Liam Deegan

Beer Review: Dieu Du Ciel Solstice d’Hiver

In Barleywine, Reviews on December 27, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Since we are in the middle of the cold winter months, barleywines are the perfect companion to keep you and yours warm.  I really enjoyed this barleywine from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel, as I have enjoyed all their offerings so far. Here’s my review of Solstice d’Hiver (winter solstice) :

Pours a deep copper/mahogany with red highlights and a very minimal off-white head that recedes to a khaki colored halo of foam on the surface.  The beer releases immediately sweet aromas of molasses, prune and grape, followed by some earth tones with wood, maybe leather.  This is followed up with a floral hop aroma and a lot of alcoholic heat.  The taste is of sweet malt upfront that transforms into an oaky, prune and vinous taste, with brown sugar, molasses and dark fruit present.  The hop bitterness then progresses on the palate with a warming alcoholic finish.  It is a nice full-bodied beer, a bit oily on the palate with some residual stickiness.

This is a really delicious sipping beer.  Great for after dinner, warming by the fire.  Solstice d’Hiver is very comforting, as most barleywines and other winter essentials are.

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