Solstice D'hiver | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Solstice D'hiverSolstice D'hiver
BA SCORE
3.92/5
929 Ratings
Solstice D'hiverSolstice D'hiver
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:
#6,068
Reviews:
445
Ratings:
929
pDev:
10.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
115
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 929 |  Reviews: 445
Photo of jk3
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Voonder
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of ThickNStout
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle from Sherlock's (Marietta, GA). 6.49. Bottled early 2012. Served in a Red Brick snifter.

Pours dark chestnut brown with a half finger of pale head. Zero lace.

Smells of toffee, earth, sugar and slightly grassy.

Taste follows the nose with sweet toffee, brown sugar, mild earthy grassy hops, caramel, faint dark fruit and a healthy kick of alcohol burn. A nice blend with the booze present but not distracting.

Creamy medium full body with moderately light carbonation. Long dry bittersweet finish.

A smooth and easily drinkable barleywine. Rich and pleasantly multi-layered. I'll most likely be picking up another bottle or two for the cellar.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served From a 12oz bottle into a Redhook Limited Release Tulip.

Appearance- Copperish brown with no head and very little carbonation visible. Nice lacing though around the glass.

Smell- Raisiny booze. Some cherry or plum and vanilla. Candy sugar and caramel malts.

Taste- Caramel. Some chocolate. Stone fruit. Light boozieness (pretty well hidden). A little hop bitterness at the very end which lingers nicely.

Mouthfeel- Very low carbonation. Smooth and sticky (in a good way).

Overall- This is a solid barleywine. Its nice drinking it while the snow storm of the century that closed down work for me today is going on outside my window. Im pleased with this one.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.5 oz. bottle into a short-stemmed tulip/snifter. Enjoyed on 12/21/12, the winter solstice

Pours a dark amber with copper highlights. Cream colored two finger head. Average retention the leaves behind a bit of splotchy lacing. Caramel, ripe fruit, and phenol alcohol on the nose. Caramel throughout, mixed fruit: apple peel, date, cherry, hints of cocoa. Finishes with candied but lightly bitter citrus rind. Syrupy, slick full body, low carbonation. A very solid barleywine-style brew that seems to be a hybrid containing aspects of both the English and American styles (and is brewed by a Canadian brewery).

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time I’ve seen this beer, but it intrigued me enough to buy it. Plus, it’s Dieu du Ciel, so I know I’ve most likely got something good here.

A: Smooth beige head over a translucent, dark topaz body that shines beautifully in the light. No lacing and only a dusting of retention.

S: This nose is quite mild, showing just a little bit of vanilla cola and sweet, buttery aromas of roasted dates. Some maple syrup, eggnog, and bubblegum notes play around in the middle, too, but that’s really it.

T: Peppery, hoppy, and alcoholic to a heavy degree, this palate shows intensity in every area. Stings with the tastes of black pepper, hibiscus, and bitter lime rind; it’s a complex hoppiness that’s almost salty in its character. Malts exhibit tastes of burnt caramel, biscuit, apple butter, and the soft, dark sweetness of dates or honey. A dark, brooding winter beer. The aftertaste is pretty damn spicy, too; this beer is just all bitterness.

M: Bubbly and light; it definitely doesn’t feel like 10%+ alcohol. Thin-bodied yet warm on the first few drinks down.

O: Weird beer? Sure, but it’s strangely delicious. Sometimes, odd combinations of flavors work – this is one of those times.

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Photo of MrJolly
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of MoonpieCCSD
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of wvsabbath
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark burnt tan. Not much of a head, some sticky lacing.

Smell - Caramel, rasin, plum, fig, molasses, brown sugar, roasted malts, cherry, apple, grapes.

Taste - Malty smokey note up front with some dark fruit, sugars and plenty of alcohol. Sweetness of sugars at first, then bitter sour grapes mixed with warm alcohol comes in. A decent wood/smoked flavor is present.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets malts, dark fruits and sugars. Palate gets more smokey malts, caramel, bitter fruits and booze. Aftertaste is alcohol, bitter fruits and smokey malts.

Overall - Not bad, plenty of flavor, a big warm and a real bitter finish. I enjoy the wood/smoked flavor this has. Would like to age for a year to see the alcohol die down and let some more malts come out. Would be a great barrel aged beer. Worth a drink but way, way overpriced.

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Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of shagal
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Auror
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an old bottle. At least 2 years, probably 3 or more. Batch code has 0 and 8 notched, how I wish DDC made it more clear when the batches were from on US bottles. As a barleywine, I'd expect this to hold up fairly well though.

Poured into my Kate the Great snifter.

Appearance- Pours a dark muddy, reddish-brown. One finger head diminishes quickly to a slight ring. Carbonation bubbles are evident, a good sign considering this bottle's age. Mild lacing.

Smell- Chocolate, fruity malt, strawberry, wood, damp leaves.

Taste- Some malt sweetness upfront reminiscent of cherries. A little bit of a chalky flavor in the middle (oxidation?). Finishes with a tingling, lingering bitterness. Hops might have been prevalent once, but now only the bitterness remains. No alcohol present.

Mouthfeel- Surprisingly sharp carbonation. Medium feel.

Overall- I'm only guessing here, but from reading other reviews this beer has lost a lot of flavor. In exchange for that, the 10% alcohol is just non-existent.

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Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of KalanM
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BPudd
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium brown with no head. Thick looking with some slow rising bubbles.

Cherry wood, toasted malt, some alcohol, dark fruit in the nose.

Nice rich sweet malt up front. Some burnt nuts, over-ripe bruised stone fruit, a little vanilla, brown bread, and mild bitterness. Nice complexity. booze is hardly noticeable.

Full bodied. Good chewy brew.

Nice version of the style. This was a dusty bottle, so the age on this took off any edges that may have existed at bottling.

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

341ml bottle poured into a goblet. ABV 10.2%.

A - Poured a murky dark brown with copper highlights. Thin head was quickly gone. Not much lacing.

S - Dark fruit, brown sugar, hint of dark dark chocolate, burnt coffee, some pine in the background. Alcohol is only slightly noticeable after the drink warms up a bit.

T - Brown sugar, some whole wheat bread, dark fruit, hint of burnt toast, hint of citrus, some pine in the finish. It's more complex than I can describe it.

M - Medium-heavy body, medium carbonation, slick, syrupy, sticky, slight burn in the finish.

O - My first barley wine. Found it pretty good. That ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of andthevolcano
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of aasher
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a medium bodied hazelnut brown in color with amber highlights and a slight off white lacing around the glass. The nose is both rich and sweet. It features a bouquet of molasses, sorghum, slight cherry, and a touch of oak. Nice nose for a barleywine, and smooth. The flavors too, full and sweet. It features candied sugar, molasses, brown sugar, light oak, a light bitterness, with a touch of cream in the finish. Well rounded flavor as well. For being 10.2%, there isn't any alcohol at all. It drinks pretty full in body with plenty of residual sugar. It is big but isn't overpowering in one facet or another. It's just a well rounded barleywine. I recommend it. It's barleywine season, and this was a nice way to start it off! If only Dieu Du Ciel would barrel aged this!

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Photo of HungarianCount
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Solstice D'hiver from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 929 ratings
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