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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 | website

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
Reviews:
431
Ratings:
897
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
14.83%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
111
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 431 | Ratings: 897
Photo of rodenbach99
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

au fût à la brasserie

barley wine passablement foncé, quelque petit reflet rouge, elle a une belle mousse blanche onctueuse et éapaisse, nez malté, sucré et houblonné goût très prononcé de malt et de houblon, en bouche elle est ronde, longue chaleureuse et durable.

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

Pour from a 22oz Bottle. Thanks Clark! Aroma pours forth as a brandied caramel domain, backed up by apple cores and sweet orange juice. Light heat. A nicely nuanced and subtle aroma. Pours in orange and amber, with a thin rim of off-white. Dense caramel sugar flavor, somewhat middle. Good malt character in sweet milk caramel and toasted grains. Sweet and bready. Hop presence alights towards the back end as a leafy hop cone grass. Nice balance and well built. Nice dense cream malt character on the front end, runs nicely with good alcohol and hop levels. Finishes along a wispy of English toffee candies and nip of espresso.

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Photo of philmath
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First, I have to tell that this was my first Barley Wine ever so my review might be biased (as usual). Second, I drank it on the 7th anniversary of DDC, last year and it was from the 2004 brewing. For the first time of my life, I took some notes...

Appearance : Absolutely crystal clear copper brown
Nose : Cognac-macerated fruit and floral hops
Taste : Juicy cherries and citric hops.

Makes me feel like a young boy eating his first « sucre d'orge » after a long journey playing outside during a snowstorm.

Very drinkable. It was quite interresting! Too bad that this kind of beer isn't very popular in Quebec. I am looking forward for trying another ones of this kind. Sooner than later I hope.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled their 2004 version on tap, this one is listed as 9% ABV.

Appearance: Very dark, but with blood red hues when you bring it to the light. Clingy lacing.

Smell: Very, very sweet smell, like cloverleaf honey with a hoppy twist. Impressive.

Taste: Honey sweet, creamy and full. A nice alcohol bite with a strong bitter and malty aftertaste that seems to last and last. Great, great stuff.

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Photo of scottum
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served a dark brown with an off-white lacey head. They don't serve this in pints for some reason. Flavor profile is complex. Hops are big, but are very well balanced by some huge malts. Sweet stuff is there, but also deeper bodied malt goodness. The alcohol also comes through in flavor a touch. A very good barleywine.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

In bottle, aged 3 years.
Dark brown body, copper. From a nice 1cm off white head sticking to the glass, it rapidly becomes a thin ring around the glass. Very malty aroma with notes of licorice, toffee, bubble gum. One of Dieu Du Ciel's most complex flavour developments. The hops are still impressively present for a 3 years old beer. Chocolate, burnt caramel, vanilla, also subtle notes of woody hops (never really bitter though). Toffee after taste. One of my favorites from the popular brew-pub.

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Solstice D'hiver from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
88 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.
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