality craft.

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark caramel-brown with a finger of fast-dissipating tan head. Rather murky. The lacing is excellent, but this is not the prettiest brew you will find.

The aroma is very strong and very complex. Sweet malty aromas on the front end, though not bready. Dark fruits (fig and date) and diacetyl and molasses, with a touch of burnt sugar all join the party. However, this isn't a malt bomb. There is plenty of hoppiness lurking nearby. I echo other commenters--this smells and looks more like a barleywine from the other side of the pond. There is a lot going on here, and it's all good.

The flavor is pretty darn solid and down the middle--for an english barleywine. Strong malts are again in the leadoff role, this time with some brown sugar added to the caramel and dark fruits from the nose. However, the hops and booze are there to balance things out, along with tobacco, leather, and oak. I don't usually comment on other ratings but I didn't have the "hot" "bitter" or "burning" experience others did. I think that is because this bottle has about two years of age on it. There is maybe just a hint of oxidation going on, though the booze makes it difficult to tell. In any event, this is definitely a brew that needs some maturity. If this had been a "freshie" I can see how the hops and booze might have ripped my head off. As it is, the hops may be just a shade strong, but I can't really complain about that.

The mouthfeel is pretty heavy and almost--but not quite--sticky. The carbonation could be just a shade stronger, which might have helped.

Overall, this brew is kind of all over the place. It looks "meh." It smells great and tastes pretty good--but it ends up being a little cloying at the end. Still, a solid BW.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Much more like an English style barley wine than an american one.

L - Dark brown with no head but a really thin white lacing

S - very nice complexity, rum soaked raisin cake, figs, dates, balanced smell, some molasses, some grain, some toffee in the backend

T - A bit less balanced with a strong bitterness, some citrus, some grain, some chocolate, vinous

M - Low carbonation, astringent

O - All right barleywine, but it's more of an english barleywine than an american one

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Photo of StormAles
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

This was poured into a mini-snifter, here are my thoughts: The appearance had a light brown color with a decent transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace. A filmy white head started and dissipated at a nice pace. Filmy lacing winds around the glass nicely. The smell starts off with sweet toffee, light breadiness, subtle toast, caramel malts. The flavor takes previously mentioned aromas and adds a subtle "dry" tobacco edge trying to slide into the aftertaste. Quick semi-sweet/dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body, yeah, just a tad lighter on the body than what I expected for a barleywine (could be a bit "aged" that could be doing it). Overall, for a barleywine, I’d say it works for the most part, yes, I did have this a little bit later than I probably should have, but in my opinion, I believe I did it’s due respect. I’d have again.

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Photo of akolb
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

20 month old beer. Pours a murky reddish-brown. Aroma of raisins, caramel, slight alcohol. Taste is rich and complex. Chocolate, dark fruits, leather, oak, rum, rich sweet caramel, strong bitterness. Aftertaste with strong alcohol and acrid bitterness. Very dry finish. A decent barleywine, but slightly unbalanced towards the bitter side of things.

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

Photo of BigMike
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Cheers

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Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev +1%
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 ZachT
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spacecake9
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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 andpit
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of madelf66
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Poljazz22
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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 samEBC
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Hop_God
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
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 -17.6%
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 -33.9%
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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