Solstice D'hiver | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Solstice D'hiverSolstice D'hiver

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

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

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2/5  rDev -48.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Rutager
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thank you to montrealbcr89 and papat444 for getting me some bottles of this fine Quebec barleywine.

Appearance. Pours a thick looking, deeeep red-orange with a thin off-white head.

Smell. Caramel and oranges with some floral hops, cherries, booze, and maybe a little grapefruit.

Taste. Lots of caramel and cherries, floral/earthy hops and some toasty wood. Some decent bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Finishes pretty clean.

Overall. A fantastic barleywine right now, but with some age will probably be pretty amazing. Makes me anxious to try the vertical that was so generously provided by montrealbcr89.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

There was almost no head when I poured this into my snifter. The appearance was auburn. The suds cling to the sides of a glass for a really long time after a sip. It smells boozy, almost like a nice bourbon. The taste follows the nose except that it tastes a bit like caramel and/or toffee too. This barleywine is sticky like a good one should be. I'm happy I tried it. It went down well during the blizzard of 2013. I was expecting the taste to change a bit as it warmed up though. I don't know if I'd drink this one again... maybe when next year's snowstorm hits the east coast.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of schoolboy
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the better barleywines that do not need aging. Now, how would it taste aged? I would like to find out.

It pours to a typical for the style thin head and deep rich color. The aroma is faintly sweet and pleasant and somewhat more - maybe a little hoppy.

The taste is first class - complex and hoppy for a barleywine, with plenty of things to distract from there being too much malt (typical for the style). The aftertaste is a loving one! You are happy that you had this great drink. I've had this a few times and it has always been a winner (although one time it was beaten at a tasting by a barleywine from Iceland).

Tres bien!

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Hoppin Frog snifter. Beautiful dark mahogany color with a thick head. Aromas of caramel and biscuit. Taste matches arms nicely, with a closing sweetness that's not cloying at all. A nice boozy bite helps the warming nature of this beer on a sub zero night here in Upstate NY.


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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a brownish body with minimal head and a hearty aroma of malts with a mix of roasted and caramel malt along with minor grape hops and/or dark fruit (I think) and a touch of alcohol coming through. The beer is strong, not too strong though, alcohol has a minor role but doesn't bleed and is a good sipper. Figs, caramel, toffee or bitter chocolate seem to make a cameo and the breadiness/roastiness of the malts makes it sturdy and there is a good balance of dark fruit sweetness and hops. Finishes a little boozy but not an ABV burn.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of MarioM
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.5 oz poured into tulip

A: Dark brown and slightly red, almost mahogany. Very light tan head, small creamy bubbles with good lacing after with about a two minute head retention.

S: Sweet maltiness with some fruitiness that almost completely hides the light bit of alcohol notes from the 10.2% abv.

T: Sweet, raisins, dark fruit and malty. Bitterness comes out nicely even with the sweetness being upfront and very apparent as expected for the style, which it fits well. Medium carbonation works well with the hoppy bitterness and give a nice bite after sipping. Good balance and quite drinkable.

M: The sweetness and maltiness gets covered by the bitterness after a few seconds after sipping and a followed by a nice warm feel from the high abv that lingers between sips.

O: I enjoyed the balance of this beer. Color is nice but smell wasn't much but I probably served a bit too cold. But a good, tasty, drinkable, not too sweet yet bitter barley wine. Another great beer from our friends in Canada.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Voonder
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 341 ml bottle into snifter.

A - deep dark brown with reddish tones. Fluffy thick head, dissipated rather slowly, good retention. Very good looking beer.

S - yeasty with caramel notes, nutty, hint of chocolate. sweet malt is coming through. some fruity notes - pear, plum, raisin, a bit citrus. Very nice, complex and pleasant.

T - raisin, warming alcohol is overwhelming, then yeast, some plum-like fruitiness, caramel. Finishes pretty bitter - hops are coming through. Very complex

M - smooth, balanced, carbonation is on spot. very well brewed.

Overall, it is a very good barley wine. Very balanced, smooth and tasty.

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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brasserie Dieu du Ciel
Solstice D'hiver

Pours a deep amber, mostly clear, with a slight off white head. In the nose, barley malt, sugary sweetness and some alcohol.

In the taste, dark fruits, raisin and caramel. Toffee and faint cocoa are balanced by a graceful bitter note. Mild toast, brown sugar and plum. Full bodied, medium carbonation and smooth.

Overall I like this barleywine a lot. Has all the trademark flavor. Strong but not overly so. This drinks easy and I would recommend it to any beer fan.

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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Total Wine in early November for $4.99. I believe this was bottled in 2010 per the notches.

Beer poured a reddish brown with not much head.

Nose is of light hops and some alcohol.

Taste is hints of dark fruits and northwest hops. There is a decent malt backbone but the hops dominate in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a decent representation of an american barleywine. Glad i had the opportunity to try.

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Solstice D'hiver from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.91 out of 5 based on 925 ratings.
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