Solstice D'hiver Réserve Spéciale En Fût De Bourbon | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Solstice D'hiver Réserve Spéciale En Fût De BourbonSolstice D'hiver Réserve Spéciale En Fût De Bourbon

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
2009 vintage: 67.5% aged in Utopias barrels, 22.5% aged in bourbon barrels, 10% fresh beer.

All subsequent vintages are aged 6-12 months in bourbon barrels.

Added by papat444 on 02-13-2010

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Ratings: 120 |  Reviews: 37
Reviews by Etan:
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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz sent by tom10101. Thanks! The label says (translated from French): "Special Reserve - aged 1 year in a bourbon cask".

A: Pours a sediment-filled dark brown body with some maple hues. Small light khaki head.

S: Heavy tannic bourbon, maple, figs, brown sugar, vanilla and caramel, cooked raisins. Very rich aroma.

T: The taste brings more dark fruit, tannic sweetness, plenty of oak, marshamallow, mild caramelized grain, a bit of lingering hoppiness. There's a slightly astringent bitterness here - not sure if it's from the oak or the old hops but the beer would be better off without it.

M: Thick-bodied with light carbonation.

O: This was quite a nice beer (especially the aroma), but the out-of-place bitterness in the taste lowers the score a bit for me.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz glass, at the first ever DDC tap takeover in Edmonton - wheee!

This beer appears a hazy, dark ruddy brownish hue, with one finger of bubbly, weakly foamy beige head, which leaves a low-lying band of spectral lace around the glass as it somewhat hastily recedes.

It smells of rye whisky-sodden wood, musty caramel/toffee malt, dark fleshy fruit, a hint of yeast, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more rather musty, dusty caramel, like a Zellers candy aisle blowout, spicy, grainy, pungent, yet neutered rye whisky barrel essence, dusty black fruit, singed brown sugar, vanilla, and a sneaky as shit alcohol warming.

The carbonation is more or less underwhelming, and we're a-ok with that, here, the body a hefty medium weight, and weirdly thin at the same time, though I suspect the woodiness for this perceived defect. It finishes just on the sweet side, the barrel notes lingering, in concert with the fruit, sugar, and booze, in a weirdly satfisfying medley of the seasonally damned.

A more than agreeable application of the wood to an already stellar barleywine - subtle, mostly, and just edgy enough to warn potential imbibers not to exactly overdo it, mais oui?

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! "Solstice d'hiver Bourbon"
on tap at the brewery on 1 Octobre 2014
$5.75 / verre

Notes: Listed at 10%. Hazy deep mahogany body beneath a light tan head that's slightly yellowish. Excellent head retention and lacing. Bourbon and light, soft caramel are found in the nose, followed by much more in the flavor which also includes notes of golden caramel, a touch of nuttiness, some toastiness, toasted coconut, a subtle hint of dark fruit, and a flicker of alcohol. It's sweetish but tempered. It's medium-full in body and creamy smooth and velvety. It gets better as it warms, there's more alcohol but it's also more spread out and warming rather than cutting through, and you get more of the fruitiness. Having tasted the Solstice d'hiver as well, I can definitely say that the Bourbon barrel aging really morphs it into something new. Which one is better I don't know, I'd imagine that goes to personal preference.

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Photo of Lucho
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to montrealbcr89 for this trade. Cheers!

A: pours a dark cherry brown with a slight hazy character. forms a lovely two finger off white date brown thick head. good retention and lacing.

S: caramelized sugar and a light plum smell. not getting much barrels but maybe as it warms it will open up. there is a scent of booze on the nose.

T: bourbon soaked caramelized sugarcane. not very sweet though. There is not the amount of dark fruits that I am fond of in my b-wines. There is a nice mild bourbon character that imparts the usual vanilla flavors. This brew is surprisingly drinkable considering the almost 11%

M: medium to heavy bodied with light carbonation on the tongue, very nice.

Overall this is a good beer. not the best of the style but one worth seeking out. Cheers

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Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Jayhoop
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Treyliff
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled 1/11/16

A- pours deep brown in color with a ruby hue, one-finger foamy off-white head that reduces to a thin film floating on top and a ring around the edge

S- very fruity aroma up front with notes of berries, fig & raisin. Fruity notes of are followed by aromas of brown bread, caramel, molasses, brown sugar & toffee. Undertones of oak barrel with adds earthy wood, as well as light coconut and vanilla. Smells very reminiscent of a fruit cake and reminds me of a Belgian Strong Ale

T- sweet caramel and toffee up front mix with fruity notes that follow the nose, with an emphasis of raisin, fig, dried cherry and dried cranberry. Mid-palate gives flavors of fruit cake with a bready yeast and a hint of spice. The finish brings out some barrel character; caramel, vanilla and light bourbon, lingers of more sweet caramel, dark fruit and alcohol

M- medium-heavy body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that finishes slightly viscous and warming

O- nice fruit notes throughout, the barrel character was subtle, but there. a big, boozy, spicy fruit cake

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Photo of kbuzz
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of StormAles
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rutager
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A huge thank thank you to the awesome traders Jayhoop and Montrealbcr for hooking me up. Cheers to you guys!!

Appearance. Pours a murky brown that's a little amber-orange when held to the light. Topped with a thin off-white head.

Smell. Big woody bourbon and vanilla, oranges and caramel, and a little sweet spice, tobacco, and molasses.

Taste. Caramel and oak, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, oranges, and a bit of molasses and spice. Lingering bitter wood and bourbon in the finish. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel. Full bodied. So sweet and thick I'd expect some stickiness, but no, it's amazing. Very smooth low carbonation with some nice warmth in the back of the throat.

Overall. A fantastic barleywine that benefited immensely from its time in the barrel ...not that the base is anything to sneeze at.

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Photo of Samact
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdillon86
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium size head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of caramelized barley malty with some vanilla and bourbon notes with light acrid finish which is not the most pleasant. Taste is also dominated with big caramelized malt notes with quite a big of residual sugars with some notes of bourbon and vanilla with an acrid finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol notes. Very nice night cap but I could do without some of the acrid notes detected here.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to David for this bottle! Bottled on 11/12.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Very dark murky brown with a thin layer of tan coloured head.

S - Bourbon, vanilla and toasted oak up front with caramel, toffee and raisin aromas in the background.

T - The barrel characteristics are not nearly as prominent as the nose suggested and a play a secondary role in the palate. Sweet caramel, toffee and brown sugar flavours are dominant in the palate with more subtle vanilla, toasted oak and bourbon in the background. The barrel notes and the base beer flavours integrate very well together.

M - Medium to full body. Chewy. Light carbonation.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of mattsmith413
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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