Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel Solstice d’hiver

Tasting: January 23,2013
Style: Barley Wine

Brasserie Dieu Solstice d\'hiver
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I didn’t take French in high school — but I can put together for myself that the translation here is Winter Solstice. Winter solstice in the northern hemisphere occurs when the sun is at its lowest point in the sky and yields the shortest amount of daylight of the year. Like the yin & yang, our loss of light is the southern hemisphere’s gain. On the same day, it’s summer solstice south of the equator. This past year’s winter solstice was noteworthy in that the Mayan calendar purportedly predicted that as the end of the world. Consider the source, the Mayans had their own doomsday come centuries ago, maybe they miscalculated their own demise.

This is from Quebec brewer — Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel. According to Google Translate it means God of the Sky Brewery, a little awkward in the translation but it does solve the mystery of the angel on the bottle cap. I tried to find out more about the brewery from their website — but with little luck. I did find an interesting philosophy that they pay all their employees a “comfortable” wage so they can live a respectable life. I guess that explains the $5 price tag for a single 12 ounce bottle price.

Quick look at this barley wine – 9.8% ABV and it’s full of raisin and toasted caramel sweetness. It also doesn’t make any bones about its alcohol profile. It really tastes like a mellow scotch. It’s a bit too much booze, but not a bad winter warmer at 86 points.

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