Solstice D'hiver Réserve Spéciale En Fût De Bourbon | 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): 10.80%

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
Ratings:
115
Reviews:
37
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
8.33%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
22
For Trade:
1
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of biboergosum
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
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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3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
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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3.96/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Rifugium
2.61/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of womencantsail
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Javier. Thanks, Javi.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a pronounced turbidity and a small and short lived khaki head.

S: Big time bourbon and oak aromas. Sweet vanilla, caramel, and toffee all the way through with a little bit of brown sugar and maple syrup. Bread and sweet dark fruits round the bouquet out.

T: Tons of sweet maple syrup flavor along with caramel and toffee. Sweet vanilla and bourbon flavor with only a mild oak flavor. Some of the dark fruits are there as well.

M: Medium in body with a smooth, medium body.

O: I thought the regular version of this was decent, but not great. This however, was outstanding.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of stakem
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'09 bottling care of Kegatron, thanks for sharing Heath! 12oz bottle into a snifter, the brew appears amber with orange clarity around the edges. Some spotty lace sticks to the wall of the glass after the finger of froth dissipates. When held to the light, it shows more ruby through the body and yellowish to orange around the edges.

The aroma containes caramel and toffee. Sticky sweetness smells quite sugary before some bourbon-like booze starts to shine through. There is a mild oakiness present somewhat smelling like cinnamon. As it warms, it becomes increasingly boozy and slightly solvent.

The flavor has caramel, toffee, maple, vanilla and oak all well represented in equal parts. A light amount of cardboard-like oxidation and warming to tangy bourbon accent isnpresent mid-pallet. As it warms up, it gets a bit of fruity alcohol note which is enjoyable.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is boozy, complex and enjoyable. It has been quite awhile since I drank the base version but from what I remember, this is a pleasant upgrade. Worth checking out.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to papat444 for sending this my way. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a bit of wispy bubbles on-top and spotty lace. The body is a murky brown color.

S - Brown and burnt sugars, sharp oak, light oxidation, maple, and some booze and bourbon(?) flavor that grows as this warms up. Bottle says "oak barrels" but is vague about their origin - doesn't taste like virgin oak in any case.

T - This is surprisingly mellow, with a hefty amount of bread, brown sugar, dark fruits, caramel, toffee, sharp oak, vanilla, and better hidden booze than in the aroma.

M - Smooth, creamy, chewy texture, with lower carbonation, some moderate warming alcohol, and light tannic dryness in the finish.

D - Quite good, and a marked improvement over the base beer. Alcohol is quite well-hidden once you get past the aroma. I'd happily have this one again, and I now want to seek out the Oak-Aged Equinoxe Du Printemps.

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4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Derek
4.24/5  rDev +1%
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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