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

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4.18/5
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116 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
dieuduciel.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,529
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
116
pDev:
8.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
22
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 37
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2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

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2.61/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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3.13/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I received the barrel aged version from a generous Canadian Ba, thanks! Murky brown color, scant head. Smell is barrel and BOOZE! Taste us booze, oxidation, booze, alcohol, wood, very little barleywine. Overall I was glad to try this but unimpressed and unlikely to pick up the regular version.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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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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3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to papat444 for this trade.

Sadly though, this bottle rolled out of my van and smashed itself on the ground, breaking the neck. I successfully saved about half the bottle.

A: Rich amber and dark with a nice head, especially considering what the beer had been through.

S: Oak comes through above the sweetness and candied fruit.

T: Personally I could taste the oak at a good level, and this was the best thing about the beer. Overall I found the body of the beer to have numerous subtle flavours of fruit and caramel but the body is cloyingly sweet. I know this is a barley wine, but it is too sweet. Perhaps if I had a had a chance to enjoy this on a cool evening it would seem different, but right now it is cloying.

M&D: Low carbonation is good, but the sweetness sticks way too much to the palate which kills its drinkability...

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3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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3.96/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of after4ever over on the other site, ratebeer. Thanks Tom. Pours amber with some haze and thin off white head. The aroma is smooth oak, vanilla, sweet dark fruitiness and mild bourbon boozy heat. The taste is nice and sweet with rich dark fruitiness quickly moving seamlessly into vanilla, oak, bourbon and chocolate. Tasty stuff.

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3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 116 ratings
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