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
Ratings:
924
Reviews:
442
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
10.23%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
115
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Heeenrik
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Electros
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of snaotheus
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016-02-27
3oz pour at Hard Liver Fest 2016

Pours a ruby amber with a medium head. Aroma is woody, musty, and boozy.

Taste is dominated by hoppy bitterness, but shows a little of the aroma's characteristics underneath.

Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, very tasty beer. One of the ones that I liked during the festival.

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Photo of tykechandler
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Brolo75
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours a dark reddish-brown with a almost tan colored head, some slight lacing, no head retention, not too many bubbles streaming from the bottom, looks hazy.

A: Burnt brown sugar, caramel, sweet dark fruits like raisins, malty sweetness, overall smells really sweet, picking some up alcohol on the nose.

T: Like the nose, burnt and sweet characteristics, bitterness, it tastes great up until the finish where there is a medicinal like flavor that just doesn't fit, alcohol does come through pretty strong.

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation, smooth, dry finish.

O: I was hoping for more because most of their beers are really good but this does come off a little messy and out of place. It has a strange medicinal taste at the end.

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Photo of GregSemenza
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kevinlater
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My last of Nouvelle Bière d'Hiver Dimanche aka New Beer Sunday (Week 574) & none too soon! It has been a real roller coaster of a day between spiced & non-spiced, big & smaller, et al. This bottle came from Hunger 'n' Thirst and while I have others from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!, they are just going to have to wait.

From the bottle: "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 coming from the malt and a prolonged boiling time. It is a very bitter beer with aromas of hops and alcohol, and flavours reminiscent of red fruit brought by the English-type yeast we use to ferment it. The aftertaste is accentuated by the wonderful flavour of hops."; "Illustration: [email protected]"; "Unfiltered".

I have grown to realize that as soon as I see "Unfiltered" anywhere on the label of the bottle or CAN, a gentle pour/Glug is on order. I Pop!ped the cap & did exactly that, resulting in a brief finger of foamy, light-tan head with extremely limited retention. Even a swirl in the glass failed to raise anything more than that. It should also be noted that this came in a screw-top bottle for some inexplicable reason. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a brandy-like quality, very much of dried, dark fruits like cherries, raisins and prunes, but with a strong fusel alcohol heat. My sinuses opened right up! Mouthfeel was big, thick, viscous & solid and laid on my tongue like a blanket. It had a pronounced heat, followed by a rich, dark fruitiness. I really tasted cherries, like Kirsch, in my mouth. Warming, it had an earthiness that reminded me more of an English Barleywine than an American one. I want to research this one a bit further when I finish. Speaking of the finish, it was dry, very hot, like it could have spent even longer in the bottle, cooling to leave a dark fruitiness in its wake. This was a great beer to have as a nightcap. I would cellar one if I see it again. There is no doubt in mind that aging will improve its sharp edges.

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Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of al_al1357
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rypkr
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

What a mess. Arguably the ugliest beer I've ever poured. Smells fair, tastes less than stellar (for $5/11oz), and then great dry mouthfeel.

Granted I'm no barleywine expert but this is just a hapharzardous mess imo.

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Photo of CoreyC
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lodisgrisen
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a opaque, muddled, toffee brown coloring with no head. Aromas of booze first and foremost, with a rich, solid follow of toffee, caramel, molasses, vanilla, apple, date, raisins, brown sugar,and earthy notes. Very rich, but balanced. Flavors are rich and creamy smooth forward, heavy on apple, caramel, toffee, date, raisins, and woody and earthy highlights. Very layered and dynamic palate, with lots of earthy characteristics providing depth to the flavor profiles. Smooth, rich, creamy body, with a slow building warmth as you drink. The aftertaste is more of the old world fruit characteristics, with a boozy component, and subtle vanilla highlights. Smooth, rich, slow finish, with a solid boozy and richly sweet linger. Very solid representation of the style.

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Photo of Caskaway
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Casey3236
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kinger86
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Meyers1023
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a very murky dark Amber color. It had a tan color head that disappeared almost instantly. The nose is sweet, caramel and alcohol, with a bit of floral from the hops. The flavor is very malt forward with a caramel taste giving it sweetness but you do get a slight bitter bite before it finishes boozy. The feel is medium with decent carbonation and a little thickness to it. This is an easier drinking barley wine. I was expecting more alcohol flavor but glad I was wrong.

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Photo of stortore
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a fairly dark amber, cloudy, with a small head. A thin foamy ring rode down the glass. Smell brings malt, purple grapes, plums, figs, dates, a little caramel and molasses. Slight smoky aroma. Taste gives up malt, plums, figs, less grapes and more caramel than the nose. Some bitterness throughout, light alcohol. Smooth, good level of carbonation. Lighty body than most in style, but more than substantial enough to support the ABV.

Grape aroma and taste give this a different twist for a barleywine. Lots of flavors, hops are well integrated and complimentary. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jfreeze
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheDoctor
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty tasty little barleywine. It pours nice enough with a dark brown body with ruby highlights and a thickish little tan head. The aroma is not super strong but is caramely and slightly boozy with some toasted malt. The flavor is similar. It is a lot less harsh tasting than other barleywines I have had. Layers of thick malt flavor (toast, grains, nuts, toffee, caramel) and some leathery booze flavor with a strong herbal/medicinal hop kick that really comes through as it warms.
Fine beer overall. Would have again.

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Photo of harryhops
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Clear mahogany color with light brown head. Aroma is very floral, makes me think of white roses. I can't tell if it's from the yeast or the hops. Taste is also floral and yeasty at first with some caramel notes but gets bitter and roasty on the finish. Lingers bitter and perfumey in the aftertaste. Body and carbonation are medium. Very fragrant barleywine. Also quite bitter, making it easy to drink.

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Solstice D'hiver from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.91 out of 5 based on 924 ratings.
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