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Solstice D'hiver | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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BA SCORE
3.92/5
Very Good
930 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:
#6,257
Reviews:
445
Ratings:
930
pDev:
10.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
115
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 930 |  Reviews: 445
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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Photo of kristinc
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbl_delta
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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%
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 Skellbop
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rugene
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solstice D'hiver from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 930 ratings
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