Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Review: Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! Solstice d'hiver

Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! Solstice d'hiver
10.2% ABV
Macrobrasserie Dieu du Ciel, St. Jerome, Quebec, Canada
11.5 oz btl
Served in Dogfish Head signature glass
No date on bottle
Reviewed on 12/5/13

This barleywine pours a brownish-amber color with a good light beige head that has decent retention. Good lacing.

Smell consists of malt, hops, brown sugar, dark fruit, some honey, caramel, earthy alcohol.

Taste consists of malt, bitter dark fruit, caramel, honey, brown sugar, alcohol, hops, slight cough syrup.

Mouthfeel is fairly bitter on the palate with a good strand of dryness. Some alcohol harshness comes through.

Overall, this is an interesting, quite bitter barleywine from Quebec. Earthy in taste with strong flavors of dark fruit, alcohol, caramel, and honey coming through. The bitterness comes at you along with some alcohol harshness, demanding that it be savored.  Good drinking even if it doesn't quite stack up to some of the more exceptional barleywines.

My score: 91

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