Thursday, December 24, 2009

Solstice d'hiver (and special guest)

Brasserie Dieu de Ceil in Quebec, Canada. An American-style Barleywine with 9.8% ABV. This beer has a lot going on. It pours a deep, reddish-brown with a small tan head. It's consistency is viscous and syrupy, like watered-down molasses. It's initially sweet, with a delicious roasted malt flavor, and finishes bitter and dry. There are hints of dried fruit, like raisin, prune, and fig. The bitterness comes not only from the hops but from the roasted coffee bean flavor. The alcohol is well hidden, with a very pleasant warming sensation at the back of the throat, great for sipping on a cold night.

I've also had the Peche Mortel, which I really enjoyed and intend to try again so I can post my thoughts...

On a side note, my girlfriend is having aAnchor Steam 2009 Christmas Ale, which I am stealing sips of (He finished it when I was in the other room!). I know it can be aged, but it is very interesting fresh as well. It is spicy, with a chai flavor to it, and an aroma that reminds me of pumpkin pie. It is a deep blood red color with a thick, creamy tan head. I should pick up a 6-pack and drink a bottle every few months and see how the flavors change...

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