Solstice D'hiver | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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3.92/5
Very Good
937 Ratings
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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:
#6,680
Reviews:
447
Ratings:
937
pDev:
10.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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42
Gots:
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Ratings: 937 |  Reviews: 447
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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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bubseymour
4.66/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Probably one of the best American Barleywines I've had to date.

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Photo of martinpfal
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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 papposilenus
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Tigerbrau
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cuvtcuv
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lochef81
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of AirBob
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of myteam24
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brew_42
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
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 dsshuck
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LAp
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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 Beginner2
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of einman
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Shanex
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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 +4.6%
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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Solstice D'hiver from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 937 ratings