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

Solstice D'hiver Réserve Spéciale En Fût De BourbonSolstice D'hiver Réserve Spéciale En Fût De Bourbon
BA SCORE
4.18/5
116 Ratings
Solstice D'hiver Réserve Spéciale En Fût De BourbonSolstice D'hiver Réserve Spéciale En Fût De Bourbon
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:
#2,498
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
116
pDev:
8.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
22
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of dfhhead25
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 aaronyoung01
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of papposilenus
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a 12oz bottle, dated 2015-09-25. Served in an over-sized tulip. Mille fois merci to TheDoctor for both the bottle and the glassware - tres gènéreux!

Pours a semi-opaque burnt caramel with cheerful honey highlights and a scant half-finger of head that was gone before I really got a good look at it. Leaves a thin latte collar and a small, wispy island that looks like Papau New Guinea.

Nose of toasted barley, rye whiskey, fig jam and green, leafy herbs.

Sticky date pudding. Tastes of dark, caramelized brown sugar and vanilla cream, with a rich, soul-satisfying, sinus-engulfing bourbon booziness. Cherries, plums, cigar wrappers, and just a kiss of hop bittering on the tongue at the finish.

Feel is smooth and mouth-coating, medium-hefty with no more than enough carbonation to get the job done.

Overall, sweet, merciful Dionysius, that was mighty fine! Not a beer for the faint of heart, it is a full body experience, from the bourbon fogged sinuses to the flaming gullet to the tingling toes and the bruises on the forehead from staggering into doorways.

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

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 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 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 Jerk_Store
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerbom
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 Derek
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015-09-25 @ 10.2%

Murky pour, only a thin ring of head, but it shows some lace.

Sweet, malty aroma... Caramel, figs, raisins... Fruit cake?

Alcohol is fairly assertive, some fruit cake in the flavour, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, oak, restrained bitterness.

Light residual sweetness, with a drying alcohol finish.

Thanks Vincent!

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

Photo of VbolieuV
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Brown and cloudy, not much head but that may be because of my pour/glass. Intense bourbon smell hits you in the nose, there's also aromas of dark fruits, caramel and vanilla. In the mouth you start tasting the dark fruits, lots of caramel and sweet flavors. Then when you swallow you really taste the whiskey with some bitterness from the hops and you get a burning sensation from the alcohol in the throat. Really great bourbon barrel aged beer!

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Photo of yasky
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of harryhops
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MatChar
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Coronaeus
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

341ml bottle.

Deep mahogany with next to no head. Mild bourbon and oak on the nose. Bourbon, sweet toffee, slight vanilla and well integrated alcohol. A little thinner than expected with little to no carbonation. Enjoyable barley wine that I am glad to have tried.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jophish17
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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